Race Preview: eNASCAR Richmond

Race Preview: eNASCAR Richmond

Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE


eNASCAR iRACING Pro Invitational

Richmond Raceway

This Week's Cat Rental Store Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at the virtual Richmond Raceway ... In five NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Richmond Raceway, Reddick's best finish is fourth in April 2019. The two-time Xfinity Series champion will make his first virtual start at Richmond Raceway this weekend in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series on Sunday.

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The Crew ... From his home in North Carolina, Reddick will be competing in Sunday's eNASCAR iRacing Pro invitational Series race in a rig provided by Sim Seats. His spotter, Derek Kneeland, will be assisting Reddick during the race.

Richard Childress Racing at Richmond Raceway ... Richard Childress Racing boasts 15 wins at Richmond Raceway spread out among the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization will make it's first attempt at virtual Richmond Raceway this weekend.

The Format ... NASCAR, iRacing and FOX Sports are teaming up to deliver the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, a selection of simulation-style esports races that include NASCAR Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon (No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet) and Tyler Reddick (No. 31 Cat Rental Store Chevrolet). The series heads to the virtual Richmond Raceway for a fixed set-up race this Sunday, April 19. Drivers will compete in a qualifying session to set the starting field for the 150-lap race. 

But Wait, There's More ... In addition to Sunday's eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race, RCR will compete in a special Saturday night race at virtual Richmond Raceway with our roster of NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers, including Anthony Alfredo (No. 33 DUDE Wipes Chevrolet), Myatt Snider (No. 93 TaxSlayer Chevrolet) and Kaz Grala (No. 29 HotScream Chevrolet). The race features NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers competing in a true short track-style showdown, complete with qualifying times to set heat races and a last chance qualifier race to round out starting lineup. Fans can watch all the action at eNASCAR.com.

The Car Designs ... Each RCR driver's paint scheme was designed in-house by the RCR Graphics Center Powered by Roland, an in-house full-service design and production facility located on the Richard Childress Racing campus in Welcome, North Carolina. Local graphic artist John Dragonetti then rendered these designs for the iRacing platform. Learn more about Dragonetti's designs at twitter.com/JohnRDragonetti.

Did You Know ... While Richard Childress was a driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, he contributed three of RCR's 71 top-10 finishes at Richmond Raceway from 1976-1978. 

Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's corporate Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR eSports Twitter page - @RCR_eSports, the RCR NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page - @RCRCup and the RCR NASCAR Xfinity Series team Twitter page - @RCRNXS. Information about the 16-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and on Instagram at Instagram.com/rcrracing. Visit www.RCRracing.com.

Catch the Action ... The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series at the virtual Richmond Raceway will be televised live Sunday, April 19 beginning at 1 p.m. ET on the FOX broadcast network (where available), FS1 and the FOX Sports app. Races will be available in Canada through FOX Sports Racing. Catch our Xfinity Series drivers Saturday night by visiting eNASCAR.com.


How does competing at Richmond Raceway virtually compare to competing at Richmond Raceway in actuality?

"Richmond is a tough one that I always feel challenged by, both in real life and virtually. To me, it's all about treating your tires right for the first 10-laps of a run to have a decent fall-off rate, but with the speeds we carry and how much dirty air can affect your car and its brakes, it can be tough on how you get around the race track. It takes a short-track mentality to get around Richmond, and you have to be very disciplined around the bottom of the racetrack."