CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR’s iRacing Series with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway.
The Daytona 500 winner was instrumental in organising his fellow Cup drivers for the invitational series that started after the series was suspended. Hamlin, who races barefoot on a top-of-the-line simulator, won the opening iRacing event on March 22.
He also gained national attention three races ago at virtual Talladega Superspeedway when his daughter, Taylor, tried to ask him a question during the race and accidentally turned off the screen on his simulator.
To win at North Wilkesboro late on Saturday, Hamlin on four fresh tires chased down leader Ross Chastain and nudged him out of the way. Chastain retaliated by hitting Hamlin’s car after the checkered flag.
“Two guys going for the same spot,” said Hamlin, who said Chastain tried to block his move.
Hamlin closed the iRacing Series with two wins in seven races. William Byron led the series with three victories but did not compete on Saturday.