TOP GUNS: Bergeron and Jackson win DIRTcar eSports season openers

Alex Bergeron and Tyler Jackson are not unaccustomed to parking their digital dirt cars in virtual Victory Lanes across the iRacing simulator-verse. Bergeron won the 50-lap Bicknell Racing Products Big Block Modified Feature at Weedsport Speedway while the defending DIRTcar eSports Chevrolet Performance Street Stock champion Tyler Jackson picked up where he left off last season by winning at Volusia Speedway Park. 

DIRTcar eSports Bicknell Racing Products Big Block Modifieds

Alex Bergeron’s name is synonymous with success in iRacing. He’s won everything including the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car iRacing Series and even dabbles in other disciplines like Rallycross on iRacing as well. Despite all of that versatility and success, Bergeron has yet to put it all together and win a DIRTcar eSports championship.

His quest for a first Tour title started off strong Wednesday night, when Bergeron found the fast way around Weedsport Speedway in a Bicknell Racing Products Big Block Modified, leading flag-to-flag to pick up the win.

Bergeron led the entire race but not without real-life drivers Nick Cooper and Bryce Bailey shadowing his every move. Cooper was ready for any slight mistake or bobble by Bergeron. 

Over the course of the 50-lap Feature, the surface of Weedsport Speedway changed and so did the racing line. Cooper made up ground running the bottom in Turns 1 and 2 but lost ground in Turns 3-4 as Bergeron was able to keep a lot of speed and momentum around the top. Bergeron rode that wave all the way across the finish line. 

Bergeron crossed the line first with Nick Cooper and Bryce Bailey filling out the podium. 

“I am kind of mad at myself,” DIRTcar Sportsman Modified driver Nick Cooper said. “I hit the wall pretty hard halfway through that. I broke the suspension a little bit nevertheless I finished second to Bergeron and I’ll take it.”

If not for one mistake, it could have been another story for Cooper and Bergeron. 

Feature (40 Laps) 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [1]; 2. 35-Nick Cooper [2]; 3. 002-Bryce Bailey [10]; 4. 33-Evan Seay [5]; 5. 48-Dylan Yeager [3]; 6. 22-Mason Hannagan [6]; 7. 096-Gunnar Swanchara [4]; 8. 41-Logan Rumsey [13]; 9. 2-Dylan Houser [9]; 10. 14-Payton Talbot [8]; 11. 21-Quinn Wallis [12]; 12. 09-Tanner Tomasi [17]; 13. 8-Austin Hunter [21]; 14. 029-Leo McGurrin [20]; 15. 331-Dustin Hall [23]; 16. 9-Brad Almond 11]; 17. 74-Loic Bernier [7]; 18. 29-Richie Yost [15]; 19. 51-Clayton Tilley [18]; 20. 85-Tyler Schell [16]; 21. 4-Brandon Stuhler [22]; 22. 72-AJay Potrzebowski [19]; 23. 00-Kendal Tucker [14]

DIRTcar eSports Chevrolet Performance Street Stocks 

Six Heat Races of Chevrolet Performance Street Stocks assembled at the virtual Volusia Speedway Park in an effort to make the first DIRTcar eSports Street Stock race of season four.

Qualifying is always important with the talent at the front of DIRTcar eSports events. Feature winner Tyler Jackson had to be at the top of his game all night. 

“That was an interesting night,” Jackson said. “I qualified third, which is great because I didn’t think I’d qualify that well. In the Heat I was just missing something. Sage was catching me and he threw a slider. He didn’t quite clear me but luckily he missed me off enough that I was able to keep the hammer down on the bottom. We were able to find a new lane that no one else had.”

In the Feature, star iRacers Zane Yost and Carl Kilgore battled for the lead early but with 20 laps to go Kilgore was sent spinning into the infield off of Turn 4 resulting in a massive pile up. 

“In the Feature there, Carl got sideways and by the time I realized and checked up I think four or five guys got me,” Tyler Jackson said of the melee. “My right front was so bent in it handled so bad I think it made it good.

