New Mexico welcomes enchanting new dirt oval

Print this page
March 12, 2019  |  by Kevin Kovac, Senior Writer & Editor

Vado Speedway Park is scheduled to open in April. (
Vado Speedway Park is scheduled to open in April. (

Several years ago, as Rue Stone and his boss, prominent New Mexico businessman and veteran racer Royal Jones, regularly covered the 45-mile distance from Las Cruces, N.M., to Jones’s El Paso (Texas) Speedway Park, they often contemplated a certain topic.

“Me and Royal would drive back and forth to El Paso in the hauler and we would just think, what if we ever had a chance to build a track in between El Paso and Las Cruces?” said Stone, who at the time managed Jones’s motorsports promotional interests at El Paso and Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces.

From those wistful conversations has emerged the Jones-owned Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park, a state-of-the-art, 3/8-mile clay oval near Las Cruces that is tentatively scheduled for its grand opening sometime in April—a slight delay from the original targeted date to unlock the gates of the last weekend in March.

Construction is still drawing to a close on the track, which will host weekly racing throughout 2019 before getting its first moment in the national Dirt Late Model spotlight early next year with the running of the recently-announced Jan. 3-5 Team Zero and presents Battle at the Border that features a $10,000-to-win finale.

It’s a special time in the Land of Enchantment, which will now boast one of the country’s most spectacular dirt-racing complexes.

Click here to read the full story.