eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series to Finish at North Wilkesboro

NASCAR is returning to North Wilkesboro Speedway, albeit, in the digital world.

The venerable North Carolina short track was officially revealed as the site of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series finale next Saturday — a fitting conclusion for a weekly televised event intended to entertain fans throughout the duration of the coronavirus shutdown.

The .625-mile track located in the foothills of the Carolina High Country is the newest track available on the country’s servers and will host the eNASCAR iRacing Series at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. led a group of industry insiders in December to clean the track surface, allowing iRacing to scan and map the historic venue. Earnhardt teased a screenshot rendering of virtual North Wilkesboro’s frontstretch and main grandstand April 14.

North Wilkesboro Speedway was part of NASCAR’s first Cup Series season in 1949. It last hosted NASCAR’s top division on Sept. 29, 1996 with Jeff Gordon earning the victory. Gordon made his eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational debut last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and expressed an interest in competing at Wilkesboro.

NASCAR announced on Thursday its intent to resume real-life competition for all three NASCAR national touring divisions starting on May 17 across Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway throughout the month.

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