Yost brought the field back to green with Tyler Jackson close behind looking to strike on the bottom. Jackson dove under Yost with 15 laps remaining, sliding under him only to give the position back on the over-under. 

Jackson continued working on Yost and finally completed the pass only to be turned completely sideways down the backstretch. Jackson somehow hung on for the lead. 

The defending eSports champ survived one final restart to hang on for the Feature win.

Chevy Performance Feature (20 Laps) 1. 822-Tyler Jackson [3]; 2. 21-Charles Barnes [4]; 3. 29-Richie Yost [5]; 4. 93-Zane Yost [1]; 5. 1-Alex Breuer [8]; 6. 26-Sage Luther [9]; 7. 57-Jim Reavis [10]; 8. 28-Bailey Hipp [11]; 9. 002-Clifford Bellomy [14]; 10. 83-Brian Taft [15]; 11. 60-Kyle Householder [16]; 12. 17-Brett Rowles [22]; 13. 30-Stevin Goldner [19]; 14. 5-Isaac Salas [21]; 15. 021-Carl Kilgore [2]; 16. 70-Davin Cardwell [12]; 17. 717-Bobby Rafferty [13]; 18. 48-Kyle Vaughn [17]; 19. 999-Tim Taylor [24]; 20. 97-Butch Baker [20]; 21. 69-Keith Hackney [6]; 22. 46-Jonathan Nause [18]; 23. 045-Kyle Jared [7]; 24. 68-Ronald Pyles [23]

NEXT UP: DIRTcar eSports season four, race two, is next Wednesday, November 17. The Tour visits Fairbury in the UMP Modifieds while the Chevrolet Performance Street Stocks pick up the fight at Lanier. Join the fun by signing up now on iRacing or watch the racing live every Wednesday night on DIRTvision presented by Drydene. 

11/10/21 – Big Block Modifieds at Weedsport Speedway

Feature (40 Laps) 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [1]; 2. 35-Nick Cooper [2]; 3. 002-Bryce Bailey [10]; 4. 33-Evan Seay [5]; 5. 48-Dylan Yeager [3]; 6. 22-Mason Hannagan [6]; 7. 096-Gunnar Swanchara [4]; 8. 41-Logan Rumsey [13]; 9. 2-Dylan Houser [9]; 10. 14-Payton Talbot [8]; 11. 21-Quinn Wallis [12]; 12. 09-Tanner Tomasi [17]; 13. 8-Austin Hunter [21]; 14. 029-Leo McGurrin [20]; 15. 331-Dustin Hall [23]; 16. 9-Brad Almond 11]; 17. 74-Loic Bernier [7]; 18. 29-Richie Yost [15]; 19. 51-Clayton Tilley [18]; 20. 85-Tyler Schell [16]; 21. 4-Brandon Stuhler [22]; 22. 72-AJay Potrzebowski [19]; 23. 00-Kendal Tucker [14]

