June 29th, 2020 by Chris Leone
If you thought the iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship season opener from Volusia Speedway Park was intense, just wait until you see what the series has in store this time out.
Lernerville Speedway is the setting for Monday night’s action, the second of 10 rounds in what should prove to be an intense 2020 championship. The bullring’s unique lack of an outside retaining wall in the corners and around the backstretch has influenced the outcome of many a race in both the real world and the virtual one, and iRacers of all levels have likely found themselves sliding out of the track after jumping the cushion at least once.
Familiar faces James Edens and Hayden Cardwell ran up front in the Volusia opener, but in the end it was surprise winner Drew Hopkins who was the biggest story coming out of last Monday’s action. Hopkins, one of a healthy crop of series rookies this year, took the lead in the race’s closing laps and hung on to spoil Cardwell’s bid for season-opening wins in back-to-back years. The win in his first career start gave him the championship lead coming into the event, and immediately put him on the map as a driver to watch.
Alex Bergeron’s quest to sweep both iRacing World of Outlaws championships in 2020 kicked off with a ninth place run, fourth-best of the drivers who also competed in the NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship that wrapped up in May. Swindell Speedlab Esports teammates Edens (third), Blake Cannon (fifth), and Kendal Tucker (seventh) were the three double-duty drivers who outperformed the Quebec native in the first late model feature of the year.
iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship action from Lernerville Speedway airs on Monday at 9PM ET on the iRacing eSports Network on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube. After Lernerville, it’s off to Limaland Motorsports Park, which moves back a week from the second spot on the schedule last year; Cannon is the defending race winner after holding off Bergeron in the event last summer.