For the series-leading fourth time in the 2020 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship season, Swindell Speedlab Esports’ James Edens found himself on top of the box on Monday night with a victory at Williams Grove Speedway. And after an intense last-lap battle between defending series champion Alex Bergeron and top challenger David Heileman, he’ll be looking to make next Monday’s season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway a true three-way title fight.

Edens’ sixth career series win enabled him to pull to within four points of Heileman for second in the championship, after one of the most intense main events of the season ended with contact between Heileman and Bergeron in the battle for a podium spot. Bergeron would sneak into third, just behind Edens’ teammate Blake Cannon, while Heileman would drop to sixth, a significant point swing that means Heileman will have 34 points to make up in the season finale.

Although Edens would take the win, it was actually yet another Swindell car, driven by Kendal Tucker, that qualified first, won the first heat, and led the first 10 laps of the final. Tucker and Edens would trade the lead briefly in the middle section, before three lead changes in the final 15 laps (and Heileman sneaking in a lap up front of his own) set up the most dramatic finish of the year.

When Edens and Cannon asserted the top two spots, Bergeron, who had been hanging on the fringes of the top five for most of the race, finally found his opportunity to strike in the final corner. He made contact with Heileman for the second time in three weeks, after banging between the two at Volusia Speedway Park ended Bergeron’s hopes of sweeping both races from the Florida track. While Bergeron chalked up the contact to a racing incident, a fired up Heileman all but guaranteed that he’ll find a way to bring home the title in next weekend’s season closer from Charlotte during post-race interviews.

Full results from Monday’s iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship final at Williams Grove Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Led

Interval

Best

Pts.

1 2 52 James Edens 35 16 0 18.266 78
2 9 44 Blake Cannon 35 0 -1.028 18.309 73
3 3 12 Alex A Bergeron 35 0 -1.565 18.291 72
4 8 81 Dillon Semmelmann 35 0 -1.71 18.346 68
5 15 4 James Tiernan 35 0 -2.273 18.464 63
6 4 49 David Heileman 35 1 -2.279 18.27 63
7 11 85 Tyler Schell 35 0 -3.381 18.45 58
8 1 00 Kendal Tucker 35 18 -3.655 18.264 57
9 5 18 Austen Semmelmann 35 0 -4.034 18.409 53
10 6 71 Cole V Cabre 35 0 -4.055 18.361 50
11 10 11 Cole Neuhalfen 35 0 -4.691 18.327 47
12 19 25 Tyler Ducharme 35 0 -4.895 18.441 42
13 18 5 Braden Eyler 35 0 -5.787 18.286 39
14 12 17 Cameron Merriman 35 0 -6.714 18.505 41
15 20 10 Schyler Brown 35 0 -7.153 18.465 37
16 13 92 Mike Keegan 35 0 -10.169 18.476 36
17 14 15 Zack Novak 35 0 -10.561 18.354 34
18 16 23 Justin Thomas 16 0 -19 L 18.642 32
19 7 211 Alex Smolders 13 0 -22 L 18.68 32
20 17 2 Dylan R. Houser 11 0 -24 L 18.25 25

 

iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship points through nine rounds are as follows:

  1. Alex Bergeron, 599
  2. David Heileman, 565
  3. James Edens, 561
  4. Kendal Tucker, 510
  5. Braden Eyler, 484
  6. Dillon Semmelmann, 404
  7. Cole Cabre, 383
  8. Cameron Merriman, 356
  9. Austen Semmelmann, 354
  10. Tyler Ducharme, 313

The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship season finale from The Dirt Track at Charlotte will air next Monday at 9PM ET/6PM PT on the iRacing eSports Network. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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