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Teen’s Need for Speed Translates into Racing Career

At sixteen, I was not really thinking about my future, or what I wanted to do.  I was working at KXCR Radio and my life revolved around music, girls, and what I was going to do that weekend. I really wasn’t thinking too much about my future.

I recently met an interesting young man while dropping off a car at a local auto repair shop. Sixteen-year-old Richard Olague, Jr. knows exactly what he is going to do with his life, not only now, but in the future as well. He’s been racing cars for about two and a half years now.

The type of car Richard races is an X-Mod: think of it as a motor, surrounded by a well-built roll cage, some thin sheet metal, large tires and not much more.  X-Mods are a staple of short-track racing throughout the country, on dirt tracks like you find in Las Cruces, El Paso, and many other cities and towns.

He offered to show me his car, and by show, he meant feel. When he started his car, the walls and floor began to vibrate. The raw power echoed, not only in the garage, but around the entire block; the vibration surrounded me,  making my bones shake.

I had to know what makes a teen want to race cars…what made him want to start when he was fourteen? His answer; “My father used to race in the 90’s and into the early part of 2001.” So you could say the racing tradition was there in his blood.

“It’s pretty hard to win because I am racing people who have been racing for a while,” he says with a smile. “I want to beat them, beat the masters.”

“It’s a passion…a way of life for me,” he says. “I would rather be here, working on my race car, than going out.” And that is what he does. Most days, after football practice at Montwood High School, he can be found at his father’s shop on Yarbrough and Alameda.

Other than working on his car, football practice, and helping his dad, Richard also helps the Barnetts, of Barnett Harley Davidson. His first car, when he finished the eighth grade, was bought from the Barnett’s. The deal with his dad was to pass all his classes with A’s, and his dad would buy his first car. “I worked hard and passed with all A’s”

Most days, it seems to me, that a lot of teenagers are not exactly thinking about their future, but Richard seems to have his future well in hand.

When I asked him about his goals, he said his short term goals are, “Get up to the next level.” Long term would be NASCAR. “You got to keep working and not give up. Look for opportunities, when you get it, just take it.”

In case you are wondering, as I was, I had to ask how much it costs for the car? “If you want a good strong one, around $12,000 to $20,000. You have to be smart about it, where you spend the money.” This is why Richard said he is looking for sponsors.

His next race is April 20-22nd up in Las Cruces. He’ll be racing every fifteen days. “Once I get the Modified out, I’ll be racing every Saturday.”

If you want to follow Richard, or know about race dates, or times, you can call him, or his father, Richy at 915-860- 8607. I can promise you, we are going to be hearing a lot about this young man in the future.

Author: Steven E. Cottingham – Special to the Herald-Post

Reflections: One Last Checkered Flag

Friday night was the end of an era in the Borderland, as sure as the final baseball game at Dudley Field or the last frame of film shown downtown at the Capri Theater or at the Cinema Park 3 Drive In.

Friday night, September 2nd marked the end of racing at El Paso Speedway Park.

To some, that name means nothing. To others, its name means noisy Friday or Saturday nights and countless complaints to the county and officials. But to tens of thousands of others, it means home. And it means fun. And family.

For nearly 40 years,  the lights, the sounds, the damp clay and the smell of race fuel and BBQ drew countless El Pasoans to far-east El Paso, even before there were traffic lights, strip malls or even paved roads to the track.

The end was a familiar one, and one that’s claimed long lost speedways such as Rodeo Field and Evans Oval.  But to correctly view this track’s end, one must go back to the beginning…or the 2nd golden age of racing in El Paso.

In the 70’s, racing fans could choose from Sun City Speedway (formerly Sunland Speedway), either dragway in east or west El Paso, the Upper Valley Oval (when the owners felt the need to open) the old Optimist Speedway in Juarez and the mega-popular Horizon Speedway.

However the competition for fan’s attention would not last long, as inter-class grumbling over racing costs and rewards shuttered Horizon Speedway and complaints from residents of nearby homes and businesses doomed Sun City (aka Sunland) Speedway.

