Jones stops 35 drivers for 5 straight

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July 1, 2017  |  by Ruben Mireles

Over three thousands fans gathered for the famous Mesilla Valley Transportation Night at the Races as we celebrated 241 years of independence. Bumper Jones goes back to back to back to back to back for five straight stopping thirty-five USRA Modified drivers! Dylan Harris also keeps his streak alive in the Casa Nissan Legends with Rusty Bowen scoring the win with The Body Works Super Trucks. Jaime Torres from the back to win and Fito Gallardo untouchable in the Shaw Trucking Southwest Dirtcar Late Models.

The Body Works Super Trucks gave the fans the first taste of main event action as they brought sixteen trucks for twenty laps. Ben Ives got another power plant under the hood and a fresh look with new paint as he started on the pole with Todd Froats on the outside of row one. At the green Rusty Bowen went three wide for the lead! Bowen would split Froats and Ives out of corner number two jumping to the lead. A caution flew for the 2011 Super Truck track champion Rick Jackson. Last time Jackson was behind the wheel of a race car was six years ago when he won the championship. At the green Bowen took off with another caution slowing the action down for Kinney, Ives, and Smith clashing in turns one and two. Bowen would have a perfect restart again and lead the way with tons of battling behind him allowing him to run away. Two more cautions would fly, but those two restarts didn't stop the 98 of Rusty Bowen as he picks up the win with The Body Works Super Trucks.

The Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars had a strong car count as eighteen showed up for battle. The twenty lap feature started with Mark Smith and Troy Miller leading the field to the green. Mark Smith lead the opening four laps until Victor Colobrio who started eight battled Smith for the lead. Colobrio would find his way around Smith leading lap five. Colobrio enjoyed a comfortable lead until a caution flew on lap nine for Jed Smith looping it in turns one and two. On the restart the driver who started dead last in eighteenth would snatch the lead from Colobrio! Jaime Torres would take the lead and left the field behind. A caution then flew four laps later for Cliff Everage and Asa Boo Flores in turn two. On the restart Torres would hold off Colobrio and Flores. A late caution then flew making it a green, green, white, checker finish! The fans roared with excitement as it was getting good, but Torres had the pedal to the floor board as he would win from the back! An outstanding performance put on by the 44jt or Torres.

The fans were filled with happiness and excitement after an amazing fireworks show and the Casa Nissan Legends of the Southwest had to keep the entertainment going! The twenty lap Legend main event didn't upset as eighteen Casa Nissan Legends checked in for battle. It started with Steven "Scuba" Arellano leading the first thirteen laps of the twenty lap feature. Cooper Guffey and the five time National Legends Road Course Champion Robert Gayton who surprised us with his presence battled for runner up and Dylan Harris from the tenth starting position in fourth. A caution flew on lap thirteen for Alex Esquivel spun in turn four putting Arellano's lead away. On the restart Dylan Harris and Gayton battled for the lead leaving Arellano behind. Harris would get the lead and Gayton tried everything to catch Harris, but couldn't get the mission done. Dylan Harris would collect another win in 2017 with the Casa Nissan Legends!

Fito Gallardo finds magic with the Shaw Trucking Southwest Dirtcar Late Models as he wins the twenty lap feature. Mercedes Abercrombie and Christy Barnett started things off as they established the front row. Abercrombie lead the first two circuits with Christy Barnett and Xavier Ortega battling for third as Fito Gallardo jumped to second quickly. On lap three Gallardo found himself with the lead. Lap eight called for a caution as a car was off the race track. On the restart Fito Gallardo was to never be seen again! One more caution flew on lap fifteen and Christy Barnett then gave Gallardo a run for his money! "No-Mercy" battled on the top and bottom searching for magic, but Fito would come out victories with the Shaw Trucking Southwest Dirtcar Late Models.

