The first night of the 2011 season at Aztec Speedway is in the books….and the action was fast and sometimes too furious. The IMCA modified feature saw 20 cars take the green. Eddie Farley, driving for the first time in 4 years, led the first lap and looked like he had never taken a break from racing. On lap 2, Porter Smith took the front spot and never relinquished it as he won the 25 lapper in his Smith Ranch #7. Moving up and taking the 2nd spot was Dove Creek, Colorado’s Aaron Spangler. He was followed closely by Danny Bradford, Mark Rodgers and Tyrone Yazzie. Farley held on for the 6th spot. Chase Ruble of Delta, Colo. ran great but was caught up in a late crash relegating him to 13th. Also down from Rifle, Colo. was Craig Teter. Teter ran strong all night and was in 3rd when his engine let go. Also with plenty of bad luck was the 2010 National Champion, Zane Devilbiss. Zane was involved in a couple of crashes and finally pulled the Pink Panther #18 to the pits for the night. He will be back to Aztec next week. Porter Smith’s margin of victory was 1.081 seconds. He also turned in the fastest lap at 16.300 sec. with an average speed of 72.883.
The IMCA stock cars fielded 18 cars in their 25 lap feature. Frankie Hendershot started on the pole and was never really challenged as he led every lap to score the win. He was followed closely by the Lee Moss, Steffan Carey, Rex Higgins, and Travis Southerlin to round out the top five. Frankie’s brother, Kenny Hendershot, finished 6th.
The IMCA sport modifieds put 18 cars in the feature. The 25 lapper was led for a couple by Julie Boettler until six time track champion Zach Rouse put his Ultra Foam #7 in front and went on to win. Zach Hamilton chased Rouse to the flag for 2nd. Boettler settled for 3rd. Randy Eitel was next followed by Joey Klemish for 5th. R.L. Henley had a very good 6th after running in the top five for several laps.
The hobby feature was taken down by Dennis Spencer follwed closely by Roger Nixon.
The mini stock feature was all Ross Whipple winning easily. Jeannie Henley was 2nd.
Racing continues next Saturday with the NMMRA non winged sprint cars being the featured class.