Same Track-Same Hendershot Brothers-Same Finish-Different Day
by Lynn Hensley
Aztec, New Mexico: The Hendershot brothers dominated Aztec Speedway for the second week in a row in the IMCA stock car division. Kenny Hendershot once again put his #7h black beast in the winner’s circle Saturday night. His brother, Frankie Hendershot was again a close 2nd in this 25 lap feature in his #5h black beast. One more race like this and a bounty might be placed on these two. Steffan Carey took down 3rd spot in his #3 Witten Warriors machine. In fourth was Rex Higgins with the familiar green and white #ak47. And Traci Jennings notches another top five finish. Luke Rowe was a strong 6th after running near the front early in the race. The rest of the finishing order was: Jereamy Bradley, Jake Darby, Richard Trujillo, Shane Devilbiss, Danny Stevenson (crashed), Ed Brown, and Chad Nelson was last after his motor let go. Chad Nelson had traveled about 300 miles to race with us this week. Some of that tuff racing luck came with him.
Bob Harter won his first IMCA modified feature at Aztec Speedway in his blue and white #75. Harter started on the outside of the front row and immediately put his car in front to lead every lap for the win. Michael Higgins ran a good 2nd with Andy Goodenough in 3rd. Fourth went to Danny Bradford with fifth taken by Allen Bradley. The rest ran like this: Mark Rodgers, Regan Tafoya, David Davis, Zach Hamilton, Nick Nelson, and Derek Rhoden. Nelson went out after an early crash broke a coil over in the car. This was the shortest field of IMCA modifieds in quite some time.
The Southern sport modifieds hit the track with 14 cars that eventually ran a shortened race with the #4 of Brandon Tenski logging his 2nd win of the season. In 2nd was Ace Eavenson after leading all but two laps. Third went to Jordan Eddleman with Kristi Tenski running fourth after challenging for the lead. Fifth was Ryan Henley for the 2nd week in a row. Joey Klemish was moving to the front on lap nine when his Mopar engine blew up on the backstretch, scattering engine parts and oil everywhere. Sixth place and back were: RL Henley, Ross Whipple, Marshal Moody, George Goshorn, Brian Carey, Chuck Yates, Joey Klemish, Julie Boettler, and Dakota Kibel in Roger Cordary’s #03.
The hobby stocks looked like a replay of last week. Amador Milliano makes it three in a row in his #45x with Dennis Spencer again in 2nd. Third was Darrell Cordary with Paul Dorsett 4th and Jim Griffin 5th. The others ran like this: Adam Soukup, Will Champlin in the #102 for the first time, Tommy Valdez, and Randy Dorsett.
With the hot temps came several motors blowing up and many of the cars were overheating. It was one of those nights where thing that could go wrong…DID. And things that couldn’t go wrong…DID anyway. Looking forward to this Friday and Saturday for the “Red, White and Zoom” weekend of racing. The NMMRA association will be here in their non-wing sprints along with the New Mexico Mini Sprints. Also on the weekend of racing will be the IMCA Modifieds, Sport Modifieds, and Stock Cars. The hobbys will run and the mini stocks. We will race at 7pm both nights.