The NMMRA 360 ‘Wingless Warriors’ slid around the Southern New Mexico Speedway track last night kicking up mud and putting on a jam packed event. There were a total of six classes that included the Southwest Late Models, Legends, USRA Street Stocks, Mini-Sprints and USRA Modifieds.
First up the Southwest Late Models started with Sherman Barnett and David Deetz side by side for the lead. Deetz was able to pull ahead and lead the pack leaving Barnett in his dust. It was smooth cruising until Rick Ortega revved up and pushed Barnett from second. Deetz was able to hold down the lead and swept the weekend after also winning last night at the El Paso Speedway Park.
Up next the Legends took over the track with David Lackey snagging the lead off the straight away. The real show stopper was Joshua Jackson who pushed his way from 10th place to the head of the pack with six laps to go. Jackson seamlessly put a whole turn between himself and the rest of the pack. Passing the checker flag Jackson was the second driver of the night to clean sweep the weekend.
The USRA Street Stocks took off with a quick exchange of the leader ending with Lloyd Turner going side by side with Jason Ziehl. They were door to door into every turn with Turner barely hanging onto the lead. With eight laps left to go a caution flag brought just what Turner needed, giving him the chance to pull ahead. Turner may have been able to maintain the lead until two yellow flags came out. With six laps to go as Timberly Swaim spun out in turns one and two and then with three laps left to go Swaim got another caution after losing her left rear tire in turn four. After the white flag waived the tables turned, and Noah Hollingshead took the opportunity to take the lead after Turner got checked by Justin Lasiter just in time for Hollingshead to pass the checker flag first.
Up next the Mini-Sprints were stop and go with a caution in the first lap. That was immediately followed by a red after Jeremy Stamper was trying to pass another car in turn two and flipped off the back stretch. Once they got moving Spencer Hill was able to take the lead with Jett Carney trying to catch him. Hill held down the lead after starting seventh and was the third driver to sweep the weekend.
As the Modifieds took to the track Fito Gallardo pulled to the front with Royal Jones hot on his tail. Only two laps in there were back to back cautions with the second one being Xavier Ortega spinning out in turn four. Once they got going again Gallardo took a full turn lead with Jones following in his dust. With 20 laps to go Jones spun out in turn two with Donavon Flores making contact and smashing underneath Jones. They revved up again with Gallardo taking the lead and leaving everyone in his tire tracks. With Jones sent to the rear, the race became the Gallardo show with Rick Gallardo in second and Joshua Gallardo in third. Jones was able to make a comeback pushing his way from the back of the pack to sixth, but didn’t have enough time to get back to the front. With no one being able to catch up, Fito Gallardo became the fourth driver to sweep the weekend.
Last up the ‘Wingless Warriors’ dominated the track. Jason Grady put some distance between himself and the rest of the racers with Don Grable working his way to second. With 18 laps to go Cody Mansfield spun out in turns one and two. Once they got going again Grady pulled away from the pack yet again and cruised his way into the winners circle.
Next week is the return of the ASCS Winged Sprint cars along with the USRA Street Stocks, USRA Limited X-Mods and Hornets. As always gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:45 p.m.