BERGERON’S BACK: Pro Series Sprint Car Champ Gets 358 Modified Victory at USA Int’l

Points difference now at 75, Tucker will clinch championship next week at Charlotte

He’s a multi-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Series Sprint Car iRacing World champion, and now the winner of the first-ever DIRTcar 358 Modified race contested on the DIRTcar eSports Tour.

Alex Bergeron showed an impressive display of resiliency Wednesday night at USA International Speedway, holding off defending Tour champion Kendal Tucker for over half the race to pick up his first Tour victory of the season with the VP Racing Fuels 358 Modifieds.

“We did what we had to do – protect the line there in [Turns] 3-4 and got the win. Pretty happy about this,” Bergeron said.

This win comes as a bit of redemption for the Team ABR leader after a costly penalty nixed his win in the 360 Sprint Car race last week, handing the victory over to Tucker. But this week was a different story – both drivers battled hard, but clean, and put on a show for the DIRTVision presented by Drydene audience.

While Richard Murtaugh Jr. led the field around the big 3/4-mile for the first 18 circuits, Bergeron was forced to wrestle the lead away from him in a big slide job-fest that lasted several laps and involved most of the top-five.

Once Bergeron grabbed the lead, his competition was in trouble. Tucker was his biggest thorn-in-the-side through the rest of the race, clinging right to his rear bumper, just waiting for a mistake to be made by the leader.

But a mistake never showed from the ABR #12. Bergeron led the final 22 laps to pick up his first $250 check of the season and first since January 6 of Season 2.

“I always had great restarts, and made the most out of it,” Bergeron said. “We just had to stay really patient and try not to make any mistakes out front – it’s always easy to make mistakes when you’re leading.”

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Tucker crossed the stripe in second, extending his streak of top-two finishes to a whopping eight in his eight starts this season. Now sitting an even 75 points ahead of Bergeron in the standings, Tucker will hoist his second consecutive DIRTcar eSports Tour trophy next week after the Big Block Modifieds wrap up the season in the 10th and final race of Season 3 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

VP Racing Fuels Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [1]; 2. 00-Kendal Tucker [2]; 3. 33-Evan Seay [6]; 4. 000-Kevin Dedmon [13]; 5. 85-Tyler Schell [8]; 6. 22-Mason Hannagan [9]; 7. 48-Dylan Yeager [4]; 8. 17-Brett Rowles [16]; 9. 717-Bobby Rafferty [17]; 10. 13-Matt Remick [18]; 11. 10-Ryan Gregoric [19]; 12. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [3]; 13. 018-Tyler Jackson [14]; 14. 013-Shane Andrews [21]; 15. 46-Jonathan Nause [24]; 16. 115-Boddie Parker [15]; 17. 78-Justin Bishop [22]; 18. 26-Sage Luther [12]; 19. 71-Claude Jr Fournier [23]; 20. 2-Chance Carr [11]; 21. 1-Jesse Enterkin [10]; 22. 72-Joseph Grabianowski [20]; 23. 127-Blake Matjoulis [5]; 24. 44-John Ruggiero Jr. [7]

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: Tucker Bags Second Tour Victory of Season 3 with Big Blocks at Cedar Lake

Make it six weeks in-a-row that Kendal Tucker has finished no worse than second aboard the DIRTcar eSports Tour.

The defending Tour champion bagged his second Feature win of Season 3 Wednesday night with the Hoosier Racing Tire Big Block Modifieds in impressive fashion, winning a very close battle with Blake Matjoulis, of Ashville, NY, after a restart to grab the lead for good and pocket another $250 check.

In short, Tucker had a perfect night – setting quick time in Qualifying, winning his Heat Race and eventually the 50-lap Feature from the pole with a hard-charging cast of virtual racers behind him.

Tucker, of Mt. Airy, NC, led Lap 1 but gave it up on the next circuit to outside polesitter Matjoulis. He and his 127 Industries machine fended off his rivals out front for the next 26 laps before the caution flag was displayed, resetting the field.

The green dropped once again and Tucker got a great run on the top side to challenge Matjoulis for the lead. Using that high-side momentum out of Turn 2, Tucker pulled ahead of Matjoulis as they slid into Turn 3 and took the line away to seal the spot.

“Once we got a couple of restarts in, I started being pretty aggressive and wanted to make some moves,” Tucker said. “That last restart there – we got a really good start on [Matjoulis] and was able to wheel around the top in [Turns] 1 and 2 on him.”

From there on out, it was all Tucker and his #00 Swindell SpeedLab entry. He had opened a two-second advantage over the rest of the field by the time he crossed the finish line, fully displaying his fixed-setup prowess on iRacing.

It comes in as another great points night for Tucker, as he extends his advantage over runner-up Tyler Schell, despite having entered one less race than each of his closest competitors. Still, he seeks his second Tour championship as Season 3 begins to wind down to the final three races.

“I definitely didn’t think we had a shot at the points this season at all. Luckily, these six races we’ve ran so far, we’ve been able to have some pretty good speed in all the different cars we’ve ran so far,” Tucker said.

