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Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border Tire, Rancho Milagro to sponsor Modifieds at 2023 Wild West Shootout

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September 2, 2022  |  by Ben Shelton

The Modified division at the 17th annual Rio Grande Waste Services Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at Vado Speedway Park in Vado, N.M., will once again fly under the banner of Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border Tire and Rancho Milagro.

The week includes four $2,000-to-win Modified programs on Jan. 7, 8, 14 and 15, while events Jan. 11 and 13 will post a $1,000 top prize.

Additionally, a $1,000 payoff has been posted for the Mesilla Valley Transportation/Border Tire Modifieds presented by Rancho Milagro champion of the six-race Modified mini-series.

The division’s total points fund boasts $3,000 in cash including $700 for second, $500 for third and $400 for fourth and fifth—from the title sponsorship of Mesilla Valley Transportation and Border Tire and presenting sponsor Rancho Milagro.

“The level of talent and diversity that the Modified division showcases at the Wild West Shootout each year is second-to-none. We are lucky to get drivers from multiple racing disciplines as well as all reaches of North America,” noted event director Ben Shelton. “Mix in great support from companies like Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border Tire, and Rancho Milagro along with the fact that drivers can get eight chances to hit the track in 10 days, and the Wild West Shootout has become the perfect way for a lot of teams to get a jump start on the year.

“We’re extremely grateful to have the support of these great companies and all these great drivers as we continue to grow the Wild West Shootout.”

With locations in El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, N.M., Mesilla Valley Transportation is a leading truckload carrier and Border Tire is a Michelin Commercial Service Network Dealer (MCSN) specializing in medium duty, heavy duty, agricultural and industrial size tires. Both firms are overseen by Royal Jones of Las Cruces, N.M., a longtime short-track racing sponsor, owner of Vado Speedway Park and a competitor himself in the Modified ranks.

Out of Taos, N.M., Rancho Milagro grows organic hay for dairies, operates a mother cow calf operation and is heavily involved in team roping. The group's main ranch is called Top of The World Ranch and the Healy Foundation funds multiple land and water initiatives in the region. In addition to a strong focus on water conservation and irrigation issues, Ed and Trudy “G.T.” Healy also support several racing teams, including Scott Brothers Racing and team roping where they sponsor Rancho Milagro Team Roping and the New Mexico Rodeo Association.

The 2023 edition of the event will be held on Jan. 7, 8, 11, 13, 14 and 15 at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile clay oval situated conveniently on I-10 between Las Cruces and El Paso.

Over $320,000 in prize money will be on the line during the 17th Annual Rio Grande Waste Services Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The event includes six complete programs for three divisions.

Each night finds the Dirt Track Bank Super Late Models presented by Black Diamond Race Cars, Mesilla Valley Transportation/Border Tire Modifieds, and RHRSwag.com X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson competing in action.

Additionally, an open practice session is slated for both Jan. 6 and 10.

Last but not least, each division will compete for a mini-series points championship and accompanying point fund.

Additional details are currently being finalized. As information becomes available it will be posted at WildWestShootout.net.

The Rio Grande Waste Services Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts is made possible by Rio Grande Waste Services, O’Reilly Auto Parts, FK Rod Ends, Dirt Track Bank, Black Diamond Race Cars, Hoker Trucking, Penske Racing Shocks, Shaw Trucking, Schaeffer Oil, SportTruck RV, Nissan of Las Cruces, Rancho Milagro Racing, Eagle Moon Hemp, Top of the World Ranch, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border Tire, RHR Racing Swag, Barnett Harley Davidson, Dirt Pro Grading & Padwork, Contractors & Developers (C&D) Bonding, Shocks by Hammer, Midwest Sheet Metal, Speedway Motors, Day Motorsports, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, Pro Power Engines, Beaver Stripes, Arizona Differential, Gorsuch Performance Solutions, Toste Construction, Sipes Tractor & Transport Service, Merry’s Home Furnishings, The Joie of Seating, Screven Motor Speedway, DirtDraft.com, and FloRacing.