Qual (2 Laps) 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [15.126];2. 35-Nick Cooper [15.155];3. 48-Dylan Yeager [15.159];4. 096-Gunnar Swanchara [15.167];5. 33-Evan Seay [15.168];6. 22-Mason Hannagan [15.171];7. 74-Loic Bernier [15.171];8. 14-Payton Talbot [15.185];9. 127-Blake Matjoulis [15.192];10. 002-Bryce Bailey [15.194];11. 9-Brad Almond [15.215];12. 21-Quinn Wallis [15.22];13. 41-Logan Rumsey [15.22];14. 1-Jesse Enterkin [15.222];15. 29-Richie Yost [15.226];16. 029-Leo McGurrin [15.232];17. 91-David Cologgi [15.238];18. 69-Keith Hackney [15.239];19. 2-Dylan Houser [15.241];20. 51-Clayton Tilley [15.242];21. 7-James Batzer [15.245];22. 55-Vicente Salas [15.247];23. 85-Tyler Schell [15.259];24. 09-Tanner Tomasi [15.264];25. 8-Austin Hunter [15.267];26. 42-Parker Retzlaff [15.268];27. 101-Brent Evans [15.271];28. 085-Hank Silver [15.271];29. 00-Kendal Tucker [15.272];30. 290-Tyler Moffett [15.293];31. 115-Boddie Parker [15.303];32. 4-Brandon Stuhler [15.31];33. 510-Bradley Steinruck [15.316];34. 3-RJ Smykla [15.321];35. 89-Eric Tupper [15.358];36. 72-AJay Potrzebowski [15.365];37. 331-Dustin Hall [15.366];38. 13-Matt Remick [15.391];39. 30-Stevin Goldner [15.395];40. 072-Joe Grabianowski [15.395];41. 04-CJ LaVair [15.418];42. 71-Claude Fournier [15.461];43. 46-Jonathan Nause [15.507];44. 29-Billy Richardson [15.51];45. 96-Matt Hancock [15.543];46. 963-David Reip [15.63];47. 20-Allen Burgan [15.635];48. 73-Scott Reid [15.67];49. 77-Blaise Baker [NT]

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top-3 transfer) 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [1]; 2. 22-Mason Hannagan [2]; 3. 9-Brad Almond [3]; 4. 029-Leo McGurrin [4]; 5. 72-AJay Potrzebowski [8]; 6. 42-Parker Retzlaff [6]; 7. 115-Boddie Parker [7]; 8. 7-James Batzer [5]; 9. 963-David Reip [10]; 10. 04-CJ LaVair [9]

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top-3 transfer) 1. 35-Nick Cooper [1]; 2. 74-Loic Bernier [2]; 3. 21-Quinn Wallis [3]; 4. 91-David Cologgi [4]; 5. 4-Brandon Stuhler [7]; 6. 331-Dustin Hall [8]; 7. 101-Brent Evans [6]; 8. 20-Allen Burgan [10]; 9. 71-Claude Fournier [9]; 10. 55-Vicente Salas [5]

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top-3 transfer) 1. 48-Dylan Yeager [1]; 2. 14-Payton Talbot [2]; 3. 41-Logan Rumsey [3]; 4. 85-Tyler Schell [5]; 5. 13-Matt Remick [8]; 6. 510-Bradley Steinruck [7]; 7. 085-Hank Silver [6]; 8. 46-Jonathan Nause [9]; 9. 69-Keith Hackney [4]; 10. 73-Scott Reid [10]

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top-3 transfer) 1. 096-Gunnar Swanchara [1]; 2. 2-Dylan Houser [4]; 3. 00-Kendal Tucker [6]; 4. 09-Tanner Tomasi [5]; 5. 3-RJ Smykla [7]; 6. 30-Stevin Goldner [8]; 7. 1-Jesse Enterkin [3]; 8. 29-Billy Richardson [9]; 9. 127-Blake Matjoulis [2]; 10. 77-Blaise Baker [10]

Heat 5 (10 Laps, top-3 transfer) 1. 33-Evan Seay [1]; 2. 002-Bryce Bailey [2]; 3. 29-Richie Yost [3]; 4. 51-Clayton Tilley [4]; 5. 8-Austin Hunter [5]; 6. 290-Tyler Moffett [6]; 7. 89-Eric Tupper [7]; 8. 072-Joe Grabianowski [8]; 9. 96-Matt Hancock [9]

B-Main 1 (14 Laps, top-4 transfer) 1. 85-Tyler Schell [85]; 2. 51-Clayton Tilley [51]; 3. 029-Leo McGurrin [14]; 4. 4-Brandon Stuhler [4]; 5. 42-Parker Retzlaff [42]; 6. 1-Jesse Enterkin [1]; 7. 290-Tyler Moffett [36]; 8. 3-RJ Smykla [3]; 9. 127-Blake Matjoulis [127]; 10. 510-Bradley Steinruck [510]; 11. 04-CJ LaVair [4]; 12. 71-Claude Fournier [71]; 13. 7-James Batzer [7]; 14. 072-Joe Grabianowski [72]; 15. 46-Jonathan Nause [46]; 16. 101-Brent Evans [101]; 17. 73-Scott Reid [73]