That was until former driver and businessman Willie Nunez followed in the tire tracks of Walter Gold and C.D. Evans.

On Friday July 13th, 1979 after nearly a year of frenzied construction, a name not seen on a racetrack since the 40’s was dusted off and re-introduced to Sun City race fans.  Stories and ads in both local papers trumpeted the first Sunday afternoon races at the brand new El Paso Speedway Park.

Willie Nunez designed Speedway Park to be both fan and driver friendly. Pits were located along the front straightaway, and the racers had bathrooms and a concession stand in the infield. As for the racing surface, not only were the turns banked, but the back straightaway was higher and slightly banked so that the fans could clearly see the racing action across the track.

The racing public reacted quickly, with Speedway Park’s attendance doubling, then tripling in the span of just 3 seasons.  While the grandstands were built to hold 3000 people, standing-room only crowds were the norm for most race nights.

Racing surnames such as Holden, Adams, Carney, Barnett, Lopez and countless others made the long treks on Friday and Saturday nights just to renew their rivalries.  Occasionally, an Unser or Foyt would drop in to watch and, sometimes take on the locals.

For the better part of the ‘Big 80’s, Speedway Park (and SunBowl Speedway) operated along a now-bustling Montana Avenue.  With El Paso Dragway racing on Sundays, the place for speed was far-east El Paso. But if racing history was any indication, trouble would not be far behind.

As homes, businesses and junkyard began to spring up around the speedways, so did the complaints. Development was now booming around Speedway Park and the Dragstrip and new residents and business owners cast disapproving glances toward the racing facilities.

While the racing in the Borderland was as good as ever, fan interest was uneven at best.  Some nights featured near sell-outs, others had just over 500 fans in attendance. Occasionally the media would come by, but not often enough; even the newspaper stopped running the all-important racing results.

By the late 80’s and early 90’s, Speedway Park began to show its age as well, the once-bright orange grandstands fading out and the wooden decks warping. Some billboards swayed in the breeze as cars zoomed by.

Meanwhile, the perceived decline of Speedway Park led a group of investors to begin making plans for yet another “state of the art, dedicated, multi-motorsport racing facility –  Rio Grande Speedway” just outside of city limits.

Undaunted, Speedway Park soldiered on as construction started on the new racing facility in the far, far west side of the Borderland. As the gleaming grandstands went up on the high-banked surface outside of Santa Teresa, new clay was brought to Speedway Park and the front stretch retaining wall was reinforced. The investment in the ‘old’ track was needed, but the feeling that the torch of Sun City racing was about to be passed was palpable.

By the time the 1998 season rolled around, racers again had a choice between two El Paso-area speedways. While the new management at Speedway Park lamented to the El Paso Times about the difficulty in promoting the track, Rio Grande Speedway quickly became a draw for the fans.

Despite the drive for most drivers and fans, consecutive sell-outs and close, quick races became the norm at the new west side track. Stung by the new track’s success, Speedway Park quietly closed mid-season, nearly 20 years to the day that construction started on the facility.

After just a year and a half of glorious, fast-paced and entertaining races, the lights in the middle of nowhere were cut for the last time and Rio Grande Speedway joined Desert Speedway (near Ft. Bliss ca 1940) as the two shortest-lived speedways. The drive, lack of water and the damage caused by the high-speed, concrete encircled oval brought new life to Speedway Park.

With the abandonment of Rio Grande Speedway, the final racing season of the 20th Century dawned at a re-born Speedway Park in 1999. The ’99 season would not only cap nearly 95 years of racing in the El Paso Southwest, but it would also set the stage for the next several seasons of racing in the Borderland.

And so it was on Friday night. A record crowd. A record car count. And an all-too-brief look into what was Speedway Park.  It was the racer’s equivalent of an Irish Wake, with the last race concluding sometime after 3 a.m.

