We are now one-third of the way into the first season of SCOR. The cream is starting to rise to the top, but there’s still plenty of time for twists, turns, and drama. It’s time to start off the new week right as we head into the thick of the season.
No Quarter: Needless to say, this week’s race at Slinger Speedway was, for lack of a better term, a shitshow. Some would even go as far as to call it a clusterfuck.
As a rule of thumb, the quarter-mile bullrings have been problematic during Season 1. After some more behind-the-scenes testing, it is rather likely that many of those tracks will not return to the STSC slate in Season 2. While there will be some “smaller” tracks (testing has gone fine thus far on tracks in the 1/3 to 3/8-mile range, for example), the ¼ mile tracks have proven just too hectic, by and large.
While the 15-year-old sim we use may have its limitations, which reared its ugly head at Slinger, the overwhelming positive is its modding opportunities. Thanks to a passionate community of race fans (and 15 years of work), the list of short tracks at our disposal to flesh out the STSC schedule is almost endless. Seriously. Take a look at this list from a “one-stop-shop” database with links to downloads. THIS IS JUST THE SHORT TRACK LIST.
So while there is some disappointment to see those tracks go, we are very excited to see which new tracks will be coming to the table, and look forward to testing them and sharing next year’s schedule when the time comes.
Worldwide Attraction: First, shoutout to Zoone for putting these maps together.
I always find it interesting in these leagues to see where people list as their birthplace, especially since you can choose to live any life far more exciting than your own. So far, we haven’t disappointed, with a cast of drivers literally scattered across the globe.
Naturally – especially for a stock car league – there is a large North American presence. But there is also representation from Chile (Alexis Rodrigo), Australia (Bobby Watson and Julia O’Sullivan), and Japan (Seiji Kaetsu).
There is also a solid level of participation from Europe, as highlighted here. One of our top ten drivers in points as of this writing, Jean Girard, is French. Both Wes Winston and Jasper Clayton hail from England, while Russia, Latvia, and Austria are also represented (Dmitry Nagiev, Leonid Yakubovich, Niki Lauda, Jr., . This map also doesn’t include Ivars Braze and Pushkin, whose hometowns are simply listed as “Latvia” and “Russia.”
Meanwhile, our North American representation actually is pretty well balanced across the continent. Title contender Luis Cabrera Perez is from Mexico, as well as Juan Deag. Canadians include Oats, Dayymo Wert, Alex Light, and Robert Phelps.
In the United States, every region except the Pacific Northwest is represented. Joe Trickle leads the Midwest representation out of Wisconsin, while points leader Kurt Gunnabee is from Sandwich, Massachusetts. Michael Mahoney comes from the Mile High City of Denver, while the Gulf Coast features drivers such as Kevin Keselowski, Wooba Bally, and Tilly Tamburlaine. The Eastern Seaboard gives us Jack Stevens, Crash Bandicoot, Harvey Bakerfield, and Charlotte Bowey, while Chris Crutchfield, Adderall Allmendinger, and Cody Ghostspeed are representing the left coast. It’s quite an interesting mix.
Progress Report: While nobody commented with questions after last week’s From the Tower, Zoone did toss a couple of questions my way to answer.