CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas–Being second has been the key to finishing first for Johnny Scott during the first two nights of the 9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks at the South Texas Speedway.
In front of a hearty crowd at the 3/8-mile clay oval in Corpus Christi on Saturday night, the 28-year-old from Cameron, Mo., started on the outside of the front row to start the 40-lap Summit USMTS Southern Series main event, but polesitter Bobby Malchus of Red Oak, Texas, seized control when the green flag was displayed.
Challenging the leader on several occasions, Scott shadowed Malchus throughout the opening laps while Cade Dillard, Rodney Sanders and Ethan Dotson tussled for the other positions inside the top five.
Lapped traffic came into play with 14 laps in the books, and after three more laps Malchus made contact with a back-marker which sent him into a spin and out of contention for the win.
That left Scott to set the pace for the next green-flag restart with Dillard, Sanders, Dotson and Joe Duvall in tow. Dotson, competing in just his second USMTS race, slipped past Sanders for third but that was the final change of position among the leaders as Scott cruised the final 22 laps to score his second win in a row to kick off the 2018 campaign.
On Friday, Sanders paced the first 35 laps before his driveshaft exited the car and ending his night. Scott was waiting to assume his spot afterward.
Saturday was the 32nd win of Scott’s USMTS career was worth another $3,000 check.
While Dillard, Dotson, Sanders and Duvall completed the top five, sixth through tenth went to Manuel Williams II, Carlos Ahumada Jr., Bo Day, Dereck Ramirez and Jordan Weaver.
Ahumada, who started 18th, raked in several additional awards including the Eibach Spring Forward Award for advancing the most positions throughout the program, FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars in the feature race, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products “Trick Move” of the Race Award and a contingency from Wilwood Disc Brakes for finishing in the seventh spot.
Overall, four of Saturday’s top 10 finishers are contenders for the Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year Award.
Sunday’s event at the Texana Raceway in Edna has been cancelled due tio rain.
The USMTS will be back at it again on Thursday, March 1, at the Grayson County Speedway in Bells, Texas, with an open practice scheduled for Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. Friday will find the mud-slinging Modified monsters at the Kennedale Speedway Park and on Saturday the series tackles the Superbowl Speedway in Greenville.
This will be the only swing through the Dallas-Fort Worth area until the inaugural Summit USMTS Southern Nationals returns to Kennedale in November.
The first points race in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental happens two weeks later on Friday, March 9, at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., which will also be a Summit USMTS Southern Series points race.
On Saturday, March 10, the series will move to the ‘House of Hook’ in Meridian, Miss., at the Whynot Motorsports Park, with the final stop of the 9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks taking place at the Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss.
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