NASCAR iRacing event will be ‘truly realistic,’ Clint Bowyer says

Michelle R. Martinelli

Even with the NASCAR season postponed because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Clint Bowyer has been behind the wheel this week. He, like so many of his fellow Cup Series drivers, is just doing it from the comfort of his own home with an iRacing setup.

But Bowyer has been competing on virtual versions of NASCAR’s tracks with guys like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., NBC Sports’ Parker Kligerman and country music singer Tim Dugger.

“We’re racing until 2:30 in the morning!” Bowyer told For The Win about what he thinks was his Tuesday night because “this quarantine thing’s got me screwed up on days.”

“We raced street stocks from Homestead to Dover to Talladega to Rockingham. We had a hell of a good time!”

For Bowyer, this hasn’t just been a way to kill time on his North Carolina farm. He’s trying to get as much practice in as possible for Sunday’s exhibition race in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, a newly formed series from NASCAR after seven races this spring were postponed through May 3. And he said the racing is ” truly realistic beyond belief.”

It’s the Dixie Vodka 150 – a 100-lap race at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the sport was supposed to compete this weekend – and will be broadcast by FS1 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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