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Edens On A Mission World of Outlaws Eldora iRacing

Edens On A Mission World of Outlaws Eldora iRacing

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series in iRacing had seen another fine race at Eldora. Edens battles to the very end.

Edens has really turned up the heat in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series in iRacing. In dramatic fashion to the very end, it’s not over until it’s over….

Swindell Speedlab Esports’ James Edens scored his second straight iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series win on Monday night, backing up last week’s win from Bristol Motor Speedway with another checkered flag at Eldora Speedway.

Unlike last week, when he had to hold off multiple hard-charging rivals like Hayden Cardwell in a flurry of late-race restarts, Edens turned the tables by making the winning pass himself on Cardwell on the final lap of the 35-lap race.

Cardwell, Kendal Tucker, Cameron Merriman, and Brayden Shute were Monday’s heat winners, while top drivers like Volusia winner Blake Matjoulis and series veteran Adam Elby had to earn their way into the feature through the last chance qualifiers.

Edens started eighth, alongside three-time defending series champion and incoming points leader Alex Bergeron, and began to claw his way through the field while Cardwell initially hung onto the top spot.

A major caution midway through the race would catch multiple cars, including Braden Eyler and Justin Sherman, but the moment that may have turned the championship on its head came a few laps later when Bergeron dropped out of the race. That relegated him to a disappointing 17th place finish on the session, swinging the door wide open for Edens, Merriman, and Matjoulis to capitalize.

It looked like Cardwell would avenge last year’s loss after the battle of the season last year with Bergeron and Tim Ryan, but it wasn’t to be. Edens made contact with Cardwell coming to the white flag, setting up a drag race down the backstretch. He’d slide up the track and into the top spot in Turns 3 and 4, and hang on by .032 seconds in a near-photo finish.

 

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

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1852James Edens35114.34577
2107Hayden Cardwell35-0.0313414.29875
3933Evan Seay35-0.725014.39370
4200Kendal Tucker35-0.862014.27169
518127Blake Matjoulis35-1.722014.41761
6317Cameron Merriman35-1.937014.31063
7476Brayden Shute35-2.125014.33860
8685Tyler Schell35-2.253014.48256
91269Shae Paulo35-2.544014.54452
101974Adam Elby35-2.926014.44046
111099Gregory Lamey35-3.414014.47347
122041Logan Rumsey235-4.040014.42643
131514JD Brown35-4.906014.60442
141491Ernie Williams Jr.35-7.204014.50040
15525Tyler Ducharme30-5 L014.41340
16171Jérémy St-louis30-5 L014.89935
17712Alex A Bergeron24-11 L014.45736
18166Rylan Gray24-11 L014.51932
19115Braden Eyler18-17 L014.38631
201300Justin Sherman317-18 L015.01128

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

  1. James Edens, 272
  2. Cameron Merriman, 257
  3. Blake Matjoulis, 251
  4. Alex Bergeron, 250
  5. Evan Seay, 238
  6. Logan Rumsey, 231
  7. Hayden Cardwell, 225
  8. Kendal Tucker, 224
  9. Tyler Schell, 188
  10. Adam Elby, 166

The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series season continues next week at Williams Grove Speedway, where Tyler Schell will look to defend his victory from 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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