Austin Dillon went for arguably the wildest ride of his Sprint Cup career on the final lap of Sunday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, landing upside down in among the most frightening wrecks in NASCAR history.
Dillon was part of a huge multicar wreck coming to the checkered flag that sent his car airborne into the catchfence, tearing it apart.
Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet car was destoryed, with the front and rear ends missing after it came to a stop on its roof at the end of the pits (and after another jarring collision with Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford). The impact threw Dillon’s engine into the grass, several feet behind the car.
After safety workers and crew members from other teams scrambled to Dillion’s car, the Richard Childress Racing driver was extricated from the wreckage. Dillon gave a few waves to the crowd, removed his helmet and HANS device and walked to a waiting ambulance. He was treated and released from the infield care center with a bruised forearm and tailbone.
Ryan Luza won Tuesday night’s NASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race held on a digital Bristol Motor Speedway.
Luza, who competes for Williams ESports, claimed the win in a three-lap overtime finish over Garrett Lowe and Zack Novak.
Then event was slowed by five cautions in the last 48 laps of regulation, with the last one occurring with four laps left and forcing the overtime finish.
Luza is the first repeat winner of the season after winning consecutive events.
“We just had an amazing long-run car,” Luza said. “I had a pit stop malfunction on the first pit stop after we got to third on the first run. I was pretty upset. But we got another long run and we came flying through the field after about 30 laps. … I think we pretty much had the field covered on the long run there.”
The series’ next race is scheduled for April 14 on a digital Richmond Raceway.
Ryan Luza (Williams eSports)
Garrett Lowe (Wood Brothers Racing)
Zack Novak (Richmond Raceway eSports)
Michael Conti (JR Motorsports)
Bobby Zalenski (Virtual Racing School)
Brad Davies (JR Motorsports)
Alex McCollum (G2 eSports)
Michael Guest (Team Dillon eSports)
Caine Cook (Renegades eSports)
Justin Bolton (Stewart-Haas eSports
Bob Bryant (Kyle Larson Racing eSports)
Keegan Leahy (Denny Hamlin Racing)
Nick Ottinger (William Byron eSports)
Jake Nichols (Mode Motorsports)
Ray Alfalla (Virtual Racing School)
Christian Challiner (JTG Daugherty Racing)
Graham Bowlin (Joe Gibbs Racing)
Steve Sheehan (Kyle Larson Racing)
Matt Bussa (Williams Esports
Kollin Keister (Roush Fenway Racing)
Logan Clampitt (Burton Kligerman eSports)
Michael Guariglia (Jim Beaver eSports)
Chris Shearburn (Letarte eSports)
Jarl Teien (G2 eSports)
Phil Diaz (Mode Motorsports)
Brian Schoenburg (Clint Bowyer Racing)
Casey Kirwan (Denny Hamlin Racing)
John Gorlinsky (William Byron eSports)
Ashton Crowder (Burton Kligerman eSports)
Brandon Kettelle (Clint Bowyer Racing)
Malik Ray (Joe Gibbs Racing)
Jimmy Mullis (Richmond Raceway eSports)
Chris Overland (Wood Brothers Racing)
Santiago Tirres (Letarte eSports)
Corey Vincent (Renegades)
Dylan Duval (Stewart-Haas eSports)
Jeremy Allen (JTG Daugherty Racing)
Eric Smith (Jim Beaver eSports)
Nathan Lyon (Roush Fenway Racing)
Blake Reynolds (Dillon eSports)
Joey Logano Foundation establishes $1 million COVID-19 fund
The Joey Logano Foundation has established a $1 million COVID-19 response and recovery fund in partnership with Elevation Church, the foundation announced Tuesday.
The funding will address a variety of needs, including educational equity and access, medical supplies, food distribution and financial shortages throughout the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area and communities across the United States. Elevation Church is based in the Charlotte suburb of Matthews, North Carolina, and has locations in Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Canada.
“I’ve been blessed to have the ability to help others with our platform and for the past few weeks, the Joey Logano Foundation has been able to help in multiple ways on a local level,” Logano said in a statement. “However, (wife) Brittany and I knew we could do more and felt a huge calling to give on a larger capacity at a statewide and national level.
“Partnering up with Elevation Outreach couldn’t have been a better fit. At a blistering pace, Elevation Outreach and the Joey Logano Foundation have been able to create a $1,000,000 COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, which will help provide funding and necessary supplies for organizations in need during this scary time. Part of JLF’s mission is to inspire others to live a life of generosity and our hope is that this Response and Recovery fund is a catalyst for others to be inspired to give back during this pandemic.”
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NASCAR Texas event tops TV record for eSports event
With NASCAR racing postponed through early May at this point, drivers are spending their time on their iRacing simulators.
The eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series continues this weekend with drivers competing at a virtual Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday. Denny Hamlin won the opening race at a digital Homestead-Miami Speedway. Timmy Hill won last weekend’s race at a virtual Texas Motor Speedway.
Here’s a look at the various sim rigs drivers are using.
I feel like I should have paid more attention in my computer science course @UWindsor. Haven’t spent much time on this baby in the past few years, but I think I got it tuned up enough to run with the kids tomorrow. @NASCARONFOX If not we’re gonna play fooseball. pic.twitter.com/TpDAnZkan7