Talk of another speedway abounds, and the most likely location halfway between Las Cruces and El Paso, to maximize car counts and crowd draw.  The Southern New Mexico Speedway is set to suffer the same fate as Speedway Park after next season, while the new track is built.

Until that time, it will be a long off-season. Many bench racing sessions will be held, with drivers now talking about Speedway Park in the past tense.  All who raced there are now the old men – even the teen or young adult who drove that surface – and will talk longingly of  ‘Ol EPSP.’

I, like many of you reading this, grew up at the speedway and grew with the speedway.  It taught me lessons, it brought me friends – and the odd rival or two.  It showed me how people from different backgrounds, when brought together by the shared love of a sport, could become a family.

It also taught me to never try and cut turn one too quickly or you’ll knock down a light pole and be called to the pit stand as a very embarrassed rookie.  And that putting a semi-truck loaded with thousands of gallons of water sideways is just as fun as a sprint car (Thanks, Alton!)

So now we wait. And we remember. Together.

Unless there’s a farmer out there that would like to not plant next year, cut an oval into his land and make a few bucks on the side.

Adios, Speedway Park.  Until we race again.

Speedway Park Start-Finish Line
Speedway Park’s start-finish line & flagman’s roost.

 

Gallardo Takes Checkers in Late Models, Modfieds; Arellano Wins Legends, Torres Tops Street Stocks

The Gallardos again dominated victory lane Friday night at Western Tech Speedway Park in El Paso.

Jake outraced Fito in the Late Model Feature to take first place, just as he did in the USRA Modifieds against Odessa’s Phillip Houston.  In the Legends, Steven Arellano bested fellow El Pasoans Mike Zuloaga and Gunner Harris to take the checkered flag.

In the Street Stock Main, New Mexico drivers again took the podium places, with Jaime Torres, Jason Josselyn and Victor Colorbio finishing 1-2-3.

For more information and upcoming shows, visit Western Tech Speedway Park’s Website.

LATE MODELS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 14 J17    Jake Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 11 G17    Fito Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 95.00
3 12 22    Jonathon Ortega    Las Cruces, Nm 91.00
4 13 29    Mercedes Harris-abercrombie    Deming , Nm 87.00
5 4 82    Sherman Barnett    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 7 3    Javier Zapien Jr    El Paso, Tx 81.00
7 10 24X    Xavier Ortega    Las Cruces, Nm 78.00
8 3 2    Jonathan Barcena    El Paso, Tx 76.00
9 1 66    Sam Alonso    El Paso, Tx 74.00
10 6 54    Carlos Ahumada Sr    El Paso, Tx 72.00 DNF
11 5 3J    Javier Zapien Sr    El Paso, Tx 70.00 DNF
12 2 911    Cliff Hansen    El Paso, Tx 68.00 DNF
13 8 3K    Keko Perez    El Paso, Tx 66.00 DNF
14 9 44    Christy Georges-barnett    El Paso, Tx 64.00 DNF
15 15 12    Greg Jelvik    Tucson , Az 62.00 DNF
     More Results

 

LEGENDS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 7 237    Steven Arellano    El Paso, Tx 100.00
2 10 902    Mike Zuloaga    El Paso, Tx 95.00
3 9 54    Gunner Harris    El Paso, Tx 91.00
4 6 1X    Tom Zuloaga    Horizon , Tx 87.00
5 11 46    Rick Fitzwater    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 4 AK47    Jesse Esquivel    El Paso, Tx 81.00
7 1 85    Jr Esquivel    El Paso, Tx 78.00
8 12 C3    Chris Gonzalez    El Paso, Tx 76.00
9 3 37A    Alex Esquivel    El Paso, Tx 74.00
10 2 41Z    Chris Smith    El Paso, Tx 72.00
11 5 66    Wilbur Wells    El Paso, Tx 70.00 DNF
12 8 9    Tyler Beiter    El Paso, Tx 68.00 DNF
     More Results

 

