CONCORD, NC — Whether it was the reaction of fans, media or the racers themselves, the first NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws iRacing Invitational that aired Wednesday night on DIRTVision clearly provided a much-needed respite from what many are dealing with around the world.
Johnny Gibson in the booth, a remote drivers meeting with World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Race Director Mike Hess, side-by-side racing, a four-wide parade lap and a thrilling finish at Volusia Speedway Park had everything a World of Outlaws fan could want. From World of Outlaws stars to drivers from NASCAR, NHRA and weekly tracks across the country, the entire event proved to be a blast.
While Logan Seavey took home the checkered flag, it was clearly an event bigger than any one driver, and Social Media enjoyed every minute:
Man it’s good to hear @Gibvoice tonight. Great job @WorldofOutlaws giving us all some racing tonight @iRacing
— Justin Marks (@JustinMarksDG) March 26, 2020
This. 🙌🙌🙌 @dirtvision @WorldofOutlaws @WingedNation pic.twitter.com/kzdfUfvjJ3
— Erin CrockerEvernham (@ErinEvernham) March 26, 2020
That was fun to watch. Nice work to everyone involved. @Logan_Seavey wins the inaugural race. I thought @JamieBall5J was the guy to beat and then he disappeared. @dirtvision @WorldofOutlaws @iRacing 👍 https://t.co/rkE4A1yWFy
— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) March 26, 2020
This was honestly a lot of fun. Trying to teach my dad the very little I know. For his heat my heart was literally pounding like he was about to run his heat at the Knoxville Nationals. So much fun. Thank you @iRacing @WorldofOutlaws @dirtvision.
— Brayden McMahan (@brayden_mcmahan) March 26, 2020
Scratching that racing itch with the WoO iRacing invitational tonight on dirtvision! 😍 Thanks @dirtvision @WorldofOutlaws @iRacing for putting this together! pic.twitter.com/oIgCpPzvdm
— Jordan Beal (@Bealj12) March 26, 2020
News coverage of the event was also thorough, with some stations even going to see the drivers and their simulator setups in their homes and race shops.
iRACING: Highlights from the @WorldofOutlaws iRacing Invitational on @dirtvision!
(I should tell you, @LanceDewease is great on a dirt track, ok on a game controller… but mostly a good sport to put up with the teasing 😂)
— Allie Berube (@allieberube) March 26, 2020
How about it, y'all?!?🏁🏁🏁
First @WorldofOutlaws @iRacing Invitational was pretty exciting!
Tune into @fox43 @FOX43Sports tomorrow for a full recap! @LSchuchart1s @sharkracingWoO @robbiekendall55 pic.twitter.com/A3MTsQhGkG
— Lyndsay Barna (@lyndsay_barna) March 26, 2020
RECAP: @Logan_Seavey slid past @robbiekendall55 and went on to victory and a $1,000 payday during Wednesday night's inaugural @WorldofOutlaws @iRacing Invitational at the virtual @VolusiaSpeedway –> https://t.co/ZGj5RWcg5I
— Sprint Car & Midget (@SprintCarMagz) March 26, 2020
Afterward, the drivers even provided post-race reaction, from Brian Brown doing a full interview in his kitchen surrounded by products from his sponsors to David Gravel giving a complete recap of his night.
Post race after tonight’s first annual .@WorldofOutlaws @iracing event. @caseysgenstore @FVPparts was fast pic.twitter.com/vR2Epnd3va
— Brian Brown (@BrianBrown21) March 26, 2020
Recap of tonight's race. @WorldofOutlaws @iRacing @AxaltaRacing @JJR41Updates pic.twitter.com/lJ5Wsx3hvN
— David Gravel (@DavidGravel) March 26, 2020
Man what a race! Thanks to @WorldofOutlaws and @iRacing for putting this event on! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t salty right now! Congrats on the win @Logan_Seavey
— Robbie Kendall (@robbiekendall55) March 26, 2020
@Logan_Seavey Nice W tonight! #chairstand pic.twitter.com/y5haMomiLw
— Chase Johnson (@_ChaseJohnson) March 26, 2020
Finally, if you missed the event, check out the highlights below, and tune into DIRTVision later this week and be part of the #DVWatchParty Friday with several historic World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series races and Saturday with World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars from Knoxville Raceway.
.@DIRTVision HIGHLIGHTS: Catch the highlights of the Inaugural @NosEnergyDrink #WoOSprint @iRacing Invitational HERE: https://t.co/FtVkk9Nv09
— World of Outlaws (@WorldofOutlaws) March 26, 2020