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Stearns Stuns Stock Car Field for First Career Feature Win; Smith Goes Worst to First in Super Trucks

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July 10, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

A huge crowd descended upon the Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM on Saturday, July 10th for the track’s annual MVT Night at the Races fireworks spectacular. A giant fireworks display highlighted the night along with great racing action for the USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, USRA Stock Cars, Super Trucks and Claimers.

Daniel Sanchez Jr, wasted no time racing from his 12th starting spot to the lead in the Claimer main event and ran off with his 5th feature win of the 2021 season at Vado in the process. While Sanchez was driving away out front, 15th and 17th starting Cole Turner and Ryder McCutcheon were slicing their way through traffic as well and appeared in second and third just past the mid-point of the 15-lap event. Turner looked as if he was going to be able to challenge Sanchez for the top spot until he spun on the final lap, lifting McCutcheon to the runner up honors, followed by Jeremy DuBois, who rallied from the tail after an early race spin. DuBois came across the line third with Ray Abbott and Raymond Arches Jr rounding out the top five.

Jose De La Fuente and Sherman Barnett sat on the front row for the USRA B-Mod main event and a great early race battle ensured for the top spot between both front row starters and third starting Lucas Ward. The trio battled for the lead over the first few laps, while 13th starting Fito Gallardo and 20th starting Ricardo Olague Jr. were working their way through traffic toward the front. Gallardo got into the top five early in the event and began to pressure Ward, Barnett, Aasa Flores and Dickie Gorham for the lead. Gallardo was able to use the high line and race around the top three competitors into the lead and once he got there, he never looked back. Fito would race away from the field to the victory with Flores crossing the line in second. Gorham edged Olague Jr and Ward for third at the line as well.

After a break for the fireworks display, Jonathan Burton, Garrett Stearns and Daniel Blaeser engaged in a very entertaining battle for the lead at the outset of the USRA Stock Car feature event with the three drivers swapping the top spot lap after lap, while Jason Josselyn and Bryan Bennett were working their way through the field from their 8th and 10th starting spots. Blaeser tried to split Burton and Stearns for the lead and got in too hot and spun, causing a restart, which bunched the field. On the ensuing restart, Burton and Stearns reassumed their battle for the lead until Josselyn spun and was forced to the tail as well. From there Burton and Stearns continued a great battle out front, while Josselyn was rallying from the back into the top five late in the race. Josselyn got to second, but was not quite able to reel in Stearns, as Garrett raced to his first ever feature win over Josselyn, Bennett, Burton and Shane McNutt, who finished fifth.

The Southwest Super Truck feature was one that will be talked about for a long time as Sherman Barnett, Javie Chavez, Cliff Evrage and Todd Froats battled out front early in a two and sometimes three wide affair, while Devan Smith, who started 17th, and Christy Barnett, who started 16th were charging through the field. Up front, Barnett lead one lap, then Chavez took the lead, then Evrage lead a lap before Smith came knocking on the door and threw his #004 machine in the mix. As the laps wound down, Smith was able to overhaul Barnett for the lead and complete the worst-to-first run and pick up the win. Sherman held off Christy for second with Chavez and Evrage completing the top five.

29 USRA Modifieds were scheduled to take the green flag in the night’s 25-lap finale with Tim Tharp and Nathan Smith sharing the front row. On the start, third starting Josh Cain rolled by both front row starters and took the lead, which he would never relinquish. Behind Cain, Fito Gallardo, Jake Gallardo and Johnny Scott were in a fantastic battle for second with the G17 and J17 side by side just in front of Scott, who was driving Jaime Torres’ #44jt. Just behind them, Royal Jones, Jimmy Ray and Nick Rivera were in a great, sometimes three-wide battle for fifth for much of the race as well. Fito was able to get the best of Jake and began pressuring Cain out front for the top spot in the late stages of the event, but Cain was up to the challenge and raced to his 8th win in his last 10 starts between his Modified and Late Model. Jake snuck by Fito in a photo finish for second at the line with Scott a close fourth and Jones finishing 5th after starting 10th.

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this Saturday, July 17th with another Hot City Nights event where residents of San Miguel, La Union, San Pablo and Chamberino will be admitted into the grandstand area for just $5 with a valid id. 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.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
MVT Night at the Races
Vado Speedway Park, Vado, N.M.
Saturday, July 10, 2021

HACIENDA CARPET & TILE USRA B MODS

Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. C7 Jose De La Fuente (7); 2. 98 Burton Fisher (8); 3. 100 Crystal Hemphill (9); 4. 08 Daniel Lozoya (5); 5. 85M Vince Melone (4); 6. 38 Hector Prigione (3); 7. 59D Jacob Dart (1); 8. 57 Billy Roy Harris (2); DQ – 14 Sergio Chao (6).

