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Shocks By Hammer to Sponsor Modified Awards at 23 Wild West Shootout

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October 25, 2022  |  by Ben Shelton

Entering their fourth year of sponsoring the Rio Grande Waste Services Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, South Dakota-based Shocks By Hammer will sponsor a pair of nightly awards for the 2023 edition of the mega miniseries.

Each night the Brian Diede led company will sponsor a $100 cash award for both the pole sitter and the hard charger in the Mesilla Valley Transportation / Border Tire Modified division presented by Rancho Milagro.

“I really enjoy what the Wild West Shootout has to offer each year, and I also like changing up the awards that we do with the event,” said Shocks By Hammer owner Brian Diede. “That field of Modifieds is pretty damn tough every year, and if you can earn enough passing points to earn the pole for the feature or pass enough cars to earn the hard charger award, then I feel like you deserve a little extra cash for a job well done.

“We’ve got several Modified drivers from our area that head down each year to the event, and it’ll be cool to see if any of them can grab some of this extra cash we’re putting up each night.”

Launched in 2011 by Diede, Shocks by Hammer specializes in custom shock packages for competitors across North America. The company’s repertoire includes drivers in all divisions of dirt track racing.

Additionally, Shocks by Hammer offers extensive services for the Fox Shocks utilized on Ford Raptor trucks. From rebuilds to repairs to complete replacements, the South Dakota company has become a one-stop shop for your Ford Raptor shock needs.

For more information on Shocks By Hammer and the company’s services, please visit www.ShocksByHammer.com.

The Mesilla Valley Transportation / Border Tire Modified division presented by Rancho Milagro features six complete events from January 7-15, with four $2,000-to-win programs and two $1,000-to-win events dotting the landscape.

Additionally, the 2023 edition of the Penske Racing Shocks $300,000 Paydirt Jackpot was recently announced, which offers a $300,000 bonus for any Super Late Model driver who can win all six nights. The bonus program also includes a $100,000 incentive for five wins and a $25,000 bonus for four miniseries victories.

With the Wild West Shootout offering five features now paying $10,000 to win and the $25,000-to-win Rio Grande Waste Services finale presented by Shaw Trucking, a driver able to pull off the feat of sweeping the miniseries would depart Arizona with over $378,000 in earnings including the Penske Racing Shocks $300,000 Paydirt Jackpot bonus as well as the $3,000 champion’s check.

Reserved seating, six-day tickets recently became available for the motorsport’s extravaganza. They can be purchased online at www.wildwestshootout.net/buy-tickets/ and are $155, which is a $30 savings. With each package comes a complimentary, free one-day pit pass upgrade to be used on the day of the ticketholder’s preference.

The mega miniseries features six days of racing spanning January 7-15, 2023 with Super Late Models, Modifieds, and X-Mods contesting complete programs each day.

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 January 6 and January 10.

Last but not least, each division will compete for a miniseries point’s championship and accompanying point fund.

Additional details are currently being finalized. As information becomes available it will be posted at www.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, ShockerHitch.com, 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, Barnett Harley Davidson, Dirt Pro Grading & Padwork, Contractors & Developers (C&D) Bonding, Shocks by Hammer, Midwest Sheet Metal, Speedway Motors, Day Motor Sports, 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.