The DIRTcar eSports Tour is back in action with the NOS Energy Drink 360 Sprint Cars at Kokomo Speedway next Wednesday night for Round #8 of Season 3. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

Hoosier Racing Tire Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 00 Kendal Tucker (1), 2. 127 Blake Matjoulis (2), 3. 12 Alex Bergeron (3), 4. 41 Logan Rumsey (7), 5. 33 Evan Seay (19), 6. 22 Mason Hannagan (5), 7. 85 Tyler Schell (6), 8. 09 Tanner Tomasi (18), 9. 000 Kevin Dedmon (20), 10. 115 Boddie Parker (9), 11. 717 Bobby Rafferty (14), 12. 1 Jesse Enterkin (12), 13. 19 Christopher McGuire (10), 14. 331 Dustin Hall (16), 15. 033 Richard Murtaugh Jr. (8), 16. 17 Brett Rowles (22), 17. 8 Austin Hunter (4), 18. 48 Dylan Yeager (17), 19. 13 Matt Remick (21), 20. 78 Justin Bishop (23), 21 9 Ken Burns (15), 22. 06 Rylan Gray (13), 23. 185 Hunter Heck (11), 24. 88 Chris Olson (24)

5/5/21 – Big Block Modifieds at Cedar Lake Speedway

VP Racing Fuels Feature (50 laps) – 1. 00-Kendal Tucker [1]; 2. 127-Blake Matjoulis [2]; 3. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 4. 41-Logan Rumsey [7]; 5. 33-Evan Seay [19]; 6. 22-Mason Hannagan [5]; 7. 85-Tyler Schell [6]; 8. 09-Tanner Tomasi [18]; 9. 000-Kevin Dedmon [20]; 10. 115-Boddie Parker [9]; 11. 717-Bobby Rafferty [14]; 12. 1-Jesse Enterkin [12]; 13. 19-Christopher McGuire [10]; 14. 331-Dustin Hall [16]; 15. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [8]; 16. 17-Brett Rowles [22]; 17. 7-Austin Hunter [4]; 18. 48-Dylan Yeager [17]; 19. 13-Matt Remick [21]; 20. 78-Justin Bishop [23]; 21. 9-Kurt Burns [15]; 22. 06-Rylan Gray [13]; 23. 185-Hunter Heck [11]; 24. 88-Chris Olson [24]

Qualifying (2 laps) – 1. 00-Kendal Tucker [14.165]; 2. 127-Blake Matjoulis [14.188]; 3. 33-Evan Seay [14.205]; 4. 7-Austin Hunter [14.219]; 5. 22-Mason Hannagan [14.227]; 6. 85-Tyler Schell [14.227]; 7. 12-Alex Bergeron [14.245]; 8. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [14.274]; 9. 115-Boddie Parker [14.284]; 10. 717-Bobby Rafferty [14.288]; 11. 41-Logan Rumsey [14.299]; 12. 1-Jesse Enterkin [14.302]; 13. 48-Dylan Yeager [14.306]; 14. 19-Christopher McGuire [14.34]; 15. 185-Hunter Heck [14.346]; 16. 331-Dustin Hall [14.363]; 17. 06-Rylan Gray [14.373]; 18. 09-Tanner Tomasi [14.415]; 19. 92-Joey Ladouceur [14.416]; 20. 46-Jonathan Nause [14.435]; 21. 13-Matt Remick [14.451]; 22. 17-Brett Rowles [14.461]; 23. 42-John Smith [14.487]; 24. 44-Michael Lewis [14.496]; 25. 78-Justin Bishop [14.501]; 26. 88-Chris Olson [14.506]; 27. 58-Ryder Sroufe [14.534]; 28. 2-Allen Burgan [14.549]; 29. 114-Joe Garcia [14.549]; 30. 126-Jeffrey Eddy [14.567]; 31. 29-Billy Richardson [14.57]; 32. 02-Bradley Steinruck [14.573]; 33. 77-Anthony Corini [14.581]; 34. 72-Joseph Grabianowski [14.637]; 35. 9-Kurt Burns [14.758]; DNQ. 000-Kevin Dedmon [NT]; 82-Eric Schroeter [NT]

Heat Race 1 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 00-Kendal Tucker [1]; 2. 22-Mason Hannagan [2]; 3. 115-Boddie Parker [3]; 4. 06-Rylan Gray [5]; 5. 78-Justin Bishop [7]; 6. 13-Matt Remick [6]; 7. 77-Anthony Corini [9]; 8. 48-Dylan Yeager [4]; 9. 114-Joe Garcia [8]; 10. 82-Eric Schroeter [10]

Heat Race 2 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 127-Blake Matjoulis [1]; 2. 85-Tyler Schell [2]; 3. 19-Christopher McGuire [4]; 4. 717-Bobby Rafferty [3]; 5. 09-Tanner Tomasi [5]; 6. 17-Brett Rowles [6]; 7. 88-Chris Olson [7]; 8. 72-Joseph Grabianowski [9]; 9. 126-Jeffrey Eddy [8]