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 82 Sherman Barnett (2); 2. 3 Dickie Gorham (8); 3. 7C John Carney (6); 4. 11 Lucas Ward (3); 5. 07 Donavon Flores (5); 6. 63 Michael Wells (1); 7. 23H Hector Barraza (4); 8. 241 David Jay Jr. (9); DNS – 3S Sal Gomez.

Heat #3 (8 laps): 1. 05 Aasa Flores (2); 2. G3 Fito Gallardo (1); 3. 65 Dustin Smith (3); 4. 47 Mingo Jauregui (4); 5. 18G Jake Gallardo (8); 6. 93 Greg Gorham (7); 7. 82X Ricardo Olague Jr. (5); 8. 12 Justin Allen (6).

Feature (20 laps): 1. G3 Fito Gallardo (13); 2. 05 Aasa Flores (7); 3. 3 Dickie Gorham (6); 4. 82X Ricardo Olague Jr. (20); 5. 11 Lucas Ward (4); 6. 65 Dustin Smith (8); 7. 47 Mingo Jauregui (9); 8. 07 Donavon Flores (14); 9. 82 Sherman Barnett (3); 10. C7 Jose De La Fuente (2); 11. 57 Billy Roy Harris (25); 12. 63 Michael Wells (16); 13. 98 Burton Fisher (10); 14. 85M Vince Melone (12); 15. 23H Hector Barraza (18); 16. 100 Crystal Hemphill (11); 17. 7C John Carney (5); 18. 3S Sal Gomez (26); 19. 241 David Jay Jr. (22); 20. 93 Greg Gorham (17); 21. 59D Jacob Dart (21); 22. 12 Justin Allen (23); DNS – 18G Jake Gallardo; DNS – 38 Hector Prigione; DNS – 14 Sergio Chao; DNS – 08 Daniel Lozoya.

SUNSET GRILL USRA STOCK CARS

Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. 1I Daniel Blaeser (3); 2. 8X Xander Parra (1); 3. 51 Kenny McCoy (4); 4. 5 Rick Garcia (2); 5. 11SR Daniel Sanchez (5); 6. 27 Vincent Prigione (6); 7. 93 Adrian Barraza (7).

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 00 Jonathan Burton (1); 2. 4 Garrett Stearns (4); 3. 74 Jason Josselyn (5); 4. 24 Shane McNutt (6); 5. 10 Bryan Bennett (8); 6. 37 Fred Gibson (3); 7. 46 Zach McCoy (7); 8. 3 Josh Reynolds (2).

Feature (20 laps): 1. 4 Garrett Stearns (7); 2. 74 Jason Josselyn (8); 3. 10 Bryan Bennett (10); 4. 00 Jonathan Burton (6); 5. 24 Shane McNutt (9); 6. 3 Josh Reynolds (14); 7. 51 Kenny McCoy (4); 8. 46 Zach McCoy (13); 9. 5 Rick Garcia (2); 10. 11SR Daniel Sanchez (5); 11. 1I Daniel Blaeser (3); 12. 8X Xander Parra (1); 13. 37 Fred Gibson (12); 14. 27 Vincent Prigione (11); 15. 93 Adrian Barraza (15).

RANCHO MILAGRO USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. 44JT Johnny Scott (4); 2. 3J Josh Cain (1); 3. 3T Todd Harper (3); 4. 8N Nick Rivera (9); 5. 44 Christy Barnett (7); 6. 85 Austin Adams (6); 7. 3 Javier Zapien Sr. (8); 8. 3S Sal Gomez (10); 9. 5 Joe Lackey (2); 10. 2 Jesse Haynie (5).

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 3TT Tim Tharp (3); 2. J17 Jake Gallardo (9); 3. 24X Xavier Ortega (8); 4. 131 Royal Jones (7); 5. 28 Tom Georges (2); 6. 49 Duane Murphy (6); 7. 26 Cory Hemphill (5); 8. 30 Travis Tipton (1); 9. DNS – 65 Dustin Smith; 10. DNS – 05 Aasa Flores.

Heat #3 (8 laps): 1. 88 Nathan Smith (6); 2. 9 Jimmy Ray (2); 3. G17 Fito Gallardo (8); 4. 2SS Mark Smith (3); 5. 22 Jonathon Ortega (9); 6. 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr. (4); 7. M16 Rocko Gallardo (1); 8. 777 Mike Archuleta (7); 9. 93 Greg Gorham (5).

