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Josh Berry dominates Saturday Night Thunder iRacing event at Richmond

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Josh Berry held off Ty Majeski to win the second Saturday Night Thunder iRacing event at virtual Richmond Raceway.

Berry dominated, leading 106 laps in the 125-lap race on the .750-mile D-shaped oval. Even two late-race crashes didn’t impact Berry’s path to victory lane.

“It was a good race,” said Berry, who drove the No. 88 for JR Motorsports. “I felt like I was pretty good, me and Ty were pretty close and that it would come down to whoever lost track position.

“On that one (second-to-last) restart, a couple guys took two (tires) and Ty was in the wrong lane and lost a bunch of track position and that was probably the difference for me to get away.”

While frustrated at finishing second, Majeski praised Berry for running a clean race.

“It was certainly frustrating, but overall I feel we finished where we deserved tonight,” Majeski said. “Josh was just a little bit better. We could trade off lap times, but he was much more consistent. That was the difference.”

Third through fifth were Chase Cabre, Ty Gibbs and pole sitter Landon Cassill. Sixth through 10th were Will Rodgers, Anthony Alfredo, Kaz Grala, Logan Seavey and Bayley Currey.

The race was run in Xfinity Series cars. The event was open to NASCAR Xfinity Series, Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, Pinty’s Series, Whelen Euro Series and ARCA Menards Series drivers.

The event featured three heat races that transferred six drivers each to the feature, as well as two last chance qualifying races that transferred another eight drivers to make for a 26-car field.

FINAL RESULTS:

MAIN EVENT:  

  1. Josh Berry
  2. Ty Majeski
  3. Chase Cabre
  4. Ty Gibbs
  5. Landon Cassill
  6. Will Rodgers
  7. Anthony Alfredo
  8. Kaz Grala
  9. Logan Seavey
  10. Bayley Currey
  11. Landon Huffman
  12. Derek Kraus
  13. Blake Koch
  14. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  15. Josh Bilicki
  16. Scott Stenzel
  17. Jeb Burton
  18. Cole Custer
  19. Michael McDowell
  20. Austin Cindric
  21. Brennan Poole
  22. Chase Briscoe
  23. Matt Mills
  24. Alex Labbe
  25. Justin Allgaier
  26. Ryan Truex

Pole winner: Landon Cassill

Heat 1 (10 laps — top six drivers advance to main event):

  1. Landon Cassill
  2. Anthony Alfredo
  3. Chase Briscoe
  4. Kaz Grala
  5. Logan Seavey
  6. Will Rodgers
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Austin Cindric
  9. Jesse Iwuji
  10. JJ Yeley
  11. Brennan Poole
  12. Todd Gilliland
  13. Joey Gase
  14. Christian Eckes
  15. Michael Annett

Heat 2 (10 laps — top six drivers advance to main event):

  1. Ty Majeski
  2. Alex Labbe
  3. Landon Huffman
  4. Cole Custer
  5. Jeb Burton
  6. Matt Mills
  7. Chad Finchum
  8. Joe Graf Jr.
  9. Scott Stenzel
  10. Harrison Burton
  11. Spencer Boyd
  12. Michael McDowell
  13. Blake Koch
  14. Drew Dollar

Heat 3 (10 laps — top six drivers advance to main event):

  1. Josh Berry
  2. Chase Cabre
  3. Bayley Currey
  4. Ty Gibbs
  5. Derek Kraus
  6. Josh Bilicki
  7. Ryan Truex
  8. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  9. Stephen Leicht
  10. Myatt Snider
  11. Stewart Friesen
  12. Ryan Ellis
  13. Noah Gragson
  14. Angela Ruch

Last Chance qualifying race No. 1 (15 laps — top four drivers advance to main event):

  1. Justin Allgaier,
  2. Ryan Truex
  3. Brennan Poole
  4. Michael McDowell
  5. Jesse Iwuji
  6. Harrison Burton
  7. Drew Dollar
  8. Stewart Friesen
  9. Joey Gase
  10. Joe Graf Jr.
  11. Noah Gragson
  12. Stephen Leicht

Last Chance qualifying race No. 2 (15 laps — top four drivers advance to main event):

  1. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  2. Blake Koch
  3. Austin Cindric
  4. Scott Stenzel
  5. Chad Finchum
  6. Myatt Snider
  7. Spencer Boyd
  8. JJ Yeley
  9. Christian Eckes
  10. Todd Gilliland
  11. Ryan Ellis
  12. Angela Ruch
  13. Michael Annett

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Logan Seavey wins Saturday Night Thunder at virtual Bristol

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Logan Seavey overcame an early incident and passed Chase Cabre for the lead with 13 laps to go in the 150-lap race to win the Saturday Night Thunder iRacing event at a virtual Bristol Motor Speedway.

