SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – Stormy Scott slipped by Jason Krohn late in the race and won the 35-lap feature Friday night at the Deer Creek Speedway during the final night of qualifying for third annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Bauer Built Tire and Hanson Tire Service.
Krohn was quickest out of the gate, charging out to a six-car-length lead in the first two laps from his pole position while Scott, who started on his outside, gave chase.
Flying around the high side of the high-banked three-eighths-mile clay oval, the 2007 USMTS national champion was on cruise control for the first half of the race. Meanwhile, Scott continued to run the shortest line around the track and was able to keep Krohn in his sights.
By lap 20, Scott’s began to reel in Krohn and he won the drag-race to the flagstand to lead the 24th lap. The race’s final caution with right laps to go gave Krohn another shot at the 2012 USMTS rookie of the year, but Scott was flawless over the final few circuits and sailed into the winners circle.
After qualifying earlier in the day during the rain-delayed Thursday program, Scott decided to use his mulligan and try again during the Friday night program, which kicked off around 9 p.m. and wrapped up two minutes before midnight.
The move paid off as the 23-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., recorded a perfect score by setting quick time in his qualifying group, and then winning his heat race and the main event. He’ll go from the pole position in Saturday’s 100-lap finale where the winner will walk away with at least $20,000 and each of the 31 starters will go home with no less than $1,500.
It was the first day for Scott in a new GRT Chassis since joining the Canada-based Eagle Motorsports team last week.
Krohn’s efforts earned him the starting spot next Scott Saturday in the middle of row 1 while Terry Phillips, who won the main event four hours earlier in the first program of the day, will take the green flag from the outside of the front row.
Tommy Myer finished third in Friday’s nightcap with Jordan Grabouski coming home fourth ahead of defending WMDTC winner and two-time defending USMTS national champ Ryan Gustin and sixth-place finisher Craig Thatcher.