December 12th, 2021 by Chris Leone
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The 2021-22 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series hits the halfway point of the season with a visit to the historic Williams Grove Speedway. As always, the action can be seen live on iRacing social media and DirtVision on Monday at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Last Week: The right combination of internet issues for three-time defending series champion Alex Bergeron and a last-lap run on leader Hayden Cardwell gave Swindell Speedlab Esports driver James Edens not only his second consecutive win in the first four races of the season, but also the championship lead for the first time this season, last Monday at Eldora Speedway. It’s hard to figure out who had the bigger heartbreak: Bergeron, who fell from first to fourth in the standings with his 17th place finish, or Cardwell, who led the first 34 laps of the race before falling just .031 seconds short of a victory.
Last Season: Williams Grove was the penultimate round on the calendar last year, and as such helped to define Bergeron’s third straight title after Cardwell made an uncharacteristic mistake at the start of the race. Cardwell would only recover to finish 12th, putting him 30 points out of the lead after Bergeron finished second. Ahead of them both, Tyler Schell dominated most of the 35-lap feature and scored his first career series victory.
Track Facts: One of the oldest tracks on the World of Outlaws schedule, Williams Grove Speedway boasts half a dozen rounds on the 2022 NOS Energy Sprint Car Series schedule. Opened in 1939, much of the prestige of its events comes from the fact that the Pennsylvania Posse, a contingent of top-tier racers who don’t follow the full tour, join the events at Williams Grove and make the races that much tougher to win.
Next Week: Following Williams Grove, the iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series heads to Knoxville Raceway. The track hosts two events in the 2022 season: the Brownells Big Guns Bash on June 10-11, and the marquee Knoxville Nationals on August 10-13. The 61st annual edition of the real-world event is one of the most iconic races in the world, not just for sprint cars, but for any form of oval racing.
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