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Barnett Banks Bonus Bucks by Winning Super Truck Seven for Seven Promotion on Meet the Drivers Night at Vado

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July 25, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

The first Meet the Drivers Night of the 2021 season was held at the Vado Speedway Park in Saturday, July 24th and even under the threat of rain, fans and drivers alike turned out for a great night at the track. The highlights of the night were seeing soon-to-be 86-year-old Sherman pick up his first win of the season and claim the $700 Jackson Compaction 7 for 7 bonus in the process and Jonathan Burton dominating the Stock Car feature for his first feature win in several years. Daniel Sanchez Jr., Josh Cain and Mike Archuleta also visited Western Tech Victory Lane for their efforts.

After qualifying races were complete and the Meet the Drivers portion of the program was wrapped up, the Claimer main event was the first to hit the track. Jimmy Skoog and Harry Davis Jr were on the front row and paced the field to the green flag. Skoog jumped out front and lead the early portion of the event until 12th starting Daniel Sanchez Jr. roared through the field and took command early and drove off to a dominating feature win. Davis ran second for the majority of the event with Miguel Rincon, Tyler Tallmon and Cole Turner rounding out the top five when the checkered flew.

The Southwest Super Trucks were up next with Dennis McMaster on the pole for the 20-lap main event. McMaster took the lead on the start, but 5th starting Jason Privette quickly came to call, racing by the front starters into the lead, bringing 7th starting Sherman Barnett along with into the runner up spot early. Barnett, who was in the running for the Seven for Seven promotion if he would go on to win the feature, was working hard on the rear deck lid of the 86, but Privette was strong out front. Javie Chavez, Lloyd Duffey and Christy Barnett were all in the mix as well, racing inside the top five for much of the race until a late race caution bunched the field and forced Christy Barnett to retire with a flat right rear tire. On the restart, Sherman drove in hard and raced past Privette to the lead and then held on for his first win of the season and claimed the bonus in the process. Privette ran second with Chavez, Duffey and Jim Wallace in the top five.

The 305 Winged Sprint Car feature was the third race on the track and after a tough start with three cautions on the opening lap, Dylan Harris hopped out front and set a blistering pace in the lead, while Mike Archuleta, Justin Lasiter and Jesse Baker were in a tussle for the runner up spot. Harris was dominant out front, while Vance Wofford, who started 12th, was working his way into the top five. While out front Harris was lapping cars with ease early until he unfortunately came upon one too quickly and spun himself out trying to negotiate traffic, sending himself to the tail and handing the lead to Archuleta. Once out front, Mike took off and raced to his first win since 2019 ahead of Wofford, Lorne Wofford, Jett Carnet, who was forced to start 20th after a second push start on the parade lap and Royal Jones, who completed the top five.

Vincent Prigone and Daniel Sanchez sat on the front row for the USRA Stock Car main, but after Sanchez lead the opening lap, 4th starting Jonathan Burton took command and absolutely dominated the event for his first win at Vado. Behind Burton, Josh Reynolds, Gary Kerr Jr, Garrett Stearns and Sanchez put on a great race for the runner up spot, but no one was catching Burton tonight as he was the class of the field out front. Reynolds tried on several restarts, but Burton was up to the challenge and raced off with the win. Reynolds ran second with Kerr racing from 9th to 3rd ahead of Stearns and Sanchez in the top five.

Josh Cain started 8th, but raced to the lead in the Late Model feature prior to the mid-point of the 20-lap event and went on to lap into the top five, completing a dominating performance for his second Late Model win of the season at Vado. Devan Smith was the only driver able to stay within striking distance of Cain out front and he was able to cross the finish line with a second place run just ahead of Eric McNutt, Dave Deetz and Troy Miller.

Full results: https://www.myracepass.com/events/350868/races

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this Saturday, July 31st with our second Meet the Drivers Night of the season. Fans will be invited onto the front stretch at intermission to meet and greet their favorite racers. Action will feature USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, INEX Legends, Super Trucks and Claimers. 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.