November 29th, 2022 by Chris Leone
For most of the history of the iRacing World of Outlaws Carquest Sprint Car Series, Quebec’s Alex Bergeron has been seen as the driver to beat. In Monday night’s season opener from the virtual Volusia Speedway Park, the series’ first race since welcoming new title partner Carquest Auto Parts, Bergeron showed exactly why he’s earned multiple championships, regaining the lead from longtime title foil James Edens in the closing laps to win the opener and take the early points lead.
As he so often has in the past, Bergeron qualified first and won Heat 1, with Logan Rumsey, Tyler Schell, and John Helms joining him as heat winners, and Aiden Bierlein and Clayton Tilley winning the last chance qualifiers. Bergeron would hold onto the lead in the early laps, but Timothy Smith would rocket from the edge of the top 10 up to first by riding the outside line.
Two cautions just after halfway would bunch the field up, with a big flip for Bryce Lucius ending his race early for the first and a stackup that spun Kendal Tucker causing the second. Smith maintained the top spot off the first restart, but Edens would pull past on the inside with Bergeron in tow after the second. Soon after, Bergeron would assert himself to the inside of Edens, with the duo running side by side through the final laps. Bergeron would nose ahead as the laps ticked down, maintaining the advantage by just over a tenth of a second at the finish line as Edens made his final move.
iRacing World of Outlaws Carquest Sprint Car Series results from Volusia Speedway Park were as follows:
|1||1||12||Alex A Bergeron||35||13||14.737||78|
|5||7||86||Timothy S Smith||35||-0.966||16||14.648||65|
|14||18||51||Clayton W Tilley||35||-4.081||0||14.916||39|
|18||4||21||John Helms||34||-1 L||2||14.961||35|
|19||15||00||Kendal Tucker||33||-2 L||0||14.903||30|
|20||13||22||Bryce Lucius||21||-14 L||0||14.940||28|
iRacing World of Outlaws Carquest Sprint Car Series points through one round are as follows:
- Alex Bergeron, 78
- James Edens, 74
- Tyler Schell, 72
- Evan Seay, 67
- Timothy Smith, 65
- Kenny Miller, 62
- JD Brown, 55
- Tyler Ducharme, 55
- Logan Rumsey, 54
- Adam Elby, 49
The iRacing World of Outlaws Carquest Sprint Car Series season continues next Monday with a visit to Eldora Speedway, where Edens took the checkered flag last year. As always, the action streams live at 9PM ET on DIRTVision and across iRacing social media channels.
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