I recently saw a post in the iRacing Forums in which a member was looking for the “Original Super Late Model setup for USA Speedway.” I told him that the setup is called Lakeland. Apparently he had another setup he was working on and he saved it, overwriting his original setup for USA International Speedway, so there was really no way to help him. And so it begins.
Another member posted a setup for the car and track. Unfortunately that setup was made last season. Something changed this season and the setup was not very good in long runs, as someone else promptly pointed out. The same person who pointed it out then asked me if I had tried the setup that was posted above. I told him I had not tried it.
Call me suspicious, even call me paranoid if you want to. I’ve been called worse things. I immediately became suspicious of the direction that this thread was taking at that point. Why? Mostly because the poster of the first post, let’s call him Account Two, is beginning to praise the member who posted the setup in this thread, whom I’ll call Account One. It is faint praise, but it just looked slightly odd to me.
I should also point out that Account One (the “pretty popular fella”) has publicly attacked my setups in the past even though he has never downloaded a setup from my website. Actually, Account One attacked a setup that, according to his claim, someone else sent him to work on, telling him that it was my setup. Now, if we are to believe any of that, maybe it was my setup, maybe it wasn’t. Maybe it started out as my setup and whoever sent it to him had changed it all around. Who knows?
Then came the next post, and my suspicions increased as Account Two continued to praise Account One, yet not too obviously.
At that point I was pretty suspicious, but no big deal. What do I care right? But, as you will soon see, I have good reason to believe that Account One has a hidden agenda, or, as they say, an axe to grind.
So I started looking at recent downloads from this site and I saw people downloading old Super Late Model setups for USA International Speedway. With that in mind, and the fact that Mike Budzien has retired his SLM setup thread (as far as I know) and the fact that the thread I’m now discussing exists, I started to feel bad for the SLM community. Guys were looking for setups and there was really nothing good to be found. I looked around in all the old familiar places and I didn’t see anything new for the Asphalt Super Late Model. So, even though I don’t even run asphalt any more, I put together a quick Asphalt Super Late Model setup for USA International Speedway and put it on the site, then posted the link in the forum. I think the setup is okay. It will turn at least, but might be a little loose for some drivers.
Of course, Account One was soon back on the scene.
Then Account Two chimed in.
Now it starts to get funny.
- It has now been days since Account One said, “The new setup I posted on setup sync is much much better.” Anyone can look at setup sync, so I did.
Not only is Account One’s setup not there, there are no setups for the Asphalt Super Late Model for 2018 Season 2 whatsoever. I wonder how Account Two found Account One’s setup on the service?
- Account One and Account Two live in the same town! What are the odds?! Sorry, I just don’t believe in coincidences.
- Account One and Account Two give the appearance of not knowing each other, yet they have “teamed up” and agreed on other issues in the iRacing forums before, as anyone can see with a basic forum search. In all cases to date, neither one of them has indicated that they know each other, but it’s obvious that there is more beneath the surface. Account Two said, “I tried sending him a message but his inbox is full. He must be a pretty popular fella.” This would lead any reasonable person to believe that Account Two doesn’t know Account One, but the contrary is obvious, even if all you look at are the screenshots I have posted above. A prime example is when Account Two proposed a Season 2 schedule for the iRacing National Series (D Class) just one day after joining iRacing, while he was still a Rookie. Account One quickly agreed and supported the proposed schedule. This is not impossible, but it is not something that any reasonable person would believe. Rookies don’t usually propose schedules as they aren’t really that familiar with iRacing one day after joining and are ineligible for and have never run the series for which they are proposing the schedule. It’s just too far fetched.
- Account two said, “Wish I would of had it for my league race.” League race results appear in Hosted results on iRacing. There is no record of Account Two running any hosted race in the Super Late Model at any track. The only record shows him running one hosted race during his short time on iRacing, that one in the Asphalt Street Stock Car at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Click that to check out some of the new Street Stock setups I have for the big oval at Charlotte).
So there you have it. The reader can draw his or her own conclusions about these two accounts. It will be interesting to watch and see if they now attempt to cover their tracks. I just had to laugh at this obvious yet feeble attempt to steer traffic away from my site and direct iRacing members to setup sync. Most people know about OSRacing.net and most also know about setup sync, so it seems like a lot of trouble to accomplish little or nothing. OSRacing.net has advantages over setup sync that are pretty obvious. The most glaring advantage being that proper credit is always given to the setup builder as long as I am given the correct information by my sources.
My setups and my website have not been publicly attacked in the forum often, but it does happen. The attacks run the gamut from the feeble to the ridiculous. This particular attempt is pretty weak, to say the least. It’s not the first, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. OSRacing.net is not going anywhere, so the jealous and/or those with an axe to grind can keep grinding away. I’ll keep laughing all the way to where I’m going and it’s going to take a long time to get there. 😆