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Lasiter lands Sprint Car victory; McNutt clinches Late Model title

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September 18, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

Justin Lasiter won the Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Car main event.

Justin Lasiter won the Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Car main event.

Kid’s Night at the Vado Speedway Park was hotly contested on Saturday, September 18th for the five divisions in action on the program and Justin Lasiter made history by earning his first ever Winged Sprint Car victory for his efforts on the night. Eric McNutt also celebrated his 2021 Late Model Track Championship by virtue of his third-place finish in the feature event as well.

A rough and tumble USRA Stock Car feature saw multiple cautions, which cut the laps to just seven after the time limit expired. Jonathan Burton raced from 8th and withstood the carnage to claim the victory over 18th starting Josh Reynolds, who worked his way through the field and stayed out of trouble as well. Herman Garcia raced inside the top five all event long, crossing the line in third ahead of Shawn McCarty and Garrett Stearns.

Mingo Jauregui padded his USRA B-Mod track point lead with a 15th to 1st run in the night’s 20-lap B-Mod main event. After starting inside the seventh row, he was able to race his way into the top five relatively early in the event and was able to dig deep on the bottom of the speedway on his way to the front. After Daniel Lozoya lead the opening lap, Sherman Barnett took the lead early from his 3rd starting position and looked to try to run away from the field, but the race behind him was hotly contested with Jauregui working his way forward from 15th, Ricardo Olague Jr charging from his 21st starting spot and Justin Allen, who started 12th, also appearing in the top five after the mid-point of the event. Jauregui completed the 15th to 1st run for his second win in a row with Olague working forward from 21st to record a solid second place finish, just ahead of Allen, 12th starting Dustin Smith and Aasa Flores, who had to rally from the tail after a tire change mid-race.

The 305-Winged Sprint Cars were back in action for the second week in a row and saw Justin Lasiter race from his 3rd starting spot to the lead and hold off a charging Dylan Harris in lapped traffic over the final laps of the 25-lap feature event for his first career Winged Sprint Car victory. Lasiter got out front early and was able to lead every lap, but not without heavy pressure first from Lorne Wofford and then from Harris toward the end as the field worked through lapped traffic during the final stages of the feature. CJ Hulsey raced from 10th to 4th with Vance Wofford working from 8th into 5th when the checkered flag flew.

Brian Kleine wasted little time driving from his 9th starting spot to the front of the Super Truck feature event and not letting anyone get close enough to challenge him for the lead. Kleine went off to win with ease, while Lloyd Duffey, Christy Barnett and Javie Chavez put on a thriller of a show for the runner up spot for the entire 20-lap event. Duffey was able to nip Barnett at the line for the runner up spot with Chavez and Sherman Barnett rounding out the top five finishers when the checkered flag flew. The win was Kleine’s third of the season at Vado.

The final event of the night was the Late Model main and Devan Smith used the low groove to race by early leaders Brandon Cruse and Troy Miller to take command and race away from the field for his second Late Model win in his rookie season. A great four car battle occurred at the start of the feature between Smith, Miller, Cruse and Eric McNutt with Smith able to settle in out front and drive away for the win. Shane McNutt came up to challenge his dad for second and was able to take that spot late in the race to come home with runner up honors. Eric McNutt raced home with a third-place finish and secured the 2021 Late Model Track Championship in the process. Xavier Ortega ran fourth with Dave Deetz rounding out the top five.

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this coming Saturday, September 25th with Topless Night, where the USRA Modifieds and B-Mods will run without roofs. Super Trucks, Claimers and Legends will also be in action. 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 WatchFYE.tv.

For upcoming schedule information and tickets, visit VadoSpeedwayPark.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
September Sizzler Kid's Night
Vado Speedway Park, Vado, N.M.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.

HACIENDA CARPET & TILE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (4) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
2. (2) 357 Steve McGuire
3. (5) 63 Michael Wells
4. (3) 08 Daniel Lozoya, El Paso, Texas
5. (6) 96 Victor Barraza
6. (7) 39H Dusty Reynolds, Ruidoso Down, N.M.
7. (1) 14J Justin Garrett, Deming, N.M.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
2. (2) 52TX Paddy Rush, Horizon City, Texas
3. (5) 3 Dickie Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 11 Lucas Ward, El Paso, Texas
5. (4) 23H Hector Barraza, El Paso, Texas
6. (6) 49M Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
7. (7) 83 Xavier Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (8) G3 Rocko Gallardo, Fair Acres, N.M.

Heat #3:
1. (1) 23B Israel Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 12 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (2) 05 Aasa Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (6) 47 Mingo Jauregui, El Paso, Texas
6. (5) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (7) 82X Ricardo Olague Jr.., El Paso, Texas

Feature:
1. (15) 47 Mingo Jauregui, El Paso, Texas
2. (21) 82X Ricardo Olague Jr.., El Paso, Texas
3. (11) 12 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (12) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (10) 05 Aasa Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (20) G3 Rocko Gallardo, Fair Acres, N.M.
7. (7) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
8. (19) 83 Xavier Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (3) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
10. (8) 3 Dickie Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (14) 23H Hector Barraza, El Paso, Texas
12. (17) 49M Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
13. (2) 08 Daniel Lozoya, El Paso, Texas
14. (1) 357 Steve McGuire
15. (22) 14J Justin Garrett, Deming, N.M.
16. (18) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
17. (6) 52TX Paddy Rush, Horizon City, Texas
18. (5) 11 Lucas Ward, El Paso, Texas
19. (16) 39H Dusty Reynolds, Ruidoso Down, N.M.
20. (13) 96 Victor Barraza
21. (4) 63 Michael Wells
22. (9) 23B Israel Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.

