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16th Annual S&S Fishing & Rental USRA Fall Nationals set for Oct. 23-25 at Southern New Mexico Speedway

August 13th, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -The S&S Fishing & Rental USRA Fall Nationals presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson and NAPA Auto Parts is set to happen for the 16th straight year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-25, at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.

Sundays finale will award $10,000 to the winner and each main event starter will earn no less than $1,500 up from $1,000 to start in 2014.

More than $50,000 is earmarked for Sundays feature race alone, with $800 guaranteed to all B Main starters and $500 guaranteed for all C Main starters.

And once again this years main event winner could walk away with $25,000 by taking the Mesilla Valley Transportation Front Row Challenge. Both front row starters in Sundays A Main will have the opportunity to start at the back of the field for $25,000 to win.

And right now through Oct. 1, the entry fee for USRA Modified competitors is just $200. After Oct. 1 the entry fee is $300 per driver.

Hometown favorite Stormy Scott is the defending champion of the event. Other past winners include Terry Phillips (2012-13), Jason Cummins (2011), Rodney Sanders (2010), Johnny Scott (2009), Eddie Martin (2005-07), Ron Jones (2000-01, 2004), Monte Bolton (2003) and Royal Jones (2002).

Heat race passing points will be used to determine main event line-ups. The top 5 in Fridays feature race advance to inside row of Sundays A Main, while the top 5 in Saturdays nightcap will fill the outside five rows of Sundays A Main.

Entry forms are available on the Southern New Mexico Speedway website at www.snmspeedway.com or the USRA website at www.usraracing.com.

In addition to the USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, USRA Stock Cars and Super Trucks will compete each night. USRA national points will be awarded all three nights to licensed USRA competitors.

On Friday, gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. General admission is $10 or a Family Pack is just $25. On Saturday, gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 5 p.m. General admission is $12 and a Family Pack is $25. Sunday’s finale will see gates opening at 12 noon with racing at 2 p.m. General admission is $15 and a Family Pack is $30.

Kids ages 10 and under get in free each day with a paid adult. Pit passes are $40 each night or a three-day pit pass is $110.

An open practice for all classes is slated for Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. Pit passes are $20 with free admission to the grandstands.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a wide, semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take I-10 to exit 132 (about 10 miles west of Las Cruces), then go one block south, then west on frontage road (next to Love’s Travel Stop). For more information call 575-524-7913 or 505-524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.com online.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Rodney Sanders Thaws Competition in Winter Meltdown Opener

March 12th, 2015

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders took his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified into battle at Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico) over the weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), where he came away with his fifth win of 2015.

The defending USMTS National Champion found the reconfigured surface to his liking Friday night, and drove away from the field to capture the opening round of the 21st Annual Winter Meltdown.

A stout field of forty-five Open Wheel Modifieds converged on the oval, all chasing the $2,000 top prize. Sanders charged forward from ninth to finish third in his heat race, sending him to the redraw where he received the second starting spot alongside Casey Arneson on the front-row for the 30-lap feature.

Arneson led lap 1 before Sanders assumed the point, and drove out to a commanding lead over the rest of the field. Sanders was motoring through the final turns on his way to the checkered flag when the caution came out, erasing a huge advantage for the Happy, Texas, ace and setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

Sanders got a smooth restart, fended off an attempt peek underneath in the first corner, and then sailed away to his fifth victory of the season. Dillard finished 0.813 seconds behind in second, followed by Terry Phillips, Dereck Ramirez, and Jason Hughes.

Saturday night’s program boosted a $3,000 top prize, which drew fifty entries. Heavy and rough track conditions greeted competitors, and after being involved in a melee in his heat race Sanders failed to qualify for the 40-lap main event, sending him to a b-main. Unfortunately, Rodney was unable to reach a transfer position in the b-main, ending his night early.

The weekend drew to a close on Sunday afternoon with a $4,000-to-win race. Forty-five entries registered for battle, and mechanical issues during his heat race put Sanders behind the 8-ball for much of the night. He failed to reach a transfer position into the 50-lap finale however, a track provisional would earn him the 27th starting spot on the grid. Rodney retired early to a disappointing 26th place finish in the final rundown.

