Las Cruces, N.M. — -Returning to his home track for the first night of the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout on Friday, Stormy Scott led the final 35 of 40 laps at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., and recorded his 46th career USMTS victory.


After grabbing the lead from Lucas Schott with five laps complete, Scott raced away from the field and survived four cautions-including two in the final six laps-to earn a $3,450 payday on the 3/8-mile clay oval.


Jake O’Neil, who captured last his first USMTS win six days ago in his home state of Arizona, started deep in the field but raced his way past a dozen drivers to nab the runner-up honors, along with both the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Awards and Eibach Spring Forward Award.


Terry Phillips challenged Scott early on before settling for a third-place paycheck at the checkered flag, while Zack VanderBeek held off Schott for the fourth spot.


Dereck Ramirez came from 23rd on the grid to claim sixth, seventh went to Rodney Sanders, R.C. Whitwell crossed the finish line eighth, Bumper Jones was ninth and Joe Duvall rounded out the top ten.


A field of 53 entries were on hand for the dual USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup and Summit USMTS Southern Series event.


Action continues Saturday and Sunday with Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile X-Mods, Casa Nissan Legends Cars and Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars joining the program again both nights.


On Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. General admission is $12 or a family pack is available for $30. On Sunday, gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 5 p.m. General admission is $15, and the family pack is $35. Pit passes are $40 each night and kids ages 10 and under get in free both days.


For those unable to be there in person, every lap of every race in every division both nights will be broadcast live on


The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information, call (575) 524-7913 or (505) 524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.comonline. You can also check us out on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at


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-USMTS Press Release
-Photo credit: James Adams, Jr.

Stormy Scott Scores in Short Track Shootout Opener