Great Scott! Johnny Scott Great In Worthington’s USMTS Summer Slam

Image credit: Tyler Rinken.

With the march toward the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup title at the halfway mark, Johnny Scott has set himself up as the man to beat in the battle to become the 20th USMTS national champion and $50,000 richer.

On Thursday night at the Nobles County Speedway, the 28-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M.—now living in Cameron, Mo.—bolstered his position as the leader of the pack with a thrilling victory at the semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval in Worthington, Minn.

From the outside of the front row, Scott snagged the lead at the drop of the green flag with polesitter and 2007 USMTS national champ Jason Krohn of nearby Slayton, Minn., following close behind.

With drivers from the front of the field to the back maneuvering all over the racing surface, the fans witnessed perhaps the best racing ever staged in the eighth running of the USMTS Summer Slam event.

Scott paced the first 11 laps but lapped traffic impeded his progress just enough on lap 12 to allow Krohn to slip past and assume the top spot, but Scott recovered two laps later and regained the lead with 14 laps in the books.

The third and final caution waved on lap 22, and Scott was never challenged from that point forward in winning by more than four seconds over Terry Phillips, who matched his best finish of the 2018 campaign while still in search of that first checkered flag.

The $2,850 triumph was Scott’s sixth of the year but first at the Nobles County Speedway, and raised his USMTS career wins total to 36 and a tie with Jon Tesch for seventh on the all-time list.

Image credit: Tyler Rinken.

Krohn, who won here in 2011, settled for a third-place paycheck and Jake O’Neil improved from ninth to fourth in the 40-lapper, but the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award went to Ryan ‘The Reaper’ Gustin who finished fifth after rolling off 17th on the starting grid.

Rodney Sanders, Lance Mari, Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott and Trevor Anderson rounded out the top 10 finishers in Thursday night’s blockbuster.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup
8th Annual USMTS Summer Slam – Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Thursday, June 28, 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 Summit Racing Equipment “A” Main with the top 8 redrawing for the first 8 starting spots.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Worthington, Minn.
2. (3) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
3. (5) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
4. (7) 20 Trevor Anderson, Watertown, S.D.
5. (8) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
6. (4) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
7. (6) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
8. (2) X Chris Moore, Madison, S.D.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.
2. (4) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
3. (2) 19sb Lance Mari (R), Imperial, Calif.
4. (7) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz.
5. (3) 10n Keegan Nordquist, Beresford, S.D.
6. (5) 5k Kyle Prauner (R), Norfolk, Neb.
7. (6) 27 Don Gerritsen Jr., Rock Rapids, Iowa.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (2) 7k Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn.
2. (6) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
3. (3) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 57 Duke Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D.
5. (5) 777 Aaron Krohn, Slayton, Minn.
6. (7) 18 Mick Glenn, Minnesota City, Minn.
7. (4) 9 Kent Arment, Aberdeen, S.D.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (2) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., VanderBuilt/Durham, 40, $2850.
2. (4) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $1825.
3. (1) 7k Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn., MBCustoms/Sput’s, 40, $1000.
4. (9) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $1000.
5. (17) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 40, $600.
6. (8) 20 Rodney Sanders, Worthington, Minn., MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $795.
7. (10) 19sb Lance Mari (R), Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 40, $450.
8. (6) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Sput’s, 40, $690.
9. (11) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., VanderBuilt/Mullins, 40, $660.
10. (5) 20 Trevor Anderson, Watertown, S.D., Arrow/Victory, 40, $350.
11. (12) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $605.
12. (7) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 40, $575.
13. (21) 9 Kent Arment, Aberdeen, S.D., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $275.
14. (3) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., VanderBuilt/Speedway, 39, $325.
15. (18) 5k Kyle Prauner (R), Norfolk, Neb., Razor/ChevPerf, 39, $250.
16. (14) 10n Keegan Nordquist, Beresford, S.D., Nordquist/Nordquist, 39, $200.
17. (16) 18 Mick Glenn, Minnesota City, Minn., Skyrocket/JRM, 39, $200.
18. (19) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/PerfAuto, 39, $250.
19. (13) 57 Duke Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D., Dominator/Hansen, 39, $200.
20. (15) 777 Aaron Krohn, Slayton, Minn., /, 21, $200.
21. (20) 27 Don Gerritsen Jr., Rock Rapids, Iowa, Skyrocket/HarryHeads, 13, $200.
22. (22) X Chris Moore, Madison, S.D., GRT/Vetter, 2, $200.

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

Lap Leaders: J. Scott 1-11, J. Krohn 12-13, J. Scott 14-40.
Total Laps Led: J. Scott 38, J. Krohn 2.
Margin of Victory: 4.670 seconds.
Time of Race: 17 minutes, 38.828 seconds (3 cautions).
Provisional Starters: None.

Contingency Awards:
American Racer – Glenn.
Beyea Custom Headers – Glenn.
BSB Manufacturing – Gerritsen.
Casey’s General Stores – Anderson.
Champ Pans – Gustin.
Deatherage Opticians – Schott.
E3 Spark Plugs – J. Krohn.
Edelbrock – J. Krohn.
Eibach – Gustin.
Fast Shafts – J. Scott.
FK Rod Ends – Gustin.
Forty9 Designs – Kates, Erickson.
GRT Race Cars – Moore.
Hooker Harness – Arment.
Integra Shocks & Springs – Clark.
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts – Prauner.
Keyser Manufacturing – Anderson.
KSE Racing Products – S. Scott.
Maxima Racing Oils – J. Scott.
Mesilla Valley Transportation – Clark.
Out-Pace Racing Products – Nordquist.
QA1 – Sanders.
RacerWebsite.com – Moore.
Simpson Performance Products – Sanders.
Swift Springs – J. Scott, Anderson.
Sybesma Graphics – J. Krohn.
Tire Demon – Ramirez.
VP Racing Fuels – J. Scott.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – O’Neil.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Mari.

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