April 6th, 2020 by Chris Leone
For the second week in a row, the iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship visits an iconic dirt oval for the first time as the 35 best 410 sprint car drivers on iRacing continue their quest for their share of $25,000. Last time out, it was Lernerville Speedway; this time around, it’ll be Fairbury American Legion Speedway making its series debut.
The first two weeks of the season have seen familiar names up front, with defending series champion Alex Bergeron dominating the opener at Volusia Speedway Park for the second year in a row and James Edens answering with a victory at Lernerville last time out. But thanks to consistency and a pair of heat wins, it’s Cameron Merriman that holds a single-point edge over Bergeron coming into tonight’s action at Fairbury. Volusia runner-up Blake Cannon is third, 20 points adrift of the lead, but with five other drivers within 10 points of his rank in the standings.
That should mean a chaotic night at the quick Illinois quarter-mile affectionately known as “America’s Dirt Track,” and could open things up for an exciting battle up front. In the qualifying series, Dillon Semmelmann was best of all drivers to earn World Championship status with three wins in four starts, while Bergeron and Dylan Houser took two wins apiece as well.
“It’s going to be quick, and there’s going to be some chaos for sure,” said Edens. “Hopefully we can get the tiller out there so we’re not all just bouncing around the wall, because that place is fast around the wall. It’ll be interesting to see what happens, and hopefully we have another good track like we did (in Lernerville).”
Later this week, real-world World of Outlaws stars and an assortment of other top pros will return to the dirt on FS1 with another edition of Wednesday Night iRacing at 8PM ET/5PM PT. This week’s NOS Energy Sprint Car/Morton Buildings Late Model double feature will head to the iconic Knoxville Raceway, home of the Knoxville Nationals. In addition, DIRTVision continues to host pro drivers in weekly races from top real-world World of Outlaws venues across America.
The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship race from Fairbury American Legion Speedway will air tonight at 9PM ET/6PM PT on the iRacing eSports Network. Next week, Round 4 of the championship will take drivers to Knoxville, where Edens and Bergeron split last year’s race wins.