B-Main 2 (14 Laps, top-4 transfer) 1. 09-Tanner Tomasi [2]; 2. 72-AJay Potrzebowski [3]; 3. 8-Austin Hunter [5]; 4. 331-Dustin Hall [6]; 5. 91-David Cologgi [1]; 6. 89-Eric Tupper [10]; 7. 69-Keith Hackney [14]; 8. 085-Hank Silver [9]; 9. 30-Stevin Goldner [7]; 10. 29-Billy Richardson [12]; 11. 13-Matt Remick [4]; 12. 963-David Reip [13] 13. 96-Matt Hancock [15]; 14. 20-Allen Burgan [11]; 15. 115-Boddie Parker [8]; 16. 55-Vicente Salas [16]; 17. 77-Blaise Baker [17]

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]

PEAVY AT THE PORT: First-Time Street Stock Starter Dalton Peavy Wins in Debut at Weedsport

Luther records career-best finish, former winners take DNFs in knock-down, drag-out Feature

Pedal to the metal out of Turn 4 as the green flag dropped, down the front-stretch with the rest of the top-five right on him. Dalton Peavy was just three laps away from winning in his debut with the DIRTcar eSports Chevy Performance Street Stock League.

He played the final restart perfectly, getting a solid jump on runner-up Sage Luther as the field raced into Turn 1. That turned out to be the winning move, as Peavy went unchallenged back to the finish line to collect the $100 top prize in his first appearance on DIRTVision.

“We had a good race, me and [Luther]. I tried my best to get under him and tried to race him clean. Overall, we had a good night,” Peavy told announcer Rick Eshelman after the big win.

Luther had led the entire race until just after halfway, when Peavy got a great run to his inside and swiped the spot away as Luther hesitated behind lapped traffic.

“[Peavy] wasn’t making any mistakes and I was getting a little loose through the turns, and I think that was when I let him by,” Luther said.

Previous League winners Richie Yost and Lewis Clark felt the full effects of the bump-n-bang-heavy Feature that left several cars crumpled and battered by the end of 30 laps. Each took a DNF as they parked it early after getting into mid-race incidents with accidents happening in front of them.

The leaders race through Turns 1-2 (Joe Grabianowski Photo)

The Chevy Performance Street Stock League action continues next Wednesday night, Jan. 6, with the second of two visits in Season 2 to the Limaland Motorsports Park. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

Chevy Performance Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 9-Dalton Peavy [3]; 2. 26-Sage Luther [1]; 3. 93-Steve Miskolczi [4]; 4. 15-Michael Putnam [8]; 5. 48-Grant Parr [7]; 6. 0-Mitchell Clark [12]; 7. 026-Sean Stevens [9]; 8. 002-Clifford Bellomy [11]; 9. 66-Preston Dimsdale [18]; 10. 17-Jack Brown [15]; 11. 7-Jaxon Steele [19]; 12. 23-Jason Metoxen [21]; 13. 28-Ron Snyder [10]; 14. 95-Brian Brunscheen [22]; 15. 5-Zak Williams [16]; 16. 04-Joshua Dennison [13]; 17. 56-Tyler Schneider [17]; 18. 880-Calvin Anderson [6]; 19. 13-Jordan Gage [14]; 20. 77-Anthony Corini [20]; 21. 111-Lewis Clark [5]; 22. 29-Richie Yost [23]; 23. 14-Brandon Minnick [2]

