It took a little longer than expected, but defending iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship champion Alex Bergeron has finally put himself in position to start walking away with his second straight title.

Last week’s perfect event at Eldora Speedway, which saw Bergeron qualify fastest, win his heat, and lead every lap of the 35-lap feature, enabled the Quebec native to tie James Edens for a series-leading three wins on the season. Just a week after contact with David Heileman at Volusia Speedway Park ended his shot at sweeping the track this season, Heileman had to settle for second to Bergeron at the finish line at Eldora.

Those results mean the five-horse race for this year’s title is a little more spread out now, with Braden Eyler still hanging onto the mathematical fringe at 82 points back of the lead in fifth. Bergeron’s lead on Heileman sits at 25 points, roughly the same size as it’s been for the past few weeks, but Edens is now 19 back of Heileman in third and Edens’ Swindell Speedlab Esports teammate Kendal Tucker is a further 30 behind.

For now, though, Heileman is the driver with the best shot at taking Bergeron down. He wasn’t quite able to do it here last year, pressuring Bergeron heavily in the final 10 laps of the race to no avail before finally breaking through the next weekend in Charlotte. Succeeding in that breakthrough tonight in Williams Grove could be the difference between a winner-take-all season finale next week, or Bergeron simply needing to qualify for the final to score another iRacing World Championship.

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

  1. Alex Bergeron, 527
  2. David Heileman, 502
  3. James Edens, 483
  4. Kendal Tucker, 453
  5. Braden Eyler, 445
  6. Dillon Semmelmann, 336
  7. Cole Cabre, 333
  8. Cameron Merriman, 315
  9. Austen Semmelmann, 301
  10. Adam Elby, 296

The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship race from Williams Grove Speedway will air tonight at 9PM ET/6PM PT on the iRacing eSports Network. After tonight, the season wraps up next Monday with a return to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.