May 25th, 2020 by Chris Leone
The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway plays host to the real-world World of Outlaws season finale, where champions are crowned in both the NOS Energy Sprint Car and Morton Buildings Late Model Series. The track serves the same purpose in World of Outlaws’ iRacing World Championships, and tonight’s Sprint Car season finale will draw to a close a title fight as compelling as anything we’ve seen in series history.
Defending series champion Alex Bergeron of Team ABR enters the night as the favorite to come out of Charlotte with a second straight title. With a comfortable championship advantage of 34 points, the Quebec native essentially just needs to get himself into the final and run mid-pack to maintain his lead and extend his hold on the series’ top honors for another season.
Enter David Heileman. The Slick Simsport driver is one of the hungriest drivers on the grid, having suffered through a winless season thus far and entering the track where he won his first World Championship race last year. He’s also Bergeron’s closest competitor in the championship, and thanks to contact in the final corner last week at Williams Grove Speedway that dropped him from third place to sixth, his fiercest rival.
“Alex in the last corner—I’m not going to block him and cry about it on Facebook like he did,” Heileman ranted after last weekend’s feature. “If he thinks we’re even, he’s got another thing coming, but I’ll settle it on the racetrack. I’m doing it for my team, my sponsors, I’m doing it for my fans. We’re bringing a World Championship to America next week, you mark my words!”
But if Bergeron and Heileman get too distracted by their own fight, the door is wide open for yet another driver, Swindell Speedlab Esports’ James Edens, to pounce. Coming off of his series-leading fourth victory of the 2020 season at Williams Grove, the Californian is only four points behind Heileman, putting him within roughly the same reach of Bergeron. He’s also got the aid of up to eight teammates tonight—including Williams Grove polesitter Kendal Tucker and runner-up Blake Cannon, both of whom are likely to find themselves in the 35-lap feature.
The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship season finale from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway will air live at 9PM ET/6PM PT on the iRacing eSports Network. The action will then resume in a few weeks’ time with the start of the iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.