Hill Leads Pack Enascar Pro Invitaitonal Series Nw 2020

Drivers react after return to North Wilkesboro


Virtual or not, NASCAR made a long-awaited trip to North Wilkesboro Speedway for the first time since 1996, thanks to the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series finale.

Really, everybody got in on the throwback action.

iRacing’s brand-new North Wilkesboro – available only to the Pro Invitational Series this week – put on a heck of a show. It seems not much has changed since the NASCAR Cup Series raced there.

And, just like days of old, it was an afternoon of attrition – and not just on the virtual track.

Perhaps most spectacular of all was Corey LaJoie’s literal mid-race brake pedal failure. While it’s a bummer for LaJoie, it’s better to get that one out of the way in iRacing than behind the wheel at Darlington Raceway next Sunday, when the NASCAR Cup Series returns to real on-track racing.

And, speaking of Darlington, we may just have to keep an eye on Clint Bowyer, who has been keeping score, apparently.

While technically no official points were calculated, had NASCAR-style points been counted, Timmy Hill would be the Pro Invitational Series champion. Someone get this man an awards banquet!

Jon Wood made his first NASCAR start since 2008, but he did so without audio thanks to a little help from the next generation of Woods. Whoops!

Keep another eye on Brennan Poole, who may have made contact with everybody’s favorite and the reason we raced North Wilkesboro in the first place, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

In the end, the race went to Denny Hamlin, who also won this year’s Daytona 500 and Pro Invitational Series opener.

Ross Chastain wasn’t too pleased with Hamlin’s bump-and-run in the closing laps, paying the No. 11 a visit on the cool-down lap.

Here’s what everybody else had to say.

(Just keep it down, though, please! Baby’s sleeping.)

OK. We’re whispering now. Here’s what everybody else had to say.

The Pro Invitational Series has been a ton of fun, both on and off the virtual track, but now it’s time to go real racing.