“Saturday and Sunday definitely weren’t too much fun, but Friday night we had a good car, so we’ll take that win and head to the next event,” said Sanders.

Full results from the weekend are available atwww.USMTS.com .

With heavy rain throughout the state of Texas preempting the upcoming weekend’s scheduled USMTS slate, Sanders is still unsure of his plans. Keep your browsers locked to www.RodneySandersRacing.netfor the latest team news.

For the latest team plans. Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, S&S Fishing and Rental, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, Beyea Headers, Five Star Shop Service, McDonald Oil Field Services, KBC Graphics, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Club 29 Race Cars, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Wehrs Machine, All-Star Performance, Wilwood Breaks, Driven Race Oils, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visitwww.RodneySandersRacing.net.

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

March 9th, 2015

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

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.

Sanders collects USMTS checkers in Winter Meltdown opener

March 9th, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M-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 6. On Sunday, gates will open at 1 p.m. with hot laps at 3 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.

USMTS Winter Meltdown now Friday-Sunday at Southern New Mexico Speedway

March 4th, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — 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 on Friday. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday with the first heat race going green at 6. On Sunday, gates will open at 1 p.m. with hot laps at 3 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.

Jake outduels Fito in Gallardo family feud Friday at Widow Wax USRA Fall Nationals

October 19th, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M.-In one of the most intense and nail-biting main events in the history of the Widow Wax USRA Fall Nationals presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson, Jake Gallardo outdueled his father, Fito Gallardo, to win Friday night’s USRA Modified main event at the Southern New Mexico Speedway.

Last year’s USRA Stock Car national champion, Donavon Flores, earned the pole for the 30-lapper, but mechanical trouble dashed his hopes before the first lap could be completed, and the field raced by while his stalled machine sat idle at the bottom of turn 3.

After the caution, Fito Gallardo inherited the point and took off from the pack as the green flag waved again. Coming from sixth on the grid, Jake Gallardo quickly moved around the competition to grab second and give chase to his dad.

While the elder Las Cruces ace stayed faithful to the shortest route around the track, the youngster tip-toed around the high side of the high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval and eventually edged ahead with nine laps complete.

Meanwhile, two-time defending Fall Nationals champ Terry Phillips, who started 14th, was clawing his way to the front with 2010 event winner and reigning USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders following in his tire tracks from the 16th starting spot.

Up front, the Gallardos swapped the lead no fewer than a dozen times as they changed lanes repeatedly in order to dive in and out of thick lapped traffic.

In the end, Jake Gallardo maneuvered through a swarm of back-markers in the last three laps to give himself a three-car-length cushion which he carried to the finish line.

With the win, Jake Gallardo will start alongside Thursdays winner, Philip Houston, on the front row of the $10,000-to-win, 50-lap championship feature. Both drivers will have the opportunity to accept the Mesilla Valley Transportation Front Row Challenge and elect to start last for a shot at $25,000 to win.

Phillips and Sanders narrowed the gap in the closing laps, but settled for third and fourth, respectively, while locking themselves into Saturday’s line-up along with fifth-place finisher Bryan Rowland, who started on the outside of the sixth row.

Bumper Jones, Christy Barnett-Georges, Jimmy Ray, Nick O’Neil and Royal Jones rounded out the top 10 finishers.

In USRA Stock Car action, polesitter Jon McDaniel fended off fellow Alamogordo pilot Justin Lasiter for the win with Patrick Beach, Lloyd Turner and Rick Boelter completing the top five.

Donavon Flores had better luck earlier in the night as he conquered the USRA B-Mod main event by holding off the late-race charge of Thursday night winner Tom Conner. Alex Gonzalez, Paddy Rush and Gregory Gorham finished third, fourth and fifth.

Action continues on Saturday with another complete program of qualifying heats, last chance races and the championship main events. A top prize of $10,000 is up for grabs to the USRA Modified feature winner, but both front row starters Philip Houston and Jake Gallardo will have the opportunity to start at the rear of the field and collect a $25,000 paycheck to win the race from last.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch every lap of every division via pay-per-view at www.RacinDirt.com.

