Smith stops reigning 2017 champion to pick up first win

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May 5, 2018  |  by Ruben Mireles

Dustin Smith held off the 2017 Champion Bumper Jones on the final quarter of the main to pick up a historic win of his career. Jared Latham picked up a flag to flag victory with the Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers, Sherman Barnett with the American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Donavon Flores picked up the Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, and Henry Valdez picks up the Side-by-Side UTV Feature!

Jared Latham drove Larry Maag's old twelve machine to victory tonight as Latham lead from flag to flag. On lap eleven on fifteen Latham had company as Stefnie Smith was losing the beefy lead. White smoke would puff from Smith's machine and allow Christopher Newton to second until Smith had enough power to take it back. Smith would get the runner-up honors with Jared Latham picking up a desperate win after coming into tonight ninth in the points standings for the Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

The eighty-two year old out of El Paso, Sherman Barnett put on a clinic with the American Document & Dent Works Super Trucks. Barnett would go from inside row three to the lead on lap one. Ben Ives, Devan Smith, Rusty Bowen, and Dennis McMaster battled two and three wide right behind. By lap nine of twenty Barnett broke to a straightaway lead. Lap twelve Devan Smith would find himself running second trying to chase down Barnett leaving the field behind by a half straightaway. Smith would then have company on lap sixteen as Christy Barnett who didn't start the heat started last in the feature would come up to second. Christy closed Sherman's gap quick but time ran out. Sherman Barnett would take an easy flag to flag victory.

Donovan Flores strikes back since the 305 Sprint Shootout! Flores was quiet the past couple of weekends only getting one top five and two top tens since he last won. Cliff Evrage lead the opening circuit until Pete Vargas snatched it on lap two. Lloyd Turner would lead on lap four. Donavon Flores was within sticking distance going side by side with Turner. Turner stopped Flores on one the lap seven restart until another caution flew and Flores would capitalize. "Fireball" would take off to win his third Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Car feature!

Two Las Cruces Motorsports Side-by-side UTVs checked in for battle. Henry Valdez would lead the whole twelve lap feature on the bottom over Manny Mijares. Mijares would come close towards the end until he hit the tore in turn three giving it to Henry Valdez!

The Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds start 2018 with a roaring twenty-six car count. Todd Harper set the front row of the thirty lap feature with Roger Owens. Butch Reid Jr would lead the opening round with Carlos Ahumada Jr on hand! Ahumada would show his knowledge he gained from running with the United States Modified Touring Series. Ahumada would lead until Fito Gallardo would get around Ahumada on lap eight. The top of the race track had marbles making it hard to manage a good run on the outside. Dustin Smith would run second with Carlos Ahumada Jr. and Bumper Jones battling hard for third. A caution flew on lap twelve for your leader Fito Gallardo! Jacob blew his engine in the heat race and now Fito blew his while leading the feature! Gallardos would suffer engines all night. Dustin Smith would take charge holding his ground on the bottom. Bumper would get around Ahumada for second and catch Smith on the bottom. Jones then couldn't make a pass on the bottom and Smith had it on lock down. Jones would slide up to use the top. Jones would clean the marbles enough to get some speed off of turn four getting to the lead!! The caution would then fly not completing a lap! Smith would get a good break and lead the final five laps holding off the 2017 track Champion Bumper Jones! Smith would pick up his first ever career win with the Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds!

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Cinco De Mayo Night
Saturday, May 5, 2018

RANCHO MILAGRO USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat Race #1:
1. (1) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
2. (2) 10 Roger Owens, El Paso, Texas
3. (5) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
4. (4) 3 Tim Tharp, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (3) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
6. (6) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
7. (7) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas

