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Wide World of Esports: Dale Jr.’s quest for North Wilkesboro, NASCAR Heat 4 released, and Cookson wins IGNITE Series

Dale Jr. Wants North Wilkesboro in iRacing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted that he wants the long-abandoned North Wilkesboro Speedway in iRacing, and he’s willing to do some landscaping to make it happen.

Since iRacing laser-scans its tracks to capture every bump and imperfection, brush and weeds peeping through the ancient track surface would first need to be cleared before iRacing’s scanning team visits.

The easiest way to clean up a 5/8-mile oval? Enlist some friends — something Dale Jr. can do better than anybody.

NASCAR Heat 4 Released

Last week, NASCAR Heat 4 finally made its way to the public — the Gold Edition released on Tuesday, and the Standard Edition hit the shelves Friday. The game includes updates to graphics, physics, and player-controlled customizations.

On eNASCAR.com, we broke down what’s new and improved.

PEAK iRacing Series: Vincent Victorious in Indy

Corey Vincent made his return to Victory Lane in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series on Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a three-year winless drought, becoming the second race winner of the season for Team Renegades.

Vincent, a non-playoff driver, passed Blake Reynolds on the final stretch to the finish when Reynolds’ Team Dillon Esports entry ran out of fuel just shy of the finish line — a victory that would have been Reynolds’ first and advanced him to the championship finale.

Just one race remains in the playoffs — the Charlotte road course on Sept. 24 — before $100,000 is awarded in the Homestead-Miami Speedway championship race. A win for any of the eight playoff drivers would advance them to the finale; the other three positions will be awarded based on points since no playoff driver has won a playoff race — an uncanny statistic after non-playoff drivers played spoiler two races in a row.

Playoff Watch on eNASCAR.com

Heat Pro League: Playoff Round 1 in the Books

The inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League playoffs kicked off Wednesday at the virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway — the first race held on the all-new NASCAR Heat 4 game.

JTG Daugherty Throttlers racer mrTRACKBAR33 won the Xbox race, while ThAbEaR_95 got the job done for Leavine Family Gaming on PlayStation.

Most eyes were on the playoff picture Wednesday, however. Despite the Xbox victory, JTG Daugherty was bumped out of contention in teamwide series standings, as was Germain Gaming.

Recap on eNASCAR.com

Round 2 of the Heat Pro League playoffs takes place September 25 at Kansas Speedway.

Cookson Wins eNASCAR IGNITE Series Championship

Max J. Cookson topped the best of the best Thursday at Martinsville Speedway to claim the title of the second eNASCAR IGNITE Series champion. The 16-year-old wins a $10,000 racing scholarship, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a test day racing a NASCAR Pinty’s Series car and a U.S. Legend car. Who says playing games can’t pay off?

iRacing Paint Scheme of the Week

Alex Wheeler painted a classic Mike Stefanik paint scheme for iRacing’s modified-style cars in memory of the late short track legend. Stefanik raced a similar-looking ride from 2006 to 2011.

Stefanik Tribute 2019

Video of the Week

It seems Charlotte road course practice is in full swing for Burton Kligerman Esports.