Jones, Flores, Ray opening night winners at Southern New Mexico Speedway
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April 20, 2017  |  by Ruben Mireles

Bumper Jones won the USRA Modified feature.

Fifteen Out-Pace USRA B-Mods checked in for battle Thursday night at the Southern New Mexico Speedway with only one caution. Justin Allen and Rick Hall shared the front row of the 20-lap main event. Hall, in his Rick's Performance Center machine, showed the way early until Jimmy Ray pulled a trick out of the bag and passed Hall for the lead on lap three.

Ray showed the way with good racing behind him. Meanwhile, Jesse Hayne started on the outside of row six and was moving but Ray drove to victory lane. Hayne took second.

With only six Holley USRA Stock Cars checking in, it was one of the best main events we've seen in a while at the Southern New Mexico Speedway. The track was very fast on multiple groves, calling for side-by-side and even four-wide racing in the opening night of the Spring Fling.

Donavon Flores and Jaime Torres shared the front row of tonight's 15-lap main event. At the start, Torres found momentum early on the top with Flores following. Torres led with a good lead until lap four when Flores found gold on the bottom. Flores "catfished" the Southern New Mexico Speedway and went side by side for the lead.

Jason Josselyn also had a good battle going on with Nathan Smith. Those two drivers went hard for third, and ending with a photo-finish for fourth at the end.

With two laps to go, Jed Smith was a lapped car in the leaders' view. Smith was running the top and forced Torres to slow down while Flores ran off to win the main event.

Jared Perez and Bumper Jones shared the front row in tonight's 25-lap USRA Modified main event. Fito Gallardo, who started inside row two, jumped to the lead quick but Jones had a good power move on the exit of turn four the next trip around and led lap two.

Jones pulled away until a caution flew on lap eight for Joe Lackey looping it out of turn four. On the restart another caution came out for Jimmy Ray going around on the back straight-away and Gregory Gorham having nowhere to go and hitting Ray hard, sending him looping multiple times.

Jones led a lap after that caution era. Gallardo and Zane DeVilbiss were battling for second until Gallardo had his two right tires off the back and getting all four back on the track but couldn't save it entering turn three, sending him up and over to draw a yellow.

After that yellow, Jones didn't run away that easy this time. The next five-lap green flag run was a Jones vs. Jake Gallardo show for the lead. It was a stellar battle until Kevin Clark spun on the top of turn two. After that fourth and final caution the field spread out and Jones pulled away to win the main event.



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