Heat Race 3 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [2]; 2. 41-Logan Rumsey [3]; 3. 185-Hunter Heck [4]; 4. 9-Kurt Burns [9]; 5. 29-Billy Richardson [8]; 6. 42-John Smith [6]; 7. 92-Joey Ladouceur [5]; 8. 58-Ryder Sroufe [7]; 9. 33-Evan Seay [1]

Heat Race 4 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 7-Austin Hunter [1]; 2. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [2]; 3. 1-Jesse Enterkin [3]; 4. 331-Dustin Hall [4]; 5. 000-Kevin Dedmon [9]; 6. 02-Bradley Steinruck [8]; 7. 44-Michael Lewis [6]; 8. 2-Allen Burgan [7]; 9. 46-Jonathan Nause [5]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (14 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 09-Tanner Tomasi [1]; 2. 000-Kevin Dedmon [2]; 3. 17-Brett Rowles [3]; 4. 88-Chris Olson [5]; 5. 72-Joseph Grabianowski [7]; 6. 44-Michael Lewis [6]; 7. 2-Allen Burgan [8]; 8. 46-Jonathan Nause [10]; 9. 02-Bradley Steinruck [4]; 10. 126-Jeffrey Eddy [9]; 11. 82-Eric Schroeter [11];

Last Chance Showdown 2 (14 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 48-Dylan Yeager [7]; 2. 33-Evan Seay [10]; 3. 13-Matt Remick [3]; 4. 78-Justin Bishop [1]; 5. 92-Joey Ladouceur [6]; 6. 77-Anthony Corini [5]; 7. 42-John Smith [4]; 8. 29-Billy Richardson [2]; 9. 114-Joe Garcia [9]; 10. 58-Ryder Sroufe [8]

ONE START, ONE WIN: Cardwell Nets First Season 3 Tour Victory in First Start

Tucker bags third runner-up finish and points lead, Matjoulis back-to-back podiums

Until Wednesday night, he hadn’t made a start with the DIRTcar eSports Tour since the final race of Season 2 in January. Turns out, Hayden Cardwell didn’t even need it to take down an entire field of iRacing’s best with the Big Block Modifieds.

Coming from eighth on the starting grid, Cardwell advanced his #07 seven positions in the first 15 laps around Lernerville Speedway to get his first taste at the lead, using the very bottom lane and sneaking underneath his opponents to get the spots.

“There was a lot of grip on the bottom early on,” Cardwell told Chase Raudman in the DIRTVision post-race interview. “If you could get down there and shoot off [Turns] 1 and 2, it was so much better than the top.”

Cardwell, the defending World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing World Champion from Knoxville, TN, made the pass for the lead on the Tour’s own defending champion Kendal Tucker with his left-side tires touching the grass as he slid through the corners.

“I got to second and then the bottom started to go away in [Turns] 3 and 4,” Cardwell said. “Kendal moved up, so I just tried to stay down there. By the time I got to the lead, the bottom was about gone, but all it took was him to get off the bottom in 3 and 4.”

Once Cardwell got to the lead, it was game over. He was followed in hot pursuit by Tucker, of Mt. Airy, NC, and Blake Matjoulis for the last several laps, which included a green-white-checkered restart. But in the end, they were unable to get close enough to try and make a pass, leaving Cardwell with the win and the $250 top prize after 50 laps with the Big Blocks presented by Hoosier Racing Tire.

“I kinda surprised myself because I haven’t really been in competition on here, probably since the [iRacing] Pro Series in Sprint Cars. It feels good to come out here after not being on here in a while and come out on top,” he said.

Tucker brought home yet another runner-up spot in only his fourth week of action on the Tour. With three second-place finishes and one win, he now has the points lead heading into one of the most unique car-track combos of the season next Tuesday: Dirt Midgets at Lanier National Speedway.

Matjoulis, the 127 Industries captain from Ashville, NY, followed-up his third-place run last week with another in Week 5. A solid climb from sixth on the starting grid saw him use the top side to his advantage as he finally reached the podium with less than 10 laps left on the board. The finish will bode well for him in the points standings as he chases his first Tour trophy.

The DIRTcar eSports Tour action continues next Tuesday night, April 27, with a featured presentation of NOS Energy Drink Dirt Midgets and their Tour debut at Lanier National Speedway.

Check out the entire race broadcast livestream for FREE on DIRTVision presented by Drydene or on the DIRTcar Facebook page at 7:50pm ET.

