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Matjoulis Wins iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Opener

Matjoulis Wins iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Opener

Matjoulis wins the iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Opener at Volusia Speedway Park with a fine performance.

The World Of Outlaws Sprint car series in iRacing has shown some top performances, Blake Matjoulis stepped up and took all the spoils in an impressive race at Volusia Speedway Park.

Blake Matjoulis isn’t the first driver in iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series history to cross over from the late model side of the sport, but if his run at Volusia Speedway Park on Monday night is any indication, he may soon call himself among the most successful.

The former Late Model champion made his debut on the winged side of things with Monday’s opener and made a massive statement to the field. The only driver to break the 13-second barrier in qualifying, Matjoulis first won his heat before leading every lap of the 35-lap feature, holding off pressure from big names like three-time defending series champion Alex Bergeron in the process. Past series race winner Cameron Merriman completed the podium.

All three of those drivers were joined by Kendal Tucker as Monday’s heat winners, while Mason Hannagan and Aiden Bierlein took the last chance qualifiers that completed the 20-car grid. Three cautions slowed the feature, the last of which set up a final shootout with 10 laps to go.

But even with the most successful driver in series history among those breathing down his neck on the restart, Matjoulis drove undeterred by the pressure. Bergeron also had his hands full attempting to defend second place from Tucker, as most of the drivers in the top five would shuffle among completely different lines—Bergeron high, Tucker and later Merriman low, Matjoulis running slider lines to quell their momentum. In the end, he’d extend the lead to .392 seconds at the finish, staying off the wall and mistake free as others pushed their limits.

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

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

11127Blake Matjoulis353513.21678
2312Alex A Bergeron35-0.392013.26675
3417Cameron Merriman35-0.590013.38772
4200Kendal Tucker35-1.108013.24169
585Braden Eyler35-1.268013.34165
61085Tyler Schell35-2.001013.42661
7541Logan Rumsey35-2.079013.41459
8733Evan Seay35-2.286013.41456
91425Tyler Ducharme35-2.473013.47951
10948Dylan Yeager35-2.800013.54949
111621Chris Sabescay35-3.170013.50346
121152James Edens35-3.578013.63445
131218Austen Semmelmann35-4.996013.49443
142051Clayton W Tilley35-5.077013.63137
151813Aiden Bierlein35-5.724013.49536
16151Jérémy St-louis35-6.121013.53736
171999Gregory Lamey35-7.649013.49331
181374Adam Elby35-10.129013.54132
19686Timothy S Smith34-1 L013.40932
201722Mason Hannagan18-17 L013.46827

 

iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series points through one round are as follows:

  1. Blake Matjoulis, 78
  2. Alex Bergeron, 75
  3. Cameron Merriman, 72
  4. Kendal Tucker, 69
  5. Braden Eyler, 65
  6. Tyler Schell, 61
  7. Logan Rumsey, 59
  8. Evan Seay, 56
  9. Tyler Ducharme, 51
  10. Dylan Yeager, 49

The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series season continues next week at Kokomo Speedway, where Hayden Cardwell took an important victory to keep his 2020-21 championship hopes alive. The event will stream live on iRacing social media and DirtVision on Monday at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

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