Third Time’s a Charm for Seay in iRacing World of Outlaws ButtKicker Late Model Action at Eldora

Over the first two rounds of the 2022 iRacing World of Outlaws ButtKicker Late Model Series, Evan Seay got about as close as a driver could get to winning without pulling it off. He led every lap but the last one from the opener at Fairbury Speedway, falling short of 2020 champion Hayden Cardwell in a photo finish, and backed up teammate and 2019 champion Blake Matjoulis in the second event at Cedar Lake Speedway.

But on Monday night at Eldora Speedway, Seay finally got his win—although it came after contact with Cardwell. When that duo touched across the start-finish line with nine laps to go, sending Cardwell spinning into the Turn 1 wall and collecting Matjoulis in third, it cleared the path for Seay to not only take his first win of the season, but also extend his points lead.

The feature had been clean and green up to that point, reflective of a largely wreck-free night on the Ohio half-mile from the start of the heats and a departure from the six cautions that flew in the feature at Cedar Lake. Cardwell, Matjoulis, and Seay qualified in the top three spots and each won their heats to lock in the top three spots for the main, while Dylan Yeager won the fourth after taking the lead from Steven Wilson early. Chase Barbara, who went from the last spot on the grid to sixth at Cedar Lake, and Mike Augustine won the last chance qualifiers.

The top handful of starters would hold their positions for the first half of the race, with Seay finally getting past Matjoulis for the runner-up spot just after halfway and setting his sights on Cardwell. He erased a deficit of about a second in the next 10 laps, began looking to make a move, and saw his opening to the inside as they started Lap 42. Both Seay and Cardwell went down the track before Cardwell’s car shot to the right towards the outside wall, and Matjoulis had nowhere to go. Seay would survive two more cautions that kept the field bunched up to take the win over Yeager and Felix Roy, who clawed his way from 16th to third at the finish.

iRacing World of Outlaws ButtKicker Late Model Series results from Eldora Speedway were as follows:

Fin. St. No. Driver Laps Interval Led Best Pts.
1 3 33 Evan Seay 50 9 15.917 78
2 4 48 Dylan Yeager 50 -0.772 0 15.924 75
3 16 91 Félix F. Roy 50 -1.056 0 16.124 69
4 10 00 Kendal Tucker 50 -1.249 0 15.988 67
5 12 41 Logan Rumsey2 50 -1.259 0 15.952 64
6 6 82 Dezmond Busby 50 -1.337 0 15.937 62
7 8 52 James Edens 50 -1.759 0 16.000 59
8 7 80 Dylan Wilson 50 -2.022 0 15.997 56
9 5 13 Travis StClair 50 -2.050 0 16.011 53
10 14 3 Barrett Bishop 50 -2.374 0 15.968 48
11 18 19 Mike Augustine 50 -2.443 0 15.919 43
12 9 5 Nathan R Waddell 50 -2.609 0 16.025 45
13 15 4 Justin Norwood 50 -2.864 0 16.032 42
14 2 127 Blake Matjoulis 50 -3.223 0 15.916 43
15 17 23 Chase Barbara 50 -3.450 0 16.003 37
16 11 157 Drew Hopkins 50 -3.665 0 16.083 37
17 13 79 Blake Murray 50 -3.941 0 16.098 34
18 19 21 Damian Kiefer 50 -4.554 0 16.040 28
19 20 2 Jesse Wall 50 -4.971 0 16.111 28
20 1 07 Hayden Cardwell 42 -8 L 41 15.838 31

 

iRacing World of Outlaws ButtKicker Late Model Series points through three rounds are as follows:

  1. Evan Seay, 227
  2. Dylan Yeager, 199
  3. Kendal Tucker, 196
  4. Blake Matjoulis, 191
  5. Logan Rumsey, 169
  6. Barrett Bishop, 153
  7. Dylan Wilson, 145
  8. Chase Barbara, 143
  9. Damian Kiefer, 137
  10. Dezmond Busby, 136

The 2022 iRacing World of Outlaws ButtKicker Late Model Series season continues on Monday, August 15 at Williams Grove Speedway. Coverage kicks off at 9PM ET on DirtVision and iRacing social media channels. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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