Gallardos take top two at Vado Speedway Park
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July 17, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

Jake Gallardo won the USRA Modified main event.

Another Hot City Nights event was held Saturday at the Vado Speedway Park.

Tim Tharp sat on the pole for the nightcap race for the USRA Modifieds and jumped out front at the start, looking for the clean sweep after a heat race victory earlier in the evening.

Tharp led the first dozen laps of the main while Fito Gallardo, Jake Gallardo, Rocko Gallardo and Jimmy Ray were in a fun battle for the runner-up spot just behind.

As Tharp continued to lead, the Gallardo clan, Ray and Royal Jones were all jockeying for top-five runs with side-by-side action throughout.

Philip Houston joined the mix as well just past the halfway point but multiple mid-race cautions continued to change the complexion of the event, allowing Nick Rivera and Jonathon Ortega into the mix as well.

On a restart, Jake Gallardo was able to overhaul Tharp for the top spot and set sail as the new leader while Fito Gallardo tried to track him down.

Jake Gallardo went on to the victory with his father, Fito, second ahead of Rivera, Ray and Ortega.

The Vado Speedway Park will be back in action Saturday, July 24, with the track’s first Meet the Drivers Night of 2021. Fans will be allowed onto the front-stretch at intermission to meet their favorite racer.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with the grandstand opening at 5.

For fans not able to attend in person, all events held during the 2021 season at the Vado Speedway Park will be live at watchfye.tv.

For upcoming schedule information and tickets, visit vadospeedwaypark.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Vado Speedway Park, Vado, N.M.
Saturday, July 17, 2021

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. 131 Royal Jones (2); 2. 9 Jimmy Ray (4); 3. G17 Fito Gallardo (6); 4. 07 Donavon Flores (1); 5. 28 Tom Georges (3); 6. 49 Duane Murphy (5); 7. 24X Xavier Ortega (7).

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr. (2); 2. 44 Christy Barnett (3); 3. M16 Rocko Gallardo (5); 4. 71 Philip Houston (7); 5. 3 Javier Zapien Jr. (1); 6. 5A Ralph Adams Jr. (6); 7. 14 Sergio Chao Sr. (4).

Heat #3 (8 laps): 1. 3TT Tim Tharp (2); 2. J17 Jake Gallardo (5); 3. 22 Jonathon Ortega (1); 4. 8N Nick Rivera (6); 5. 85 Austin Adams (4); 6. 777 Kyle McCutcheon (3); DNS – 241 David Jay Jr.

Feature (25 laps): 1. J17 Jake Gallardo (7); 2. G17 Fito Gallardo (8); 3. 8N Nick Rivera (11); 4. 9 Jimmy Ray (5); 5. 22 Jonathon Ortega (10); 6. 131 Royal Jones (6); 7. 28 Tom Georges (14); 8. 44 Christy Barnett (2); 9. M16 Rocko Gallardo (4); 10. 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr. (3); 11. 49 Duane Murphy (17); 12. 07 Donavon Flores (12); 13. 85 Austin Adams (15); 14. 5A Ralph Adams Jr. (18); 15. 241 David Jay Jr. (21); 16. 24X Xavier Ortega (20); 17. 3TT Tim Tharp (1); 18. 71 Philip Houston (9); 19. 14 Sergio Chao Sr. (19); DNS – 3 Javier Zapien Jr.; DNS – 777 Kyle McCutcheon.




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