Carney steals the show in Las Cruces
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June 25, 2011  |  by Bryan Hulbert

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- With another solid crowd in the stands, the Southern New Mexico Speedway wrapped up the month of June with the USRA Western Flyer HotMods headlining the action Saturday night.

Heat races wins went to Tom Connor, Austin Adams, Greg Gorham and Josh Gallardo while the dash was won by Greg Gorham.

With 31 cars in the pits, the HotMods had to run a B-Main to set the field with Patrick Carney winning his way into the night's A-Main.

With the 24-car field set, the green flag waved for 25 laps of racing. From the pole, Adams took the race lead with Christy Georges jumping from fifth to second on the inside line. With five laps in, the battle for the race lead was still close as Georges stayed right on the back bumper of Adams while the two drivers raced through slower traffic.

Back to the battle for fifth, Sherman Barnett worked on Connor. Making the pass with 16 laps to run, Barnett was shadowed by Carney and with 13 laps to run, the caution waved for Donovan Flores who spun to a stop in turn 3.

Into the Delaware double-file restart, Georges timed the start and pulled side by side with Adams for the lead but Adams muscled back to the front of the field as Carney used the restart to his advantage to take over third before the caution waved again.

With 11 laps to run, the restart shook up the front of the field as Georges and Carney set their sights on Adams. Jumping from third to the lead, Carney had his work cut out for him as Adams battled back to the inside but came up short as Carney worked the top shelf to show the way before the caution waved again.

Eight laps to run and Johnny Scott, driving for Fleming Motorsports, fought his way into second on the high line, dropping Adams to third. From the 13th and 12th starting spots, Carney and Scott ran first and second with Adams and Georges behind as the laps clicked down to three to go.

By a straight-away, Carney was sitting comfortably as he raced away to yet another checkered flag followed by Scott, Adams and Georges. Todd Harper rounded out the top 5 after a last-lap battle with Barnett.

Next at the Southern New Mexico Speedway, itís the famed Independence Day Celebration presented by Mesilla Valley Transportation on Saturday, July 2. Along with a great night of racing with the USRA RHS Modifieds, the sky will be lit up with the best fireworks display the southwest.

Gates to the grandstands will open at 5:30 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:45. Fireworks will be during intermission. General admission is $12 with discounts for kids ages 11-15, military, seniors, law enforcement and university students. Kids ages 10 and under get in the grandstands for 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., and then head west. For more information, log onto, link up on Facebook and sign up for the track's the e-newsletter by texting the word "Speedway" to 22828 from your mobile phone.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, June 25, 2011


Heat #1: 1. Tom Conner, 2. Johnny Scott, 3. Melissa Gorham, 4. Pat Carney, 5. Israel Ortega, 6. Zach McCoy, 7. Dustin Smith, 8. Kenny McCoy.

Heat #2: 1. Austin Adams, 2. Robert Adams, 3. Todd Harper, 4. Steven Villegas, 5. James Fleming, 6. Mike Gonzalez, 7. Dusty Riggs.

Heat #3: 1. Greg Gorham, 2. Duane Murphy, 3. Miles Widmer, 4. Sherman Barnett, 5. Donavon Flores, 6. Jonathan Barcena, 7. Phil Locke.

Heat #4: 1. Joshua Gallardo, 2. Christy Georges, 3. Rob Madrid, 4. Kenny Medina, 5. Justin Allen, 6. Alex Gonzalez, 7. Jeremy Navarro.

Trophy Dash: 1. Greg Gorham, 2. Joshua Gallardo, 3. Austin Adams, 4. Tom Conner.

A Main: 1. Pat Carney, 2. Johnny Scott, 3. Austin Adams, 4. Christy Georges, 5. Todd Harper, 6. Sherman Barnett, 7. Rob Madrid, 8. Robert Adams, 9. Duane Murphy, 10. Kenny Medina, 11. Justin Allen, 12. Steven Villegas, 13. Mike Gonzalez, 14. James Fleming, 15. Miles Widmer, 16. Donavon Flores, 17. Melissa Gorham, 18. Dustin Smith, 19. Dusty Riggs, 20. Greg Gorham, 21. Joshua Gallardo, 22. Alex Gonzalez, 23. Tom Conner, 24. Israel Ortega, DNS - Phil Locke, Kenny McCoy, Rick Garcia, Willie Quintero, Jonathan Barcena, Jeremy Navarro, Zach McCoy.

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