Cardwell Steals iRacing World of Outlaws ButtKicker Late Model Series Opener in Photo Finish at Fairbury

Night 1 of Racing at Fairbury

In the iRacing World of Outlaws ButtKicker Late Model Series, the world’s best dirt oval sim racers get 50 laps to showcase their skills in the feature in hopes of taking the checkered flag. On Monday night at Fairbury Speedway, Evan Seay led 49 of them—but not the one that mattered most.

2020 series champion Hayden Cardwell broke a trend that had previously seen rookie and first-time winners kick off the series with victories by outdueling fellow series veteran Seay on the final lap in a photo finish to take the victory. 2019 champion Blake Matjoulis completed a veteran-heavy podium, with polesitter Damian Kiefer the top-finishing series rookie in fourth.

The World of Outlaws ButtKicker Late Model Series returned after a one-year hiatus with a changing of the guard expected at the front of the field thanks to several new names. Kiefer set that tone out of the gate by qualifying first and pulling out a one-second advantage over Cardwell in Heat 1, but veterans Seay, Kendal Tucker, and Logan Rumsey would score the next three heat victories. More surprising were some of the names that would miss the feature with disappointing heat and LCQ results; James Edens, Alex Bergeron, and Drew Hopkins were among the returning drivers who would start their season watching 20 others do battle in the main event.

Just two cautions at Lap 26 and Lap 44 would bunch up the field in the main, but neither would lead to a DNF. The latter couldn’t have been better for Cardwell, though, as Seay had extended a lead of more than two seconds at the time. Coming off the restart, Cardwell would take full advantage, remaining on Seay’s bumper the whole way before finally making the winning move coming to the checkered flag.

Monday night’s broadcast was also a celebratory moment for the World of Outlaws, iRacing, and Monster Games, as the first teaser clip for World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing was revealed. The Monster Games-developed title marks World of Outlaws’ return to the console gaming world for the first time in two decades, as well as the debut of iRacing assets on a console title, and will be coming to Xbox and PlayStation consoles on September 27. For more information on World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing, visit worldofoutlawsgame.com.

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

Fin. St. No. Driver Laps Interval Led Best Pts.
1 5 07 Hayden Cardwell 50 1 12.294 77
2 2 33 Evan Seay 50 -0.044 49 12.190 75
3 9 127 Blake Matjoulis 50 -0.522 0 12.330 70
4 1 21 Damian Kiefer 50 -0.721 0 12.283 69
5 3 00 Kendal Tucker 50 -1.552 0 12.260 66
6 19 3 Barrett Bishop 50 -1.676 0 12.444 55
7 6 14 JD Brown 50 -2.154 0 12.361 59
8 7 48 Dylan Yeager 50 -2.169 0 12.318 56
9 18 25 Zack McSwain 50 -2.548 0 12.303 50
10 4 41 Logan Rumsey2 50 -2.720 0 12.319 51
11 12 23 Chase Barbara 50 -2.866 0 12.295 47
12 20 19 Mike Augustine 50 -3.411 0 12.403 41
13 17 46 Matthew Selby 50 -3.812 0 12.351 40
14 16 10 Steven  Wilson 50 -3.959 0 12.398 40
15 15 2 Jesse Wall 50 -4.241 0 12.475 38
16 11 80 Dylan Wilson 50 -5.027 0 12.456 37
17 8 18 Cameron Cason 50 -5.310 0 12.467 36
18 14 12 Ben Coutermarsh 50 -6.009 0 12.400 32
19 10 357 Cody Seeber 50 -6.325 0 12.486 31
20 13 13 Travis StClair 50 -6.640 0 12.422 28

 

iRacing World of Outlaws ButtKicker Late Model Series points through one round are as follows:

  1. Hayden Cardwell, 77
  2. Evan Seay, 75
  3. Blake Matjoulis, 70
  4. Damian Kiefer, 69
  5. Kendal Tucker, 66
  6. JD Brown, 59
  7. Dylan Yeager, 56
  8. Barrett Bishop, 55
  9. Logan Rumsey, 51
  10. Zack McSwain, 50

The iRacing World of Outlaws ButtKicker Late Model Series season continues on Monday, August 1 at 9PM ET with a visit to Wisconsin’s Cedar Lake Speedway. As always, the action can be streamed live across iRacing social media platforms and DirtVision. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

 

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