Rolling onto the Southern New Mexico Speedway track last night were the USRA Street Stocks, USRA Limited X-Mods, Hornets and ASCS Winged Sprint Cars.
To kick off the night the Street Stocks revved up with the leaders switching up quickly in the first laps of the main event. Only two laps in there was a caution on the track putting the racers back nose to tail. With the restart Lloyd Turner took the lead and Jason Ziehl following close behind. In turn number three Ziehl gave Turner a bump causing a multi-car pileup. Ziehl was then black flagged for rough driving and booted out of the race. Once they got back at it Mariah Turnbow was the new leader, but not for long with Brandon Cruse and Jeffery Maag following close behind. With 12 laps left to go there was a spin out that resulted in a few cars spinning out in turn four and playing bumper cars. After that caution Cruse took to the front of the pack with Maag falling behind. With three left to go Maag got a flat tire allowing Rudy Munoz to snag the second position. Cruse was able to hold down the lead and take the win.
The Hornets were up next with Todd Froats and Benny Pena going at it for the leader spot. Pena got loose in turn two with 12 laps to go. With the restart Froats was unable to maintain his leading position with Rudy Tarin pulling ahead in turn two. Point leader Ben Ives was able to maneuver his way up the pack to the second place spot. With seven left to go Benny Pena, who made his way from the back of the pack to third, lost a tire in turn three. After the green flag waived Tarin held the lead with Ives knocking at his back door. In the last lap Ives was able to push his way past Tarin and take the win, making him three for three in the season.
Next the X-Mods took off with a caution in the first lap when Rylyn Phillips smashed into the wall in turn four. Gregory Gorham pulled into the front of the pack with his father Dickie Gorham following close behind. After a caution Donavon Flores held down second for a while with Fito Gallardo moving his way up the pack. Gallardo and Flores went back and forth, door to door, fighting for second through the laps. With eight laps left to go Gallardo got around Flores and was hot on Gregory Gorham’s tail. In turn three Tudy Barela spun out and slammed into Gregory Gorham sending him to the back of the pack. With that caution Gallardo took the leading spot and Justin Allen was right on his bumper. Allen was able to pull ahead of Gallardo with six laps to go and then another caution brought the pack back together. Going into the last four laps Gallardo took back his leading position and held it down all the way into the winner’s circle.
The last event of the night was the fast flying Sprint Cars. Anton Salopek was able to get to the front with Lorne Wofford right behind him passing him with 19 laps to go. Wofford secured his lead pulling a full turn ahead with Salopek holding down the second spot with Royal Jones trying to get around him. Kyle sager came up from behind and push Jones from the third spot then pushing Salopek down a notch and taking his spot. Sager was fast but not quite fast enough to catch Wofford who took the win in the Sprint main event.
Next week you will not want to miss the Famous Firework show out at the speedway. This is going to be one of the closest shows in town with them launching the fireworks just from behind the back straight away billboards. Gates open early at 5:00 p.m. and general admission tickets are $15 and kids under 10 years old are free. See you at the races Independence Day weekend!