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Haynie Handles USRA B-Mods for First Career Feature Win while Ahumada Ambushes USRA Mod Foes

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May 22, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

Carlos Ahumada Jr. won the Rancho Milagro USRA Modified main event.

Carlos Ahumada Jr. won the Rancho Milagro USRA Modified main event.

Another Hot City Night was held at the Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM on Saturday, May 22nd, which featured USRA Modifieds, B-Mods, Stock Cars, Super Trucks and Claimers.

14-year-old Cole Turner raced to his second feature win of the 2021 season at the Vado Speedway Park in the Claimer division after taking the lead from pole sitter Miguel Rincon on the start and never looking back. The event, which was caution plagued, saw Tuner beat 10-year-old Ryder McCutcheon to the line for the victory. McCutcheon ran second with Rincon recording his best ever finish in third. Victory Medina and Ray Abbott rounded out the top five finishers in the 15-lap event.

Esteban Reyes led the Super Truck field to the green in his #64, but third starting Jim Wallace quickly raced into the top spot and looked as if he was going to drive off into the night until 10th starting Brian Kleine and 13th starting Christy Barnett, who pitted mid-race for a flat tire, began to charge toward the front. Kleine used the extreme bottom groove of the speedway to take the lead, while Barnett pounded the cushion on her way to the front as well. Jason Privette put his #86 in the mix as well, but Kleine was able to withstand a late race slide job from Barnett to race to the victory. Christy crossed the line in second with Privette, Lloyd Duffey and Cliff Evrage coming home with top five finishes.

Hector Prigione and Daniel Lozoya sat on the front row for the 20-lap USRA B-Mod main event, but the night belonged to 8th staring Jesse Haynie. Haynie wasted little time blasting around the cushion and into the lead early in the main event and never looked back en route to his first career feature victory, which he picked up in domination fashion. Kyle McCutcheon, sitting a Pete Vargas-owned machine raced his way form 12th up to a solid runner up finish with 11th starting Greg Gorham crossing the finish line in third. Dustin Smith and Ricardo Olague Jr, who was in a Sherman Barnett-owned #82 ran fourth and fifth respectively.

The USRA Stock Car feature was up next with Jason Josselyn hopping into the top spot early on but his #74 was not able to stay out front as 8th stating Bryan Bennett rolled on by early in the race and walked off with his 4th feature win of the season in the process. Shane McNutt moved forward from his 7th starting spot to claim the second spot at the checkered with 16th starting Jed Smith rallying to cross the finish line with a third place finish. Josselyn faded to finish fourth, just head of Fred Gibson in fifth.

The final event of the night lived up to the billing as 22 USRA Modifieds took to the speedway for their 25-lap finale. Jake Gallardo slipped past both front row starters Christy Barnett and Tom Georges on lap #2 and took command. Gallardo began to stretch his lead on the field, while Carlos Ahumada, Barnett, Georges and Xavier Ortega were battling in a tight group for second. Georges and Ortega got together, causing a caution and shuffling the field behind leader Gallardo out front. On the restart, Gallardo again blasted off out front with 21st starting Nick Rivera slicing his way through the field and appearing in the top five at the mid-point of the event. Gallardo continued to lead with Ahumada providing heavy pressure from behind. Carlos waited until just the right time and pounced on the leader and overhauled Gallardo with five laps remaining and was able to drive off over the final five circuits for his first Vado win of the season and first since August of 2019. Gallardo hung on for second with Rivera completing his charge to cross the line in third, ahead of Jimmy Ray and Ortega, who charged back through the field after going to the tail for an early caution.

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this coming weekend with a huge Memorial Day weekend doubleheader on Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th featuring the first ever visit by the POWRi 360 Desert Wing Sprint Car Series, along with action for the Late Models, USRA B-Mods, Legends and Claimers. Gates open at 5pm with racing starting at 7:30.

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 WatchFYE.tv.

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

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Ciudad Juarez Night
Vado Speedway Park, Vado, N.M.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.

