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Alex Bowman wins Pro Invitational Series race at virtual Talladega

Ryan Newman thanks his friends, family, and fans as he announces intentions to return to the No. 6 Ford with Roush Fenway Racing when the NASCAR Cup Series returns to the track.

Alex Bowman held off a furious challenge to win Sunday’s Pro Invitational Series iRacing event at a virtual Talladega Superspeedway.

It is the third consecutive series race a Hendrick Motorsports driver has won. William Byron had won the past two events at a virtual Bristol and a virtual Richmond.

Ty Dillon led on the last lap when contact with Corey LaJoie turned him. Dillon finished 23rd.

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LaJoie, making his Pro Invitational Series debut, finished second. Ryan Preece was third and was followed by Garrett Smithley and Landon Cassill.

The race was clean until a crash on Lap 16. Ricky Stenhouse led and was being pushed by Ty Dillon when contact turned Stenhouse and collected several cars, including Jeff Gordon. Gordon got a reset but suffered damage in a later incident and finished 38th in his Pro Invitational Series debut.

The top 10 was to have been inverted after qualifying but a glitch prevented it and fast qualifier LaJoie started on the pole.