Alex Bowman scored his first eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series win in Sunday’s GEICO 70 at virtual Talladega Superspeedway.
In a frantic dash to the finish in overtime, Bowman got drafting help from Ryan Preece to edge Corey LaJoie by 0.037 seconds at the finish line.
"I guess just right place, right time, kind of the normal speedway racing deal," Bowman said. "Really just got to thank Preece for pushing me because that’s what made the difference at that point. When you’re that lead car, it’s really the guy behind you making the difference. Glad it worked out."
Bowman went the final 39 laps on fuel after pitting under green on Lap 36 to give Hendrick Motorsports its third consecutive iRacing Pro win.
"It was going to be really tight, and glad we were able to make it because that was pretty nerve racking," Bowman said. "We were in a situation where you can’t really trust the fuel gauge on that deal, so like we were I started saving running around like three quarter throttle, just trying to make it to the end, but glad the cautions fell where they did because we were going to run out for sure."
Bowman now has three top 10s and an average finish of 9.6 in the five races.
LaJoie led seven laps from the pole and was the highest finisher among the eight drivers making their first Pro Invitational Series start.
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Preece tried to go to the outside of Bowman coming to the checkered flag, but finished third, 0.038 seconds behind.
Garrett Smithley followed Lajoie across the line for fourth while Landon Cassill rounded out the top five.
William Byron, the winner of the previous two races, finished sixth after having to start 32nd. Brennan Poole, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Daniel Suarez completed the top 10.
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Ty Dillon led eight laps and was in contention on the final lap but got turned in the tri-oval while running third.
Clint Bowyer lost an engine while leading his first lap of the season and finished 33rd.
"I was up front and even in the lead when all went bad with the engine," Bowyer said. "We somehow got back on the lead lap and were trying to get a top-10 finish there on the final lap, but that didn’t work out so well."
Jeff Gordon, who was involved in two of the three caution flags, finished 38th, 9 laps down, in his first iRacing Pro start.
The race featured 27 lead changes.