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Pete Pistone’s first edition of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Power Rankings following the Dixie Vodka 150 at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway.
1. Denny Hamlin: Came into the race with 30 iRacing wins and passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap to score the Dixie Vodka 150 victory. Hamlin led 14 laps on his way to Victory Lane but was able to shake off a mid-race challenge with a shaken bottle of Cherry Coke. Hamlin competed barefoot to take the checkered flag.
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: He led 14 laps and finished second. Prior to Sunday’s race, Earnhardt Jr. had 11 career iRacing wins in 89 starts. He got by Timmy Hill with five laps to go but came up one position short of Victory Lane. “Still can comprehend what today meant for @iRacing. That service is going to grow from this. Not only will there be more subscribers but new content on the way. Exciting times for fans of the platform,” Earnhardt Jr. Tweeted after the checkered flag flew.
3. Timmy Hill: The driver that ranked second among drivers in Sunday’s field with 673 iRacing wins, Hill led the way for 13 laps at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. His third-place finish shattered his career best “Cup” mark of 14th. “Should’ve put tires on there at the end! Fun race all around!” were Hill’s post-race Twitter comments.
4. Garrett Smithley: Won the pole and paced the field for 24 laps on Sunday. Smithley ranks sixth among drivers in Sunday’s field with 146 iRacing wins and his best career “Cup” finish is 28th. Smithley said his expectations were “knocked out of the park” post race.
5. Chase Briscoe: Finished second in the 20-lap qualifying race among NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series drivers to transfer into the Dixie Vodka 400. Briscoe started sixth and led seven laps. He ranks third among drivers in Sunday’s field with 299 iRacing wins.
6. William Byron: Led a race high 28 laps and came into the weekend after he finished second in last Sunday’s “The Replacements 100” at the virtual Atlanta Motor Speedway. Byron ranks fourth among drivers in Sunday’s field with 292 iRacing wins. He completed just 79 laps and was involved in a few of day’s caution incidents, including one on Lap 69 with Alex Bowman.
7. Ty Majeski: Won the qualifying race among the 11 drivers eligible to race their way into the Dixie Vodka 150. Led all 20 laps in the preliminary event. Majeski leads all drivers with 914 iRacing wins during his career.
8. Alex Bowman: The sixth-place finisher on Sunday, Bowman had a challenging day at and away from the steering wheel. He was forced to take a bathroom break and his dog Finn couldn’t take over because he was too busy barking at something outside. “Heard the top five failed tech and I’ve been declared the official winner. I’d like to thank my sponsors, and most importantly my dog for taking over for a few laps,” Bowman Tweeted post-race.
9. Ryan Preece: Stayed out of trouble most of the day to notch a top-10 finish with an eighth-place run on Sunday. Preece Tweeted: “iRacing is difficult” and “It’s easy to forget you’re on live video” after the race.
10. Bubba Wallace: He started 18th on Sunday and was looking for an opportunity to add to his 29 career iRacing wins. A seventh-place finish for Wallace was still a good day, who immediately went to the weight room to train on social media after the race.