Southern New Mexico Speedway to host Richard Griffin Classic

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May 7, 2015  |  by Lonnie Wheatley

Southern New Mexico Speedway near Las Cruces, New Mexico is the place to be on the opening weekend of November, as the track is set to host the Inaugural Richard Griffin Classic.

With more than $50,000 to be doled out over the course of the weekend, the winner of the Inaugural Richard Griffin Classic presented by Griffin’s Propane for non-wing 360-ci Sprint Cars will collect $10,000.

Named for the legendary Sprint Car driver out of Silver City, NM, the three-day event is set for November 5-7 atop the 5/16-mile Southern New Mexico Speedway clay oval that features additional clay and added banking since last season.

“We’re excited to bring an event of this magnitude to Southern New Mexico Speedway, we could easily have 50 or more cars for this one,” commented track manager Rue Stone.

With a $1,500 winner’s share up for grabs on each of the preliminary nights, the finale offers up not only $10,000 to the winner but a healthy $500 to start as well.

Top wingless aces such as Robert Ballou and Dave Darland have already indicated their interest in taking the $10,000 winner’s share in the Land of Enchantment.

Darland was the wingless Sprint Car winner last November at Southern New Mexico Speedway after Aaron Reutzel topped preliminary action.

Southern New Mexico Speedway is located west of Las Cruces off I-10 Exit 132, then south to Frontage Road and then 3.1 miles west on Robert Larson Boulevard. For more information, contact the track at 575-524-7913 or check online at