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.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Front Row Challenge adds fuel to fire for Southern New Mexico Speedways Fall Nationals

August 22nd, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M.–The 15th Annual USRA Fall Nationals presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-19, at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., and this year’s USRA Modified main event winner could walk away with as much as $25,000.

Saturdays finale fill dole out at least $10,000 to the winner and $1,000 to each main event starter. However, if there are 51-75 cars at the event, the money goes up to $12,000 to win and $1,200 to start. A field of 76-100 cars pushes it up to $15,000 to win and $1,500 to start, and if 100 or more cars and drivers are in competition, the winners gets $15,000 while every driver taking the green flag earns at least $2,000.

As if that weren’t enough, Mesilla Valley Transportation is sponsoring the Front Row Challenge for the first time in the 15-year history of the mega-event. Both front row starters in Saturdays A-Main will have the opportunity to start at the back of the field for $25,000 to win.

Heat race passing points will be used to determine main event lineups the first two nights. The top five finishers in Thursdays A-Main advance to the inside row of Saturdays A-Main and the top 5 in Fridays A-Main to outside row of Saturdays A-Main.

Stormy Scott is the defending champion of the event. Other past winners include Terry Phillips (2012) Jason Cummins (2011), Rodney Sanders (2010), Johnny Scott (2009), Eddie Martin (2005-07), Ron Jones (2000-01, 2004), Monte Bolton (2003) and Royal Jones (2002).

The event will also feature USRA B-Mods going wheel to wheel for $5,000 to win Saturday night. Drivers may compete under the local X-Mod rules package or USRA B-Mod rules package.

Also on the racing card will be Street Stocks racing for $300, $300 and $500 to win, respectively, and Casa Nissan Legends Cars which battle for $1,000 to win Saturday night.

The event will be a USRA national points race each night for the USRA Modifieds and USRA B-Mods/X-Mods.

Entry forms are available on the Southern New Mexico Speedway website at www.snmspeedway.com or the USRA website at www.usraracing.com under the Downloads tab.

An open practice is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 16, with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. and practice beginning at 6 p.m. Pit passes are $20 and entry to the grandstands is free.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Adult general admission tickets are just $12 on Thursday and Friday and $15 on Saturday or get a three-day pass for just $30. Pit passes are $40 each day or $100 for a three-day pit pass.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take I-10 to exit 132 (about 10 miles west of Las Cruces), then go one block south, then west on frontage road (next to Love’s Travel Stop). For more information call 575-524-7913 or 505-524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.com online.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Stormy edges Johnny as Scott twins finish 1-2 in 20th Annual Winter Meltdown finale

March 5th, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (March 1) — Johnny Scott was the leader for 49 of the 50 laps in Saturday nights USMTS main event at the Southern New Mexico Speedway while Stormy Scott led just once in an incredible finish at the 20th Annual Winter Meltdown.

In fact, Stormy Scott led for only about 200 feet during the contest, but it was the final 200 of the contest as he nipped his younger twin brother at the finish line to score his first-ever Winter Meltdown victory in front of the fans in his home town of Las Cruces, N.M.

After coming from the ninth starting spot to win the feature Friday, Johnny Scott drew the pole for Saturdays finale and was unchallenged for most of the race until the races second and final caution slowed the pace with 11 laps to go.

While the front-runners had been using the low line around the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval, 20th-starting Rodney Sanders was marching to the front riding the high side of the track.

After the restart, Sanders pulled even with Stormy Scott as they raced down the back-stretch.

But as they entered the third turn, Stormy Scott drove deep into the corner and slid up to take away Sanders line.

Two laps later, Sanders tip-toed too high in turn 3 and briefly drifted over the embankment. The miscue dropped the defending USMTS national champion back about six spots while Stormy Scott continued to track down his younger brother.

Any fan who was able to stand was standing during the final five laps as they witnessed a heart-stopping shoot-out between the two 24-year-olds on the track where they mastered their trade every Saturday night before leaving the nest to compete with the Best of the Best.

Johnny Scott streaked underneath the white flag with about a car-length advantage over his older brother, but a trio of lapped cars loomed ahead in the path of the leaders.

The leaders entered the final corner virtually side by side while the back-markers were also side by side enjoying their own battle within a battle, so the Scott brothers separated to the inside and outside of the traffic.

Both muscled their way past the traffic as they exited the final turn, but it was Stormy Scott edging ahead at the end and crossing the finish line ahead of Johnny Scott with two-tenths of a second to spare.

“After that last restart I saw somebody up there, I think it was Rodney (Sanders) and I know I had to move up there and see what I could do,” Stormy Scott recalled after the race. “Johnny was way better on the bottom than I was. I couldn’t stay with him down there.

“It was a lot of fun and I’m sure it was fun for the fans too. We’re really happy to finally get one of these at our home track.”

Despite dominating the 50-lap main event from the onset, the younger Scott wasn’t bitter about the outcome.

“Our car was really good all night, but I knew I was kind of a sitting duck out there,” Johnny Scott said. “I didn’t think we would get back into lapped traffic again after that last restart, but we did. I’m not discouraged. We’re happy with the way these new Ramirez cars are getting around and we’ll move on to the next one.”

The win not only gave Stormy Scott his first Winter Meltdown trophy in the 20th running of the event, but it also put a gigantic exclamation point on the final race in the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

In four weekends of racing during the month of February, Stormy Scott captured four wins, and they all came on the final night at each track when the biggest paycheck was on the line.

He came into this weekend as the points leader and wrapped up the ten-race stretch as the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region champion.

Along with the $5,000 he gets for his regional championship, Stormy Scott pocketed nearly $25,000 over the last 22 days.

More importantly, perhaps, is the fact that he is now the one and only driver in the running for a $100,000 payoff at season’s end.

In order to cash in for the six-figure points fund paycheck, he still has to win three more regional titles and then conquer the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys National Championship.

At this point, it might not be wise to bet against him.

While Johnny Scott settled for the runner-up paycheck Saturday night, Bumper Jones emerged with a third-place finish after a hard-fought feature race with fourth-place finisher Fito Gallardo and Kelly Shryock, who wound up fifth.

Sanders rebounded over the final seven laps to garner a sixth-place finish and earned his second Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award of the 2014 campaign.

Alex Stanford finished seventh to cap off a strong weekend for the Chowchilla, Calif., racer. Track owner/promoter Royal Jones was eighth at the flagstand, followed by 21st-starting Jake Gallardo and Joe Duvall, who passed seven cars in the final ten laps to get his first top-10 finish of the weekend.

In the final standings for the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports, Stormy Scott captured the title with a 52-point cushion (913 to 861) over Sanders. Johnny Scott wound up third with 799 markers, followed by Jake Gallardo (709), Ramirez (675), Rick Beebe (651), Daniel Hilsabeck (647), Bryan Rowland (618), Terry Phillips (616) and Kelly Shryock (616).

Those ten drivers along with Duvall, Philip Houston, Trevor Egbert, Adam Penn, Jimmy Ray and Shane Sprinkle are now qualified for the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys National Championship which kicks off the first weekend of August and culminates six weeks later at the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

Up next for the tireless USMTS touring titans is a three-night, three-track swing to open the Major League Bowhunter Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

On Friday, March 14, the series returns to Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan., after a nearly six-year hiatus.

Then on Saturday, March 15, the USMTS Modifieds make their annual trek to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., for the 9th Annual Spring Fling @ The Bullring and a prelude of King of America IV which takes place two weeks later. The tripleheader wraps up Sunday, March 16, at the West Siloam Speedway near Colcord, Okla., for the 6th Annual Sooner Nationals.

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Johnny Scott wins, Ramerez Motorsports gets 1-2 finish in Winter Meltdown Friday night prelim

March 2nd, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Johnny Scott passed teammate Dereck Ramirez on lap 16, and then led the final 24 laps en route to a preliminary feature win Friday night during the 20th Annual Winter Meltdown at the Southern New Mexico Speedway. Ramirez jumped out to a big lead at the start of the race, but Scott quickly advanced to the front from his ninth starting spot.

Following a caution on lap 15, Scott powered ahead of Ramirez to take command and was never challenged again as he scored his second win of the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy campaign and pocketed $3,000 for his efforts. Since arriving in nearby El Paso, Texas, last weekend, all four USMTS feature races have gone to drivers from Las Cruces, N.M., including Johnny Scott, Stormy Scott and Fito Gallardo, who won Thursdays main event at the Southern New Mexico Speedway but was the first to drop out of Fridays feature.

Ramirez held strong for a runner-up paycheck to give Ramirez Motorsports a 1-2 finish while defending USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders finished third. Dylan Smith wound up fourth and scored his second straight top-5 finish while fellow Nebraskan Jordan Grabouski roared from 16th on the starting to finish fifth one spot ahead of teammate and four-time Winter Meltdown winner Terry
Phillips.

Alex Stanford passed 13 of his fellow competitors during the 40-lapper and earned the Mesilla Valley Hard Charger Award for his seventh-place finish. Jimmy Ray, Jake Gallardo and Daniel Hilsabeck rounded out the top 10. After struggling in his heat race and Real Racing Wheels B Main, Stormy Scott had to use a provisional to start the A Main, but advanced from 25th to 11th and continues to lead the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports points standings heading into the final points night Saturday.

Sanders sits second in the standings and trails Stormy Scott by 32 markers (812 to 780). Johnny Scott sits third in points but too far out to catch the leader. Jake Gallardo is fourth in points, followed by Ramirez, Rick Beebe, Hilsabeck, Phillips, Bryan Rowland and Kelly Shryock. Action continues at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval on Saturday where the winner of the 20th Annual Winter Meltdown 50-lap main event will pocket $4,000. USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Mini-Sprints will also be in action with racing at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Adult admission is $15 while kids ages 10 and under get in for free every night. Pit passes are $40.

For those unable to attend in person, every lap will be carried live via pay-per-view. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for ordering information and dont miss a single lap of the unforgettable action. The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval 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.

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 check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Fito Gallardo wins first USMTS feature in Winter Meltdown opener

February 28th, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Tenth-starting Fito Gallardo tracked down race-long leader Dylan Smith with 10 laps to go and went on to win his career first USMTS main event Thursday on opening night of the 20th Annual Winter Meltdown at the Southern New Mexico Speedway.

Despite four yellow flags that slowed the pace of the race, polesitter Smith held the lead for the first 25 laps and turned back the challenges from several top guns, including Johnny Scott, four-time Winter Meltdown winner Terry Phillips and reigning USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders.

Gallardo, however, was able to do what his peers could not accomplish before him and snuck by Smith following the races final caution period on lap 24 and then drove away to seal the victory at his hometown racetrack.

The win was worth $2,000 to Gallardo, whose son, Jake Gallardo, came ten laps short of winning his first USMTS main event just five days ago at the El Paso Speedway Park.

Although Smith came up short in his quest for a win against the Best of the Best, his third career start in a USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy event netted a runner-up paycheck.

While trying to overtake Smith on lap 7, Phillips slipped over the embankment and found himself in 17th by the time he regained his momentum.

But the three-time defending Winter Meltdown champ clawed his way back for a third-place finish ahead of Jake Gallardo and teammate Jordan Grabouski, who turned a last-row starting spot in the second Real Racing Wheels B Main into a fifth-place finish in the A Main.

Jake O’Neil, MVT Gulf Coast Border Region points leader Stormy Scott, Dereck Ramirez, Sanders and Adam Penn rounded out the top 10.

Action continues at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval on Friday and Saturday. The first to the finish line Friday earns $3,000 and Saturday’s main event victor will pocket $4,000.

USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Mini-Sprints will also be in action with racing at 6:30 Mountain Time both nights. Adult admission is $12 Friday and $15 Saturday while kids ages 10 and under get in for free every night. Pit passes are $40.

For those unable to attend this weekend’s clash in person, we’ve got the next best thing. All three nights will be carried live via pay-per-view. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for ordering information and don’t miss a single lap of the unforgettable action.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval 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.

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 check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.