Timmy Hill won Sunday’s eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 at the virtual Texas Motor Speedway.
After finishing third last Sunday at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway, Hill held off Ryan Preece at the checkered flag in an overtime finish to claim his 674th iRacing win in his in 1,677th start.
“After the white flag, I knew how tough it was to pass into three and four, I knew if I could hold them off going into turn one, I could almost coast and drive to a victory,” Hill said. “That’s all I was focusing on the final lap. I held those guys off in one and two, got a good run in three and four.
“I couldn’t be more excited. Very exciting times for us because we just don’t get the recognition on a normal basis. To be on an even playing field is excellent. To be on this platform, the Cup platform, is exciting. The amount of folks that reached out to me has just been tremendous.”
Hill took the lead for the final time when he moved William Byron, who led a race-high 80 laps, up the track in Turn 2 with four laps to go. He then had to hold off Preece and Garrett Smithley in the overtime finish following a caution on Lap 122.
“For me it was a situation where I don’t get the chance to win much on this big of a platform,” Hill said. “I told myself, If I have a chance to win any race, NASCAR, short track level, if it came down to it, that’s what I would do. It doesn’t change because it was iRacing. That’s what I would do in real life.
“Going forward, I’m sure William isn’t happy about it. I’m sure he’ll do the same back to me.”
Hill has a basic iRacing setup and is still using the same wheel he purchased 12 years ago.
“Hats off to Logitech. Actually this wheel is obsolete,” Hill said. “If I were to break it, I would have to get a different type of wheel. They’re on a whole different model now.
“I’m used to it. It’s my favorite. If it ain’t broken, I typically don’t fix it. It’s neat to beat up on these guys with these big, massive, expensive setups. I think for the viewers, it’s neat for them because they can understand that they don’t have to spend that huge dollar amount to get into iRacing.”
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Along with Hill, Smithley, a 146-time iRacing winner, has finished in the top five in both Pro Invitational Series races.
“I wish it would have gone green on that second to last restart because I think we would have had something for Timmy,” Smithley said on Twitter after the race. “The caution came out and we just got stuck on the outside and Preece got in there and had a great start.”
Landon Cassill and Alex Bowman rounded out the top five.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. rebounded from contact with the wall coming off Turn 4 on Lap 73 to finish sixth.
Byron, John Hunter Nemechek, who led 10 laps, Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch completed the top 10.
Daniel Suarez finished 33rd after he was disqualified on Lap 105 when he tried to wreck Ty Dillon under caution.
“Emma (Suarez’s dog) jumped on the wheel and he tried to wreck Ty and we got disqualified,” Suarez said on Twitter after the race.
“We were passing a lot of cars and I thought we could finish in the top-five after the (final pit stop) cycle. And then we got wrecked because (Ty Dillon) had old tires or I’m not sure what.”
Hill said you don’t often see a disqualification.
“The bigger events, like iRacing, they put on the Coca Cola Series, they have live admins,” Hill said. “If somebody does something inappropriate or something reckless, they will disqualify somebody and remove them from the server.
“In this case, I haven’t got a chance to look at the replay, but from what my spotters and everybody was telling me, I think he was intentionally wrecking another competitor. You really you don’t want to see that. Everybody is trying to race for a win, for a great position, put on a good show. You really can’t have that.”