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STORMY SCOTT WINS 15TH ANNUAL WIDOW WAX USRA FALL NATIONALS

At his hometown Southern New Mexico Speedway, Stormy Scott captured the victory and $10,000 top prize Saturday night at the 15th Annual Widow Wax USRA Fall Nationals presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson.

Scott took the lead on lap 10 from polesitter Philip Houston and was still leading 24 laps later when rain deluged the racetrack, forcing officials to call the race complete with 16 laps to go.

The older of the twin brothers from Las Cruces, N.M., Stormy Scott is one of the all-time winningest drivers at Royal Jones’s high-banked 3/8 mile diamond in the desert, but he had never won either of the track’s two crown jewel events.

But the driver of the Rowland Racing/Widow Wax No. 2s checked both off of his bucket list in 2014. In February, he won his first-ever Winter Meltdown title and then etched his name on the Fall Nationals champions list with his win Saturday.

Johnny Scott won the winter event in 2006 and the Fall Nationals in 2009. Ironically, it was Johnny Scott who spun in turn 4 Saturday night to bring out the yellow flag just moments before the skies opened up and dumped rain on facility.

With lightning dancing in the sky, radar showing a strong storm system hovering over the area and no less than a two-hour chore to get the track race-ready again, the call was made to make the race official after 34 of 50 laps. Another shower invaded the track about 30 minutes later.

While under green, Stormy Scott was maneuvering his way through heavy lapped traffic while two-time defending Widow Wax USRA Fall Nationals champion Terry Phillips was about a straight-away behind and trying to reel in the leader.

Phillips had to settle for second place while Alex Stanford got around Houston late in the race to earn a third-place paycheck while Fito Gallardo rounded out the top five.

The rain was also a welcomed sight to Gallardo. A flat tire while under caution would have forced his to the pits for repairs and to the rear of the field for the restart with 16 laps to go. Prior to the start of Saturday’s main event, however, Gallardo received word that results from other USRA–sanctioned events in America Saturday night made should make him the 2014 USRA Modified national champion.

Jake Gallardo, Jay Rosales, Rocko Gallardo, Bryan Rowland and Rodney Sanders completed the top 10.

Prior to the race, both of the front row starters—Houston and Jake Gallardo—were offered the opportunity to start at the rear of the field for a shot at $25,000 to win. Both drivers declined, but the promoter offered the same deal to Sanders, who was slated to start on the outside of the fourth row.

Sanders accepted the challenge and was able to claw his way past 17 competitors from his 27th starting spot before rain shortened the contest.

Another championship was made official Saturday night when Justin Lasiter of Alamogordo, N.M., captured the USRA Stock Car main event in dramatic fashion.

Starting on the inside of the second row, Lasiter made contact with polesitter Rudy Munoz at the start, and the yellow flag slowed the race before a single lap could be completed when Lasiter came to a stop at the bottom of turn 2.

After restarting at the tail of the 19-car field, Lasiter powered his way to the front and took the lead from Patrick Beach with seven laps to go to secure the $500 win and his first USRA Stock Car national championship.

Beach finished second, followed by Lloyd Turner, Javie Chavez and Jon McDaniel.

In USRA B-Mod action, John Carney of El Paso, Texas, nipped Donavon Flores by a bumper’s length to capture the win and pocket the $2,500 top prize. Billy McDaniel was a close third, with Paddy Rush taking fourth and 11th-starting Justin Allen rounding out the top five finishers.

Sixteen-year-old Joshua Jackson of Albuquerque, N.M., roared from the tenth starting spot to earn $1,000 and win the feature race for the Casa Nissan Legends Cars. Luis Esquivel, C.J. Hulsey, Robert Shepperd and Mike Money finished second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

During opening ceremonies for the USRA Modified main event, $16,500 was collected in the annual drivers auction for the first eight starters. Anybody in attendance could purchase a driver via the auction. The winning bidder who bid on Stormy Scott took home half of the money while the other $8,250 went to High Heels for High Hopes in support of the March of Dimes.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, turn left and take the frontage road south I-10 heading west. For more information visit www.snmspeedway.com or call (575)-524-7913.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
15th Annual Widow Wax USRA Fall Nationals presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson – Night 3 of 3
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.

USRA MODIFIEDS

“C” Main:
1. (1) 555 Chad Falco, El Paso, Texas
2. (4) 18Z Zane Devilbiss, Farmington, N.M.
3. (5) M16 Rocko Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
5. (7) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
6. (3) 19 Donavon Ooley, El Paso, Texas
7. (10) 2 Greg Jenkins, Hobbs, Texas
8. (12) 75S Allen Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas
9. (11) 2B Wayne Brooks, Bald Knob, Ark.
10. (6) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
11. (9) 40F Dana Fite, Tucson, Ariz.
12. (8) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
13. (13) 28F Ron Frazier, Bosque Farms, N.M.
14. (18) 30 James Newton, Carlsbad, N.M.
15. (19) 10S Rick Spencer, Tucson, Ariz.
16. (23) LU Luigi Truden, Rio Rancho, N.M.
17. (24) 0 Chris Sims, Las Cruces, N.M.
18. (21) 10L Joe Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.
19. (16) 14R Vanessa Robinson, Las Cruces, N.M.
20. (17) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas
21. (20) 05 Randy Knott, Carlsbad, N.M.

“B” Main:
1. (2) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
2. (1) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas
3. (4) 44 Christy Georges-Barnett, El Paso, Texas
4. (7) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (12) M16 Rocko Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (14) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
7. (5) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
8. (10) 555 Chad Falco, El Paso, Texas
9. (20) 40F Dana Fite, Tucson, Ariz.
10. (16) 2 Greg Jenkins, Hobbs, Texas
11. (11) 18Z Zane Devilbiss, Farmington, N.M.
12. (8) 87 Lee Heiligenthal, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (3) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (17) 75S Allen Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas
15. (24) 5* Casey Penn, Shreveport, La.
16. (13) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
17. (23) 3J Josh Cain, Moriarty, N.M.
18. (6) 88N Nick O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
19. (9) 12 Nick Decarlo, Martinez, Ca
20. (15) 19 Donavon Ooley, El Paso, Texas
21. (19) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
22. (18) 2B Wayne Brooks, Bald Knob, Ark.
23. (22) 28F Ron Frazier, Bosque Farms, N.M.
24. (21) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.

“A” Main:
1. (3) 2S Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
3. (5) 98 Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.
4. (1) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas
5. (4) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (2) J17 Jacob Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (9) 7J Jay Rosales, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (15) M16 Rocko Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (10) 20R Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
10. (8) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
11. (14) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (11) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
13. (21) 18Z Zane Devilbiss, Farmington, N.M.
14. (13) 44 Christy Georges-Barnett, El Paso, Texas
15. (7) 1ST Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (18) 555 Chad Falco, El Paso, Texas
17. (24) 75S Allen Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas
18. (26) 88N Nick O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
19. (16) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
20. (17) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
21. (22) 87 Lee Heiligenthal, Las Cruces, N.M.
22. (23) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
23. (19) 40F Dana Fite, Tucson, Ariz.
24. (12) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas
25. (27) 3J Josh Cain, Moriarty, N.M.
26. (25) 10S Rick Spencer, Tucson, Ariz.
27. (20) 2 Greg Jenkins, Hobbs, Texas

USRA STREET STOCKS

“B” Main:
1. (1) 94 Rick Boelter, Albuquerque, N.M.
2. (2) 64 Javie Chavez, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (5) 74J Jason Josselyn, Tularosa, N.M.
4. (8) 53 Garrett Stearns, El Paso, Texas
5. (4) MR13 Rudy Tarin, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 88 George Ross, Roswell, N.M.
7. (3) 80 Mari Aguilar, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (7) 29M Greg McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.

