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Preece, Cassill advance in Short Track iRacing Challenge

Wins at virtual Myrtle Beach Speedway advanced Ryan Preece and Landon Cassill into the championship race in the NBC eSports Short Track iRacing Challenge.

Preece put on an entertaining drive in the first 45-lap race held Wednesday night. Although he lined up on the pole, a poor start dropped Preece last by the end of the first lap, but he joked over his radio that by lap 15 he was going to start making a run.

Tire-saving ending up biting some drivers in the second race, and there was little action upfront.

The inverted lineup put Snider on the pole, but he immediately pulled over and dropped to the rear to save rubber. But he got so far behind – over six seconds – that he never rebounded, and finished last.

Hill took the lead on the start but was overtaken just before halfway by Cassill. The longer the race went on, the more the field started to get strung out as tires began to wear. Cassill drove away for the win over Hill, Matt DiBenedetto, Preece, Earnhardt, and Snider.

NBC Sports broadcaster Steve Letarte handed out three Peacock Provisionals to complete the field for the championship race at virtual Martinsville Speedway. That race will take place tomorrow night.

Receiving provisional were Chase Briscoe, Parker Kligerman, and Earnhardt.