The Rowdy Energy Super Select Series powered by Speed51 heads to virtual Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) Saturday night for the third round of the sim racing series. The series will continue to deliver exciting racing action featuring some of the top real-world Late Model racers.
The third race of the 10-race iRacing series takes place at the same track that hosted the inaugural Speed51 Super Select in 2019, a winner-take-all All-Star Race for Super Late Model racers. Two drivers who were in that race last September, Stephen Nasse and Josh Brock, are among the racers who will be in Saturday’s virtual showdown.
Racers in the series are battling for the opportunity to participate in the 2nd Speed51 Super Select in 2020. It was announced Friday that the Rowdy Energy Super Select Series Champion would receive an invitation to the all-star race.
However, the Super Late Model stars have been challenged heavily by sim racing standouts also boasting real-world racing experience. South Carolina’s Devon Morgan won the season-opening eRattler 250 presented by PFC Brakes, while Legends racer Alex McCollum took the checkered flag last Saturday at the Festival of Speed.
Both of those races featured exciting side-by-side finishes, setting the tone for the next eight events. Will we see another thrilling conclusion tonight? If the Super Late Model racing in last year’s real-world Speed51 Super Select is any indication, it’s quite likely.
Which Late Model drivers are most likely to challenge the likes of Morgan and McCollum to become the next winner in the series? “Select Team” member Corey Heim will be one to watch.
The Georgia racer finished fourth in the last Rowdy Energy Select Series event at USA International Speedway. He also scored a top-five finish last year when the ARCA Menards Series visited Lucas Oil Raceway.
Late Model Stock racer Layne Riggs has been the most consistent of the “Select Team” of real-life racers in the series. The son of former NASCAR Cup Series competitor Scott Riggs has top-10 finishes in both series races thus far.
Fans will also have to keep an eye on Travis Braden. The defending Snowball Derby winner had some early struggles adapting to sim racing, but won Friday night’s Mike Swaney 57 on Speed51. In the real-world, Braden is a former winner at Lucas Oil Raceway in both the ARCA/CRA Super Seriesand the ARCA Menards Series.
Whoever wins will have to defeat a list of Late Model standouts, including series champions Derek Griffith, Greg Van Alst, Giovanni Bromante, Stephen Nasse and others.
Fans can watch all of the action for free Saturday night on Speed51. Click here to tune in to round three of the Rowdy Energy Super Select Series powered by Speed51 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans