CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas-The Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by Production Jars kicked off the 2018 campaign Friday with the first round of the 9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks presented by MSD Performance, and Johnny Scott becoming the first driver to dance in victory lane.
The 28-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., and now residing in Cameron, Mo., appeared to be heading for a runner-up finish in the season’s first 40-lap main event, but mechanical troubles for race-long leader Rodney Sanders with just five laps remaining cleared the path for Scott.
“We had a really good car tonight, but no doubt Rodney had the fastest car tonight,” Scott said in victory lane. “I hate it for his guys but we’ll take them however we can get them. These wins are so hard to come by.”
While Sanders was dominant from the start of the first heat race until his undoing late in the feature race, several others gave the wind-blown Corpus Christi crowd plenty of action to witness.
Jon Mitchell, who started next to Sanders on the front row, battled inside the top three positions the whole race and eventually held off hard-charging Cade Dillard for second-place money.
Tenth-starting Joe Duvall registered a fourth-place result while Dereck Ramirez roared from 15th on the grid to notch the final spot in the top five.
Logan Robertson, Bobby Malchus, Ethan Dotson, Carlos Ahumada Jr. and Bryan Rowland completed the top 10.
The win was the 31st of Scott’s career, and worth $3,000.
Round 2 of the 9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks continues at the South Texas Speedway on Saturday. Spectator gates open at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.
Then on Sunday, the action moves to the Texana Raceway in Edna. Gates open at 1 p.m., hot laps start at 4:30 and racing begins at 5. General admission tickets are $20 and pit passes are $35. Limited Mods and Pure Stocks are racing for $750 and $500 to win, respectively,
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