“A” Main:
1. (3) 22 Justin Lasiter, Alamogordo, N.M.
2. (5) 1C Patrick Beach, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (2) 0 Lloyd Turner, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (13) 64 Javie Chavez, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (4) 17 Jon McDaniel, Alamogordo, N.M.
6. (7) 44X George La Rose, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (11) 48T Paul Telles Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (6) 44JT Jaime Torres, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (8) 20S Sullivan Scott, Santa Fe, N.M.
10. (10) 21 Mariah Turnbow, Deming, N.M.
11. (14) 74J Jason Josselyn, Tularosa, N.M.
12. (19) 29M Greg McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (9) L750 Todd Froats, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (15) 53 Garrett Stearns, El Paso, Texas
15. (18) 80 Mari Aguilar, Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (16) MR13 Rudy Tarin, Las Cruces, N.M.
17. (12) 94 Rick Boelter, Albuquerque, N.M.
18. (1) 3D Rudy Munoz, Las Cruces, N.M.
19. (17) 88 George Ross, Roswell, N.M.
DNS – 3H Noah Hollingshead, Las Cruces, N.M.

USRA X-MODS

“B” Main:
1. (2) K3 Kevin McDonald, Belen, N.M.
2. (1) 50 Ralph Adams Jr., El Paso, Texas
3. (8) K31 Keith McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev.
4. (6) 7 Steven Bertetto, Albuquerque, N.M.
5. (12) 1 Mychael Lucero, Albuquerque, N.M.
6. (7) 3 Dickie Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (9) 36 Joe Alvarado, El Paso, Texas
8. (10) UNO Brian Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (5) 25 Michael Gonzalez, El Paso, Texas
10. (11) 98 Ron Bishop, Oro Valley, Ariz.
11. (4) 75J Billy Braswell, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (3) 21 Clayton Donnelley, Las Cruces, N.M.

“A” Main:
1. (2) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
2. (4) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (3) 17 Billy McDaniel, Alamogordo, N.M.
4. (5) 52 Paddy Rush, El Paso, Texas
5. (11) 33 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (14) 50 Ralph Adams Jr., El Paso, Texas
7. (13) K3 Kevin McDonald, Belen, N.M.
8. (7) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
9. (16) 7 Steven Bertetto, Albuquerque, N.M.
10. (10) 15 Dee Yates, Albuquerque, N.M.
11. (6) X15 Tom Conner, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (12) 0 Junior Bonesteel, Albuquerque, N.M.
13. (22) 98 Ron Bishop, Oro Valley, Ariz.
14. (19) 36 Joe Alvarado, El Paso, Texas
15. (8) 93 Gregory Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (17) 1 Mychael Lucero, Albuquerque, N.M.
17. (23) 75J Billy Braswell, Las Cruces, N.M.
18. (20) UNO Brian Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
19. (9) Alaska47 Rex Higgins, Bloomfield, N.M.
20. (18) 3 Dickie Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
21. (21) 25 Michael Gonzalez, El Paso, Texas
22. (15) K31 Keith McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev.
23. (24) 21 Clayton Donnelley, Las Cruces, N.M.
24. (1) 20A Alex Gonzalez, El Paso, Texas

CASA NISSAN LEGENDS CARS

“A” Main:
1. (10) 37 Joshua Jackson, Albuquerque, N.M.
2. (11) 7 Luis Esquivel, El Paso, Texas
3. (15) 77C C.J. Hulsey, El Paso, Texas
4. (9) 72 Robert Shepperd, Carrizozo, N.M.
5. (5) 24 Mike Money, Duncan, Ariz.
6. (8) 237 Steven Arellano, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (12) 01 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
8. (4) 7G Gene McGarey, El Paso, Texas
9. (7) 1X Tom Zuloaga, El Paso, Texas
10. (13) 37X Jese Esquivel, El Paso, Texas
11. (2) 37A Alex Esquivel, El Paso, Texas
12. (17) 20 Tanner Woody, El Paso, Texas
13. (14) 27 Juan Esquivel, El Paso, Texas
14. (16) 77 Brady Labree, El Paso, Texas
15. (3) 41Z Joe Alvarado, El Paso, Texas
16. (1) 66 Wilbur Wells, El Paso, Texas
17. (6) 902 Mike Zuloaga, El Paso, Texas

AARON REUTZEL BESTS LUCAS OIL ASCS IN SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO

The tenth visit by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real to the Southern New Mexico Speedway yielded its tenth different winner as Aaron Reutzel parked the B.C. Funds No. 87 in Victory Lane.
“I tell you what, this team is just rolling. Two months of bad luck, but this just shows how good this team is,” said an overjoyed Aaron Reutzel, who dedicated the win to his sponsors James Ivison, who recently got married, and Bob Miller, who has helped furnished Reutzel with engines throughout the season. “Last year we took the lead on the first lap, had a restart, and then spun out. I was pretty sure we were going to win that one so this one’s for Bob.”
Taking the lead in traffic on Lap 7, Reutzel was challenged slightly in the closing laps before traffic played to the advantage of the No. 87 as Reutzel crossed 2.755 seconds ahead of John Carney II for his fourth victory of the season against the National Tour.
Matching his performance from a year ago, John Carney II finish was his third career runner-up against the National Tour, “We’ve got great stuff, and everyone works really hard on this car. We expect to run this well, but would like to win. We’ve had plenty of seconds with the national guys, and a lot of top-fives, so we know we’ve got a win coming pretty soon.”
Bettering his Friday night finish, Southern New Mexico Speedway promoter, Royal Jones, crossed the stripe third for his first podium finish with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
“If it’ll race, I’ll drive it. I like it, I love to race,” commented Royal who has raced nearly every class offered around the borderland the past 33 years. “I call it ‘Bronco Bob’ on this kind of stuff. You just really have to pony up on this kind of track and I know a lot of those guys get tired, and their cars are too tight, and you just have to ride it through there. I just tried to keep it from biking up.”
A night filled with drama for the championship, Brad Loyet suffered two flips during the night; first in his Heat Race, then in the B-Feature. Forced to utilize his first Provisional of the season, fought from twenty-third to finish sixteenth.
Johnny Herrera sits third in tour standings after a fourth place finish moved the No, 45x within 35 points of the lead, and only a single point from Jeff Swindell who completed the top five in the night’s feature event.
Tyler Thomas placed sixth with Josh Baughman seventh. Tony Bruce, Jr. crossed eighth with Jason Johnson ninth. The finish by Johnson was enough to move the MVT No. 41 to fourth in tour standings with 67 markers separating Johnson from the points lead, and one ahead of Sam Hafertepe, Jr. whose night ended with a fourteenth place finish. Matt Covington completed the top-ten.
Signing in 34 drivers, four Heat Races went to Jeff Swindell, Josh Baughman, Shawn Petersen, and Aaron Reutzel. The night’s B-Feature was won by Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Provisionals were utilized by Brad Loyet and Channin Tankersley.
Coming down to the final two nights of the 2014 season, the Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Ariz. will see competition on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15. Preliminary night action will pay $5,000 to win, with Saturday’s finale paying $10,000 to win. Races will be preceded by a Fanfest on Thursday, November 13 at the Wild River Family Entertainment Center located across the street from the Cocopah Speedway. Tickets for the two night affair can be purchased on http://www.cocopahspeedway.com.
For complete news, details, and updates on the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Race Results:
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Car Count: 34
SpeedMart Heat Races (8 laps): Winner plus top 12 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature.
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell[2]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson[1]; 3. 72-Phil Dietz[3]; 4. 95-Matt Covington[4]; 5. 8-Bob Ream Jr[7]; 6. 22-Jesse Baker[5]; 7. 17W-Harli White[9]; 8. 17JR-Bruce Griffith Jr[6]; 9. (DNF) 17-Channin Tankersley[8]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17B-Josh Baughman[1]; 2. 131-Royal Jones[4]; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera[6]; 4. 0-Glenn Styres[5]; 5. 23-Seth Bergman[8]; 6. 94X-Nick Parker[7]; 7. 20Z-Rick Ziehl[2]; 8. 41W-Joshua Williams[9]; 9. 99-Chuck Jackson[3]
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 4X-Shawn Petersen[1]; 2. 74B-John Carney II[5]; 3. 21-Tyler Thomas[8]; 4. 74X-Joshua Hodges[4]; 5. 44-Damon McCune[7]; 6. 0J-Jeremy McCune[2]; 7. (DNF) 05-Brad Loyet[6]; 8. (DNF) 88-Scottie McDonald[3]
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel[1]; 2. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[3]; 3. 2L-Logan Forler[4]; 4. 52-Blake Hahn[5]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[7]; 6. 36DD-Matt Ziehl[2]; 7. 14-Cody Sickles[6]; 8. 29S-Darrell Sickles[8]
Smiley’s Racing Products B-Features (12 Laps): Taking top 6 to the A-Feature.
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[2]; 2. 74X-Joshua Hodges[4]; 3. 95-Matt Covington[3]; 4. 17W-Harli White[6]; 5. 88-Scottie McDonald[16]; 6. 41W-Joshua Williams[12]; 7. 94X-Nick Parker[5]; 8. 20Z-Rick Ziehl[14]; 9. 0J-Jeremy McCune[8]; 10. 17JR-Bruce Griffith Jr[15]; 11. 44-Damon McCune[1]; 12. 29S-Darrell Sickles[13]; 13. 99-Chuck Jackson[18]; 14. (DNF) 22-Jesse Baker[7]; 15. (DNF) 36DD-Matt Ziehl[9]; 16. (DNF) 05-Brad Loyet[10]; 17. (DNF) 14-Cody Sickles[11]; 18. (DNF) 17-Channin Tankersley[17]
Protect the Harvest A-Feature (30 Laps):
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel[3]; 2. 74B-John Carney II[2]; 3. 131-Royal Jones[4]; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera[6]; 5. 94-Jeff Swindell[7]; 6. 21-Tyler Thomas[1]; 7. 17B-Josh Baughman[5]; 8. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[9]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson[10]; 10. 95-Matt Covington[19]; 11. 2L-Logan Forler[11]; 12. 23-Seth Bergman[12]; 13. 17W-Harli White[20]; 14. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[17]; 15. 52-Blake Hahn[15]; 16. 05-Brad Loyet[23]; 17. 8-Bob Ream Jr[16]; 18. 41W-Joshua Williams[22]; 19. 4X-Shawn Petersen[8]; 20. 0-Glenn Styres[14]; 21. (DNF) 72-Phil Dietz[13]; 22. (DNF) 88-Scottie McDonald[21]; 23. (DNF) 17-Channin Tankersley[24]; DNS 74X-Joshua Hodges
Lap Leaders: John Carney II 1-6; Aaron Reutzel 7-30 KSE Hard Charger: Matt Covington +9 FSR High Point Driver: Tyler Thomas
Provisional(s): Brad Loyet (P1), Channin Tankersley (BP2)
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2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 4, Christopher Bell – 4, Aaron Reutzel -4, Brad Loyet – 3, Jeff Swindell – 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. – 3, Brian Brown – 3, Rico Abreu – 2, Seth Bergman – 2, Wayne Johnson – 2, Derek Hagar – 2, Matt Covington – 2, Patrick Stasa – 1, Sammy Swindell – 1, Davey Heskin – 1, Tim Crawley – 1, Logan Forler – 1
2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 3,973; 2. Jeff Swindell 3,939; 3. Johnny Herrera 3,938; 4. Jason Johnson 3,906; 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,905; 6. Seth Bergman 3,687; 7. Matt Covington 3,655; 8. Tony Bruce, Jr. 3,629; 9. Aaron Reutzel 3,491; 10. Blake Hahn 3,347;
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The 2014 season marks the twenty-third year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, which brings the best of Sprint Car racing to dozens of different tracks throughout the nation. Anchored by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.
Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. MAVTV is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. Log onto www.mavtv.com for information regarding availability and listings in your area.
Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV include: Hoosier Racing Tire and Brodix.
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THANKSGIVING BASH THIS WEEKEND AT SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO SPEEDWAY

The richest non-wing 360 sprint car show ever in the Southwest kicks off tonight as the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., hosts the inaugural “Thanksgiving Bash” on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29.

With a whopping $10,000 top prize and at least $500 to start Saturday night’s main event, the nation’s best and brightest open-wheel stars are expected for this blockbuster event at the historic 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval.

“We are very excited for our fans and sponsors to be able to host a great show like this at Southern New Mexico Speedway,” said the track’s general manager, Rue Stone. “Since making the announcement, our phone has not stopped ringing with drivers calling in to let us know they will be here. It’s going to be huge.

“This is the biggest non-wing sprint car race in the history of the Southwest, and one of the highest-paying 360 sprint car races ever held in the United States. We are proud to be hosting this mega-event for traditional sprint car racing, and the fans will not be disappointed.”

Sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) Southwest Sprint Cars, the event will be a non-points race. This show is all about the cash and ego.

In addition to dozens of USAC Southwest Sprint Cars drivers such as series points leader R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey, Charles Davis Jr., Matt Rossi (winner of last weekend’s Western World Nationals), Mike Martin, Shon Deskins, Tye Mihocko, Michael Curtis, Nick Aiuto and Andy Reinbold, the one-of-a-kind event is will also surely draw many of the big names from both winged and non-winged 305, 360 and 410 sprint car racing.

Reigning USAC National Sprint Car Series champion Brady Bacon will come into the event as one of the heavy favorites, along with USAC’s all-time winningest racer Dave Darland. Other superstars in attendance tonight include Jon Stanbrough, Robert Ballou (winner of the Budweiser Oval Nationals two weeks ago at the Perris Auto Speedway), C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas Jr., Casey Shuman and Christopher Bell, who captured the annual Turkey Night Grand Prix at the Perris Auto Speedway on Thanksgiving night.

Fans will also be able to cheer on local aces John Carney Jr. of El Paso, Texas and Rick Ziehl of Las Cruces as they challenge America’s best of the best for the $10,000 top prize.

Other classes rounding out the racing card both nights include USRA Modifieds, Casa Nissan Legends Cars and Non-Winged Mini-Sprints. Modified racers will compete for $1,000 to win with 2014 USRA Modified national champion Fito Gallardo leading a host of power merchants in the division.

Spectator gates open Friday night at 5 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:45. On Saturday, gates open at 4 p.m. with the first heat race at 6:30.

General admission is $15 Friday and $20 Saturday, or a two-day pass may be purchased for $30. Military personnel get $5 off their ticket price. Kids ages 10 and under get in free both days. Pit passes are $40 each day.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information call 575-524-7913 or 505-524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.com online.

