Christopher Bell captured the win in Wednesday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car iRacing Invitational at the virtual Dirt Track at Charlotte live on FS1.
Bell started fifth and passed Kevin Swindell prior to the final caution coming out on Lap 22. When the race went back to green with 10 to go, Bell led the rest of the way and took the checkered flag over Swindell by 2.3 seconds.
“It’s been really cool to see the evolution of iRacing,” Bell said. “I’ve been on this for so long now. It was a game. It was a lot of fun for me and my friends to get on here and race, but now, I guess it is kind of our job right now with the NASCAR stuff on Sundays and the Outlaws coming on board (on FS1) to run Sprint Cars. It’s really cool to see iRacing capitalizing on this moment of everyone being at home. It gives us something to do and it’s really fun to race against competitive drivers.”
Logan Schuchart, who started ninth, was third with Trent Ivey and 14th-place starter Max McLaughlin rounding out the top five.
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Ivey went on to win the iRacing 50-lap race for the Morton Buildings Late Models.
Kyle Larson, who finished seventh in the Sprint Car feature, came home fourth in the Late Model race .
“I’m thinking maybe next time, as my heart rate finally begins to calm down, maybe I should bring my heart rate monitor in and show these guys how stressful this game can be,” Larson said.