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Stone and Bradley Break Through for First Vado Victories

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May 15, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

The state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park was back in action on Saturday, May 15th with the running of another Hot City Nights event, featuring USRA Modifieds, Stock Cars, Late Models, Legends, Super Trucks and the first appearance by the USRA Hobby Stocks.

After qualifying races were complete, the INEX Legends were the first feature of the night with Lane Wright pacing the field to the green flag. Wright took control on lap number one with Jesse Esquivel and Jerod Candelaria giving chase. As the race continued, Josh Jackson, Aydan Saunders, Zach Rodriguez and 11th starting CJ Hulsey were working their way into the top five. The battle ensured out front for the lead with five or six drivers running side by side out front in a great race. A late race charge out front saw Hulsey sneak by into the top spot and raced off to the victory with Eli Woody crossing the line with a runner up finish. Rodriguez raced from 8th to 3rd with Eric LaCroix fourth and 14th starting Peter Smith in fifth.

The first ever appearance by the USRA Hobby Stocks was up next with Adam Wright on the pole. The race did not disappoint as outside front row starter Victor Colorbio got out front and held off hard charging Matthew Machen and Cory Stone throughout several cautions with Stone able to steal the second spot late in the going, while Brandon Kuykendall and Ryder McCutcheon, who started 14th and 16th respectively working toward the front as well. As the laps wound down, Colorbio was able to hold on to cross the line first with Stone second, Machen fourth, ahead of Craig Walker and Nathan Machen rounding out the top five. Colorbio was then disqualified in post-race tech, handing the win to Stone.

The Super Trucks were up next on the running order with Dave Deetz and Esteban Reyes on row one. Deetz took off from the pole on lap one and raced out front early in the main with Dennis McMaster and Russell Allen in the mix early as well. As the race continued on Javie Chavez joined the party and raced by on the outside into the top spot and tried to drive off to his first win of the season. Meanwhile, 13th starting Christy Barnett was working her way into the top five and quickly appeared in the runner up spot and began to pressure Chavez for the lead. Christy was able to make the pass on the lowside of turn one and once she got out front she took control and raced to the victory. Chavez ran a season-best second with 12th starting Lloyd Duffey third, ahead of Sherman Barnett and Rusty Bowen in the top five.

The Late Models were the fourth event in the lineup and 4th starting Josh Cain raced the from the second row into the lead early in the race and drove off to a dominating feature win ahead of a great battle for second, which saw Devan Smith outlast Eric McNutt and Dave Deetz to claim the runner up honors. Deetz crossed the line third with McNutt fourth when the checkered flag flew.

The USRA Stock Car main event was up next with Michael Zimmerman on the pole. Zimmerman and Xander Parra lead the field to the green with Parra taking the lead on lap one. All eyes were on 10th starting Jeremey Bradley, 14th starting Bryan Bennett, along with Jed Smith and Jason Josselyn, who were all charging forward through the field on their way toward the front. Bradley was able to get to the top spot first and he and Bennett put on a great show for the race lead throughout much of the 20-lap event. Josselyn and Smith were involved in a turn three crash that send both of them to the tail and kept the field bunched up throughout the majority of the main. As the laps wound down the Bradley / Bennett battled continued to be hotly contested with Bradley able to hold off Bennett for his first win at Vado. Bennett came home second with Garrett Stearns, Devon Jobin and Jonathan Burton rounding out the top five finishers.

The USRA Modifieds were the final event of the night and did not disappoint. Royal Jones would win a near photo finish over Mark Smith by just 0.090 seconds for his first Modified victory of the season. The race was outstanding from start to finish as Jaime Torres and Christy Barnett battled side by side for the lead for the majority of the first half of the race swapping the top spot over and over, while Jones, who started 5th was working his way around the bottom of the speedway and joined the battle out front before the midpoint of the event. Smith, Josh Cain and 20th starting Nick Rivera were also working their way toward the top five while Jones moved in to the leaders. Royal was able to steal the race lead off turn four and then set off out front while Smith, Torres and Barnett continued to battle for the runner up spot. Two late race caution flags bunched the field and allowed Smith to try to steal the lead from Jones, but his efforts were not quite enough as Jones held on for the victory. Smith crossed the line in second with Rivera charging to third ahead of 12th starting Todd Harper and Torres in the top five. Smith was later disqualified in post race tech, elevating Rivera to second and moving everyone up in the finishing order.

Full results: https://www.myracepass.com/events/350832/races

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this Saturday, May 22nd with another Hot City Nights promotion where residents of Ciudad Juarez night, where residents with a valid id will be admitted in the grandstand area for just $5. Racing action features USRA Modifieds, Stock Cars, B-Mods, Super Trucks and Claimers.

For fans not able to attend in person, all events held during the 2021 season at the Vado Speedway Park will also be live streamed online by PayPerView at www.WatchFYE.tv.

For upcoming schedule information and tickets, visit www.VadoSpeedwayPark.com.