DARLAND BANKS $10,000

Thirty-four USAC Non-wing Sprint Cars checked in for battle at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, New Mexico for the $10,000.00 to win Thanksgiving Bash. Dave Darland would walk away with the chunk of change. USRA Modifieds would join the Wigless Warriors, with the Casa Nissan Legends, and the Slime Mini Sprints.

Seven Legends making the call, called for a quick and easy race. The “Wildman” would start dead last, and took the lead on lap one, and lead from flag to flag.

Five Hundred dollars on the line for the Slime Mini Sprints caught thirty Mini Sprint drivers, attention! There was a b-main, and twenty-four cars would start the feature. Dennis Carrier out of Phoenix, Arizona would clean sweep the weekend, with Dustin Cormeni being runner up. They would go side by side for the lead and it was a close one, but Dennis Carrier would walk away $1000.00 richer after this weekends action.

Jacob Gallardo dominated Saturdays USRA Modified main event. Thousand to win, and he had no trouble. With two cautions, and Philip Houston, and Fito Gallardo following nothing happen, as Jacob just took off! Jacob Gallardo would bank $1000.00

Aaron Reutzel would lead the opening laps on the USAC main event, after winning the first night. Well he ran a little to hard where his right rear blew up. He would go to the back. Later Rj Johnson would lead in the closing laps with five laps to go, but a caution would fly across the speedway for RJ JOHNSON! His right rear would also take a blow. Dave Darland let the race come to him and would win the Thanksgiving Bash at the Southern New Mexico Speedway.

Saturday Night “Thanksgiving Bash” Results from Southern New Mexico Speedway:

Heat 1: 1. 16-Mike Martin, 2. 77m-R.J. Johnson, 3. 21az-Stevie Sussex, 4. 20z-Rick Ziehl, 5. 74b-John Carney II, 6. 19-Andrew Reinbold, 7. 5-Tye Mihocko, 8. 00-P.J. Grimes, 9. 52nm-James Hatch.

Heat 2: 1. 16d-Dave Darland, 2. 56-Ryan Bernal, 3. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 4. 75-Casey Shuman, 5. 77-Dalten Gabbard, 6. 12x-Robert Ballou, 7. 5x-Jerrill Higginbotham, 8. 99.5-Derek Demartino, 9. 36dd-Matt Ziehl.

Heat 3: 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 2. 20-Shon Deskins, 3. 17rw-Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. 20s-Jon Stanbrough, 5. 11wx-Wyatt Burks, 6. 02-Matt Rossi, 7. 45-Jason Grady, 8. 38-Michael Fanelli, 9. 98-Jerry Gonzales.

Heat 4: 1. 99-Brady Bacon, 2. 21-Tyler Thomas, 3. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 4. 11w-Dillon Tanner, 5. 37-Joshua Jackson, 6. 4-Dylan Harris, 7. 55-David Dykes, 8. 7x-Danny Lee.

B Main 1: 1. 75-Casey Shuman, 2. 11wx-Wyatt Burks, 3. 77-Dalten Gabbard, 4. 02-Matt Rossi, 5. 99.5-Derek Demartino, 6. 38-Michael Fanelli, 7. 11w-Dillon Tanner, 8. 19-Andrew Reinbold, 9. 5x-Jerrill Higginbotham, 10. 00-P.J. Grimes.

B Main 2: 1. 12x-Robert Ballou, 2. 20z-Rick Ziehl, 3. 45-Jason Grady, 4. 74b-John Carney II, 5. 5-Tye Mihocko, 6. 98-Jerry Gonzales, 7. 4-Dylan Harris, 8. 7x-Danny Lee, 9. 55-David Dykes.

A Main: 1. 16d-Dave Darland (9), 2. 21az-Stevie Sussex (13), 3. 20s-Jon Stanbrough (10), 4. 20-Shon Deskins (5), 5. 74b-John Carney II (22), 6. 11wx-Wyatt Burks (17), 7. 12x-Robert Ballou (16), 8. 77-Dalten Gabbard (19), 9. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (14), 10. 99-Brady Bacon (4), 11. 20z-Rick Ziehl (18), 12. 17rw-Kevin Thomas, Jr. (12), 13. 16-Mike Martin (8), 14. 74x-Joshua Hodges (7), 15. 77m-R.J. Johnson (1), 16. 45-Jason Grady (20), 17. 87-Aaron Reutzel (6), 18. 21-Tyler Thomas (2), 19. 75-Casey Shuman (15), 20. 02-Matt Rossi (21), 21. 56-Ryan Bernal (3), 22. 37-Joshua Jackson (11).

SANTA RUE DELIVERS

Prior to promoting at such a good way and getting both Southern New Mexico Speedway, and El Paso Speedway Park on the map, a prominent promoter took a moment to slow down and visit the El Paso Children’s Hospital in El Paso, Texas.

On December 22, 2014 promoter/manager of the El Paso Speedway Park, Southern New Mexico Speedway, and the Southwest Late Models, Rue Stone dropped by the El Paso Children’s Hospital with a sleigh full of joy! Rue Stone who works hard day and night took time off on Monday to take some die cast cars, shirts, and a bunch more stuff to put a smile on little kids faces and spend some time.

The racing community is one of the best when it comes to helping each other, so Rue Stone thought “why not help out the community in need”. The El Paso Speedway Park made a lot of little boys, and girls happy, and gave them one thing you can’t put under a Christmas Tree, a smile.

We have started this holiday season off right, and we hope this encourages you and your family to give some love to the community whether it’s a can food drive, or just going to a local children’s Hospital, or whatever it is and make it a better place. The holidays isn’t about what you receive, it’s about what you give, and having the people you love around you. From all of us here at the El Paso Speedway Park, and Southern New Mexico Speedway we wish you, and your family a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Years!

BANQUET SET FOR JANUARY 24

The awards banquet celebrating the 2014 racing season at the El Paso Speedway Park and Southern New Mexico Speedway will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Red Hawk Golf Club in Las Cruces, N.M.

Doors open at 3 p.m., dinner will be served at 4 p.m. and  the awards ceremony kicks off at 5 p.m.

Live music from Border Avenue happens from 7-10 p.m.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be ordered by calling Rue Stone at 575-524-7913. A cash bar will also be available at the event.

USMTS WINTER MELTDOWN NOW FRIDAY-SUNDAY AT SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO SPEEDWAY

The clay-chucking chariots of the United States Modified Touring Series head into a tripleheader this weekend for the 21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.

Originally slated to kick off this Thursday, extremely cold weather forecasted for that day has prompted officials to move the show back one day, so racing action will now take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 6-8.

With eight events already in the books for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, the Land of Enchantment will become the Land of Excitement as just one driver will leave the Southern New Mexico Speedway on Sunday as the champion of the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports and the chance at a $150,000 payday at the end of the 2015 campaign.

Friday’s feature winner will get $2,000 while the first to the finish line Saturday earns $3,000. Sunday’s main event victor will pocket $4,000.

“We are looking forward to the best modified drivers in the world coming to the Southern New Mexico Speedway, and we’ve got a whole new racing surface waiting for them,” said the track’s General Manager, Rue Stone. “We’ve brought in more than 50 loads of new clay and reshaped turns one and two. It should make for some great racing for our fans.”

Last year in the USMTS debut at the lightning-fast high-banked clay oval, hometown hero Stormy Scott capped off the regional championship with his first-ever victory in the Winter Meltdown. He led for only about 200 feet during the 40-lap main event as he nipped his twin brother, Johnny Scott, at the finish line.

