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November 21, 2007

Virtually a winner

Amid all the NASCAR hoopla in Homestead, Fla., there was a Lail competing for a NASCAR Championship. But the competition was a bit overshadowed by the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman  truck championships.

The inaugural EA Sports-Craftsman NASCAR Challenge, which crowned the king of virtual racing on EA Sports video game, was being held with 16 gamers from across the country.

Dana Lail, 21, of Dover, Del., made it all the way to the final round in a race called by ABC/ESPN's Brett Musberger.

Throughout the summer, thousands of gamers in 11 cities qualified on the EA Sports game in Kmart and Sears stores.

Lail, driving the No. 11 Denny Hamlin car,.was one of four racers to make it to the final Championship race which had a $10,000 prize and merchandise for the winner.

But Lail's oil and water pressures ran high and the NO. 11 blew up, sending him home.