Teen closes in on Late Model title at All American

By: Staff report
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Matt Scott hasn’t clinched the Late Model points championship at All American Speedway in Roseville, but he all but clinched it Saturday night. The 18-year-old from Pine Grove finished second in the first of two 44-lap main events and won the second in front of an estimated crowd of 1,500. Scott’s finishes, combined with Bobby Grewohl’s 17th-place finish (last) in the first main and no-show for the second put the season championship within Scott’s grasp. He could have clinched in the second feature, but Jonathan Mawhinney stayed alive by finishing eighth. Scott needed to finish 12 places ahead of Mawhinney. “We’ve accumulated a lot of wins, and the fan base it starting to grow, and it’s really awesome,” said Scott, who will have another chance to clinch the title next Saturday, when All American holds a 100-lap main event on Fan Appreciation Night. Jacob Gomes, 17, who edged Scott for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Rookie of the Year award in 2009, won the first feature in a scraping side-by-side finish coming out of the final turn that drew a standing ovation from the crowd. Gomes, of Manteca, won by about a bumper, but he couldn’t catch Scott in the final race. It was Scott’s sixth victory this season. Gomes did finish second with John Moore of Granite Bay third and Ron Chunn of Roseville fourth. Also, Scott Winters won the Modified main event and Mickey Owens the Street Stock feature. Both went 40 laps.