Wofford, Bertetto, Boelter, Smith & Johnston Take Wins @ Sandia
5-9-2015
Bob & Ray Ingram
 
A cold but fast night for the dirt track at Sandia Speedway. Great car counts, down on fans, but those that came saw some great close racing in each division.

The Heats ran as follows. 

Cruiser/Hornets had three heats. In Heat 1 Daysha Boelter #7 came home in first place, #75 of Jared Hensley brought in second with #98y Coulter Morgan rounding out the podium. 

Heat 2 saw #97b of Justin Morgan take the win over a hard charging #78 of Anthony Sandoval, Cheyenna Yates in #15 followed for third. 

Heat 3 had the other Sandoval #80 of Ernie Sandoval run a strong race for the win and looked to be the fastest Cruiser of the night. Gary Smith #28 chased Ernie but could not get the lead back after a slight bobble. Third place went to #26 of Cody Sanchez. 

The Wings Mini Sprints had seven cars compete. Two of those ran in the "rookie" class. Oddly #44 of James Hatch of sprint car fame had to run the rookie race since he is new to this division. He looked fast and will be a handful for the current class leaders Jacob Johnston, Mike Barnes and Lalo Saenz. The first heat had five cars with Jacob Johnston #17j running away from the rest of the field. Brianna Franchini #5 returned after a long absence and looked like she had lost none of her driving talent over the break, she finished second with #24 of Kalee Dons in third. The rookie heat had two cars, Katie Seals #84 who is showing improvement and #44 Of James Hatch wining. 

The Street Stock division is heating up with lots of competition for the top spot. In heat 1 young Danny Gross Jr was a strong winner with Cameron Martin #M77 taking second and another youngster Rob Moseley #74m in third. The second heat had Rick Boelter #5x take the lead with Joel Duke #99 second and Ronnie Bell #1 a strong third. Notably R C Combs was a DNF, never heard why. 

Now for the X Mods. What a strong division and these guys really put on the show. Enough cars for three full heats. Heat one had Shawn Dutcher Sr put one in the win column. In second was a returning Todd Budlong 1X in a loaner car from Mychal Lucero #1. This was the first time Todd had even sat in this car, he had a good showing running second, followed by Mychal Lucero chasing his last years car. Great race. The second heat was a barn burner with #7 of Steve Bertetto besting #15 Dee Yates and #0 of J R Bonesteel. The final heat had the other Bonesteel, Steve #00 winning over a good running Mike Oneal #29 and Tanner Higdon #60 third. 

The X Mods had a Dash for Cash which J R Bonesteel #0 won with  Mychal Lucero #1 chasing. 

The Wing 305 Sprints had a good field with some out of towners. In heat one Jesse Baker #40 in the Butch Box car, won over Chuck Jackson #49 in his pretty new car, newcomer to the sprint car field David Gay #2d came under the checker for third place. The second heat had one of our visitors from down south #9 of Robert Herrera win, with Paul Whitehead #21P following and #19 of Wes Wofford coming home in 3rd

Following are the Main Events. Beginning with the Cruiser/Hornets. Very strong field with 20 cars competing. 15 of which made it to the finish. First place went to Gary Smith #28 in his station wagon, Cody Sanchez #26 had one of his best finishes in second. The heat winner Ernie Sandoval #80 had a good showing in third. The class champ from two years ago Cheyenna Yates #15 had problems and finished sixth in her cruiser as her Street Stock had transmission issues a couple of weeks ago and the car was not ready for this weekend. Phil York #1 followed Ms Yates. 

The Winged Mini Sprints Had Jacob Johnston #17J win over #44 of James Hatch. Hatch looks like he might have some challenges for the young Mr Johnston. Third place to Brianna Franchini #5 ran a strong third finish. 

Now for the wildest race of the night. The Street Stock main. This class is really heating up with 8-9 folks able to win on any night. But, tonight it was Rick Boelter #5x in the winners circle. Rick raced in Las Cruces last week and won there too, and that is no small feat with that crowd of hot shoes. Ronnie Bell has returned to the division and looks to be one of the hotdogs to beat. Ronnie ran second with the young Mr Moseley #74m third. There was a DQ of R C Combs so he didn't have a good night. There were several drivers that drove quite rough, it looked more like the last race of the season. Joel Duke #99 ran a consistent race in fourth place, Joel is always smooth and runs a clean race. Again Danny Gross Jr was running strong, his car sounds fantastic, but suffered a left front flat that took him out of competition. 

X Mods ran FAST on the great track tonight. The track has been "hammer down" the last three weeks. Great job by Charlie Fagen and his crew. The win went to #7 of Steve Bertetto who put on a smooth clinic for the drivers, Steve thanks Justin Weber #63 A Mod and Mechanic Richard Blaney for setting up his car. The last two weeks Steve has been the man to beat. In second is track favorite and past years A Mod champ Todd Budlong #1x in his borrowed car. Todd was as smooth as I have ever seen. I am guessing Mychal may want that car back. Shawn Dutcher #54 ran hard but just could not overtake Budlong. J R Bonesteel #0 had a couple of cars spin in his path and he could only make it to 4th place. Tim Hooper in #54 looked good, as did Dee Yates and Skimmer Leatham. But it was Bertetto all the way, great job of smooth driving on Steve's part, we expect good things coming to this driver. 

