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With Cup Series re-start on horizon, Byron wins third iRacing event in last four tries

William Byron

William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, celebrates his third eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series victory at virtual Dover International Speedway with a burnout May 3. (Photo credit: NASCARMedia.com)

Too bad for William Byron that iRacing Pro Invitational Series results don't count toward the regular NASCAR Cup standings.

Byron won Sunday's Finish Line 150 at a virtual-reality Dover International Speedway. It marked his third win in the last four iRacing events.

Byron slipped by another iRacing ace, Timmy Hill, with six laps to go to take the lead for good. He led 79 laps Sunday and 406 combined in the six iRacing Pro Invitational Series events.

Christopher Bell was second, and Hill placed third.

“It was a lot of fun today," Byron said. “Obviously, there was a lot of cautions, so I just had to kind of pace myself. It was hard to predict when we were going to get a longer run so it's hard to know what to do with the tires in terms of how much to save, whatnot."

Byron credited getting four fresh tires on the last pit stop. Hill got only two fresh tires, which allowed him to take the lead temporarily.

"Four tires at the end was the right call to be aggressive," Byron said.

Denny Hamlin was sixth, as he didn't have the same issue he did at virtual Talladega Superspeedway last week when his daughter accidently shut off his monitor, causing him to wreck.

Before the race, David Hasselhoff sang the national anthem and country singer Blake Shelton gave the command for racers to start their engines.

Next Sunday's race at North Wilkesboro Speedway will be the last iRacing Pro Invitational Series race. North Wilkesboro has not hosted a Cup event since shutting down in 1996, but it has historic value to the circuit.

NASCAR will return to racing with an actual Cup race May 17 at Darlington Raceway.

NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

Finish Line 150

May 3

Dover International Speedway

1. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet, 150.

2. (95) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 150.

3. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 150.

4. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, 150.

5. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 150.

6. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 150.

7. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 150.

8. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 150.

9. (51) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 150.

10. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, 150.

11. (15) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 150.

12. (41) Cole Custer, Ford, 150.

13. (19) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 150.

14. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 150.

15. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 150.

16. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 150.

17. (6) Ross Chastain, Ford, 149.

18. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 148.

19. (52) JJ Yeley, Ford, 148.

20. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford, 147.

21. (89) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 147.

22. (49) Chad Finchum, Toyota, 143.

23. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 142.

24. (52) Joey Gase, Ford, 142.

25. (31) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 140.

26. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 136.

27. (38) John Hunter Nemechek, Ford, 133.

28. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 124.

29. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 122.

30. (96) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 116.

31. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 114.

32. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 99.

33. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 85.

34. (77) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 79.

35. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford, 78.

36. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 52.

Past iRacing results

Dixie Vodka 150

Virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway

March 22

1. (9) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota, 100.

2. (5) Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Chevrolet, 100.

3. (7) Timmy Hill, No. 66 Toyota, 100.

4. (6) Chase Briscoe, No. 98 Ford, 100.

5. (1) Garrett Smithley, No. 51 Chevrolet, 100.

6. (12) Alex Bowman, No. 88 Chevrolet, 100.

7. (18) Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Chevrolet, 100.

8. (13) Ryan Preece, No. 37 Chevrolet, 100.

9. (3) Ty Majeski, No. 45 Chevrolet, 100.

10. (25) Erik Jones, No. 20 Toyota, 100.

11. (16) Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Ford, 100.

12. (10) Landon Cassill, No. 89 Chevrolet, 100.

13. (8) Parker Kligerman, No. 77 Toyota, 100.

14. (4) Ross Chastain, No. 6 Ford, 100.

15. (19) Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford, 100.

16. (11) Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Ford, 100.

17. (23) Ryan Truex, No. 40 Chevrolet, 100.

18. (29) Bobby Labonte, No. 19 Toyota, 100.

19. (28) Ty Dillon, No. 13 Chevrolet, 100.

20. (26) Justin Allgaier, No. 7 Chevrolet, 100.

21. (33) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Chevrolet, 100.

22. (15) Austin Cindric, No. 12 Ford, 100.

23. (32) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Ford, 100.

24. (20) Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet, 100.

25. (30) Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Ford, 100.

26. (27) Christopher Bell, No. 95 Toyota, 100.

27. (24) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet, 100.

28. (21) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Ford, 99.

29. (34) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota, 94.

30. (22) John Hunter Nemechek, No. 38 Ford, 93.

31. (35) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet, 93.

32. (17) Anthony Alfredo, No. 33 Chevrolet, 86.

33. (14) Kyle Larson, No. 42 Chevrolet, 86.

34. (2) William Byron, No. 24 Chevrolet, 79.

35. (31) Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chevrolet, 46.

Margin of victory: 0.153 seconds.

Caution periods: 9 for 42 laps.

Lead changes: 11 among 6 drivers.

Lap leaders: Byron (28), Smithley (24), Hamlin (14), Earnhardt (14), Hill (13), Briscoe (7).

O’Reilly Auto Parts 125

Virtual Texas Motor Speedway

March 29

1. (10) Timmy Hill, No. 66 Toyota, 130.

2. (7) Ryan Preece, No. 37 Chevrolet, 130.

3. (12) Garrett Smithley, No. 51 Chevrolet, 130.

4. (5) Landon Cassill, No. 89 Chevrolet, 130.

5. (20) Alex Bowman, No. 88 Chevrolet, 130.

6. (2) Dale Earnhardt Jr, No. 8 Chevrolet, 130.

