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Vado Victors: Barnett, Bennett and the B52 Bomber

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April 10, 2022  |  by Chris Stepan

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Another Hot City Nights promotion of the season at the Vado Speedway Park was hotly contested on Saturday, April 9th with Christy Barnett racing from her 14th starting spot to win the Super Truck main event. Bryan Bennett, Michael Hartman, Fito Gallardo and Devan Smith also topped their respective feature races during the racing program.

The Hobby Stocks made their first appearance of the season and although there was a small field of cars, the racing was great in their 12-lap feature event. Michael Hartman, who won the Pure Stock feature last week but was disqualified in post-race tech, came back with a vengeance and raced away from 4th starting Jaden Manicki-Gallivan to pick up his first win of the season in his #B52. Gallivan ran second with Jimmy Skoog rounding out the top three finishers.

The Johnstone Supply Super Trucks were up next with the father-son duo of Stefnie Smith and Art Viramontes sharing the front row for the 20-lap feature event. Viramontes took the lead at the start and battled early with Cliff Evrage, Dawson Manicki and Esteban Reyes until 7th starting Sherman Barnett raced by into the top spot and began to stretch his lead, while Devan Smith and Christy Barnett were working their way forward from the 7th row. Sherman continued to lead while Smith and Christy Barnett were charging forward and appeared in second and third respectively as the laps wound down. Christy was working all over the track to try to find enough speed to work into the top spot and finally was able to overhaul her husband in turn one with just several laps to go, taking the lead and racing off to the win. Sherman finished second with Rusty Bowen claiming the third spot at the checkered.

The S&J Automotive USRA Stock Car main event was the third on the lineup and saw Kenny McCoy and Devon Jobin on the front row. McCoy got the jump on the start and took his #51 into the lead on the start, but Jobin, in his newly purchased Stock Car, came roaring back and overtook McCoy for the lead as the field worked down the backstretch. Meanwhile, 9th starting Bryan Bennett and 12th starting Rob Moseley were on the charge forward with Bennett using the extreme bottom of the speedway to his advantage and picking off competitors left and right on his way forward. Moseley was in Bennett’s wheel tracks around the speedway, but Bennett was just too strong as he wrestled the lead away and drove off for his second straight Stock Car victory. Moseley crossed the line in second with Josh Reynolds third.

Up next was the 25-lap feature for the Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds with a pair of veterans Jimmy Ray and Christy Barnett on row one. Ray got the better start and took off into the top spot on the opening lap, but third starting Fito Gallardo blasted by on the inside of turn two on the second circuit to claim the top spot, which he would never relinquish. While Fito ran alone out front, a tremendous battle was ensuing behind him between Ray, Bumper Jones, Royal Jones, Carlos Ahumada Jr and Tom Georges, while Jake Gallardo was working his way forward from his 14th starting spot. The event was plagued by a number of caution periods, which kept the field close to the #G17 out front, but on each restart, Fito was able to pull back away, while Jake and Bumper began an intense battle for second as the laps wound down. Fito raced off with the win with Jake second, Bumper third, Jimmy Ray fourth and Nick Rivera, from 20th, crossed the line in fifth.

The final event of the night was the Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Model feature and saw a full 13 car field take the green for the 20-lap affair. Eric McNutt has his #5 on the pole and took the early lead with Ronnie Leathem Jr. and Josh Cain in tow. Cain ended up with troubles in turn two and was forced to retire from the event, putting Davan Smith into third and creating a good battle out front. McNutt led the first half of the race with Smith getting by Leathem into second and then as the laps wound down, Smith was able to make a power move on the outside of McNutt for the lead and once he was able to steal the top spot away, he drove off to the win. Leathem ran a career best second at Vado with McNutt holding on for third at the stripe.

Full results: https://www.myracepass.com/events/396414/races

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this coming Saturday night, April 16th with our annual Egggstravaganza Easter Celebration, which will feature an appearance by the Easter Bunny from 5p-7p and a huge Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at 6pm. Gates open at 5 and racing begins at 7:30.

For fans not able to attend in person, all events held during the 2022 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.