Race fans can expect to see dozens of the nation’s elite open-wheel dirt modified racers, including current points leader and Rookie of the Year contender Austin Arneson, Dereck Ramirez, Jason Hughes, Jesse Sobbing, Philip Houston, Zack VanderBeek, Cade Dillard, Terry Phillips, Casey Arneson, Grant Junghans, Daniel Hilsabeck, Ben Kates, Joe Duvall, Austin Theiss, Adam Penn, Johnny Scott, Ronnie Gould III and two-time defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders to name a few.

Local favorites expected to defend their home turf include 2014 USRA Modified National Champion Fito Gallardo and his son, Jake Gallardo, Royal Jones, Austin Adams, Max Sadler, Tom Georges, Jimmy Ray, Donavon Flores, Christy Georges-Barnett, Donovan Ooley, Carlos Ahumada Jr. and more

Street Stocks, Limited X-Mods and Mini-Sprints will also be in action all three days. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. on Friday. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday with the first heat race going green at 7 p.m. On Sunday, gates will open at 1 p.m. with hot laps at 3 p.m. and racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday while kids ages 10 and under get in for free every day. Pit passes are $40 each night.

Despite the chilly forecast, an open practice is slated for Thursday night, March 5, from 6-9 p.m. Admission to the grandstands is free while pit passes are just $20.

For those unable to attend this weekend’s clash in person, all three nights will be carried live via pay-per-view. Visit www.SpeedShift.tv for ordering information and don’t miss a single lap of the unforgettable action at the 21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information call 575-524-7913 or 505-524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.com online. You can also check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernNewMexicoSpeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SNMSpeedway.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Sanders collects USMTS checkers in Winter Meltdown opener

Defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders found the new shape and surface of the Southern New Mexico Speedway to his liking Friday night, and drove away from the field to capture the opening round of the 21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson.

“It is awesome,” Sanders said about the new clay surface and widened corners at the facility. “The track is smooth and slick from top to bottom, so I think they did a great job on it. I’m looking forward to the next couple of nights.”

Sanders, 25, was looking forward to the checkered flag Friday night when the yellow flag waved as he was motoring through the final turns, erasing a huge advantage for the Happy, Texas, superstar and setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

“I felt like I was a sitting duck out there; I felt like I was way too loose out there tonight, but I guess we were good enough” he said. “I saw Cade (Dillard) on the board, and he’s a good racer, and (Terry) Phillips too so I really didn’t know what was going to happen there.”

What happened was Sanders got a smooth restart, fended off Dillard’s peek underneath in the first corner, and then sailed away to a $2,000 payday and his 47th career United States Modified Touring Series main event win.

Dillard collected runner-up honors in his 2014 ride after destroying a new car two weeks ago in Baytown, Texas.

“I was telling ‘Unit’ (Grant Snider, Sanders’s crew chief) that we consistently run second, so maybe I’ll start considering that a win,” Dillard exclaimed following the race. “We’ve got a lot of second places—especially a lot of them to Rodney.”

Meanwhile, Phillips steered his back-up car the long way around the high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval to a third-place finish.

“It’s coming around, we just haven’t raced it much,” Phillips said. “We had to give it a little TLC this week over at Royal’s (Jones) shop. Every car needs a little something different, and this car here has been through the ringer, but not too bad of a run so we’re on the right track.”

Dereck Ramirez finished fourth and moved into the top spot in the points for the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region.

Jason Hughes was fifth, Ryan ‘The Reaper’ Gustin passed a dozen drivers en route to a sixth-place finish, Fito Gallardo wound up seventh, Casey Arneson was eighth ahead of his brother, Austin Arneson, who claimed the ninth spot and now trails Ramirez by seven points with two races left to decide the regional championship.

Philip Houston, who earned the AFCO Pole Award during heat race action, rounded out the top 10 finishers.

The 21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson continues on Saturday and Sunday, with $3,000 going to Saturday night’s winner and $4,000 set aside for the winner of Sunday’s finale.

Street Stocks, Limited X-Mods and Mini-Sprints will also be in action both days. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday with the first heat race going green at 7 p.m. On Sunday, gates will open at 1 p.m. with hot laps at 3 p.m. and racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $12 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday while kids ages 10 and under get in for free both days. Pit passes are $40 each night.

For those unable to attend this weekend’s clash in person, all three nights will be carried live via pay-per-view. Visit www.SpeedShift.tv for ordering information and don’t miss a single lap of the unforgettable action at the 21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information call 575-524-7913 or 505-524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.com online. You can also check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernNewMexicoSpeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SNMSpeedway.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Houston rockets to Winter Meltdown winner’s circle, scores first USMTS victory

After four years of searching for his first win, Philip Houston found paydirt at the 21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson, but not until after he had to hang on through nine cautions and a red flag at the Southern New Mexico Speedway Saturday night.

Houston, who won a USRA Modified main event here a little more than four months ago in the 15th Annual Fall Nationals, dominated his heat race earlier in the program and then paced the last 38 laps of Saturday’s 40-lap main event to notch his career-first USMTS victory.

“This is what we’ve been working for,” an elated Houston said in victory lane. “We’ve waited a long time to get ourselves one of these. They don’t come easy at all.”

Coming from the fifth spot on the 27-car grid, the 38-year-old from Odessa, Texas, slipped under Fito Gallardo on the first lap after the green flag waved, and then passed Jake Gallardo for the lead one lap later.

Despite comfortably maintaining the top spot for the rest of the race, Houston’s win was nearly an hour in the making after nine yellows and one red flag for Royal Jones’s roll-over with 18 laps to go kept the field close behind.

“All the cautions were killing me,” Houston said. “Then the rain started to come and I pushed up in (turn) one and I thought ‘Oh no, here we go.’”

Cade Dillard climbed from his 13th starting spot to take second with just 16 laps in the books, but despite the multiple restarts he was unable to mount a serious challenge to Houston and settled for the runner-up paycheck for the second night in a row.

Houston had been a model of consistency through the first nine events of the season as the only driver with top-10 finishes in all nine races. His win on Saturday was his tenth top-10 of the season and worth $3,000.

Coming from the 18th, Austin Arneson challenged Dillard late in the race and finished third, while Fito Gallardo came home in fourth after rebounding from an early-race mishap that sent him to the rear of the field.

Making just his second USMTS start, Toby Herring backed up a strong heat race performance with a fifth-place finish while Daniel Hilsabeck, Jesse Sobbing, Donavon Flores, Neal Flowers and Alex Stanford rounded out the top 10.

Hilsabeck was impressive on the super-fast track in the main event. He started 22nd and was up to sixth near the halfway point of the race when he was involved in one of the cautions. He charged back through the field to regain sixth at the finish line.

With his third-place finish and some tough luck for Dereck Ramirez in the feature, Arneson regained the top ranking in the points standings for the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

With just one race remaining, Arneson clings to a 28-point lead over Ramirez (859 to 831), while Jason Hughes sits third with 797. Once Arneson takes the green flag on Sunday, only Ramirez will be mathematically within striking distance of the regional title.

Houston is fourth in points with 786 markers, followed by Dillard (765), Sobbing (763), Zack VanderBeek (690), Jake Gallardo (678), Casey Arneson (645) and Hilsabeck (645).

The 21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson continues on Sunday with $4,000 set aside for the winner of the 50-lap finale. Street Stocks, Limited X-Mods and Mini-Sprints will also be in action.

Gates open at 1 p.m. with hot laps at 3 p.m. and racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $15 while kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $40.

