William Byron Dover

Monster Win for Byron


William Byron scored his third iRacing Pro Invitational Series win in Sunday’s eNASCAR Finish Line 150 at virtual Dover International Speedway.

Byron, who started eighth after an invert of the top 10, took the lead for the final time when he passed Timmy Hill with seven laps to go and went on to take the checkered flag over Christopher Bell.

It was a lot of fun today," said Byron, who led a race-high 79 laps. "Obviously there was a lot of cautions so I just had to kind of pace myself. It was hard to predict when we were going to get a longer run so it’s hard to know what to do with the tires in terms of how much to save, whatnot.

"I think four tires at the end was the right call to be aggressive. Just thankful for their support and ready to get back to our normal racing here soon."

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On the final restart, Byron restarted fifth after taking four tires while the top four – Hill, Garrett Smithley, Landon Cassill and Ross Chastain – took two.

"We had to go on that restart," Byron said. "Unfortunately the strategy made us to where were knew we were going to be back in the pack on that last restart. It was all about getting clear and once we got to Timmy I knew we had better stuff."

In the six races held, Byron now has an 8.3 average finish with five finishes of seventh or better and has led 406 laps.

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Bell’s runner-up finish was his first top 10 in six starts and it lowered his average finish to 18.5.

"I finally had a good run in the Cup Series whether it’s real life or iRacing," Bell said. "I feel like I’ve had a monkey on my back and maybe it’s off now."

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Hill, who led 32 laps, hung on for third with Erik Jones and Michael McDowell rounding out the top five.

"I wish I just had a couple laps where William was held up on four tires," said Hill, who now has a 3.8 average finish in the five races. "I knew as soon as he got clear of those guys I was a sitting duck. We came up short again. William has done a great job."

Denny Hamlin came back to finish sixth after late-race contact from John Hunter Nemechek while running third. Hamlin was the fastest in qualifying, but started 10th after the invert.

Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Garrett Smithley and Aric Almirola completed the top 10. Bowman had to start at the back of the pack because he was the winner last weekend at Talladega.

The race featured nine cautions for 40 laps.

The iRacing Pro Invitational Series will now compete at iRacing’s debut of North Wilkesboro Speedway, Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on FOX.