Scott adds Open Showdown checker to championship season

By: Jeannie Broussal
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Matt Scott, All American Speedway’s 2010 Late Model champion, overcame an early crash to win the 75-lap Open Showdown main event Saturday night. “We got a fender rub right when the 05 and 50 wrecked,” Scott said of Roseville’s Eric Schmidt and Wilton’s Jason Fensler. “I saw the smoke coming up. They red-flagged the race, which really helped us in the long run. We came back out on the track, and I didn't want to be cocky, but I told my team this one is ours. The team worked hard back in the pits this whole season. We came out here looking for a win and we got one.” Schmidt took the lead on lap eight but then came together hard with Modesto’s Mike David, a former NASCAR West Series champion, coming out of turn four. Scott was hit hard on the right side during the melee. Schmidt and Fensler made hard contact going into turn three on the restart. Fensler leaked oil around much of the track, which brought out a red flag. Fensler’s night was done. Scott, Schmidt and David all pitted. Scott was eighth on the restart. By lap 17, he was second, followed by 14-year-old Cameron Hayley of Canada in a Bill McAnally Racing Toyota. Scott took the lead on lap 23 when Jonathan Mawhinney went high between turns one and two. Scott, Mawhinney and Hayley drove in that order to the checkered flag on lap 75. BMR driver Andrew Murray, 13, of Temecula finished eighth. Schmidt was the top qualifier, and Fensler won the dash. Scott Winters won the 60-lap Modified race. Jason Philpot led from laps 12 to 39 before Winters got around him. Mickey Owens dominated the 35-lap Street Stock feature. He took the lead for good on lap 12. Sammy Solari outdueled Rick Poppert for second. Rookie Matt Camp won the Bomber main. Keith Hopkinson led from laps two to 21 before Camp took first and led the last four laps. Hopkinson finished second. All American Speedway will be the site for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race Oct. 16.