Scott snags first USRA Modified checkers at Vado Speedway Park
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June 22, 2019  |  by Sarah Q. Rosales

Johnny Scott won the USRA Modified main event.

Even though is was their third official race at the Vado Speedway Park on Saturday, each American Racer USRA Stock Car race is different from the last.

The main event saw Mark Smith pilot his car to the front and seemed to flawlessly hit every mark in a fast and confident manner. Garry Kerr Jr. followed behind and battled with Jason Josselyn and Brian Bennett for the follow-up spots.

Kerr took second, Josselyn finished third, Bennett was fourth and El Paso’s Ted Cain rounded out the top 5.

Johnny Scott made his way to Vado Speedway Park in commanding fashion Saturday. Despite his recent retirement from dirt track modified racing, he hasn’t lost a thing, including the inaugural USRA Modified race at the new facility in Vado, N.M.

Vado Speedway Park has been described several different ways since it’s opening night, and Saturday’s racing did not disappoint.

Thirty-five USRA Modifieds checked in for their inaugural race and heat #1 belonged to Bumper Jones. Philip Houston won the second heat race, Jake Gallardo took heat #3, up-and-coming hot shoe Carlos Ahumada Jr. won the fourth heat and heat #5 belonged to Dustin Smith.

"B" feature action saw some unusual players trying to race their way into the main event. The top 8 that moved on were Christy Barnett, Royal Jones, Jessie Hayne, Terry Tipton and Gregory Gorham.

The "A" feature hit the track and fans were on their feet as the traditional four-wide salute came together perfectly. Gallardo and Smith started the 30-lap race on the front row. Johnny Scott quickly moved to the front from his third starting position and was out and running. He took the lead and never looked back.

Racing resumes next Saturday, June 29, for more Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series action featuring American Racer USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus 305 Winged Sprint Cars and Late Models. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:45. General admission is $12, seniors and military are $10, youth (6-11) are $5 and kids 5 & under are free. Pit passes are $35.

For more infomation, check out VadoSpeedwayPark.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Vado Speedway Park, Vado, N.M.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

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

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1:
1. (3) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
2. (4) 1ST Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.
3. (2) 50 Robert Adams, Red Rock, Ariz.
4. (6) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
5. (5) 2 Jesse Haynie, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (1) 56 Joe Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS – G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas
2. (1) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas
3. (3) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (5) 10 Roger Owens, El Paso, Texas
5. (6) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
6. (4) 3A Tim Tharp, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (7) 3T Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #3:
1. (4) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) J16 Josh Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (1) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
4. (7) 23B Israel Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (5) 3 Javier Zapien Jr., El Paso, Texas
6. (6) 7 Derel Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (3) 30 Travis Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.

Heat #4:
1. (3) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
2. (1) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
3. (2) 88 Nathan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (6) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
5. (4) 131 Jones Royal, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (5) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas
7. (7) 24X Xavier Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat #5:
1. (3) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (4) M16 Rocko Gallardo, Fair Acres, N.M.
3. (6) 18 Henry Valdez, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (5) 22 Jonathon Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) R41 Colton Sims, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (2) 101 Butch Reid, Carlsbad, N.M.

"B" Feature:
1. (2) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
2. (8) 131 Jones Royal, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (6) 2 Jesse Haynie, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
5. (4) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (9) 22 Jonathon Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (5) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
8. (15) 30 Travis Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
9. (7) 3 Javier Zapien Jr., El Paso, Texas
10. (3) 10 Roger Owens, El Paso, Texas
11. (14) 3T Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (13) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas
13. (10) R41 Colton Sims, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (11) 56 Joe Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (12) 7 Derel Lackey, Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (16) 24X Xavier Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS – 3A Tim Tharp, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS – 101 Butch Reid, Carlsbad, N.M.
DNS – G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.

"A" Feature:
1. (3) 1ST Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.
2. (1) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
4. (6) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
5. (13) 50 Robert Adams, Red Rock, Ariz.
6. (14) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (16) 88 Nathan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (21) 93 Greg Gorham, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (2) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (24) 30 Travis Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
11. (20) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
12. (22) 22 Jonathon Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (7) 18 Henry Valdez, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (9) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas
15. (15) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
16. (8) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas
17. (18) 131 Jones Royal, Las Cruces, N.M.
18. (19) 2 Jesse Haynie, Las Cruces, N.M.
19. (10) J16 Josh Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
20. (17) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
21. (11) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
22. (5) M16 Rocko Gallardo, Fair Acres, N.M.
23. (12) 23B Israel Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
24. (23) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.

AMERICAN RACER USRA STOCK CARS

Heat #1:
1. (5) 71 Gary Kerr Jr, Odessa, Texas
2. (1) 171 Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
3. (4) 24 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (6) 22 Jack Skillin, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (2) 29 Ted Cain, El Paso, Texas
DNS – 199 Jaziel Zamorano, Anthony, N.M.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 777 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (4) 10 Bryan Bennett, Tularosa, N.M.
3. (1) 3 Josh Reynolds, Alamogordo, N.M.
4. (3) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
5. (5) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (1) 171 Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
2. (8) 71 Gary Kerr Jr, Odessa, Texas
3. (6) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
4. (7) 10 Bryan Bennett, Tularosa, N.M.
5. (2) 29 Ted Cain, El Paso, Texas
6. (9) 22 Jack Skillin, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (4) 3 Josh Reynolds, Alamogordo, N.M.
8. (11) 199 Jaziel Zamorano, Anthony, N.M.
9. (5) 777 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (10) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
DQ – (3) 24 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.



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