EL PASO, Texas – Stormy Scott likes to shine when the big money is on the line, and he did it again Saturday night in the 40-lap main event for the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by Swan Energy to close out the inaugural Casa Ford-Lincoln ‘Icebreaker’ presented by MSD at the El Paso Speedway Park.
Scott’s third win in seven starts this season have all come in the final race of the three multi-day events when the winner’s share of the prize money was highest.
Saturday’s triumph was worth $3,000 and expanded his points lead in the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports.
Following the traditional four-wide parade lap with an American flag waving above each competitor while a sparkling Mesilla Valley Transportation truck led the way, polesitter Daniel Hilsabeck led the first three laps before 20-year-old Jake Gallardo blasted into the lead on the fourth circuit.
Two laps later, Johnny Scott drove underneath Hilsabeck to grab second as he looked to run down his fellow Las Cruces, N.M., racer and make it a sweep of the weekend’s feature races.
Meanwhile, Fito Gallardo and Stormy Scott, who started 11th and 13th, respectively, were charging toward the front of the pack using every inch of the wide racing surface.
The race’s first and only caution waved on lap 7, and was followed by 33 laps of incredible racing between the front-runners and throughout the field.
By the tenth lap, Stormy Scott was up to third and Fito Gallardo was fourth. Then on lap 11, Fito Gallardo used his momentum around the extreme high side of the racing surface and screamed ahead of both Scott brothers. For the next 12 laps, it was an all-Las Cruces family affair in the top four as father hunted son and brother battled brother.
Dancing through heavy lapped traffic, Jake Gallardo continued to set the pace while Fito Gallardo reeled in his son. But by lap 23, Stormy Scott had run them both down and a three-way tussle for the top spot ensued.
After several laps of back-and-forth wrangling, Stormy Scott finally led the race for the first time on lap 30. Picking off back-markers flawlessly without incident, he led the final 10 too and recorded his third win in six races.
His three wins on the final night of the last three weekends brought his total earnings so far to more than $14,000. Saturday night’s triumph was the 21st of his young USMTS career-one less than his twin brother’s tally.
‘The New Mexico Nightmare’ also pocketed the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award for passing 12 of his competitors in Saturday’s 40-lap contest in El Paso.
Despite leading 26 laps, Jake Gallardo had to settle for the runner-up paycheck but earned his career-best USMTS finish, along with Fito Gallardo who finished third.
Reigning USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders came from 14th to fourth and Friday night’s winner, Johnny Scott, held on for fifth.
Sixth through tenth were Jake O’Neil, Terry Phillips, Bumper Jones, Hilsabeck and Bryan Rowland.