Scott’s Win At Deer Creek Seals First USMTS National Championship

Image credit: Buck Monson.

It was a night of many firsts for Johnny Scott on Saturday. Prior to Saturday’s show, there had been 102 United States Modified Touring Series features contested at the Deer Creek Speedway since the first on May 25, 2002. In the 103rd USMTS main event at ‘The Creek,’ Scott picked up his career-first victory on the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval in Spring Valley, Minnesota.

And not only did the 28-year-old driver of the No. 1st Rancho Milagro Racing VanderBuilt capture his 12th main event victory this season in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit, his performance sealed his first USMTS national championship with two points race still remaining. His wire-to-wire win Saturday night was worth $3,400 but another $50,000 awaits the series’ first champion from the state of New Mexico at the annual awards banquet in January.

While Scott led all 40 laps on Saturday, it wasn’t a cake walk. Ryan Gustin pounded the wall trying to find a path to the lead for most of the race, and Stormy Scott came on strong in the last half of the feature to snag the runner-up honors from Gustin. Rodney Sanders came from 12th to finish fourth and tenth-starting Lucas Schott was fifth. R.C. Whitwell, Zack VanderBeek, Dustin Sorensen, Jacob Bleess and Adam Kates rounded out the top ten.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS: 13th Annual USMTS Labor Day Duel. Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minnesota. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (1) 24 Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn.; 2. (3) 49 Bob Timm, Winona, Minn.; 3. (8) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.; 4. (6) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 5. (7) 96t R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz.; 6. (2) 20m Mark Motl, Owatonna, Minn.; 7. (4) 83 Kylie Kath (R), Owatonna, Minn.; 8. (5) 77 Jacob Stark, Austin, Minn.; 9. (9) 49jr Jake Timm, Minnesota City, Minn.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (3) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 2. (7) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz.; 3. (8) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.; 4. (1) 29h Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn.; 5. (9) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn.; 6. (6) 7 A.J. Raschen, Somerset, Wis.; 7. (5) 91 Shawn Ryan, Waterloo, Iowa.; 8. (2) 5d Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls, Iowa.; 9. (4) 18 Mick Glenn, Minnesota City, Minn.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (3) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.; 2. (4) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 3. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.; 4. (7) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 5. (8) 50iii Brandon Davis, Medford, Minn.; 6. (1) 59 Bob Sammann, Winona, Minn.; 7. (2) 44 Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis.; 8. (5) 98 Kevin Stoa, Albert Lea, Minn.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (3) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; 2. (1) 52w Nate Wasmund, Rochester, Minn.; 3. (6) 23b Brett Bumgardner (R), Hawkeye, Iowa.; 4. (5) 11v Alex Hanson, Kensett, Iowa.; 5. (8) 4a Joel Alberts, Kasson, Minn.; 6. (4) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; 7. (7) 61t Tammy Soma-Clark, Rochester, Minn.; 8. (2) 96 Greg Jensen, Albert Lea, Minn.