12/30/20 – Street Stocks at Weedsport Speedway

Chevy Performance Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 9-Dalton Peavy [3]; 2. 26-Sage Luther [1]; 3. 93-Steve Miskolczi [4]; 4. 15-Michael Putnam [8]; 5. 48-Grant Parr [7]; 6. 0-Mitchell Clark [12]; 7. 026-Sean Stevens [9]; 8. 002-Clifford Bellomy [11]; 9. 66-Preston Dimsdale [18]; 10. 17-Jack Brown [15]; 11. 7-Jaxon Steele [19]; 12. 23-Jason Metoxen [21]; 13. 28-Ron Snyder [10]; 14. 95-Brian Brunscheen [22]; 15. 5-Zak Williams [16]; 16. 04-Joshua Dennison [13]; 17. 56-Tyler Schneider [17]; 18. 880-Calvin Anderson [6]; 19. 13-Jordan Gage [14]; 20. 77-Anthony Corini [20]; 21. 111-Lewis Clark [5]; 22. 29-Richie Yost [23]; 23. 14-Brandon Minnick [2]

Qualifying (2 Laps) – 1. 26-Sage Luther [18.331]; 2. 14-Brandon Minnick [18.374]; 3. 9-Dalton Peavy [18.377]; 4. 28-Ron Snyder [18.389]; 5. 13-Jordan Gage [18.394]; 6. 880-Calvin Anderson [18.409]; 7. 93-Steve Miskolczi [18.413]; 8. 111-Lewis Clark [18.414]; 9. 17-Jack Brown [18.42]; 10. 04-Joshua Dennison [18.428]; 11. 29-Richie Yost [18.441]; 12. 0-Mitchell Clark [18.444]; 13. 48-Grant Parr [18.452]; 14. 15-Michael Putnam [18.461]; 15. 66-Preston Dimsdale [18.471]; 16. 95-Brian Brunscheen [18.508]; 17. 002-Clifford Bellomy [18.62]; 18. 026-Sean Stevens [18.624]; 19. 5-Zak Williams [18.644]; 20. 77-Anthony Corini [18.702]; 21. 23-Jason Metoxen [18.861]; 22. 7-Jaxon Steele [18.876]; 23. 56-Tyler Schneider [DNQ]

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. 26-Sage Luther [1]; 2. 93-Steve Miskolczi [3]; 3. 48-Grant Parr [5]; 4. 28-Ron Snyder [2]; 5. 04-Joshua Dennison [4]; 6. 5-Zak Williams [7]; 7. 7-Jaxon Steele [8]; 8. 95-Brian Brunscheen [6]

Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. 14-Brandon Minnick [1]; 2. 111-Lewis Clark [3];3. 15-Michael Putnam [5]; 4. 002-Clifford Bellomy [6]; 5. 13-Jordan Gage [2]; 6. 56-Tyler Schneider [8]; 7. 77-Anthony Corini [7]; 8. 29-Richie Yost [4]

Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. 9-Dalton Peavy [1]; 2. 880-Calvin Anderson [2]; 3. 026-Sean Stevens [6]; 4. 0-Mitchell Clark [4]; 5. 17-Jack Brown [3]; 6. 66-Preston Dimsdale [5]; 7. 23-Jason Metoxen [7]

PRO-STOPPER: Bailey Beats Giant Big-Block Field at Weedsport, Ends Pro Winner Reign

Super DIRTcar Series stars shine in Feature, McLaughlin 22nd to 8th

WEEDSPORT, NY – The streak is over. Bryce Bailey has dethroned the iRacing Dirt Pro-license drivers and their 13-race reign over the DIRTcar eSports Tour with a victory in the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds’ debut on the Tour, making a stop to the Weedsport Speedway Wednesday night for race #3 of 8.

Not only did he beat iRacing’s very best on dirt, but Bailey also topped five real-life Super DIRTcar Series drivers that came out to take part – DIRTcar OktoberFAST finale winner Max McLaughlin, Jack Lehner, Chris Hile, Mike Mahaney and Demetrius Drellos.