RANCHO MILAGRO USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 2SS Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
2. (1) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas
3. (4) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (5) 22 Jonathon Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (3) 3T Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS – (8) 12 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
DQ – (6) 8N Nick Rivera, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
2. (4) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (2) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
4. (5) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (7) M16 Rocko Gallardo, Fair Acres, N.M.
6. (6) 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
7. (3) 5 Joe Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #3:
1. (1) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
2. (4) 24X Xavier Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (7) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (3) 88 Nathan Smith, Anthony, N.M.
5. (5) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
6. (6) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (2) 7 Derel Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (7) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
2. (5) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (21) 8N Nick Rivera, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (3) 24X Xavier Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (1) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
7. (14) 3T Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (10) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (6) 2SS Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
10. (13) M16 Rocko Gallardo, Fair Acres, N.M.
11. (18) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (2) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas
13. (16) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (22) 12 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (15) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
16. (20) 5 Joe Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.
17. (9) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
18. (8) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
19. (17) 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
20. (12) 88 Nathan Smith, Anthony, N.M.
21. (11) 22 Jonathon Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS – (19) 7 Derel Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.

SUNSET GRILL USRA STOCK CARS

Heat #1:
1. (6) 81 Devon Jobin, Alamogordo, N.M.
2. (3) 13 Manny Nunez, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (5) 11SR Daniel Sanchez, La Mesa, N.M.
4. (8) 96X Garcia Herman, Espanola, N.M.
5. (7) 5 Rick Garcia
6. (9) 27 Victor Colorbio, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (4) 18 Raymundo Lopez, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (1) 33Z Michael Zimmerman, Elephant Butte, N.M.
9. (2) 8X Xander Parra, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
2. (8) 10 Bryan Bennett, Tularosa, N.M.
3. (2) 00 Jonathan Burton, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) 24 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (6) 37 Fred Gibson, Anthony, N.M.
6. (9) 17 Rob Moseley, Los Lunas, N.M.
7. (1) 3 Josh Reynolds, Alamogordo, N.M.
8. (4) 171 Jed Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (5) 4 Garrett Stearns, El Paso, Texas

Feature:
1. (8) 10 Bryan Bennett, Tularosa, N.M.
2. (7) 24 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (16) 171 Jed Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (5) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
5. (6) 37 Fred Gibson, Anthony, N.M.
6. (3) 81 Devon Jobin, Alamogordo, N.M.
7. (13) 17 Rob Moseley, Los Lunas, N.M.
8. (4) 00 Jonathan Burton, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (9) 96X Garcia Herman, Espanola, N.M.
10. (17) 8X Xander Parra, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (18) 4 Garrett Stearns, El Paso, Texas
12. (1) 13 Manny Nunez, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (2) 11SR Daniel Sanchez, La Mesa, N.M.
14. (15) 33Z Michael Zimmerman, Elephant Butte, N.M.
15. (10) 5 Rick Garcia
16. (12) 18 Raymundo Lopez, Las Cruces, N.M.
17. (14) 3 Josh Reynolds, Alamogordo, N.M.
18. (11) 27 Victor Colorbio, Las Cruces, N.M.

HACIENDA CARPET & TILE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 08 Daniel Lozoya, El Paso, Texas
2. (4) X15 Rick Hall
3. (3) 63 Michael Wells
4. (5) 38 Hector Prigione, El Paso, N.M.
5. (7) 83 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 59D Jacob Dart, Deming, N.M.
7. (2) C7 Jose De La Fuente, El Paso, Texas

Heat #2:
1. (6) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (4) M7 Cameron Martin, Los Lunas, N.M.
3. (7) 777 Kyle McCutcheon, Alamogordo, N.M.
4. (5) 05 Aasa Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (1) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
6. (2) 23H Hector Barraza, El Paso, Texas
7. (3) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas

Heat #3:
1. (2) 2 Jesse Haynie, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (4) 47 Mingo Jauregui, El Paso, Texas
3. (5) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (3) 82X Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
5. (7) 18G Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (1) 12 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (6) M17 Rob Moseley, Los Lunas, N.M.

