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Seay Survives Unpredictable iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Final at Fairbury

Seay Survives Unpredictable iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Final at Fairbury

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You could be forgiven for not knowing what to make of Monday night’s iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series race at Fairbury American Legion Speedway.

What looked like a dream event for Cameron Merriman—a battle for the lead with Evan Seay resolved in his favor and a connection issue for Alex Bergeron that knocked the three-time defending champion and incoming points leader out of the race—ended in the catch fence coming to the white flag, as the presumptive new points leader caught the wall coming out of Turn 4 and added yet another yellow flag to a busy night for the virtual pace truck. As a result, Seay held off Tyler Ducharme in the resulting two-lap shootout to the finish, scoring his second win of the season at the popular Illinois quarter mile.

It’s little consolation to Merriman, but he was far from the only driver to suffer issues in the race. Last week’s winner Hayden Cardwell had to overcome a last-place finish in his heat to barely sneak in through the last chance qualifier, and even he still got caught up in a wreck that ended his night early. The same went for Swindell Speedlab teammates Kendal Tucker and Adam Elby, the former of whom had been fighting Seay for the lead around the race’s halfway point.

With Merriman relegated to just two spots ahead of Bergeron in the finishing order, the points lead didn’t change hands after all, but the battle did get tighter. Bergeron’s lead is now down to four over Merriman after the unpredictable result, while James Edens pulled to within 19 by surviving those kinds of incidents and hanging on for sixth.

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

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 1 33 Evan Seay 35 18 10.785 78
2 9 25 Tyler Ducharme 35 -0.218 0 10.981 73
3 5 41 Logan Rumsey 35 -0.390 0 11.011 71
4 10 76 Brayden Shute 35 -0.684 0 11.047 67
5 3 5 Braden Eyler 35 -1.047 0 10.958 66
6 8 52 James Edens 35 -1.450 0 11.030 62
7 15 85 Tyler Schell 35 -1.553 0 11.089 57
8 2 48 Dylan Yeager 35 -2.069 0 11.151 57
9 16 86 Timothy S Smith 35 -2.450 0 10.896 51
10 14 91 Félix F. Roy 35 -2.457 0 11.171 48
11 13 50 Clayton Davies 35 -2.791 0 11.043 46
12 11 69 Shae Paulo 35 -2.915 0 11.265 45
13 17 18 Austen Semmelmann 34 -1 L 0 11.140 41
14 7 17 Cameron Merriman 33 -2 L 12 10.973 42
15 12 13 Aiden Bierlein 30 -5 L 1 11.052 39
16 6 12 Alex A Bergeron 20 -15 L 0 10.978 38
17 4 00 Kendal Tucker 19 -16 L 1 10.959 37
18 19 74 Adam Elby 18 -17 L 0 11.037 31
19 20 07 Hayden Cardwell 8 -27 L 0 11.123 26
20 18 6 Rylan Gray 7 -28 L 0 11.216 26

 

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

  1. Alex Bergeron, 509
  2. Cameron Merriman, 505
  3. James Edens, 490
  4. Braden Eyler, 448
  5. Logan Rumsey, 426
  6. Hayden Cardwell, 412
  7. Kendal Tucker, 389
  8. Adam Elby, 364
  9. Tyler Schell, 359
  10. Blake Matjoulis, 349

The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series season visits Weedsport Speedway for its penultimate round of the 2021-22 season next Monday; Merriman took his first win in the series there last year. 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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