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Alvarado Achieves First Career Feature Win; Archuleta Wins Sprint Main

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July 16, 2022  |  by Chris Stepan

Diego Alvarado won the S.H. Automotive Pure Stock main event.

Diego Alvarado won the S.H. Automotive Pure Stock main event.

The state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM was back in action on Saturday, July 16th with another Hot City Nights event and the highlight of the night saw Diego Alvarado race to his first ever feature win in the Pure Stock division for his efforts.

After preliminary action was completed, the first feature of the night was the S.H. Automotive Pure Stock feature event, which saw 11th starting Diego Alvarado race to his first career feature win after charging from the 6th row to outlast 7th starting Jimmy Marta and 12th starting Sharrii Minks to the checkered flag. It was a rough and tumble 20-lap event with only 6 cars finishing the main event, but Alvarado was the class of the field tonight and earned his first ever win or his efforts. Behind the top three, Michael Hartman and Kristen Denman rounded out the top five.

Devan Smith stopped Christy Barnett’s Super Truck win streak tonight after racing to his first feature win of the season from his fifth starting spot. Smith, in the #01 Truck for the night raced by front row starters Stefnie Smith and Jim Wallace into the lead and never looked back en route to the victory, while teammate Rusty Bowen worked his way from his 7th starting spot up to finish a solid runner up as the checkered flag flew. Barnett, who started 12th, was able to work through traffic up to third, but that’s as far forward as she could get, ending her win streak at 5. Dawson Manicki and Sherman Barnett rounded out the top five finishers.

The third feature of the night was the Jackson Compaction 305 Winged Sprint Cars and although the numbers were low, the on track action was high as Mike Archuleta raced from the outside of the second row to his second feature win of the season, and first since opening night in March for his efforts. Rookie Aydan Saunders and Art Quijano paced the field to the green flag but Archuleta worked by quickly into the lead and raced away with the victory. Robert Herrera, who started sixth, moved into the runner up spot and held off 8th starting Royal Jones for his best finish of the season, crossing the line in second. Jones came home third, ahead of Derek DeMartino and Saunders, who recorded his first top five of his rookie season for his efforts.

The Hulsey Racing INEX Legend feature event saw Joseph Lenger on the pole for the start of the event with Craig Wahlberg on his outside. At the start of the event, the front row pair raced hard into turn one for the lead, while 8th and 9th starting Dusty Riggs and Zach Rodriguez were quickly on the move through traffic toward the front. Riggs wrestled the lead away first and was able to drive alone out front with Rodriguez in tow. Riggs raced to the win ahead of Rodriguez and 7th starting Sean Salazar. Jacob Masterson rallied from 13th and Jerod Candalaria charged from 15th to pick up 4th and 5th place finishes respectively when all was said and done.

The final event of the night was the Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds for their 25-lap finale with track record holder Tim Tharp on the pole for the second week in a row, but just as in previous weeks, it was the Gallardo show once again with 8th starting Jake and 7th starting Fito quickly racing to the front of the field and battling out for the lead during the 25-lap event. Jake got to the lead first and was able to hold off his dad for yet another feature win after a DNF last Saturday night. Fito ran a close second with 5th starting Jimmy Ray, 6th starting Royal Jones and 19th starting Nick Rivera rounding out the top five finishers when the final checkered flag of the night flew over the field.


The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action on Saturday, July 23rd with the track’s first Meet the Drivers Night of the season where fans will be allowed to go onto the front stretch at intermission to meet and greet with their favorite racers. 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 WatchFYE.tv.

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