USRA STREET STOCKS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 6 44JT    Jaime Torres    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 5 74    Jason Josselyn    Tularosa , Nm 95.00
3 4 13    Victor Colorbio    Las Cruces, Nm 91.00
4 3 11    Cliff Evrage    Las Cruces, Nm 87.00
5 1 00ET    Ed Engel    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 2 5    Roberto Tovar    El Paso, Tx 81.00
     More Results

 

USRA MODIFIEDS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 4 J17    Jake Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 8 71    Philip Houston    Odessa , Tx 95.00
3 3 111    Bumper Jones    Mesilla Park, Nm 91.00
4 1 131    Royal Jones    Las Cruces, Nm 87.00
5 7 G17    Fito Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 84.00
6 2 9    Jimmy Ray    Las Cruces, Nm 81.00
7 11 07    Donavon Flores    Las Cruces, Nm 78.00
8 10 44    Christy Georges-barnett    El Paso, Tx 76.00
9 6 28    Tom Georges    El Paso, Tx 74.00
10 5 85    Austin Adams    El Paso, Tx 72.00
11 13 65    Carlos Ahumada Jr    El Paso, Tx 70.00
12 15 101    Butch Reid    Carlsbad , Nm 68.00
13 9 23J    Greg Jelvik    Tucson , Az 66.00
14 12 49    Duane Murphy    El Paso, Tx 64.00
15 14 10    Roger Owens    El Paso, Tx 62.00
     More Results

Garcia takes SuperTrucks, Flores X-Mods, Wofford 305Sprints and Torres tops in Street Stocks at Speedway Park

It was another great night of racing at Western Tech Speedway Park Friday night. With only four classes running, racers made the most of the competition across the platforms.

Fabens’ own Ismael Garcia beat veteran racer Sherman Barnett in the SuperTrucks, while it was again a battle of Las Cruces drivers in the XMods as Donovon Flores beat out Jimmy Ray.

Over in the 305Sprints, Wes Wofford’s trek down from Alamogordo paid off, as he beat Juarez’s Cesar Fuentes.

The StreetStock main was an all Southern New Mexico affair, as the top three spots were taken by drivers from the City of the Crosses; Jaime Torres took the checkered flag over Martin Robinson and Victor Colorbio.

Full results are below, courtesy Western Tech Speedway Park.

Western-Tech-Speedway-Park

SUPER TRUCKS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 8 44L    Ismael Garcia    Fabens , Tx 100.00
2 2 82    Sherman Barnett    El Paso, Tx 95.00
3 3 501    Jaime Bejerano    El Paso, Nm 91.00
4 4 01    Dave Deetz    Las Cruces, Nm 87.00
5 12 44    Christy Georges-barnett    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 5 16    Dennis Mcmaster    Tularosa , Nm 81.00
7 9 22    Nita Deetz    Las Cruces, Nm 78.00
8 1 98    Rusty Bowen    Las Cruces, Nm 76.00
9 11 21K    Don Kleine    Las Cruces, Nm 74.00
10 6 6    Walton Kyle Sr.    Las Cruces, Nm 72.00 DNF
11 10 UNO    Brian Kleine    Las Cruces, Nm 70.00 DNF
12 7 15    Odie Black    Dona Ana, Nm 68.00 DNF
13 13 30    Josh Hammond    Carrizozo , Nm 45.00 DNS
     More Results

 

USRA X-MODIFIEDS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 11 07    Donavon Flores    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 10 9    Jimmy Ray    Las Cruces, Nm 95.00
3 9 52TX    Paddy Rush    Horizon City, Tx 91.00
4 12 7C    John Carney    El Paso, Tx 87.00
5 7 47    Mingo Jauregui    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 6 3H    Noah Hollingshead    Las Cruces, Nm 81.00
7 13 15X    Sean Bowman    El Paso, Tx 78.00
8 5 75J    Billy Braswell    Las Cruces, Nm 76.00
9 3 612    Jose Saenz    El Paso, Tx 74.00
10 14 747    Julio Jauregui    El Paso, Tx 72.00 DNF
11 4 38    Hector Prigione    El Paso, Nm 70.00 DNF
12 8 2    Jesse Haynie    Las Cruces, Nm 68.00 DNF
13 2 14    Sergio Chao Sr    El Paso, Tx 66.00 DNF
14 1 18JR    Ricardo Olague    El Paso, Tx 64.00 DNF
15 15 82    Sherman Barnett    El Paso, Tx 45.00 DNS
16 16 08    Daniel Lozoya    El Paso, Tx 45.00 DNS
     More Results

