It was a week of short track racing across SCOR, as the NSRS visited Bristol and Richmond while STSC maintained its diet of short tracks at South Boston and Evergreen. Here is a look at those races.
Yelkrab Charges to South Boston Win: Kire Yelkrab qualified 56th out of 58 STSC competitors at South Boston Speedway. That didn’t stop him from winning the race, charging through the B-Main field and then taking the checkered flag first in the main event.
Yelkrab was the third-place finisher in the 30-lap B-Main after starting 22nd of 24 cars, then raced his way through the A-Main to lead the last six laps and take the win.
Cooter Bigsby finished second, while Rick James settled for third after leading 57 laps after starting on the pole. Spark Spencer III, who also joined the A-Main after transferring from the B, finished fourth, with Carl Downey finished fifth.
Lights Out Performance at Thunder Valley: Alex Light picked up his first win in a SCOR-sanctioned race when he took the checkered flag in the NSRS event at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Light held off a hard-charging Charlotte Bowey in the closing laps, winning by two seconds. Bowey had pitted for tires during the final caution period of the race and was closing on Light, but ran out of time and laps to complete the rally.
Tilly Tamburlaine finished third, with Borsepher NaNa and Mike Molholt finishing fourth and fifth. For NaNa and Molholt, this was their first top-five finishes of the season.
Several top competitiors, including Season 1 STSC champion Danny Vandoorne, three-time NSRS race winner Kevin Keselowski, and Mid-Ohio winner Robert Phelps, were taken out in several incidents which dominated the race, as expected when SCOR visits Bristol.
Bigsby Returns to Victory Lane: Cooter Bigsby was victorious in the STSC’s trip to Evergreen Speedway, his second win of Season 2. Bigbsy led 26 of 60 laps, beating Carl Downey by 1.95 seconds.
With that, Bigsby and Downey are now tied atop the STSC points standings, with 556 points apiece.
Spark Spencer III rounded out the podium, with Rick James finishing fourth and Kire Yelkrab completing the top five. Spencer had started on the pole and led 32 laps in the caution-free race.
Vandoorne Rebounds in Richmond: After an early exit in Bristol, Danny Vandoorne bounced back with a win at Richmond Raceway.
Vandoorne dominated the race, leading all but one lap out of the 120 trips around the 0.750-mile oval. Even a late caution was not enough to provide anyone a chance to challenge Vandoorne for the win.
Kurt Gunnabee finished second, his best finish of Season 2. Tigole Bitties was third, followed by Tilly Tamburlaine and Kevin Keselowski. Somewhere along the way Joe Trickle wrecked about 17 different people and Charlotte Bowey suffered her 27th camshaft failure of her career, because the sim is oddly specific and also can’t help itself from making a good dick joke when it has the chance.
Tamburlaine now leads Alex Light by 52 points in the NSRS standings, after Light was bounced with a camshaft failure of his own on lap 66. Keselowski is third in points, followed by Gunnabee and Bowey.