Johnny Scott Is Pretty In Pink With USMTS Watertown Win

Image Credit: Cody Papke.

Johnny Scott was the first driver out of the race Saturday night at the Park Jefferson Speedway but he was the first one to the finish line Sunday night at the Casino Speedway, taking one giant leap toward his first USMTS national championship and a $50,000 check.

For his 12th triumph of the 2018 campaign, Scott’s take-home pay was more than $4,000 for winning the 3rd Annual Sandy Benson Memorial at the high-banked quarter-mile bullring in Watertown, S.D.

Three drivers led their first feature race laps during the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit before Scott took command and checked out to a margin of victory of more than five seconds.

Polesitter Travis Saurer led the first lap but Tyler Peterson snuck by to lead the second go-around. After five laps at the front, he gave way to Dereck Ramirez who looked to have the car to beat.

Meanwhile, Scott wasted little time in joining a tremendous four-car battle at the front. Despite starting eighth, he was fourth by lap 4 and then followed Ramirez into second with seven laps in the books.

By lap 20, Ramirez had pulled out to a four-car-length advantage while Scott still had his hands full with Peterson. A flat tire for Jake O’Neil on lap 21 slowed the pace and brought out the race’s fourth yellow flag.

Back under green, Ramirez continued to lead by scooting around the low side while Scott raced through the middle and high lines. But after crossing underneath the flagstand to complete the 25th lap, Ramirez moved up and Scott willingly assumed the bottom groove of the racing surface.

And despite a final caution with 14 laps to go, that was the closest Ramirez would ever get to Scott again as the 28-year-old native of Las Cruces, N.M., ran off and hid while Ramirez was left to defend the runner-up finish from Peterson.

Adam Kates raced among the top five for the entire 40 laps, eventually earning a fourth-place finish while Terry Phillips advanced from the seventh row to finish fifth.