The 305 Wing Sprints were scary fast on the smooth track. Wes Wofford had made wining the main look easy. We keep giving him the big prize money so he keep coming up from Cruces to take it. Jesse Baker #40 ran a very very strong second to Wofford with #9 of Robert Herrera taking the last podium finish. Paul Whitehead 21p looked quick but just didn't have enough to make the pass on Herrera and finished a respectable fourth. 

The races on the dirt at Sandia Speedway just keep getting better and better. You gotta come out and see for yourself. Next race weekend for the dirt is 5/30/15 so you have plenty of time to plan. See you there. 
 
Here are the complete UNOFFICIAL results for 5-9-2015.  We apologize for any errors.
 
305 Winged Sprints
Heat #1     #40X Jesse Baker, #49 Chuck Jackson, #2D David Gay, #24C Cody Dons, #12 Jerry Mosher
 
Heat #2     #9 Robert Herrera, #21P Paul Whitehead, #19 Wes Wofford, #52NM Dave Burns
 
Main-Event     #19 Wes Wofford, #40X Jesse Baker, #9 Robert Herrera, #21P Paul Whitehead, #12 Jerry Mosher, #49 Chuck Jackson, #52NM Dave Burns, #2D David Gay, #24C Cody Dons DNS
 
X-Mods
Heat #1     #54D Shawn Dutcher, #1X Todd Budlong, #1 Mychal Lucero, #95 Andrew Fowner, #18 Kevin Hibdon, #22 Juan Dorcas
 
Heat #2     #7 Steven Bertetto, #15 Dee Yates, #0 J.R. Bonesteel, #28 Skimmer Leatham, #62 Tom Melloy, #11X Casey Gossett
 
Heat #3     #00 Steve Bonesteel, #29 Mike O'Neal, #60 Tanner Higdon, #54 Tim Hooper, #19 Patricia Gallegos
 
Dash for Cash    #0 J.R. Bonesteel, #1 Mychal Lucero #95 Andrew Fowner, #28 Skimmer Leatham
 
Main-Event     #7 Steven Bertetto, #1X Todd Budlong, #54D Shawn Dutcher, #0 J.R. Bonesteel, #54 Tim Hooper, #28 Skimmer Leatham, #15 Dee Yates, #95 Andrew Fowner, #29 Mike O'Neal, #19 Patricia Gallegos, #22 Juan Dorcas, #00 Steve Bonesteel DNF, #18 Kevin Hibdon DNF, #1 Mychal Lucero DNF, #11X Casey Gossett DNF, #62 Tom Melloy DNF, #60 Tanner Higdon DNF
 
Street Stocks
Heat #1     #143 Danny Gross Jr., #M77 Cameron Martin, #74M Rob Moseley, #54 Shawn Dutcher Jr. DNF, #48 Dan Glass DNF
 
Heat #2     #5X Rick Boelter, #99 Joel Duke, #1 Ronnie Bell, #82 Gerald Haste, #53 R.C. Combs DNF
 
Main-Event     #5X Rick Boelter, #1 Ronnie Bell, #74M Rob Moseley, #99 Joel Duke, #54 Shawn Dutcher Jr., #82 Gerald Haste, #143 Danny Gross Jr. DNF, #53 R.C. Combs DNF, #M77 Cameron Martin DNF, #48 Dan Glass DNF
 
Cruisers / Hornets
Heat #1     #7 Daysha Boelter, #75 Jared Hensley, #98Y Coulter Morgan, #02 Ariel Bonesteel, #58 Frank Payne, #99 Lena Duke, #18 Jim Kosinski DNF
 
Heat #2     #97B Justin Morgan, #78 Anthony Sandoval, #15 Cheyenna Yates, #16 Francisco Baca, #1 Phil York, #44 Art Hurley III, #7J Josh Thornburg
 
Heat #3     #80 Ernie Sandoval, #28 Gary Smith, #26 Cody Sanchez, #5.0 Dan Baca, #43 Art Hurley, #5.7 Derek Sturgeon
 
Main-Event     #28 Gary Smith, #26 Cody Sanchez, #80 Ernie Sandoval, #18 Jim Kosniski, #58 Frank Payne, #15 Cheyenna Yates, #1 Phil York, #43 Art Hurley, #5.0 Dan Baca, #57 Derek Sturgeon, #16 Francisco Baca, #99 Lena Duke, #75 Jared Hensley, #7J Josh Thornburg, #44 Art Hurley III, #78 Anthony Sandoval DNF, #7 Daysha Boelter DNF, #02 Ariel Bonesteel DNF, #98Y Coulter Morgan DNF, #97B Justin Morgan DNF
 
Winged Mini-Sprints
Heat #1     #17J Jacob Johnston, #5F Brianna Franchini, #24K Kaylee Dons, #619 Lalo Saenz, #72 Mike Barnes DNS
 
Heat #2     #44 James Hatch, #84 Katie Seals
 
Main-Event     #17J Jacob Johnston, #44 James Hatch, #5F Brianna Franchini, #619 Lalo Saenz, #72 Mike Barnes, #24K Kaylee Dons, #84 Katie Seals DNF
 
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