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NASCAR iRacing returns this weekend at virtual Richmond Raceway

eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Race - O'Reilly Auto Parts 125

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - MARCH 29: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (Editors note: This image was computer generated in-game) Timmy Hill, driver of the #66 Totota, races during the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Race - O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 at virtual Texas Motor Speedway on March 29, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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UPDATE: NASCAR and iRacing announced Thursday that they will increase the field to 30 drivers for Sunday’s eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series. Two will come from a qualifying race, which has been added (and will be held at 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday - no TV, no streaming) and two provisionals chosen by Fox. Qualifying race will be 25 laps, no yellows and no resets. Qualifying race is open to all Cup drivers. The feature race will be 150 laps.

After an off weekend, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series gets back on track Sunday at virtual Richmond Raceway.

A smaller field of 26 current and former NASCAR Cup drivers – down from fields of 35 drivers at Homestead and Texas and 32 at Bristol -- will take to the .750-mile virtual track in the Toyota Owners 150. Drivers not on the preliminary entry list for Sunday’s race include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Landon Cassill, Bobby Labonte, Daniel Suarez, Michael McDowell and the suspended Kyle Larson.

Bubba Wallace, who was criticized for prematurely quitting the race at a virtual Bristol Motor Speedway on April 5, is back in the preliminary entry list for Sunday’s race.

There will be one scheduled reset period for repairs during the 150-lap virtual race, which will be televised on FOX, FS1 and the FOX Sports App at 1 p.m. ET. Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds will call the action, with Cup regular Clint Bowyer serving as in-race contributor.

Due to the smaller car count, there will be no qualifying races or heat races to set the field for the main event.

Denny Hamlin won the first virtual race on March 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, followed by Timmy Hill (March 29 at Texas Motor Speedway) and William Byron (April 5 at Bristol Motor Speedway).

Sunday’s main event will be preceded a day earlier by the second edition of Saturday Night Thunder.

NASCAR Cup drivers not competing in Sunday’s race, as well as drivers from the Xfinity, Trucks and ARCA series, are among those eligible to take part. All drivers will compete in virtual Xfinity Series cars.

The Saturday Night Thunder race will be televised on NASCAR’s YouTube channel and at 8 p.m. ET.

Here is the preliminary entry list for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 150:

1Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing
2Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske
3Austin DillonRichard Childress Racing
4Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing
6Ross ChastainRoush Fenway Racing
9Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports
11Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing
12Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske
13Ty DillonGermain Racing
14Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing
17Chris BuescherRoush Fenway Racing
18Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing
20Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing
21Matt DiBenedettoWood Brothers Racing
22Joey LoganoTeam Penske
24William ByronHendrick Motorsports
31Tyler ReddickRichard Childress Racing
37Ryan PreeceJTG Daugherty Racing
38John Hunter NemechekFront Row Motorsports
43Bubba WallaceRichard Petty Motorsports
48Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports
51Garrett SmithleyInvitational
66Timmy HillInvitational
77Parker KligermanInvitational
88Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports
95Christopher BellLeavine Family Racing

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