Comer cashes in at Casa Nissan Legends Spring Fling

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April 22, 2017  |  by Ruben Mireles

The 3rd Annual Casa Nissan Legends Spring Fling presented by Sound & Signal was finally owned to an out-of-town driver as Joplin, Mo., racer Justin Comer rolled to victory in the 60-lap, $5,000-to-win finale. Jacob Gallardo won both the Modified and Late Model main events, Victor Colobrio showed up for the first time this weekend and stopped the Stock Car streak of Donovan Flores and Jesse Hayne's hard work paid off with a victory in the X-Mod division.

The Shaw Trucking Southwest DirtCar Late Models would run twenty laps, with sixteen cars checking in. Jon Ortega and Christy Barnett started on the front with Dave Deetz, and Jacob Gallardo following in row two. Jon Ortega would go on to lead row one, and a caution flying on lap two for Dave Deetz and Christy Barnett getting together entering turn three. Deetz would go to the back, and Barnett would not be able to finish her amazing weekend she had going. On the restart Jacob Gallardo would snatch the lead from Jon Ortega. Xavier Ortega would jump to third on lap seven. Jacob Gallardo would run away with lead as the brother's battled for runner up. With two laps of battling between the Ortega duo, Fito Gallardo would join the party. Fito would get around the 24x of Xavier for third and then challenged Jon Ortega for second. Lap twelve called for lapped traffic. Jacob Gallardo had no trouble. A late caution flew for Xavier Ortega on top of turn four leading the race to a green, green, white, checker finish. On the restart Jacob Gallardo would run away to win the Shaw Trucking Southwest DirtCar Late Model main event.

Jesse Hayne finally picked up a victory in the Jack Key Auto Group USRA X-Mods. From starting deep in the field at the Short Track Shootout and getting seconds and thirds due to laps running out he finally got it done today. The race started with a caution for Timmy Tharp looping it in turn's one and two. Tharp raced the #9 of Jimmy Ray's car tonight as Rancho Milagro bought the car for Tharp before the races! Dickie Gorham would lead the opening five laps with two cautions following. Dickie Gorham had the lead for another lap until Jesse Hayne wasting no time coming to the front from seventh starting spot and taking the lead! Hayne would stay strong with two cautions flying during his lead. That Twice The Ice #2 team was all smiles at the end of the night as "the Ice Man" Jesse Hayne picks up his first of many to come.


Jason Hayne won the Jack Key Auto Group USRA X-Mod feature.

Donovan Flores tried keeping his perfect weekend alive in the Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, as he shared the front row with Victor Colobrio. At the green Pete Vargas, Jaime Torres, and Nathan Smith would go three wide for third. Meanwhile Victor Colobrio would take the lead and Donovan ran runner up. Jaime Torres and Donovan Flores would then battle for second. Don't count Pete Vargas out as he made noise as well to battle for second. These battles lasted the whole race allowing the 13 of Victor Colobrio to capture the victory in the Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars! Pete Vargas would get a hard fought second, followed by Jaime Torres, Donovan Flores, and Jason Josselyn rounding out the top five.


Victor Colobrio won the Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Car feature.

Jacob Gallardo absolutely owned the full twenty-four car field in the USRA Modifieds to end the weekend on a super high note. Gallardo lead from flag to flag with good battles behind him. Royal Jones and Jared Perez fought hard in the top five, with Fito Gallardo. Bumper Jones worked his was to second with Zane DeVilbiss. Those two drivers battled hard for third. Lapped traffic came quick to Jacob Gallardo's front bumper as he came across them on lap ten. Fito Gallardo then had a good battle with Zane DeVilbiss for second. DeVilbiss would win the battle with Bumper Jones having an outstanding battle for third. Jones would get around him the the bottom of turn two. A Late caution flew on lap twenty-one of twenty five. That didn't effect Jacob from rolling to victory lane in the Rancho MiLagro USRA Modifieds.

The five thousand dollar Spring Fling represented Texas, New Mexico, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, and Indiana. The first thirty laps were owned by Cj Hulsey leading the opening laps with Alex Kennedy, Baiden Hesket, Robert Gayton, and Tim Brockhouse following. Caution would fly on lap six for Robert Gayton in turn four. Hulsey would still lead with drivers in the top five battling. Mike Money would draw caution number two for going around in turn four. Hulsey then lead another handful of laps until a red flag flew for Baiden Hesket looping it while running second off of turn four following with two big hits from Dusty Riggs, and Dylan Harris. Riggs, and Hesket were done for the night, but Dylan Harris was able to get it back on the race track. On restart Tim Brockhouse would lead the second half caution free laps. Drivers and crews would get ten minutes to fuel cars, and change anything within INEX rules.

The second half was the wild one, as Brockhouse lead with Dave Smith and Brady Labree clashing in turn three. Both drivers would be done. At the green Brockhouse lead a lap with another caution flying. This time for Josh Jackson and Robert Gayton connecting. Robert Gayton's night would come to and end early. Cj Hulesy then stole to lead again on the restart with a caution flying for Tim Brockhouse! Brockhouse hit the 72 of Alex Kennedy sending both to the back. A five lap green flag again consisted with Hulsey leading. A caution would then fly for Alex Esquivel getting into your leader!! Hulsey would get his spot back as the 37a of Alex Esquivel got the black flag. A second caution would fly as the 12 of Dave Comer would spin with Derek DeMartino hitting and stopping. The two top five drivers would go to the back. A good green flag run then followed as Justin Comer worked his way into the top five after starting sixth. The top danced as they worked hard for position. It was Cj Hulsey, Troy Hoff, Tim Brockhouse and Justin Comer in the mix. With four laps to go the top three spun!! The caution was for debris in turn four though! The top three got saved calling for a four lap dash to the finish!! Justin Comer would take the lead on the restart and wouldn't look back!! Comer strikes to be the first out of town driver to win the Casa Nissan Legends Spring Fling!! The Joplin, Missouri racer last's appearance at the Southern New Mexico Speedway was at the 2012 Fall Nationals and won, now he makes the return and wins the big show!! Brockhouse would follow in second, with Cj Hulsey, and Troy Hoff fourth.


Justin Comer won the Casa Nissan Legends Car feature.