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Grady Grabs Weekend Sweep; Claims Inaugural POWRi Desert Series Title

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September 6, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

Josh Grady won the POWRi 360 Winged Sprint Car main event.

Josh Grady won the POWRi 360 Winged Sprint Car main event.

The final night of the Vado Speedway Park’s Labor Day Weekend Double header saw some familiar names in Western Tech victory lane as Josh Grady used a late race pass to win his second straight POWRi 360 Winged Sprint feature of the weekend and Ryder McCutcheon raced to his second straight Claimer feature over the weekend as well.

Ryder McCutcheon was able to sweep the weekend as he raced from his 16th starting spot in the Claimer feature to kick off the night on Sunday, September 5th. McCutcheon and Cole Turner, who started 15th, worked their way toward the front together and were able to get by early race leader Jaden Manick Gallivan into the top two spots just past the mid-point of the event and race off for a 1-2 finish. Jeremy DuBois rebounded from a DNF on the opening night of the weekend to cross the line third with Gallivan and Michael Hartman rounding out the top five.

Josh Jackson got back to his winning ways by racing from 8th to win the INEX Legends main event after withstanding a last lap bump and run effort for second running Aydan Saunders. Saunders got into the back of Jackson exiting turn four and spun himself out, relegating him to a 14th place finish as Jackson went on to win the race. Dusty Riggs, Dave Smith, Zach Rodriguez and Peter Smith rounded out the top five after all racing hard near the lead throughout the entire event.

The finale for the 2021 POWRi 360 Winged Sprint Desert Series rolled onto the track next for their 30-lap main event, which saw Jesse Baker and Tuesday Calderwood share the opening for. After a 4 wide salute to the fans, the event went green and Baker jumped from the pole to the lead immediately stretched his lead over the field on the lightning-fast track. Stevie Sussex raced into the second spot at the start and tried to hang with and chase down Baker out front and was able to stay close due to several early race and mid race cautions, which kept the field bunched together. On each restart Sussex would take a look at Baker for the lead, but Jesse was up to the challenge and continued out front. The field began to work through lapped traffic, allowing Josh Grady and Wes Wofford into the mix as the leaders began to work the slower cars. Baker’s great night came to and end in lapped traffic as his front wing broke and he spun, ending his night and handing the lead to Grady, who had just gotten around Sussex for second. Grady was able to drive off and withstand a last lap slide job attempt by Sussex to win his second straight feature and capture the series title in the process. Sussex, Wofford, Nick Parker and Rick Ziehl, who started 17th, finished in the top five.

Bryan Bennett worked his way forward from his 12th starting spot in the USRA Stock Car feature to race to another win and pad his track point lead in the process. In a good battle up front, Bennett, Gary Kerr Jr., Daniel Blaeser and Rick Garcia wowed the crowd with side by side and three wide battles for the top spot throughout the majority of the event, which Bennett was able to outlast and pick up the win. Kerr ran second with Jonathan Burton, who had to rally from the tail, third, ahead of Shane McNutt and Garrett Stearns in the top five.

After coasting across the finish line with a last place finish in his heat race with an apparent mechanical issue, Mingo Jauregui charged from his 20th starting spot to take top honors in the USRA B-Mod main event to cap off the night. Jauregui and Rob Moseley, who started 18th, both worked their way through the field together and were on a mission to get to the front, which they both did. Daniel Lozoya led early until Lucas Ward and Greg Gorham came calling and took over the top several spots briefly before Jauregui was able to race into the top spot after a late race restart and hold off Moseley for his second win of the season in impressive fashion. Moseley, Gorham, Ward and Hector Barraza rounded out the top five.

Full results: https://www.myracepass.com/events/350895/races

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this coming Saturday, September 11th with First Responders Appreciation Night, where any EMS, Fire or Police get into the grandstand area FREE with an id. Pits open at 4pm with the grandstand opening at 5 and racing starting at 7:30pm.

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.