Jones flies to fifth straight, Torres last to first at Southern New Mexico Speedway
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July 1, 2017  |  by Ruben Mireles

Bumper Jones won the USRA Modified feature.

More than 3,000 fans gathered for the annual Mesilla Valley Transportation Night at the Southern New Mexico Speedway as we celebrated 241 years of independence Saturday with a packed house, packed pit area and fireworks in the sky to cap off a fantastic evening.

The Holley USRA Stock Cars had a strong car count as 18 showed up for battle. The 20-lap feature started with Mark Smith and Troy Miller leading the field to the green. Smith led the opening four laps until Victor Colobrio, who started eighth, battled for the lead and found his way around Smith to lead lap five. Colobrio enjoyed a comfortable lead until a caution flew on lap nine. After the restart, 17th-starting Jaime Torres grabbed the lead and left the field behind.

A late caution flew to make for a green-white-checkered finish, but Torres had the pedal to the floor board as won from the last starting spot. Colorbio, Donavon Flores, Nathan Smith and Troy Miller rounded out the top five.

The USRA Modifieds brought it to the house tonight as 36 cars checked in representing the Lone Star State, Grand Canyon State and the Land of Enchantment. Fito Gallardo came into the main event with confidence after winning the Late Model feature earlier, and started on the pole with Duncan, Ariz., racer Terry Tipton on the outside of row one.

At the start, Gallardo had Tipton challenging him for the lead but Gallardo found the top and took off with Tipton following his tire tracks. Bumper Jones, who started sixth, was up to third on lap two. A red flag would followed as a five-car pile-up occurred after Dusty Riggs spun, collecting Noah Hollingshead, Tom Georges, Butch Reid Jr. and Dustin Smith in corner four.

On the restart, Gallardo led the way with Jones working his way to second. Jones slide-jobbed Gallardo in turns one and two, but Gallardo answered with a good crossover move and regained the lead. Jones threw another slide job in three and four, but Gallardo regained the spot with another crossover move. Jones finally made the pass with seven laps complete, and lapped traffic came into play four laps later but a caution flew.

Trying to keep his four-race win streak alive, Jones took off on the restart with Fito Gallardo second and Jake Gallardo in third. Jake Gallardo jumped to second, leaving his dad behind and chasing Jones. Jake Gallardo showed Jones some sheet metal and took the lead into turn three, but Jones got it back when a caution flew for Royal Jones who went spinning multiple times after losing his right rear tire.

Jones had a better restart than Jake Gallardo with an outstanding race between the two as they raced side by side. Jake Gallardo came close using the top, but Jones won again in a nail-biter that kept his streak alive, and kept the $1,000 bounty on his head safe for another week.

Behind Jones and Jake Gallardo, Jimmy Ray came home third with 21st-starting Zane DeVilbiss finishing fourth and 17th-starting Jared Perez completing the top five.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

HOLLEY USRA STOCK CARS

Heat 1:
1. (1) 8 Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
2. (3) 20 Dennis Anderson, Alamogordo, N.M.
3. (2) 429 Troy Miller, Hurley, N.M.
4. (6) 7 Adam Parrish, Deming, N.M.
5. (5) 81 Henry Brumley, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (4) 14 Dawson Manicki, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat 2:
1. (4) 71 Jed Smith, Anthony, N.M.
2. (5) 05 Aasa-Boo Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (3) 52 Bobby Candusso, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (1) 4T Timberly Swaim, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.

Heat 3:
1. (2) 13 Victor Colorbio, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 777 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 46 Zach McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 88 Nathan Smith, Anthony, N.M.
5. (5) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 44JT Jaime Torres, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (17) 44JT Jaime Torres, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (8) 13 Victor Colorbio, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (15) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) 88 Nathan Smith, Anthony, N.M.
5. (2) 429 Troy Miller, Hurley, N.M.
6. (1) 8 Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
7. (11) 20 Dennis Anderson, Alamogordo, N.M.
8. (14) 4T Timberly Swaim, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (10) 46 Zach McCoy, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (12) 7 Adam Parrish, Deming, N.M.
11. (3) 11 Cliff Evrage, Las Cruces, N.M.
12. (6) 05 Aasa-Boo Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (5) 71 Jed Smith, Anthony, N.M.
14. (4) 52 Bobby Candusso, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (13) 81 Henry Brumley, Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (9) 777 Pete Vargas, Las Cruces, N.M.
17. (16) 14 Dawson Manicki, Las Cruces, N.M.
DNS - 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat 1:
1. (2) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) X57 Richie Davis, Springerville, Ariz.
3. (5) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 23 Kevin Clark, El Paso, Texas
5. (7) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
6. (3) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
7. (1) 2 Jesse Haynie, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (8) 23B Isreal Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat 2:
1. (1) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
2. (3) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (2) M16 Rick Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (7) G3 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (4) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
6. (5) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
7. (6) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat 3:
1. (2) 50 Ralph Adams Jr., El Paso, Texas
2. (4) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
3. (5) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas
4. (3) 86 Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (7) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (1) 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
7. (6) 19 Donavon Ooley, El Paso, Texas

Heat 4:
1. (2) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (1) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
3. (5) 101 Butch Reid Jr., Carlsbad, N.M.
4. (3) 711 Tanner Houston, Odessa, Texas
5. (6) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
6. (7) 39H Nick Herrera, Ruidoso, N.M.
7. (4) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas

Heat 5:
1. (5) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.
2. (1) 3T Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (4) 3H Noah Hollingshead, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (2) 37 Fred Gibson, El Paso, Texas
5. (6) 18 Henry Valdez, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) R41 Colton Sims, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (3) 18Z Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.

"B" Feature:
1. (2) 86 Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (7) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
4. (9) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
5. (19) 18Z Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.
6. (16) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (5) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
8. (12) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
9. (3) 711 Tanner Houston, Odessa, Texas
10. (13) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
11. (10) 39H Nick Herrera, Ruidoso, N.M.
12. (8) 18 Henry Valdez, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (15) 2 Jesse Haynie, Las Cruces, N.M.
14. (11) R41 Colton Sims, Las Cruces, N.M.
15. (17) 19 Donavon Ooley, El Paso, Texas
16. (1) 23 Kevin Clark, El Paso, Texas
17. (4) 37 Fred Gibson, El Paso, Texas
18. (14) 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
19. (20) 23B Isreal Ortega, Las Cruces, N.M.
20. (18) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas

"A" Feature:
1. (6) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
2. (15) G3 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (8) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (21) 18Z Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.
5. (17) 86 Jared Perez, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (3) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (11) 65 Dustin Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (1) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (20) 32 Max Sadler, Springerville, Ariz.
10. (9) 44 Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas
11. (24) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
12. (16) M16 Rick Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (19) 85 Austin Adams, El Paso, Texas
14. (26) 7C John Carney, El Paso, Texas
15. (22) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
16. (25) 711 Tanner Houston, Odessa, Texas
17. (23) 49 Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
18. (13) 101 Butch Reid Jr., Carlsbad, N.M.
19. (10) 3T Todd Harper, Las Cruces, N.M.
20. (12) 28 Tom Georges, El Paso, Texas
21. (2) 99 Terry Tipton, Duncan, Ariz.
22. (18) 131 Royal Jones, Las Cruces, N.M.
23. (4) 50 Ralph Adams Jr., El Paso, Texas
24. (14) 3H Noah Hollingshead, Las Cruces, N.M.
25. (7) X57 Richie Davis, Springerville, Ariz.
26. (5) 96 Dusty Riggs, Hatch, N.M.



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