Barnett victorious at Southern New Mexico Speedway
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May 14, 2011  |  by Bryan Hulbert

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A night of giving as cases of water, food and toiletry items poured into the Southern New Mexico Speedway to help the victims of tornados in Alabama. Rewarded with half price admission, the fans were treated to the USRA Western Flyer HotMods plus three other classes.

The USRA Western Flyer HotMods kicked off the night’s main events with 25 laps on the scoreboard and Ralph Adams Jr. jumping into the race lead. Working three wide, Donovan Flores worked by Sherman Barnett as the two racers split cars on their way to second and third on the track with Barnett able to get back by Flores.

Running into slower traffic, Adams tried everything to hold of Barnett but Barnett had the set up and the run as he took the race lead, leaving Adams to battle with Flores as the caution waved. Back to green with 12 laps to run with Flores and Adams again going at it for the runner-up spot with Flores taking the position.

On the move, Dustin Smith worked into fifth after restarting seventh, setting his sights on fourth-running Alex Gonzales before the caution waved for Israel Ortega. To the green only to see the caution wave yet again with eight laps to run as Steven Villegas plowed the retaining wall, taking Austin Adams with him as he shot down the track. Locked together, both cars were pulled into the infield as the race resumed, minus five laps due to time.

So with three laps to run, Barnett continued to lead with Flores and Smith restarting right on his back bumper. Fighting back into third, Ralph Adams Jr. pulled the slide job only to allow Smith to fight back before the caution waved for Phil Locke due to mechanical failure.

Green-white-checkered as the field got back to racing with Barnett able to run away for the win. Flores, Smith, Alex Gonzales and Ralph Adams Jr. rounded out the top-5.

Week 3 at the Southern New Mexico Speedway will happen next Saturday, May 21, with the USRA RHS Modifieds headlining the night's racing action. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:45.

Admission on May 21 is only $10 with children ages 11-15, military, seniors, law enforcement and students with university i.d. getting in for $7. Kids 10 and under are free.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132 off I-10, turn left to Robert Larson Blvd., then head west to the Speedway. For more information, log onto www.snmspeedway.com, link up with us on Facebook, and sign up the E-News Letter by texting the word "Speedway" to 22828 from your cell phone.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
USRA Weekly Racing Series
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, May 14, 2011

USRA WESTERN FLYER HOTMODS

Feature: 1. Sherman Barnett, 2. Donavon Flores, 3. Dustin Smith, 4. Alex Gonzalez, 5. Ralph Adams Jr., 6. Todd Harper, 7. Rob Madrid, 8. Justin Allen, 9. Miles Widmer, 10. James Fleming, 11. Duane Murphy, 12. Israel Ortega, 13. Melissa Gorham, 14. Dusty Riggs, 15. Zach McCoy, 16. Kenny Medina, 17. Mike Gonzalez, 18. Christy Georges, 19. Phil Locke, 20. Austin Adams, 21. Steven Villegas, 22. Tom Conner, 23. Greg Gorham, 24. Joshua Gallardo.



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