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Four First Time Vado Speedway Park Winners Grace Western Tech Victory Lane at VSP

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June 12, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

Another Hot City Nights event was held at the Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM on Saturday night, June 12th under 113* heat with five classes of cars in competition with four of the five winners picking up their first ever Vado Speedway Park wins for their efforts.

After qualifying races were complete, the INEX Legends were the first feature of the night and saw Josh Jackson and Aydan Saunders continue their season-long battle for nightly wins. Jackson raced from his fifth starting spot to the lead early on, but was not able to withstand the charge from 9th starting Saunders, as Aydan was able to race by into the lead and hold off Jackson for his sixth feature win of the year at the Vado Speedway Park. Jackson raced home with a runner up finish with 10th starting CJ Hulsey, 11th starting Peter Smith and Jacob Masterson rounding out the top five finishers.

The Super Trucks were up next on the running order and fourth starting Jim Wallace, the 74-year-old veteran, raced by pole sitter Esteban Reyes early in the 20-lap main and raced out front the entire remaining distance, holing off heavy pressure form 9th starting Javie Chavez to put his #46 Super Truck into victory lane for the first time in his career. Behind the Wallace/Chavez battle out front, Christy Barnett charged from 13th to third, followed across the finish line by Todd Froats and last week’s winner Lloyd Duffey.

Caleb Saiz and Colt Treharn paced the Lucas Oil POWRi 360 Non-Winged Sprint Car feature field to the green and the duo did not disappoint out front, swapping the lead multiple times out front during the 25-lap affair. Saiz lead early, but Treharn was able to wrestle the top spot away and drive off to his first ever victory at VSP. Saiz kept a close second, with Spencer Hill, fresh off a Legend Car victory two weeks ago at Vado third, followed by Don Grable and Dylan Harris. The event went green to checkered with no cautions and the crowd was treated to a fantastic feature race with the leaders working their way through lapped traffic on multiple occasions throughout the event.

The USRA Modified main was up next with Ricardo Olague Jr and Rocko Gallardo sitting on row #1. At the drop of the green Olague Jr took the lead entering turn number one, but Gallardo used the high side momentum to take the lead as they raced down the backstretch. The leaders raced hard out front for the lead, while Jonathon Ortega, Royal Jones, Xavier Ortega and Tom Georges battled just behind. As the race wore on, Xavier Ortega was able to break away from the battle for third and begin to run down the top two, while Nick Rivera joined the mix as well. Gallardo continued to lead, but now had heavy pressure form Ortega, as Xavier began to work the low side of the track in search of a way by into the lead. Rivera began to quickly close on the lead duo as laps wound down as well, but Gallardo was up to the challenge and was able to hold off Rivera in a near photo finish for his first win at VSP. Rivera nipped Ortega for second with Jones and Olague Jr rounding out the top five.

The Late Model main event was up as the final event of the night and saw third starting Eric McNutt jump to a commanding advantage early on in the going before 7th staring Oscar Perez, in his first visit to the track, and in his first race since the 2018 season, came charging through the field and overtook McNutt out front and ran off with his first feature win at VSP for his efforts. Arturo Ordonez raced from 6th to 2nd with McNutt crossing the finish line with a third-place finish, ahead of Dave Deetz and Bryan Christie in fifth.

Full results: http://vadospeedwaypark.com/results/results.asp?NewsID=70960

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this Saturday, April 3rd at 7:30pm with the track’s Father’s Day weekend event, where the first 100 dads will get a complimentary Vado Speedway Park can coozie and all dads will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes at intermission. Pits open at 4pm with the grandstand opening at 5.

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.