KENNEDALE, Texas – Johnny Scott picked up the win Friday night as the USMTS Modifieds invaded the Kennedale Speedway Park for the first time in the 15-year history of America’s Premier Modified Tour.
As bad he was at picking numbers out of a hat, he was equally good at picking up positions on the track.
Starting eighth in his heat race, the 23-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., roared to a third-place finish in a matter of eight laps which earned him a spot in the redraw among the top 8 drivers in passing points.
The worst of them all in the draw, Scott started eighth in the 26-car field but he spent little time there.
Polesitter Steve Whiteaker Jr. grabbed the lead at the start of the 40-lap main event and proceeded to pace the field through the first half of the race on a wet and bumpy surface.
Clyde Dunn Jr., who started next to Whiteaker on the front row, shadowed Whiteaker the whole way and finally snuck by for the lead on lap 22. One lap later, Whiteaker was in the pits after falling victim to a broken cam in his powerplant.
Dunn’s reign was short-lived, however, as Scott blasted by on the inside two laps later and then proceeded to sail away to his second victory of the season.
“Me and Clyde had a really good battle there,” Scott said in victory lane. “My car was just a little bit better than his so I was just waiting for him to mess up then I was gonna go.”
The win was Scott’s 15th of his USMTS career since getting his first one three years ago at the Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas.