Bergeron Retakes iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Points Lead With Knoxville Win

Bergeron Retakes iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Points Lead With Knoxville Win

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The 2020-21 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series championship battle came down to an all-out war between Alex Bergeron and Hayden Cardwell over 10 rounds, with things occasionally coming to blows on the racetrack. On Monday night at Knoxville Raceway, the duo renewed pleasantries, and once again, it ended with wheels touching.

In the battle for the checkered flag, Bergeron and Cardwell made contact with just two laps to go, toppling Cardwell’s sprint car and setting up a sprint to the finish. Bergeron managed to hang on after the restart, finally taking his long-awaited first victory of the season and regaining the championship lead in the process.

Bergeron kicked off the night by winning the first heat, while the next two heats went to the series’ two most recent race winners: Williams Grove winner Braden Eyler won the second, and Bristol and Eldora winner James Edens took the third. Cardwell scored the final heat win, while Layne Stevens and Gregory Lamey split the two last chance qualifiers. Incoming points leader Cameron Merriman would find himself with a steep hill to climb, scoring the last transfer spot in the final LCQ to start last in the 20-car field.

Just one caution would slow the race in its early stages, with Ernie Williams and Dylan Yeager both involved. Up front, it was Bergeron leading and Cardwell and Eyler battling for second, with Cardwell eventually establishing the position and reeling Bergeron back in. After their incident, Eyler would settle back into second, with Tyler Schell completing the podium. Merriman, meanwhile, would jump 14 spots at race’s end to finish sixth and keep the championship battle close.

iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series results from Knoxville Raceway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 1 12 Alex A Bergeron 35 35 15.172 78
2 2 5 Braden Eyler 35 -0.348 0 15.318 75
3 6 85 Tyler Schell 35 -0.466 0 15.210 71
4 8 127 Blake Matjoulis 35 -0.551 0 15.204 68
5 5 13 Aiden Bierlein 35 -0.955 0 15.209 65
6 20 17 Cameron Merriman 35 -1.149 0 15.358 59
7 11 6 Rylan Gray 35 -1.273 0 15.381 58
8 3 52 James Edens 35 -1.418 0 15.389 57
9 19 50 Clayton Davies 35 -1.934 0 15.382 49
10 10 91 Félix F. Roy 35 -1.943 0 15.315 49
11 7 74 Adam Elby 35 -2.191 0 15.432 48
12 14 69 Shae Paulo 35 -2.199 0 15.516 44
13 15 14 JD Brown 35 -2.748 0 15.496 42
14 12 48 Dylan Yeager 35 -2.903 0 15.342 41
15 17 33 Layne Stevens 35 -3.039 0 15.516 37
16 4 07 Hayden Cardwell 35 -3.914 0 15.226 39
17 18 99 Gregory Lamey 35 -4.076 0 15.453 33
18 16 25 Tyler Ducharme 34 -1 L 0 15.466 32
19 13 91 Ernie Williams Jr. 33 -2 L 0 15.350 30
20 9 33 Evan Seay 20 -15 L 0 15.338 29

 

iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series points through six rounds are as follows:

  1. Alex Bergeron, 397
  2. Cameron Merriman, 391
  3. James Edens, 364
  4. Blake Matjoulis, 320
  5. Braden Eyler, 314
  6. Hayden Cardwell, 308
  7. Logan Rumsey, 305
  8. Tyler Schell, 299
  9. Kendal Tucker, 289
  10. Adam Elby, 275

The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series season resumes in two weeks’ time at Cedar Lake Speedway, where Bergeron is the defending winner. The event will stream live on iRacing social media and DirtVision on Monday, January 10 at 9PM ET/6PM PT. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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