Heading into Eldora Speedway, home to the fourth round of the 2020 iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship, Dylan Houser has to be excited.
Houser took his second career series victory last Monday at Limaland Motorsports Park, wheeling his Slick Simsport ride to a heat win and perfect 50-for-50 in laps led during the final. The victory allowed him to jump to fifth in series points coming into Eldora—the very track where he took his first career win just last year.
He’s in great company among past winners at the Ohio oval, as top honors in 2018 went to two-time Sprint Car World Champion Alex Bergeron and 2018 Late Model World Champion Zach Leonhardi. But all three will still have their work cut out for them to challenge incoming points leader Hayden Cardwell, who nearly opened the season with back-to-back wins. His victory at Lernerville Speedway, which saw him win by more than six seconds in a surprisingly caution-free race, allowed him to assert the points lead, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Dylan Wilson is second in points, just 11 back, while Evan Seay and Kendal Tucker complete the top five in front of Houser. Seay and Tucker both had strong runs here last year as well, with a heat win apiece and a season-best second place finish for Tucker. Casey Kirwan, Kevin Dedmon, and Blake Cannon completed the top five, and all will return to action tonight in hopes of another good points night.
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. After Eldora, the series heads back to Lernerville, the only track to host two rounds this season. If the Sprint Car World Championship is anything to go by, don’t expect a repeat winner; none of the 35 winged warriors in that series claimed two podiums there in the spring.