4/21/21 – Big Block Modifieds at Lernerville Speedway

Hoosier Racing Tire Feature (50 Laps) 1. 07-Hayden Cardwell [8]; 2. 00-Kendal Tucker [4]; 3. 127-Blake Matjoulis [6]; 4. 41-Logan Rumsey [2]; 5. 85-Tyler Schell [5]; 6. 44-John Ruggiero Jr. [16]; 7. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [21]; 8. 33-Evan Seay [13]; 9. 48-Dylan Yeager [1]; 10. 80-Dylan Wilson [17]; 11. 000-Kevin Dedmon [7]; 12. 1-Jesse Enterkin [19]; 13. 2-Chance Carr [10]; 14. 71-Keven Hébert [11]; 15. 331-Dustin Hall [15]; 16. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 17. 717-Bobby Rafferty [14]; 18. 04-Michael Kaiser [12]; 19. 17-Brett Rowles [9]; 20. 9-Sean Krawcyk [22]; 21. 78-Justin Bishop [23]; 22. 126-Jeffrey Eddy [24]; 23. 06-Rylan Gray [18]; 24. 115-Boddie Parker [20]

Qualifying (2 laps) 1. 48-Dylan Yeager [15.503]; 2. 07-Hayden Cardwell [15.514]; 3. 12-Alex Bergeron [15.562]; 4. 00-Kendal Tucker [15.599]; 5. 41-Logan Rumsey [15.646]; 6. 127-Blake Matjoulis [15.681]; 7. 000-Kevin Dedmon [15.707]; 8. 37-Randall Carter [15.715]; 9. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [15.729]; 10. 1-Jesse Enterkin [15.76]; 11. 06-Rylan Gray [15.777]; 12. 17-Brett Rowles [15.778]; 13. 2-Chance Carr [15.783]; 14. 85-Tyler Schell [15.793]; 15. 04-Michael Kaiser [15.807]; 16. 115-Boddie Parker [15.813]; 17. 331-Dustin Hall [15.813]; 18. 9-Sean Krawcyk [15.822]; 19. 44-John Ruggiero Jr. [15.84]; 20. 71-Keven Hébert [15.908]; 21. 80-Dylan Wilson [15.934]; 22. 717-Bobby Rafferty [15.95]; 23. 126-Jeffrey Eddy [15.959]; 24. 58-Ryder Sroufe [16.009]; 25. 42-John Smith III [16.04]; 26. 29-Billy Richardson [16.102]; 27. 19-Mark Lemay [16.122]; 28. 78-Justin Bishop [16.321]; 29. 82-Eric Schroeter [16.379]; 30. 46-Jonathan Nause [16.42]; 31. 33-Evan Seay [DNQ]

Heat Race 1 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. 48-Dylan Yeager [1]; 2. 00-Kendal Tucker [2]; 3. 000-Kevin Dedmon [3]; 4. 2-Chance Carr [5]; 5. 33-Evan Seay [11]; 6. 717-Bobby Rafferty [8]; 7. 78-Justin Bishop [10]; 8. 115-Boddie Parker [6]; 9. 1-Jesse Enterkin [4]; 10. 44-John Ruggiero Jr. [7]; 11. 42-John Smith III [9]

Heat Race 2 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. 41-Logan Rumsey [2]; 2. 85-Tyler Schell [5]; 3. 07-Hayden Cardwell [1]; 4. 71-Keven Hébert [7]; 5. 06-Rylan Gray [4]; 6. 331-Dustin Hall [6]; 7. 29-Billy Richardson [9]; 8. 37-Randall Carter [3]; 9. 126-Jeffrey Eddy [8]; 10. 82-Eric Schroeter [10]

Heat Race 3 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [1]; 2. 127-Blake Matjoulis [2]; 3. 17-Brett Rowles [4]; 4. 04-Michael Kaiser [5]; 5. 80-Dylan Wilson [7]; 6. 9-Sean Krawcyk [6]; 7. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [3]; 8. 19-Mark Lemay [9]; 9. 58-Ryder Sroufe [8]; 10. 46-Jonathan Nause [10]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (14 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. 717-Bobby Rafferty [2]; 2. 44-John Ruggiero Jr. [8]; 3. 06-Rylan Gray [1]; 4. 115-Boddie Parker [5]; 5. 9-Sean Krawcyk [3]; 6. 126-Jeffrey Eddy [7]; 7. 19-Mark Lemay [6]; 8. 29-Billy Richardson [4]; 9. 46-Jonathan Nause [9]; 10. 42-John Smith III [10]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (14 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. 33-Evan Seay [1]; 2. 331-Dustin Hall [3]; 3. 80-Dylan Wilson [2]; 4. 1-Jesse Enterkin [7]; 5. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [5]; 6. 78-Justin Bishop [4]; 7. 37-Randall Carter [6]; 8. 58-Ryder Sroufe [8]; 9. 82-Eric Schroeter [9]

BIG BLOCK KING: Seay Nets Fifth Career Tour Victory, Second with Big Blocks in Marathon at Williams Grove

With his fifth career Feature victory Wednesday night, Evan Seay is now the all-time winningest driver in DIRTcar eSports Tour history.

Seay, of Chesnee, SC, took the lead on Lap 1 of the Feature and never looked back, leading all 50 laps en route to his second Tour win in-a-row – this time, with the VP Racing Fuels Big Block Modifieds.

“Coming out on top will definitely help us gain back some of those points we lost with that okay finish at Weedsport,” Seay said. “Hopefully, we can make all the races and get this points title.”

Indeed, Seay had an “okay” 8th-place finish in the season opener with the Big Blocks at Weedsport Speedway on March 24 after an early-race incident knocked him to the back of the field. But he completed the charge back to the top-10 and salvaged the evening before losing too many points in the standings.

