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William Byron finally made his way into virtual Victory Lane last week at Bristol Motor Speedway in the third round of eNASCAR's Pro Invitational series. The Hendrick Motorsports driver was also up front the first two races, and on track to win in Texas, but finally got to do the victory donuts in the first short-track race of the series. Byron has been one of the top drivers in the iRacing format as some of the other competitors come to grips with racing virtually as opposed to making laps on the actual circuits.
Bristol's field was set by the opening two heat races. Byron won his ahead of Christopher Bell, while John Hunter Nemechek topped Ryan Preece in the second. Byron led 116 of 150 laps in the main event and took the checkered flag ahead of Nemechek by more than a second. The key to a top finish appeared to simply be avoiding the drama raging deeper in the pack. Multiple incidents led to plenty of headlines and entertainment, which is remarkably like the aftermath of a normal race at Bristol!
After a break this week for the Easter holiday the series will return at its second short-track event at the virtual Richmond Raceway.
William Byron – Byron dominated last week's short-track showdown at Bristol and took the win he arguably should have had a week prior in Texas. He took pole position from the preliminary heat races and then set the pace early, staying up front