It was a night of many firsts for Johnny Scott on Saturday.
Prior to Saturday’s show, there had been 102 United States Modified Touring Series features contested at the Deer Creek Speedway since the first on May 25, 2002.
In the 103rd USMTS main event at ‘The Creek,’ Scott picked up his career-first victory on the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval in Spring Valley, Minn.
And not only did the 28-year-old driver of the No. 1st Rancho Milagro Racing VanderBuilt capture his 12th main event victory this season in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit, his performance sealed his first USMTS national championship with two points race still remaining.
His wire-to-wire win Saturday night was worth $3,400 but another $50,000 awaits the series’ first champion from the state of New Mexico at the annual awards banquet in January.
While Scott led all 40 laps on Saturday, it wasn’t a cake walk.
Ryan Gustin pounded the wall trying to find a path to the lead for most of the race, and Stormy Scott came on strong in the last half of the feature to snag the runner-up honors from Gustin.