Blake Matjoulis laid a beating on the iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship field on Monday night, scoring a dominant victory in a caution-free feature from Eldora Speedway. The Swindell SpeedLab eSports driver and former series champion had the car to beat all night, winning his heat and never looking back on the way to a two-second advantage over fellow heat winner Evan Seay at the finish. Matjoulis joined Drew Hopkins, Hayden Cardwell, and Dylan Houser as the four drivers to win races through the first four rounds of the season.
Houser, last year’s Eldora winner, completed the podium, while Devon Morgan continued his consistent start to the season with a heat win and fourth place finish and Dylan Wilson completed the top five. Tyler Ducharme, the fourth and final heat winner of the night, came home eighth. The result was a championship shakeup that promoted Seay to the top spot in the series standings, where he now holds a five-point advantage over Wilson.
It was a night to forget, meanwhile, for incoming points leader Cardwell. After technical issues in his heat race forced him to start his last chance qualifier from the ninth and final spot on the grid, Cardwell clawed his way up to the top spot and led four laps on the way to the win. That put him 17th on the main event grid, where he survived some heavy contact with other cars to earn a miraculous seventh place finish. However, Seay and Wilson’s strong results dropped him to third in the standings, seven points back of the lead.
Still, it could’ve been worse. The 14 drivers that Eldora excluded from its main event included some of the top drivers in the series, from Volusia winner Hopkins to 2019 title contender Kevin Dedmon. They were joined on the outside looking in by dual threats Adam Elby, Cole Cabre, and Joel Berkley, each of whom competed in the Sprint Car World Championship round here earlier in the year. Even two-time defending Sprint Car World Champion and 2019 series runner-up Alex Bergeron only made the feature by the skin of his teeth, finishing second to Cardwell in the first LCQ.
The iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship season continues next Monday with a return to Lernerville Speedway, where Cardwell took his first win of the year and originally claimed the points lead. As always, the action can be seen live at 9PM ET on the iRacing eSports Network on 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 Eldora Speedway were as follows:
|3||7||2||Dylan R. Houser||50||-3.480||0||16.495||71|
|10||19||12||Alex A Bergeron||50||-13.494||0||16.559||45|
|11||15||1||Austin M Carr||50||-15.041||0||16.616||46|
|15||5||52||James Edens||49||-1 L||0||16.676||40|
|16||20||70||Davin Cardwell||49||-1 L||0||16.733||33|
|17||11||00||Kendal Tucker||49||-1 L||0||16.652||35|
|18||13||007||Jacob Fields||49||-1 L||0||16.660||32|
|19||14||23||Casey Kirwan||49||-1 L||0||16.658||30|
|20||10||44||Blake Cannon||25||-25 L||0||16.591||29|