For those unable to attend in person, the finale of the 21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson will be carried live via pay-per-view. Visit www.SpeedShift.tv for ordering information and don’t miss a single lap of the unforgettable action.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information call 575-524-7913 or 505-524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.com online. You can also check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernNewMexicoSpeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SNMSpeedway.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental – MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports
21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson – Night 2 of 3
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, March 7, 2015

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races were locked into the “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

MSD HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (2) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas.
2. (3) M16 Rocko Gallardo, Fair Acres, N.M.
3. (4) 85 Neal Flowers (R), Hobbs, N.M.
4. (6) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
5. (1) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
6. (7) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
7. (5) 2j Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn.
8. (9) 98 Alex Stanford (R), Chowchilla, Calif.
9. (8) 3t Jimmy Jelvik, Tucson, Ariz.

BORDER INTERNATIONAL HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 99 Terry Tipton (R), Duncan, Ariz.
3. (8) 117 Toby Herring (R), Hobbs, N.M.
4. (2) 202 Robbie Chiles (R), Hooper, Colo.
5. (7) 57 Richie Davis (R), Springerville, Ariz.
6. (5) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
7. (6) 1* Adam Penn, Shreveport, La.
8. (4) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D.
9. (9) 23j Greg Jelvik, Tucson, Ariz.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (4) J7 Jay Rosales (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (1) 44 Christy Georges-Barnett, El Paso, Texas.
3. (2) 3t Todd Harper (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (5) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
5. (8) 7d Austin Theiss (R), Hockley, Texas.
6. (6) 30 James Newton (R), Carlsbad, N.M.
7. (7) 123 Logan Robertson (R), Shamrock, Texas.
8. (3) 1j Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M.

PBM PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (4) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
2. (2) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
3. (3) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas.
4. (5) 10 Austin Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D.
5. (1) 6c Caleb Stone (R), Lovington, N.M.
6. (6) 38 Ronnie Gould III (R), Seminole, Okla.
7. (8) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (7) 19 Donovan Ooley, El Paso, Texas.

DAY MOTOR SPORTS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (3) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (4) 0 Chris Sims (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (6) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (8) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas.
5. (7) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
6. (5) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa.
7. (2) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
8. (1) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.

ELBOWSUP.COM HEAT RACE #6 (8 laps):
1. (3) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan.
2. (6) 07 Donavon Flores (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 23k Ben Kates (R), Tonganoxie, Kan.
4. (5) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
5. (7) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
6. (1) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa.
7. (2) 12 Nick DeCarlo (R), Martinez, Calif.
8. (8) 65 Dustin Smith (R), Las Cruces, N.M.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 4 advance):
1. (1) 44 Christy Georges-Barnett, El Paso, Texas.
2. (6) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
3. (4) 10 Austin Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D.
4. (3) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas.
5. (2) 85 Neal Flowers (R), Hobbs, N.M.
6. (9) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., Hughes/Mullins, $90.
7. (11) 98 Alex Stanford (R), Chowchilla, Calif.
8. (10) 123 Logan Robertson (R), Shamrock, Texas, Hughes/PPE, $90.
9. (13) 3t Jimmy Jelvik, Tucson, Ariz., Fisher/Jelvik, $70.
10. (12) 19 Donovan Ooley, El Paso, Texas, AOS/AOS, $70.
11. (8) 38 Ronnie Gould III (R), Seminole, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, $90.
12. (5) 202 Robbie Chiles (R), Hooper, Colo., GRT/Chiles, $90.
13. (7) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 4 advance):
1. (6) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
2. (1) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
3. (3) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
4. (8) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa.
5. (4) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
6. (5) 57 Richie Davis (R), Springerville, Ariz., Shaw/Klein, $90.
7. (7) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Mullins, $90.
8. (2) 23k Ben Kates (R), Tonganoxie, Kan., Harris/Mullins, $400.
9. (11) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D., GRT/Durham, $400.
10. (12) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M., AOS/AOS, $90.
11. (9) 2j Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn., MBCustom/Sturdy, $90.
12. (10) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, $90.
13. (13) 23j Greg Jelvik, Tucson, Ariz., Shaw/Jelvik, $70.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #3 (12 laps, top 4 advance):
1. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
2. (1) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas.
3. (2) 3t Todd Harper (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (8) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa.
5. (10) 12 Nick DeCarlo (R), Martinez, Calif., Baxter/Reynolds, $90.
6. (12) 65 Dustin Smith (R), Las Cruces, N.M., GRT/AOS, $90.
7. (6) 6c Caleb Stone (R), Lovington, N.M., Emerson/Emerson, $90.
8. (9) 1* Adam Penn, Shreveport, La., Hughes/Mullins, $90.
9. (7) 30 James Newton (R), Carlsbad, N.M., Allen/BigJohn’s, $90.
10. (5) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, $90.
11. (4) 7d Austin Theiss (R), Hockley, Texas, MBCustom/Mullins, $90.
12. (11) 1j Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M., Hughes/Robinson, $70.

MESILLA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (5) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, MBCustom/PPE, 40, $3000.
2. (13) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., LG2/Geddes, 40, $1700.
3. (18) 10 Austin Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D., GRT/Durham, 40, $1200.
4. (4) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/AOS, 40, $1000.
5. (3) 117 Toby Herring (R), Hobbs, N.M., TRE/Geddes, 40, $800.
6. (22) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa, Hilsabeck/Mullins, 40, $700.
7. (23) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa, MBCustom/Sput’s, 40, $600.
8. (7) 07 Donavon Flores (R), Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/Dynamic, 40, $550.
9. (26) 85 Neal Flowers (R), Hobbs, N.M., GRT/Centex, 40, $500.
10. (27) 98 Alex Stanford (R), Chowchilla, Calif., PCD/Tim’s, 40, $450.
11. (12) 44 Christy Georges-Barnett, El Paso, Texas, GRT/Barnett, 40, $400.
12. (6) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas, LG2/BMS, 40, $275.
13. (21) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas, AOS/TNT, 40, $350.
14. (15) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M., Shaw/JRM, 40, $275.
15. (17) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas, MBCustom/PPE, 40, $325.
16. (20) 3t Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/Dynamic, 40, $275.
17. (9) 0 Chris Sims (R), Las Cruces, N.M., DirtWorks/RAM, 39, $325.
18. (14) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., LG2/Cornett, 36, $400.
19. (10) 99 Terry Tipton (R), Duncan, Ariz., Shaw/Keith, 35, $325.
20. (16) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M., GRT/Sput’s, 35, $325.
21. (2) J7 Jay Rosales (R), Las Cruces, N.M., Ballistic/Montoya, 35, $325.
22. (25) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, LG2/Sput’s, 26, $400.
23. (11) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M., GRT/Klein, 22, $325.
24. (24) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 15, $400.
25. (1) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/AOS, 8, $400.
26. (19) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, 2, $325.
27. (8) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., MBCustom/Sput’s, 1, $325.
DNS – M16 Rocko Gallardo, Fair Acres, N.M., GRC/AOS, 0, $200.

(R) = Rookie of the Year contender.