 

Border International 305 Sprints – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 6 19    Wes Wofford    Alamogordo , Nm 150.00
2 11 27    Cesar Fuentes    Ciudad Juarez, Tx 142.00
3 3 18    Lorne Wofford    Alamogordo , Nm 135.00
4 8 48    Shawn Sander    El Paso, Tx 130.00
5 12 20Z    Rick Ziehl    Las Cruces, Nm 125.00
6 2 40X    Don Grable    El Paso, Tx 122.00
7 4 9    Robert Herrera    Las Cruces, Nm 119.00
8 5 131    Royal Jones    Las Cruces, Nm 116.00
9 7 22    Justin Lasiter    Alamogordo , Nm 113.00
10 14 65    Richard Wilbee    Las Cruces, Nm 110.00
11 10 54    Art Quijano    Dallas , Tx 108.00
12 15 5    Joseph Hernandez    Las Cruces, Nm 106.00
13 13 6    Jett Carney    El Paso, Tx 104.00
14 16 49    Chuck Jackson    Albuquerque , Nm 102.00
15 9 4    Dylan Harris    El Paso, Tx 100.00 DNF
16 17 77B    Brady Labree    El Paso, Tx 98.00 DNF
17 1 77C    Cj Hulsey    El Paso, Tx 96.00 DNF
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USRA STREET STOCKS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 4 44JT    Jaime Torres    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 5 21Z    Martin Robinson    Las Cruces, Nm 95.00
3 8 13    Victor Colorbio    Las Cruces, Nm 91.00
4 3 11    Cliff Evrage    Las Cruces, Nm 87.00
5 6 17    Chris Mijares    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 2 11V    Miguel Vigil    El Paso, Tx 81.00
7 1 5    Roberto Tovar    El Paso, Tx 78.00
8 7 74    Jason Josselyn    Tularosa , Nm 76.00 DNF
9 9 00ET    Ed Engel    El Paso, Tx 45.00 DNS
     More Results

Racing returns to Speedway Park as New Mexico Drivers Dominate Lone Star Rivals

Racing returned to Speedway Park after taking last week off thanks to the dirt-fit put on by Mother Nature, and New Mexico drivers dominated the track.

Las Crucen Jimmy Ray took the USRA X-Mods, while Alamogordite  Kyle McCutcheon snagged the win in the Legends Main Event. In Street Stock action, Jaime Torres beat out Jason Josselyn from Tularosa.

While Jake Gallardo beat out Fito in the USRA Modifieds,  Fito came right back in the Late Models to beat out Deming’s own  Mercedes Harris-Abercrombie.

Full Feature results are below, thanks to El Paso Speedway Park.

USRA X-MODIFIEDS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 4 9    Jimmy Ray    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 7 2    Jesse Haynie    Las Cruces, Nm 95.00
3 9 07    Donavon Flores    Las Cruces, Nm 91.00
4 8 47    Mingo Jauregui    El Paso, Tx 87.00
5 10 7C    John Carney    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 12 52TX    Paddy Rush    Horizon City, Tx 81.00
7 13 3H    Noah Hollingshead    Las Cruces, Nm 78.00
8 5 86    Jared Perez    Las Cruces, Nm 76.00
9 3 75J    Billy Braswell    Las Cruces, Nm 74.00
10 1 612    Jose Saenz    El Paso, Tx 72.00
11 14 38    Hector Prigione    El Paso, Nm 70.00
12 2 08    Daniel Lozoya    El Paso, Tx 68.00 DNF
13 15 747    Julio Jauregui    El Paso, Tx 66.00 DNF
14 11 18JR    Ricardo Olague    El Paso, Tx 64.00 DNF
15 6 82    Sherman Barnett    El Paso, Tx 62.00 DNF
16 16 14    Sergio Chao Sr    El Paso, Tx 45.00 DNS
     More Results

