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Three straight for Johnny Scott in USMTS thriller at RPM Speedway

July 1st, 2013

CRANDALL, Texas – Johnny Scott captured his third straight United States Modified Touring Series victory Friday night as he conquered a thrilling main event during the Town East Ford “Built Ford Tough 40″ at the RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas.

A balmy 104 degrees during the day did not deter the throng of race fans that flooded the ticket window at the quarter-mile clay oval, and they were rewarded with a wild nail-biter during the evening for the sixth race during the seven-show 4s Motorsports Southern Speedweek powered by Lecolift.

USMTS boss Todd Staley threw the teams a curve ball with a round of group qualifying to set the heat race line-ups, but Scott hit a home run by leading his group with the fastest time on the clock and then proceeded to win the sixth heat race from the outside of the second row.

When Scott redrew the pole position for the 40-lap main event, it may have seemed to some that the race was over at the at point, but it was anything but.

When the green flag waved, it was fellow front-row starter Jason Hughes snagging the advantage. The 2010 USMTS national champion took to the low side of the racing surface while Scott moved to the high side and gave chase. Six laps into the race, Stormy Scott slipped underneath his younger twin brother to secure the second spot and began to reel in Hughes.

Hughes hit lapped traffic on lap 10 and Stormy Scott took advantage to power past Hughes at the flagstand to lead lap 12. As the pair entered the first turn, Hughes went to the top of the track and the duo split a back-marker as they raced down the back-stretch.

Gaining the advantage back in the next corner, Hughes settled back in front of
Stormy Scott to lead the next circuit and held him at bay for two more laps when the
race’s first of two cautions slowed the pace.

With the lead pair fighting for real estate around the bottom, Johnny Scott flew to the high side of the bullring and scooted past his brother on the restart. One lap later, he powered around the outside of Hughes and pulled out to a three-car-length cushion as he completed the 17th circuit. Rodney Sanders, who won here two months ago in the USMTS debut at Jason Troutman’s speedplant, got by Stormy Scott for third with 20 laps complete and then went around Hughes six laps later to gain second.

While Johnny Scott continued to enjoy a comfortable lead, the fight for the runner-up spot was nothing short of jaw-dropping as Sanders, Hughes and Stormy Scott repeatedly swapped positions and slide-jobs. Hughes regained second on lap 28, Sanders got it back on lap 33, Stormy Scott crossed the stripe second on lap 35, Sanders regained the position one lap later and then the yellow flag was revealed again to set up a four-lap spring to the finish.

Johnny Scott was flawless on the restart as Sanders followed him around Hughes into second. Sanders was unable to run down the leader and settled for the runner-up finish while Johnny Scott recorded his 19th career USMTS main event win and all but locked up the points title in the Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

With bonuses, the win-his seventh of the 2013 campaign-was worth $3,250 to the 23-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., with eight of his 19 career wins coming at racetracks in the Lone Star State.

Hughes finished third in Friday’s barn-burner while Steve Whiteaker Jr. got by Stormy Scott with two laps remaining to snare the fourth spot with Chris Brown falling in behind Stormy Scott in sixth.

Clyde Dunn Jr., who wrecked his ride in a roll-over Thursday night at the Kennedale Speedway Park, thrashed all night with his crew to repair the damage and emerged with a seventh-place finish 24 hours later. Chase Allen was eighth, Zack VanderBeek was ninth and Rick Beebe rounded out the top 10 finishers.

VanderBeek, who passed 11 competitors after starting 20th on the 26-car grid, picked up his second straight Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award for his efforts.

The USMTS Casey’s Cup Series heads north on Saturday to the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., for the last of seven races in the 4s Motorsports Southern Speedweek powered by Lecolift and the final event of 2013 in the Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

With his Friday night feat, Johnny Scott leads Sanders by 44 points and can wrap up the $5,000 regional points title by finishing 16 or better, regardless of what Sanders does. Brown and VanderBeek are tied for third in the rankings with Hughes edging Kelly Shryock for fifth. Stormy Scott and Dunn share the seventh position, Whiteaker is ninth and Dereck Ramirez is tenth.

Unfortunately for his competition, four of Johnny Scott’s wins have come in the Sooner State, including the most recent event on April 27 at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway. Sanders won the previous race in 2012.

The Southern Oklahoma Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.7 mile east of I-35 (exit 29) on US 70, then 1.8 miles south on US 77. For more information call 405-627-1766 or click www.southernoklahomaspeedway.com to visit the track’s official website.

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.

Tripleheader in Texas, Louisiana this weekend for USMTS

March 13th, 2013

CRANDALL, Texas – Up next for the United States Modified Touring Series is a tripleheader at three popular speedplants in Texas and Louisiana this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15-17.

The RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas, kicks things off this Friday, March 15, with the inaugural Honeycutt Sand & Gravel Modified Nationals powered by Lecolift as the 1/4-mile semi-banked dirt oval hosts the USMTS Modifieds for the first time in the 15-year history of the series.

Fans have waited nearly a year for the debut as the inaugural event was rained out last year just as the team haulers were filling the pit area.

Long-time Dallas-Fort Worth businessman and racer Jason Troutman acquired the facility in November, and since then the track has seen several improvements including a newly-configured racing surface that drew rave reviews during the track’s grand opening event three weeks ago.

