^^Yeah, I'd imagine the "crown" still has some relevance and marketability, even if it's far from the main factor in driving visits or maximizing the quality of the guest experience. On the other hand, I've heard people say there will never again be a "true" coaster war as we knew the previous one(s), with parks constantly vying for records.
Personally, I'm grateful for parks with overwhelming coaster counts, like CP and SFMM. It's not just about the credits, though I appreciate the boost to the ol' count. There's just something so satisfying about being so thoroughly surrounded by track, and being able to ride more than twice the number of coasters I'd find at most other parks.
114 wood+512 steel=626 | Steel Vengeance | Boulder Dash | Twisted Timbers | Coaster | X2 | Twisted Colossus | Storm Chaser | Phoenix | Maverick | Twisted Cyclone | Iron Rattler | Voyage | Kawasemi | El Toro | New Texas Giant