CRANDALL, Texas – Johnny Scott captured his third straight United States Modified Touring Series victory Friday night as he conquered a thrilling main event during the Town East Ford “Built Ford Tough 40” at the RPM Speedway.
A balmy 104 degrees during the day did not deter the throng of race fans that flooded the ticket window at the quarter-mile clay oval, and they were rewarded with a wild nail-biter during the evening for the sixth race during the seven-show 4s Motorsports Southern Speedweek powered by Lecolift.
USMTS boss Todd Staley threw the teams a curve ball with a round of group qualifying to set the heat race line-ups, but Scott hit a home run by leading his group with the fastest time on the clock and then proceeded to win the sixth heat race from the outside of the second row.
When Scott redrew the pole position for the 40-lap main event, it may have seemed to some that the race was over at the at point, but it was anything but.
When the green flag waved, it was fellow front-row starter Jason Hughes snagging the advantage. The 2010 USMTS national champion took to the low side of the racing surface while Scott moved to the high side and gave chase.
Six laps into the race, Stormy Scott slipped underneath his younger twin brother to secure the second spot and began to reel in Hughes.
Hughes hit lapped traffic on lap 10 and Stormy Scott took advantage to power past Hughes at the flagstand to lead lap 12. As the pair entered the first turn, Hughes went to the top of the track and the duo split a back-marker as they raced down the back-stretch.
Gaining the advantage back in the next corner, Hughes settled back in front of Stormy Scott to lead the next circuit and held him at bay for two more laps when the race’s first of two cautions slowed the pace.