Phillips Banks $10,000 In Texas

Terry Phillips (Seth Fritz photo)

KENNEDALE, Texas. — Terry Phillips banked $10,000 for winning the rain-shortened Summit USMTS Southern Nationals at Kennedale Speedway Park.

After rain initially cut the three-day event to two nights, rain came again and ended Saturday nights feature 43 laps early.

After two rounds of qualifying heat races Friday night, George White sat on the pole for Saturday’s scheduled 60-lap affair with Phillips earning the outside of the front row by virtue of their passing points earned the previous night.

Phillips beat White to the first corner and took the lead while Dereck Ramirez followed into second one lap later. Several cautions dotted the first few laps.

Meanwhile, reigning USMTS national champ and newly-crowned USMTS Southern Series champ Johnny Scott moved into the second position in just 12 laps after starting tenth.

Following a lap-17 restart, Scott snuck underneath Phillips but that was when the skies opened up and drivers were told to head to their pit area.

The rain was thick, steady and poured down in buckets. Officials were forced to call off the remainder of the race, and with this being the final event of the season the running order became official and Phillips took home the winner’s share of the prize money.

Scott wound up second, Ramirez placed third, Clyde Dunn Jr. finished fourth and Bo Day was fifth when the rains came down.

The finish:

Terry Phillips, Johnny Scott, Dereck Ramirez, Clyde Dunn Jr., Bo Day, Kale Westover, Jack Sartain, Tyler Townsend, Jake Gallardo, Troy Taylor, William Gould, Rodney Sanders, Joe Duvall, Kyle Brown, Logan Robertson, A.J. Vasquez, Marvin Skinner, Josh McGaha, Kevin Rutherford, George White, David Winslett, Chris Henigan, Ryan Gustin, Stormy Scott, Matt Guillaume, Carlos Ahumada Jr.