Lap Leaders: J. Gallardo 1-2, Houston 3-40.
Total Laps Led: Houston 38, J. Gallardo 2.
Margin of Victory: 0.872 second.
Provisional Starters: Hughes, VanderBeek, Flowers (track), Stanford (track).
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: Rosales.
Hard Charger: Hilsabeck (started 22nd, finished 6th).
Entries: 50.
Next Race: Sunday, March 8, Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
MVT Gulf Coast Border Region Points: A. Arneson 859, Ramirez 831, Hughes 797, Houston 786, Dillard 765, Sobbing 763, VanderBeek 690, J. Gallardo 678, C. Arneson 645, Hilsabeck 645.
Rookie of the Year Points: A. Arneson 859, Sobbing 763, C. Arneson 645, Kates 639, Theiss 568.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Durham 77, Mullins 73, Geddes 69, Cornett 67, Sput’s 64.
Manufacturers Championship Points: GRT 86, LG2 86, MBCustom 83, Hughes 71, Hilsabeck 48.

Contingency Awards:
AERO Race Wheels – Junghans.
Allstar Performance – Flores.
American Racer – Harper.
Beyea Custom Headers – Herring.
BSB Manufacturing – Rosales.
Chix Gear Racewear – A. Arneson.
Deatherage Opticians – Houston.
Edelbrock – Rosales.
Eibach Springs – Ahumada.
FK Rod Ends – Sprinkle.
Forty9Designs.com – Riggs, Tipton.
Fuel Safe – Hilsabeck.
GRT Race Cars – R. Jones.
Hooker Harness – Georges.
KEVKO Oil Pans & Components – Flowers.
Keyser Manufacturing – Stanford.
KSE Racing Products – Junghans.
Marsh Racing Wheels – Gustin.
Midwest Sheet Metal – R. Jones.
MSD Ignition – Ahumada, Houston.
PBM Performance Products – Houston.
QA1 – Houston.
R2C Performance Products – Dillard.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics – Rosales.
Tilton Engineering – F. Gallardo.
VP Racing Fuels – Houston.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Georges-Barnett.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Sobbing.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear Racewear, COMP Cams, Day Motor Sports, Deatherage Opticians, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, MSD, Nitroquest Media Group, RACEceiver, RacinDirt.com, S&S Fishing & Rental, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Double H Bands, Duvall Electric, ElbowsUp.com, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Olympic Fire Protection, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Schwab’s Tinker Shop, UMotors Motorsports & Marine, Velocita-USA.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AERO Race Wheels, AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Bell Racing Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, CPD Racing Tools, Crane Cams, Driven Racing Oil, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Holley Performance, Hooker Custom Harness, JRi Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, PBM Performance Products, QA1 Precision Products, Quarter Master, R2C Performance, Real Racing Wheels, Simpson Performance Products, Sybesma Graphics, Tilton Engineering, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes.

GUSTIN GETS THE JOB DONE IN LAS CRUCES

Ryan Gustin was in the right place at the right time Sunday afternoon at the Southern New Mexico Speedway, and found himself in victory lane at the end of the 50-lap USMTS main event.

Coming into the weekend, the 24-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, had won 69 United States Modified Touring Series feature races, but never tasted victory at the high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval in Las Cruces, N.M.

But his efforts Sunday earned him his 70th career USMTS win, a $4,000 paycheck and the title of champion at the 21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson.

“We’ve had a really good car, but we’ve had bad draws. That’s really all there is to it,” Gustin said following his second win in six starts this season. “It’s pretty tough out here.”

Saturday night’s winner, Philip Houston, garnered the pole position for the start of the race but it was hometown favorite Jake Gallardo who got the best start and took the lead at the drop of the green flag.

Gustin started the main event from the inside of the fourth row, but quickly moved to the high side of the racing surface when he got the chance.

With the field in front of him hugging the bottom groove, Gustin methodically picked off cars until he got by Gallardo with seven laps in the books.

From there, the two-time USMTS National Champion pulled away to a huge lead, but midway through the race Gallardo and ninth-starting Zack VanderBeek began to narrow the gap between themselves and the leader.

“It was good and slick for about twenty laps,” Gustin recalled. “I could see Jake Gallardo’s nose down there. He was coming, he was inching away at it, and the lapped car I was behind started driving away so I said ‘You’d better get down’ and it just played in our favor tonight.”

‘The Reaper’ pulled to the low side and sailed away to the win from there, taking the checkered flag with nearly five seconds to spare.

Gallardo held onto to second until lap 32 when VanderBeek and Daniel Hilsabeck got by when Gallardo slid up ever so slightly in the corner.

Behind the top four, Jesse Sobbing recorded his ninth top-10 in eleven starts with a fifth-place finish while Bumper Jones, Grant Junghans, Alex Stanford, Tom Georges and Terry Phillips rounded out the top-10 at the finish line.

Rookie of the Year points leader Austin Arneson came into Sunday’s program holding a 28-point lead over Dereck Ramirez in the points standings for the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Ramirez started directly in front of Arneson in the feature, but the battle for the regional crown had an early climax when Ramirez suffered front-end damage on lap 3 and dropped out of the race.

Arneson finished 13th to win the regional points title and the accompanying $5,000.

“I knew I had to hang around him, and I knew if he didn’t get too far ahead and I didn’t get too far back we’d have the points deal,” a smiling Arneson said following the race. “I don’t know what happened to Dereck; I just saw him go into the infield there. It sucks because everybody kind of wants a close finish for the deal, but we’re happy to get it and we’ll just go from here.”

In the final MVT Gulf Coast Border Region standings, Arneson bested Ramirez by 44 markers, and is now the sole competitor with the opportunity to walk away from the season-ending USMTS awards banquet $150,000 richer.

All he has to do now is win three more regions en route to winning the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental and becoming the 2015 USMTS National Championship.

Third through tenth in the final regional rankings were Sobbing, Houston, Cade Dillard, Jason Hughes, VanderBeek, Gallardo, Hilsabeck and Grant Junghans.

With the first of four regional battles in the books, the series now heads to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas for the first three events in the Double H Bands Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Next week’s tripleheader kicks off on Thursday, March 12, at the Superbowl Speedway in Greenville.

From there, the tireless USMTS touring titans return to the RPM Speedway in Crandall on Friday, March 13, after a one-year hiatus.

The weekend wraps up on Saturday, March 14, at the Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore for the first time on the wide, high-banked 1/3-mile oval configuration (it was the former 3/8-mile configuration when Gustin won the last USMTS race there on March 26, 2011).

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental – MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports
21st Annual Winter Meltdown presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson – Night 3 of 3
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Sunday, March 8, 2015

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races were locked into the “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

MSD HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 19R Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
2. (5) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (3) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 85 Neal Flowers (R), Hobbs, N.M.
5. (7) 98 Alex Stanford (R), Chowchilla, Calif.
6. (6) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas.
7. (8) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas.
8. (4) 3t Jimmy Jelvik, Tucson, Ariz.
9. (9) 23j Greg Jelvik, Tucson, Ariz.

BORDER INTERNATIONAL HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
2. (9) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa.
3. (2) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa.
4. (3) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
5. (7) 07 Donavon Flores (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (5) 38 Ronnie Gould III (R), Seminole, Okla.
7. (4) 0 Chris Sims (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (6) 1j Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (8) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (3) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan.
2. (9) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
3. (1) 23k Ben Kates (R), Tonganoxie, Kan.
4. (8) 10 Austin Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D.
5. (4) 12 Nick DeCarlo (R), Martinez, Calif.
6. (6) J7 Jay Rosales (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (7) 202 Robbie Chiles (R), Hooper, Colo.
8. (2) 123 Logan Robertson (R), Shamrock, Texas.
9. (5) 117 Toby Herring (R), Hobbs, N.M.

