March 23rd, 2020 by Chris Leone
The 2020 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship kicks off tonight at Volusia Speedway Park, with 35 of the world’s best Dirt Oval racers getting ready to take on 10 events in the chase for $25,000. With 20 drivers from last season earning their way back into the series and a talented group of newcomers completing this year’s field, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will take this year’s championship.
The safe bet is, of course, Alex Bergeron, who dominated last year’s championship with wins in five of 10 races and almost added the Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship as well. The Team ABR driver dominated the season opener last year, winning both his heat race and the 30-lap main event from the pole. The Quebec native will return to his famous #12 in hopes of matching that performance once again tonight.
His top challengers all impressed last year as well, though, with James Edens and David Heileman each ready for another shot at the crown after taking victories in 2019. Heileman is one of a large group of drivers on the Slick Simsport squad, including the return of Joel Berkley, who was a late addition to the 2020 series roster and finished second at this event last year, and eNASCAR veterans Logan Clampitt and 2019 series champion Zack Novak.
Edens, meanwhile, leads a nine-car Swindell SpeedLab driver roster that returns Matt McKinney and Adam Elby, and also boasts the addition of late model front-runners Blake Cannon and Kendal Tucker. Swindell isn’t the only familiar name to World of Outlaws fans to have a team in the field, though, as the Kinser Racing Sim Team pairs newcomer Schyler Brown with returning series drivers Cole Neuhalfen, Braden Eyler, and Alex Smolders.
The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship season opener from Volusia Speedway Park will air tonight at 9PM ET/6PM PT on the iRacing eSports Network. Following Volusia, the season continues on Monday nights through May, with next week’s race marking the first appearance of Lernerville Speedway on the Sprint Car World Championship calendar.
Images via Team ABR (1); Slick Simsport (2); Kinser Racing Sim Team (3)