FALS-Y DEBUT: Cardwell Collects Win #3 in First Series Stop at Fairbury
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Five Points Separate Cardwell & Wilson for Championship with Three Races Left

On a night with major championship implications, Hayden Cardwell rose to the occasion—and Kendal Tucker’s quest for the winner’s circle will have to wait another week.

Cardwell scored his series-leading third victory of the 2020 iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship at Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Monday night, denying Tucker his long-awaited first series victory after getting a huge run from the bottom in the second half of the race. The win enabled Cardwell to return to the top of the championship standings with just three races remaining.

Three drivers entered the night within 14 points of one another in the standings, with rookie Dylan Wilson and veteran Evan Seay sandwiching Cardwell in the points. Wilson’s consistent season continued with a respectable sixth place finish, but Seay’s championship hopes took a major blow when contact with Tyler Ducharme sent him into the wall and upside down. It was one of four cautions on the night, as the relatively clean racing of past quarter-mile rounds at Limaland Motorsports Park and even last week at Kokomo Speedway gave way to a much more rough-and-tumble night at Fairbury.

The result is a tighter battle for the points lead, but one fewer car within its sights. Cardwell regained the top spot from Wilson with the win, but has just a five-point cushion. Seay is now 50 points out of the lead and 45 behind Wilson, with Tucker and Devon Morgan now within range of catching him thanks to consistent results all year long.

Coming off a win in the first heat race, Zack McSwain scored his first podium finish of the season in third, while defending series champion Blake Matjoulis and fellow heat winner Blake Cannon completed the top five. Steven Wilson and Alex Bergeron took the last chance qualifiers, but neither were able to crack the top 10 in the feature, with Bergeron’s 11th place run falling just short of the feat. Only three drivers—Seay, Casey Kirwan, and Brandyn Proudfoot—failed to complete all 50 laps of the main event.

iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship Points (7/10 Races):

  1. Hayden Cardwell, 476
  2. Dylan Wilson, 471
  3. Evan Seay, 426
  4. Kendal Tucker, 420
  5. Devon Morgan, 407
  6. Alex Bergeron, 364
  7. Zack McSwain, 359
  8. James Edens, 320
  9. Blake Cannon, 312
  10. JD Brown, 311

The final stretch of the iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship sees the series visit three consecutive half-mile tracks, starting next Monday at the legendary Knoxville Raceway. As always, the race can be seen live at 9PM ET on the iRacing Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

Full results from the iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship feature at Fairbury American Legion Speedway were as follows:

Fin. St. No. Driver Laps Interval Led Best Pts.
1 3 07 Hayden Cardwell 50 19 12.882 78
2 2 00 Kendal Tucker 50 -2.897 28 12.809 75
3 1 25 Zack McSwain 50 -3.498 0 12.871 72
4 12 127 Blake Matjoulis 50 -4.600 0 13.049 67
5 4 44 Blake Cannon 50 -4.663 0 12.896 66
6 7 80 Dylan Wilson 50 -5.057 0 12.959 62
7 8 52 James Edens 50 -5.079 0 12.906 59
8 5 14 JD Brown 50 -5.781 0 13.025 56
9 6 49 Joel Berkley 50 -6.768 0 12.931 53
10 15 112 Devon Morgan 50 -7.045 0 13.074 48
11 18 12 Alex A Bergeron 50 -7.380 0 13.134 45
12 19 74 Adam Elby 50 -7.560 0 13.088 43
13 17 32 Steven Wilson 50 -8.210 0 12.931 41
14 16 9 Tyler Ducharme 50 -8.593 0 13.096 40
15 10 311 Austin Matthews 50 -9.270 0 13.047 39
16 20 11 Blake L Brown 50 -9.955 0 13.153 34
17 9 71 Cole V Cabre 50 -10.024 0 13.084 35
18 13 23 Casey Kirwan 26 -24 L 0 13.054 32
19 11 33 Evan Seay 22 -28 L 0 12.969 31
20 14 22 Brandyn Proudfoot 5 -45 L 0 13.193 28