Food City Showdown

Drivers Set for Bristol Showdown

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The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series will be at the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Food City Showdown presented by M&Ms.

The series is coming off the most-watched esports event on TV in United States history at the virtual Texas Motor Speedway that saw Timmy Hill score the win.

"It’s been great to see how many fans are watching on TV, following on my Twitch stream and keeping up on social media," said Denny Hamlin, winner of the first race at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Sports fans don’t have a lot to watch right now, so the fact that we can put on a show for them, keep them interested and get them cheering, that’s great for our sport."

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New for the third race will be a pair of 50-lap heat races setting the lineup for Sunday. The weekend also featured the debut of Saturday Night Thunder, a 150-lap race that was won by Logan Seavey.

FOX Sports will once again broadcast Sunday’s race (1 p.m. ET, FOX, FS1, FOX Sports App).

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Hill (2.0), Garrett Smithley (4.0), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4.0) and Ryan Preece (5.0) have the best average finishes among drivers that have competed in both races while William Byron has dominated when it comes to laps led with 108.

Byron led a race-high 80 laps last Sunday in the Texas race was moved up the track by a bump and run from eventual race winner Hill.

"If I’m in the same position I’m sure I would race him and do the same thing that he did," Byron said on MRN Outloud this week. "I think honestly, see what happens and if it comes to that and I have to do that I definitely would, but hopefully we can just be out front and be away from all the drama and mess.

"We should have a good shot at winning again and hopefully close the deal." Paint Scheme Preview

The Food City Showdown also marks the first short track for the series following two 1.5-mile tracks. The race will include two damage resets for the drivers.

"I’m really looking forward to racing at the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend because the real Bristol Motor Speedway is always a fun time for racers," said Austin Dillon. "It’s going to be interesting racing in the virtual race. I think it’s going to be a wreck-fest because it’s really hard to race on the track virtually. We’ve all been practicing a lot but it will be interesting to see what happens because they are still making changes to the track to apply PJ1 traction compound to the bottom groove. I’m really excited to compete in this race for Dow and plan to have some fun with it."

Story updated: 4/4