A virtual version of the short tracks event has been announced by NASCAR America on NBSCN. Titled ‘NBC eSports Short Track iRacing Challenge’, the week-long event will begin on Monday.
Some of the major drivers to feature in the event include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, among a total of 18 drivers who will feature in the event.
From Monday to Wednesday, 6 different drivers will compete in two timed races in Cup Series cars. A championship race is scheduled on Thursday at the virtual Martinsville Speedway, which will feature the top two finishers from the past three races.
Here is the list of the venue and drivers:
Monday – Rockingham Speedway – Kyle Busch, William Byron, Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Tyler Reddick and Bubba Wallace
Tuesday – Lucas Oil Raceway – Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, Harrison Burton, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson
Wednesday – Myrtle Beach Speedway – Landon Cassill, Matt DiBenedetto, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Timmy Hill, Ryan Preece and Myatt Snider
Thursday – Martinsville Speedway (Championship Race)
Regarding the eSports Short Track iRacing Challenge, Jeff Behnke, vice president, production, NASCAR said:
We’re proud to continue our successful collaboration with iRacing and NASCAR, which began last year, to produce the NBC eSports Short Track iRacing Challenge. Thanks to all the drivers from the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series for joining in what should be four consecutive nights of entertainment and fun for all the great race fans and viewers.
Steve Myers, iRacing executive producer expects that the event “should be one of the most fun” of all the events.
Of all of the events we’ve been putting together for real-world pros, the NBC eSports Short Track iRacing Challenge should be one of the most fun. So many of the top drivers in NASCAR have honed their skills on both local short tracks and iRacing, and combining the two for a virtual week-long showdown should deliver plenty of excitement. We can’t wait to see who takes the checkered flag and bragging rights!