7. (1) William Byron, No. 24 Chevrolet, 130.

8. (3) John H Nemechek, No. 38 Ford, 130.

9. (27) Kyle Larson, No. 42 Chevrolet, 130.

10. (30) Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chevrolet, 130.

11. (15) Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Ford, 130.

12. (4) Parker Kligerman, No. 77 Toyota, 130.

13. (6) Bobby Labonte, No. 19 Toyota, 130.

14. (11) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Ford, 130.

15. (16) Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Ford, 130.

16. (24) Ty Dillon, No.13 Chevrolet, 130.

17. (19) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota, 130.

18. (18) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Ford, 130.

19. (25) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet, 130.

20. (28) Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet, 130.

21. (22) Erik Jones, No. 20 Toyota, 130.

22. (33) Ross Chastain, No. 6 Ford, 129.

23. (31) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, No. 47 Chevrolet, 129.

24. (17) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota, 129.

25. (29) Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Chevrolet, 129.

26. (32) Alex Labbe, No. 90 Chevrolet, 128.

27. (26) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Ford, 128.

28. (13) Tyler Reddick, No. 31 Chevrolet, 128.

29. (8) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet, 128.

30. (34) Ty Majeski, No. 45 Chevrolet, 122.

31. (21) Ruben Garcia, No. 27 Ford, 122.

32. (35) Greg Biffle, No. 16 Ford, 121.

33. (9) Daniel Suarez, No. 96 Toyota, 110.

34. (14) Christopher Bell, No. 95 Toyota, 88.

35. (23) Anthony Alfredo, No. 33 Chevrolet, 39.

Average Lap: 40.366 seconds

Caution Flags: 5 for 21 laps

Lead Changes: 16

Food City Showdown

Virtual Bristol Motor Speedway

April 5

1. (24) William Byron Chevrolet, 150.

2. (38) John H. Nemechek Ford, 150.

3. (66) Timmy Hill Toyota, 150.

4. (11) Denny Hamlin Toyota, 150.

5. (21) Matt DiBenedetto Ford, 150.

6. (37) Ryan Preece Chevrolet, 150.

7. (77) Parker Kligerman Toyota, 150.

8. (31) Tyler Reddick Chevrolet, 150.

9. (51) Garrett Smithley Chevrolet, 150.

10. (34) Michael McDowell Ford, 150.

11. (14) Clint Bowyer Ford, 150.

12. (95) Christopher Bell Toyota, 150.

13. (19) Bobby Labonte Toyota, 150.

14. (88) Alex Bowman Chevrolet, 150.

15. (3) Austin Dillon Chevrolet, 150.

16. (6) Ross Chastain Ford, 150.

17. (22) Joey Logan Ford, 150.

18. (18) Kyle Busch Toyota, 150.

19. (1) Kurt Busch Chevrolet, 150.

20. (89) Landon Cassill Chevrolet, 150.

21. (48) Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet, 150.

22. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet, 150.

23. (17) Chris Buescher Ford, 146.

24. (2) Brad Keselowski Ford, 141.

25. (13) Ty Dillon Chevrolet, 132.

26. (12) Ryan Blaney Ford, 126.

27. (96) Daniel Suarez Toyota, 72.

28. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chevrolet, 72.

29. (42) Kyle Larson Chevrolet, 71.

30. (9) Chase Elliott Chevrolet, 31.31. (20) Erik Jones Toyota, 14.

32. (43) Bubba Wallace Chevrolet, 9.

Average Lap: 28.023 seconds

Caution Flags: 12 for 66 laps

Lead Changes: 3

Toyota Owners 150

Virtual Richmond Raceway

April 19

1. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet, 154.

2. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 154.

3. (77) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 154.

4. (89) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 154.

5. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 154.

6. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 154.

7. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, 154.

8. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 154.

9. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 154.

10. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 154.

11. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 154.

12. (31) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 154.

13. (6) Ross Chastain, Ford, 154.

14. (19) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 154.

15. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 154.

16. (38) John Hunter Nemechek, Ford, 154.

17. (51) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 154.

18. (96) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 154.

19. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 154.

20. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 154.

21. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford, 154.

22. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 148.

23. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 147.

24. (95) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 145.

25. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 135.

26. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 123.

27. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 112.

28. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 101.

29. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 99.

30. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 57.

Average Lap: 29.037 seconds

Caution Flags: 6 for 36 laps

Lead Changes: 3

GEICO 70

Talladega Superspeedway

April 26

1. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 74 laps.

2. (32) Core LaJoie, Ford, 74.

3. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 74.

4. (51) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 74.

5. (89) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 74.

6. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet, 74.

7. (15) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 74.

8. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 74.

9. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 74.

10. (96) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 74.

11. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 74.

12. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 74.

13. (95) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 74.

14. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet ,74.

15. (52) JJ Yeley, Ford, 74.

16. (77) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 74.

17. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 74.

18. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, 74.

19. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 74.

20. (53) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 74.

21. (49) Chad Finchum, Toyota, 74.

22. (31) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 74.

23. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 74.

24. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 74.

25. (38) John Hunter Nemechek, Ford, 74.

26. (41) Cole Custer, Ford, 74.

27. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford, 74.

28. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 74.

29. (6) Ross Chastain, Ford, 74.

30. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 74.

31. (19) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 74.

32. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 74.

33. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 74.

34. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 74.

35. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 73.

36. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 67.

37. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, 67.

38. (024) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 65.

39. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 51.

Sports Editor Mark Edwards: 256-235-3570. On Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.

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