Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag in the last NASCAR iRacing event featuring Cup Series drives before the scheduled return to the real tracks. Hamlin took the win at a virtual version of North Wilkesboro Speedway on Saturday. The victory was his second of the Pro Invitational Series, a series of iRacing events for NASCAR drivers to race in while the season was suspended.
Hamlin, who started the race in third-to-last place, took the lead for the final time with nine laps to go in the race. He did so after bumping Ross Chastain loose for a moment, but that was all he needed.
That wasn't the only notable contact of the race. Keeping true to the spirit of the sport, the race got particularly exciting when there was a big crash on lap 75, which included some delightful commentary from Clint Bowyer.
Bowyer also started another bit of trouble later in the race. The beauty of this format is that commentators can just straight-up ask the participating drivers what happened, and pretty much demand an explanation.
If everything goes according to plan, this will be the last major iRacing tournament where professional NASCAR drivers will be involved. The season officially returns on Sunday, May 17 at Darlington Raceway. This is a result of theNASCAR put out to complete the season in a short amount of time while adhering to CDC-recommended, and individual state, guidelines on responding to the coronavirus pandemic.