Hendrick Motorsports’ driver Alex Bowman won the race at Talladega in the eNASCAR iRacing Invitational series held on Sunday. He pipped Corey LaJoie and Ryan Preece to win the race.
Of the iRacing win, Alex Bowman said:
I guess just right place, right time, kind of the normal speedway racing deal. I’ve really got to thank Preece for pushing me because that’s what made the difference at that point.
Alex Bowman explained that he is relatively inexperienced to race in the iRacing events and was glad to have emerged victorious. He said:
That part of it’s definitely different. I feel like if we keep doing this long enough, we’ll have teammates and manufacture orders in it, but it was definitely different to just focus on your deal and do your deal all day.
It was kind of a weird race for us just with how we didn’t get fuel under that first caution and then had to pit earlier under green and was kind of going to put us in a really bad spot, and the cautions kind of saved us.
Just glad to be able to get a win. You know, it’s good for everybody with Chevy Goods on the car and it’s good to have some momentum. You know, obviously the season was going really well for us in real life, and then as we got into this virtual deal, had some ups and downs, but to get a win is really cool.
Jeff Gordon made his debut in iRacing after coming out of retirement. He said of the occasion:
It’s incredibly realistic. I loved being a part of it, it was great being back in there in the action and competition on the track. I had a blast.
Next race in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series is scheduled for Sunday, May 3 at virtual Dover International Speedway.