As the two SCOR-sanctioned auto racing series close in on their respective halfway marks, an interesting development has occurred. The Short Track Simulation Circuit (STSC), typically the proving ground of young, up-and-coming racers, is being dominated by a season veteran enjoying a breakthrough season. Meanwhile, a rookie has quickly adapted to the National Simulation Racing Series (NSRS) ranks to take it to the proven stars and surge to that tour’s points lead.
Through eight STSC races, Rick James is putting together the most dominant season we’ve seen under a SCOR banner. After winning just one race (at Bristol in Season 2) during the first two seasons on the STSC campaign, James has exploded onto the scene this year. James has won five of the first eight races of Season 3.
To add to the dominance, James has been in contention for the win in every race this season. In two of the three races he didn’t win, James finished third, with Drunk Tuck winning the season opener at Martinsville and Yuno Wozy winning at Bristol. During the STSC’s first trip to North Wilkesboro, James led the first 30 laps from the pole before a transmission failure prematurely ended his race near the halfway mark.
James’ next win, which will almost certainly come at some point in the second half of the season, will tie the season record for wins in a season (and break the record for most career STSC wins), as Spark Spencer III won six races during his Season 2 championship campaign. Spencer has taken those winning ways with him into Season 3, as he has been a surprising force in the NSRS.
Spencer hasn’t been as dominant in the NSRS, facing stiffer competition where six different drivers have won the first seven races of Season 3. However, his consistency has been deadly, finishing in the top ten in every race thus far with five top-five finishes to boot.
As a result, Spencer leads Tigole Bitties by 61 points, and the duo have a gap of more than 70 points over third-place Kurt Gunnabee.
Spencer’s performance has been a surprise to many, as the rookie has immediately acclimated himself to what is currently the top SCOR-sanctioned series. Other drivers have more experience and success, but Spencer has proven he can compete with the best of them.
Alex Light is the only driver with two wins in NSRS this season. He is seventh in points but I’m including this bit at the end as an excuse to include the screenshot of him winning at Bristol for the featured image.