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iRacing: eRacr’s Firecracker 400 Returns for Third Edition in 2023

iRacing: eRacr’s Firecracker 400 Returns for Third Edition in 2023

iRacing has the return of the eRacr’s Firecracker 400 coming to the platform, featuring classic NASCAR Cup Series race cars, check it out.


One of iRacing’s best-loved independent events makes its long-awaited return this month with eRacr’s Firecracker 400 presented by Thrustmaster T818. Featuring the 1987 NASCAR Cup Series Ford Thunderbird, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and Buick LeSabre on the legacy scan of Daytona International Speedway, the event sees hundreds of drivers go battle over three weeks of action for a $12,500 prize pool.

Created by eRacr owners Landon Cassill and Parker Kligerman, the event honors the spirit of one of stock car racing’s most iconic summer events and takes it to a whole new level. Qualifying for the Firecracker 400 is a multi-week process that begins with preliminary rounds on July 12-13; nearly 500 drivers are randomly assigned to one of eight preliminary events of 62 cars each, with heats and a main event narrowing that group down to 11 drivers per event, and 88 in total.

From there, two rounds of single-car qualifying will take place on July 18-19 to set the field for July 26’s Firecracker 400 and July 24’s Firecracker 200 consolation race. The top 20 in first round qualifying lock themselves into the big show, while the second round sees drivers either choose to stand on their original time or run again. With dynamic real-world weather at play, drivers will have to strategize about whether or not a second attempt will help or hurt their cause.

Few sim racing events worldwide have boasted the level of talent that have run past Firecracker 400s. Real-world superstars like Dale Earnhardt Jr., William Byron, and Kyle Busch have taken on top names from the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, both past and present. Former eNASCAR race winner Brandon Kettelle won the first Firecracker 400 in 2020, and current eNASCAR rookie Michael Cosey took the most recent edition of the event two years ago.

All of the Firecracker 400 presented by Thrustmaster T818 action can be seen on Twitch at


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