The next week, he put it all together and won from the second row in the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modified Feature at Bristol Motor Speedway. This week, in a similar fashion, Seay held off all chargers from behind to win yet another $250 top prize.

Several caution flags turned the race into quite the marathon event, running just a few minutes shy of the time limit by checkered fall. This forced Seay to be on top of his restart game.

DIRTcar eSports Tour Season 2 champion Kendal Tucker, of Mt. Airy, NC, ran up front throughout the race and was able to slip underneath Dylan Houser, of Ocala, FL, on the final restart in the closing laps to claim another runner-up finish. While they aren’t chasing points titles in Season 3, both drivers looked hungrier than ever for good points finishes with their relentless chase of each other in the back half of the race.

The DIRTcar eSports Tour resumes racing next Wednesday night, April 14, with a stop at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, racing the Drydene Pro Late Models – catch all the action live on DIRTVision.

Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 33 – Evan Seay [1]; 2. 00 – Kendal Tucker [4]; 3. 2 – Dylan Houser [5]; 4. 033 – Richard Murtaugh Jr. [12]; 5. 115 – Boddie Parker [14]; 6. 48 – Dylan Yeager [6]; 7. 12 – Alex Bergeron [3]; 8. 32 – Tyler Schell [9]; 9. 000 – Kevin Dedmon [7]; 10. 85 – Hunter Heck [16]; 11. 17 – Brett Rowles [15]; 12. 717 – Bobby Rafferty [18]; 13. 30 – Keith Hackney [22]; 14. 28 – Jamie Massey [17]; 15. 41 – Logan Rumsey [8]; 16. 35 – Thomas Brandon [24]; 17 – Randall Carter [11]; 18. 29 – Billy Richardson [21]; 331 – Dustin Hall [10]; 20. 127 – Blake Matjoulis [2]; 21. 114 – Joe Garcia [20]; 22. 69 – Mason Hammel [19]; 23. 1 – Jesse Enterkin [13]; 24. 82 – Eric Schroeter [23]

4/7/21 – Big Block Modifieds at Williams Grove Speedway

Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 33 – Evan Seay [1]; 2. 00 – Kendal Tucker [4]; 3. 2 – Dylan Houser [5]; 4. 033 – Richard Murtaugh Jr. [12]; 5. 115 – Boddie Parker [14]; 6. 48 – Dylan Yeager [6]; 7. 12 – Alex Bergeron [3]; 8. 85 – Tyler Schell [9]; 9. 000 – Kevin Dedmon [7]; 10. 185 – Hunter Heck [16]; 11. 17 – Brett Rowles [15]; 12. 717 – Bobby Rafferty [18]; 13. 9 – Keith Hackney [22]; 14. 002 – Jamie Massey [17]; 15. 41 – Logan Rumsey [8]; 16. 35 – Thomas Brandon [24]; 17. 37 – Randall Carter [11]; 18. 29 – Billy Richardson [21]; 19. 331-Dustin Hall [10]; 20. 127 – Blake Matjoulis [2]; 21. 114 – Joe Garcia [20]; 22. 69 – Mason Hammel [19]; 23. 1 – Jesse Enterkin [13]; 24. 82 – Eric Schroeter [23]

Qualifying (2 Laps) – 1. 33 – Evan Seay – 20.936; 2. 127 – Blake Matjoulis – 20.976; 3. 48 – Dylan Yeager – 20.986; 4. 00 – Kendal Tucker – 21.029; 5. 2 – Dylan Houser – 21.047; 6. 033 – Richard Murtaugh Jr. – 21.050; 7. 000 – Kevin Dedmon – 21.059; 8. 41 – Logan Rumsey – 21.070; 9. 12 – Alex Bergeron – 21.085; 10. 331 – Dustin Hall – 21.108; 11. 37 – Randall Carter – 21.109; 12. 85 – Tyler Schell – 21.164; 13. 1 – Jesse Enterkin – 21.172; 14. 69 – Mason Hammel – 21.180; 15. 29 – Billy Richardson – 21.195; 16. 02 – Chance Carr – 21.206; 17. 115 – Boddie Parker – 21.239; 18. 17 – Brett Rowles – 21.244; 19. 35 – Thomas Brandon – 21.257; 20. 002 – Jamie Massey – 21.274; 21. 717 – Bobby Rafferty – 21.326; 22. 44 – Clint Sullivan – 21.346; 23. 185 – Hunter Heck – 21.348; 24. 114 – Joe Garcia – 21.415; 25. 10 – Matthew Balthazor – 21.419; 26. 9 – Keith Hackney – 21.432; 27. 46 – Jonathan Nause – 21.438; 28. 82 – Eric Schroeter – 21.488; 29. 58 – Ryder Sroufe – 21.675

Heat #1 – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 33 – Evan Seay [1]; 2. 00 – Kendal Tucker [2]; 3. 000 – Kevin Dedmon [3]; 4. 331 – Dustin Hall [4]; 5. 1 – Jesse Enterkin; 6. 02 – Chance Carr [6]; 7. 10 – Matthew Balthazor [9]; 8. 35 – Thomas Brandon [7]; 9. 82 – Eric Schroeter [10]; 10. 44 – Clint Sullivan [8]

