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Wofford Wins Winged Sprints For First Time at Vado

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May 1, 2022  |  by Chris Stepan

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After qualifying races were completed during the April 30th Las Cruces Hot City Nights event at the Vado Speedway Park, the five features were on tap and produced several first-time season winners in the process in front of a packed crowd on a beautiful night for racing.

The first feature of the night was the Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA B-Mod main and featured a ton of passing and an incredible race-long battle out front between 15th starting Justin Allen, 19th starting Donavon Flores, 10th starting Dustin Smith and defending track champion Mingo Jauregui for the majority of the event. Dickie Gorham took the lead on the opening lap of the race and lead early eyeing his first Vado win with a wild battle for position taking place behind him. Gorham’s bid for the win would go up in smoke as he suffered a mechanical issue while out front, ending his night early and setting up a great battle for the lead for the remaining circuits. Allen and b-main winner Flores embarked on a thriller of a race out front with Allen holding on after a late race restart for his first win of 2022. Flores crossed the line in second with Smith third.

The S&J Automotive USRA Stock Cars were up next with Fred Gibson taking the lead from the outside of the front row and pacing the field for the first several circuits until Rob Moseley raced by into the top spot and began to pull away from the field. While Moseley was stretching his legs out front, Jason Josselyn was charging from the tail in to do battle with Devon Jobin, Bryan Bennett, Jonathan Burton and Josh Reynolds in the top five. The pack was putting on a great show for the fans while trying to track down Moseley for the top spot. Moseley’s lead continued to grow until he suffered a flat tire and slowed, ending his night and bid for second win of the season. Bennett inherited the lead and went on to hold off Josselyn for his third win of 2022 with Josselyn second from the tail twice and Reynolds third at the checkered.

The Rancho Milagro USRA Modified feature was the third on the schedule and produced one of the best races of the night as the 23-car field went green and pole sitter Jake Boles hopped into the lead at the wave of the green flag. Boles took off out front with 5th starting Jake Gallardo racing into second early, bringing his dad Fito with him into the third spot. Jake didn’t waste much time sneaking by into the top spot and putting Boles back into second to try to fend off Fito for the runner up spot.  Fito was able to get by into second and then as the leaders worked their way through lapped traffic, Fito was able to pounce on Jake and steal the lead in a wild skirmish on the front stretch with several lapped cars holding up Jake’s momentum for a split second allowing Fito to get by. A great battle behind the leaders was ongoing as well between Nick Rivera, Carlos Ahumada Jr., Royal Jones and Boles. Once out front though, Jake tried a slider on his dad to regain the lead, but Fito was too strong out front and raced off to his second win of the season. Jake finished second with 11th starting Rivera third at the finish.

The 20-lap feature for the Hulsey Racing Legends were on deck and another good race was about to occur between eventual feature winner Dusty Riggs, Dave Smith, Zach Rodriguez and Josh Jackson as the lead group battled hard, often times side-by-side inside the top five, but Riggs, who started 7th was able to get to the top spot and hold off Smith, who held the lead early, then slipped to second, but regained the lead on a restart, only to lose it back to Riggs again a lap later. Jackson, who went to the tail for a spin and track point leader Rodriguez were in the mix all race long as well, but Riggs was able to best the field tonight for his first win at Vado. Smith ran second and Rodriguez cross the finish line in third.

The final event of the night was the POWRi Jackson Compaction 305 Winged Sprint Car 25-lap feature event and it turned out to be an outstanding one. Justin Lasiter took command from the pole early and lead the first part of the race with Rick Ziehl hot on his heels in second. The duo worked away from the rest of the field early in the event, while Vance Wofford, Wes Wofford and CJ Hulsey were racing hard for third just behind. Back out front, Ziehl saw an opportunity to sneak to the inside of Lasiter for the lead and was able to do so in turn three and took control, while Vance got by brother Wes into third and began to track down the top two. Wofford raced by Lasiter into second and the used lapped traffic perfectly to his advantage and slid by Ziehl into lead and then raced off to his first ever win at Vado for his efforts. Ziehl crossed the finish line in second with Wes Wofford claiming the final podium spot in third when the final checkered flag of the night flew.

Full results

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action this coming Saturday night, May 7th with the first 250 moms receiving a complimentary carnation courtesy of Flowerland and NASCAR veteran Kenny Schrader will be in competition in the USRA Modified division. 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.