Mud was flying last night at the El Paso Speedway Park as the NMMRA 360 ‘Wingless Warriors’ tore up the track. It was a jammed pack night with a total six classes racing that included the Southwest Late Models, Mini Sprints, Street Stocks, Legends and Modifieds.
The Late Models kicked off the night with Dave Deetz taking a quick lead and leaving the rest of the cars in his dust from green to checker. The real battle was between Rick Ortega and Scott Longston for second. There were a couple times they were side by side but in the end Ortega took second.
Roaring onto the track next were the Mini Sprints. Going into lap one Theron Flack took the lead and then early in the race it was game over for Flack as his car went up in smoke and he blew a motor. This gave Spencer Hill an opening to take to the front of the pack with Jerrad Warhurst a full turn behind him. In the end Hill was able to hold down the lead and cross the checker flag first.
Next up the Street Stocks had an extra incentive with a bounty in the main event. If either Justin Lasiter or John McDaniel took the win, they would get an extra $100 in their pocket. Now for the rest of the racers, if anyone else won they would get $500 cash to sweeten the deal. With the green flag Lasiter pulled ahead off the straight away with McDaniel hot on his tail, but not for long. Lasiter, this week’s Spotlight driver, pulled ahead even more and left anyone’s hope to collect that bounty in his tire tracks.
As the Legends took off they got a little too enthusiastic bringing on a complete restart and the first yellow in the mains. Once they restarted Joshua Jackson pulled into the lead with Steven Arellano falling far behind Jackson. With no more delays nothing stood between Jackson and his trophy.
Next the Modifieds filed onto the speedway with yet another complete restart as Tom Georges and Austin Adams made contact. In the second restart Fito Gallardo pulled into the lead almost neck and neck with Royal Jones. Gallardo revved up and put a full turn between him and Jones. With 14 laps to go Xavier Ortega and Carlos Ahumada Sr. clashed in turn two bringing a yellow and getting Jones closer to catching Gallardo. It didn’t take long until Gallardo was able to get his heavy lead, half a track at one point, and it was all over from there.
Last up was the show stopping Non-Wing Sprints with 22 cars gassing up for the main event. Dust and mud kicked off as they sped into action with Rick Ziehl leading the pack. It didn’t take long before #20 was a full turn ahead leaving the pack behind. Five laps in Michael Fanelli spun a full 360 in turn two bringing the cars back nose to tail. After the yellow Ziehl was able to maintain his lead with Jason Grady taking second only to be passed by Josh Hodges. Ziehl held down the lead and Hodges crossed the checker flag second.
Next week you will not want to miss the return of the ASCS Winged Sprint cars along with the USRA Street Stocks, USRA Limited X-Mods, Super Trucks and Hornets. If you can’t wait that long for more race action, check out our sister track the Southern New Mexico Speedway tonight, gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:45 p.m.