Ryan Scott was able to make a strong comeback this season to claim the Stateline Speedway Super Late Model championship over his cousin Wyatt Scott, in a championship finale that involved some of the most unusual final point night circumstances in local auto racing history.
Ryan trailed Wyatt by 31 markers heading into the final points night, Sept. 1 at Stateline. Due to a difference of opinion between Wyatt's father/car owner David Scott with track management, which is headed by David's own parents, track co-owners Jim and Jean Scott that involved a post race incident that ensued at the previous race event at Stateline, David and Wyatt decided to not attend the points finale. Thereby they conceded their chances for the championship.
With Wyatt out of the picture, Ryan was able to overcome the points deficit with a fourth place finish on the final night to clinch his first career Stateline Super Late Model title. While the no-show status of Wyatt made Ryan's task all the easier, it should not overshadow the fact that Ryan made a great comeback throughout the entire season after opening night woes at Stateline to put himself into contention for the title.
"Wyatt was leading the points and they (Wyatt/David) got into an altercation in the pits a couple weeks prior," Ryan said. "They decided not to come to Stateline on the final night. They were allowed to be but they chose not to. David was placed on probation after the incident but not Wyatt. They still could have come if they wanted to but they didn't. They have a difference of opinion with the track owners."
Ryan has had a stellar career in local racing.
"I started out the year a little rough," Ryan said. "I didn't make the first feature race of the year due to tire issues and we've been working our way out of the hole all year. I didn't have a win this year at Stateline but I got close a couple times."
Ryan, 32, of Garland, Pa., has raced off and on in the Super Late Models for about the last ten years. He began his career in 2004 at Stateline winning the Challenger class championship as a rookie. Ryan has claimed three career Limited Late Model championships at Eriez and two at Stateline. He is also a one-time overall Driver of the Year, at both Stateline and Eriez.
Opting to hit the road and travel more next season, Ryan and his dad/car owner Robert "Chevy" Scott do not plan to defend their championship next season at Stateline.
Eldon is "King"
Eldon King III was victorious in the Race of Champions Late Model Series Budweiser 100 last Friday at The Track at Hillside (formerly Holland). King led all 100 laps.
"We had a good night," King said. "We had a good car and it certainly wasn't easy. We just had a great car from the drop of the green and we were able to show it."
The Budweiser 100 concluded Hillside's year, a very trying one that saw the track's fortunes roll down the hillside. Car counts and fan attendance were both the lowest in the track's nearly 60 year history. Many races were run with around 100 or less spectators.
It should be noted that the track's grandstand attendance and car counts have been falling for the last few seasons. Daniel J. Hutchinson operated Hillside for the first time in 2018 after taking over this past March and hopefully will utilize the benefit of a full off-season to find solutions and make changes. On the positive side, the racing there was very competitive and entertaining. Unfortunately, if the pattern continues of few cars and few fans eventually it could mean no future.
Champions Crowned for 2018
Lancaster Stock Cars: Owen Bednasz, Sportsman; Andy Cryan, Street Stocks; Dan Dressel, 4-Cylinders.
Hillside: Neal Dietz Jr., SST Modifieds; Ken Maltby, Street 8; Michelle Maltby-Russo, Street 4; Kyle Hutchinson, TQ Midgets.
Humberstone: Cody McPherson, Sportsman; Chad Homan, RUSH Crate Late Models; Jason Fontaine, Thunder Stocks; Cole Hardy, Mini Stocks; Mitch Dumont, Pro 4 Trucks.
Ransomville: Cody Wolfe, Novice Sportsman.