PBM PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (7) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
2. (1) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas.
3. (6) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
4. (3) 3t Todd Harper (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (8) 6c Caleb Stone (R), Lovington, N.M.
6. (5) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (4) 7d Austin Theiss (R), Hockley, Texas.
8. (9) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
9. (2) 19 Donavon Ooley, El Paso, Texas.

ELBOWSUP.COM HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (1) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
2. (7) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
3. (2) 99 Terry Tipton (R), Duncan, Ariz.
4. (4) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (5) 2j Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn.
6. (8) 44 Christy Georges-Barnett, El Paso, Texas.
7. (9) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (3) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D.
9. (6) M16 Rocko Gallardo (R), Fair Acres, N.M.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (1) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (5) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (7) 2j Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn.
4. (8) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas.
5. (4) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
6. (9) J7 Jay Rosales (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (10) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M., AOS/AOS, $100.
8. (17) M16 Rocko Gallardo (R), Fair Acres, N.M., GRC/AOS, $100.
9. (3) 6c Caleb Stone (R), Lovington, N.M., Emerson/Emerson, $100.
10. (12) 7d Austin Theiss (R), Hockley, Texas, MBCustom/Mullins, $100.
11. (11) 0 Chris Sims (R), Las Cruces, N.M., DirtWorks/RAM, $100.
12. (14) 123 Logan Robertson (R), Shamrock, Texas, Hughes/PPE, $100.
13. (13) 3t Jimmy Jelvik, Tucson, Ariz., Fisher/Jelvik, $80.
14. (2) 23k Ben Kates (R), Tonganoxie, Kan.
15. (6) 07 Donavon Flores (R), Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/Dynamic, $100.
16. (15) 23j Greg Jelvik, Tucson, Ariz., Shaw/Jelvik, $80.
17. (16) 117 Toby Herring (R), Hobbs, N.M., TRE/Geddes, $100.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (1) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa.
2. (3) 85 Neal Flowers (R), Hobbs, N.M.
3. (5) 98 Alex Stanford (R), Chowchilla, Calif.
4. (7) 44 Christy Georges-Barnett, El Paso, Texas.
5. (6) 12 Nick DeCarlo (R), Martinez, Calif.
6. (9) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (10) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas, LG2/BMS, $80.
8. (14) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D.
9. (8) 38 Ronnie Gould III (R), Seminole, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, $100.
10. (4) 3t Todd Harper (R), Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/Dynamic, $80.
11. (12) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M., Shaw/JRM, $80.
12. (13) 1j Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M., Hughes/Robinson, $80.
13. (11) 202 Robbie Chiles (R), Hooper, Colo., GRT/Chiles, $100.
14. (15) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
15. (2) 99 Terry Tipton (R), Duncan, Ariz., Shaw/Keith, $100.
16. (16) 19 Donavon Ooley, El Paso, Texas, AOS/AOS, $80.

MESILLA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION “A” MAIN (50 laps):
1. (7) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, 50, $4000.
2. (9) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, LG2/Sput’s, 50, $2700.
3. (14) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa, Hilsabeck/Mullins, 50, $1800.
4. (2) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/AOS, 50, $1200.
5. (3) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa, MBCustom/Sput’s, 50, $900.
6. (5) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M., GRT/Sput’s, 50, $800.
7. (4) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., MBCustom/Sput’s, 50, $700.
8. (18) 98 Alex Stanford (R), Chowchilla, Calif., PCD/Tim’s, 50, $600.
9. (11) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas, AOS/TNT, 50, $550.
10. (8) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 50, $500.
11. (17) 2j Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn., MBCustom/Sturdy, 50, $450.
12. (19) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas, MBCustom/PPE, 50, $425.
13. (12) 10 Austin Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D., GRT/Durham, 50, $400.
14. (15) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., Hughes/Mullins, 50, $375.
15. (25) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D., GRT/Durham, 50, $400.
16. (22) 12 Nick DeCarlo (R), Martinez, Calif., Baxter/Reynolds, 50, $350.
17. (20) 44 Christy Georges-Barnett, El Paso, Texas, GRT/Barnett, 50, $350.
18. (24) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M., GRT/Dynamic, 50, $350.
19. (23) J7 Jay Rosales (R), Las Cruces, N.M., Ballistic/Montoya, 49, $350.
20. (21) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Mullins, 46, $350.
21. (1) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, MBCustom/PPE, 29, $400.
22. (6) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., LG2/Geddes, 23, $400.
23. (26) 23k Ben Kates (R), Tonganoxie, Kan., GRT/Mullins, 21, $350.
24. (16) 85 Neal Flowers (R), Hobbs, N.M., GRT/Centex, 13, $350.
25. (13) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/AOS, 12, $350.
26. (27) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, 10, $350.
27. (10) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., LG2/Cornett, 3, $400.

(R) = Rookie of the Year contender.

Lap Leaders: J. Gallardo 1-7, Gustin 8-50.
Total Laps Led: Gustin 43, J. Gallardo 7.
Margin of Victory: 4.818 seconds.
Provisional Starters: C. Arneson, Kates, Sanders (track).
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: B. Jones.
Hard Charger: Hilsabeck (started 14th, finished 3rd).
Entries: 43.
Next Race: Thursday, March 12, Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, Texas.
MVT Gulf Coast Border Region Points (final): A. Arneson 925, Ramirez 881, Sobbing 847, Houston 839, Dillard 817, Hughes 797, VanderBeek 785, J. Gallardo 766, Hilsabeck 736, Junghans 720.
Rookie of the Year Points: A. Arneson 925, Sobbing 847, C. Arneson 707, Kates 690, Theiss 613.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Mullins 83, Durham 82, Sput’s 73, Geddes 70, Cornett 68.
Manufacturers Championship Points: LG2 95, GRT 92, MBCustom 90, Hughes 81, Hilsabeck 56.

Contingency Awards:
AERO Race Wheels – Ramirez.
Allstar Performance – Stanford.
American Racer – R. Jones.
Beyea Custom Headers – Sobbing.
BSB Manufacturing – Houston.
Chix Gear Racewear – Hilsabeck.
Deatherage Opticians – Georges-Barnett.
Edelbrock – Junghans.
Eibach Springs – Sprinkle.
FK Rod Ends – C. Arneson.
Forty9Designs.com – Scott, Rosales.
Fuel Safe – B. Jones.
GRT Race Cars – Kates.
Hooker Harness – A. Arneson.
KEVKO Oil Pans & Components – Georges.
Keyser Manufacturing – Phillips.
KSE Racing Products – Phillips.
Marsh Racing Wheels – Sanders.
Midwest Sheet Metal – Ramirez.
MSD Ignition – Gustin.
PBM Performance Products – B. Jones, Gustin.
QA1 – Gustin.
R2C Performance Products – VanderBeek.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics – B. Jones.
Tilton Engineering – J. Gallardo.
VP Racing Fuels – Gustin.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Jegtvig.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Junghans.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear Racewear, COMP Cams, Day Motor Sports, Deatherage Opticians, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, MSD, Nitroquest Media Group, RACEceiver, RacinDirt.com, S&S Fishing & Rental, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Double H Bands, Duvall Electric, ElbowsUp.com, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Olympic Fire Protection, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Schwab’s Tinker Shop, UMotors Motorsports & Marine, Velocita-USA.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AERO Race Wheels, AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Bell Racing Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, CPD Racing Tools, Crane Cams, Driven Racing Oil, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Holley Performance, Hooker Custom Harness, JRi Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, PBM Performance Products, QA1 Precision Products, Quarter Master, R2C Performance, Real Racing Wheels, Simpson Performance Products, Sybesma Graphics, Tilton Engineering, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes.