This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 25-27, the nation’s top USRA Modified drivers converge on the Southwest desert town of Vado, New Mexico, for the 20th Annual Rancho Milagro USRA Fall Nationals at the fabulous Vado Speedway Park.
The event, presented by S&S Fishing & Rental, Barnett Harley-Davidson and Casa Nissan of Las Cruces, will offer up a top prize of $20,101 to the winner of Sunday’s main event and a minimum payout of $1,500 to every driver who starts the feature race.
The richest in the race’s history, an additional $101 was added to the top spot this in memory of local racer Butch Reid, a USRA Modified competitor, who passed away this past weekend. His car number was 101.
The checkered flag waved for the final time at the Southern New Mexico Speedway last year after hosting the first 19 installments. Another memory of a fantastic race was made at the 3/8-mile clay oval outside of Las Cruces when Johnny Scott found his way to the finish line to collect his second USRA Fall Nationals title and the last person to visit victory lane at the track.
Scott is a two-time winner of the event, taking the 2009 win as well while his twin brother Stormy Scott won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. Other past winners include Rodney Sanders (2017, 2010), Ryan Gustin (2016), Terry Phillips (2013, 2012), Jason Cummins (2011), Eddie Martin (2007, 2006, 2005), Ron Jones (2004, 2001, 2000), Monte Bolton (2003) and Royal Jones (2002).
A strong field of competitors are already pre-entered, including Austin Adams, Robert Adams, Carlos Ahumada Jr., Carlos Ahumada Sr., Christy Barnett, Robbie Chiles, Nick DeCarlo, Joe Duvall, Fito Gallardo, Jake Gallardo, Rocko Gallardo, Tom Georges, Alex Gonzalez, Heath Grizzle, Todd Harper, Jesse Haynie, Philip Houston, Bumper Jones, Royal Jones, Jimmy Mars, Roy Don Mason, Zac Mason, Duane Murphy, Ricardo Olague, Jake O'Neil, Israel Ortega, Jon Ortega, Terry Phillips, Bobby Pierce, Dereck Ramirez, Jimmy Ray, Butch Reid Jr., Max Sadler, Rodney Sanders, Johnny Scott, Stormy Scott, Alan Sharpensteen, Colton Sims, Greg Skaggs, Nathan Smith, Wesley Summers, Tim Tharp, Terry Tipton, Travis Tipton, Jaime Torres, Zack VanderBeek and Tyrone Yazzie.
In addition to the headlining Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA B-Mods and Miller Horse Farms USRA Stock Cars will also be on the card each night. Drivers in all three divisions will be battling for precious Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points each night.
The track will host an open practice on Thursday, October 24, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and practice from 6 to 10. Pit passes will be $25 (grandstands will be closed).
On Friday and Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. All times are two hours earlier Sunday with gates opening at 3 p.m. and racing at 5.
Reserved seats are $18, general admission is $15, youth (6-11) are just $5 and kids ages 5 and under get in for free each day. Pit passes are $40 each day.
For those unable to attend, the entire event will be broadcast live via pay-per-view at SpeedShiftTV.com.
The Vado Speedway Park is a new state-of-the-art, semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located just off I-10 at exit 155, then 0.2 mile north on Stern Dr. (track is on your left) in Vado, New Mexico (between Las Cruces and El Paso).
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