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Mini-Sprints Steal the Show at Southern New Mexico Speedway

It was the second round of the Mini-Sprint Showdown at the Southern New Mexico Speedway with the Super Trucks, Street Stock, Legends and X-Mods also tearing up the track.
 
Kicking off the night the Super Trucks took off going three wide for the lead before Brian Kleine took the lead, but not for long. Walton Kyle Jr. went door to door with Kleine before he pulled ahead. With 12 laps left to go Kenny Alons overshot turn three bringing the first caution of the night. Once they got going again Kyle Jr. held down his leading spot and put some distance between himself and Kleine. With Kleine unable to catch Kyle Jr., nothing stood between him and the win.
 
Next up the Street Stocks battled it out on the track. There was a quick exchange of leaders but before anyone could pull too far into the lead there was a spin out in turn four and a caution on the track. With the waive of the green flag Noah Hollingshead pulled into the lead with Donovan Flores right on his bumper. Flores took to the highline trying to get around Hollingshead and with 12 laps left to go he pushed his way into the lead.  In the meantime Justin Lasiter was making his way up the ranks until he was right behind Flores. Flores laid down on the gas and put some distance between himself and Lasiter. With the waive of the checker flag Flores was able to clean sweep the weekend after a win last night in El Paso.
 
The Legends took off with David Lackey taking the lead with Dusty Riggs right on his tail, but not for long as Riggs pushed his way to the lead. With 15 laps to go Lackey tried to get around Riggs in the highline in turn three and barrel rolled several times bringing the cars to a complete stop. That was the end of the night for Lackey. With the restart Riggs took the lead but could not hold it down into the next lap. Joshua Jackson, who started 10th, stole the leader’s position with 14 laps to go. Another caution would bring them back nose to tail with Jackson holding down his lead with Riggs biting at his bumper. With 12 to go the third caution was called as Juan Esquivel spun and with nowhere to go his brother Alex Esquivel slammed into him. After starting again, with 10 laps to go Riggs and Jackson went door to door for the lead, switching once but ultimately Jackson was faster. Jackson pulled into the lead and held it all the way down to winner’s circle to clean sweep the weekend.
 
The X-Mods were up next and it didn’t take long before Michael Gonzales pulled into the lead with Alex Gonzalez right behind him. Three laps into the race back to back cautions as Cory Brownwood spun out in turn four and then John Carney Sr. spun out in two. Once they got going again Michael Gonzales held down the lead but Alex Gonzales lost his second place position to Donavon Flores. With 10 laps to go Paddy Rush moved into the second position and set his sights on Michael Gonzales. With Rylyn Phillips spinning in turn two it brought everyone back together. With the green flag Rush went side by side for the leave and with seven to go he finally got around him. They went door to door and then Michael Gonzales pulled back into the lead. Another caution in turn two with six to go after Alex Gonzales spun. Michael Gonzales held the lead and the Rush pushed past him for the lead. With three laps left to go Michael Gonzales made contact with Rush sending both leaders to the back. This let third place driver Fito Gallardo, who started 12th, take the lead with Donavon Flores moving into the second position. Rush was able to move all the way back up to third, but did not have enough time to get back into the lead, leaving the win to Gallardo.
 
Last up for the night were the Mini-Sprints battling it out for $600 dollars. They got off to a rough start after Joe McNutt and Leon Harrison spun out in turn two, bringing on a complete restart. Once they got going again Jacob Johnston took the lead with Spencer Hill pulling into second. With 15 laps to go Jeremy Stamper and Don Kruse spun out in turn three bringing another caution.  Once they got at it again Johnston took to the lead and put a full turn between himself and Hill. With 10 laps to go Don Kruse went on his side and bounced back up before stalling in turn two. They got another lap in before Shane McNutt tried to pull off the track and stalled out. Even with the cautions Johnston was able to hold the lead from start to finish sweeping the weekend.
 
Next week you will not want to miss the return of the Southwest Late Models, USRA Modifieds, USRA Street Stocks, Hornets and Bombers. See you next week at the races.