VP RACE FUELS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps): 1. (4) 19 Dustin Sorensen (R), Rochester, Minn.; 2. (5) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.; 3. (3) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.; 4. (7) 33 Joe Ludemann, Grand Meadow, Minn.; 5. (8) 23k Darwyn Karau, Kasson, Minn.; 6. (6) 42 Paul Niznik, Medford, Wis.; 7. (1) 1a Dwaine Hanson, Lakefield, Minn.; 8. (2) 00 Owen Grube (R), Cambridge, Minn.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 6 advance): 1. (1) 23b Brett Bumgardner (R), Hawkeye, Iowa.; 2. (2) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 3. (6) 96t R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz.; 4. (3) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.; 5. (4) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn.; 6. (5) 23k Darwyn Karau, Kasson, Minn.; 7. (7) 7 A.J. Raschen, Somerset, Wis., $75.; 8. (9) 44 Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis., DirtDueler/ChevPerf, $90.; 9. (13) 49jr Jake Timm, Minnesota City, Minn.; 10. (8) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; 11. (10) 1a Dwaine Hanson, Lakefield, Minn., Skyrocket/KSE, $75.; 12. (12) 96 Greg Jensen, Albert Lea, Minn., DirtDueler/ChevPerf, $75.; 13. (11) 5d Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls, Iowa., Sidebiter/Jono’s, $75.; DNS – 50iii Brandon Davis, Medford, Minn., Tri-Built/KSE, $90.; DNS – 83 Kylie Kath (R), Owatonna, Minn., $90.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 6 advance): 1. (3) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 2. (9) 42 Paul Niznik, Medford, Wis.; 3. (7) 20m Mark Motl, Owatonna, Minn.; 4. (2) 33 Joe Ludemann, Grand Meadow, Minn.; 5. (13) 98 Kevin Stoa, Albert Lea, Minn.; 6. (6) 29h Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn.; 7. (10) 91 Shawn Ryan, Waterloo, Iowa., DirtHustler/King, $90.; 8. (8) 59 Bob Sammann, Winona, Minn., GRT/Allard, $75.; 9. (4) 11v Alex Hanson, Kensett, Iowa., BMS/KSE, $75.; 10. (14) 00 Owen Grube (R), Cambridge, Minn., SSR/KSE, $90.; 11. (12) 77 Jacob Stark, Austin, Minn., Hillson/KSE, $75.; 12. (5) 4a Joel Alberts, Kasson, Minn., Rocket/Action, $90.; 13. (1) 52w Nate Wasmund, Rochester, Minn., DirtDueler/Baiers, $90.; 14. (11) 61t Tammy Soma-Clark, Rochester, Minn., Skyrocket/Stoen, $75.; DNS – 18 Mick Glenn, Minnesota City, Minn., Skyrocket/JRM, $75.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (40 laps): 1. (1) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., VanderBuilt/Durham, 40, $3400.; 2. (5) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., VanderBuilt/Mullins, 40, $2075.; 3. (6) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 40, $1200.; 4. (12) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $1350.; 5. (10) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 40, $1140.; 6. (17) 96t R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., Longhorn/Mullins, 40, $700.; 7. (9) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 40, $935.; 8. (7) 19 Dustin Sorensen (R), Rochester, Minn., MBCustoms/Action, 40, $500.; 9. (18) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $450.; 10. (14) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, 40, $730.; 11. (2) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., MBCustoms/Troy’s, 40, $375.; 12. (24) 49jr Jake Timm, Minnesota City, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $350.; 13. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $650.; 14. (13) 23b Brett Bumgardner (R), Hawkeye, Iowa, SSR/Midnight, 40, $300.; 15. (16) 42 Paul Niznik, Medford, Wis., Rocket/Niznik, 40, $300.; 16. (22) 29h Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn., Killer/Baiers, 40, $250.; 17. (21) 23k Darwyn Karau, Kasson, Minn., Killer/Flyin’J, 40, $250.; 18. (19) 33 Joe Ludemann, Grand Meadow, Minn., LG2/Baier’s, 40, $250.; 19. (15) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $625.; 20. (8) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $625.; 21. (23) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/PerfAuto, 40, $300.; 22. (11) 49 Bob Timm, Winona, Minn., LG2/BuckBuilt, 28, $250.; 23. (20) 98 Kevin Stoa, Albert Lea, Minn., Harris/KSE, 27, $250.; 24. (4) 24 Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn., VanderBuilt/Stoen, 14, $300.; DNS – 20m Mark Motl, Owatonna, Minn., GRT/Stoen, 0, $200.; DNS – 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, 0, $200.

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

Lap Leader: J. Scott 1-40.

Total Laps Led: J. Scott 40.

Margin of Victory: 0.810 second.

Time of Race: 18 minutes, 30.815 seconds (3 cautions).

Provisional Starters: Clark, Timm.

Eibach Spring Forward Award: Whitwell (advanced 16 positions).

FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Whitwell (started 17th, finished 6th).

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