BAYTOWN, Texas – So far, so good for Chris Brown.
Friday night at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, the 34-year-old from nearby Spring, Texas, duplicated his feat from Thursday at the three-eighths-mile clay oval as he captured the main event for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy.
Much like the previous evening in the opening race at the fifth annual USMTS Texas Spring Nationals presented by Double H Bands, Brown had to scratch and claw his way to the front of the field before taking control late in the race.
John O. Whittington jumped out to the early lead but could only fend off fellow front row starter Dereck Ramirez for three laps.
Ramirez, whose lone USMTS victories were back-to-back wins here in November 2011, set the pace for the next 19 laps before a caution flag for a multi-car tangle that sent three drivers to the pits for the remainder of the race.
On the restart, Brown applied pressure to the leader and then made the winning pass two laps later. He paced the remaining 16 circuits to garner his ninth career USMTS triumph and third at the former Houston Raceway Park.
Brown passed nine cars from his fifth-row starting spot to pocket the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money while reigning USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders claimed the runner-up paycheck.
Ramirez wound up third with 15th-starting Jeremy Payne fourth and 19th-starting Zack VanderBeek rounding out the top five and earning the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award for the ninth time in the last three seasons.
MVT Gulf Coast Border Region points leader Stormy Scott took the sixth spot, Whittington was seventh, Bryan Rowland passed a dozen drivers en route to an eighth-place results, Jason Krohn came from 21st on the 26-car grid to nab ninth and Terry Phillips completed the top 10.
Prior to the USMTS Modified main event, Whittington stashed $1,000 in his wallet with a feature win in the USRA Limited Mod division.