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Wide World of Esports: Learning Mid-Ohio, eNASCAR playoffs loom, and talking back to the crew chief

Xfinity Drivers (Virtually) Prepare for Mid-Ohio

With a somewhat unfamiliar road course next on the schedule for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, drivers haven’t been shy about preparing for the race and learning the track using iRacing.

New iRacing Damage Model

This week, iRacing teased a video featuring its upcoming overhauled car damage model. While the preview emphasized road racing cars, NASCAR drivers still took the opportunity to take shots and poke fun at their competitors.

NASCAR and Esports at NABJ Convention

Thursday, Bubba Wallace and up-and-comer Rajah Caruth joined NASCAR’s “Let’s Go Racing! Learn how Esports is Changing the Diversity Landscape of NASCAR” panel to discuss the role of esports in NASCAR’s future.

NASCAR Heat 4 Available for Pre-Order

Gamers will be thrilled to learn the much-anticipated digital pre-order for NASCAR Heat 4 has dropped.

One popular feature added is the ability to race different series and track combinations, even if they aren’t normally available. Cup cars at Mid-Ohio, anyone?

PEAK iRacing Series: Garrett Lowe Wins Michigan Thriller

Team Rengades rookie Garrett Lowe pulled off the first win of his eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series career Tuesday at Michigan International Speedway, edging Chris Overland and Blake Reynolds in a thrilling three-wide finish following an eventful final lap of a race where Keegan Leahy dominated much of the evening.

Full recap on eNASCAR.com

Get to know Garrett Lowe

Just one race remains until the playoffs begin, and it might prove the greatest challenge for drivers all season — the half-mile bullring that is Bristol Motor Speedway. Jimmy Mullis, Zack Novak and Nick Ottinger are poised to battle for the final two positions in the eight-driver championship run.

The regular season finale takes place Tuesday, August 20.

Heat Pro League: Stewart-Haas Gaming, Wood Brothers Gaming Win at Michigan

The eNASCAR Heat Pro League took on Michigan Wednesday for its first stop in the virtual Irish Hills.

Stewart Haas Gaming’s SHGSlick14x avoided late-race melee to claim Victory No. 1 of the season in the Xbox race.

On PlayStation, it was high school senior sladeg84 of Wood Brothers Gaming taking home the checkered flag for the first time since the season opener.

The overall team win, however, went to Team Penske, with a pair of second-place finishes.

Read more on eNASCAR.com

The inaugural Heat Pro League playoffs begin soon — but not before the series heads to Daytona for the regular-season finale Wednesday, August 21. RCR Esports, Hendrick Motorsports GC, Petty Esports and Chip Ganassi Gaming look to claw their way into the championship contention with one final effort before the playoffs begin.

eNASCAR IGNITE Series Playoffs Begin

Parker Retzlaff pulled off the feature victory in the first round of the eNASCAR IGNITE Series playoffs at Richmond Raceway — inching one step closer to a $10,000 racing scholarship and real-world test day.

The top 50 drivers in the youth iRacing series visits Bristol Motor Speedway in NASCAR modifieds-style cars Thursday.

Paint Scheme of the Week

James Gutta painted this Wood Brothers Quick Lane 20 Years of Service Ford Mustang originally driven by Paul Menard for iRacing, and it looks just as sharp on the virtual screen as it did in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Wood Brothers Paint Iracing

Video of the Week

PEAK iRacing Series driver Casey Kirwan tells us the plan when the crew chief asks for two tires.