McDaniel, Gorham triumph at Southern New Mexico Speedway
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July 12, 2014  |  by Brandi Parrell

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- No amount of rain could stop the action at the Southern New Mexico Speedway as the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods threw mud around the track.

The USRA Stock Cars tore up the track with Rick Skillin taking an early lead. Three laps into the race Skillin got loose in turn 2, letting George La Rose sneak into the lead. Heading into the fourth lap Skillin was in the middle of the pack and connected with Tamra Pierce and spun her out in the front straight-away.

After the caution was lifted, La Rose secured his leader spot again with Jason Ziehl hot on his tail. With 13 laps to go Justin Lasiter spun out in the back straight away but no caution was called as Lasiter got rolling again. Soon after Ziehl got a flat tire in turn 1 and was sent to the back of the pack.

With the green flag waiving again La Rose pulled ahead once again with David Melton briefly in second until Jon McDaniel pushed his way past him for second. Then, McDaniel got another break as La Rose overshot turn four letting McDaniel steal the lead.

With eight laps left to go Lasiter spun out in turn four bringing on another caution and ending the night for Lasiter. Lasiter is in the running for the USRA national points championship. Back in action McDaniel sped off into the distance with Noah Hollingshead trying to catch him.

The action then came to a holt with a red on the field with Eric Honeyfield scrapping up the front straight away wall, flipping completely over and then landing back on all four wheels before he rolled off the track and into the pits.

With only two laps to go McDaniel held the rest of the pack back and took the win.

The USRA B-Mods got off to a rough start with a multi-car pile-up, taking out four drivers including points leader Paddy Rush, on the front straight-away causing a complete restart. It was a quick exchange of the leader spot with Michael Gonzalez taking the lead before a caution only two laps into the race.

After the restart, Gonzalez fell back in the pack letting Dickie Gorham pull himself into the leader’s spot with Donovan Flores hot on his tail, but not for long. Flores overshot turn three with 11 laps to go and lost his second place spot to Justin Allen. Gorham and Allen kept going door to door and lap for lap until Gorham laid down on the gas and put some distance between the drivers.

Gorham was able to hold onto his spot and pass the checker flag first.

You will not want to miss the jam packed action next week with the return of the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, Southwest Late Models, Mini-Sprints and Bombers. As always, gates open at 5:30 p.m. and races start at 7:45.

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