Johnny Scott homecoming king in USMTS debut at El Paso
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February 21, 2014  |  by Jeff Nun, USMTS.com

EL PASO, Texas—Johnny Scott used a pair of restarts to his advantage Friday night to capture the main event victory as the United States Modified Touring Series invaded the El Paso Speedway Park for the first time in the 16-year history of the series.

Before spending a majority of the past four seasons behind the wheel of a USMTS Modified, the 24-year-old completed his apprenticeship here on Fridays and nearby Southern New Mexico Speedway in his hometown of Las Cruces on Saturday nights.

Friday’s inaugural Casa Ford-Lincoln ‘Icebreaker’ presented by MSD proved to be a homecoming celebration for Scott, as he used that experience to make the most of a pair of caution flags to snag his first win of the season in front of a supportive audience.

Defending USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders drew the pole for the feature race and set a brisk pace until the race’s first yellow flag waved on lap 13.

On the restart, Scott used the high line to sneak by Daniel Hilsabeck and then kept Sanders within striking distance until the next caution five laps later.

Using another quick move to the outside when the green flag returned, Scott edged ahead of Sanders as they reached the flagstand the next time around.

Despite three more caution periods over the next dozen laps, Sanders was unable to return the favor to Scott and had to settle for the runner-up finish while fending off the winner’s older twin brother, Stormy Scott.

For Johnny Scott, it his 22nd career USMTS victory was worth $2,000 and gave the reborn Ramirez Race Cars chassis its first win of the young 2014 campaign for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy.

Terry Phillips finished fourth behind the trio of 20-somethings, with Fito Gallardo finishing third to give Las Cruces three of the first five spots.

Hilsabeck held on for a season-best sixth-place finish. Bryan Rowland came from 16th to finish seventh and El Paso Speedway Park boss Royal Jones passes seven competitors en route to an eighth-place paycheck.

Joe Duvall was ninth at the finish line and Trevor Egbert came from 20th on the 24-car grid to round out the top-10 finishers.

With six events down and four to go in the $5,000-to-win MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports points battle, Stormy Scott continues to lead Sanders and Johnny Scott.

Action continues in El Paso with a $3,000-to-win main event on Saturday. USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Legends Cars will also be in action for the second straight night.

Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 6:30. Adult admission is $15 and kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $40.

Saturday night’s festivities will be carried live online via pay-per-view. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for ordering information and don’t miss a single lap.

The El Paso Speedway Park is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 6.0 miles east of FM 375 on US 62, then 0.5 mile north on Krag St., then east on Tangerine Ave. For more information call 915-791-8749 or visit www.epspeedwaypark.com online.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy – MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports
Inaugural Casa Ford-Lincoln ‘Icebreaker’ presented by MSD
El Paso Speedway Park, El Paso, Texas.
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races are locked into the “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

C&R RACING HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (5) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 78 Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas.
5. (8) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
6. (7) 5* Adam Penn (R), Shreveport, La.
7. (9) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas.
8. (4) 61 Bobby Sikes Jr. (R), Eunice, N.M.
9. (3) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas.

JRi SHOCKS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 51 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa.
2. (4) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
3. (8) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
4. (2) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (6) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
6. (3) 16 Eddie Martin, Stilwell, Okla.
7. (5) 28 Tom Georges (R), El Paso, Texas.
8. (7) 87 Lee Heiligenthal, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (9) 10 Roger Owens, El Paso, Texas.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
2. (4) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Waukee, Iowa.
3. (2) 44 Christy Georges, El Paso, Texas.
4. (5) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
5. (6) 22b Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan.
6. (3) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas.
7. (7) J7 Jake Boles (R), Alamo Gordo, N.M.
8. (8) 22 John Calvert Jr. (R), Rio Rancho, N.M.

PBM PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (6) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
2. (3) J17 Jake Gallardo (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (2) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) 95 Dylan Smith (R), Osceola, Neb.
5. (5) 88n Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
6. (1) 5 Shane Sprinkle (R), Andrews, Texas.
7. (4) 32 Max Sadler (R), Springerville, Ariz.
8. (8) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (2) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
2. (1) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 22b Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan.
4. (5) 5* Adam Penn (R), Shreveport, La.
5. (3) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas, GRT/AOS, $60.
7. (11) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas, TSM/Adams, $60.
8. (9) 61 Bobby Sikes Jr. (R), Eunice, N.M., Skyrocket/Grey, $80.
9. (10) 22 John Calvert Jr. (R), Rio Rancho, N.M., Shaw/J&J, $80.
10. (8) J7 Jake Boles (R), Alamo Gordo, N.M., GRT/Boles, $80.
11. (7) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas, LG2/BMS, $60.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (4) 88n Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
2. (3) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
3. (9) 87 Lee Heiligenthal, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 78 Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas.
5. (1) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
6. (7) 28 Tom Georges (R), El Paso, Texas.
7. (8) 32 Max Sadler (R), Springerville, Ariz., TRE/King, $80.
8. (10) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas, LG2/BMS, $60.
9. (11) 10 Roger Owens, El Paso, Texas, D&M/JRM, $60.
10. (6) 5 Shane Sprinkle (R), Andrews, Texas.
11. (5) 16 Eddie Martin, Stilwell, Okla., Skyrocket/Grey, $80.