Feature (25 laps): 1. 3J Josh Cain (3); 2. J17 Jake Gallardo (6); 3. G17 Fito Gallardo (7); 4. 44JT Johnny Scott (8); 5. 131 Royal Jones (10); 6. 8N Nick Rivera (9); 7. 9 Jimmy Ray (5); 8. 777 Mike Archuleta (24); 9. 05 Aasa Flores (29); 10. 24X Xavier Ortega (4); 11. 30 Travis Tipton (23); 12. 3S Sal Gomez (22); 13. 5 Joe Lackey (25); 14. 93 Greg Gorham (26); 15. 85 Austin Adams (17); 16. 88 Nathan Smith (2); 17. 3T Todd Harper (11); 18. M16 Rocko Gallardo (20); 19. 44 Christy Barnett (14); 20. 2 Jesse Haynie (27); 21. 49 Duane Murphy (18); 22. 28 Tom Georges (15); 23. 3 Javier Zapien Sr. (19); 24. 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr. (16); 25. 2SS Mark Smith (13); 26. 22 Jonathon Ortega (12); 27. 3TT Tim Tharp (1); 28. 26 Cory Hemphill (21); DNS – 65 Dustin Smith.

JOHNSTONE SUPPLY SUPER TRUCKS

Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. 64 Esteban Reyes (4); 2. 5 Russell Allen (6); 3. L750 Todd Froats (8); 4. 28T Rudy Tarin Jr. (7); 5. 14 Dawson Manicki (9); 6. 99 Gil Almanza (3); 7. 16 Dennis McMaster (2); 8. 10 Adrian Sanchez (5); 9. 01 Dave Deetz (1).

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 6FO Javie Chavez (2); 2. 82 Sherman Barnett (4); 3. 86 Jason Privette (6); 4. 11 Cliff Evrage (3); 5. 98 Rusty Bowen (5); 6. 33 Lloyd Duffey (8); 7. 46 Jim Wallace (1); 8. 44 Christy Barnett (9); 9. 004 Devan Smith (7).

Feature (20 laps): 1. 004 Devan Smith (17); 2. 82 Sherman Barnett (6); 3. 44 Christy Barnett (16); 4. 6FO Javie Chavez (4); 5. 11 Cliff Evrage (5); 6. 64 Esteban Reyes (1); 7. L750 Todd Froats (3); 8. 28T Rudy Tarin Jr. (15); 9. 98 Rusty Bowen (7); 10. 16 Dennis McMaster (11); 11. 5 Russell Allen (2); 12. 86 Jason Privette (8); 13. 10 Adrian Sanchez (13); 14. 99 Gil Almanza (14); 15. 33 Lloyd Duffey (9); 16. 01 Dave Deetz (18); 17. 46 Jim Wallace (12); 18. DNS – 14 Dawson Manicki.

S&J AUTOMOTIVE CLAIMERS

Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. 28 Jimmy Marta (7); 2. 7X Ricky Olivares (3); 3. 17R Miguel Rincon (6); 4. 3 Raymond Arches Jr. (8); 5. 52 Alfred Hicks (5); 6. 93 Lee Burnett (2); 7. 34 Steven Mathe (4); 8. 420 Andrew McConnell (1); 9. 40X Harry Davis Jr. (9); 10. 28X Jaden Manick Gallivan (10).

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 173J Daniel Sanchez Jr. (5); 2. 9 Jeremy DuBois (2); 3. 5 Ryder McCutcheon (10); 4. 18 Reymundo Lopez (9); 5. P40 Katie Seals (6); 6. 17 Jimmy Skoog (11); 7. 70 Cole Turner (8); 8. 54G Gabriel Ledesma (3); 9. 21N Kelsie Niehoff (1); 10. 37 Ray Abbott (4); 11. R5 Josh Reynolds II (7).

Feature (15 laps): 1. 173J Daniel Sanchez Jr. (12); 2. 5 Ryder McCutcheon (17); 3. 9 Jeremy DuBois (9); 4. 37 Ray Abbott (11); 5. 3 Raymond Arches Jr. (18); 6. 7X Ricky Olivares (3); 7. 54G Gabriel Ledesma (10); 8. 21N Kelsie Niehoff (8); 9. R5 Josh Reynolds II (14); 10. 52 Alfred Hicks (5); 11. 93 Lee Burnett (2); 12. 17R Miguel Rincon (6); 13. 34 Steven Mathe (4); 14. 70 Cole Turner (15); 15. 17 Jimmy Skoog (19); 16. 18 Reymundo Lopez (16); 17. 28 Jimmy Marta (7); 18. 40X Harry Davis Jr. (20); 19. 420 Andrew McConnell (1); 20. DNS – P40 Katie Seals; 21. DNS – 28X Jaden Manick Gallivan.