Going all the way back to the beginning of Season 1, which kicked off in late April, each and every Tour Feature had been won by an iRacer with the “Pro” license class – a symbol of the driver’s hard work, simulation skill and dedication to bettering themselves and the rest of the motorsports simulation community. Thirteen consecutive events, with eight different winners, all donning the dark-shaded Pro license.

None of that seemed to matter to Bailey, a real-life DIRTcar Sportsman Modified driver from Waverly, NY. He never once flinched at the size or depth of the Season 2-high 53-car field, taking the lead on Lap 6 of the 50-lap Bicknell Racing Products Feature and bringing it all the way back home for the $250 victory.

“It definitely feels good to win in the cars you drive in real-life,” Bailey told DIRTcar eSports Announcer Chase Raudman in the post-race interview on DIRTVision. “It definitely makes you feel 100 percent better.”

And what a first race to win, against, by far, the toughest field the DIRTcar eSports Tour has seen all year long. With nine Pro-license drivers and five full-time Super DIRTcar Series competitors in the virtual field, this roster gave the word “competition” a whole new meaning when the green flag dropped.

Tucker (00) and Bailey (2) battling for the lead (Joe Grabianowski Photo)

Polesitter Hayden Cardwell, of Knoxville, TN, sped out to the early lead while Bailey and the rest of the field gave chase in the opening laps. But the former Tour winner only held strong for five laps before making contact with Bailey and some other cars in the top-five, spinning around in Turns 3-4 and bringing out the race’s first caution. Cardwell was sent to the rear in the exchange, and eventually called it quits five laps later, leaving him with a 24th-place finish in his first Season 2 start.

Bailey assumed the race lead for the restart and wasted zero time, widening the gap between he and a hungry Alex Bergeron, who hasn’t won a Tour race since late August, and most recent Tour Feature winner Kendal Tucker.

Several restarts came into play as the laps clicked off, but Bailey had the ice in his veins, surrendering the lead for only a mere corner after Tucker got a big run to his inside out of Turn 2 on Lap 38. Tucker slid way up high in Turns 3-4, allowing Bailey the lane to sneak back by out of Turn 4 and reclaim the lead.

“Kendal did what he had to do, I can’t diss it,” Bailey said. “I would have done the same thing. I missed the bottom and he just took it.”

That was Bailey’s only blemish the entire race. Even one final restart inside the final 10 laps couldn’t shake the young gun’s confidence, and he drove it all the way back home to seal it as the first non-Pro iRacer to win a DIRTcar eSports Tour event.

“The field was absolutely stacked. I’m not gonna lie, I was kinda peeing myself on the last restart, trying to keep my cool. I knew who I had behind me and I knew I had to get a good gap. I knew they were gonna be aggressive if they had a chance to win it at the end of the race,” Bailey said.

McLaughlin (32) and Bobby Hackel (97) battling for position (Joe Grabianowski)

Max McLaughlin led the Super DIRTcar Series driver field to the stripe with an eighth-place finish after winning Last Chance Showdown #1 earlier in the night. He started 22nd on the grid, right beside each of the other three SDS regulars in the Feature. Mike Mahaney came from 21st to finish 13th; Jack Lehner went 23rd-to-18th; Chris Hile finished 21st after a shotgun start on the grid.

The DIRTcar eSports Tour next takes the 360 Sprint Car division to The Sprint Car Capital of the World, Knoxville Raceway, next Wednesday night (Dec. 23) for a 30-lap, $250-to-win showdown presented by NOS Energy Drink. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

