WoO Late Models at Eldora Ends in Last-Lap Battle

ROSSBURG, OH – When it comes to racing at the high speeds of legendary Eldora Speedway — even in the virtual world like Monday night — one mistake can make or break a driver’s race. Especially in green-white-checkered situations.

 

As the field took the green with just two laps remaining, leader Corey Gordon appeared to have the race in-hand, bound to collect his second World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing Invitational Feature win. He led the 24-car field back to the white flag without any issues, until a slip-up into the Turn 2 wall slowed his top-side momentum just enough for Trent Ivey to sneak by on the bottom, scrape the Turn 3-4 wall and diamond-off the corner to steal his second virtual Morton Buildings Feature win over Gordon and Kaeden Cornell.

 

While the action was simulated, the intensity and excitement was very real as a very ecstatic Ivey joined DIRTVision’s Chase Raudman and Rick Eshelman in the Morton Buildings post-race interviews and immediately exclaimed “Let’s go, baby!”

 

“Corey, he doesn’t mess up,” said Ivey, of Union, SC. “He messed up one time and I was just fortunate to be there.”

 

Gordon viewed Ivey’s final lap wall-scrapes as the catalyst to his fierce run down the backstretch in the effort to steal the lead, but he was still content with his runner-up finish and is ready to improve one more spot in Tuesday night’s World of Outlaws eDirt Shootout at 8 pm ET on CBS Sports Network.

 

“Honestly I thought I threw that one away a little bit,” Gordon said. “I went back and watched the replay and saw a little bit of wall-riding there, but it’s all good. I still had a lot of fun.”

 

“Tomorrow’s a new day. We’ll go get ’em tomorrow.”

 

While the fireworks at the finish line ended the show, it was all smooth sailing at the head of the field for the first half of the race. Polesitter Cornell grabbed control of the Morton Buildings Feature at the drop of the green, leading the first 15 laps of the 30-lap contest.

 

Gordon and Ivey were biding their time, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. A caution flag was brought out just before the halfway mark, and the two rivals were done waiting. On the ensuing restart, they gassed it up on the high side and, with a push from Ivey behind him, Gordon shot to Cornell’s inside to challenge for the lead for the first time.

 

The first attempt was unsuccessful as Cornell held his ground on the top and defended his spot as the field raced back into Turn 1. Gordon attempted another side job from down low and stuck it; Ivey diamonded-off the corner and got a great run to the low side as they raced three-wide into Turn 3. Ivey threw a big slide job of his own in a bid for the lead but made contact with Cornell and the outside wall, which opened the door for Gordon down low as he shot to the lead on lap 17.

 

“On that restart, I guess you could say I got bullied, I don’t know. I kinda got a dirty slider thrown on me there,” Cornell said of the view from his virtual cockpit on the restart.

 

From there, Flash held onto the lead through the next restart, showing terrific speed and car control on the top side of The Big E. Ivey gave chase to Gordon as the laps clicked off, and Cornell was able to recover from his earlier brush with Ivey and the wall to reclaim third. The leaders stayed idle in their track position as Gordon rounded Turn 4 to get the white flag, when it was suddenly replaced with a yellow.

 

Gordon nailed the first lap of the ensuing green-white-checkered finish, staying smooth on the very top side of the track to keep his speed up. But right behind him was a hungry Ivey, who hadn’t seen World of Outlaws Invitational Victory Lane since April 1. He scraped the entire length of Eldora’s Turn 4 wall as they crossed the line to collect the white flag and was right on Gordon’s bumper through Turns 1 and 2.

 

Gordon pushed way up the track and into the wall out of Turn 2 as Ivey flew by underneath, making contact and rebounding Gordon off the wall as they dove into Turn 3 for the final time. Gordon, now on the low side, threw a big slide job in a last-ditch effort for the win, but was unsuccessful. Ivey bounced his #88 off the Turn 3 wall and turned back down underneath Gordon to cross the finish line first — a tremendous finish by the real-life Super Late Model pilots.

 

“I’ve been to Eldora once in my life, once in a Super [Late Model], so I don’t have much experience here in the game or in real-life,” Ivey said after the race. “But it was crazy running around the top here. You see it all the time, you see Bobby [Pierce], you see [Jonathan] Davenport, all of them running around the top. I just knew that was the only place I was going to be able to do it. I stayed with it, stayed on it, and thankful Corey made one little slip-up.”

