Photo Gallery And Recap: Scott Finds Sweet Spot At Salina In USMTS

Photos by Todd Boyd.

After back-to-back runner-up efforts behind back-to-back USMTS victories for Rodney Sanders the previous two nights, Johnny Scott ended the Sunflower State Showdown atop the first-place block on the podium Saturday with a $3,000 triumph at the Salina Speedway. Starting in the second row behind polesitter Zack VanderBeek, Scott tucked in behind Dereck Ramirez and rode in third for the first 11 laps before taking the spot away and moving in on VanderBeek.

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Two laps later, Scott made short work of the leader and was the leader at the completion of lap 14. He never relinquished the top spot over the final 26 orbits of the Salina, Kan., clay oval and, despite a late-race caution that bunched the field, cruised to his fifth USMTS win of the season and 35th of his career. It also added some cushion to his points lead in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit, which he grabbed from Jake O’Neil after Thursday’s show at the 81 Speedway. This year’s USMTS national champion will earn a record $50,000 at season’s end.

Behind Scott, Wichita’s Tanner Mullens recorded his career-best United States Modified Touring Series main event finish with a second-place effort while Ramirez, O’Neil, Sanders and VanderBeek filled the next four spots at the checkered flag. Lucas Schott came from 17th to finish seventh while Terry Phillips finished eighth after rolling off 19th on the grid-good enough to snag both the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award and Eibach Spring Forward honors. Cade Dillard and Adam Kates completed the top 10.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by Production Jars
USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit
Sunflower State Showdown – Round 3 of 3
Salina Speedway, Salina, Kan.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. The top 12 in heat race passing points advance to the Casey’s General Stores “A” Main with the top 8 redrawing for the first 8 starting spots.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (3) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
2. (9) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.
3. (8) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (5) 3j Jake Nightingale, Hutchinson, Kan.
5. (4) 5k Kyle Prauner (R), Norfolk, Neb.
6. (2) 52c Alex Cammon, Wichita, Kan.
7. (7) 25c Johnny Cammon, Wichita, Kan.
8. (6) 1m Cody Gearhart (R), Turpin, Okla.
9. (1) 54 Tim Clark, Great Bend, Kan.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
2. (3) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz.
3. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
4. (8) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
5. (7) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan.
6. (4) 747 Corey Burch, Junction City, Kan.
7. (6) 53gt Tyler Sutton, Beloit, Kan.
8. (5) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
DNS – 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (4) 24 Corey Lagroon, Salina, Kan.
2. (6) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
3. (1) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
4. (2) 20 Rodney Sanders, Worthington, Minn.
5. (3) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
6. (5) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
7. (8) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
8. (7) 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN (8 laps, all advance):
1. (2) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
2. (1) 747 Corey Burch, Junction City, Kan.
3. (7) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
4. (4) 25c Johnny Cammon, Wichita, Kan.
5. (6) 1m Cody Gearhart (R), Turpin, Okla.
6. (3) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
7. (5) 53gt Tyler Sutton, Beloit, Kan.
8. (8) 54 Tim Clark, Great Bend, Kan.
DNS – 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.
DNS – 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (3) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., VanderBuilt/Durham, 40, $3000.
2. (6) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $1500.
3. (2) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $1625.
4. (8) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $1400.
5. (12) 20 Rodney Sanders, Worthington, Minn., MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $1195.
6. (1) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Sput’s, 40, $700.
7. (17) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 40, $985.
8. (19) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $880.
9. (7) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustoms/Knowles, 40, $450.
10. (10) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., VanderBuilt/Speedway, 40, $475.
11. (13) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Hatfield, 40, $375.
12. (5) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., VanderBuilt/Mullins, 40, $725.
13. (20) 25c Johnny Cammon, Wichita, Kan., GRT/Mullins, 40, $275.
14. (11) 3J Jake Nightingale, Hutchinson, Kan., Mullens/Mullins, 39, $250.
15. (22) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/Cornett, 39, $300.
16. (14) 5k Kyle Prauner (R), Norfolk, Neb., Razor/ChevPerf, 37, $300.
17. (9) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 33, $675.
18. (15) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 32, $300.
19. (16) 52c Alex Cammon, Wichita, Kan., Custom/Cammon, 32, $250.
20. (23) 53gt Tyler Sutton, Beloit, Kan., BillsBuilt/PerfAuto, 23, $250.
21. (21) 1m Cody Gearhart (R), Turpin, Okla., LG2/ChevPerf, 15, $300.
22. (24) 54 Tim Clark, Great Bend, Kan., BMS/Clark, 11, $250.
23. (18) 747 Corey Burch, Junction City, Kan., GRT/ChevPerf, 9, $250.
24. (4) 24 Corey Lagroon, Salina, Kan., BillsBuilt/AEM, 8, $250.
DNS – 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., Jet/Mullins, 0, $90.
DNS – 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas, MBCustoms/Knowles, 0, $0.

(R) = Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender

Lap Leaders: VanderBeek 1-13, J. Scott 14-40.
Total Laps Led: J. Scott 27, VanderBeek 13.
Margin of Victory: 2.318 seconds.
Time of Race: 22 minutes, 34.861 seconds ( cautions).
Provisional Starters: none.
Eibach Spring Forward Award: Phillips (advanced 12 positions).
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Phillips (started 19th, finished 8th).
Entries: 26.

Contingency Awards:
American Racer – T. Clark, J. Scott.
Beyea Custom Headers – Duvall.
BSB Manufacturing – T. Clark.
Casey’s General Stores – J. Cammon, VanderBeek.
Champ Pans – Sanders.
Deatherage Opticians – S. Scott.
E3 Spark Plugs – Ramirez.
Edelbrock – Lagroon.
Eibach – Phillips.
Fast Shafts – VanderBeek.
FK Rod Ends – Phillips.
Forty9 Designs – Nightingale, Sutton.
GRT Race Cars – Burch.
Hooker Harness – J. Cammon.
Integra Shocks & Springs – A. Cammon.
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts – C. Clark.
Keyser Manufacturing – Kates.
KSE Racing Products – Dillard.
Maxima Racing Oils – J. Scott.
Out-Pace Racing Products – Prauner.
QA1 – Dillard.
RacerWebsite.com – J. Scott.
Simpson Performance Products – Dillard.
Swift Springs – J. Scott, Sutton.
Sybesma Graphics – VanderBeek.
Tire Demon – Davis.
VP Racing Fuels – J. Scott.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – trickmove.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Schott.

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Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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