Bicknell Racing Products Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 002-Bryce Bailey [4]; 2. 00-Kendal Tucker [5]; 3. 80-Dylan Wilson [7]; 4. 02-Dylan Houser [11]; 5. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 6. 112-Devon Morgan [6]; 7. 33-Evan Seay [2]; 8. 32-Max McLaughlin [22]; 9. 10-Jesse Enterkin [15]; 10. 000-Kevin Dedmon [8]; 11. 3-William Racine [9]; 12. 171-Brandon Freeburg [19]; 13. 35-Mike Mahaney [21]; 14. 33-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [10]; 15. 97-Bobby Hackel [17]; 16. 85-Hunter Heck [20]; 17. 41-Matthew Logan [18]; 18. 2-Jack Lehner [23]; 19. 21-Devin Willis [13]; 20. 787-Cody Zobrist [14]; 21. 5-Chris Hile [24]; 22. 01-Shane James [16]; 23. 127-Blake Matjoulis [12]; 24. 07-Hayden Cardwell [1]

12/16/20 – Big-Block Modifieds at Weedsport

Bicknell Racing Products Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 002-Bryce Bailey [4]; 2. 00-Kendal Tucker [5]; 3. 80-Dylan Wilson [7]; 4. 02-Dylan Houser [11]; 5. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 6. 112-Devon Morgan [6]; 7. 33-Evan Seay [2]; 8. 32-Max McLaughlin [22]; 9. 10-Jesse Enterkin [15]; 10. 000-Kevin Dedmon [8]; 11. 3-William Racine [9]; 12. 171-Brandon Freeburg [19]; 13. 35-Mike Mahaney [21]; 14. 33-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [10]; 15. 97-Bobby Hackel [17]; 16. 85-Hunter Heck [20]; 17. 41-Matthew Logan [18]; 18. 2-Jack Lehner [23]; 19. 21-Devin Willis [13]; 20. 787-Cody Zobrist [14]; 21. 5-Chris Hile [24]; 22. 01-Shane James [16]; 23. 127-Blake Matjoulis [12]; 24. 07-Hayden Cardwell [1]

Qualifying (2 Laps) – 1. 07-Hayden Cardwell [15.717] 2. 33-Evan Seay [15.73]; 3. 12-Alex Bergeron [15.825]; 4. 002-Bryce Bailey [15.854]; 5. 00-Kendal Tucker [15.862]; 6. 112-Devon Morgan [15.876]; 7. 80-Dylan Wilson [15.897]; 8. 46-Jonathan Nause [15.909]; 9. 3-William Racine [15.923]; 10. 33-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [15.944]; 11. 02-Dylan Houser [15.969]; 12. 127-Blake Matjoulis [15.996]; 13. 101-Brent Evans [15.996]; 14. 171-Brandon Freeburg [16.007]; 15. 331-Dustin Hall [16.009]; 16. 01-Shane James [16.014]; 17. 97-Bobby Hackel [16.022]; 18. 21-Devin Willis [16.034]; 19. 787-Cody Zobrist [16.035]; 20. 85-Hunter Heck [16.061]; 21. 92-Trent Hitchens [16.061]; 22. 1-Austin Carr [16.068]; 23. 000-Kevin Dedmon [16.078]; 24. 003-Carden Cochran [16.095]; 25. 115-Boddie Parker [16.099]; 26. 9-Hunter Bates [16.127]; 27. 50-Charles Day [16.155]; 28. 2-Jack Lehner [16.156]; 29. 76-Donovan Lussier [16.177]; 30. 242-Blake Stieb [16.2]; 31. 98-Michael Canady [16.208]; 32. 32-Max McLaughlin [16.215]; 33. 41-Matthew Logan [16.232]; 34. 012-Ross Wece [16.234]; 35. 10-Jesse Enterkin [16.253]; 36. 08-Jack Speshock [16.254]; 37. 111-Demetrios Drellos [16.305]; 38. 88-Blayne Nichols [16.322]; 39. 5-Chris Hile [16.339]; 40. 35-Mike Mahaney [16.378]; 41. 7-Connor Dudek [16.397]; 42. 75-Travis Creech [16.412]; 43. 20-Bradley Steinruck [16.497]; 44. 54-Even Racine [16.521]; 45. 234-Ej McAuliffe [16.593]; 46. 93-Steve Miskolczi [16.608]; 47. 200-David Emigh [16.688]; 48. 23-Joey Ladouceur [16.969]; 49. 77-Anthony Corini [16.99];50. 15-Donovan Long [DNQ]

