Phillips rules opening night of USRA Fall Nationals
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October 17, 2013  |  by Trenton Berry,

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Terry Phillips overtook Ricky Thornton Jr. around the mid-point in Thursday's 30-lap feature to win the opening qualifying night of the USRA Fall Nationals at the Southern New Mexico Speedway.

Dereck Ramirez led the first few laps before Thornton motored around him and looked like a lock to win.

However, Phillips, who started seventh, came to life and lapped traffic slowed Thornton's pace.

Phillips worked through lapped traffic and took over the point.

The race's lone caution waved with 10 laps to go. Phillips restarted at the head of the double-file restart and pulled away for a convincing win.

Thorton ended second, Rodney Sanders came out of the "B" Main to run third, Jacob Gallardo was fourth and Fito Gallardo finished fifth.

The top 5 finishers are all locked into Saturday's $10,000-to-win feature. They will make up the inside of the first five rows, with Phillips on the pole.

Friday will see the same format, but will set the outside five rows.

Live coverage continues on for those unable to attend. Friday's program can be seen for just $14.95, and Saturday's finale can be viewed with a $19.95 package.


United States Racing Association - USRA Weekly Racing Series
14th Annual USRA Fall Nationals - Night #1 of 3
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013


Heat #1: 1. Jason Ziehl, 2. Justin Lasiter, 3. George Baisden, 4. Jon Mcdaniel, 5. Jerrad Warhurst, 6. Rick Skillin, 7. Sullivan Scott, 8. Keith Ford.

Heat #2: 1. Brandon Cruse, 2. Stevie Gutierrez, 3. Paul Telles Jr., 4. Jeffrey Maag, 5. Rudy Munoz, 6. George Ross, 7. Eric Honeyfield.

Feature: 1. Brandon Cruse, 2. Jerrad Warhurst, 3. Jon Mcdaniel, 4. Stevie Gutierrez, 5. Justin Lasiter, 6. George Baisden, 7. Paul Telles Jr., 8. Keith Ford, 9. Sullivan Scott, 10. Jeffrey Maag, 11. George Ross, 12. Rick Skillin, 13. Rudy Munoz, 14. Eric Honeyfield, 15. Jason Ziehl.


Heat #1: 1. Chris Dawson, 2. Johnny Scott, 3. Robbie Chiles, 4. Jacob Gallardo, 5. Jimmy Ray, 6. Josh Cain, 7. Jake O'Neil, 8. Scott Logston, 9. Dana Fite, 10. Chris Sims.

Heat #2: 1. Terry Tipton, 2. Max Sadler, 3. Royal Jones, 4. Bumper Jones, 5. Rick Beebe, 6. Johnny Bone Jr., 7. Rodney Sanders, 8. Christy Georges, 9. Jared Perez, 10. Duane Murphy.

Heat #3: 1. Fito Gallardo, 2. Nick O'Neil, 3. Terry Phillips, 4. Austin Adams, 5. Jay Rosales, 6. Todd Harper, 7. Mike Petersillie, 8. Roy Don Mason, 9. Chad Falco.

Heat #4: 1. Dereck Ramirez, 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., 3. Lee Heiligenthal, 4. Austin Bonner, 5. Allen Sharpensteen, 6. Tom Georges, 7. Rick Gallardo, 8. Dusty Riggs, 9. Sherman Barnett.

Heat #5: 1. Wayne Brooks, 2. Philip Houston, 3. Stormy Scott, 4. Butch Reid, 5. Zane Devilbiss, 6. John Calvert Jr., 7. Luigi Truden, 8. Nick Herrera, 9. Donavon Ooley.

"B" Main #1: 1. Bumper Jones, 2. Rodney Sanders, 3. Rick Beebe, 4. Jake O'Neil, 5. Zane Devilbiss, 6. Johnny Bone Jr., 7. Dana Fite, 8. Todd Harper, 9. Lee Heiligenthal, 10. Jimmy Ray, 11. Dusty Riggs, 12. Luigi Truden, 13. Donavon Ooley, 14. Christy Georges, 15. Duane Murphy, 16. Jay Rosales, 17. Chad Falco, 18. Butch Reid.

"B" Main #2: 1. Stormy Scott, 2. Jacob Gallardo, 3. Josh Cain, 4. Allen Sharpensteen, 5. Robbie Chiles, 6. Mike Petersillie, 7. Austin Bonner, 8. Rick Gallardo, 9. John Calvert Jr., 10. Roy Don Mason, 11. Chris Sims, 12. Nick Herrera, 13. Jared Perez, 14. Tom Georges, 15. Austin Adams, 16. Scott Logston, DNS - Sherman Barnett.

"A" Main: 1. Terry Phillips, 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., 3. Rodney Sanders, 4. Jacob Gallardo, 5. Fito Gallardo, 6. Dereck Ramirez, 7. Johnny Scott, 8. Stormy Scott, 9. Philip Houston, 10. Jake O'Neil, 11. Wayne Brooks, 12. Bumper Jones, 13. Johnny Bone Jr., 14. Josh Cain, 15. Terry Tipton, 16. Royal Jones, 17. Allen Sharpensteen, 18. Nick O'Neil, 19. Mike Petersillie, 20. Zane Devilbiss, 21. Robbie Chiles, 22. Chris Dawson, 23. Max Sadler, 24. Rick Beebe.

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