Stewart-Haas eSports Names iRacing Drivers

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By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

The sim-racing arm of Stewart-Haas Racing, Stewart-Haas eSports, named veteran sim-racers Justin Bolton and Dylan Duval to their eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series team.

The virtual No. 10 Ford Mustang will be driven by Bolton while Duval will take control of the virtual No. 41 Ford Mustang.

Justin Bolton’s experience is not limited to iRacing. The 24-year-old Latrobe, Penn. native served as an engineer on Cole Custer’s 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series team. Bolton also raced Legends Cars and Late Models. He won the 2013 Fall Classic at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Limited Late Model division.

On iRacing, Bolton has qualified for the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series sporadically. In 46 career starts he has earned nine top-five finishes. Bolton’s best points finish was ninth in 2015.

“I’m really proud to be a part of Stewart-Haas eSports and extend my overall role within Stewart-Haas Racing,” Bolton admitted. “It’s tough to get started in racing and even harder to stay there as a driver.

“iRacing has allowed me the opportunity to pursue my driving career while trialing some of my ideas from an engineering standpoint. Competing for Stewart-Haas eSports is an excellent way for me to pair my engineering role at SHR with my actual racing experience.”

Joining Bolton as a teammate is Halifax, Nova Scotia native Dylan Duval. A graphic designer by trade, he became the first Canadian to win in the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series in 2016 at the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Duval first qualified for the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series in 2012.

With 73 starts to his credit, Duval has eight top-five finishes. The 24-year-old finished a career-best fifth in the final points standings in 2016.

“I’ve been competing as an independent in iRacing ever since I started in 2012,” Duval explained. “To be able to continue my simracing career with such a prestigious organization in Stewart-Haas Racing and be a part of their growing esports involvement makes me genuinely excited.

“Stewart-Haas eSports has infrastructure and support I’ve never had before. To say I’m looking forward to the 2020 eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series is a massive understatement.”

The 11th season for the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series season begins Feb. 11 at the virtual Daytona International Speedway. The 20-race schedule will end at the virtual Phoenix Raceway in October with the champion recognized pre-race at Phoenix on Nov. 8.

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