WINSTON, Mo. – Stormy Scott was in the right place at the right time to take down the feature win Thursday night as the United States Modified Touring Series blasted into the I-35 Speedway for the second race in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.
Riding third at the white flag, Scott entered the first turn tucked in closely behind Jeremy Payne and race-long leader Jason Hughes when the 2010 USMTS National Champion spun on the final lap.
As per USMTS rules, the car that brings about the caution flag and any others which make contact or cause the incident must restart at the tail of the field. Officials determined that contact from Payne initiated Hughes’ spin, so both drivers had to start at the back of the pack for the green-white-checkered finish.
Scott was able to withstand pressure from Rodney Sanders over the final two orbits to score the victory and pocket $5,000 for his effort. Polesitter Chris Brown finished a close third, with Lucas Schott passing a dozen drivers en route to a fourth-place finish and the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.
Nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock came from 11th on the starting grid to take fifth. Johnny Scott, Austin Siebert, Daniel Hilsabeck, Dereck Ramirez and Trevor Hunt rounded out the top 10.
Hughes came back for an 11th-place finish. Payne headed to the pits before the final restart.
The win was Stormy Scott’s 17 of his career, breaking a tie with Payne and tying him with Sanders on the USMTS all-time wins list. His victory also propelled him to the top of the points standings where he now holds a 14-point advantage over his twin brother, Johnny.
Shryock moved up to third in the rankings while Hughes fell to fourth. Sanders is fifth, followed by Zack VanderBeek, Brown, Hunt, Payne and Schott in the top 10.