 

Cornell arguably had the best view of the finish out of anyone as he crossed the stripe just a few car-lengths behind the leaders. This now gives him a total of five top-three finishes without a single victory to show for it, but the young Missourian was content after yet another third-place run.

 

“Story of my whole World of Outlaws iRacing career, I guess,” Cornell lightheartedly said in the Morton Buildings post-race interview. “I can’t seem to win one for some reason.”

 

Pierce, a three-time DIRTcar National Late Model champion from Illinois with an impeccable record at Eldora, finished fourth, showcasing his steady rise in virtual racing, too.

 

“That was the best I’ve done on iRacing and this was probably the track I’ve practiced the least on,” said Pierce, who won the prestigious World 100 in 2016 at Eldora. “It was a lot of fun racing all those guys. I didn’t expect a top-five, for sure. … I don’t really consider myself an iRacer yet, but if we could somehow pull off a ‘W’ Tuesday night on CBS that would probably take a lot of luck.”

 

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing Invitational; April 27, 2020; Virtual Eldora Speedway

 

Morton Buildings Feature (34 laps) — 1. 88-Trent Ivey [3] [$1,000]; 2. 000-Corey Gordon [2]; 3. 50-Kaeden Cornell [1]; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce [5]; 5. 01-Logan Seavey [9]; 6. 06-Nick Stroupe [13]; 7. 96-Mike McKinney [6]; 8. 99-Matty Watkins [11]; 9. 018-Anthony Perrego [23]; 10. 43-Garrett Alberson [17]; 11. 999-Kyle Hardy [10]; 12. 039-Austin Yarbrough [19]; 13. 001-Matthew Logan [18]; 14. 29-Ethan Toedter [16]; 15. 089-Mike Spatola [7]; 16. 28-Sam Mars [24]; 17. 121-Michael Hensley [12]; 18. 2-Carson Macedo [22]; 19. 011-Gordy Gundaker [15]; 20. 12-Ashton Winger [8]; 21. 14-Tyler Clem [14]; 22. 95-Robbie Kendall [4]; 23. 55-Chris Hile [21]; 24. 015-Matt Shannon [20]. Lap leaders: Kaeden Cornell 1-17; Corey Gordon 18-33; Trent Ivey 34. Penske Racing Shocks Hard Charger:Anthony Perrego +14.

 

Racing Electronics Qualifying — 1. 50-Kaeden Cornell [16.445]; 2. 000-Corey Gordon [16.592]; 3. 88-Trent Ivey [16.594]; 4. 01-Logan Seavey [16.610]; 5. 999-Kyle Hardy [16.630]; 6. 96-Mike McKinney [16.648]; 7. 089-Mike Spatola [16.695]; 8. 12-Ashton Winger [16.701]; 9. 66-Matt Cosner [16.707]; 10. 011-Gordy Gundaker [16.798]; 11. 99-Matty Watkins [16.813]; 12. 47-Eric Riggins [16.823]; 13. 015-Matt Shannon [16.828]; 14. 39-Kevin Swindell [16.829]; 15. 118-David Seibers [16.840]; 16. 001-Matthew Logan [16.844]; 17. 43-Garrett Alberson [16.862]; 18. 06-Nick Stroupe [16.870]; 19. 14-Tyler Clem [16.877]; 20. 32-Bobby Pierce [16.881]; 21. 29-Ethan Toedter [16.890]; 22. 005-Chase Briscoe [16.891]; 23. 012-Jeff Curl [16.893]; 24. 95-Robbie Kendall [16.905]; 25. 018-Anthony Perrego [16.957]; 26. 07-Drake Troutman [16.966]; 27. 2-Carson Macedo [16.976]; 28. 71-Cruz Pedregon [16.982]; 29. 08-Timothy Culp [17.002]; 30. 1-Brandon Sheppard [17.011]; 31. 10-Matt Dooley [17.070]; 32. 121-Michael Hensley [17.087]; 33. 55-Chris Hile [17.092]; 34. 555-Adam Logan [17.094]; 35. 010-Dalton Polston [17.185]; 36. 7-Justin Allgaier [17.203]; 37. 18-Eric Wells [17.211]; 38. 76-Andrew Haus [17.213]; 39. 35-Mike Mahaney [17.266]; 40. 099-Larry Wight [17.288]; 41. 055-Benji Hicks [17.364]; 42. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17.385]; 43. 039-Austin Yarbrough [17.393]; 44. 49-Jake Timm [17.553]; 45. 6-Parker Martin [17.626]; 46. 28-Sam Mars [NT]; 47. 0-Scott Bloomquist [NT]; 48. 9-Devin Moran [NT].

