EL PASO, Texas -- As the west Texas winds calmed to a slight breeze, the pits at the El Paso Speedway Park began to fill with drivers from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona with the USRA RHS Modifieds headlining the nights action.
With a full field of drivers on tap for the night's 30-lap main event, the Gallardo family led to the green with Jacob Gallardo on the pole as Fito Gallardo lined up second. After two starts resulted in cautions, round three finally saw the field roar to life with the Jacob taking the race lead from the pole.
Four wide, three wide and side by side, the field would put one lap in the books as Stormy and Johnny Scott began to battle through the field. Fighting into the top five, the Scott twins were joined by Brian Clark with 27 laps to run.
Leading the charge, Stormy worked on taking away third from Holly Jones as the Gallardos continued to pull away with the top two spots. Overshooting the high line, fifth-running Johnny Scott lost the spot to Jimmy Ray as Stormy worked past Jones for third.
With 10 in and 20 to run, Jacob Gallardo was working right around the bottom of the El Paso Speedway Park as the battle on the track was for fourth between Ray and Jones. Into slower traffic, Stormy Scott pulled to the back bumper of Fito Gallardo as the field raced to the halfway point.
With Jacob leading, Fito second and Stormy third as the top three ran in a league all their own before the caution waved for the spun car of Jones. With 11 circuits remaining, the green flag waved with Fito getting the jump to the inside on his son, Jacob. Side by side, the slide job from Fito would not be enough as Jacob turned down the track, mashed the gas and bolted back into the race lead with 10 to go while Stormy, Ray and Royal Jones pursued.
To the extreme low line, Royal Jones got Ray and Scott for position to take over third. Looking for second, Jones was unable to get the run on the elder Gallardo. Two laps to go and the fight was on as Fito pulled to the back bumper of Jacob as the white flag waved. Diving low, Fito gave it all he had but Jacob crowded the bottom line to hold on for the win.
Fito Gallardo, Royal Jones, Ray and Stormy Scott round out the top five.
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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
El Paso Speedway Park, El Paso, Texas
Friday, June 17, 2011
USRA RHS MODIFIEDS
Heat #1: 1. Stormy Scott; 2. Dickie Gorham; 3. Holly Jones; 4. Johnny Scott; 5. Rick Ortega; 6. Austin Adams; 7. Duane Murphy.
Heat #2: 1. Jimmy Ray; 2. Jacob Gallardo; 3. Chad Falco; 4. James Fleming; 5. Jonathan Barcena; 6. Royal Jones; 7. Roger Owens; 8. Carlos Ahumada.
Heat #3: 1. Brian Clark; 2. Gregory Jenkins; 3. Sherman Barnett; 4. Fito Gallardo; 5. Joe Lackey; 6. Christy Georges; 7. Donavon Ooley.
Feature: 1. Jacob Gallardo; 2. Fito Gallardo; 3. Royal Jones; 4. Jimmy Ray; 5. Stormy Scott; 6. Christy Georges; 7. Brian Clark; 8. Gregory Jenkins; 9. Chad Falco; 10. Austin Adams; 11. Holly Jones; 12. Donavon Ooley; 13. Sherman Barnett; 14. Duane Murphy; 15. Roger Owens; 16. Jonathan Barcena; 17. Joe Lackey; 18. Rick Ortega; 19. Johnny Scott; 20. James Fleming; 21. Dickie Gorham; 22. Carlos Ahumada.