July 12th, 2017 by David Phillips
Austen Semmelmann had a few anxious moments – but not many — in scoring a flag-to-flag victory in iRacing’s weekly World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature at Eldora Speedway. After grabbing the pole position and comfortably leading the first 2/3 of the race from Tim Ryan, Steven Renaud and Howard Weaver, the Wisconsin-based sim racer looked to be in complete control before a Lap 24 caution left him some work to do on the restart.
Semmelmann never flinched, however, bolting away from the field and cruising to the win as mayhem unfolded in his wake. Ryan ran high in Turn One on the Lap 27 restart and clobbered the wall. In the ensuing chaos, Justin Thomas vaulted into second after having spent most of the race battling for fifth with Graham K. Bowlin for fifth.
Thomas’ stay in second would be brief for he spun in Turn Two the next time around and was collected by Timothy Smith, insuring the 30 lap race ended under yellow with Semmelmann taking the checkers ahead of Renaud and Weaver. Bowlin completed a race-long charge from P12 in fourth place with Derick Walker, Lewis Hewett coming home fifth and sixth respectively ahead of Smith and Ryan.
The event was one of nearly 100 virtual World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series races staged every week by the iRacing.com online racing simulation at legendary dirt tracks like Eldora, Willliams Grove and Volusia Speedway Park. Tune-in to iRacing Live next Monday, July 17 at 8:30 pm (00:30 GMT) to catch the next weekly feature in the iRacing World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at USA International Speedway. And check-out iRacing.com to see how you can join in the sprint car racing action on the world’s leading sim racing game.