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WHEATLAND, MO. (April 22, 2022) - Johnny Scott’s early season roll in the Lucas Oil MLRA Series continued Friday night as he kicked off the 9th annual Pitts Homes MLRA Spring Nationals with a wire-to-wire win.
Scott, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, set fast qualifying time, won his heat race, started on the pole and led all 30 laps to capture his second MLRA feature win in three outings in 2022.
The caution-free 30-lap feature clicked off in only 9 minutes, 1 second.
“We kind of hit on some stuff over in Wichita (81 Speedway) and kind of have been sticking with that," Scott said. "I have to thank my brother (Stormy). Without him I wouldn't be here. He keeps me in the loop and tells me what I probably should run.
"Just everybody on the car that helps us go up and down the road, I definitely appreciate it. Everybody knows how expensive this stuff is. Without the sponsors, none of this would be possible. We're on a little hot streak and hopefully we can keep it up."
Scott, who earned $5,000 for the feature win, prevailed by 1.3 seconds over fast-closing Jason Papich with Stormy Scott finishing third, Chris Simpson fourth and Cole Wells fifth.
Meanwhile, the Night Two portion of the 9th annual Pitts Homes MLRA Spring Nationals will start one hour earlier than scheduled Saturday due to the threat of thunderstorms moving into the area late in the evening.
Pit and spectator gates will now open at open at 3 p.m. on Saturday with hot laps at 5:30 and opening ceremonies at 6:05.
Johnny Scott opened a five-second lead by lap 20 of the main event and held on from there as Papich, after moving into second, mounted a late charge to cut into the final margin.
"I knew he was coming," Scott said of Papich. "I was kind of bottled up. There were probably six cars right there in a bunch and there was nowhere I could go. I was just trying to hit my marks and it worked out for us."
Papich said getting into second past Kolby Vandenberg was a key.
"But by the time we got to him, we were out of laps," Papich said of running down the leader.
Vandenbergh ran second until lap 20 when he slid high in lapped traffic and fell back to sixth, with Papich moving into second and Stormy Scott to third.
Johnny Scott set fast qualifying time with a circuit of 15.248 seconds. Vandenbergh had fast time in Group 2 at 15.550.
McCowan leads all the way in USRA Modifieds: The reigning Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modified track champion blew away the field in his opening Lucas Oil Speedway event of 2022, leading all 20 laps for the feature win.
McCowan, of Urbana, finished 5.5 seconds in front of runner-up Matt Johnson with Jason Pursley finishing third, Dustin Hodges fourth and Kevin Blackburn fifth.
"The track was amazing tonight," McCowan said. It's one of the best tracks we've on all year. We've been on a lot of tracks, down south and out in New Mexico earlier in January. This is what I like to race on. This is perfect tonight."
McCowan, who picked up $750 for the win, started outside of the front row and quickly sprinted to the lead. Johnson and Pursley swapped the runner-up spot the first half of the race before Johnson settled into second to stay on lap 11.
Timmerman earns Show-Me Vintage Racers win: Donnie Timmerman of El Dorado Springs passed Andy Wiles after a restart with five laps to go, capturing the Show-Me Vintage Racers feature win.
"I ran Late Models for years and haven't drove the last five or six years," Timmerman said. "Rodney Ashworth gave me the opportunity to drive this and it was a lot of fun. All the people who used to come and watch me came tonight and it was a lot of fun."
Timmerman started 13th and worked his way into position as Wiles led most of the race. Wiles, who started eighth, took over the lead on lap three and had built a 1.8-second lead over Daniel Schmidt before a caution three laps later slowed the action.
By lap 10, Wiles had pushed his lead back to two seconds over Clevenger before the second caution bunched the field.
Timmerman took advantage, slipping past Wiles on lap 11 and going on to capture the win from there. Tom Charles wound up third, coming from 21st and tailback at the start.
LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY UNOFFICIAL RESULTS (April 22, 2022)
Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds
Show-Me Vintage Racers
Joining the MLRA Late Models on Saturday's program will be the Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds, along with the O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. The USRA Modifieds will be chasing a $1,000-to-win payday with the USRA Stock Cars and the USRA B-Mods feature winners earning $750.
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