Stormy Scott passed ten cars to get to sixth at the checkers, with Saurer, Tyler McDonald, Zack VanderBeek and Rodney Sanders rounding out the top ten.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series. 3rd Annual Sandy Benson Memorial. Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D.
Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (1) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 2. (6) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., 3. (3) 57 Duke Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D., 4. (8) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., 5. (4) 20 Trevor Anderson (R), Watertown, S.D., 6. (7) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 7. (2) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., 8. (9) 10c Chad Olsen, Hendricks, Minn., 9. (5) 21 Kurtis Clark, Madison, S.D.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (1) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., 2. (2) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., 3. (4) 14 Jon Tesch, Watertown, S.D., 4. (3) 24s Mike Stearns, Hecla, S.D., 5. (8) 5m Tyler McDonald, Huron, S.D., 6. (6) 85 Jayson Good, Watertown, S.D., 7. (7) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas., 8. (9) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., 9. (5) 51 Alex Guthmiller, Huron, S.D.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (2) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz., 2. (1) 24d Scott Ward, Watertown, S.D., 3. (5) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa., 4. (6) 9 Kent Arment, Aberdeen, S.D., 5. (9) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 6. (4) 41 Jordan Foster, Henry, S.D., 7. (8) 37jr Morgan Ward, Watertown, S.D., 8. (7) 3 Arne Anderson, Watertown, S.D., 9. (3) 1j Matt Jeratowski, Madison, S.D.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (7) 1tpo Tyler Peterson, Hickson, N.D., 2. (3) 48 Brent Dutenhoffer (R), Watertown, S.D., 3. (2) 32 Jesse Young, Warner, S.D., 4. (5) 5k Kyle Prauner (R), Norfolk, Neb., 5. (9) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., 6. (1) 9 Tyler Anglin, Aberdeen, S.D., 7. (6) 1 Ryan Engels, Watertown, S.D., 8. (4) 5 Luke Lick, Rosholt, S.D., 9. (8) 52x David McDonald, Huron, S.D.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (2) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 2. (3) 5k Kyle Prauner (R), Norfolk, Neb., 3. (1) 32 Jesse Young, Warner, S.D., 4. (4) 24s Mike Stearns, Hecla, S.D., 5. (5) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 6. (6) 41 Jordan Foster, Henry, S.D., GRT/Sput’s, $75., 7. (7) 37jr Morgan Ward, Watertown, S.D., LG2/CNC, $75., 8. (10) 3 Arne Anderson, Watertown, S.D., Arrow/Sturdy, $75., 9. (9) 10c Chad Olsen, Hendricks, Minn., MBCustoms/Tim’s, $75., 10. (12) 1j Matt Jeratowski, Madison, S.D., Arrow/Sturdy, $75., 11. (11) 21 Kurtis Clark, Madison, S.D., GRT/Bruns, $75., 12. (8) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (3) 5m Tyler McDonald, Huron, S.D., 2. (9) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., 3. (2) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., 4. (1) 9 Kent Arment, Aberdeen, S.D., 5. (11) 51 Alex Guthmiller, Huron, S.D., 6. (12) 52x David McDonald, Huron, S.D., MBCustoms/Dakota, $75., 7. (4) 20 Trevor Anderson (R), Watertown, S.D., 8. (8) 1 Ryan Engels, Watertown, S.D., TRE/Victory, $75., 9. (5) 85 Jayson Good, Watertown, S.D., 10. (7) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., 11. (10) 5 Luke Lick, Rosholt, S.D., MasterSbilt/Worx, $75., 12. (6) 9 Tyler Anglin, Aberdeen, S.D., MasterSbilt/Sput’s, $75.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (40 laps): 1. (8) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., VanderBuilt/Durham, 40, $4400., 2. (4) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $1875., 3. (3) 1tpo Tyler Peterson, Hickson, N.D., BlackWidow/ProPower, 40, $1000., 4. (5) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, 40, $1050., 5. (13) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $940., 6. (16) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., VanderBuilt/Mullins, 40, $835., 7. (1) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., MBCustoms/PerfAuto, 40, $450., 8. (14) 5m Tyler McDonald, Huron, S.D., MBCustoms/Dakota, 40, $450., 9. (9) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 40, $705., 10. (23) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $675., 11. (10) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 40, $650., 12. (20) 9 Kent Arment, Aberdeen, S.D., Hughes/Dakota, 40, $450., 13. (19) 24s Mike Stearns, Hecla, S.D., MasterSbilt/Tim’s, 40, $450., 14. (2) 48 Brent Dutenhoffer (R), Watertown, S.D., Hughes/Sput’s, 40, $450., 15. (18) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., MBCustoms/Troy’s, 40, $450., 16. (7) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $575., 17. (25) 85 Jayson Good, Watertown, S.D., MasterSbilt/Cressman, 40, $450., 18. (24) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/PerfAuto, 39, $450., 19. (26) 20 Trevor Anderson (R), Watertown, S.D., Arrow/Victory, 39, $450., 20. (22) 51 Alex Guthmiller, Huron, S.D., MBCustoms/Dakota, 32, $450., 21. (11) 14 Jon Tesch, Watertown, S.D., GRT/Sput’s, 31, $450., 22. (12) 57 Duke Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D., Dominator/Hansen, 26, $450., 23. (15) 5k Kyle Prauner (R), Norfolk, Neb., Razor/ChevPerf, 15, $450., 24. (17) 32 Jesse Young, Warner, S.D., MasterSbilt/Sturdy, 8, $450., 25. (21) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 5, $650., 26. (6) 24d Scott Ward, Watertown, S.D., LG2/CNC, 0, $450.

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

Lap Leaders: Saurer 1, Peterson 2-6, Ramirez 7-25, J. Scott 26-40.

Total Laps Led: Ramirez 19, J. Scott 15, Peterson 5, Saurer 1.

Margin of Victory: 5.055 seconds.

Time of Race: 22 minutes, 2.033 seconds (5 cautions).

Provisional Starters: Sanders, Clark, T. Anderson (track), Good (track).

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