Heat 1 (10 Laps) (Top 4 transfer) – 1. 07-Hayden Cardwell [1]; 2. 112-Devon Morgan [2]; 3. 02-Dylan Houser [3]; 4. 01-Shane James [4]; 5. 92-Trent Hitchens [5]; 6. 93-Steve Miskolczi [10]; 7. 98-Michael Canady [7]; 8. 08-Jack Speshock [8]; 9. 7-Connor Dudek [9]; 10. 9-Hunter Bates [6]

Heat 2 (10 Laps) (Top 4 transfer) – 1. 33-Evan Seay [1]; 2. 80-Dylan Wilson [2]; 3. 127-Blake Matjoulis [3]; 4. 97-Bobby Hackel [4]; 5. 32-Max McLaughlin [7]; 6. 50-Charles Day [6]; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos [8]; 8. 75-Travis Creech [9]; 9. 200-David Emigh [10]; 10. 1-Austin Carr [5] 

Heat 3 (10 Laps) (Top 4 transfer) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [1]; 2. 000-Kevin Dedmon [5]; 3. 21-Devin Willis [4]; 4. 41-Matthew Logan [7]; 5. 2-Jack Lehner [6]; 6. 46-Jonathan Nause [2]; 7. 88-Blayne Nichols [8]; 8. 20-Bradley Steinruck [9]; 9. 23-Joey Ladouceur [10]; 10. 101-Brent Evans [3]

Heat 4 (10 Laps) (Top 4 transfer) – 1. 002-Bryce Bailey [1]; 2. 3-William Racine [2]; 3. 787-Cody Zobrist [4]; 4. 171-Brandon Freeburg [3]; 5. 5-Chris Hile [8]; 6. 003-Carden Cochran [5]; 7. 76-Donovan Lussier [6]; 8. 012-Ross Wece [7]; 9. 77-Anthony Corini [10]; 10. 54-Even Racine [9]

Heat 5 (10 Laps) (Top 4 transfer) – 1. 00-Kendal Tucker [1]; 2. 33-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [2]; 3. 10-Jesse Enterkin [7]; 4. 85-Hunter Heck [4]; 5. 35-Mike Mahaney [8]; 6. 234-Ej McAuliffe [9]; 7. 242-Blake Stieb [6]; 8. 331-Dustin Hall [3]; 9. 115-Boddie Parker [5]; 10. 15-Donovan Long [10]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (14 Laps) (Top 2 transfer) – 1. 32-Max McLaughlin [1]; 2. 5-Chris Hile [2]; 3. 111-Demetrios Drellos [6]; 4. 331-Dustin Hall [10]; 5. 76-Donovan Lussier [7]; 6. 20-Bradley Steinruck [9]; 7. 9-Hunter Bates [13]; 8. 93-Steve Miskolczi [3]; 9. 200-David Emigh [11]; 10. 77-Anthony Corini [12]; 11. 101-Brent Evans [14]; 12. 234-Ej McAuliffe [5]; 13. 08-Jack Speshock [8]; 14. 46-Jonathan Nause [4]; 15. 15-Donovan Long [15]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (14 Laps) (Top 2 transfer) – 1. 35-Mike Mahaney [3]; 2. 2-Jack Lehner [2]; 3. 98-Michael Canady [6]; 4. 012-Ross Wece [10]; 5. 23-Joey Ladouceur [12]; 6. 115-Boddie Parker [13]; 7. 7-Connor Dudek [11]; 8. 92-Trent Hitchens [1]; 9. 75-Travis Creech [9]; 10. 88-Blayne Nichols [7]; 11. 50-Charles Day [4]; 12. 242-Blake Stieb [8]; 13. 003-Carden Cochran [5]; 14. 54-Even Racine [15]; 15. 1-Austin Carr [14]