January 5th, 2021 by Chris Leone
It wasn’t quite the championship boost that some may have expected to come in Alex Bergeron’s favor earlier in the night, but for the defending iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Champion, a win is still a win. The Quebec native dominated Monday night’s action from Cedar Lake Speedway, qualifying on pole, winning his heat, and taking his fourth feature victory of the season as the Wisconsin-based track made its virtual World Championship debut.
The victory allowed Bergeron to reclaim the points lead from Hayden Cardwell with three races remaining, just two weeks after the duo made contact racing for the lead at Weedsport Speedway that flipped the points lead in Cardwell’s favor. The Tennessee native finished fourth on the night, but getting there was anything but a sure thing; after an incident early in his heat, Cardwell had to fight from the back of the field to score a last chance qualifier win, and pick off car after car in the 35-lap feature to settle into the top five. He’s just 10 points out of the championship lead, instead of possibly losing 60 or more had he missed the feature.
Longtime championship front-runner James Edens and Cole Cabre split Bergeron and Cardwell in the final running order, with Weedsport winner Cameron Merriman completing the top five. Knoxville winner Tim Ryan failed to make the feature, enabling Edens to pass him for fourth in the championship and set his sights on Swindell Speedlab Esports teammate Kendal Tucker for third.
iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship results from Cedar Lake Speedway were as follows:
|1||1||12||Alex A Bergeron||35||35||12.961||78|
|3||5||71||Cole V Cabre||35||-1.886||0||13.175||71|
|16||20||37||Zane Scott||32||-3 L||0||13.260||33|
|17||3||85||Tyler Schell||27||-8 L||0||13.108||37|
|18||11||8||Cole Neuhalfen||23||-12 L||0||13.213||33|
|19||17||25||Tyler Ducharme||18||-17 L||0||13.150||29|
|20||16||3||Lewis Hewett||1||-34 L||0||28|
iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship points after seven rounds are as follows:
- Alex Bergeron, 514
- Hayden Cardwell, 504
- Kendal Tucker, 403
- James Edens, 370
- Tim Ryan, 353
- Tyler Ducharme, 338
- Nick Cooper, 331
- Tyler Schell, 322
- Cameron Merriman, 319
- Braden Eyler, 290
The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship resumes next Monday at 9PM ET from Kokomo Speedway, which returns to the schedule for the first time since 2019. As always, the race can be streamed live on DirtVision on Monday at 9PM ET. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.