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Smith’s Score Vado Victories; Peter In Legends and Devan in Late Models

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August 21, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

Devan Smith won the Late Model main event.

Devan Smith won the Late Model main event.

College Night was held at the Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM on Saturday, August 21st with students, staff and faculty from any area college or university being admitted into the grandstand area for just $5 and a great night was had by all enjoying the 5 division program on hand.

In the Claimer main, Jaden Manick Gallivan jumped out to the early race lead from the 4th starting spot and drove away out front while 13th starting Daniel Sanchez Jr and 15th starting Ryder McCutcheon were working their way forward. Sanchez got to the second spot first and began to battle with Gallivan out front until the two made contact, sending them both to the tail on the restart. From there, McCutcheon took command and drove off out front with both Sanchez Jr and Gallivan trying to come from the tail over the last few laps of the event. Both drivers got back to second and third, but Sanchez suffered a mechanical issue on the final lap, sending his #173j into the wall as McCutcheon raced off to the win. Gallivan completed the back to front run to come home second with Jimmy Skoog, Reymundo Lopez and Jeremy Dubois rounding out the top five.

Peter Smith outlasted a rough and tumble Legend Car feature to pick up his first ever win at the Vado Speedway Park after starting 10th on the field. After a caution on the initial start for a Donnie Reynolds jump, Todd Robertson took the lead from the pole on the second start and drove off out front while Zach Rodriguez, Dustin Riggs, CJ Hulsey, Josh Jackson and Aydan Saunders were all running in a pack for second. The action for the runner up spot was hot and heavy until Rodriguez took the lead and looked to hold off his charging competitors. The battle for second, soon turned into the battle for the lead as Hulsey, Jackson and Saunders began to race hard for the top spot, until contact off of turn two ended up with the three drivers all crashed together, ending all three of their nights. On the restart, Smith, Dusty Riggs and Rodriguez were left to battle it out amongst themselves for the win, which Smith was able to pick up for his efforts. Rodriguez ran second with Riggs third, 12th starting Caleb Stelzig fourth and 16th starting Jacob Masterson fifth.

The Super Trucks were up next in the running order and 13th starting Christy Barnett sliced her way through the field to pick up yet another win, padding her point lead in the process. After a spin by polesitter Esteban Reyes on the opening lap shuffled the field, Russell Allen got the jump from the front row and lead early, while Barnett, Lloyd Duffey and Javie Chavez began to pressure Allen for the lead. After a mid-race restart, Barnett used the cushion to blast around Chavez for the top spot and never looked back, while Duffey followed her around the high side to take over second late in the race as well. Barnett went on to win with Duffer second, Chavez third, 12th starting Justin Thornton fourth and Sherman Barnett rounding out the top five.

Troy Miller took the lead on the start in the Late Model main event and lead during the early going until Devan Smith snuck by from his 4th starting spot and took command out front. 9th starting Mercedes Abercrombie, in her first night of competition for the season, charged quickly from the 5th row up to second and began battling with Smith for the lead throughout the mid-point of the 20-lap event. Abercrombie looked to the inside of Smith on multiple occasions for the lead but Devan was strong out front and held on for the victory. Abercrombie ran second, but was disqualified in tech for a deck height infraction, elevating Eric McNutt to the runner up spot. Jose Saenz ran third with Dave Deetz and Brandon Cruse in the top five.

The final event of the night was the 25-lap USRA Modified main event, which ended up being a survival of the fittest event with one driver not starting, 9 others not finishing and 2 being disqualified for deck height infractions when all was said and done. Jake Gallardo raced his way from his 8th starting spot to the lead by capitalizing on a mid-race restart and cruised to an apparent victory over 7th starting Nick Rivera, Royal Jones, Jimmy Ray and Christy Barnett, but Gallardo’s #j17 did not meet deck height rules and he was not awarded the win. Rivera inherited the victory for his efforts, moving Jones to second. Fourth place finishing Ray was also dq’d for the same infraction moving Barnett to third, Terry Tipton to fourth and Carlos Ahumada Sr into the top five.

Full results: https://www.myracepass.com/events/350883/races

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this Saturday, August 28th at 7:30pm with the track’s final Hot City Nights promotion of the 2021 season where fans from Fabens, Homestead Meadows, Agua Dulce and Butterfield, TX will be admitted into the grandstand are 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.