Aztec Speedway checkers wave for Gallardo, Heath, Higgins, Hughes
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April 9, 2016  |  by Lynn Hensley

AZTEC, N.M.—Aztec Speedway not only held it's second race of the season but played host to the Boy and Girls Club's annual Harley Davidson motorcycle give away. The day started with several bikes finishing up their 'poker run' of the day with Ron Montoya winning the money for that. Orthodontics, Inc. was there and sponsored the musical entertainment for the day. Great blues by a trio from Durango. Tickets for the drawing were sold and some special tickets at a much less cost (5 and 10 bucks) were sold for a chance to then win a $100 ticket in the main drawing. Two lucky ladies were present and each won a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle. One of them had puchased a $10 ticket earlier in the day. Three other winners were notified by phone of their win. Two form Colorado and one from Washington. All of this took place during intermission of the races.

Heat race winners were Samuel Sansoni and Skyler Heath in the Holley USRA Stock Cars; Chad Tenski and Darrel Cordary in the USRA Limited Mods; Rex Higgins in the Out-pace USRA B-Mods; and Zane DeVilbiss in the USRA Modifieds.

The Holley USRA Stock Cars provided some real racing excitement with some bent sheet metal and some great side by side racing. Skyler Heath pulled out the win in the final few laps after being involved in a three car crash that left him with some heavy sheet metal damage but a driveable car. He restarted in the back and was on the move when another event put him in the infield and on top of a large tractor tire. Once again, he restarted in the back. The he raced back to the front. Still, it wasn't easy as Ron Brewer was very strong up front along with Travis Southerlin and Jaime Torres of Las Cruces. The Tennessee did prevail for the win with Torres a strong second and Ron Brewer third. Brewer ran the last two laps with a flat tire. In fourth was Jeramey Bradley and Samuel Sansoni was fifth. Southerlin, Allen Bradley and Larry Bradley rounded out the finish.

Another very competitive feature was the USRA Limited Mods. Bub Hughes drove his #0 Cookie Monster like the Keebler elves were after him. Hughes, Eddleman and Tenski put on a show for about 10 laps as the first two traded the lead about four times. This all took place after they managed to get past the early leader Darrel Cordary. Hughes drove a great race and took down the win with Eddleman a close second. Eddleman was having some handling problems and actually did great to remain in second. Third was Chad Tenski with Darrell Cordary fourth and Allen Palmer fifth. Jay Hank, Sergio Luengas and Mark Merrion rounded out the field. Merrion did not finish as he blasted the backstretch wall. He was unhurt, but the car not so good.

A short USRA Modified field saw the two Las Cruces father and son drivers, Fito and Jacob Gallardo, dominate the race. Fito won with Jacob right behind him. In third was Zane DeVilbiss followed by Jason Keeler and Julie Keeler.

The Out-Pace USRA B-Mods also had a scarce field of cars with Rex Higgins winning handily. Randy Dorsett was second with Andy Hockenhull next and fourth went to Robert Cody.

Aztec Speedway will now switch to night racing starting next Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. Make your plans to be there as more cars are expected.

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