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Josh Buckman (16) leads Douglas Lemire (3) and others towards Turn One.

A new season is upon us on the service and that means thousands of drivers with many great opportunities. Some drivers hope of taking their Silverado to victory lane as many times as possible, while others search for top five finishes. However, there are a select few who look to leave the ultimate mark and win the Season One championship. Nearly 850 sim racers took the green flag during Week One of the NASCAR Class C Series (open setup) at Kentucky Speedway located in Sparta, Kentucky. The 1.5-mile D-shaped oval is unlike many other speedways on the NASCAR circuit. Its bumps and abrasive surface cause havoc for many drivers, making this racing venue a favorite for those who love a challenge and the least favorite for others.

Texan sim racer Alex Scribner got off to the best start of anybody for the week. He took the checkered flag in the 3384 Strength of Field by 0.264 seconds over Carl Taylor (Mid-South) after leading 17 of the race’s 70 laps. Third place finisher Garrett Dorsey (Pennsylvania) led the most laps with 22 after starting from the 10th position. Nelson Rivera (New York) started in the third position, led 14 laps, and also turned the fastest lap of the race before finishing fourth. Second place qualifier Nick Neben (Plains) brought his NRT Game Servers Silverado home in the fifth position after leading four circuits around the speedway.

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Close racing into Turn Three.

By earning the victory in the week’s high Strength of Field event, Scribner amassed the most championship points for the week with 209 after making three starts and finishing in the top five in each of those events. Kyle Crump (Michigan) made the most of his one start during the week by taking the checkered flag first. Even with that victory, he was not quite able to outdo Scriber’s efforts, earning 208 points compared to Scribner’s 209. Greg McKinney (Carolina) competed in three events during Week One, finishing in the top five one time and earning 196 championship points. Season Four 2012 champion Kenny Humpe (Ohio) began defense of his championship by finishing fourth overall for the week. Humpe made 14 starts during the week, earning nine victories and scoring 186 points. The remaining spot in the top five goes to Mickey Tuttle (Carolina) after making just one start and finishing third, earning 184 points.

With Kentucky being one of the widest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, qualifying is not as important as it is for some other tracks, but that didn’t stop many of the top sim racers from taking shots at each other in attempt to be the top dog. Brian Viola (Mid-South) ended the week in the top position with a time of 31.444 seconds. Taylor had a week full of seconds. He finished in second place during the week’s high SoF event, and the followed it up with a second place overall qualifying effort with a time of 31.459 seconds. Humpe continued where he left off in Season Four with another top five qualifying effort, this time finishing in the third position with a time of 31.469 seconds. New York native Tom Moustakas finished in the fourth position with a time of 31.472 seconds and rounding out the top five was Victor Vollrath (Indiana) who turned a time of 31.477 seconds.

Week Two of the season takes the green next week at The Lady in Black (Darlington Raceway). Come back next week to see who has been able to tame The Lady and who it chewed up and spit out.

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