WHEATLAND, Mo. – Twenty-four hours ago, Jeremy Payne was hoping to make a last-lap pass for the lead but instead saw his hopes of a USMTS victory vanish when a skirmish with the leader ended his effort one lap short.
On Saturday night, Payne’s pass for the lead came on the first lap and this time he had nothing but lapped traffic in front of him en route to a victory in the 5th Annual Lucas Slick Mist Shoot-Out at the Lucas Oil Speedway.
Polesitter John Allen paced the first circuit before Payne surged ahead in the next turn. From there, the 27-year-old from nearby Springfield, Mo., set his cruise control for victory lane and led the final 39 laps for a $5,000 payday.
Despite Payne’s dominating performance at the front of the field, the 3/8-mile clay oval produced nail-biting two- and three-wide action through the 28-car main event field that saw all but two of the starters finish the caution-free race.
Allen drifted back to third on the third lap when Austin Siebert got by, but fought back to regain the position on lap 12. He stayed there to the end to score his best USMTS finish since winning at the Belleville High Banks five years ago.
Johnny Scott made a late charge to garner the third spot with Chris Brown netting a fourth-place finish. Siebert held on for fifth while Zack VanderBeek, Joey Galloway, Stormy Scott, Rodney Sanders and Jon Sheets rounded out the top 10.
In the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, Johnny Scott now holds a one-point advantage over twin brother Stormy Scott after three rounds in the chase for the $15,000-to-win USMTS National Championship.