Richmond virtually hosts NASCAR iRacing

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The fourth race of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series takes us to the virtual Richmond International Raceway’s relatively flat 3/4-mile layout.

Kyle Busch is the Cup Series active leader with six wins and a 6.7 average finish while Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick each have three wins, but all three of those drivers, if participating, will be double-digits to win this week.

The thing to keep in mind when wagering is the regular iRacing drivers have such a huge advantage over the Cup drivers, or at least the elite Cup drivers. Only three of the iRacing drivers in the Pro Series have finished in the top-10 of all three races and the best driver in the series, William Byron, is way down the list with a 14th-place average finish despite leading 224 laps.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has the ­second-most laps led with 28 if that helps describe how much above everyone else Byron has been. Byron should never be higher than 3-1 in any race.

NASCAR iRacing odds and trends

Timmy Hill is the only driver to have top-fives finishes in all three races averaging a 2.3 finish which is tops in the series. He’s your next driver on the odds list at 7-2 despite winning 674 iRacing races and winning at over 41 percent of the time.

One person you won’t have to consider betting on will be Kyle Larson. His uttering a racial slur last week during an iRace landed him in hot water. He was fired Tuesday by Chip Ganassi Racing after he lost two of his sponsors, McDonald’s and Credit One Bank. 

My advice is not to get too involved in betting the iRacing. The first three weeks have been fun, but practice information is hard to get. You have to follow one of the drivers on Twitch.com to get a screenshot. 

But we don’t have a lot to choose from on the betting board so let’s take a piece of the action with the knowledge that Byron and Hill are the best.

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