Cardwell Reclaims Momentum With iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Win at Kokomo

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The championship battle is down to 2 points between Alex Bergeron and Hayden Cardwell

The pendulum continues to swing on a weekly basis in the iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship, with Hayden Cardwell now just two points back of two-time defending series champion Alex Bergeron thanks to Monday night’s win at Kokomo Speedway.

Bergeron dominated most of the night, leading the first 30 laps of the 35-lap feature, but lost the lead after making contact with lapped traffic, giving way first to James Edens before Cardwell led the final four laps of the race.

It was Cardwell’s first win since the series visited Fairbury Speedway, making him two for two on quarter-mile tracks on the season. The win also marked a strong rebound from last week’s struggles at Cedar Lake Speedway, which sent him through the Last Chance Qualifier after a crash in the heats. Longtime Series front-runner James Edens was second, while the consistent Tyler Schell completed the podium in third. Bergeron would drop to fourth after the incident, just ahead of Weedsport race winner Cameron Merriman at the bottom of the top-five.

The back-and-forth nature of Bergeron and Cardwell’s battle has come to define the second half of the season, with both drivers pulling well away from the rest of the field in the championship standings. Their contact at Weedsport knocked both drivers off the podium, while Cardwell had to put forth a heroic effort at Cedar Lake to recover from his LCQ trip and salvage fourth-place points. The duo has been separated by single-digit points for nearly the entire season and has just two races left to settle the most exciting title fight in Series history.

Full results from the iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship feature at Kokomo Speedway were as follows:

Fin. St. No. Driver Laps Interval Led Best Pts.
1 7 22 Hayden Cardwell 35 4 11.510 77
2 2 52 James Edens 35 -0.808 1 11.594 75
3 4 85 Tyler Schell 35 -1.016 0 11.827 72
4 1 12 Alex A Bergeron 35 -1.171 30 11.347 69
5 5 17 Cameron Merriman 35 -1.424 0 11.762 65
6 19 5 Braden Eyler 35 -1.922 0 11.771 58
7 3 98 Tim Ryan 35 -2.049 0 11.817 60
8 13 35 Nick Cooper 35 -2.138 0 11.693 54
9 16 00 Kendal Tucker 35 -2.852 0 11.824 51
10 9 71 Cole V Cabre 35 -3.069 0 11.872 49
11 8 25 Tyler Ducharme 35 -3.495 0 11.938 48
12 11 18 Austen Semmelmann 35 -3.650 0 11.880 45
13 15 114 JD Brown 35 -3.944 0 11.916 42
14 6 41 Logan Rumsey 35 -5.179 0 12.048 42
15 10 56 Brett Wheeler 35 -5.614 0 12.041 39
16 12 74 Adam Elby 34 -1 L 0 11.914 37
17 18 1 Mason Hannagan 34 -1 L 0 12.085 32
18 20 21 Shae Paulo 34 -1 L 0 12.029 31
19 14 37 Zane Scott 28 -7 L 0 12.004 30
20 17 211 Alex Smolders 27 -8 L 0 11.972 27

iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship points through eight rounds are as follows:

  1. Alex Bergeron, 583
  2. Hayden Cardwell, 581
  3. Kendal Tucker, 454
  4. James Edens, 445
  5. Tim Ryan, 413
  6. Tyler Schell, 394
  7. Tyler Ducharme, 386
  8. Nick Cooper, 385
  9. Cameron Merriman, 384
  10. Braden Eyler, 348

The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship runs its penultimate round next Monday at Williams Grove Speedway, a track where Nick Cooper swept two visits in 2018, Bergeron won in 2019, and Edens took the victory last season. As always, the race can be streamed live on DIRTVision on Monday at 9pm(ET). For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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