iRacing World of Outlaws: Tyler Schell takes maiden win

For eight weeks, two-time defending iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Champion Alex Bergeron and former Late Model World Champion Hayden Cardwell were neck and neck in the series’ 2020-21 title chase, rarely finding themselves separated by more than 10 points.

All it took was one first-lap mistake at Williams Grove Speedway on Monday night to change that.

In a race where a different crop of drivers from the norm managed to score heat victories, Cardwell made contact with the inside wall on the very first lap of the 35-lap feature while hunting down Bergeron to plummet to the back of the pack with damage. That allowed the Canadian to focus on chasing down the lead, but in the end, it wasn’t enough to get past Tyler Schell for the checkered flag.

For Schell, it was his first career series victory, on the heels of a consistent season that has seen him in the thick of the top 10 in points throughout the campaign. With the win, he jumped to sixth place, putting him within four points of the top five and with a mathematical shot at finishing as high as third after next week’s finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To do it, he had to first get past polesitter Lewis Hewett, and then hold off a hard-charging Bergeron for most of the race. Cameron Merriman, the series’ most recent first-time winner before last night, completed the podium.

But as special as Schell’s victory was, last night’s race will be defined just as much by how Cardwell’s mistake shook up the championship chase. The Tennessee native sunk from his fifth place starting spot to the tail end of the field, and he was only able to claw his way back to 12th as the race went caution-free the rest of the way.

Only two points out of the lead coming into the night, he’ll now have to make up 30 in next week’s finale to become the first driver in iRacing history to win World of Outlaws World Championships in both divisions.

Results from Monday’s iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship race at Williams Grove Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 4 85 Tyler Schell 35 31 19.135 78
2 6 12 Alex A Bergeron 35 -0.290 0 19.224 74
3 3 17 Cameron Merriman 35 -2.961 0 19.230 72
4 8 00 Kendal Tucker 35 -3.275 0 19.278 68
5 13 35 Nick Cooper 35 -5.022 0 19.146 63
6 2 98 Tim Ryan 35 -6.046 0 19.478 63
7 1 3 Lewis Hewett 35 -6.574 4 19.573 60
8 9 10 Rusty L Kruger 35 -7.049 0 19.107 55
9 15 18 Austen Semmelmann 35 -7.225 0 19.227 51
10 18 71 Cole V Cabre 35 -7.906 0 19.136 46
11 16 25 Tyler Ducharme 35 -8.690 0 19.340 46
12 5 22 Hayden Cardwell 35 -10.411 0 19.316 46
13 17 1 Mason Hannagan 35 -10.581 0 19.357 40
14 7 52 James Edens 35 -10.786 0 19.393 42
15 14 9 Dustin Griffitts 35 -11.074 0 19.367 38
16 10 74 Adam Elby 35 -11.933 0 19.476 37
17 19 99 Gregory Lamey 35 -12.546 0 19.471 33
18 12 27 Colton Davis 35 -12.583 0 19.252 33
19 20 21 Shae Paulo 35 -13.724 0 19.431 29
20 11 5 Braden Eyler 35 -17.104 0 19.258 29

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

  1. Alex Bergeron, 657
  2. Hayden Cardwell, 627
  3. Kendal Tucker, 522
  4. James Edens, 487
  5. Tim Ryan, 476
  6. Tyler Schell, 472
  7. Cameron Merriman, 456
  8. Nick Cooper, 448
  9. Tyler Ducharme, 432
  10. Braden Eyler, 377

The 2021 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship season concludes next week in Charlotte, as the series champion will be crowned and will receive $10,000 of the series’ $25,000 purse. As always, the race can be streamed live on DirtVision on Monday at 9PM ET.

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