The iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship returns to iRacing on Monday night, with the first of 10 races on the schedule coming from Volusia Speedway Park. 35 of the world’s best drivers will compete every week through the summer for their share of a $25,000 prize pool, with the champion taking home $10,000, seat time in a Clint Bowyer Racing car in Charlotte, and top honors at the World of Outlaws end-of-season banquet.

After a hard-fought battle in 2018, Zach Leonhardi took the inaugural series championship over Howard Weaver and will be on hand to defend his title this summer. Leonhardi, who also competes in Dirt Late Model racing in the real world, locked up the top spot with four victories and 10 top fives, leading the series in both categories.

“For me I’d say the most special part is that it was the inaugural series and my first time running for a pro series,” Leonhardi said of the 2018 title. “It was also really cool that it was with the kind of cars I race in real life, which is a testament to the realism of iRacing.”

Nearly one in four drivers in the field are competing in multiple iRacing World Championships this year. The list ranges from this year’s iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car World Champion Alex Bergeron and runner-up James Edens to eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series standouts Casey Kirwan and Phil Diaz.

“It takes hard work and momentum to be up front in the Late Model series,” said Bergeron. “The competition will be fierce this year and everyone has a shot to win a race. Limaland or Knoxville will definitely be the tracks that will provide the best racing of the season in my opinion.”

“The Late Model is a completely different animal to the Sprint Car, and I think the competition is a lot stronger,” added Edens. “It’s going to be tough this year compared to last year, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s going to be a fun year, though!”

As with many other iRacing World Championships, a number of real-world teams will be involved in the Late Model World Championship. Kirwan, who was drafted by Clint Bowyer Racing in eNASCAR, will also compete with CBR in Bowyer’s signature #14 on the dirt. Swindell SpeedLab returns with a number of its Sprint Car drivers, but also has fresh faces like Blake Cannon, who won this year’s practice race, and Blake Matjoulis on the roster.

“We just picked up a few new guys on the Late Model side, and they definitely know what they’re doing,” said Adam Elby, who runs for Swindell SpeedLab in both World of Outlaws series. “I think it’ll be some really good racing as long as everyone respects each other, and if we can get some green flag laps going, I think with 35 of the best Late Model racers in the business, there’s no reason we can’t have races as good as the Sprint Car races were.”

The first stream of the season kicks off on Monday from Volusia Speedway Park at 8:45PM ET/5:45PM PT. Races can be streamed on the iRacing Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch channels.

The full schedule for the 2019 iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship is as follows:

Date Location
June 24 Volusia Speedway Park
July 1 Limaland Motorsports Park
July 8 Knoxville Raceway
July 15 Eldora Speedway
July 22 Volusia Speedway Park
July 29 Kokomo Speedway
August 5 Knoxville Raceway
August 12 Williams Grove Speedway
August 19 Limaland Motorsports Park
August 26 The Dirt Track at Charlotte

 

The full driver roster for the 2019 iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship is as follows:

No. Driver Name Home Qualifying Status
0 Kevin Dedmon Shelby, NC Qualifying series
00 Kendal Tucker Surry, NC Qualifying series
1 Austin M Carr Brandon, FL Top 15 in 2018 WC points
2 Dylan R. Houser Ocala, FL Qualifying series
7 Howard Weaver Crossville, TN Top 15 in 2018 WC points
7 Jacob Fields Columbus, IN Top 15 in 2018 WC points
9 Tyler Ducharme Bomoseen, VT Top 15 in 2018 WC points
12 Alex A Bergeron Drummondville, QC Top 15 in 2018 WC points
14 Casey Kirwan Matthews, NC Top 15 in 2018 WC points
18 Austen Semmelmann Brookfield, WI Top 15 in 2018 WC points
22 Brandyn Proudfoot Freedom, PA Qualifying series
23 Jeremy Capron Monticello, IA Qualifying series
24 Zach Leonhardi Cartersville, GA Top 15 in 2018 WC points
26 Drew Herchko Irwin, PA Top 15 in 2018 WC points
32 Steven Wilson Cedar Rapids, IA Qualifying series
33 Evan Seay Spartanburg, SC Qualifying series
35 Nick Cooper Waterloo, NY Top 15 in 2018 WC points
37 Randall Carter Corbin, KY Qualifying series
39 Chris Beck Cedar Bluff, AL Qualifying series
41 Shad Prescott House Springs, MO Qualifying series
42 Virgil Graham Rixford, PA Top 15 in 2018 WC points
44 Blake Cannon Columbia, GA Qualifying series
44 Tyler Schell Millersburg, PA Qualifying series
51 Matthew McKinney Plainfield, IL Top 15 in 2018 WC points
52 James Edens Santa Rosa, CA Qualifying series
72 Hayden Cardwell Severiville, TN Qualifying series
74 Adam Elby Tracy, CA Top 15 in 2018 WC points
77 Blake L Brown Des Moines, IA Qualifying series
88 Brian Weyandt Jr Claysburg, PA Qualifying series
94 Phillip Diaz Brandon, FL Top 15 in 2018 WC points
97 Garrett Robinson Cairo, GA Qualifying series
98 Justin Thompson Syracuse, NY Qualifying series
127 Blake Matjoulis Chautauqua, NY Qualifying series
257 Blake Garrett Lafayette, IN Qualifying series
999 Dylonn Fox Plymouth, WI Qualifying series