 

Drydene Heat #1 (10 laps) — Top 3 Transfer — 1. 50-Kaeden Cornell [1]; 2. 96-Mike McKinney [2]; 3. 99-Matty Watkins [3]; 4. 29-Ethan Toedter [5]; 5. 001-Matthew Logan [4]; 6. 07-Drake Troutman [6]; 7. 10-Matt Dooley [7]; 8. 28-Sam Mars [10]; 9. 7-Justin Allgaier [8]; 10. 055-Benji Hicks [9].

 

EZ-GO Heat #2 (10 laps) — Top 3 Transfer — 1. 000-Corey Gordon [1]; 2. 089-Mike Spatola [2]; 3. 121-Michael Hensley [7]; 4. 43-Garrett Alberson [4]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [6]; 6. 005-Chase Briscoe [5]; 7. 0-Scott Bloomquist [10]; 8. 18-Eric Wells [8]; 9. 111-Demetrios Drellos [9]; 10. 47-Eric Riggins [3].

 

COMP Cams Heat #3 (10 laps) — Top 3 Transfer — 1. 88-Trent Ivey [1]; 2. 12-Ashton Winger [2]; 3. 06-Nick Stroupe [4]; 4. 55-Chris Hile [7]; 5. 015-Matt Shannon [3]; 6. 039-Austin Yarbrough [9]; 7. 9-Devin Moran [10]; 8. 76-Andrew Haus [8]; 9. 71-Cruz Pedregon [6]; 10. 012-Jeff Curl [5].

 

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat #4 (10 laps) — Top 3 Transfer — 1. 95-Robbie Kendall [5]; 2. 01-Logan Seavey [1]; 3. 14-Tyler Clem [4]; 4. 66-Matt Cosner [2]; 5. 49-Jake Timm [9]; 6. 35-Mike Mahaney [8]; 7. 08-Timothy Culp [6]; 8. 39-Kevin Swindell [3]; 9. 555-Adam Logan [7].

 

ARP Fasteners Heat #5 (10 laps) — Top 3 Transfer — 1. 32-Bobby Pierce [4]; 2. 999-Kyle Hardy [1]; 3. 011-Gordy Gundaker [2]; 4. 018-Anthony Perrego [5]; 5. 118-David Seibers [3]; 6. 010-Dalton Polston [7]; 7. 1-Brandon Sheppard [6]; 8. 6-Parker Martin [9]; 9. 099-Larry Wight [8].

 

FVP Batteries Last Chance Showdown #1 (12 laps) — Top 3 Transfer — 1. 29-Ethan Toedter [1]; 2. 039-Austin Yarbrough [5]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [3]; 4. 66-Matt Cosner [2]; 5. 118-David Seibers [4]; 6. 08-Timothy Culp [7]; 7. 18-Eric Wells [8]; 8. 10-Matt Dooley [6]; 9. 71-Cruz Pedregon [10]; 10. 6-Parker Martin [9]; 11. 055-Benji Hicks [11].

 

VP Racing Fuels Last Chance Showdown #2 (12 laps) — Top 3 Transfer — 1. 43-Garrett Alberson [1]; 2. 015-Matt Shannon [3]; 3. 018-Anthony Perrego [2]; 4. 35-Mike Mahaney [5]; 5. 47-Eric Riggins [11]; 6. 1-Brandon Sheppard [7]; 7. 07-Drake Troutman [4]; 8. 7-Justin Allgaier [9]; 9. 0-Scott Bloomquist [6]; 10. 76-Andrew Haus [8]; 11. 555-Adam Logan [10].

 

Wrisco Last Chance Showdown #3 (12 laps) — Top 3 Transfer — 1. 001-Matthew Logan [2]; 2. 55-Chris Hile [1]; 3. 28-Sam Mars [7]; 4. 39-Kevin Swindell [8]; 5. 005-Chase Briscoe [4]; 6. 010-Dalton Polston [5]; 7. 9-Devin Moran [6]; 8. 012-Jeff Curl [11]; 9. 111-Demetrios Drellos [9]; 10. 49-Jake Timm [3]; 11. 099-Larry Wight [10]

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Drydene (Official Motor Oil), E-Z-GO Golf Carts (Official Golf Cart) Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ARP Automotive Racing Products, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, DART, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

 

-World of Outlaws Press Release

-Photo credit: Chris Owens

WoO Late Models at Eldora Ends in Last-Lap Battle