WATCH: Kyle Busch and Sim Racer Max Kennon Tie for First in iRacing Event

Published 12/30/2020, 10:00 AM EST
MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – NOVEMBER 01: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, and Cole Custer, driver of the #41 HaasTooling.com Ford, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


NASCAR is known for its close finishes on the track, and the same is true even in the virtual arena. In a recent iRacing event, sim racer Max Kennon and NASCAR star Kyle Busch dueled for the victory. Amazingly, the squabbling duo somehow managed to finish in a dead heat.

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Acknowledging the tie, Busch and Kennon then decided to put on a bit of a show. They went bumper-to-bumper and performed a dual burnout. Truthfully speaking, they should have gotten points for style.

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Kennon drove the #21 Chevrolet, while Busch was in a #51 Toyota, and they still managed to tie, which was unprecedented. Apparently, the difference between them was 0.000 seconds. One would have had to go into the microseconds to choose a victor between them.

Kyle Busch knows that this is good practice for the new season

Admittedly, sim racing cannot replace the real deal, and it never will. However, all the NASCAR drivers have to do something in the offseason to keep themselves occupied. While some drivers are participating in other racing series to hone their skills, others are hopping on simulators.

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota, stands on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

However, it isn’t all work and no play for everyone. They are surely taking some time off to be with their loved ones. Obviously, all the drivers would have spent Christmas with their families, and will surely ring in the New Year as well.

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When all that has passed, though, it will be back to work for everyone.

All drivers are excited to compete in the 2021 season and kick off a fresh campaign. It is also worth mentioning that this is the final year with the current spec of cars.

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For Kyle Busch in particular, it is a chance for redemption. While the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was unable to defend his 2019 Cup Series title, the next season will allow him to prove his mettle, once again.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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