PARK CITY, Kan. – After a rough start to the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup last weekend, Stormy Scott bounced back Thursday night at 81 Speedway to pick up his first win since in over a month and keep himself in the hunt for the USMTS national championship.
Scott started seventh on the 25-car grid but quickly asserted himself over the field and snagged the lead away from early race leader Joe Adams with five laps complete.
From there, the 24-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., paced the final 35 orbits to claim the $3,000 top prize and notch his 12th victory of the 2014 campaign.
Moreover, his first trip to the winners circle since June 27 at the Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas, kept his title hopes alive after falling as low as sixth in the standings last Saturday after entering Friday’s race as the points leader.
By virtue of winning two regional points titles this year, Scott would earn a $40,000 paycheck for becoming the next USMTS national champion. All other drivers in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup are grappling for a $20,000 top prize.
One of those other drivers, Rodney Sanders, failed to finish the main event for the first time since that same June 27 event. While battling among the top five in Thursday’s feature, a battery failure sidelined the defending United States Modified Touring Series national champion just 10 laps into the race.
Zack VanderBeek, who finished second to Sanders here earlier this summer, wound up with his second runner-up finish in as many tries at C. Ray Hall’s 3/8-mile oval in Park City, Kan.
Austin Siebert won the second Real Racing Wheels “B” Main from the seventh starting spot, and then clawed his way from 14th at the start to earn a third-place finish in the 40-lap nightcap en route to claiming the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.
Driving for Southern Oklahoma Speedway owner John Webb, Trucks Unlimited teammates Rick Beebe and Joe Duvall finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Stormy Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Austin Siebert, Rick Beebe, Joe Duvall, Dereck Ramirez, Tyler Davis, Daniel Hilsabeck, Jake Gallardo, Paden Phillips, Brian Franz, Josh Lanterman, Chris Pitts, Rodney Chaffin, Kelly Shryock, Lance Town, Trevor Hunt, Dan Powers, Ross Shipman, John Allen, Dustin Belcher, Thomas Tillison Jr., Johnny Scott, Joe Adams, Rodney Sanders.