 

LATE MODELS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 9 G17    Fito Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 4 29    Mercedes Harris-abercrombie    Deming , Nm 95.00
3 5 12    Greg Jelvik    Tucson , Az 91.00
4 6 3K    Keko Perez    El Paso, Tx 87.00
5 8 44    Christy Georges-barnett    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 14 24X    Xavier Ortega    Las Cruces, Nm 81.00
7 10 J17    Jake Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 78.00
8 7 357    Oscar Perez    El Paso, Tx 76.00
9 12 3    Javier Zapien Jr    El Paso, Tx 74.00
10 13 22    Jonathon Ortega    Las Cruces, Nm 72.00
11 1 911    Cliff Hansen    El Paso, Tx 70.00
12 11 43    Dave Deetz    Las Cruces, Nm 68.00
13 2 43Y    Nita Deetz    Las Cruces, Nm 66.00
14 3 2    Jonathan Barcena    El Paso, Tx 64.00 DNF
     More Results

 

LEGENDS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 8 13K    Kyle Mccutcheon    Alamogordo , Nm 100.00
2 5 9    Tyler Beiter    El Paso, Tx 95.00
3 11 1X    Tom Zuloaga    Horizon , Tx 91.00
4 10 54    Gunner Harris    El Paso, Tx 87.00
5 6 902    Mike Zuloaga    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 3 AK47    Jesse Esquivel    El Paso, Tx 81.00
7 4 37A    Alex Esquivel    El Paso, Tx 78.00
8 7 237    Steven Arellano    El Paso, Tx 76.00
9 9 111    Nico Ornelas    El Paso, Tx 74.00
10 12 C3    Chris Gonzalez    El Paso, Tx 72.00
11 2 85    Jr Esquivel    El Paso, Tx 70.00 DNF
12 1 41Z    Chris Smith    El Paso, Tx 68.00 DNF
     More Results

 

USRA STREET STOCKS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 4 44JT    Jaime Torres    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 6 74    Jason Josselyn    Tularosa , Nm 95.00
3 3 13    Victor Colorbio    Las Cruces, Nm 91.00
4 7 3D    Rudy Munoz    Las Cruces, Nm 87.00
5 1 11V    Miguel Vigil    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 8 29C    Dylan Cain    El Paso, Tx 81.00 DNF
7 2 00ET    Ed Engel    El Paso, Tx 78.00 DNF
8 5 29    Ted Cain    El Paso, Tx 76.00 DNF
9 9 5    Roberto Tovar    El Paso, Tx 45.00 DNS
     More Results

 

USRA MODIFIEDS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 J17    Jake Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 5 G17    Fito Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 95.00
3 4 65    Carlos Ahumada Jr    El Paso, Tx 91.00
4 1 9    Jimmy Ray    Las Cruces, Nm 87.00
5 14 07    Donavon Flores    Las Cruces, Nm 84.00
6 9 131    Royal Jones    Las Cruces, Nm 81.00
7 6 M16    Ricky Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 78.00
8 15 28    Tom Georges    El Paso, Tx 76.00
9 11 49    Duane Murphy    El Paso, Tx 74.00
10 2 44    Christy Georges-barnett    El Paso, Tx 72.00 DNF
11 8 111    Bumper Jones    Mesilla Park, Nm 70.00 DNF
12 10 101    Butch Reid    Carlsbad , Nm 68.00 DNF
13 12 23J    Greg Jelvik    Tucson , Az 66.00 DNF
14 13 10    Roger Owens    El Paso, Tx 64.00 DNF
15 7 85    Austin Adams    El Paso, Tx 62.00 DNF
16 16 19    Donavon Ooley    El Paso, Tx 45.00 DNS

Deetz, Gallardo, Zuloaga, Robinson and Fito Gallardo Snag Class wins in Speedway Park’s final Season Opener

Fresh off a successful Casa Nissan Spring Fling, officials at the Western Tech Speedway Park are readying for the famed race track’s final season-opening event this Friday, April 29.

