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Odessa, Texans Take Vado Top Honors in Final Event of August

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August 28, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

Philip Houston won the Late Model main event.

Philip Houston won the Late Model main event.

The final Hot City Nights promotion of the season at the Vado Speedway Park was hotly contested on Saturday, August 28th for the five divisions in action on the program and both Odessa, Texas racers that were in competition won their respective main events, taking top honors back to West Texas with them.

The Super Truck main was the first on the schedule after intermission and saw Russell Allen jump from the outside of the front row into the lead early with a pack of heavy hitters trying to chase him down. 11th starting Javie Chavez and 13th starting Christy Barnett, as usual, were working their way from mid-pack and starting to challenge the top five runners before the midpoint of the 20-lap event. Todd Froats, Devan Smith and Cliff Evrage were battling up front for the majority of the event until Froats suffered a flat tire, bunching up the field and allowing Chavez and Barnett to steal the top two spots late in the race. Chavez went on to win his third feature of the season with Barnett on his heels. Sherman Barnett ran third with Smith and 19th starting Brian Kleine rounding out the top five.

9th starting Gary Kerr Jr got to the track late, barely made his heat race and then had to work over race long leader Rick Garcia to claim the Stock Car feature win tonight. Garcia took command at the start of the main from his outside front row starting spot and lead the majority of the feature with Kerr racing from the 5th row to put heavy pressure on him just past the mid-point. Garrett Stearns, Shane McNutt and Daniel Sanchez were in the mix up front as well, but Kerr was able to get by them and set his sights on Garcia out front. Once Kerr got to the inside of Garcia, he was able to capitalize on a mis step by the race leader to take the top spot and run off with the win. Stearns ran second with Garcia, McNutt and Kenny McCoy in the top five.

The 305-Winged Sprint Cars returned to action tonight and were chosen for the Jackson Compaction 7-for-7 promotion, meaning whoever started 7th in the feature would pick up an extra $700 if they would go on to win the race. Wes Wofford was up to that challenge and raced from his 7th starting spot to the lead during the first five laps of the feature and then held off a pair of heavy hitters late in the race to pick up the win and the bonus that went along with it. Wofford was smooth and steady on the bottom as his dad Lorne and Royals Jones both had shots at Wes up front but the #19 was up to the challenge tonight and held off every challenge to pick up the win. Jones ran second with Justin Lasiter, the early race leader, crossing the line in third, followed by CJ Hulsey and Jesse Baker, who started in the fifth row together.

Fito Gallardo topped a wild USRA B-Mod feature event as the top four finishers in the event started 14th, 13th, 15th and 20th respectively and roared their way through the field and to the front during the 20-lap event. Billy Roy Harris took command early from the pole with Tom Connor, Sherman Barnett and Lucas Ward in the mix early as well, but Gallardo, Christy Barnett and Mingo Jauregui were on a mission to the front as the trio worked together to get through slower traffic. Barnett got there first and took the lead just past the mid-point, but Gallardo was too strong and overpowered her for the lead several laps later. Once out front, Fito ran away during the final laps for the win with Barnett chasing him to the line, followed by Jauregui, Hector Barraza and Sherman Barnett.

The final event of the night was the Late Model main and just like fellow Odessa, Texan Gary Kerr Jr., Philip Houston arrived at the track late, barely made it in time for his heat race, but made the best of the trip by starting in the 7th starting spot and racing by everyone to the lead and then dominating the last half of the feature for his third win at Vado this season. Shane McNutt and Devan Smith had a race long battle for second with McNutt crossing the line with runner up honors ahead of Smith, Eric McNutt and Dave Deetz fifth.

Full results: https://www.myracepass.com/events/350886/races

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this coming Labor Day weekend with a pair of events featuring the POWRi 360-Winged Sprint Cars, along with USRA B-Mods, USRA Stock Cars, INEX Legends and Claimers on Saturday and Sunday nights. Pits open at 4pm with the grandstand opening at 5 and racing starting at 7:30pm both nights.

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.