Flores, Grizzle go to Southern New Mexico Speedway winners circle
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August 4, 2018  |  by Sarah Q. Stevens

Donavon Flores won the Holley USRA Stock Car feature.

The Holley USRA stock cars hit the track Saturday at the Southern New Mexico Speedway with a main event that featured a lot of rubbing with the racing. With surprise new driver of the No. 777 in Anton Salopek filling in for Pete Vargas, Salopek ran in the top five behind Jason Josselyn. However, contact in turn one sent Salopek to the rear along with Jed Smith.

Josselyn remained up front until a late-race caution gave the advantage to points leader Donavon Flores. He sat patiently back as he has been doing all season, and when the opportunity presented itself he took the lead.

Just as steadily and quiet, Lloyd Turner returned to the Southern New Mexico Speedway and finished second in holding off Smith who finished 0.003 of a second behind Turner. Josselyn was pushed back to a fourth-place finish with Salopek rounding out the top five.

Twenty-four Out-Pace USRA B-Mods checked in for racing action with four heat races setting the field for a main event that saw just three yellow flags.

Heath Grizzle started out up front and never looked back in a flawless race, hitting every mark and never giving up the lead.

All of the racing happen behind him. With several drivers coming to the front and swapping positions, Nathan Smith untimately settled in to finish second while points leader Nick Rivera quietly slid his way up to a third-place finish.

Justin Allen came in fourth after being pushed back early in the race. Rounding out the top five was Noah Hollingshead.


Heath Grizzle won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat Race #1:
1. (4) 49M Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
2. (6) 33 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (5) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
4. (3) 17 Rob Mosely, Los Lunas, N.M.
5. (2) 15X Sean Bowman, El Paso, Texas
6. (1) 95 Clayton Donnelley, Las Cruces, N.M.

Heat Race #2:
1. (1) 82X Heath Grizzle, Drasco, Ark.
2. (6) 3J Josh Cain, Rio Rancho, N.M.
3. (5) 88 Nathan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (3) 18G Cooper Guffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (4) 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
6. (2) 24 Derek Stuhler, Elephant Butte, N.M.

Heat Race #3:
1. (2) 7 Don Parra, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 57 Billy Roy Harris, Deming, N.M.
3. (6) 8N Nick Rivera, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (5) 44JT Jaime Torres, Tortugas, N.M.
5. (1) 85M Vince Melone, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (4) 47 Mingo Jauregui, El Paso, Texas

Heat Race #4:
1. (2) 22 Jonathan Barcena, El Paso, Texas
2. (4) 3H Noah Hollingshead, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (1) 08 Daniel Lozoya, El Paso, Texas
4. (6) 13M Victor Colorbio, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (3) 52TX Paddy Rush, Horizon City, Texas
6. (5) X777 Mike Rosales, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (1) 82X Heath Grizzle, Drasco, Ark.
2. (11) 88 Nathan Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (15) 8N Nick Rivera, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (13) 33 Justin Allen, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (9) 3H Noah Hollingshead, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (14) 3J Josh Cain, Rio Rancho, N.M.
7. (7) 57 Billy Roy Harris, Deming, N.M.
8. (24) X777 Mike Rosales, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (6) 18G Cooper Guffey, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (10) 82 Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas
11. (12) 44JT Jaime Torres, Tortugas, N.M.
12. (5) 17 Rob Mosely, Los Lunas, N.M.
13. (18) 18JR Ricardo Olague Jr., El Paso, Texas
14. (4) 22 Jonathan Barcena, El Paso, Texas
15. (23) 47 Mingo Jauregui, El Paso, Texas
16. (22) 24 Derek Stuhler, Elephant Butte, N.M.
17. (8) 49M Duane Murphy, El Paso, Texas
18. (19) 85M Vince Melone, Las Cruces, N.M.
19. (17) 15X Sean Bowman, El Paso, Texas
20. (2) 08 Daniel Lozoya, El Paso, Texas
21. (20) 52TX Paddy Rush, Horizon City, Texas
22. (3) 7 Don Parra, Las Cruces, N.M.
23. (21) 95 Clayton Donnelley, Las Cruces, N.M.
24. (16) 13M Victor Colorbio, Las Cruces, N.M.

HOLLEY USRA STOCK CARS

Heat Race #1:
1. (5) 48T Paul Telles Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 8 Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
3. (6) 0 Lloyd Turner, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 32B Bryan Bagwell, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (7) 20S Scott Sullivan, Truth or Consequences, N.M.
6. (2) 21K Don Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (1) 81K Devon Jobin, Alamogordo, N.M.

Heat Race #2:
1. (1) 24 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
3. (4) 10 Bryan Bennett, Tularosa, N.M.
4. (6) 777 Anton Salopek, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (3) 171 Jed Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (5) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.

Feature:
1. (12) 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (4) 0 Lloyd Turner, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (7) 171 Jed Smith, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (6) 74 Jason Josselyn, Alamogordo, N.M.
5. (10) 777 Anton Salopek, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (13) 81K Devon Jobin, Alamogordo, N.M.
7. (1) 8 Mark Smith, Anthony, N.M.
8. (2) 32B Bryan Bagwell, Las Cruces, N.M.
9. (5) 24 Shane McNutt, Las Cruces, N.M.
10. (11) 21K Don Kleine, Las Cruces, N.M.
11. (9) 20S Scott Sullivan, Truth or Consequences, N.M.
12. (3) 48T Paul Telles Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.
13. (8) 10 Bryan Bennett, Tularosa, N.M.



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