James Edens Returns to World of Outlaws Sprint Car Winner’s Circle at Lernerville

The inaugural iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship round at Lernerville Speedway promised a unique challenge for the 35 best sim racing sprint car drivers in the world, and Monday’s action didn’t disappoint. When the checkered flag finally fell, it was Swindell SpeedLab’s James Edens who took his first victory of the season, recovering from a disappointing season opener at Volusia Speedway Park to quickly take the lead from teammate Kendal Tucker and dominate the remainder of the 35-lap main event.

“That was awesome!” said Edens. “Last week was definitely a bummer, to say the least, and I’m not too sure what happened, but we put in some time this week and it paid off. It seemed like every practice race we ran, you could be two or three wide, and wherever you were running, there were always good battles. (Lernerville) has put itself at the top of the list for dirt racing right now, especially in the sprint cars, and it feels good to get a win at the new track!”

Tucker took the lead from top qualifier Shaun Timmerman early to win the first heat, with Edens, Alex Smolders, and Cameron Merriman using heat wins of their own to complete the first two rows. Alex Bergeron recovered from a disappointing qualifying performance to win the first last chance qualifier, while Logan Clampitt won the second to set the 20-car grid.

But just as Tucker stole the lead from Timmerman early in the heat, Edens immediately challenged Tucker at the start of the main event. Despite Lernerville’s lack of an outside retaining wall, a defining characteristic that was expected to cause trouble throughout the night, most drivers were more than willing to run the high line, and only two cautions—one for John Battista on Lap 3 and another for Volusia runner-up Blake Cannon on Lap 14—slowed the pace. At race’s end, all 20 drivers completed every single lap.

Full results from iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship action at Lernerville Speedway were as follows:

Fin. St. No. Driver Laps Led Interval Best Pts.
1 2 52 James Edens 35 34 0 15.01 78
2 6 3 Lewis Hewett 35 0 -1.033 15.091 74
3 5 9 Joel Berkley 35 0 -1.912 14.963 71
4 1 00 Kendal Tucker 35 1 -1.949 15.194 69
5 4 17 Cameron Merriman 35 0 -2.206 15.071 66
6 17 12 Alex A Bergeron 35 0 -2.526 15.005 59
7 15 2 Dylan R. Houser 35 0 -3.209 15.235 57
8 12 71 Cole V Cabre 35 0 -3.502 15.193 55
9 3 211 Alex Smolders 35 0 -3.829 15.277 54
10 8 49 David Heileman 35 0 -4.183 15.063 50
11 14 74 Adam Elby 35 0 -4.371 15.331 46
12 16 85 Tyler Schell 35 0 -5.822 15.319 44
13 11 44 Blake Cannon 35 0 -6.427 15.249 43
14 20 81 Dillon Semmelmann 35 0 -7.125 15.341 39
15 19 39 Chase Cabre 35 0 -7.317 15.235 33
16 18 99 Logan Clampitt 35 0 -8.053 15.382 34
17 13 24 Shaun Timmerman 35 0 -9.26 15.403 34
18 10 5 Braden Eyler 35 0 -9.471 15.116 33
19 7 54 John Battista 35 0 -11.101 15.507 32
20 9 92 Mike Keegan 35 0 -11.28 15.509 29

The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship season continues next Monday with another debut event, this time at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. As always, the race will stream live at on Monday at 9PM ET/6PM ET on the iRacing eSports Network. For more information on the World of Outlaws, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.