Heat Race #2:
1. (1) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
2. (3) 3T Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (5) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
4. (6) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (2) 39H Nick Herrera, Ruidoso Downs, N.M.
6. (4) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
7. (7) 21 Tyler Sims, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat Race #3:
1. (1) 28 Tom Georges
2. (3) 101 Butch Reid, Carlsbad, N.M.
3. (5) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (2) 6 Joe Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 23B Isreal Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat Race #4:
1. (4) G3 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (1) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (2) 86 Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (5) 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
5. (6) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
6. (3) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (7) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (9) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
3. (8) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
4. (5) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
5. (1) 3T Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (13) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (16) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (4) 28 Tom Georges
9. (6) G3 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (18) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
11. (15) 3 Tim Tharp, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (12) 86 Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (2) 10 Roger Owens, El Paso, Texas
14. (23) 23B Isreal Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (25) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
16. (17) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
17. (19) 39H Nick Herrera, Ruidoso Downs, N.M.
18. (21) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
19. (11) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
20. (3) 101 Butch Reid, Carlsbad, N.M.
21. (10) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
22. (14) 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
23. (24) 21 Tyler Sims, Las Cruces, N.M.
24. (22) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
25. (20) 6 Joe Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS – J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.

CLAYTON DONELLY ROOFING CLAIMERS

Heat:
1. (5) MR13 Rudy Tarin III, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (11) 20C Christopher Newton, Fort Bliss, Texas
3. (3) 12 Jared Latham, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 1X Chris Gannaway, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (9) 87S Stefnie Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (8) 24B Art Davis, Deming, N.M.
7. (2) 13M Kelly Moore, Radium Springs, N.M.
8. (10) 22T Jamie Torres, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (6) 62 Adam Burma, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (7) 54G Gabriel Ledesma, El Paso, Texas
11. (4) 33G Diana Gonzales, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (3) 12 Jared Latham, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (9) 87S Stefnie Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (11) 20C Christopher Newton, Fort Bliss, Texas
4. (2) 13M Kelly Moore, Radium Springs, N.M.
5. (10) 22T Jamie Torres, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) 54G Gabriel Ledesma, El Paso, Texas
7. (8) 24B Art Davis, Deming, N.M.
8. (6) 62 Adam Burma, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (5) MR13 Rudy Tarin III, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (4) 33G Diana Gonzales, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (1) 1X Chris Gannaway, Las Cruces, N.M.

QUAD A CLASS

Heat:
1. (2) 18 Henry Valdez, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (1) 7 Manny Manjjarez, El Paso, Texas

Feature:
1. (1) 18 Henry Valdez, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 7 Manny Manjjarez, El Paso, Texas

SUN VALLEY HARDWARE USRA STOCK CARS

Heat Race #1:
1. (3) 0 Lloyd Turner, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (7) 24 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 02 Rick Skillin, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (4) MR13 Mitchell Boomgaarn, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (5) 81 Tyler Beiter, El Paso, Texas
7. (6) 8 Jonathan Mitchell, Anthony, N.M.

Heat Race #2:
1. (2) 21Z Mark Morris, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (1) 777 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (5) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
5. (6) 48T Paul Telles Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (3) 171 Jed Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (8) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (4) 777 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (3) 0 Lloyd Turner, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (6) 21Z Mark Morris, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (12) 171 Jed Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
7. (10) 24 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (9) 48T Paul Telles Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (2) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (11) 81 Tyler Beiter, El Paso, Texas
11. (1) 02 Rick Skillin, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (13) 8 Jonathan Mitchell, Anthony, N.M.
13. (5) MR13 Mitchell Boomgaarn, Las Cruces, N.M.

AMERICAN DOCUMENTS & DENT WORKS SUPER TRUCKS

Heat Race #1:
1. (2) 74 Ben Ives, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 16 Dennis McMaster, Tularosa, N.M.
3. (6) 01 Gary Melton, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (5) 1 Patrick Beach, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (1) 21K Don Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (4) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas

Heat Race #2:
1. (2) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
2. (4) L750 Todd Froats, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (6) 22 Devan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) 6 Walton Kyle Sr., Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (1) 98 Rusty Bowen, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (3) 5 Russell Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (5) UNO Brian Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (5) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
2. (13) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
3. (7) 22 Devan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (8) 6 Walton Kyle Sr., Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (12) UNO Brian Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (4) 98 Rusty Bowen, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (10) 1 Patrick Beach, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (3) 16 Dennis McMaster, Tularosa, N.M.
9. (2) 74 Ben Ives, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (11) 5 Russell Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (1) 01 Gary Melton, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (9) 21K Don Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (6) L750 Todd Froats, Las Cruces, N.M.