Community Updates: Race Weekend at Kansas Speedway

Community Updates: Race Weekend at Kansas Speedway

May 29, 2024

Pioneers fans,
May is flying by, and the Pioneers have had a busy month. Between in-person activations and regular-season competition, we continue to find opportunities to connect with fans locally and globally. Below are the Pioneers' recent highlights since the last newsletter:

  • eNASCAR Race Weekend at Kansas Speedway Recap

  • Pioneers Take on Talladega Superspeedway

  • QuikTrip Pioneers Navigate RLCS Open Qualifier 4

Recap: eNASCAR Race Weekend at Kansas Speedway 

The eNASCAR Race Weekend at Kansas Speedway brought together racing fans and gaming enthusiasts for an unforgettable experience at one of motorsport's most iconic venues. Featuring the Pioneers alongside eNASCAR and Kansas Speedway, the event showcased the exciting intersection of esports and traditional racing.

Throughout the weekend, attendees had the opportunity to meet their favorite eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series drivers, including the Pioneers' own Wyatt Tinsley and Graham Bowlin. Wyatt and Graham participated in a lively Q&A session on Saturday morning, giving fans insight into the world of professional sim racing and sharing their experiences in the sport.

For those eager to test their skills on the racing simulator, Wyatt and Graham provided on-site coaching, offering valuable tips and advice to aspiring racers. Attendees also had the chance to get up close and personal with the pros during autograph sessions, creating memorable moments for fans of all ages.

The event was a fantastic showcase of iRacing and NASCAR, highlighting the excitement and adrenaline of competitive racing in both the virtual and real worlds. From thrilling races to engaging activities, the eNASCAR Race Weekend at Kansas Speedway was a testament to the growing popularity of esports and its impact on the world of motorsports.

As we look back on this incredible weekend, we thank everyone who joined us and made the event a success. Stay tuned for future events and opportunities to experience the thrill of racing with the Pioneers. Until then, keep your eyes on the track and your passion for racing alive!

iRacing x Talladega Superspeedway 

Wyatt Tinsley and Graham Bowlin, the Pioneers eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series drivers, placed 21st and 26th on May 5 at the Talladega Superspeedway. So far, Tinsley is ranked 18th, and Bowlin is ranked 26th among the top 40 iRacing drivers in this season's competition. Their combined rank puts the Pioneers in 10th place of the 20 teams competing this season. 

For fans who missed the race, click here to watch the event replay. The pros' next race will be held at the virtual Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21 at 7:00 pm CST. Tune in to NASCAR's TwitchYouTube, or Facebook channels to watch the competition. 

Pioneers Shine in Oceania Open Qualifier 4

The QuikTrip Pioneers Rocket League team displayed their competitive strength in the Oceania Open Qualifier 4, held from April 27 to May 5. With a renewed roster and determined gameplay, the Pioneers delivered a standout performance, securing a spot in the top 4 and maintaining their quest for RLCS success.

In the Swiss stage, the Pioneers dominated their opponents, including a remarkable sweep against Ginji and a hard-fought victory against the Gremlins. Led by Superlachie's stellar five-goal game in game four, the QuikTrip Pioneers showcased their offensive skills and secured crucial wins to advance to the Playoff stage.

In the Playoffs, the Quiktrip Pioneers continued their impressive run, sweeping FIZ6 Gaming in a commanding fashion. However, their matchup against former number 1 seed PWR proved to be a challenging test. Despite a valiant effort and a strong start, the Pioneers narrowly missed out on advancing to the Grand Finals, concluding the Open Qualifier with a top 4 finish.

With 12 RLCS points secured, the Pioneers are tied for 3rd place in the standings in the Oceania region. As they navigate the Open Qualifier 5 this week, the team is focused on securing a top-2 finish to qualify for the RLCS 2024 Major 2 in London this June. Stay tuned for more thrilling matches from the QuikTrip Pioneers Rocket League team as they continue their pursuit of RLCS glory.