A New Challenger Approaches
Will Tim Dugger sing the national anthem over voice chat on the iRacing grid? Only time will tell, but we hope the answer is yes.
Well I finally ordered a @iRacing setup… let’s see how this plays out 😂 Marty Robbins or Bust
— Tim Dugger (@Tim_Dugger) October 15, 2019
We’ll wait for @nascarcasm next.
— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) October 13, 2019
Heat Pro League Championship 4 Set
Following an action-packed race week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the eNASCAR Heat Pro League has determined its inaugural Championship 4.
SHG Slick 14x took the Homestead victory on Xbox after a fuel-mileage race, while ThAbEaR95 got the job done for Leavine Family Gaming on PlayStation — securing their teams a spot to battle for the championship.
Team Penske Esports, JR Motorsports, Stewart Haas Gaming and Leavine Family Gaming will compete for top honors September 23 at the virtual ISM Raceway. It’s the end of the road for Roush Fenway Gaming and Gibbs Gaming, who were eliminated following Homestead.
The Championship 4 is set!
— NASCAR Heat (@NASCARHeat) October 10, 2019
Zack Novak Wins PEAK iRacing Series Championship
Roush Fenway Racing’s Zack Novak edged G2 Esports’ Keegan Leahy on the final lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway Thursday to claim the 2019 eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series title — a $40,000 payday.
The season finale was the first-ever PEAK iRacing Series race broadcast live on NBCSN, and the world’s fastest sim racers put on quite a memorable show.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) October 10, 2019
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!!!!!!! So many people to thank, so many things to say. We are CHAMPIONS. EVERY SINGLE PERSON that helped on this 6 car is a CHAMPION. @roushfenway thank you so much for believing in me and I hope I made you guys proud. pic.twitter.com/qNffVBZ5PE
— Zack Novak (@znovak15) October 11, 2019
eNASCAR iRacing Championship ✅ pic.twitter.com/QmtvmF4kcD
— Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) October 11, 2019
And you’d better believe Novak earned the attention of notable names in the sport.
Congrats to @znovak15 the new @NASCAR @peakauto @iRacing series champion. Awesome experience this season for everyone in that series, including the owners. Great year for @iRacing and it’s incredible staff.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) October 10, 2019
I think you can say Sim-racing has finally hit the big time.
— Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) October 10, 2019
It was a tough loss for Keegan Leahy, Bobby Zalenski and Blake Reynolds, but they all took it in stride.
Just didn't quite have it at the end. I don't know what to feel. Epic drive by @znovak15 on that last run. I gave him nothing and he worked with it. Should I have doored him? For the 40k, maybe. For sim racing, no. This is how we do it in @iRacing. https://t.co/FC8Mh9TE9S
— Keegan Leahy (@KeeganLeahy) October 10, 2019
So close yet so far away. Came home 3rd in the championship. Just never could seem to get that lil bit more track position. We had crazy long run speed, but the race ended on a short run. Just wasn't my time. Congrats to Zack on the title. We'll be back@JoeGibbsRacing @iRacing pic.twitter.com/VdAkTgoxyj
— Bobby Zalenski (@bobbyzalenski) October 11, 2019
Great run to @znovak15, @KeeganLeahy, and @bobbyzalenski. I did what I could to contend, but y'all were too good! A solid top 10 after a bad pit stop there at the end. Can only look forward to a solid 2020! Congrats Zack! https://t.co/pCyWoUqkC1
— Blake Reynolds (@breynolds_66) October 10, 2019
Check out the finish:
iRacing Paint Scheme of the Week
Matt Wood meticulously re-created Alex Bowman’s Amazon Echo Auto paint scheme from Talladega — the pre-Big One version, of course.
Video of the Week
Watch an onboard shot of Keegan Leahy’s final attempt to run down Zack Novak on the final lap of the PEAK iRacing Series championship finale.
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) October 11, 2019