Heat #2 – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 127 – Blake Matjoulis [1]; 2. 2 – Dylan Houser [2]; 3. 41 – Logan Rumsey [3]; 4. 37 – Randall Carter [4]; 5. 115 – Boddie Parker [6]; 6. 002 – Jamie Massey [7]; 7. 9 – Keith Hackney [9]; 8. 69 – Mason Hammel [5]; 9. 58 – Ryder Sroufe [10]; 10. 185 – Hunter Heck [8]

Heat #3 – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 12 – Alex Bergeron [3]; 2. 48 – Dylan Yeager [1]; 3. 85 – Tyler Schell [4]; 4. 033 – Richard Murtaugh Jr. [2]; 5. 17 – Brett Rowles [6]; 6. 717 – Bobby Rafferty [7]; 7. 29 – Billy Richardson [5]; 8. 114 – Joe Garcia [8]; 9. 46 – Jonathan Nause [9]

Last Chance Showdown #1 – Top 6 Transfer – 1. 1 – Jesse Enterkin [1]; 2. 17 – Brett Rowles [2]; 3. 002 – Jamie Massey [3]; 4. 69 – Mason Hammel [6]; 5. 29 – Billy Richardson [5]; 6. 82 – Eric Schroeter [7]; 7. 46 – Jonathan Nause; 8. 10 – Matthew Balthazor [4]

Last Chance Showdown #2 – Top 6 Transfer – 1. 115 – Boddie Parker [1]; 2. 185 – Hunter Heck [9]; 3. 717 – Bobby Rafferty [3]; 4. 114 – Joe Garcia [6]; 5. 9 – Keith Hackney [4]; 6. 35 – Thomas Brandon [5]; 7. 02 – Chance Carr [2]; 8. 44 – Clint Sullivan [8]; 9. 58 – Ryder Sroufe [7]

BIG BLOCK BLAKE: 127 Industries Captain Matjoulis Wins Season 3 Tour Opener at Weedsport

Yeager impressive in Tour debut, Ducharme notches career best finish

Blake Matjoulis got his goal of competing for a DIRTcar eSports Tour championship started off right with a win in the season opener Wednesday night on DIRTVision.

“We got a couple wins last season, and to start off like this, it’s definitely some good momentum for Week #2,” Matjoulis said.

A 50-lap contest stood before the Bicknell Racing Products Big Block Modified field of 38 strong at Weedsport Speedway. Matjoulis, of Ashville, NY, had yet to win with the Big Blocks on the DIRTcar eSports Tour, but looked as good as ever, backed by his newest iRacing team at 127 Industries.

Starting fourth on the grid, Matjoulis chased down early leader Tyler Ducharme, of Bomoseen, VT, in the opening laps with fellow frontrunners Alex Bergeron, Evan Seay and Dylan Yeager. Matjoulis found his first opportunity at the lead directly after a restart on Lap 18, where he rode the high side of the slicked-off track surface and gained enough speed out of Turn 4 to nip Ducharme at the line for the lead.

“I found something in [Turns] 1-2 that was about a tenth faster every lap and was pounding the fence in 3-4. That’s how I ended up getting the lead,” Matjoulis said.

That move proved to be all the #127 needed to get the lead. But, holding it was a different story. While the top side got him the lead, the bottom carried him to victory. Matjoulis quickly swapped lanes to the bottom in an effort to hold off Ducharme and wisely held the line through the remainder of the race.

Ducharme hits the infield jersey barrier in Turn 1 (Joe Grabianowski Photo)

Bergeron, of Drummondville, QC, was riding solidly in third with just under 15 circuits remaining when a bit of contact with his competition sent him in a near-spin through Turns 3-4, losing several spots. He impressively rebounded before the checkers, though, climbing back up to a fifth-place finish.

This incident inadvertently allowed the resurgence of Yeager and his charge back up to third, which he completed on the final lap.

“Alex [Bergeron] and Tyler [Schell] got together and I was able to capitalize on that and finally get around Richard [Murtaugh] for third-place, so we’ll take it,” Yeager said.

Back out front, the caution-sprinkled race allowed those behind Matjoulis multiple chances to make a move for the lead, but he was too good in the slick. The 2019 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing World Champion got a great final restart after the final caution in the closing laps and drove off to his third career victory with the Tour and the $250 check.

Ducharme was able to hang on for a runner-up finish, the best of his few DIRTcar eSports Tour starts since his debut last season.

Joe Grabianowski Photo

“Congrats to Blake, he ran a great race,” Ducharme said. “Once he got in front of me, I got back under him a couple of times. I’m not going to driver through him for a win, I wouldn’t do that to anybody.”

