As the green flag dropped on the testing sessions for SCOR, the racing finally kicked off. Weeks of preparation and anticipation finally paid off for some as the mere ability to drive in circles again relieved many.
“It was good to see a solid field out there today on the track. It has almost been one full calendar year since we last had much to cheer about, but people are excited again.” CEO of Operations Trent Kvapil outlined.
“Really our focus is providing an experience, providing competition and most of all… camaraderie. With our new cars and new builds, it will be interesting to see the racing teams come together. It is a new facet to the system that we are going to have fun with.”
Meanwhile on the track the racing kicked off with more drama in the early practice session than anything in either two races. The jitters were felt often as the drivers took hot laps for the first time this season. Jamey Simpleton (#2 Valvoline) ended up on his lid in turn 3, which led to a multiple car pile up and moving many garages to prepare a backup car for the night of racing.
In the first race, the field traveled to Bull Ring West for a 20-lap dash. Kurt Gunnabee (#78 Bass Pro) collected the pole for the first race with Johnson Carlson (#36 Vortex Racing) to the outside. After leading the first seven laps, Gunnabee succumbed to the pressure and wound up falling to 21st position in what was probably the most disappointing finish of the day.
On the flip side, it would be Carlson who would overtake the lead on Lap 8 and never look back winning by a five second margin over the field. Jeff Downey (#94 John Deere), Selachii Ray (#23 Dicks Sporting Goods), Jean Girard (#31 Jaegermeister) and Eoin Morgan (#43 Captain Morgan) that would round out the top five for the night.
For the second race of the night, it would be General Disarray (#92 Comedy Central) that would run the fast lap of qualifying and sit on the inside of row one. With little to no competition, the General would go flag to flag leading every lap of the pre-season event. With little movement throughout much of the race Sosuke Murimoto (#90 Nintendo), Fabio Kijek (#72 Trim Spa), Michael Orion (#44 Cartoon Network) and Cleon Funderbuck (#8 Rust-eze) rounded out the top five of race two.
Tuesday night will see the top tier travel to Bristol Speedway for a 50 lap event and a chance to test the pit crews as the regular season nears. Drivers continue to flood the circuit and are still accepting entrances up until August 4th. Interested? Check out information at https://sportssimnetwork.com/forum/