The Rancho MiLagro USRA Modifieds brought it to the house tonight as thirty-six cars checked in representing the Lone Star State, the Grand Canyon State, and the beautiful Land of Enchantment. Fito Gallardo coming into the main event with confidence after winning the Late Model main started on the pole with Duncan, Arizona racer Terry Tipton on the outside of row one. At the start Gallardo had Tipton challenging him for the lead but Gallardo would find the top and take off with Tipton following his tire tracks. Bumper Jones who started sixth was up to third on lap two. A red flag would then followed as a five car pile up occurred after Dust Riggs spun causing Noah Hollingshead, Tom Georges, Butch Reid Jr., and Dustin Smith to clash out of corner number four. On the restart Fito Gallardo lead the way with Bumper Jones working his way to second! Fans started to cheer as it became slide job city! Bumper Jones slide jobbed Gallardo in one and two, but Gallardo answered with a good cross over move and regained the lead. Jones then again threw another slide job in three and four but Gallardo with another cross over move. Bumper then tried shooting Gallardo in turn two but didn't work. Lap seven then finally belonged to Bumper Jones! Fans at this point are off their seats! Jones would see clear runway and take flight. Lapped traffic came into play four laps later but a caution then flew around the speedway. Bumper Jones trying to keep the streak alive took off on the restart with now Gallardo second and third! Jacob Gallardo brought his G3 to the party. The G17 machine would fade away as Jacob Gallardo jumped to second leaving his dad behind and catching Bumper! Things were getting intense then a caution flew for Sherman Barnett, Donovan Flores, and Rock'O Gallardo connecting in turns one and two. On the restart not one lap was completed as a red flag was called for an eight car pile up in turns three and four. On the restart Jacob Gallardo showed Bumper some sheet metal!! Jacob took the lead into three but Jones got it back then a caution flew for Royal Jones! Royal went spinning multiple times finally coming to a stop after losing his right rear tire! That would end the 131's night. Under caution Gallardo warmed up his tires and at the green Bumper Jones took good notes and had a better restart then Gallardo. It was an outstanding race with Gallardo and Jones battling for the lead side by side switching grooves! The fans were already off their seat and this just put the cherry on the top! Gallardo was forced to go to the top and Jones had the bottom on lock down. With laps running out Gallardo would come close on the top, but Bumper Jones with a nail biter finish would keep the streak alive. Bumper Jones doesn't let anyone take home the $1,000.00 bounty, as he goes back to back to back to back TO BACK!

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Mesilla Valley Transportation Night
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

CASA NISSAN LEGENDS OF THE SOUTHWEST

Heat 1:
1. (5) 0 Robert Gayton, Albuquerque, N.M.
2. (3) 83 Mark Sosa, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 45Z Chris Smith, El Paso, Texas
4. (2) 3 Greg McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (6) 0I Terry Herring, Anthony, N.M.
6. (1) 4 Chelsea Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat 2:
1. (3) 237 Steven Arellano, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) 1I Daniel Blaeser, La Mesa, N.M.
3. (5) 11 Lucas Ward, El Paso, Texas
4. (1) 9 Tyler Beiter, El Paso, Texas
5. (4) AK47 Jesse Esquivel, El Paso, Texas
6. (2) 1 Eli Woody

Heat 3:
1. (2) 902 Mike Zuloaga, El Paso, Texas
2. (3) 14G Cooper Guffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (6) 4Z Dylan Harris, El Paso, Texas
4. (4) 37A Alex Esquivel, El Paso, Texas
5. (5) 1X Tom Zuloaga, El Paso, Texas
6. (1) 54 Gunner Harris, El Paso, Texas

Feature:
1. (10) 4Z Dylan Harris, El Paso, Texas
2. (8) 14G Cooper Guffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (15) 1X Tom Zuloaga, El Paso, Texas
4. (3) 9 Tyler Beiter, El Paso, Texas
5. (6) 1I Daniel Blaeser, La Mesa, N.M.
6. (7) 902 Mike Zuloaga, El Paso, Texas
7. (13) 0I Terry Herring, Anthony, N.M.
8. (18) 54 Gunner Harris, El Paso, Texas
9. (5) 11 Lucas Ward, El Paso, Texas
10. (11) 0 Robert Gayton, Albuquerque, N.M.
11. (4) 237 Steven Arellano, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (9) 37A Alex Esquivel, El Paso, Texas
13. (17) 1 Eli Woody
14. (14) AK47 Jesse Esquivel, El Paso, Texas
15. (2) 83 Mark Sosa, Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (1) 3 Greg McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
17. (16) 4 Chelsea Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
18. (12) 45Z Chris Smith, El Paso, Texas

THE BODY SHOP SUPER TRUCKS

Heat 1:
1. (4) 16 Dennis McMaster, Tularosa, N.M.
2. (8) 5 Russell Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (6) 98 Rusty Bowen, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 74 Ben Ives, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (5) L750 Todd Froats, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) 15 Odie Black, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (3) 13 Scott Kinney, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (1) 30 Josh Hammond, Carrizozo, N.M.

Heat 2:
1. (2) 501 Jaime Bejarano, El Paso, Texas
2. (3) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
3. (5) 10 Mike Garcia, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (6) 33 Lloyd Duffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (4) 01 Dave Deetz, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) 6 Walton Kyle Sr., Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (8) 50 Rick Jackson, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (1) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas

Feature:
1. (3) 98 Rusty Bowen, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (8) 33 Lloyd Duffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (5) 501 Jaime Bejarano, El Paso, Texas
4. (11) 6 Walton Kyle Sr., Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (6) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
6. (4) 5 Russell Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (2) L750 Todd Froats, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (10) 16 Dennis McMaster, Tularosa, N.M.
9. (7) 01 Dave Deetz, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (12) 13 Scott Kinney, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (13) 50 Rick Jackson, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (1) 74 Ben Ives, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (9) 15 Odie Black, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS.. (8) 10 Mike Garcia, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS - 30 Josh Hammond, Carrizozo, N.M.
DNS - 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas

