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Smith Snags 2019 Vado Claimer Championship; Moves Into Super Trucks For 2020 Season

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April 20, 2020  |  by FYE Motorsports Promotions

Las Cruces, NM racer Richard Smith took care of the competition on his way to securing the Claimer division track title during the inaugural season at the Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM in 2019. Smith not only won three feature events, but finished inside the top ten in all twelve events that were completed at the track with eleven top five runs as well. 

Richard, a body repair man at The Bodyworks in Las Cruces, New Mexico will carry sponsorship from The Bodyworks, Signal 88 Security, and TNT Fireworks. 

Richard’s racing career has been a short one so far, as he began racing in the Claimer division at the mid-point of the 2018 season and he has competed in that class for the past two seasons, winning the title in just his sophomore season behind the wheel of a race car. Richard was able to snag his first ever feature win in just his third race of his career and was able to pick up three more feature wins during the 2019 season on his way to his first ever track title. 

Richard’s pit crew includes his wife Kristen, his sons Kase and Gunner Smith, along with Mike Garcia, Lloyd Duffy and Rhonda and Chris Woody.

Looking forward to the 2020 season, Richard plans on moving up into the Super Truck division as a rookie and competing weekly at the Vado Speedway Park. Smith has been building a new Super Truck for competition with a Justin Allen-built engine under the hood. This does not mean the end of the Claimer however, as Richard’s wife Kristen will hop behind the wheel of ‘Ole Betsie’ and will compete for the Claimer championship during the upcoming season.

The state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park, located in Vado, New Mexico opened in June of 2019 and held a total of thirty events during between the June 14th opener and the November 30th finale. The track will enter its second season in 2020 with over 30 events planned for its sophomore season.

Anyone wishing to see Richard in action during the 2020 season can go to www.VadoSpeedwayPark.com and click on the schedule tab for event dates, ticket prices and other information.