Two rounds into the 2020 iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship, a new title favorite has already emerged.
Hayden Cardwell made it look easy last Monday, extending a lead of well over six seconds in the second round of the season from Lernerville Speedway to take the victory and the points lead. After a runner-up finish in the season opener from Volusia Speedway Park, his advantage is already up to a healthy 23 points over Kendal Tucker going into tonight’s action from Limaland Motorsports Park.
At just a quarter mile in length, Limaland represents the shortest track the series has visited so far in 2020, and just one of three quarter-mile tracks on this year’s schedule. Five different drivers took podium finishes here in two races last year, and the common thread throughout the first two seasons of the championship is that, in both years, the eventual series champion won once and finished on the podium in both races. In other words: don’t be surprised if whoever wins tonight, or at least one of the top three in the field, ends up $10,000 richer at the end of the season.
If Cardwell slips up at Limaland, though, it’s not just Tucker who could pounce. Second through sixth place in points are separated by just four points, so the best finisher among Tucker, Evan Seay, Blake Cannon, Devon Morgan, and Dylan Wilson will likely lead that quintet into next week’s visit to Eldora Speedway.
The aforementioned group has a a 20-point advantage over seventh place, but the rest of the top 10 consists of some of iRacing’s most versatile dirt oval racers: Tyler Ducharme, Alex Bergeron, James Edens, and Dylan Houser. All four also competed in this year’s iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship, which Bergeron won over Edens, and they’re only separated from one another by eight points.
iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship action from Limaland Motorsports Park airs on Monday at 9PM ET on the iRacing eSports Network on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube. The fourth round of the season takes the series to the iconic Eldora Speedway next week, where Bergeron and Zach Leonhardi won in 2018, and Houser took top honors last year.