Monday night was like deja vu, all over again, for the 35 drivers of the iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship.

Last year, Alex Bergeron dominated the season opener from Volusia Speedway Park, scoring the first of his five victories on the way to the 2019 series championship. This year’s opener from Volusia was no different, as the Team ABR driver once again won the pole, his heat race, and the main event—leading all 35 laps on the way to a victory of more than eight seconds over Swindell SpeedLab’s Blake Cannon. It was a dramatic reversal of fortunes for the defending champion from the previous week’s exhibition race at Volusia, where he struggled in qualifying and could only muster a fifth place finish.

“I was right beside the fence, but I barely touched it and just never made a mistake,” explained Bergeron. “I wasn’t sandbagging (last week)—in that race I was fast, I just didn’t run a good line in qualifying. But tonight, we just had a perfect night like we did last year.”

Cameron Merriman, who qualified second and joined Bergeron and Cannon as a heat winner, was third, while series veterans Adam Elby and David Heileman completed the top five. Sixth place finisher Alex Smolders of Kinser Racing Sim Team was the biggest mover in the 35-lap main event, jumping from 17th on the grid after winning the first last chance qualifier. Despite a handful of incidents in the heat races that knocked some competitive cars out of contention, the main event was relatively clean, with only three drivers failing to complete every lap.

Volusia Speedway Park Results

Main event results from Monday’s iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship event at Volusia Speedway Park were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Led

Interval

Best

Pts.

1 1 12 Alex A Bergeron 35 35 0.000 15.312 78
2 3 44 Blake Cannon 35 0 -8.586 15.708 75
3 2 17 Cameron Merriman 35 0 -8.823 15.792 72
4 7 74 Adam Elby 35 0 -9.105 15.761 68
5 13 49 David Heileman 35 0 -10.263 15.743 63
6 17 211 Alex Smolders 35 0 -10.880 15.765 58
7 4 18 Austen Semmelmann 35 0 -11.087 15.875 60
8 5 15 Zack Novak 35 0 -11.714 15.736 56
9 9 71 Cole V Cabre 35 0 -12.400 15.816 52
10 15 91 Anthony Jobe 35 0 -13.002 15.836 48
11 11 51 Matthew McKinney 35 0 -13.104 15.837 47
12 18 25 Tyler Ducharme 35 0 -13.397 15.803 43
13 20 99 Logan Clampitt 35 0 -14.008 15.791 40
14 8 00 Kendal Tucker 35 0 -14.042 15.818 42
15 6 81 Dillon Semmelmann 35 0 -14.383 15.905 40
16 14 5 Braden Eyler 35 0 -15.452 15.902 36
17 19 41 Colton W Hardy 35 0 -18.045 15.881 33
18 16 39 Chase Cabre 34 0 -1 L 15.752 32
19 10 52 James Edens 34 0 -1 L 15.880 31
20 12 4 James Tiernan 21 0 -14 L 15.860 29

 

The 2020 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship season resumes next week with the series debut of Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway. Dirt oval fans who can’t wait for that, however, can tune in to DIRTVision this Wednesday to watch real World of Outlaws pros take on Knoxville Raceway in the inaugural World of Outlaws iRacing Invitational at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

For more information on the World of Outlaws, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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