Amanda Vincent with Auto Racing Daily and from www.yardbarker.com:
Virtual Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway will play hosted the second race of the 2021 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series season Wednesday night. The entry list for the race was released, and among the entrants were Keelan Harvick, the eight-year-old son of Cup Series veteran driver Kevin Harvick.
Keelan Harvick was one of 39 drivers on the entry list for the virtual race and was listed as driver of a #62 car. The young Harvick races go-karts in real life and received entry into Wednesday night’s eNASCAR race through a promotor’s provisional.
Retired NASCAR Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer were also entered by virtue of promotor’s provisionals.
Brad Keselowski wins eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Talladega
The virtual 2.66-mile superspeedway hosted the second race of this year’s Pro Invitational Series Wednesday night and featured a full field of NASCAR Cup Series stars — plus a few special guests — four days before Sunday’s GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM).
Six-time Talladega winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., FOX Sports broadcaster Clint Bowyer and fan-vote winner Jesse Iwuji joined 36 NASCAR Cup Series regulars for 70 scheduled laps of action on FS1, featuring iRacing’s laser-scanned version of Talladega with as-real-as-it-gets Cup cars.
Keelan Harvick, eight-year-old son of NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick, was also invited to race alongside his dad.
James Davison qualified on pole after a round of single-car qualifying alongside Anthony Alfredo — underdogs by Cup Series standards, but experts when it comes to iRacing.
Rick Ware Racing’s Davison, combined with teammate Garrett Smithley, put their Chevrolets at the front of the pack to open up the evening.
The race’s first caution flew when Austin Dillon and William Byron tangled, snarling Kevin Harvick in the process. Luckily, the drivers were afforded two fast-repair damage resets each, enabling the drivers to continue.
Shortly after, in-race reporter Bowyer went for a spin thanks to a bump-draft gone wrong with Daniel Suarez, who sported a Red Farmer tribute paint scheme for the evening. Despite the available resets, the crash knocked Bowyer out of contention — though he admits he didn’t enter the race with high hopes.