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Wide World of Esports: iRacing on Biffle’s boat, Landon Cassill’s Qualifying Challenge, and a real-world iRacing paint scheme


iRacing on the Biffle boat

Honestly, how could you go on a boat and not compete in a little bit of iRacing?

We’re hoping this means we see another real-world Greg Biffle cameo this year.

Malik Ray, kart racer?

Joe Gibbs Racing eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series driver Malik Ray is certainly a wheelman in iRacing, and this week he took his talents to a real track, trying his hand at karting – after catching the eye of a team owner on iRacing.

It sounds like things went quite well considering he’s taking the wheel again next weekend.

Getting those Darlington stripes out of the way

JD Motorsports drivers looked to get ahead of the track "Too Tough to Tame" this week, practicing Darlington Raceway on iRacing ahead of Tuesday night’s Xfinity Series race.

Better to get a virtual "Darlington stripe" than a real-world one, right?

Eddie Kerner wins the Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge

By one thousandth of a second, Eddie Kerner won $10,000 Friday night.

The Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge put iRacing’s fastest drivers to quite a difficult test: set the single fastest qualifying lap in the iRacing NASCAR Cup Series car around Darlington Raceway.

Over 200 drivers (including the embarrassingly slow author of this fine blog) attempted to make the show, with 40 drivers advancing to Friday’s final. Eddie Kerner, who qualified late in the event, edged out Donovan Strauss by one thousandth of a second to take home top honors. The hot-lappers even beat a handful of eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series drivers, including Santiago Tirres, Malik Ray, Keegan Leahy and Casey Kirwan, who logged top-10 times.

Some more iRacing teases

We’re enjoying what these loose-lipped iRacing staffers have been sharing over this week.

Clearly, this post means we’re finally getting the New Mustache Model, right?

And, good news for Dale Jr. – it looks like Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway is coming along nicely.

Coca-Cola iRacing Series: Keister scores first win at Charlotte

Roush Fenway Racing rookie Kollin Keister showed the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series field how it’s done Tuesday in the Coca-Cola 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, becoming the 12th different winner in 12 Charlotte races.

Keister may have made only his sixth series start Tuesday, but he looked like a veteran on track, pulling away from series juggernaut Ryan Luza in the run to the checkered flag.

The series heads next to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday, May 26.

Heat Pro League: Leavine Family Gaming, Wood Brothers win at the Magic Mile

New Hampshire Motor Speedway rounded out the first segment of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League Wednesday. Josh Harbin of Leavine Family Gaming took home the win on PlayStation 4, while Slade Gravitt scored on Xbox.

Maxwell Castro of Ganassi Gaming and Justin Brooks of the JTG Daugherty Throttlers won their respective segments, meaning they’ll compete in their championship event in July.

Segment 2 takes place Thursday at Mid-Ohio in Gander Trucks.

iRacing paint scheme of the week

Sure, this week we’re technically not featuring a paint scheme for the iRacing sim; rather, we’ve got our eyes on an actual iRacing paint scheme – that of Anthony Alfredo, which takes to the track in the Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.

Let’s hope for Alfredo’s sake the right side of the real car looks as clean as it does in the screenshot by the end of the night.

Video of the week

Somebody forgot to ask Bob Pockrass if North Wilkesboro has lights.