The race was run with ARCA Menards Series cars. The event was open to NASCAR Xfinity Series, Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, Pinty’s Series, Whelen Euro Series and ARCA Menards Series drivers.

Seavey, who plans to run a full-time USAC sprint car and midget schedule while looking for a NASCAR ride, advanced to the feature by finishing second in his heat race.

Cabre, who will run a full ARCA Menards Series schedule when racing returns, finished second. Alex Labbe, a driver in the Pinty’s Series, was third. Anthony Alfredo finished fourth. Kyle Weatherman completed the top five.

The event featured three heat races that transferred four drivers each to the feature. The two last chance qualifying races transferred six drivers each to the feature.

Two drivers who advanced through the last chance qualifying race finished in the top 10 in the feature. Joey Gase was ninth in the feature. Jeb Burton placed 10th in the feature.

RESULTS

FEATURE RACE

  1. Logan Seavey
  2. Chase Cabre
  3. Alex Labbe
  4. Anthony Alfredo
  5. Kyle Weatherman
  6. Ty Majeski
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Blake Koch
  9. Joey Gase
  10. Jeb Burton
  11. Justin Haley
  12. Stewart Friesen
  13. Landon Huffman
  14. Myatt Snider
  15. Jesse Iwuji
  16. Will Rodgers
  17. Kaz Grala
  18. Brandon Brown
  19. Chandler Smith
  20. Josh Bilicki
  21. Ryan Truex
  22. Derek Kraus
  23. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  24. Harrison Burton

 

HEAT RACES

Top four advanced to feature

HEAT 1

  1. Blake Koch
  2. Logan Seavey
  3. Chase Cabre
  4. Kaz Grala
  5. Derek Kraus
  6. Landon Huffman
  7. Ryan Truex
  8. Christian Eckes
  9. Joey Gase
  10. Tyler Ankrum
  11. JJ Yeley
  12. Stewart Friesen
  13. Trevor Bayne

HEAT 2

  1. Kyle Weatherman
  2. Alex Labbe
  3. Josh Bilicki
  4. Jesse Iwuji
  5. Bayley Currey
  6. Brandon Brown
  7. Spencer Boyd
  8. Ryan Ellis
  9. Chandler Smith
  10. Brennan Poole
  11. Sam Mayer
  12. Michael Annett
  13. Jeb Burton

HEAT 3

  1. Anthony Alfredo
  2. Will Rodgers
  3. Justin Allgaier
  4. Ty Majeski
  5. Matt Mills
  6. Scott Stenzel
  7. Stephen Leicht
  8. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  9. Joe Graf Jr.
  10. Justin Haley
  11. Myatt Snider
  12. Harrison Burton

LAST CHANCE QUALIFYING RACES

LAST CHANCE QUALIFYING RACE 1

Top 6 advance to feature

  1. Derek Kraus
  2. Ryan Truex
  3. Brandon Brown
  4. Joey Gase
  5. Jeb Burton
  6. Myatt Snider
  7. JJ Yeley
  8. Stephen Leicht
  9. Matt Mills
  10. Joe Graf Jr.
  11. Ryan Ellis
  12. Sam Mayer

LAST CHANCE QUALIFYING RACE 2

  1.  Landon Huffman
  2. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  3. Justin Haley
  4. Harrison Burton
  5. Stewart Friesen
  6. Chandler Smith
  7. Spencer Boyd
  8. Bayley Currey
  9. Christian Eckes
  10. Scott Stenzel
  11. Tyler Ankrum
  12. Michael Annett
  13. Trevor Bayne

Alex Labbe wins eNASCAR Pro Invitational Qualifier

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Alex Labbe, who competes in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, won the eNASCAR Pro Invitational qualifier from a virtual Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday morning.