The DIRTcar eSports Tour next heads to the high, dirt-covered banks of Bristol Motor Speedway next Wednesday night, March 31, for a UMP Modified showdown in race #2 of 10. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

Bicknell Racing Products Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 127-Blake Matjoulis [4]; 2. 25-Tyler Ducharme [1]; 3. 48-Tyler Yeager [2]; 4. 033-Richard Murtaugh [7]; 5. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 6. 32-Tyler Schell [10]; 7. 96-Gunnar Swanchara [9]; 8. 33-Evan Seay [5]; 9. 71-Keven Hebert [19]; 10. 213-James Boniface [14]; 11. 81-Bobby Sweeney [6]; 12. 0-Kevin Dedmon [15]; 13. 77-Brandon Planck [17]; 14. 1-Jesse Enterkin [23]; 15. 331-Dustin Hall [16]; 16. 17-Brett Rowles [22]; 17. 91-Felix Roy [11]; 18. 79-Maxime Plante [12]; 19. 114-Joe Garcia [24]; 20. 77-Blaise Baker [20]; 21. 2-Chance Carr [21]; 22. 41-Logan Rumsey [8]; 23. 115-Boddie Parker [18]; 24. 44-Mason Hammel [13]

3/24/21 – Big Block Modifieds at Weedsport Speedway

Bicknell Racing Products Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 127-Blake Matjoulis [4]; 2. 25-Tyler Ducharme [1]; 3. 48-Dylan Yeager [2]; 4. 33-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [7]; 5. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 6. 85-Tyler Schell [10]; 7. 96-Gunnar Swanchara [9]; 8. 33-Evan Seay [5]; 9. 71-Keven Hèbert [19]; 10. 213-James Boniface [14]; 11. 81-Bobby Sweeney [6]; 12. 0-Kevin Dedmon [15]; 13. 077-Brandon Planck [17]; 14. 1-Jesse Enterkin [23]; 15. 331-Dustin Hall [16]; 16. 17-Brett Rowles [22]; 17. 91-Fèlix Roy [11]; 18. 79-Maxime Plante [12]; 19. 114-Joe Garcia [24]; 20. 77-Blaise Baker [20]; 21. 2-Chance Carr [21]; 22. 41-Logan Rumsey [8]; 23. 115-Boddie Parker [18]; 24. 69-Mason Hammel [13]

Qualifying (2 laps) – 1. 25-Tyler Ducharme [15.029]; 2. 48-Dylan Yeager [15.034]; 3. 12-Alex Bergeron [15.061]; 4. 127-Blake Matjoulis [15.066]; 5. 96-Gunnar Swanchara [15.067]; 6. 81-Bobby Sweeney [15.127]; 7. 33-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [15.143]; 8. 41-Logan Rumsey [15.167]; 9. 33-Evan Seay [15.168]; 10. 85-Tyler Schell [15.171]; 11. 0-Kevin Dedmon [15.179]; 12. 79-Maxime Plante [15.212]; 13. 2-Chance Carr [15.23]; 14. 17-Brett Rowles [15.231]; 15. 91-Fèlix Roy [15.243]; 16. 77-Blaise Baker [15.256]; 17. 69-Mason Hammel [15.262]; 18. 213-James Boniface [15.266]; 19. 71-Keven Hèbert [15.266]; 20. 331-Dustin Hall [15.294]; 21. 077-Brandon Planck [15.326]; 22. 115-Boddie Parker [15.329]; 23. 1-Jesse Enterkin [15.341]; 24. 114-Joe Garcia [15.377]; 25. 717-Bobby Rafferty [15.39]; 26. 72-Joseph Grabianowski [15.398]; 27. 42-John Smith17 [15.406]; 28. 99-Matty Watkins [15.416]; 29. 29-Billy Richardson [15.457]; 30. 47-Blaze Benedict [15.546]; 31. 7-Jaxon Steele [15.554]; 32. 82-Eric Schroeter [15.565]; 33. 24-Chuck Mancabelli [15.619]; 34. 58-Ryder Sroufe [15.673]; 35. 4-John Bragman [15.702]; 36. 3-Justin Ziemiecki [15.847]; 37. 46-Jonathan Nause [15.882]; 38. 37-Randall Carter [DNQ]

Heat Race 1 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 25-Tyler Ducharme [1]; 2. 33-Evan Seay [3]; 3. 96-Gunnar Swanchara [2]; 4. 69-Mason Hammel [5]; 5. 077-Brandon Planck [6]; 6. 2-Chance Carr [4]; 7. 29-Billy Richardson [8]; 8. 24-Chuck Mancabelli [9]; 9. 46-Jonathan Nause [10]; 10. 717-Bobby Rafferty [7]

Heat Race 2 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 48-Dylan Yeager [1]; 2. 81-Bobby Sweeney [2]; 3. 85-Tyler Schell [3]; 4. 213-James Boniface [5]; 5. 17-Brett Rowles [4]; 6. 115-Boddie Parker [6]; 7. 37-Randall Carter [10]; 8. 72-Joseph Grabianowski [7]; 9. 58-Ryder Sroufe [9]; 10. 47-Blaze Benedict [8]

Heat Race 3 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [1]; 2. 33-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [2]; 3. 91-Fèlix Roy [4]; 4. 0-Kevin Dedmon [3]; 5. 71-Keven Hèbert [5]; 6. 1-Jesse Enterkin [6]; 7. 42-John Smith17 [7]; 8. 4-John Bragman [9]; 9. 7-Jaxon Steele [8]

