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Carney Cashes In For Fan Appreciation Night B-Mod Victory At Vado

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October 1, 2022  |  by Chris Stepan

John Carney Sr. won the Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA B-Mod main event. (Dean Nesbit Photo)

John Carney Sr. won the Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA B-Mod main event. (Dean Nesbit Photo)

Vado Speedway Park hosted its annual Fan and Driver Appreciation Night on Saturday, October 1st and John Carney Sr. outdueled Donavon Flores and Lucas Ward in a thrilling USRA B-Mod feature to race to his first ever win at Vado to cap off a great night to kick off the month of October.

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. Chase Ortiz hopped out front from the outside of the third row and lead the main early with Jimmy Marta in second as the top three in points were quickly charging from the tail. Hartman was the first to get into the top three and after a caution bunched the field, Hartman was able to race by into the top spot and rapidly drove off into the sunset with the lead. As the laps wound down, Hartman checked out on the field and raced to victory ahead of 14th starting Diego Alvarado and 11th starting Robert Dominguez. Ortiz finished fourth with Jimmy Marta fifth at the line.

The Hulsey Racing Legend Cars were up next with Aydan Saunders looking for redemption from his win being taken away last week in post-race tech and did just that as he raced from his 10th starting spot to the lead very early in the 20-lap main with Sean Salazar, racing from 8th up to second and the two put on a great show for the lead for the majority of the event out front. After a late race caution bunched the field, Saunders was able to hold off a charging Zach Rodriguez, who charged from 14th to battle inside the top five in the closing stages and snuck by to finish 2nd on the final lap. Dusty Riggs raced by Gary Guinn for third with Jacob Masterson rounding out the top five.

Caleb Stelzig continued his masterful season as he started on the pole and ran away out front in the POWRi Sunset Grill Non-Winged Sprint Car 25-lap feature, racing to his 4th win in 6 starts at Vado this season. Stelzig took the lead early but bobbled once and allowed Caleb Saiz to race by into the top spot for a moment, bringing Colt Treharn with into second, but on a restart several laps later, Stelzig used the cushion on the restart to blast back into the top spot and quickly drive off from the field for the win. Treharn out battled Saiz for second in a great race for the runner up spot all race long, with Michael Fanelli and JR Bonesteel rounding out the top five finishers.

Fito Gallardo topped the Johnstone Supply Super Truck feature, which was time-shortened, but while the race was under green flag conditions, Gallardo, who started 14th, along with Christy Barnett, who started 13th, were quickly working forward, while Jim Wallace paced the field out front. After multiple cautions on the opening lap kept the field tight, Wallace took the lead and tried to race away from Luis Esquivel and Jacob Dart early until Gallardo and Barnett rolled up on the top trio. Fito was able to overtake Wallace on a green-white-checkered restart to pick up the win with Barnett also working by into the runner up spot and securing the 2022 track championship in the process. Wallace ran third with Greg Gorham fourth and Esquivel fifth at the line.

The Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA B-Mods were the final race of the night for their 20-lap main and John Carney Sr, who started on the outside of the front row, took his #7c into the lead and led every lap en route to his first ever win at Vado, but not without incredibly heavy pressure from Donavon Flores and Lucas Ward in what was the best race of the night. Carney rolled around the cushion for much of the event, but dropped to the low line on several occasions in lapped traffic to hold off Flores, who threw several sliders at Carney, but John was up to the challenge and raced to the exciting win. Flores ran second with Ward third, followed by Justin Allen and Jonathon Ortega in the top five.


The Vado Speedway Park is off for the next two weeks and will resume action with the $22,000 to win USRA Fall Nationals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 21st, 22nd, 23rd. Modifieds, B-Mods and Stock Cars will be in action all three days.

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.