Demartino claims the grand slam

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May 12, 2018  |  by Ruben Mireles

Derek Demartino won the Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Sprint Car feature on Saturday, May 12, at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M. (James Adams Jr. Photo)
Derek Demartino won the Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Sprint Car feature on Saturday, May 12, at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M. (James Adams Jr. Photo)

Derek Demartino picks up a very special win for the Orange Blossom Special team on a beautiful May 12th edition at the Southern New Mexico Speedway on Mothers Day Eve. Nick Rivera strikes in the Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mod division over Jimmy Ray. Lloyd Turner wins a four car dash at the end with the Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars with Fito Gallardo walking out with a win and the points lead with the Anthony Sosa Roofing Southwest DIRTcar Late Models. Cameron Sogge becomes the second different winner with the Casa Nissan Legends on race six of the season!

Nineteen Casa Nissan Legends of the Southwest checked in for twenty laps of competition. Teddy McCutcheon lead the opening round with Dave Smith going door to door for the lead. Smith was fast enough to lead seven laps until McCutcheon and him get caught together off of turn four! The caution would fly for your leaders. Their night would come to an end giving the lead to Cameron Sogge who started tenth. Sogge would take it home from the lap eight restart and win the Casa Nissan Legends Feature.

The Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars had twelve cars check in and four finishing! Rick Skillin would lead the first two laps until Cliff Evrage had help going around collecting Jason Josselyn, Mark Smith, Lloyd Turner, and Donavon Flores. On the restart another pile up took place leaving only five cars on the track. Jed Smith would lead the whole way over Lloyd Turner, Jason Josselyn, Don Kleine, and Rick Skillin. The only cars on the track until your leader Jed Smith rammed the 02 of Rick Skillin as he was getting ready to lap him. That would leave three cars left on the track giving Lloyd Turner the lead with three laps to go and pick up the win!

Fito Gallardo set the law tonight with the Anthony Sosa Roofing Southwest DIRTcar Late Models. Jonathon Ortega would lead the first four laps with Gallardo all over the track trying to get around. The bottom was all Ortega's until Gallardo cleaned the top and drove past Ortega. Fito would drive away to a almost half track lead and dominate the Anthony Sosa Roofing Southwest DIRTcar Late Models.

It was a third generation pair of young drivers setting the front row with the Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged-Sprint Cars presented by Sound & Signal Systems. The fifteen year old Ricky Holden was fast tonight as he won his heat race and led the first thirteen laps until lapped traffic came into play and Jett Carney closed the gap to catch him and both drivers made contact in three and four sending Holden over the banking spinning. Jett Carney would lead on the restart until Derek Demartino would take command. Demartino would drive around Carney and take the Orange Blossom Special to victory lane!

The Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods brought the cars! Twenty-three cars checked in with Derek Stuhler leading the first lap. The caution would fly and Nick Rivera who started twelfth would find himself in the lead. By lap sixteen Rivera jumped to a straightaway lead but catching lapped traffic. It wouldn't effect Rivera as he would hold off Jimmy Ray for the win claiming his fifth top five and first win in six starts.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

LUCAS OIL POWRI 305 SPRINT CARS

Heat #1 (8 laps):
1. (2) 15 Ricky Holden, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (1) 21TX Brandon Schure, El Paso, Texas
3. (3) 6J Jett Carney, El Paso, Texas
4. (5) 97 Derek Demartino, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (4) 5 Joseph Hernandez, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) 2 Kohl McCutcheon, Alamogordo, N.M.
7. (8) 3S Sal Gomez, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (6) 40X Don Grable, El Paso, Texas

Heat #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 65 Richard Wilbee, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (1) 17 Jon McDaniel, Alamogordo, N.M.
3. (3) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (6) 9 Robert Herrera, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (4) 49 Chuck Jackson, Albuquerque, N.M.
6. (8) 3 Melissa Gorham-Roybal, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (7) 665 Robby Knight, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (5) 77 CJ Hulsey, El Paso, Texas

Feature (20 laps):
1. (4) 97 Derek Demartino, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (14) 40X Don Grable, El Paso, Texas
3. (8) 9 Robert Herrera, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (6) 65 Richard Wilbee, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (16) 77 CJ Hulsey, El Paso, Texas
7. (3) 6J Jett Carney, El Paso, Texas
8. (9) 5 Joseph Hernandez, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (2) 17 Jon McDaniel, Alamogordo, N.M.
10. (1) 15 Ricky Holden, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (11) 2 Kohl McCutcheon, Alamogordo, N.M.
12. (13) 3 Melissa Gorham-Roybal, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (10) 49 Chuck Jackson, Albuquerque, N.M.
14. (12) 3S Sal Gomez, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (5) 21TX Brandon Schure, El Paso, Texas
DNS – 665 Robby Knight, Las Cruces, N.M.

