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What Drivers Said after virtual North Wilkesboro

eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series - North Wilkesboro 160

NORTH WILKESBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 09: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (Editors note: This image was computer generated in-game) John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the #38 Fire Alarm Services Ford, races during the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series North Wilkesboro 160 at virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway on May 09, 2020 in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Denny Hamlin – winner: “I knew we had the fastest car, it was just getting through traffic. We got into an early incident, had to use the (reset) right off the bat, so that wasn’t advantageous for us but we were able to methodically make our way back up to the front.

“Winning the first race and the last iRacing event is significant. It’s good for my team and my sponsors. It’s all equal, it’s about who can hone their craft in iRacing. You have to use the same techniques in iRacing like in real life. It’s not like playing Madden or NBA2000. I feel pretty good where I’m at as a driver. Certainly there’ll be some confidence that will spill over for a few weeks.”

Hamlin also addressed getting ready for NASCAR to resume real-life racing next Sunday at Darlington Raceway:

“There’s nothing that’s going to sidetrack us on race day. I envision that people are going to be pretty timid, at least for the first few laps. ... There’s plenty of times where these teams unload, cars are hitting the track and you’re not ready to be in a pack. We do have data from last year so I think everyone is going go be very confident going into turn one.

“All in all, it’s going to be like an old shoe. From a fan’s perspective, I don’t think it will be any different (watching it on TV).

“It’s going to be a challenge for us drivers with that hot race track. It’s a lot different during the day vs. the night. I like the challenge … any time there’s a change. I think that’s the mindset for 36 other drivers.

Timmy Hill -- finished 2nd:

Tyler Reddick -- finished 3rd:

Ross Chastain -- finished 4th:

Austin Dillon -- finished fifth:

Garrett Smithley -- finished 6th:

Parker Kligerman - finished 8th:

Kevin Harvick -- finished 9th:

Landon Cassill -- finished 10th:

JJ Yeley -- finished 11th:

Clint Bowyer -- finished 12th: “I’m scared to go race these guys next week. I think I need to write some apologies. We came a long way and dodged a lot of bullets today, and we were looking good in our Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang until there at the end. This track races so cool – it would be great to go back there. North Wilkesboro is a very, very racy little joint. It has a lot of forward-bite action and you’re just trying to keep the car underneath you. A ton of fun.”

Jon Wood -- finished 13th:

Christopher Bell -- finished 14th:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- finished 15th:

Cole Custer -- finished 16th: “It was an interesting day for sure. I started out on the pole after qualifying 10th and the field was inverted. Led some laps in the Ford Mustang, so that was pretty cool. Then I got loose and turned myself around, and from there I was caught up in some other wrecks and ended up 16th. It was neat to race at North Wilkesboro, but I’m ready to climb back in the car at Darlington next week. I want to thank everyone at iRacing, Stewart-Haas Racing, and FOX for all of their effort to put these iRaces together these last few weeks.”

Jeff Gordon -- finished 18th:

Martin Truex Jr. -- finished 2Oth:

Erik Jones -- finished 22nd:

John Hunter Nemechek -- finished 24th:

Corey LaJoie -- finished 25th:

Aric Almirola -- finished 26th:

Ryan Preece -- finished 27th:

Michael McDowell -- finished 28th:

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