Heat Race 4 (10 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 127-Blake Matjoulis [1]; 2. 41-Logan Rumsey [2]; 3. 79-Maxime Plante [3]; 4. 331-Dustin Hall [5]; 5. 77-Blaise Baker [4]; 6. 99-Matty Watkins [7]; 7. 114-Joe Garcia [6]; 8. 82-Eric Schroeter [8]; 9. 3-Justin Ziemiecki [9]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (14 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 115-Boddie Parker [3]; 2. 77-Blaise Baker [2]; 3. 17-Brett Rowles [1]; 4. 114-Joe Garcia [6]; 5. 37-Randall Carter [5]; 6. 47-Blaze Benedict [11]; 7. 99-Matty Watkins [4]; 8. 58-Ryder Sroufe [9]; 9. 3-Justin Ziemiecki [10]; 10. 72-Joseph Grabianowski [7]; 11. 82-Eric Schroeter [8]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (14 laps, top-4 transfer) – 1. 077-Brandon Planck [1]; 2. 71-Keven Hèbert [2]; 3. 2-Chance Carr [3]; 4. 1-Jesse Enterkin [4]; 5. 4-John Bragman [8]; 6. 42-John Smith17 [6]; 7. 7-Jaxon Steele [10]; 8. 29-Billy Richardson [5]; 9. 717-Bobby Rafferty [11]; 10. 46-Jonathan Nause [9]; 11. 24-Chuck Mancabelli [7]

SEASON 3 IS HERE: Big Blocks Form Core of DIRTcar eSports Tour, Street Stocks Return

Four DIRTcar-branded divisions plus Midgets also included in 10-race slate

The ground-pounding, earth-shaking, window-rattling Beasts of the Northeast Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds are back in all of iRacing’s virtual glory as the star attraction of DIRTcar eSports Season 3.

The virtual Big Blocks, which reached season-high car counts last season, are back as the focus of a 10-race Tour, every Wednesday from March 24 to May 26, for Season 3 – one that also includes the return of the Chevy Performance Street Stock League for its second season.

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STREET STOCK REGISTRATION

Beginning with the first race at Weedsport Speedway on March 24, the Big Blocks will contest five races on the Season 3 Tour, alternating each Wednesday night with 360 Sprint Cars, Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, 358 Modifieds and the first-ever appearance by dirt Midgets. iRacing’s newest dirt track at Bristol Motor Speedway also has its spot on the docket, setting the stage for a Week 2 showdown with the UMP Modifieds.

All 10 races will be $250-to-win and pay back through the Feature field. Commemorative trophies will be awarded to the podium finishers in the final points standings after the Week 10 finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The Chevy Performance Street Stock League will also begin March 24, setting out on a 10-race championship chase of its own. Racing across eight different tracks, competitors will chase a $100 top prize each night as Feature winner.

New to the Street Stock campaign in Season 3 is the highly requested addition of a points championship system, mirroring that of the DIRTcar eSports Tour. Trophies will be awarded to the podium finishers in final points after 10 races.

Following the precedent set in Season 2, the Street Stock League will once again be held with the more causal sim racer in mind, and thus only be available for competitors with iRatings 4800 and below.

Every race will once again be broadcasted on DIRTVision presented by Drydene, free to all account holders. Street Stocks will kick each night off with practice at 6:50pm ET and Qualifying at 7pm. The Tour session will open with practice at 7:50pm ET and follow with Qualifying.

Registration for each race tentatively closes the Monday before each event and is now open for all 10 events in each league.

DIRTcar eSports Tour Season 3 Schedule

March 24 – Big Block Modifieds at Weedsport Speedway (50 Laps)
March 31 – UMP Modifieds at Bristol Motor Speedway (40 Laps)
April 7 – Big Block Modifieds at Williams Grove Speedway (50 Laps)
April 14 – Pro Late Models at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (40 Laps)
April 21 – Big Block Modifieds at Lernerville Speedway (50 Laps)
April 28 – Midgets at Lanier National Speedway (30 Laps)
May 5 – Big Block Modifieds at Cedar Lake Speedway (50 Laps)
May 12 – 360 Sprint Cars at Kokomo Speedway (30 Laps)
May 19 – 358 Small Block Modifieds at USA International Speedway (40 Laps)
May 26 – Big Block Modifieds at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway (50 Laps)

Chevy Performance Street Stock League Season 3 Schedule

March 24 – Knoxville Raceway (20 Laps)
March 31 – Limaland Motorsports Park (25 Laps)
April 7 – Eldora Speedway (20 Laps)
April 14 – Fairbury Speedway (25 Laps)
April 21 – Cedar Lake Speedway (25 Laps)
April 28 – Lernerville Speedway (25 Laps)
May 5 – Limaland Motorsports Park (25 Laps)
May 12 – Eldora Speedway (20 Laps)
May 19 – Williams Grove Speedway (20 Laps)
May 26 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway (25 Laps)