Kligerman Blows Up
In the past, we’ve shamed NASCAR driver and iRacing team owner Parker Kligerman for causing a massive crash in the virtual world — and, well, today, we’re doing it again.
Following an iRacing race at Talladega Superspeedway Wednesday, Kligerman tweeted that the engine of his overheating car finally gave up near the front of the pack, triggering a multi-car crash.
Just blew up at the front of the field in @iRacing A-fixed race @TalladegaSuperS . Massive wreck. Racing was awesome until than but glad I got that out of the way before this weekend. #SmoothSailingAhead
— Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) April 25, 2019
Kligerman’s hope of getting a crash out of the way earlier in the week was fulfilled, at least: in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega, he brought the No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Toyota home in one piece — something that’s not typically a safe bet for anybody at ‘Dega.
Introducing JTG Daugherty Throttlers
NASCAR team JTG Daugherty Racing announced the formation of their esports arm, dubbed the JTG Daugherty Throttlers, competing in the upcoming eNASCAR Heat Pro League.
— JTG Daugherty Racing (@JTGRacing) April 25, 2019
Gragson’s Streaming Habit
If you’re not watching NASCAR Xfinity Series racer Noah Gragson stream his iRacing escapades, you’re missing out.
— Noah Gragson (@NoahGragson) April 24, 2019
— Noah Gragson (@NoahGragson) April 24, 2019
In a Time Before Esports…
Twitter savant @ElijahWhosoever shared a blast from the past — a time before esports as we know it. At Talladega in 2002, fans competed against each other on the NASCAR Thunder 2003 video game, the winner earning a shot at some cash and a shot to race against Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Here’s a solid #ThrowbackThursday 👌🏼
During the 2002 EA Sports 500 weekend at Talladega, fans competed against one another in NASCAR Thunder 2003. After 10,000+ entries, the fastest player got a chance to race against @DaleJr for $10,000 💰
2002’s version of esports. 🎮 pic.twitter.com/wVCb4IDSfa
— Elijah Burke (@ElijahWhosoever) April 25, 2019
A young Derek Wood, who’d go on to win four eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series races nearly a decade later, won the challenge.
Hendrick GC’s VIP Treatment
Hendrick Motorsports GC racers stopped by the NASCAR Productions HQ to get a behind-the-scenes look at the NASCAR Heat Pro League broadcast studio with the 704 Games team.
— Hendrick Motorsports GC (@HendrickGC) April 24, 2019
We’re digging the personalized driver quarter-zips, too. It’s clear Hendrick doesn’t do anything halfway.
Heat Pro League Drivers Visit Talladega
Several racers from the eNASCAR Heat Pro League visited Talladega Superspeedway for an unforgettable experience with their new race teams.
— Josh Harbin (@ThAbEaR_17) April 28, 2019
— Slade Gravitt (@SladeGravitt) April 28, 2019
My day in one video #eNASCARHeat
— Joey Stone | Sloppy_Joe (@Sloppy_Joe_YT) April 27, 2019
eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series rookie Malik Ray (running for Richmond Raceway Esports) has officially hit the big time — he’s got his own hero cards.
Pretty neat seeing these considering I started iRacing 6 or 7 years ago. Very happy to have all these opportunities this year with @RReSports, @SunocoRacing, and @SimSeats. Wouldn’t be possible if @RReSports never took the chance drafting me. Thanks again guys!! #RReSports pic.twitter.com/lvTIlNN1O2
— Malik (@MalikRay90) April 24, 2019
Sunday: Heat World Challenge Finals
On Sunday, May 5, 20 fast racers who competed in weekly speed challenges will face off in the first NASCAR Heat World Challenge Finals at the virtual Charlotte Motor Speedway in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series-styles cars.
Qualifying for the NASCAR Heat World Challenge has officially ended.
Check out who claimed the final spots and tune in for the Finale on May 5! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/KA7lS8aIq4
— 704Games NASCAR Heat (@704NASCARHeat) April 17, 2019
Meanwhile, the second edition of the Heat World Challenge is underway, featuring dirt cars and tracks. Players can compete against each other to win weekly prizes and work to earn a spot in the World Finals.
Last-Lap Pass Earns Ottinger Talladega Victory
The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series produced yet another thriller of a race Tuesday, this time at Talladega Superspeedway.
Nick Ottinger, racing for JTG Daugherty Racing, scored the victory in an insane four-wide battle. It looked like the checkered flag belonged to JR Motorsports driver Brad Davies until Ottinger, Cody Byus, and points leader Ryan Luza all made moves around the No. 88 at the line.
What an intense finish and way to get the win tonight for our @JTGRacing #47 Kroger team. It was a heck of a chess match to plan moves every lap tonight. Always happy to grab a win, but to win with this @Kroger group at one of the most unpredictable tracks is special! pic.twitter.com/zfN9OedE6o
— Nick Ottinger (@NickOttinger) April 24, 2019
— JTG Daugherty Racing (@JTGRacing) April 24, 2019
It was 4 wide for the lead coming to the line! If you missed it. You need to find the clip of that.
— Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) April 24, 2019
INSANE 3-wide racing for the lead and through the whole pack in tonight’s @PeakAuto @iRacing Series 94 lapper at @TalladegaSuperS! Preview of the Cup race this weekend? 🤔 #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/gQg4UdlMBI
— Robby Lyons (@RLRacing2) April 24, 2019
Completely blown away how real this is. Hard to believe people behind a computer can produce and experience the same excitement as the real deal. Helluva show!!! https://t.co/7H7AZ2B5p0
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) April 24, 2019
Shake and Bake!
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) April 25, 2019
iRacing Paint Scheme of the Week
Ben Horton recreated Chris Buescher’s Tide Ride from Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega. If you race it on iRacing, hopefully you’ll have a little better luck than Buescher, who crashed late in Sunday’s race.
Video of the Week
Redditor u/TheSturmovik unleashed this creation on the world and we really don’t have any words. Crank up that sound.