The 2016 Weekly Racing Series Season Opener featured USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Trucks, Southwest Late Models and Casa Nissan Legends Cars.

Dave Deetz took the Super Truck Feature Race, Jake Gallardo won the Late Model Main, while Tom Zuloaga took the flag in the Legends Main.

In the Street Stocks, Martin Robinson took first and first place in the Modifieds went to Fito Gallardo.

The former El Paso Speedway Park is embarking on the final season for the 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located east of El Paso on Highway 62.

The track will permanently close following at the end of the current racing season.

SUPER TRUCKS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 01    Dave Deetz    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 1 501    Jaime Bejerano    El Paso, Nm 95.00
3 3 82    Sherman Barnett    El Paso, Tx 91.00
4 4 98    Rusty Bowen    Las Cruces, Nm 87.00
     More Results

 

LATE MODELS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 10 J17    Jake Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 7 44    Christy Georges-barnett    El Paso, Tx 95.00
3 9 24X    Xavier Ortega    Las Cruces, Nm 91.00
4 15 22    Jonathon Ortega    Las Cruces, Nm 87.00
5 5 357    Oscar Perez    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 16 29    Mercedes Harris-abercrombie    Deming , Nm 81.00
7 1 3J    Javier Zapien Sr    El Paso, Tx 78.00
8 4 43    Dave Deetz    Las Cruces, Nm 76.00
9 8 3K    Keko Perez    El Paso, Tx 74.00
10 2 2    Jonathan Barcena    El Paso, Tx 72.00
11 12 54    Carlos Ahumada Sr    El Paso, Tx 70.00
12 14 43Y    Nita Deetz    Las Cruces, Nm 68.00
13 13 911    Cliff Hansen    El Paso, Tx 66.00
14 6 3    Javier Zapien Jr    El Paso, Tx 64.00
15 3 82    Sherman Barnett    El Paso, Tx 62.00
16 17 96    Victor Barraza     – 60.00 DNF
17 11 66    Sam Alonso    El Paso, Tx 58.00 DNS
     More Results

 

LEGENDS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 1X    Tom Zuloaga    Horizon , Tx 100.00
2 8 13    Justin Lasiter    Alamogordo , Nm 95.00
3 10 237    Steven Arellano    El Paso, Tx 91.00
4 9 54    Gunner Harris    El Paso, Tx 87.00
5 6 902    Mike Zuloaga    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 4 37A    Alex Esquivel    El Paso, Tx 81.00
7 2 85    Jr Esquivel    El Paso, Tx 78.00
8 11 C3    Chris Gonzalez    El Paso, Tx 76.00
9 5 AK47    Jesse Esquivel    El Paso, Tx 74.00
10 12 66    Wilbur Wells    El Paso, Tx 72.00
11 7 9    Tyler Beiter    El Paso, Tx 70.00 DNF
12 3 41Z    Chris Smith    El Paso, Tx 68.00 DNF
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USRA STREET STOCKS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 5 21Z    Martin Robinson    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 4 74    Jason Josselyn    Tularosa , Nm 95.00
3 2 44JT    Jaime Torres    Las Cruces, Nm 91.00
4 7 29    Ted Cain    El Paso, Tx 87.00
5 3 13    Victor Colorbio    Las Cruces, Nm 84.00
6 1 11    Cliff Evrage    Las Cruces, Nm 81.00
7 11 00ET    Ed Engel    El Paso, Tx 78.00
8 9 29C    Dylan Cain    El Paso, Tx 76.00
9 8 5    Roberto Tovar    El Paso, Tx 74.00 DNF
10 6 69L    Joe Labrado    El Paso, Tx 72.00 DNF
11 10 11V    Miguel Vigil    El Paso, Tx 45.00 DNS
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USRA MODIFIEDS – FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 G17    Fito Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 100.00
2 7 71    Philip Houston    Odessa , Tx 95.00
3 8 07    Donavon Flores    Las Cruces, Nm 91.00
4 6 9    Jimmy Ray    Las Cruces, Nm 87.00
5 13 65    Carlos Ahumada Jr    El Paso, Tx 84.00
6 15 28    Tom Georges    El Paso, Tx 81.00
7 14 49    Duane Murphy    El Paso, Tx 78.00
8 1 J17    Jake Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 76.00
9 5 131    Royal Jones    Las Cruces, Nm 74.00
10 16 19    Donavon Ooley    El Paso, Tx 72.00
11 18 23    Kevn Clark    El Paso, Tx 70.00
12 11 7C    John Carney    El Paso, Tx 68.00
13 17 37    Fred Gibson    El Paso, Tx 66.00
14 10 111    Bumper Jones    Mesilla Park, Nm 64.00 DNF
15 12 50    Ralph Adams, Jr    El Paso, Tx 62.00 DNF
16 3 85    Austin Adams    El Paso, Tx 60.00 DNF
17 4 44    Christy Georges-barnett    El Paso, Tx 58.00 DNF
18 9 M16    Ricky Gallardo    Las Cruces, Nm 56.00 DNF

