PEORIA, Ariz.–Johnny Scott notched his 33rd career USMTS victory Friday night as the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit invaded the Canyon Speedway Park for the series’ first trip into the state of Arizona.
Scott, who claimed the first two Summit USMTS Southern Series victories in Corpus Christi, Texas, back in February, grabbed the lead from polesitter Lance Mari with four laps complete and then held off a determined Rodney Sanders and rebounding Jake O’Neil during the final 31 circuits to earn the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money.
The 28-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., was relentless in picking off lapped cars while Sanders and O’Neil followed in his tire tracks. O’Neil followed Scott around Mari on lap 5 but nearly spun seven laps later, dropping back to fourth in the running order.
He clawed his way back to the front to challenge to front two cars and followed Scott and Sanders to the checkered flag with Stormy Scott and Bumper Jones rounding out the top five finishers.
After winning his Real Racing Wheels “B” Main, Stormy Scott started the main event from the 13th position and garnered both the Eibach Spring Forward Award and FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award after advancing nine spots in the nightcap.
Ricky Thornton Jr., who started 15th, came home sixth with Dereck Ramirez seventh, Lucas Schott eighth, Jason Noll ninth in his USMTS debut and Terry Phillips in tenth place.
With the win, Johnny Scott assumed the top spot in the national series points standings heading into the second night of action in the “Showdown at Canyon.”
On Saturday, the mud-chucking monsters of modified racing tear back into the semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval in Peoria, Ariz., with another complete show that also includes Arizona Differential Northern Sport Mods, Desert Restorations Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars and Sport Compacts.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and the green flag waves at 7 p.m. General admission is $25 for adults while seniors (60+) and members of the military get in for $20. Kids ages 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for adults, $20 for kids ages 7 to 11 or free for children ages 6 and under.
For those unable to be there in person, tune into www.RacinDirt.com to watch every lap of every race in every division live.
The Canyon Speedway Park is located 25 miles north of Phoenix on I-17 to exit 223-B, and then 6.8 miles west on SR 74, and then 0.2 mile south on N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy., and then 0.2 mile west on W. Carefree Hwy. (9777 W Carefree Hwy, Peoria, AZ 85383). For more information, check out www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223.
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