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Mike Martin Sprints to Border Tour Victory at Las Cruces

July 17th, 2015

After rain washed out Friday’s race at El Paso, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma, Arizona led all 30-laps to win the “Border Tour” finale in Las Cruces, New Mexico. For Martin, Saturday’s $2,000 USAC SouthWest and NMMRA Sprint Car triumph at Southern New Mexico Speedway was his first victory of the campaign. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Rossi, Brian Hosford, and Dennis Gile chased “The Magic Man” across the finish line.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Mike Martin moves into a tie for sixth on the SouthWest win list with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, and Rick Ziehl. Currently ranked sixth in the point chase, the pilot of the #16 Sherwin-Williams / Desert Building Materials won his series leading eighth heat race of the year. In addition, the veteran driver has two high-point driver awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 53 feature laps led to his credit. “The Magic Man” will be looking to add another trophy to his collection this Saturday at Queen Creek’s
Arizona Speedway.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. claimed second in the USAC-NMMRA “Border Tour” finale. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s first heat race and left Las Cruces placed second in points. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles has four SouthWest wins at Queen Creek and will be one of the favorites to watch on Saturday.

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona scored third in the Las Cruces main event. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi won his first 8-lap heat race of the season. The defending Western World Champion sits third in points with one feature win, two high-point driver awards, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the season. Matt will have his sights on Saturday’s $1,500 payday at Arizona Speedway.

Gilbert, Arizona’s Brian Hosford charged from tenth to claim fourth at Southern New Mexico Speedway. Piloting Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford ran third in his heat race and heads to Queen Creek ranked seventh in the standings. At press time, the veteran driver has two heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday, Brian will be looking to earn his first USAC SouthWest main event win.

Dennis Gile of Phoenix, Arizona had his best run of the year with a fifth place finish at Las Cruces, New Mexico. Racing his #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile scored third in the program’s first heat race. Continuing to improve, Dennis is currently tenth in points with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes to his credit. Gile will be looking to earn his first sprint car win at Arizona Speedway.

Farmington, New Mexico’s Jason Grady earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from twenty-third. Driving his #45 RSS Industries / Revis Auto Finish RSS, Grady took sixth in his heat race and ran seventh in the semi-main. In limited starts, the NMMRA regular is thirty-fifth in USAC SouthWest point standings.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert, Arizona won his first 8-lap heat race of the season. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold scored twenty-second in the feature and left Las Cruces placed eleventh in points. As this writing goes to press, the veteran racer has seven top-10 finishes on the year. Andy will have his sights on his first USAC win at Queen Creek.

Las Cruces, New Mexico’s “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl took the victory in the semi-main. Racing John Ziehl’s #20Z Lucas Oil / Bay Hayes Motorsports Maxim, Ziehl scored fifth in his heat race and fifteenth in the main event. In limited starts, the multi-time ASCS Champion is tied for forty-third in points with two top-10 finishes.

This Saturday, July 18th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located at the ET Motopark, the “Monsoon Madness” will also feature X-Mods, Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

USAC Southwest and NMMR Boarder Tour Starts Friday at El Paso

July 10th, 2015

This Friday, July 10th, the two-race “Border Tour” featuring the USAC SouthWest and New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA) Sprint Cars will open at El Paso Speedway Park. The following night, Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, New Mexico will host the finale of the popular mini-series. Both main events will pay $2,000-to-win and $200-to-start, with an additional $250 going to the highest finishing 305 powered sprinter courtesy of Casey Minks and Truck Country. These will be “must see” events as drivers from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas battle for bragging rights between the two series.

For the fourth consecutive season, El Paso Speedway Park has featured the traditional sprint cars of Arizona and New Mexico. Last year, R.J. Johnson took the lead from Shon Deskins on the last lap to earn his second victory at the 3/8-mile oval. On June 8, 2012, veteran driver Rickey Hood claimed the inaugural ASCS Canyon Region event at El Paso. Friday’s point race will also showcase X-Mods, Street Stocks, Mini-Sprints, and Hornets. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.epspeedwaypark.com or call 915.791.8749.

Like El Paso, the Southern New Mexico Speedway has showcased the Arizona and New Mexico Sprints for four years. Last September, R.J. Johnson added the fast 5/16-mile facility to his win list by leading all 30-laps. On June 9, 2012, Rickey Hood backed up his El Paso triumph and “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl earned a popular hometown win on July 20, 2013. Saturday’s point race will also feature X-Mods, Street Stocks, Mini-Sprints, and Hornets. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call
575.524.7913.

Heading to Friday’s “showdown,” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona has a 77-point lead over the competition. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his seventh win of the season at Tucson’s USA Raceway on July 26th. In addition, the two-time champion has five heat race victories, one high
point driver award, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led. R.J. will be looking to continue his championship bid with wins at El Paso and Las Cruces.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the championship point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis claimed sixth in the Tucson feature. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, two high point driver awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. “Chargin” Charles is one of the favorites to claim the $2,000 paydays in annual “Border Tour.”

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi charged from thirteenth to score fourth at USA Raceway. Heading to El Paso, Matt has one feature win, one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the season. The defending Western World Champion will be looking for his fourth series main event win.

Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Pelkey sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey scored third at Tucson after starting tenth. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, one high point driver award, and ten top-10 finishes on the year. Entering the “Border Tour,” Josh ranks fourth on the SouthWest win list and will have his sights on his sixth victory.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona is fifth in the point standings. Piloting Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Sussex claimed sixteenth in the SouthWest debut at Tucson. Heading to El Paso, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led on the season. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Matt Rossi, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the win list, Stevie will be looking to score the $2,000 “Border Tour” victories.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Dennis Gile, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Josh Shipley, Shon Deskins, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, and more.

Tijeras, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges leads the NMMRA point standings. Jason Grady, Josh Grady, Jesse Baker, Michael Fanelli, Randy Smith, Dillon Tanner, Joshua Jackson, Stephen Spiak, and Robert Marfia round out the top-10 drivers.

El Paso Speedway Park is at 14751 Marina Boulevard in El Paso, Texas. Located 6 miles east of FM 375 on US 62, then 0.5 miles north on Krag Street, then east on Tangerine Avenue. Adult Tickets are $15, Family Packs at $30 (2 Adults & 4 Children Under 16), Kids Tickets (10 & Under) are FREE, and Pit Passes are $35. For more event information, visit www.epspeedwaypark.com or call 915.791.8749.

Southern New Mexico Speedway is located at 12125 Robert Larson Boulevard in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To get to the track, I-10 to exit 132, then south to the frontage road, then 3.1 miles west on Robert Larson Blvd. Adult Tickets are $15, Family Packs at $30 (2 Adults & 4 Children Under 16), Kids Tickets (10 & Under) are FREE, and Pit Passes are $35. For more event information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).