SHAW TRUCKING DIRTCAR LATE MODELS

Heat 1:
1. (4) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
2. (6) 22 Jonathon Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (3) X24 Xavier Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 911 Cliff Hansen, El Paso, Texas
5. (1) 114 Marshall Hooter, Albuquerque, N.M.
6. (5) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat 2:
1. (1) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) 29 Mercedes Abercrombie, Deming, N.M.
3. (5) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
4. (4) 3JR Javier Zapien Jr., El Paso, Texas
5. (3) 88 Donnie Newcomb, El Paso, Texas
6. (2) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas

Feature:
1. (4) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
3. (11) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 29 Mercedes Abercrombie, Deming, N.M.
5. (6) 22 Jonathon Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (5) X24 Xavier Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (7) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
8. (10) 88 Donnie Newcomb, El Paso, Texas
9. (3) 3JR Javier Zapien Jr., El Paso, Texas
10. (12) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas
11. (8) 911 Cliff Hansen, El Paso, Texas
12. (9) 114 Marshall Hooter, Albuquerque, N.M.

SUN VALLEY HARDWARE USRA STOCK CARS

Heat 1:
1. (1) 8 Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
2. (3) 20 Dennis Anderson, Alamogordo, N.M.
3. (2) 429 Troy Miller, Hurley, N.M.
4. (6) 7 Adam Parrish, Deming, N.M.
5. (5) 81 Henry Brumley, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (4) 14 Dawson Manicki, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat 2:
1. (4) 71 Jed Smith, Anthony, N.M.
2. (5) 05 Aasa-Boo Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (3) 52 Bobby Candusso, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (1) 4T Timberly Swaim, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.

Heat 3:
1. (2) 13 Victor Colorbio, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 777 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 46 Zach McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 88 Nathan Smith, Anthony, N.M.
5. (5) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 44JT Jaime Torres, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (17) 44JT Jaime Torres, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (8) 13 Victor Colorbio, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (15) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) 88 Nathan Smith, Anthony, N.M.
5. (2) 429 Troy Miller, Hurley, N.M.
6. (1) 8 Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
7. (11) 20 Dennis Anderson, Alamogordo, N.M.
8. (14) 4T Timberly Swaim, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (10) 46 Zach McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (12) 7 Adam Parrish, Deming, N.M.
11. (3) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (6) 05 Aasa-Boo Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (5) 71 Jed Smith, Anthony, N.M.
14. (4) 52 Bobby Candusso, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (13) 81 Henry Brumley, Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (9) 777 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
17. (16) 14 Dawson Manicki, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS - 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.

RANCHO MILAGRO USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat 1:
1. (2) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) X57 Richie Davis, Springerville, Ariz.
3. (5) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 23 Kevin Clark, El Paso, Texas
5. (7) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
6. (3) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
7. (1) 2 Jesse Haynie, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (8) 23B Isreal Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat 2:
1. (1) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
2. (3) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (2) M16 Rick Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) G3 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (4) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
6. (5) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
7. (6) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat 3:
1. (2) 50 Ralph Adams Jr., El Paso, Texas
2. (4) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
3. (5) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas
4. (3) 86 Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (7) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (1) 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
7. (6) 19 Donavon Ooley, El Paso, Texas

Heat 4:
1. (2) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (1) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
3. (5) 101 Butch Reid Jr., Carlsbad, N.M.
4. (3) 711 Tanner Houston, Odessa, Texas
5. (6) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
6. (7) 39H Nick Herrera, Ruidoso, N.M.
7. (4) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas

Heat 5:
1. (5) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
2. (1) 3T Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 3H Noah Hollingshead, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 37 Fred Gibson, El Paso, Texas
5. (6) 18 Henry Valdez, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) R41 Colton Sims, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (3) 18Z Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.

"B" Feature:
1. (2) 86 Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (7) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
4. (9) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
5. (19) 18Z Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.
6. (16) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (5) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
8. (12) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
9. (3) 711 Tanner Houston, Odessa, Texas
10. (13) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
11. (10) 39H Nick Herrera, Ruidoso, N.M.
12. (8) 18 Henry Valdez, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (15) 2 Jesse Haynie, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (11) R41 Colton Sims, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (17) 19 Donavon Ooley, El Paso, Texas
16. (1) 23 Kevin Clark, El Paso, Texas
17. (4) 37 Fred Gibson, El Paso, Texas
18. (14) 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
19. (20) 23B Isreal Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
20. (18) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas

"A" Feature:
1. (6) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
2. (15) G3 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (8) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (21) 18Z Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.
5. (17) 86 Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (3) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (11) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (1) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (20) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
10. (9) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
11. (24) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
12. (16) M16 Rick Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (19) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
14. (26) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
15. (22) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (25) 711 Tanner Houston, Odessa, Texas
17. (23) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
18. (13) 101 Butch Reid Jr., Carlsbad, N.M.
19. (10) 3T Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M.
20. (12) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas
21. (2) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
22. (18) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
23. (4) 50 Ralph Adams Jr., El Paso, Texas
24. (14) 3H Noah Hollingshead, Las Cruces, N.M.
25. (7) X57 Richie Davis, Springerville, Ariz.
26. (5) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.