SUNSET GRILL USRA STOCK CARS

Heat #1:
1. (4) 11SR Daniel Sanchez, La Mesa, N.M.
2. (3) 1I Daniel Blaeser, La Mesa, N.M.
3. (1) 93 Adrian Barraza, El Paso, Texas
4. (2) 96X Herman Garcia, Espanola, N.M.
5. (9) 00S Shawn McCarty, Carlsbad, N.M.
6. (6) 51 Kenny McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (7) 5 Rick Garcia
8. (8) 37X Raymond Arches, Roswell, N.M.
9. (5) B52 Michael Hartman, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2:
1. (6) 00 Jonathan Burton, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (1) 171 Jed Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (8) 24 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (5) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
5. (7) 4 Garrett Stearns, El Paso, Texas
6. (9) 10 Bryan Bennett, Tularosa, N.M.
7. (3) 37 Fred Gibson, Anthony, N.M.
8. (2) 01 Devon Jobin, Alamogordo, N.M.
9. (4) 3 Josh Reynolds, Alamogordo, N.M.

Feature:
1. (8) 00 Jonathan Burton, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (18) 3 Josh Reynolds, Alamogordo, N.M.
3. (2) 96X Herman Garcia, Espanola, N.M.
4. (12) 00S Shawn McCarty, Carlsbad, N.M.
5. (9) 4 Garrett Stearns, El Paso, Texas
6. (3) 1I Daniel Blaeser, La Mesa, N.M.
7. (11) 10 Bryan Bennett, Tularosa, N.M.
8. (14) 37 Fred Gibson, Anthony, N.M.
9. (1) 93 Adrian Barraza, El Paso, Texas
10. (4) 11SR Daniel Sanchez, La Mesa, N.M.
11. (10) 24 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (13) 5 Rick Garcia
13. (5) 51 Kenny McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (16) B52 Michael Hartman, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (6) 171 Jed Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (7) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
17. (17) 01 Devon Jobin, Alamogordo, N.M.
18. (15) 37X Raymond Arches, Roswell, N.M.

LUCAS OIL POWRI 305 WINGED SPRINT CARS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 18 Lorne Wofford, Alamogordo, N.M.
2. (5) 1 Dylan Harris, El Paso, Texas
3. (7) 22 Justin Lasiter, Alamogordo, N.M.
4. (3) 0C Charlie Graham, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (8) 65 Richard Wilbee, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 56 Mike Wells, El Paso, Texas
7. (9) 665 Roby Knight, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (1) 92 Tim Shallenberger, El Paso, Texas
9. (4) 2WILD Ricky Holden, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 9 Robert Herrera, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (1) 40X Mike Archuleta, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (8) 116 Vance Wofford, Alamogordo, N.M.
5. (5) 77 C.J. Hulsey, El Paso, Texas
6. (7) 20Z Rick Ziehl, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (3) 99 Johnathon O'Brien, Bosque Farms, N.M.
8. (6) 22B Jesse Baker, Grants, N.M.
9. (9) 10 Victor Colorbio, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (3) 22 Justin Lasiter, Alamogordo, N.M.
2. (2) 1 Dylan Harris, El Paso, Texas
3. (7) 18 Lorne Wofford, Alamogordo, N.M.
4. (10) 77 C.J. Hulsey, El Paso, Texas
5. (8) 116 Vance Wofford, Alamogordo, N.M.
6. (6) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (1) 65 Richard Wilbee, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (15) 22B Jesse Baker, Grants, N.M.
9. (4) 40X Mike Archuleta, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (11) 20Z Rick Ziehl, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (5) 9 Robert Herrera, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (14) 99 Johnathon O'Brien, Bosque Farms, N.M.
13. (9) 0C Charlie Graham, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (18) 2WILD Ricky Holden, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (13) 56 Mike Wells, El Paso, Texas
16. (16) 10 Victor Colorbio, Las Cruces, N.M.
17. (17) 92 Tim Shallenberger, El Paso, Texas
18. (12) 665 Roby Knight, Las Cruces, N.M.

ANTHONY SOSA ROOFING LATE MODELS

Heat:
1. (2) 004 Devan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 5M Eric McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (1) 29 Troy Miller, Hurley, N.M.
4. (8) 777 Xavier Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (5) 151 Brandon Cruse, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) 01 Dave Deetz, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (6) 5 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (4) 72 Bryan Christie, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (5) 004 Devan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 5 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (7) 5M Eric McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (8) 777 Xavier Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (6) 01 Dave Deetz, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (2) 29 Troy Miller, Hurley, N.M.
7. (4) 72 Bryan Christie, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (1) 151 Brandon Cruse, Las Cruces, N.M.

JOHNSTONE SUPPLY SUPER TRUCKS

Heat #1:
1. (4) 64 Esteban Reyes, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) 5 Russell Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (5) 14 Dawson Manicki, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) 01 Dirk Squibb, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (3) 16 Dennis McMaster, Tularosa, N.M.
6. (2) 87S Stefnie Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (8) 98 Jeremy DuBois, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (1) 15 Odie Black, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2:
1. (1) L750 Todd Froats, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 004 Devan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) 33 Lloyd Duffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (9) 21K Brian Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
7. (8) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
8. (5) 6FO Javie Chavez, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (2) 46 Jim Wallace, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (9) 21K Brian Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (10) 33 Lloyd Duffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (14) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
4. (11) 6FO Javie Chavez, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (8) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
6. (4) 5 Russell Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (3) 14 Dawson Manicki, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (13) 004 Devan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (6) L750 Todd Froats, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (2) 64 Esteban Reyes, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (5) 01 Dirk Squibb, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (7) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (16) 98 Jeremy DuBois, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (15) 15 Odie Black, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (1) 16 Dennis McMaster, Tularosa, N.M.
16. (12) 87S Stefnie Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.