iRacing WoO Late Models: Logan Rumsey scores first career win at Knoxville

Justin Melillo
In the fifth race of the 2023 iRacing World of Outlaws Late Model championship, Logan Rumsey scored a maiden victory at Knoxville and moves into second in the championship battle.

In the first four races of the 2023 iRacing World of Outlaws Buttkicker Late Model Series season, it’s been all Evan Seay and Blake Matjoulis. Knoxville, the fifth race of the season would end up as the first major shakeup to the norm with a new winner, controversy and the stage now set for a spicy second half of the calendar.

Just a few of the storylines included there being a new winner in Logan Rumsey, physically taking his first career win from the grasp of Evan Seay in the closing laps. There was also a huge shakeup towards the top of the standings with Blake Matjoulis failing to make the Feature, losing 70 points to the leader, Seay.

Matjoulis wasn’t the only driver to miss the main event for the first time either. Knoxville truly shook up the status quo as the series enters its mid point with five races to go to determine the 2023 championship.

Heat Races

All four heat races would not be so cut and dry this time around. In previous weeks, merely qualifying inside the Top 16 meant a Top 4 starting spot and finish in the respective Heat. This week, every single Heat had a driver outside the transfer at start drive their way into the Feature.

This was all behind the four winners who all were able to win from the Heat pole position. Logan Rumsey put down the quick time by a mere 0.002 seconds over Evan Seay, which meant both would start their respective heats out front, and after winning, would be starting from the Feature front row.

JD Brown and Dezmond Busby took Heats 3 and 4, and while names like Tanner Tomasi, Jesse Wall, Cameron Cason, Logan Herbert and Landon Francis all raced their way in after starting outside the transfer, names like Talan Willis, Dylonn Fox, Barrett Bishop, Dylan Yeager, and two-time winner this season, Blake Matjoulis, on the outside needing a big race in the LCQs.

Feature advancements via Knoxville Raceway Heats

1Logan RumseyEvan SeayJD BrownDezmond Busby
2Tanner TomasiChase HardyMike AugustineChase Barbara
3Kendal TuckerRobbie Buchanan JrDamian KieferLogan Herbert
4James EdensJesse WallCameron CasonLandon Francis


Dylan Wilson took the green for the first LCQ race, but behind him, the battle for second was heated. Once the dirt had settled, Kaden Honeycutt found himself in position, but Talan Willis was hot on his tail. In the final laps, Willis looked inside and moved Honeycutt out of the line, but Honeycutt fought back and took the transfer spot.

For the second and final LCQ, Nathan Waddell and Travis StClair were able to break away while Colton Zimmer and Matjoulis emerged from the carnage behind in the opening corner.

Zimmer and Matjoulis were able to track down StClair and contact was made. StClair held on as Zimmer fell back. Matjoulis recovered for third but his evening would end early as he would not transfer to the main.

1Dylan WilsonNathan R Waddell
2Kaden HoneycuttTravis StClair


Rumsey opened the race with precision as he took control from Seay and led the opening eight laps. Not to be denied, Seay was able to work him over for the lead and began a tear from the ninth lap onward.

With a clean and green race early on, Seay was able to pull out to a lead of nearly two seconds. It seemed as if Rumsey just didn’t have the long pace, but the tables turned when the caution flew on lap 36.

A massive shunt took out a trio of Logan Herbert, Damian Kiefer and Nathan Waddell, and it also closed the field right back up. There was another immediate caution on the following restart that took JD Brown out of contention, but when the green flew for the final time, Rumsey was back on it.

For laps, Rumsey would stick it low on Seay, washing up and leaning on the defending champion. Finally, push came to shove as with nine laps to go, Rumsey leaned too hard, sending Seay out of the way. Chase Hardy pounced and took the runner-up spot as well, but Rumsey would score his first win as a result.

WoO LM Race #5 – Knoxville Raceway Feature Top 10 Results

1141Logan Rumsey50 LAPS1778
2699Chase Hardy+1.212 secs074
3233Evan Seay+1.907 secs3172
41780Dylan Wilson+1.914 secs065
559Tanner Tomasi+2.301 secs065
6719Mike Augustine+2.963 secs062
7823Chase Barbara+3.259 secs059
81936Kaden Honeycutt+3.372 secs052
9900Kendal Tucker+3.373 secs052
10142Jesse Wall+4.068 secs048

Points Standings following Race #5 – Knoxville Raceway

133Evan Seay376LEADER2
241Logan Rumsey318-581
300Kendal Tucker303-730
4127Blake Matjoulis298-782
580Dylan Wilson282-940
652James Edens266-1100
723Chase Barbara248-1280
83Barrett Bishop238-1380
914JD Brown226-1500
1082Desmond Busby190-1860

Next up: I-55

The sixth race of the 2023 season will take the Late Model World of Outlaws tour to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, a race that was won by Blake Matjoulis in the inaugural event last season.

Matjoulis is now in recovery mode due to falling down to fourth in the championship. We’ve seen that he’s been capable of winning just about every race, but will that even be enough to catch and pass the consistent and dominant Seay?

Things will kick off at 9:00 pm ET with the call from Tim Terry and Terry Radford, broadcasted live on DIRTvision or on the iRacing social channels.

2023 Schedule

110th JulyVolusia Speedway Park
217th JulyFairbury Speedway
324th JulyCedar Lake Speedway
431st JulyPort Royal Speedway
57th AugustKnoxville Raceway
614th AugustFederated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
721st AugustWilliams Grove Speedway
828th AugustEldora Speedway
911th SeptemberLincoln Speedway
1018th SeptemberThe Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
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