LA MONTE, Mo. — The rain held off until after the final checkered flag waved Thursday night at the LA Raceway, but a powerful storm pounded the race track in the main event for the stars and cars of the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series.
Looking to record his first win on the 2012 season, Ryan Gustin took control of the 40-lap feature from the pole position and pulled out to nearly a 10-car-length lead by lap 10 with Dereck Ramirez, Jason Hughes and Stormy Scott slugging it out for the next three positions.
By lap 15 ‘The Reaper’ was lapping the back of the field but Scott was on the charge and quickly narrowing the gap between himself and the defending USMTS National Champion.
Scott caught the rear bumper of Gustin’s machine by the halfway point and then blasted into the lead with 21 laps complete in the 6th Annual Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout.
By lap 30, the King of America II Modified Nationals winner had padded his advantage to a full straight-away, and with no cautions to aid his pursuers Scott and his No. 2s Rancho Milagro GRT/Yeoman streaked beneath the checkered flag a full five seconds ahead of Gustin.
With rain approaching and lightning filling the sky, Scott pocketed $2,000 for his efforts while Gustin had to settle for his fifth runner-up finish of the season as raindrops began to fall on the three-eighths-mile clay oval.
Ramirez held off Hughes for third while Rowland rounded out the top 5 finishers. Sixth through tenth were Kelly Shryock, Chase Junghans, Rodney Sanders, 20th-starting Jeremy Payne and Johnny Scott.
Mike Higley won for the third time in his last three starts USRA B-Mods.
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