Bowman edges LaJoie, Preece for victory at virtual Talladega

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Bowman edges LaJoie, Preece for victory at virtual Talladega

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Bowman edges LaJoie, Preece for victory at virtual Talladega

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Alex Bowman beat Corey LaJoie and Ryan Preece in a photo finish at virtual Talladega Superspeedway Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Hendrick Motorsports drivers have now won three of the five eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series races. It is the first win for Bowman in the event.

Bowman was leading at the white flag with a push from Preece on the high side. Running on the bottom was Ty Dillon and LaJoie. Coming through the trioval, LaJoie made a move on Dillon, which sent the No. 13 Chevrolet spinning through the grass and clearing the way for LaJoie to challenge for the win.

At the line, Bowman scored the win with LaJoie second on the bottom. On the right rear quarter panel of Bowman’s No. 88 Chevrolet came Preece’s No. 47 Chevrolet. The race finished with overtime.

A crash with three laps to go set up the overtime attempt. Ryan Blaney went airborne during a big crash that also collected his Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, as well as Garrett Smithley, among others.

The top 10 finishers were Bowman, LaJoie, Preece, Garrett Smithley, Landon Cassill, William Byron, Brennan Poole, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Daniel Suarez.

LaJoie had started the day on the pole, running the fastest lap in qualifying. Initially, the top 10 starters were going to be inverted, but a glitch prevented that. LaJoie and Cassill led the field to the green flag.

Byron, Timmy Hill, and Parker Kligerman all started in the rear of the field. After being the top three finishers from the previous race at virtual Richmond, neither of the three made a qualifying lap for Talladega.

The 70-lap race featured broadcast commentary again from Clint Bowyer, as well as Jeff Gordon, who was participating for the first time. Bowyer, for the second straight week, blew a motor and needed a reset. He finished 33rd.

Gordon encountered multiple problems throughout the day. The No. 24 Chevrolet was involved in one big wreck that sent him flipping, and then he was involved in a wreck with 14 laps to go that all but ended his day. Gordon was collected when teammate Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Chevrolet was spun by Brennan Poole coming out of Turn 2.

Gordon finished 38th with Denny Hamlin bringing up the rear of the field. Hamlin was not a factor in the event and also encountered numerous incidents. But the one that took him out of the race early was when his daughter, Taylor, turned off his monitor that led to Hamlin being removed from the game.

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