Virtual Homestead race a real success for bored NASCAR

The racing on the track may have been off this weekend, but NASCAR's finest put on a show in the closest way possible under the current circumstances.



March 24, 2020 - 10:22 AM

Denny Hamlin, left, passes Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the last lap to win the first ever Pro Series Invitational virtual reality race at iRacing's Homestead-Miami Speedway. Photo by PHOTO/NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seated inside a simulator in his living room, Denny Hamlin grew thirsty as he virtually raced some of his top rivals. He asked his one allowed crew member — his 7-year-old daughter — to get him a soda and she handed him a bottle of slightly shaken Coca-Cola.

Caution. Put the yellow out: Hamlin opened the soda and promptly sprayed his pants and the pricey simulator that cost him north of $40,000 to build.

It wasn’t even the funniest moment from NASCAR’s bold attempt to provide fresh content to a nation starving for sports.

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