HACIENDA CARPET & TILE USRA X-MODS

Heat #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 24 Derek Stuhler, Elephant Butte, N.M.
2. (3) 08 Daniel Lozoya, El Paso, Texas
3. (6) 14C Sergio Chao, El Paso, Texas
4. (2) 21 Mariah Turnbow, Deming, N.M.
5. (4) 49 Tristin Gattis, El Paso, Texas
6. (7) 15 Charles Belt, Chaparral, N.M.
7. (5) 14 Dawson Manicki, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 3 Dickie Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 38 Kevin Clark, El Paso, Texas
3. (7) 88 Nathan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 47 Mingo Jauregui, El Paso, Texas
5. (6) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
6. (8) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
7. (5) 18G Cooper Guffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (3) 7 Don Parra, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) X777 Mike Rosales, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 3H Noah Hollingshead, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (7) 8N Nick Rivera, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 3J Josh Cain, Rio Rancho, N.M.
5. (8) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (3) 44JT Jaime Torres, Tortugas, N.M.
8. (5) 33 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature (20 laps):
1. (12) 8N Nick Rivera, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (15) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (21) 44JT Jaime Torres, Tortugas, N.M.
4. (11) 3J Josh Cain, Rio Rancho, N.M.
5. (6) 3 Dickie Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (9) X777 Mike Rosales, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (7) 47 Mingo Jauregui, El Paso, Texas
8. (17) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
9. (18) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (14) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
11. (8) 88 Nathan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (10) 3H Noah Hollingshead, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (1) 24 Derek Stuhler, Elephant Butte, N.M.
14. (20) 18G Cooper Guffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (13) 49 Tristin Gattis, El Paso, Texas
16. (3) 08 Daniel Lozoya, El Paso, Texas
17. (16) 15 Charles Belt, Chaparral, N.M.
18. (4) 14C Sergio Chao, El Paso, Texas
19. (22) 7 Don Parra, Las Cruces, N.M.
20. (19) 14 Dawson Manicki, Las Cruces, N.M.
21. (2) 21 Mariah Turnbow, Deming, N.M.
22. (23) 33 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
23. (5) 38 Kevin Clark, El Paso, Texas

ANTHONY SOSA ROOFING LATE MODELS

Heat #1 (8 laps):
1. (5) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
2. (1) 24 Rick Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (2) 3 Javier Zapien Jr., El Paso, Texas
4. (4) 88 Donnie Newcomb, El Paso, Texas
5. (3) 911 Cliff Hansen, El Paso, Texas
6. (6) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 22 Jonathon Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (3) 01 Dave Deetz, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (5) 114 Marshall Hooter, Albuquerque, N.M.
5. (6) 5 Rusty Bowen, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (4) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr, El Paso, Texas

Feature (20 laps):
1. (9) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (8) 22 Jonathon Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (7) 24 Rick Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (12) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (10) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
6. (11) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr, El Paso, Texas
7. (2) 114 Marshall Hooter, Albuquerque, N.M.
8. (6) 01 Dave Deetz, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (4) 5 Rusty Bowen, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (1) 911 Cliff Hansen, El Paso, Texas
11. (3) 88 Donnie Newcomb, El Paso, Texas
12. (5) 3 Javier Zapien Jr., El Paso, Texas

CASA NISSAN LEGENDS OF THE SOUTHWEST

Heat #1 (8 laps):
1. (4) 717 Teddy McCutcheon, Alamogordo, N.M.
2. (5) 77E Alex Gonzalez,
3. (3) 3 Greg McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 4 Chelsea Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (6) 8 Aydan Saunders, El Paso, Texas
6. (7) 24S Andy Squire, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (1) 08 Peter Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (-) 0I Hannah Blaeser, La Mesa, N.M.

Heat #2 (8 laps):
1. (3) 11D Dave Smith, Alamogordo, N.M.
2. (6) 54 Gunner Harris, El Paso, Texas
3. (2) 1 Eli Woody, El Paso, Texas
4. (4) 11 Lucas Ward, El Paso, Texas
5. (1) 0I Hannah Blaeser, La Mesa, N.M.
6. (5) 5 Joe Cuilty, El Paso, Texas

Heat #3 (8 laps):
1. (6) B52 Cameron Sogge,
2. (3) 58L David Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 37A Alex Esquivel, El Paso, Texas
4. (5) 1I Daniel Blaeser, La Mesa, N.M.
5. (2) 77 Michael Gonzalez, El Paso, Texas
6. (1) 237 Steven Arellano, El Paso, Texas

Feature (20 laps):
1. (10) B52 Cameron Sogge,
2. (9) 1I Daniel Blaeser, La Mesa, N.M.
3. (12) 54 Gunner Harris, El Paso, Texas
4. (17) 237 Steven Arellano, El Paso, Texas
5. (15) 77 Michael Gonzalez, El Paso, Texas
6. (7) 11 Lucas Ward, El Paso, Texas
7. (2) 3 Greg McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (14) 0I Hannah Blaeser, La Mesa, N.M.
9. (1) 4 Chelsea Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (11) 77E Alex Gonzalez,
11. (13) 8 Aydan Saunders, El Paso, Texas
12. (19) 08 Peter Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (18) 24S Andy Squire, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (16) 5 Joe Cuilty, El Paso, Texas
15. (8) 37A Alex Esquivel, El Paso, Texas
16. (3) 717 Teddy McCutcheon, Alamogordo, N.M.
17. (4) 1 Eli Woody, El Paso, Texas
18. (6) 58L David Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.
19. (5) 11D Dave Smith, Alamogordo, N.M.

SUN VALLEY HARDWARE USRA STOCK CARS

Heat #1 (8 laps):
1. (5) 48T Paul Telles Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 81 Tyler Beiter, El Paso, Texas
3. (4) 21K Don Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (1) 02 Rick Skillin, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 0 Lloyd Turner, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2 (8 laps):
1. (4) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
2. (1) 777 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (5) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (3) 171 Jed Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (2) 8 Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.

Feature (20 laps):
1. (10) 0 Lloyd Turner, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (9) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
3. (4) 21K Don Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 02 Rick Skillin, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (7) 171 Jed Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (5) 48T Paul Telles Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (11) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (3) 81 Tyler Beiter, El Paso, Texas
9. (2) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (8) 8 Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
11. (6) 777 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.