Scott weathers storm, wins Dakota Tour IMCA Modified feature at Estevan

Johnny Scott was the $2,300 winner of Monday’s Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour main event, taking over sole possession of the top spot in the point standings as well with the IMCA Modified checkers at Estevan Motor Speedway. (Photo by Byron Fichter)

ESTEVAN, Sask. (July 10) – After weathering the storm, Johnny Scott raced to the Kupper Chevro­let Dakota Classic Tour IMCA Modified feature win Monday at Estevan Motor Speedway.

Heavy rains hit right the track right after the first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car heat race was com­pleted.

Unlike last year, when flooding and a state of emergency grabbed the headlines and the tour event was canceled, the rains subsided and the track prep crew got the 3/8-mile clay oval ready and racing resumed.

Scott took advantage of his front row start spot in the 30-lap main event to take the early lead ahead of Jason Wolla.

As the laps ticked by, the frontrunners entered lapped traffic and Scott had to hold off Wolla again as well as Jordan Grabouski, up from ninth starting.

Scott stayed strong up front to lead all 30 laps, earning $2,300 and sole possession of the top spot in the point standings for his efforts. He was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

Grabouski pulled a late-race pass to grab second from Wolla. Defending champion and Sunday winner Hunter Marriott and Eddie Belec rounded out the top five.

Ricky Thornton Jr., also a former Modified tour champion, borrowed Curt Lund’s Stock Car and raced to the $800 win.

Matt Speckman and Thornton were quick to separate themselves from the rest of the field, enter­ing lapped traffic with 10 circuits to go.

Thornton found a lane around Speckman to take the lead, then held off all challengers following a restart with nine to go.

Speckman, defending champion and point leader Elijah Zevenbergen, Dalton Flory and Kyle Pfeifer came across the line in the top five. Zevenbergen and Pfeifer both won “B” features in qualify­ing for the big show.

Night four of the tour takes traveling IMCA Modifieds and Stock Cars back to North Dakota and Williston Basin Speedway on Tuesday.

Race time is 7 p.m. The event will be broadcast on IMCATV.

Feature Results

Modifieds – 1. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 2. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 3. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 4. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 5. Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo.; 6. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 7. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa; 8. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 9. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 10. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 11. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa; 12. Billy Kendall, Baxter, Minn.; 13. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, Iowa; 14. Shawn Strand, Mandan, N.D.; 15. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; 16. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 17. Steven Pfeifer, Minot, N.D.; 18. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 19. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 20. Ryan Mikkelson, Jame­stown, N.D.; 21. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 22. Scott Bintz, Jamestown, N.D.; 23. Cody Bau­man, Eureka, Ill.; 24. Randy Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; 25. Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas; 26. Jordan Huettl, Minot, N.D.; 27. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 28. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas; 29. Jett Big Eagle, Manor; 30. Masen Big Eagle, Manor.

Stock Cars – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 2. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 3. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 4. Dalton Flory, Williston, N.D.; 5. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan.; 6. Joe Flory, Williston, N.D.; 7. Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; 8. Chad Sterling, Stock­ton, Kan.; 9. Austin Daae, Estevan; 10. Cody Nelson, Kenmare, N.D.; 11. Jake Nelson, Williston, N.D.; 12. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas; 13. Chris Ellis, Stanley, N.D.; 14. Jeffrey Abbey, Coman­che, Texas; 15. Beau Deschamp, Bottineau, N.D.; 16. Robert Pickering, Weyburn; 17. Cody Dignan, Burlington, N.D.; 18. Joren Boyce, Minot, N.D.; 19. Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas; 20. Chris Hortness, Estevan; 21. Kevin Mattox, Ray, N.D.; 22. Gary Goudy Jr., Stoughton; 23. Angel Munoz, Lamar, Colo.; 24. Gregg Mann, Estevan; 25. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas; 26. Perry Misner, Albert, Kan.; 27. Devin Raynard, Lampman; 28. Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.