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Gorham Grabs First Vado Victory; Scott Stomps Field in Mod Return

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September 24, 2022  |  by Chris Stepan

Johnny Scott won the Rancho Milagro USRA Modified main event. (Austin Hood Photo)

Johnny Scott won the Rancho Milagro USRA Modified main event. (Austin Hood Photo)

Johnny Scott made his return to Modified racing on Topless Night at the Vado Speedway Park and stomped the field to win for the first time at his hometown track since July 6th of 2019. Greg Gorham raced to his first ever Vado victory in the B-Mod feature, while Javier Zapien Jr. topped the $1,000 to win Late Model special and Zach Rodriguez got the win in the Legends while Jeremy DuBois topped the Pure Stocks.

The S.H. Automotive Pure Stock main event was on track first for their 20-lap event and as always, all eyes are on the back of the field with Jeremy DuBois, Diego Alvarado and Michael Hartman trying to come from the tail to contend for the win.

Mel Romero, Chase Ortiz and Miguel Rincon battled for the top spot early with Rincon getting out front and leading some laps before DuBois was the first to get through the field and to the lead.

Once DuBois got out front, he was able to hold off a charging Alvarado to pick up the win for his efforts from his 14th starting spot. Alvarado, who started 13th would charge up to a second-place finish with Rincon finishing third, but not passing post-race tech, elevating Sharrii Minks to third at the finish.

Jeffrey Magg, who started 16th ran fourth with Raymundo Lopez fifth at the line from his 12th starting spot.

The Hulsey Racing Legend Cars were up next and saw some great battles with Cale Riggs getting out front early and leading some laps just like he did a week ago before Josh Jackson, Aydan Saunders, Jacob Masterson, Dusty Riggs and Zach Rodriguez came to play and began to battle hard for the top spot.

Jackson was able to slip into the lead briefly before Saunders raced to his inside and took the top spot, while Riggs and Rodriguez were working to get by Masterson into third. Saunders began to pull away a bit from the field and would race to the win with Rodriguez getting by Masterson and Riggs into second in the late stages of the event.

Unfortunately, Saunders did not pass post-race tech, which elevated second place finishing Rodriguez to his third win of the season. Masterson didn’t pass either, which elevated Cale Riggs to second, Dusty Riggs to third with Eric LaCroix and Dave Smith rounding out the official top five.

The Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA B-Mods were up next for their 20-lap main and Donnie Newcomb took the lead from the pole on the initial green flag and lead the early portion of the event with heavy pressure from Greg Gorham, Justin Allen, Jesse Haynie, Lucas Ward and Dustin Smith before Gorham was able to power by into the lead and overtake the top spot.

With Gorham out front, he set the pace, while Ward was trying his best to get by on the bottom and Haynie was working the top side to try to work into the lead as well

Gorham was able to withstand both driver’s pressure and was able to take the lead back after Ward snuck by for a brief second to race away with his first feature win at Vado. Ward ran second with Haynie, Smith and Allen in the top five.

The $1,000-to-win Anthony Sosa Roofing DIRTcar Late Model feature had Javier Zapien Jr. on the pole and at the drop of the green he blasted into the lead and never looked back en route to the big payday on the final night that the Late Models were in competition during the 2022 season.

Shane McNutt, Eric McNutt and Jeremy Stamper raced hard for the runner up spot early in the race with Devan Smith inside the top five as well. Eric McNutt was able to get by Shane into the runner-up spot and run Zapien down but he was not able to complete the pass, settling into second.

Zapien drove off to the victory with Eric McNutt, Shane McNutt, Smith and Jake Boles, in his first Late Model appearance of the year, rounded out the top five. With Smith’s fourth place run, he secured the 2022 Late Model Track Championship for his efforts as well.

The Rancho Milagro URSA Modified 25-lap feature was the final event of the night with Terry Tipton and Tom Georges on the front row. Tipton took command at the drop of the green with Georges and Jimmy Ray along for the ride, but after a first lap crash, shuffled the starting lineup a bit

Eighth-starting Johnny Scott, in his 2022 Modified debut at Vado, hopped to the high side of the track and blasted his way through the field up to second and ran along side Tipton for several laps until he took over the top spot and ran off into the night. Scott ran away to a nearly half lap advantage over Ray, who worked his way by Tipton into second and tried to keep Scott within his sights.

With Johnny dominating the event out front, all eyes were on Nathan Smith, who started 21st, Nick Rivera, who went to the tail after a lap 1 crash and both Fito and Jake Gallardo, who also both went to the tail after being involved in a turn four crash early in the event as they stormed through the field to finish 4th 5th, 7th and 8th respectively.

Scott raced to his fist win at Vado since July of 2019 for his efforts.

FULL RESULTS

The Vado Speedway Park gets back to action on Saturday night, October 1st with Rancho Milagro Fan and Driver Appreciation Night where the first 1,000 fans get into the grandstand area for FREE. Gates open at 5pm 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.