Slick Simsport’s Dylan Houser made it five different winners for the third straight year in the iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship, taking the checkered flag in the final race of the year at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But it was Team ABR’s Alex Bergeron who ended the night as the series champion for the second year in a row, coming home with a solid sixth place finish to preserve his points lead over championship runner-up David Heileman and four-time 2020 race winner James Edens.

“It was a hard season, but also a fun one,” said Bergeron. “At Knoxville, we were passing for the lead on Eyler and the connection went out. It did tonight too, but I’m grateful we were able to stay on track. We had a lot of bad luck during the season, but we still got three wins and the championship.

“(Tonight) was a good race. Right in front of us we had the battle for second and third in points, so it was hard to pass those guys. I just tried to run my race and not make any mistakes, and it worked out for us.”

Coming into the night, Heileman and Edens needed an especially rough outing for Bergeron to make up enough points to earn the title, but it wouldn’t be an impossible task. If the Quebec native DNFed in the final or missed it entirely, either challenger could’ve wrestled away the crown with a decent finish, with the higher placement likely taking it. But none of them were able to win a heat race, as Houser, Dillon Semmelmann, Kendal Tucker, and Lewis Hewett scored those victories; Heileman did beat Bergeron in their heat, finishing second and third, while Edens finished second in his heat from fourth on the grid.

But passing proved difficult on the half-mile dirt oval in the 35-lap feature. The trio of title contenders only managed to climb to fourth, fifth, and sixth, with neither Edens nor Heileman getting the separation from Bergeron that they needed to make up meaningful points. The biggest mover on the night was Rusty Kruger, who climbed to ninth from last on the grid.

Houser, meanwhile managed to lead every single lap, extending his lead over Semmelmann to over two seconds by race’s end. The victory, his first in the series, allowed him to join a small but elite group of drivers who have won in both Sprint Car and Late Model World Championship events.

“It’s hard to race for wins with these guys because they’re so good,” said Houser. “The setup was on point tonight, and I have to thank David (Heileman) for that. I turned a ton of laps this week because I wanted to go out with a bang. Now I’m looking forward to the Late Models—I think we’re the best we’ve ever been going in to that series.”

Full results from the feature event of the iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Led

Interval

Best

Pts.

1 1 2 Dylan R. Houser 35 35 0 14.461 78
2 2 81 Dillon Semmelmann 35 0 -2.395 14.433 75
3 3 00 Kendal Tucker 35 0 -3.394 14.543 72
4 8 52 James Edens 35 0 -3.742 14.442 68
5 6 49 David Heileman 35 0 -3.791 14.374 65
6 10 12 Alex A Bergeron 35 0 -4.076 14.536 61
7 9 54 John Battista 35 0 -5.592 14.605 58
8 5 11 Cole Neuhalfen 35 0 -6.056 14.504 56
9 20 55 Rusty L Kruger 35 0 -7.284 14.634 49
10 17 35 Nick Cooper 35 0 -7.837 14.517 47
11 15 80 Vinnie Sansone 35 0 -8.092 14.536 46
12 19 71 Cole V Cabre 35 0 -8.246 14.618 42
13 18 44 Blake Cannon 35 0 -8.786 14.701 41
14 7 25 Tyler Ducharme 35 0 -9.184 14.448 42
15 13 74 Adam Elby 35 0 -9.656 14.406 38
16 12 15 Zack Novak 35 0 -10.398 14.643 37
17 14 85 Tyler Schell 35 0 -12.119 14.676 34
18 16 92 Mike Keegan 34 0 -1 L 14.613 32
19 4 3 Lewis Hewett 29 0 -6 L 14.43 33
20 11 5 Braden Eyler 7 0 -28 L 14.623 29

 

Final point standings from the 2020 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship are as follows:

  1. Alex Bergeron, 660 (3 wins)
  2. David Heileman, 630
  3. James Edens, 629 (4 wins)
  4. Kendal Tucker, 582
  5. Braden Eyler, 513 (1 win)
  6. Dillon Semmelmann, 479 (1 win)
  7. Cole Cabre, 425
  8. Dylan Houser, 380 (1 win)
  9. Cameron Merriman, 358
  10. Austen Semmelmann, 356
  11. Tyler Ducharme, 355
  12. Adam Elby, 338
  13. Tyler Schell, 333
  14. Lewis Hewett, 324
  15. Blake Cannon, 316
  16. Alex Smolders, 312
  17. Cole Neuhalfen, 306
  18. Zack Novak, 300
  19. John Battista, 293
  20. Joel Berkley, 248
  21. Shaun Timmerman, 239
  22. Nick Cooper, 220
  23. Rusty Kruger, 187
  24. Colton Hardy, 185
  25. Chase Cabre, 182
  26. Mike Keegan, 170
  27. Vinnie Sansone, 154
  28. James Tiernan, 141
  29. Schyler Brown, 131
  30. Justin Thomas, 118
  31. Britton Roxberry, 113
  32. Logan Clampitt, 109
  33. Anthony Jobe, 69
  34. Billy Rowlee, 51
  35. Matthew McKinney, 51

World of Outlaws action on iRacing will resume in June with the kickoff of the iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship, won last year by Swindell Speedlab Esports’ Blake Matjoulis. Many top sprint car drivers, including Bergeron, Edens, and Tucker, are expected to contend for that championship as well. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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