Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez spun each other over and over under yellow; Both disqualified; Suarez vents on the rules in note to fans
NASCAR has taken to the digital world. On Sunday, the series loaded up at the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway.
Watch the Kyle Larson vs Daniel Suarez video below.
iRacing is hosting real-world NASCAR drivers on digital circuits. The live broadcast was seen by over a million sports fans.
While the tracks aren’t real, it looks real. And the tempers are very real.
Bristol is known for creating drama. The digital world Bristol is just the same.
Bubba Wallace and Clint Bowyer got into each other on the track on lap 11. Wallace then rage quit and sent an angry text to Bowyer. Wallace then lost a real-world sponsor for the display.
But, Wallace and Bowyer weren’t the only two NASCAR drivers angry after the race at the concrete half-mile track.
Daniel Suarez vs Kyle Larson
Early in the event, Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson were involved in a crash. Drivers are given two resets to completely repair the car and return to the track without damage.
After the crash, Larson elected to run around with a damaged machine. He was saving his reset for later in the race. He also had pre-planned crashing ahead.
Lap 74 of 150, Daniel Suarez went around him on the outside, Larson attempted to swing on his left rear down the back stretch. He made contact but Suarez kept rolling.
Larson bounced off the outside wall and went full throttle into turn three. Larson climbed back to his left rear off turn four. This time, it was a clean hit.
Both cars spun toward the inside wall. Larson had retaliated for contact earlier in the event.
Spinning under yellow
At this point, the yellow flag was out. Both cars rolled around on the apron of the track. Suarez drove by Larson without contact.
Larson sped up and located the rear bumper of Suarez once again. Suarez went for a spin.
As they went for the pit lane, Suarez returned to the rear bumper of Larson. He then spun him.
Larson spun Suarez, twice. Once to cause the caution and another under yellow.
Both drivers were then disqualified from the event at Bristol Motor Speedway.
This marked the second time that Suarez was disqualified from a digital NASCAR race. It’s the second week in a row Suarez was disqualified.
With experience of the system, Suarez doesn’t understand what took so long for Larson to be disqualified. And he has a point.
“I was waiting for iRacing to get him disqualified like i was last weekend in 5 seconds, but they never did… and by the way our “racing incident” was him pushing me to the apron… if this was real life my amigo would get his but kicked,” Suarez stated via twitter.
Daniel Suarez was then attacked by fans on social media:
“We are very passionate and competitive but this is just a game, everyone needs to chill out,” Suarez added.
“Thank u 2 Allinsports for letting me use their sim this wknd!”
“As drivers we’re very passionate about racing, real life or sim. But in the end it’s just a game & everyone has 2 remember that. NASCAR is doing a great job & hope we can race cleaner next wknd at Richmond.”
“It’s just a game but I agreed on that, rules should be the same for everyone,” Suarez concluded of the incidents.