DECORAH, Iowa–Johnny Scott vaulted to victory in a war of the VanderBuilts Sunday night at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, leading the final 21 of 40 laps to score his second trophy in the USMTS Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC.
Zack VanderBeek-the purveyor of the one-year-old VanderBuilt Race Cars chassis company-took off from the pole and set the pace for the first ten laps before Stormy Scott showed his fellow front-row-starting teammate a faster way around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.
Johnny Scott, who started third, steered his VanderBuilt around VanderBeek two laps later and began to pressure his elder twin brother, eventually powering by on the high side of turn two to take the lead for good just past the halfway mark.
The $2,850 triumph marked the 34th career USMTS feature win for Johnny Scott, breaking a tie with 2007 USMTS national champ Jason Krohn and leaving him two wins shy of tying Jon Tesch’s 36-win mark.
VanderBeek, who collected his first of 45 career wins here during his rookie campaign in 2005, wound up second Sunday night while Lucas Schott got by Stormy Scott for fourth.
Dereck Ramirez raced from 16th on the grid to finish fifth, earning both the Eibach Spring Forward Award and FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award. Two-time USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders was sixth, Saturday’s winner Dustin Sorensen wound up seventh, points leader Jake O’Neil earned an eighth-place paycheck, Jacob Bleess advanced ten positions to claim ninth and and Josh Angst rounded out the top ten.
In the points battle that will pay the 2018 USMTS national champion a whopping $50,000 this year, O’Neil continues to sit at the top, clinging to a 21-point cushion (1286 to 1265) over Johnny Scott. Schott sits third with 1210 markers, followed by Stormy Scott (1199), Sanders (1198), VanderBeek (1185), Ramirez (1178), Terry Phillips (1138), Jake Timm (952) and Joe Duvall (924).
Johnny Scott (1st) makes the winning pass around the outside of his twin brother, Stormy Scott, during the USMTS main event on Sunday, May 27, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.
The USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit returns to action Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 7-9, for a three-night Sunflower State showdown. On Thursday, the series returns to the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., and then Friday finds the sultans of speed at the Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan., for the first time since 2004. The weekend wraps up on Sunday with the legion of zoom strafing the Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan., for the second straight season.
It all leads up to the Modified Masters and the second Crown Jewel event of the USMTS campaign on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 14-16, at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.
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