Cardwell Returns to iRacing World of Outlaws Winner’s Circle at Cedar Lake

Cardwell Returns to iRacing World of Outlaws Winner’s Circle at Cedar Lake

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After a runner-up finish in 2020-21 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series standings, the current season hasn’t been quite the encore performance that Hayden Cardwell had been looking for. The good news is, after Monday night’s performance at Cedar Lake Speedway, he won’t walk out of the year empty handed.

Cardwell took the lead of the 35-lap feature from polesitter Austen Semmelmann just a lap after the green flag fell and never looked back, leading the rest of the way to score his first win of the season. The victory made him the sixth different winner of the season in its seventh event, and it came as revenge of sorts against three-time defending champion Alex Bergeron. That duo made contact just two weeks ago going for the win in the most recent race at Knoxville, ending with Bergeron finally scoring his first win of the year and Cardwell a disappointing 16th.

This time out, Cardwell not only beat Bergeron in the heats, but also held him off in the charge to the finish by .195 seconds. Cameron Merriman completed the podium, keeping himself within single-digit points of Bergeron for the championship lead, while fellow 2021-22 race winners Braden Eyler and James Edens completed the top five. Edens was one of the big gainers on the night, climbing from the 12th starting spot on the .375-mile clay oval, while Semmelmann faded all the way to eighth over the course of the feature.

iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series results from Cedar Lake Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 2 07 Hayden Cardwell 35 33 11.630 78
2 6 12 Alex A Bergeron 35 -0.195 0 11.668 74
3 4 17 Cameron Merriman 35 -1.543 0 11.684 72
4 8 5 Braden Eyler 35 -1.957 0 11.764 68
5 12 52 James Edens 35 -3.760 0 11.925 64
6 3 00 Kendal Tucker 35 -4.567 0 11.751 63
7 9 74 Adam Elby 35 -5.750 0 11.916 58
8 1 18 Austen Semmelmann 35 -5.980 1 11.833 57
9 17 41 Logan Rumsey 35 -6.226 0 11.939 50
10 16 25 Tyler Ducharme 35 -6.425 0 11.925 48
11 10 50 Clayton Davies 35 -6.821 0 11.815 47
12 11 99 Gregory Lamey 35 -6.990 0 11.951 45
13 14 91 Félix F. Roy 35 -6.992 0 11.891 42
14 20 76 Brayden Shute 35 -7.332 0 11.878 39
15 18 69 Shae Paulo 35 -7.479 0 12.013 33
16 7 48 Dylan Yeager 35 -9.192 0 11.962 38
17 13 13 Aiden Bierlein 35 -9.722 0 12.063 34
18 5 22 Mason Hannagan 35 -12.324 0 12.093 34
19 19 127 Blake Matjoulis 13 -22 L 0 11.936 28
20 15 51 Clayton W Tilley 3 -32 L 0 28

 

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

  1. Alex Bergeron, 471
  2. Cameron Merriman, 463
  3. James Edens, 428
  4. Hayden Cardwell, 386
  5. Braden Eyler, 382
  6. Logan Rumsey, 355
  7. Kendal Tucker, 352
  8. Blake Matjoulis, 348
  9. Adam Elby, 333
  10. Tyler Schell, 302

The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series season continues next week at Fairbury American Legion Speedway, where Cardwell took the checkered flag last season. The event will stream live on iRacing social media and DirtVision on Monday at 9PM ET/6PM PT. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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