Labbe won by passing Anthony Alfredo for the lead on the last lap. Alfredo finished second. Ty Majeski, who started on the pole, finished third. Ruben Garcia Jr. finished fourth.

The top four advanced to today’s eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series race at a virtual Texas Motor Speedway (1 p.m ET on FOX, FS1 and Fox Sports App) That race features a 35-car field.

This is the second weekend in a row that Majeski and Alfredo each qualified for the main event through a qualifying race.

With no cautions, qualifying was critical for those who advanced. All four who advanced started in the top six. Labbe started second, Alfredo started fifth and Garcia started sixth.

RACE RESULTS

  1. Alex Labbe
  2. Anthony Alfredo
  3. Ty Majeski
  4. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  5. Jeb Burton
  6. Derek Kraus
  7. Brennan Poole
  8. Kaz Grala
  9. Stewart Friesen
  10. Joe Graf Jr.
  11. Todd Gilliland
  12. Jesse Iwuji
  13. Brandon Brown
  14. Spencer Boyd
  15. Chase Briscoe
  16. JJ Yeley
  17. Chandler Smith
  18. Justin Haley
  19. Myatt Snider
  20. Tyler Ankrum
  21. Justin Allgaier
  22. Trevor Bayne
  23. Austin Cindric
  24. Joey Gase
  25. Sam Mayer
  26. Ryan Truex
  27. Harrison Burton
  28. Ryan Ellis
  29. Scott Stenzel
  30. Christian Eckes
  31. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  32. Kyle Weatherman

eNASCAR Pro Invitational Qualifier to be streamed online

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The qualifying race for Sunday’s eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series event at a virtual Texas Motor Speedway will be streamed on enascar.com/live, NASCAR announced.

The qualifier features Xfinity, Truck and regional series drivers looking to advance to the eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series race that will be at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox, FS1 and the Fox Sports App. At this time, four drivers from the qualifier will advance. That number could change depending on any late additions or drops to the race featuring Cup drivers.

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The qualifier is scheduled to take place at 11:02 a.m. ET and have 34 drivers battling for those four transfer spots.

The qualifier will be 30 laps at a virtual Texas Motor Speedway. The race will have no cautions.

Practice begins at 10:30 a.m. ET. Qualifying begins at 10:55 a.m., lasting five minutes, followed by the race.

Last week, six drivers advanced from the qualifier to the main event. They were: Anthony Alfredo, Justin Allgaier, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ty Majeski and Ryan Truex.

Drivers scheduled to compete in Sunday’s qualifier at a virtual Texas Motor Speedway are (with car number):

02 – Spencer Boyd

7 – Justin Allgaier

08 – Jeb Burton

15 – Brennan Poole

16 – Justin Haley

22 – Austin Cindric

23 – Sam Mayer

26 – Tyler Ankrum

27 – Ruben Garcia

29  – Kaz Grala

29a – Trevor Bayne

33 – Anthony Alfredo

35 – Todd Gilliland

36 – Jesse Iwuji

40 – Ryan Truex

45 – Ty Majeski

46 – Chandler Smith

50 – Jeffrey Earnhardt

52 – Stewart Friesen

53 – Joey Gase

54 – Kyle Weatherman

63 – Scott Stenzel

68 – Brandon Brown

74 – Sheldon Creed

78 – Ryan Ellis

80 – Joe Graf Jr.

81 – Christian Eckes

90 – Alex Labbe

93 – Myatt Snider

98 – Chase Briscoe

99 – Harrison Burton

TBD – Derek Kraus

TBD – Drew Dollar

TBD – JJ Yeley

Chandler Smith set for eight Truck Series races with Kyle Busch Motorsports

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Chandler Smith will run an eight-race schedule in the Truck Series this year for Kyle Busch Motorsports, the team announced Tuesday.

Smith, 17, will begin his schedule in the No. 51 Toyota with the first two races in the Triple Truck Challenge, at Richmond Raceway (April 18) and Dover International Speedway (May 1).

Smith’s remaining schedule is Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 8) and then five of the seven playoff races: World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Aug. 21), Bristol Motor Speedway (Sept. 17), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Sept. 25), Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 3) and Phoenix Raceway (Nov. 6).

Smith made four starts for KBM last year, finishing in the top 10 in each one and earning three top fives.