Monday, October 3, 2022

Brad Keselowski Swipes Talladega Win From James Davison In Pro Invitational Series

Drivers come to the green flag during the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series GEICO 70 at virtual Talladega Superspeedway. (Courtesy: NASCAR)

In what looked like a Rick Ware Racing domination day ended with the Ford Mustang of Brad Keselowski taking the checkered flag in Wednesday’s GEICO 70.

Keselowski made a late race pass on RWR’s James Davison to claim his first Pro Invitational iRacing Series win, with Christopher Bell coming home in the second position.

Thanks to the win, Keselowski will receive a $5,000 donation to his Checkered Flag Foundation.

As for the entire race, the first half was not the wild, three-wide pack racing that fans are likely accustomed to. Much of the opening half of the race featured single file racing with James Davison holding a steady hand with teammate Garrett Smithley.

Austin Dillon and William Byron ended up tangling up in the the opening laps, sending the Bass Pro Shops Camaro spinning towards the infield.

FOX’s Clint Bowyer even found himself in some of the mixture after being turned off the front bumper of Daniel Suarez. The former Stewart-Haas drover jokingly said that Suarez was the newest name on “his list.”

As the race progressed past the halfway point, it wasn’t long before the infamous “Big One” would strike, thanks to contact between Corey LaJoie and Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Larson, fan vote winner Jesse Iwuji, Quin Houff, and Matt DiBenedetto were among those involved.

It wasn’t long for the next wreck was trigged, this time involving fellow FOX Sports in-race reporter Joey Logano. Chase Briscoe got loose in between Hamlin and Larson and an on-rushing Logano frisbeed into the outside retaining wall in Turn three.

A late race restart with two laps to go saw Davison fighting off Keselowski, but ultimately the glass slipper would break as the Australian driver fell out on contention in the closing moments. A late race charge from the Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Kyle Busch and Bell wasn’t enough to topple the Team Penske driver. Davison, who led 61 laps, would finish eighth.

Next up, the Pro Invitational Series will visit the Darlington Raceway on May 5th.


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