David Seibers took advantage of a last-minute opportunity Friday night to claim the Lucas Oil Esports victory at virtual Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in the Super Clean Late Model Nationals presented by OPTIMA Batteries. The race was an iRacing platform event featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS), and was broadcast live on Facebook.
Seibers did not transfer from Thursday’s “Open” race, which moved real-world racers not yet locked in to the following day’s event. Yet, when a locked-in driver declared he couldn’t compete due to work obligations on Friday, Seibers jumped at the opportunity, the spot given to him due to the fact that he competed during the Georgia/Florida Speedweeks which opened the 2020 season.
Tennessee’s Seibers was blasted by Corey Gordon during a restart late in the 75-lap main event but was able to retake the lead before the final lap and cruise to victory. However, it was late contact with teenager Kaeden Cornell that was still on his mind in the virtual victory lane.
“My heart was pumping,” said an elated Seibers, who is also the 2019 Mid America Racing Series champion. “I was hoping to get a caution at the end, and then me and Cornell got into that. I apologize for that, but it was a fun race.
“It was hard. I had to work the gas and the brake (running the high line around Kokomo Speedway). Once you get in the wall, it sucks you into it and you have to turn off of it.
“This is a fun bullring,” Seibers continued. “(It’s) very exciting to be part of this. Hopefully, we’ll get back to real racing soon.”
Kaeden Cornell, who competes in a partial Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association Series, rebounded to finish second.
“I ain’t gonna lie; I was pretty mad. I didn’t care where I had to run; I just had to go where they weren’t,” Cornell said. “It was fast, but I guess that ol’ boy just decided to turn me around.
“It just wasn’t our night, but hopefully, we’ll get to do it again.”
Justin Allgaier, who drives for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, finished 15th.
“I had a blast. I hope everyone tuning in at home enjoyed it as well,” said Allgaier, who has roots in dirt track racing. “I got banged up more than I thought I was going to. We can’t wait to get back to making laps at the real track, but to get to do this tonight is really, really cool. I took Ross Bailes’ spot, so hopefully, I didn’t let him down.
“I have a ton of respect for the dirt late model racers,” added Allgaier. “For me to come in tonight and try to mix it up with these guys is awesome. I think at one time I was three-wide with B-Shep (Brandon Sheppard – current LOLMDS point leader) and Jonathan Davenport (defending LOLMDS champion), and nowhere in the United States on a given weekend would I be able to do that.”
Some of the best LOLMDS drivers in America will race with Lucas Oil Eports again this Friday, April 24, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on the iRacing platform.
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