The Speed51 Western Super Series presented by J2Racing.parts debuted on Speed51.com Tuesday night with a healthy field of 45 sim racers competing in the eighth event of the current season. A hot and slippery Irwindale Speedway created wild action throughout the night, but in the end it was Ontario racer Jake Watson who got the best of the competition and parked his No. 88 Super Late Model in Victory Lane.
The main event was led to green by Watson and Dillon Huffines, who had Matt Eddy challenging hard from the second row early on. During the long green flag run, Eddy was stuck on the bottom, causing him to use up his tires and fall back in the field.
After 50 laps were completed, points leader Andrew Wooten was able to work his way up to the fourth position after starting 10th. In the end, even a couple late-race cautions couldn't ruin Watson’s groove, as he drove away to his first win of the season.
"About halfway through, I did not think we were going to get another caution," Watson said. "I'm not gonna lie, I thought I was done."
In order to secure the victory, Watson held a hard-charging Andrew Wooten.
“It was a wild race,” Wooten said.
With only two races remaining, the current Western Super Series points leader plans to “just play it smart” after increasing his points even more heading into the end of the season.
Rounding out the podium Tuesday night was Dillon Huffines with his best finish of the season so far. Restarting second on the final restart of the race, Huffines dove hard to the bottom trying to make a move for the win, but it ultimately took away his chance at a potential runner-up finish.
“I would rather try to make a move for the win than just ride and finish in second," Huffines said.
The 100-lap main event at Irwindale saw only six cautions which were spread out by a long green flag run of over 50 laps.
An on-demand broadcast of the race can be viewed now by clicking here.
Coming up next for the Speed51 Western Super Series presented by J2Racing.parts is a 125-lap shootout at South Boston on Tuesday, January 7. The winter season finale will then be held Tuesday, January 14 at The Milwaukee Mile before a new season begins the following week.
More information on the Speed51 Western Super Series can be found by visiting the series' Facebook page.