Scott Is ‘Nightmare’ For USMTS Foes
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Although warmer weather greeted drivers and fans for the second night of the second annual Sparkling City Nationals presented by Double H Bands, a thick fog greeted the South Texas Speedway for Sunday’s United States Modified Touring Series main event.
For a race that looked like it took place in Transylvania, it was a fitting that the ‘New Mexico Nightmare’ survived to take the victory and $4,000 winner’s share of the prize money.
From the outside of the front row, Stormy Scott quickly disposed of polesitter and fellow Las Cruces, N.M., racer Jimmy Ray when the green flag was unfurled and proceeded to distance himself from the field.
A trio of caution flags on laps 14 and 24 kept the field within striking distance, but Scott stormed out to a huge lead on each restart and crossed the finish line more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Rick Beebe.
“It was treacherous out there,” Scott admitted during his victory lane interview with USMTS announcer Lon Oelke. “I went through all of my tear-offs and it was pretty hard to see, but I can’t complain. Everybody else had to race in the same conditions as me”
The first yellow flag waved with just two laps in the books. Among the casualties were Saturday night’s winner, Jason Krohn, and last night’s runner-up, Steve Whiteaker Jr. Rodney Sanders, who started sixth, was also involved in the multi-car crash, but was able to rejoin the race at the rear of the field.
The second caution on lap 14 enabled Scott’s teammate, Bryan Rowland, to make a move around Beebe on the restart, but Beebe returned the favor 10 laps later on a restart after the third and final caution flew.
Jake Gallardo passed 12 cars en route to a third-place finish and the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. It was the second straight night he earned that honor. Although Cade Dillard passed 14 cars, he was not eligible for the award as a provisional starter.
Fourth went to Rowland with Daniel Hilsabeck fifth.
Stormy Scott, Rick Beebe, Jake Gallardo, Bryan Rowland, Daniel Hilsabeck, T.J. Steele, Johnny Scott, Rodney Sanders, Cade Dillard, Joe Duvall, Tracy Denby Jr., Austin Theiss, Jesse Manning, Trevor Egbert, Jimmy Ray, Adam Penn, Philip Houston, Kelly Shryock, Darron Fuqua, Zack VanderBeek, Dereck Ramirez, Jeremy Payne, Jason Krohn, Steve Whiteaker Jr.