Bowman won a close race in the GEICO 70 at virtual 2020 Talladega

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Alex Bowman won his first eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race on Sunday. He won the GEICO 70 at the virtual Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.

The race went into overtime, before Bowman won by .037 seconds. This is the third straight race that Hendrick Motorsports has won in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman after doing a burnout following his win in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series GEICO 70
Alex Bowman after doing a burnout following his win in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series GEICO 70 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

William Byron won the previously two events.

“I guess just right place, right time, kind of the normal speedway racing deal,” Bowman said after the race. “I’ve really got to thank [Ryan] Preece for pushing me because that’s what made the different at that point.”

Bowman won the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 1st, 2020 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Bowman, driving the Cincinnati car for Hendrick Motorsports, dominated the race with 110 laps led of the 200-lap race.

“Two wins on the season — one virtual and one real,” Crew chief Greg Ives said on Twitter. “As far as momentum, we’ll take it any way we can.”

Corey LaJoie finished second, while Preece finished third.

Eight of the Top 10 finishers had Chevrolet as their manufacture. Only LaJoie and Kyle Busch — who drove a Ford and Toyota respectively — were the two with the different manufactures in the top part of the finishers in this virtual race.

John Hunter Nemechek and Brad Keselowski led a race-high 11 laps each. Byron led nine laps, while Bowman and Ty Dillon led eight laps each.

Several drivers also led laps throughout the race.

“That part [iRacing] of it’s definitely different,” Bowman said. “I feel like if we keep doing this long enough, we’ll have teammates and manufactures orders in it, but it was definitely different to just focus on your deal and do your deal all day.

“It was kind of a weird race for us just with how we didn’t get fuel under that first caution and then had to pit earlier under green and was kind of going to put us in a really bad spot, but the cautions kind of saved us. Just glad to be able to get a win. You know, it’s good for everybody with Chevy Goods on the car and it’s good to have some momentum. You know, obviously, the season was going really well for us in real life, and then as we got into this virtual deal, had some ups and downs, but to get a win is really cool.”

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