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USMTS invades Southern New Mexico Speedway for Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout

USMTS invades Southern New Mexico Speedway for Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout

The mud-slinging masters of dirt modified racing return to the Southern New Mexico Speedway on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-22, for the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout and the one and only stop of the 2018 campaign at the Las Cruces, N.M., oval.

Presented by Premier Waste Services, Barnett Harley-Davidson, G3 Fitness, S&S Fishing & Rental and Torco Race Fuels, fans will see the best of the best of both worlds as the blockbuster is both a USMTS national and southern series event.

Las Cruces native Johnny Scott sits atop the point standings in both series. In the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit, he clings to a 13-point advantage over Tucson’s Jake O'Neil, who captured the most recent victory last weekend in the series debut at the Canyon Speedway Park.

Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Okla.; King of America VIII winner Lucas Schott and two-time USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders fill the other top five positions in this year’s fight for the $50,000-to-win USMTS national championship. Stormy Scott, Terry Phillips, Zack VanderBeek, Jake Timm and Logan Robertson complete the top ten.

In the Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by Production Jars, Johnny Scott’s cushion over Cade Dillard is just two markers while Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year points leader Ethan Dotson sits third. Sanders, Ramirez, “Big Daddy” Joe Duvall, Bryan Rowland, Carlos Ahumada Jr., Robertson and Zane Ferrell round out the top ten.

While the USMTS is the pinnacle of the dirt modified world, the Southern New Mexico Speedway has no equal when it comes to local talent capable of stealing the big money.

Former USRA Modified national champions Fito Gallardo and his son, Jake Gallardo, of Las Cruces will join Mesilla Park’s Bumper Jones and his father, Royal Jones, to take on the high-speed invaders. Other regulars expected include Jon “Catman” Mitchell, Philip Houston, Christy Barnett, Jimmy Ray, Donavon Flores, Dustin Smith, Austin Adams, Terry Tipton, Butch Reid Jr., Max Sadler, Jake Boles, Dr. Tom Georges, Dustin Smith and more.

Also on the racing card all three nights of the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout will be Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile X-Mods, Casa Nissan Legends Cars and Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars.

Modifieds will be co-sanctioned by the USRA and will earn Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national, regional and track points all three nights along with Stock Cars and B-Mods (X-Mods). Current Holley USRA Stock Car national points leader Donavon Flores of Las Cruces and defending Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champion Ryan Gillmore of Springfield, Mo., are both expected to be on hand.

An open practice is slated for Thursday, April 19, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and practice from 6-10 p.m. Pit passes are $25 (grandstands will be closed).

On Friday and Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. General admission is $12. A family pack is $30. Pit passes are are $40 (three-day pit pass $110). Kids ages 10 and under get in for free all three days.

On Sunday, gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 5 p.m. General admission is $15, a family pack is $35 and pit passes are $40.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information, call (575) 524-7913 or (505) 524-7913 or visit online. You can also check us out on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: Alpinestars, American Racer Racing Tires, Argo Manufacturing, Casey’s General Stores, Chevrolet Performance, CP-Carrillo, Deatherage Opticians, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, KSE Racing Products, Leaf Racewear & Safety Equipment, Malvern Bank, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD Performance, Nitroquest Media, Pace Performance,, S&S Fishing & Rental, Summit Racing Equipment, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric, Eagle Moon Farm,, Evolution Powersports, Oreo Cookies, PBM Performance Products, Production Jars, Rancho Milagro Racing, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Snickers, Spike Hardcore Energy, Top of the World Ranch,

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: 905 Ink, AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Alpine Stars, Beyea Custom Headers, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, BSB Manufacturing, Champ Pans, Edelbrock, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Holley Performance Products, Hooker Harness, Integra Shocks & Springs, Keyser Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Mr. Gasket, Out-Pace Racing Products, QA1,, Real Racing Wheels,, Simpson Performance Products, Swift Springs, Sybesma Graphics, Tire Demon, Wehrs Machine & Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes.

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