NASCAR: Unofficial iRacing standings after Bristol

Here are the updated unofficial championship standings for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series using NASCAR’s scoring system.

On Sunday, virtual Bristol Motor Speedway hosted the third race of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, which was introduced after the coronavirus pandemic forced NASCAR to postpone several races.

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After leading a lot of laps in the first two races at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway and virtual Texas Motor Speedway but finishing no higher than seventh place, William Byron dominated the race at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway to become the third different winner in these three races.

Denny Hamlin, the winner at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway, placed fourth after finishing in 24th at virtual Texas Motor Speedway while Timmy Hill, the winner at virtual Texas Motor Speedway, finished in third. This was actually tied for his worst finish, as he finished in third at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway as well.

A total of 41 drivers have competed in at least one of these three races. Of these 41 drivers, 27 have competed in all three, seven have competed in two and seven have competed in only one. None of the seven drivers who have competed in only one race competed at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway.

There are no official standings being kept for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, but let’s take a look at what the championship standings would look like through the race at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway if NASCAR’s scoring system were being used.

NOTE: There are no stages or stage points in these iRacing events like there are in real life.

Position – Driver: Points (Behind)
1st – Timmy Hill: 108 (0)
2nd – Ryan Preece: 95 (-13)
3rd – Garrett Smithley: 94 (-14)
4th – Alex Bowman: 86 (-22)
4th – Denny Hamlin: 86 (-22)
6th – Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 81 (-27)
7th – Matt DiBenedetto: 80 (-28)
8th – Parker Kligerman: 79 (-29)
9th – Landon Cassill: 75 (-33)
10th – Clint Bowyer: 73 (-35)
10th – William Byron: 73 (-35)
12th – John Hunter Nemechek: 71 (-37)
13th – Bobby Labonte: 67 (-41)
14th – Michael McDowell: 64 (-44)
15th – Ross Chastain: 59 (-49)
16th – Ty Dillon: 51 (-57)
17th – Erik Jones: 49 (-59)
18th – Bubba Wallace: 47 (-61)
18th – Kurt Busch: 47 (-61)
18th – Kyle Busch: 47 (-61)
21st – Chris Buescher: 42 (-66)
21st – Joey Logano: 42 (-66)
23rd – Kyle Larson: 40 (-68)
23rd – Jimmie Johnson: 40 (-68)
23rd – Austin Dillon: 40 (-68)
26th – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 39 (-69)
26th – Christopher Bell: 39 (-69)
28th – Tyler Reddick: 38 (-70)
29th – Chase Elliott: 37 (-71)
30th – Ty Majeski: 35 (-73)
31st – Chase Briscoe: 33 (-75)
32nd – Brad Keselowski: 25 (-83)
33rd – Ryan Blaney: 21 (-87)
34th – Ryan Truex: 20 (-88)
35th – Justin Allgaier: 17 (-91)
36th – Austin Cindric: 15 (-93)
37th – Daniel Suarez: 14 (-94)
38th – Alex Labbe: 11 (-97)
39th – Anthony Alfredo: 7 (-101)
40th – Ruben Garcia Jr.: 6 (-102)
41st – Greg Biffle: 5 (-103)

It is no surprise that Timmy Hill leads the championship standings; he took the lead after winning at virtual Texas Motor Speedway, and his worst finish is third place. His average finish is 2.33. What is surprising is the fact that the only one other driver in the top five has been victorious.

Second place Ryan Preece has finished no lower than eighth place (average finish of 5.33) and third place Garrett Smithley has finished no lower than ninth (average finish of 5.67). Fourth place Alex Bowman’s average finish is 8.33 and includes two top six finishes.

The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series is off next Sunday, April 12 for Easter, so the next race is scheduled to take place at virtual Richmond Raceway on Sunday, April 19. It is set to be simulcast live on the Fox broadcast network, Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports app beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.

This race is one of three which currently remain on the schedule. The other two are scheduled to take place at virtual Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 26 and virtual Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 3. The schedule could be extended if NASCAR continues to postpone Cup Series races.