The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and the grandstand gates swing open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are slated for 6:45 with the first green flag scheduled to unfurl at 7 p.m. Adults grandstand tickets are just $17, seniors ages 65 and older get in for $15, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 & under are free. Pit passes are $35. Limited Mods, Factory Stocks and Street Stocks will round out the four-division racing card. The RPM Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked dirt oval located southeast of US 175 in Crandall, Texas, on CR 4106 (Bud Stoy Rd. exit) to the intersection of CR 4104. For more information call 972-427-6822 or visit www.rpmspeedwaytx.com online.

From there, the teams trek to the Bayou State with a stop at Gene Boyter’s Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., on Saturday for the 4th Annual Lecolift Cajun Clash on Saturday, March 16.

Johnny Scott captured the win here the last time the USMTS visited on June 13, 2010. Jason Hughes won the event in 2009 and Duke Whiseant took home the hardware in his career-first USMTS start in the first-ever event here in 2008.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstand gates swing open at 5, hot laps take to the track at 6 and the racing action kicks off at 6:30. Adults grandstand tickets are $17, youth ages 13-18 are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 & under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Local B-Mods and Factory Stocks will round out the night’s racing card.

The Ark-La-Tex Speedway a 1/4-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. For race day information, call the track hotline at 318-375-3470 or click www.arklatexspeedway.net to visit them on the World Wide Web.

The weekend tripleheader wraps up on Sunday, March 17, at the Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, La., where fans have been treated to some exciting USMTS shows in the past.

In 2009, a caution flag with five laps to go doomed Kelly Shryock as it erased a seven-second lead and allowed Jason Hughes to muscle his way to victory. Two year later, Shryock returned to exact his revenge and won the last USMTS race here in 2011.

Hughes also bagged the feature win in the series debut here in 2007, while Jack Sullivan won in April 2009 on what was then a big 7/16-mile oval. Since then, the track has been reduced to a racy 1/3-mile oval.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. on Sunday, grandstand gates open at 5, hot laps begin at 5:30 and the racing starts at 6 p.m. Adults grandstand tickets are $17, youth ages 13-18 are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 & under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Local B-Mods and Factory Stocks will also be racing.

The Boothill Speedway is located west of Shreveport on I-20 to the Carthage-Morningsport Exit (exit 3), then 0.2 mile north, then east on McGee Rd. For more information call 318-938-5373 or check out www.boothillspeedway.org online.

This weekend’s tripleheader be the season’s third, fourth and fifth events in the USMTS Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. A top prize of $2,000 awaits the winner each night, with the opportunity for the winning driver to double that amount by taking part in the Big Dog Buy-In. For an additional $100 entry fee at the time of registration. Those drivers who “buy in” will race for an extra $2,000 to win.

Among the combatants expected for this blockbuster event are the three winningest drivers in USMTS history: nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock, 2010 titlist Jason Hughes and two-time defending national champ Ryan Gustin. Gustin is the current points leader in the region after the first two events.

Others expected to challenge for a visit to victory lane are Johnny Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Rodney Sanders, Jason Krohn, Jeremy Payne, Clyde Dunn Jr., Rick Beebe, Thomas Tillison Jr., Willy Kraft, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Philip Houston, Randy Timms, Austin Siebert, Howard Willis, Chris Brown, Logan Martin, Trevor Hunt, Casey Penn, John O Whittington, Jamie Burford, Cody Simpson, Shane Hebert, Cade Dillard, Kyle Cummings, Dereck Ramirez, J.P. Dowell, Tracy Denby Jr., Gene Nicholas, T.J. Steele, Steve Miller, Phil Dixon, Masen Big Eagle, Jeff Allgayer, Joey Galloway, Larry Clevenger, Adam Penn and many others.

EVENT PAYOFF: Licensed – 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $550, 8. $500, 9. $450, 10. $400, 11. $375, 12. $350, 13. $325, 14-24. $300, Tow $90; Non-Licensed – 1. $2000, 2. $1200, 3. $800, 4. $700, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $400, 8. $350, 9. $300, 10. $250, 11. $225, 12-24. $200, Tow $75.

ENTRY FEES: Early entry is $90 for USMTS-licensed competitors or $100 for non-licensed. Late or at-the-track entry is $110 for all drivers. Entry forms can be viewed or downloaded at www.usmts.com/downloads or call 515-832=7944 to register
today. There is no requirement to purchase a USMTS license, but benefits include higher event purses and bonus payouts, increased tow money, discounted entry fees, points funds and contingencies and a personalized profile page on the USMTS website. The cost of a USMTS regional license is $150.

PROVISIONALS/TOP DOG BONUS: Two (2) provisionals will be awarded based on regional points. The top 10 drivers in regional points are guaranteed a minimum $400 in winnings and 11th through 15th a minimum $200 (must have perfect attendance in the
region to be eligible).

RULES & PROCEDURES: All USMTS rules apply. Qualifying will be done by heat race passing points and “B” Mains. Draw for heat race starting spot ends 15 minutes before hot laps. RACEceivers and AMB transponders are mandatory and available for rent or purchase at the USMTS trailer.

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.