March 30th, 2020 by Chris Leone
For fans of the World of Outlaws looking to get their dirt short track fix on iRacing, Monday will be a huge night. Not only will real-world racers face off in late model action earlier in the night on DIRTVision, the iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship will continue its trek towards a $25,000 season purse with its inaugural event at Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway.
While the 35 top 410 sprint car drivers on iRacing are used to the challenge of having to stare down one another in up to 35 laps of racing at a time, how they’ll adapt to the possibility of getting sent off course in a race with money on the line remains an unknown. With most of Lernerville lacking an outside retaining wall, precision driving will be more important than ever for those racers looking to ride the cushion. That defining characteristic has produced plenty of drama in the real world over the years, so expect the same in the virtual world tonight.
But as much as the track tonight is an unknown, the drivers who established themselves as front runners last week at Volusia Speedway Park should all be pretty familiar to fans of the series. Alex Bergeron opened the 2020 season with a perfect night in Volusia for the second year in a row, sweeping qualifying, his heat race, and the feature, where he led every single lap. Real-world teams like Swindell SpeedLab, Kinser Racing, and Tony Stewart Racing also put drivers in the top 10, with front-runners from last year like Adam Elby and David Heileman joined by strong newcomers Blake Cannon and Cameron Merriman.
If you can’t wait for the green flag to drop at 9PM, though, there’s more good news: the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing Invitational goes green on DIRTVision at 7PM ET from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After Sunday night’s sprint car invitational from Charlotte saw Australia’s Jock Goodyer defeat a deep field of pros including Logan Seavey, Max McLaughlin, and Swindell SpeedLab owner Kevin Swindell, the biggest names in the sport will trade wings for fenders and do it all again before the world’s top sim racers get to battle.
The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship race from Lernerville Speedway will air tonight at 9PM ET/6PM PT on the iRacing eSports Network. Following Lernerville, next week’s action sees the series make another virtual debut, this time at Fairbury American Legion Speedway.