Virtual Bristol Motor Speedway will host two races this week as the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series gets a bit of a new look.
What won‘t be different is the participation of NASCAR Cup Series stars, both past and present. What will be different is the race format on Sunday — plus a new Saturday night show that uses ARCA Menards Series cars and includes drivers from the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, ARCA, the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.
The lineup for Sunday’s main event, the Food City Showdown presented by M&Ms (1 p.m. ET, FOX, FS1, FOX Sports App), will be set after two heat races. Everyone in the heat races will transfer to the main event.
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• A two-lap qualifying effort will determine the lineup for the heat races.
• Drivers who qualify in an odd position (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) will be placed in Heat 1.
• Drivers who qualifying in an even position (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) will be placed in Heat 2.
There will be two heat races, 50 laps each, with no elimination. Every driver will advance to the main 150-lap event. The heat races set the grid for the main event and the winner of the first heat race will start on the pole. Cautions will be enabled during the heat races and drivers will receive two “resets” for their heat races. Unused “resets” do not carry over to the main race.
• Finishing order from Heat 1 will determine odd positions for the Main Event (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.). The Busch Pole will be awarded to the winner of Heat 1.
• Finishing order from Heat #2 will determine even grid positions for the Main Event (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.)
• No drivers will be eliminated in these races; all 32 competitors will advance.
The main event race itself will consist of 150 laps with double-file restarts and lapped cars will go to the rear. There will be three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, if necessary.
Drivers will be allowed two resets this week at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway. If a car is damaged, drivers must drive back to their pit stall and come to a complete stop. This will automatically apply the fast repair and give the driver a new car.
Below is the entry list, subject to change.
FOOD CITY SHOWDOWN PRESENTED BY M&Ms ENTRY LIST
* Subject to change
|1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|6||Ross Chastain||Roush Fenway Racing|
|8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Invitational|
|9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske|
|13||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing|
|14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing|
|18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing|
|22||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports|
|31||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing|
|34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports|
|37||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|38||John Hunter Nemechek||Front Row Motorsports|
|42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|43||Bubba Wallace||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|88||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports|
|95||Christopher Bell||Leavine Family Racing|
|96||Daniel Suarez||Gaunt Brothers Racing|