KILLEEN, Texas – The Lone Star State has been very good to Chris Brown, and it paid off again Thursday night with a $4,000 victory in the USMTS modified debut at the Texas Thunder Speedway.
Using lapped traffic to overtake Stormy Scott for the lead on lap 10, the 34-year-old from Spring, Texas, led the final 30 circuits to score his seventh career USMTS win—his fifth in his home state—and first since switching to a Hughes Racing Chassis last summer.
“I knew lapped traffic was going to come into play, but I didn’t think it would come into play that early to be honest with you,” Brown said in victory lane. “I thought it was going to be the whole race but things kind of worked out our way, so we’ll take it.”
Polesitter Tristan Dycus led the first lap before Scott powered into the lead from his second row starting slot. In just a few short laps, Brown was up to second and the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic.
Trying to maneuver around a back-marker, Scott was forced to back off the accelerator and that allowed Brown to chance to slip underneath and take the lead with 10 laps in the books. A caution flag one lap later opened up a clear track ahead for the runner-up in March’s King of America Modified Nationals event.
From that point on, Brown never relinquished the top spot and paced Scott to the finish line ahead of Zack VanderBeek, Kelly Shryock and younger twin Johnny Scott, who came from 14th on the starting grid.
“That’s one thing about Stormy, he’s always driven me clean,” Brown added. “I don’t think anybody would say he’s a dirty racer. He gave me an inch where I needed it and I need to remember that down the line.”