Feature
1. (8) 2 Jesse Haynie, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (12) 777 Kyle McCutcheon, Alamogordo, N.M.
3. (11) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (9) 82X Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
6. (6) 05 Aasa Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (17) 12 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (20) M17 Rob Moseley, Los Lunas, N.M.
9. (16) 23H Hector Barraza, El Paso, Texas
10. (10) 47 Mingo Jauregui, El Paso, Texas
11. (19) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
12. (14) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
13. (4) X15 Rick Hall
14. (3) 63 Michael Wells
15. (13) 83 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (18) C7 Jose De La Fuente, El Paso, Texas
17. (1) 38 Hector Prigione, El Paso, N.M.
18. (21) 59D Jacob Dart, Deming, N.M.
19. (5) M7 Cameron Martin, Los Lunas, N.M.
20. (2) 08 Daniel Lozoya, El Paso, Texas
DNS – (15) 18G Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.

JOHNSTONE SUPPLY SUPER TRUCKS

Heat #1:
1. (5) 5 Russell Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 64 Esteban Reyes, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (7) 01 Dirk Squibb, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 48 Richard Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (6) 46 Jim Wallace, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (3) 10 Adrian Sanchez, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (8) L750 Todd Froats, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (1) 87S Stefnie Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
2. (2) 6FO Javie Chavez, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (3) 86 Jason Privette, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (8) 21K Brian Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (4) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (5) 98 Rusty Bowen, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (9) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
8. (7) 33 Lloyd Duffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (6) 004 Devan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (10) 21K Brian Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (13) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
3. (7) 86 Jason Privette, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (12) 33 Lloyd Duffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (8) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (3) 46 Jim Wallace, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (9) 98 Rusty Bowen, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (5) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
9. (14) 004 Devan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (15) 10 Adrian Sanchez, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (1) 64 Esteban Reyes, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (11) L750 Todd Froats, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (6) 6FO Javie Chavez, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (4) 01 Dirk Squibb, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (16) 48 Richard Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (2) 5 Russell Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS – (17) 87S Stefnie Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.

S&J AUTOMOTIVE CLAIMERS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 17R Miguel Rincon, Berino, N.M.
2. (6) 123 Uriel Horta, Sunland park, N.M.
3. (5) 173J Rick Crespin, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) 24 Victor Medina, El Paso, Texas
5. (1) 57 Bruce Pickens, Chaparral, N.M.
6. (4) 54G Gabriel Ledesma, El Paso, Texas
DQ – (8) 27 Vincent Prigione, El Paso, Texas
DQ – (3) 28 Jimmy Marta, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 70 Cole Turner, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (7) 5 Ryder McCutcheon, Lubbock, Texas
3. (5) 22T Jamie Torres, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 37 Ray Abbott, La Mesa, N.M.
5. (4) 21N Kelsie Niehoff, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 48 Kristen Denman, Las Cruces, N.M.
DQ – (2) 109 Layne Sanchez, Alamogordo, N.M.

Feature:
1. (4) 70 Cole Turner, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (8) 5 Ryder McCutcheon, Lubbock, Texas
3. (1) 17R Miguel Rincon, Berino, N.M.
4. (11) 24 Victor Medina, El Paso, Texas
5. (3) 37 Ray Abbott, La Mesa, N.M.
6. (10) 173J Rick Crespin, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (6) 22T Jamie Torres, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (2) 54G Gabriel Ledesma, El Paso, Texas
9. (13) 28 Jimmy Marta, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (7) 48 Kristen Denman, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (12) 57 Bruce Pickens, Chaparral, N.M.
12. (9) 123 Uriel Horta, Sunland park, N.M.
13. (14) 27 Vincent Prigione, El Paso, Texas
14. (5) 21N Kelsie Niehoff, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS – (15) 109 Layne Sanchez, Alamogordo, N.M.