Historic El Paso Speedway Park welcomes Western Tech as title sponsor

Officials from the El Paso Speedway Park announced a new partnership today with Western Technical College that will see the family-owned and operated trade school become the title sponsor of the historic dirt race track.

“Western Tech is happy to support Speedway Park, whose roots run deep in El Paso like ours,” said Brad Kuykendall, Chief Executive Officer of Western Technical College. “This partnership provides an opportunity for growth in the industries we both serve—not only for our students but for auto and racing fans and enthusiasts.”

If you’ve got a passion, and now you want a career, this is the school for you. Western Tech is an accredited career school located in El Paso with a real-world approach that combines classroom learning with hands-on experience. It’s one of the many reasons Western Tech graduates find success in their careers.

“Western Tech has long been a shining asset to our community and the residents of El Paso,” said the track’s General Manager, Rue Stone. “As a premier sports and entertainment destination in the Southwest, this is a partnership that makes sense on so many levels, and one that we’re confident will benefit both the race track and Western Tech, as well as the thousands of fans who visit us each year.”

One thing that won’t change, Stone added, is the high-powered excitement that race fans have come to expect from the super-fast 3/8-mile-long clay oval located just east of El Paso.

Since 1970, Western Tech has provided quality training and education in a caring, professional environment that prepares new students and working adults with the skills they need to succeed and advance in their chosen careers.

More than just words in a book, what is special about Western Technical College is the manner in which they help students achieve their educational goals with a combination of hands-on experience, traditional classroom work and industry-specific career development.

This isn’t Western Tech’s first involvement with the world of motorsports. In 2013, Western Tech partnered with multi-time NHRA champion Don Schumacher Racing to create an internship program that has since seen graduates from the program go on to life-changing careers in the sport of drag racing.

“We’re always looking to add skilled and ambitious people to the DSR organization,” said team owner Don Schumacher.

Western Tech was recently awarded two School of Excellence Awards—one for each campus—from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Only 13 colleges received this prestigious award which, in part, measures the school’s graduation and employment rates.

For more information about Western Technical College, call 800-225-5984 or visit them online at www.westerntech.edu. You can also like their Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/westerntechnicalcollege, follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/westerntech and Instagram at www.instagram.com/westerntech, or subscribe to their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/westerntechelpaso.

Western Tech Speedway Park is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 6.0 miles east of FM 375 on US 62, then 0.5 mile north on Krag St., then east on Tangerine Ave.

For more information, call 915-791-8749 or check out www.epspeedwaypark.com. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elpasospeedwaypark or follow them on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/elpasospeedway.

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