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June 26, 2022  |  by Chris Stepan

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The state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM was back in action on Saturday, June 25th with another Hot City Nights event which featured Late Models, Pure Stocks, Super Trucks, Winged Sprint Cars and INEX Legends on the five-division program.

After preliminary action was completed, the first feature of the night was the S.H. Automotive Pure Stock feature event, which saw Jaden Manicki-Gallivan hop to the top spot from the front row and drive away quickly from the field out front. With Manicki-Gallivan driving away from the field, all eyes were on 10th starting Jeremy DuBois and 11th starting Michael Hartman, who were rapidly working their way from their fifth and sixth row starting spots on their way to the front. Both drivers were able to pounce on Manicki-Gallivan out front and over take the top two spots during the mid-point of the 20-lap event. Once out front, the two perennial front runners battled for the lead in the closing stages, but DuBois was able to race to the checkered flag first, racing to his fifth win of the season. Hartman settled for second with Chris Dominguez advancing from 9th up to third, just ahead of Diego Alvarado and Kristen Denman, who completed the top five.

9th starting Zach Rodriguez raced from his fifth row starting spot to the lead with just five laps to go in the 20-lap Hulsey Racing Legends feature event and withstood heavy pressure from Sean Salazar, Tyler Beiter and Dusty Riggs over the last few laps to win a very entertaining feature event and pad his track point lead in the process. Salazar got the lead early in the event and looked to drive away from the field, while Rodriguez, Riggs and Beiter were battling for second during the first half of the race. 12th starting Jacob Masterson moved in to join the battle inside the top five after the half way point as Rodriguez used a late race restart to drive by Salazar into the lead with just under five laps to go and then hit his marks lap after lap to hold off Salazar and a charging Riggs to the checkered for his second win of the season. Salazar bested Riggs for second at the line, while Beiter held off Masterson for fourth as well.

The third feature of the night was the POWRi Jackson Compaction 305-Winged Sprint Car 25-lap main and Derek DeMartino put the perfect night together and lead from green to checkered, holding off Vance Wofford early, Royal Jones in the mid-stages of the race and Dylan Harris at the end to race to his first win of the 2022 season for his efforts. The race was slowed several times for spins, which kept the pack right on the restarts, but DeMartino was up to the challenge each time, driving away from the pack on his way to the win over Harris, who ran a solid second. Wofford, who spun early, rallied from the tail to race back up to a third-place finish with Jones holding off Rick Ziehl for fourth at the checkered.

The Johnstone Supply Super Truck main event was up next with the same story unfolding as the previous several weeks. Christy Barnett raced from her 13th starting spot and picked up her fourth win in a row and sixth win in her ten Truck starts at Vado this season. Art Viramontes took the lead from the outside of the front row on the start of the 20-lap main event and looked good out front until Sherman Barnett, who started 5th, raced to his inside and began to pressure Art for the top spot. Barnett was able to complete the pass and drive alone out front until Christy got to second and began to challenge her husband for the lead. The duo ran side by side for several laps until Christy used the outside groove to take the top spot with just two laps remaining and was able to race to the win. Sherman ran second with Mike Garcia advancing from 6th to 3rd, just ahead of 15th starting Luis Esquivel and Dawson Manicki, who rounded out the top five.

The final event of the night was the Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Model 20-lap feature and Josh Cain ended up on top when the checkered flag flew, for his third straight Late Model win at Vado. Outside front row starter Troy Miller led the opening lap until Shane McNutt took the top spot from him on lap two, only to get passed by 5th starting Cain, who took off into the top spot once he got out front. Devan Smith and Mercedes Abercrombie were quickly charging after Cain and were racing hard for second and third with Abercrombie taking the runner up spot just past the mid-point of the race, only to get caught up in a grinding crash on the front stretch when a slower car lost power right in front of the leaders. On the restart, Cain got back to the lead with Smith and Eric McNutt applying pressure, but Cain was strong out front and raced to the win. Smith crossed the finish line in second with Eric McNutt, Shane McNutt and 12th starting Jose Saenz rounding out the top five finishers.


The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action on Saturday, July 9th with the track’s annual MVT Fireworks Night at the Races featuring the area’s biggest and best fireworks display. Gates open at 5, racing begins at 7:30 and the fireworks display scheduled at 10pm.

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.