MESQUITE, Texas — Despite temperatures hovering near 100 degrees on a Tuesday afternoon in Mesquite, Texas, nothing was going to come between thousands of hungry race fans from packing the Devil’s Bowl Speedway to witness the debut of the United States Modified Touring Series at Lanny Edwards’ historic half-mile dirt oval.
But once the green flag waved to start the 25-lap, 26-car main event, nothing was going to come between Stormy Scott and a $4,000 paycheck.
After holding off a late charge from Josh Landers to win his heat race, Scott found himself on the pole after the redraw among the top 8 drivers in passing points
And despite four cautions during the first six laps of the race that kept the field bunched up, the 23-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., was flawless on each restart and was never seriously challenged throughout the race.
“It was really tough to get into turn one,” Scott admitted. “I really hard to get on the brakes hard going in, so I was just waiting for somebody to slam into the back of me but luckily it never happened.”
It was the sixth win of the season for last year’s USMTS Rookie of the Year, and 14th overall in a career that spans less than two years.
“I need to thank my crew and all the sponsors on this race car — I couldn’t do any of this without them — and I need to thank Bryan (Rowland, car owner) because I definitely couldn’t do it without him,” Scott exclaimed in victory lane. “And I’m thankful for this lucky streak I’m on. I guess I should thank God or something.”