Johnny Scott Rules Lucas Oil Dirt

Johnny Scott
Johnny Scott
Johnny Scott

WHEATLAND, Mo. — Johnny Scott outmuscled his twin brother, Stormy Scott, and two-time defending USMTS champion Rodney Sanders in a wild main event Saturday night in the sixth annual Lucas Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout at the Lucas Oil Speedway.

Rookie Cory Crapser led the first lap of the feature before giving way to Sanders on the second lap with Stormy Scott following into second two laps later during round three of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Meanwhile, Johnny Scott was churning the heavy cushion around the outside of the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” after going off eighth on the 30-car starting grid.
Sanders was able to expand his lead over Stormy Scott over the next 12 laps, but once the leaders found the back of the field the Scott brothers closed in on the leader.

With 24 laps in the books, Stormy Scott was finally able to slip underneath Sanders to lead by a nose at the flagstand with Johnny Scott tucked in behind the lead duo.

Johnny Scott continued to use the high side of the three-eighths-mile oval and made the pass for the lead as they completed the 30th lap.

With his brother riding in his tire tracks, Johnny Scott slipped up out of his low line in turn four, which allowed Stormy Scott to scoot by to lead the 33rd lap.
Embroiled in a swarm of back-markers, Johnny Scott headed back to the high side and roared back to the front three laps later, and never again relinquished the lead.

“We were having a heck of a battle there in the front and I was having fun,” an elated Johnny Scott said in victory lane. “We’ve been struggling here lately but the last couple nights we’ve been throwing some different stuff at this car and we’re getting better and better.”

In a 40-lap race that saw 30 drivers take the green flag, the yellow flag never waved while the winner pocketed $3,000 and lapped up to the tenth-place car.

“That lapped traffic was crazy,” he added. “One lap you’d go to the bottom to get by some guys and the next time they’re right in the line, so you had to go somewhere else. I was just slicing and dicing as best I could and I was having fun battling with Stormy and Rodney.”

The main event went caution-free for the second straight night, and for the third night in a row Stormy Scott came up one spot short of wheeling his new ride into the winner’s circle.

Sanders remained in third to the end, and increased his points lead over Dereck Ramirez, who finished fourth.

Terry Phillips, who made the show due to his scheduled Lucas Oil MLRA show raining out in Nebraska, started 14th and finished fifth.

Fifty-four entries competed in the third event of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

The finish:

Johnny Scott, Stormy Scott, Rodney Sanders, Dereck Ramirez, Terry Phillips, Jason Hughes, Jake Gallardo, Jeremy Payne, Zack VanderBeek, Tyler Davis, Jesse Sobbing, Grant Junghans, Logan Martin, Eric Turner, Scott Drake, Cory Crapser, Jeff Cutshaw, Daniel Hilsabeck, David Winslett, Casey Arneson, John Allen, Brent Larson, Brian Green, Jason Pursley, Chase Domer, Cade Dillard, Jesse Stovall, Jason Russell, Tad Davis, Johnny Fennewald.