MESILLA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION “A” MAIN (30 laps):
1. (4) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., Ramirez/ProPower, 30, $2000.
2. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Sput’s, 30, $1500.
3. (7) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, 30, $1000.
4. (3) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Hatfield, 30, $800.
5. (10) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/AOS, 30, $700.
6. (2) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Waukee, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, 30, $600.
7. (16) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla., LG2/ProPower, 30, $500.
8. (15) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M., GRT/Klein, 30, $450.
9. (8) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Mullins, 30, $400.
10. (20) 78 Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas, Hughes/Sput’s, 30, $350.
11. (22) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M., GRT/Sput’s, 30, $325.
12. (23) 5 Shane Sprinkle (R), Andrews, Texas, Hughes/RoushYates, 30, $300.
13. (24) 28 Tom Georges (R), El Paso, Texas, AOS/TNT, 30, $275.
14. (21) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M., AOS/AOS, 30, $250.
15. (11) 95 Dylan Smith (R), Osceola, Neb., Jet/Woods, 30, $250.
16. (6) 51 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, Skyrocket/PTS, 30, $250.
17. (18) 87 Lee Heiligenthal, Las Cruces, N.M., DirtWorks/Heiligenthal, 30, $200.
18. (17) 22b Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan., MBCustom/Mullins, 30, $400.
19. (5) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Ramirez/ProPower, 27, $400.
20. (12) 44 Christy Georges, El Paso, Texas, GRT/Barnett, 27, $250.
21. (19) 5* Adam Penn (R), Shreveport, La., Hughes/Geddes, 26, $250.
22. (13) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, Hughes/RoushYates, 22, $250.
23. (9) J17 Jake Gallardo (R), Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/AOS, 20, $400.
24. (14) 88n Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Black, 9, $200.

(R) = Rookie of the Year contender.

Lap Leaders: Sanders, 1-18, J. Scott 19-30.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 18, J. Scott 12.
Margin of Victory: 0.964 second.
Provisional Starters: Sprinkle, T. Georges.
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: Phillips.
Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger: B. Jones (started 22nd, finished 11th).
Next Race: Saturday, Feb. 22, El Paso Speedway Park, El Paso, Texas.
MVT Gulf Coast Border Region Points Standings: S. Scott 563, Sanders 528, J. Scott 462, Jason Krohn 401, Beebe 395, Rowland 382, Ramirez 378, J. Gallardo 376, Hilsabeck 370, Shryock 365.
Rookie of the Year Points: J. Gallardo 376, Cade Dillard 346, Penn 303, Sprinkle 293, Darron Fuqua 273.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: ProPower 54, Geddes 48, Sput’s 43, Durham 28, CB 28, Mullins 28.
Manufacturers Championship Points: LG2 56, MBCustom 53, Ramirez 42, GRT 34, Hughes 32.

Contingency Awards:
American Racer – Ray.
Beyea Custom Headers – Houston.
Brass Monkey Racing Products – Beebe.
C&R Racing – J. Scott.
Edelbrock – Duvall.
FK Rod Ends – Smith.
Forty9Designs.com – Ray, Ramirez.
Fuel Safe – Hilsabeck.
GRT Race Cars – R. Jones.
Hooker Harness – T. Georges.
JRi Shocks – Shryock.
KEVKO Oil Pans & Components – Duvall.
Keyser Manufacturing – Egbert.
Marsh Racing Wheels – J. Gallardo.
Mesilla Valley Transportation – B. Jones.
MSD Ignition – J. Scott, Sanders.
PBM Performance Products – Phillips, J. Scott.
Power Lift Racing Products – Heiligenthal.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics – Phillips.
VP Racing Fuels – J. Scott.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, AMP Energy, Casey’s General Stores, COMP Cams, Day Motor Sports, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, Intercomp, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, MSD, Nitroquest Media Group, RACEceiver, RacinDirt.com, Snickers, SpiderWeb Modular Storage Solutions, Swan Energy, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Double H Bands, ElbowsUp.com, Erson Cams, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Major League Bowhunter, Mesilla Valley Transportation, New Vision Graphics, Olympic Fire Protection, Penn Transport, Road Runner Crane, Road Runner Trucking, S&S Fishing & Rental, United Cellular Services.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, Bell Racing Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, Brass Monkey Racing Products, C&R Racing, CPD Racing Tools, Edelbrock, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Hooker Harness, JRi Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, PBM Performance Products, Power Lift Racing Products, Quarter Master, Real Racing Wheels, Sybesma Graphics, Tiger Rear Ends.



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