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Wide World of Esports: iRacing on TV, New Sponsors, and PEAK Crash Avoidance

iRacing … on my TV?

Stars of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series — plus racer Parker Kligerman — put on a show in eNASCAR’s national television debut Thursday on NBCSN’s NASCAR America for 70 laps of racing action at the virtual Iowa Speedway.

Despite Kligerman’s pole starting position, series standouts Nick Ottinger and Ryan Luza quickly made their way to the front of the field battled for the top spot much of the race, using multiple grooves and changing track positions to try to gain an advantage against one another.

In the end, Ottinger performed a last-lap crossover move on Luza, who made one final attempt at taking the top spot by driving his FlipSid3 Tactics Toyota hard into Turn 3. Ottinger slid underneath Luza’s car and edged his JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet ahead by just a nose at the start-finish line to take the victory in the non-points race.

You know you’re doing something right when you inspire William Byron, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver who inspired countless iRacers.

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iRacing’s Myers on ‘Letarte on Location’

In a wonderful meshing of Steves, iRacing Executive Vice President and Executive Producer Steve Myers joined Steve Letarte for Letarte’s “Letarte on Location” podcast at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Together with Dale Earnhardt Jr. — oh, yeah, he was there, too — the three spoke about the impact of iRacing to the racing scene today.

It’s worth a listen.

Burton-Kligerman Esports Signs Sponsor

PEAK iRacing Series team Burton-Kligerman Esports announced SteadyMD will join the organization, owned by Jeff Burton and Parker Kligerman, placing its logos on Logan Clampitt’s No. 99 and Ashton Crowder’s No. 77 machines.

Clampitt hung out with the NASCAR on NBC crew at Pocono Raceway over the weekend.

What does it cost?

Racers Timmy Hill and Malik Ray dispelled some myths about the cost to compete at a high level, proving esports lends itself more to driver skill and comfort than to the most expensive equipment.

PEAK iRacing Series: Mullis Conquers the Tricky Triangle

Jimmy Mullis finished one spot better than his runner-up effort in Kentucky by scoring the victory at Pocono Raceway in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series Tuesday night. Mullis held off Casey Kirwan in an overtime finish — the second-ever in the series. Rookie Malik Ray scored a career-best third-place finish after pushing Richmond Raceway eSports teammate Mullis on the final restart.

Ryan Luza reclaimed his spot at the top of the standings, while the battle for eighth place tightened even further with just two races remaining before the playoffs begin. A setback took Zack Novak of Roush Fenway Racing from leading 37 laps to finishing 35th — now one point out of the playoffs, despite leading the series in wins this year.

The PEAK iRacing Series heads next to Michigan August 6.

Heat Pro League: GoFas, Stewart-Haas Score at the Brickyard

The inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League playoffs loom, but the pressure didn’t stop GoFasMatt32 Wednesday at Indianapolis, who scored the victory for GoFas Gaming on Xbox.

On PlayStation, SHG_HotRod_14p from Stewart-Haas Gaming held off FasFed32 of GoFas Gaming in a green-white-checkered finish.

The Heat Pro League makes its way to Michigan August 7.

Paint Scheme of the Week

As NASCAR prepares for all sorts of road courses in August, Nicholas Doucette reminds us of Jacques Villeneuve’s memorable foray into NASCAR as a road-course ringer, re-creating his familiar 2010 Xfinity Series paint scheme.

Paint Scheme Of The Week July 31

Video of the Week

Casey Kirwan nearly scored a victory in the PEAK iRacing Series at Pocono Raceway Tuesday, and it turned out battling Jimmy Mullis for the win in overtime wasn’t the most stressful part of his night — it was weaving through a multi-car crash.

Kirwan’s reaction says it all (and some top-notch work from the spotter, by the way).