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Ward Wins Thrilling B-Mod Battle; Saiz Stomps Sprint Car Field

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July 23, 2022  |  by Chris Stepan

Lucas Ward won the Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA B-Mod main event.

Lucas Ward won the Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA B-Mod main event.

The state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM was back in action on Saturday, July 23rd with the track’s first Meet the Drivers Night of the season and the highlight of the night saw Lucas Ward race to his first ever feature win in the B-Mod 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 7th starting Diego Alvarado race to his second straight Pure Stock feature victory. Alvarado wasted no time charging from his 4th row starting spot to battle for the lead early with Tyler Tallmon and Jimmy Marta, while 12th starting Michael Hartman was working his way through traffic as well. Once Alvarado got out front, he drove out to a six-car length lead for the majority of the race, while Hartman, Marta and 11th starting Jeremy DuBois were all working their way into top five runs. Hartman got to second and tried to run down Alvarado, but ran out of laps and was forced to settle for the runner up spot behind Alvarado, who raced to his second straight win. Marta ran third, just ahead of DuBois and Miguel Rincon, although Rincon was disqualified in post-race tech, elevating Shane Smith to fifth.   

Dusty Riggs came out on top of a wild Hulsey Racing Legends feature event for his fifth INEX Legend Car win of the 2022 season at Vado. Riggs, who started 7th, got into the top three on the start and waged an intense battle for the lead with Zach Rodriguez and Josh Jackson for the majority of the race, edging the 48z and 37 for the win at the end of the 20-lap event. After a wild opening lap and several cautions that kept the field close, the event was very entertaining between Riggs, Rodriguez and Jackson out front, while Eric LaCroix and Peter Smith were working their way from the tail into the top five as well. Riggs was able to withstand the heavy pressure from behind to win the feature just ahead of Jackson, who stole second from Rodriguez at the end. La Croix crossed the line fourth with Angel Garcia snagging the final spot in the top five. 

The third feature of the night was the Jackson Compaction 305 Winged Sprint Cars and Caleb Saiz absolutely stomped the field, winning his second feature of the season at Vado by a convincing 8.213 seconds after starting fifth and taking the lead on an early race restart. Saiz never looked back once he got out front and won by over a half a lap, lapping up to the sixth place car before the 25-lap event went to the checkered. With Saiz all alone out front, all eyes were on a great battle for second between Royal Jones, Mike Archuleta and Derek DeMartino for the majority of the race. Jones found something on the low side of the speedway and raced into the runner up spot, finishing second, ahead of Archuleta, DeMartino and 13th starting CJ Hulsey, who ran fifth.    

The Hacienda Carpet and Tile USRA B-Mods were up next and was the race of the night with 9th starting Lucas Ward emerging on top of a late race scramble for the lead to earn his first career feature win at Vado in impressive fashion. Donnie Newcombe got out front from the pole at the start of the 20-lap event and lead early with heavy pressure form Donavon Flores, Jose De La Fuente, Justin Allen, Christy Barnett, John Carney and Greg Gorham. Newcombe was able to withstand the pressure early in the race until Flores was able to sweep by into the lead and drive off out front. Several cautions bunched the field and kept Flores close the field and that was all Ward needed as he was able to use the low line to perfection and steal the lead from Flores on the final lap and hold off the #07 to the finish line for his first career win. Flores ran second with Allen, Barnett and Carney rounding out the top five.    

The final event of the night was the Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models and it was worth the wait. Jeremy Stamper got out front early from his 3rd starting spot and looked as if he was going to race off to his first ever win, but Devan Smith and Mercedes Abercrombie had other ideas. Smith was able to race around Stamper into the lead after a restart and set off out front while Abercrombie continued to try to use the bottom of the speedway to keep pace with leaders. Fito Gallardo and Javier Zapien Jr were in a good battle for fourth for much of the race with Jonathon Ortega in the mix as well. Back up front, Smith continued to lead while Abercrombie raced by Stamper into second late in the going, setting up a thrilling battle on the final laps for the win. Devan tried his best to stay out front but slipped one time off of turn four allowing Mercedes to race by into the lead, which she held to the checkered. Smith and Stamper ran second and third with Zapien getting by Gallardo for fourth at the checkered.   


The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action on Saturday, July 30th with the track’s final 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 www.WatchFYE.tv.

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