With the lead pair fighting for real estate around the bottom, Johnny Scott flew to the high side of the bullring and scooted past his brother on the restart. One lap later, he powered around the outside of Hughes and pulled out to a three-car-length cushion as he completed the 17th circuit.
Rodney Sanders, who won here two months ago in the USMTS debut at Jason Troutman’s speedplant, got by Stormy Scott for third with 20 laps complete and then went around Hughes six laps later to gain second.
While Johnny Scott continued to enjoy a comfortable lead, the fight for the runner-up spot was nothing short of jaw-dropping as Sanders, Hughes and Stormy Scott repeatedly swapped positions and slide-jobs. Hughes regained second on lap 28, Sanders got it back on lap 33, Stormy Scott crossed the stripe second on lap 35, Sanders regained the position one lap later and then the yellow flag was revealed again to set up a four-lap spring to the finish.
Johnny Scott was flawless on the restart as Sanders followed him around Hughes into second. Sanders was unable to run down the leader and settled for the runner-up finish while Johnny Scott recorded his 19th career USMTS main event win and all but locked up the points title in the Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.
With bonuses, the win—his seventh of the 2013 campaign—was worth $3,250 to the 23-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., with eight of his 19 career wins coming at racetracks in the Lone Star State.
Hughes finished third in Friday’s barn-burner while Steve Whiteaker Jr. got by Stormy Scott with two laps remaining to snare the fourth spot with Chris Brown falling in behind Stormy Scott in sixth.