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.

1 8 52 James Edens 35 1 14.345 77
2 1 07 Hayden Cardwell 35 -0.031 34 14.298 75
3 9 33 Evan Seay 35 -0.725 0 14.393 70
4 2 00 Kendal Tucker 35 -0.862 0 14.271 69
5 18 127 Blake Matjoulis 35 -1.722 0 14.417 61
6 3 17 Cameron Merriman 35 -1.937 0 14.310 63
7 4 76 Brayden Shute 35 -2.125 0 14.338 60
8 6 85 Tyler Schell 35 -2.253 0 14.482 56
9 12 69 Shae Paulo 35 -2.544 0 14.544 52
10 19 74 Adam Elby 35 -2.926 0 14.440 46
11 10 99 Gregory Lamey 35 -3.414 0 14.473 47
12 20 41 Logan Rumsey2 35 -4.040 0 14.426 43
13 15 14 JD Brown 35 -4.906 0 14.604 42
14 14 91 Ernie Williams Jr. 35 -7.204 0 14.500 40
15 5 25 Tyler Ducharme 30 -5 L 0 14.413 40
16 17 1 Jérémy St-louis 30 -5 L 0 14.899 35
17 7 12 Alex A Bergeron 24 -11 L 0 14.457 36
18 16 6 Rylan Gray 24 -11 L 0 14.519 32
19 11 5 Braden Eyler 18 -17 L 0 14.386 31
20 13 00 Justin Sherman3 17 -18 L 0 15.011 28

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.