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Stormy Scott Wins USMTS 'Hunt' Race at 81 Speedway
After a rough start to the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup last weekend, Stormy Scott bounced back Thursday night at the 81 Speedway to pick up his first win since in over a month and keep himself in the hunt for the USMTS national championship.
Scott started seventh on the 25-car grid but quickly asserted himself over the field and snagged the lead away from early race leader Joe Adams with five laps complete.
From there, the 24-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., paced the final 35 orbits to claim the $3,000 top prize and notch his 12th victory of the 2014 campaign. All of those victories have been powered by VP Racing Fuels.
Moreover, his first trip to the winners circle since June 27 at the Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas, kept his title hopes alive after falling as low as sixth in the standings last Saturday after entering Friday's race as the points leader.
By virtue of winning two regional points titles this year, Scott would earn a $40,000 paycheck for becoming the next USMTS national champion. All other drivers in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup are grappling for a $20,000 top prize.
One of those other drivers, Rodney Sanders, failed to finish the main event for the first time since that same June 27 event. While battling among the top five in Thursday's feature, a battery failure sidelined the defending United States Modified Touring Series national champion just 10 laps into the race.
Zack VanderBeek, who finished second to Sanders here earlier this summer, wound up with his second runner-up finish in as many tries at C. Ray Hall's 3/8-mile oval in Park City, Kan.
Austin Siebert won the second Real Racing Wheels "B" Main from the seventh starting spot, and then clawed his way from 14th at the start to earn a third-place finish in the 40-lap nightcap en route to claiming the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.
Driving for Southern Oklahoma Speedway owner John Webb, Trucks Unlimited teammates Rick Beebe and Joe Duvall finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with Dereck Ramirez, Tyler Davis, Daniel Hilsabeck, rookie points leader Jake Gallardo and Paden Phillips rounding out the top 10.
Sanders remains atop the points standings in the Hunt for the Casey's Cup with a 24-point cushion over Scott (438 to 414). VanderBeek is third with 408 markers, followed by Hilsabeck (375), Johnny Scott (371), Kelly Shryock (371), Ramirez (354), Duvall (350), Beebe (308) and Terry Phillips (295).
On Friday, the series makes its final trip to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan. Spectator gates will swing open at 5 p.m. and the first green flag will wave at 8 p.m. Also on the racing card will be USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Pure Stocks.
John Allen and his #98 Sour Patch Kids/Oreo Modified will be at the Casey's General Store located at 220 W. Cherry in Chanute from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Daniel Hilsabeck, along with his #22D AMP Energy Drinks Modified, will be at the 712 E. Madison Ave. store in Iola from 11:30-1:30 as well. Race fans can pick up $2-off adult admission coupons at both stores throughout the day.
The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information call 620-431-2470 or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com . For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits call 620-473-3694.
Saturday will find the tireless USMTS touring titans at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., for the 5th Annual Lucas Slick Mist Shootout and the four-race weekend wraps up on Sunday at the West Siloam Speedway near Colcord, Okla.
To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts , follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv .
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