Fan Appreciation Night At Aztec Speedway, September 10, 2011
By Lynn Hensley
Fan appreciation night at Aztec Speedway had a special guest….Mother Nature. All the race fans were admitted for half price and the drivers were there to race for fun and a little money but no points. During the IMCA Boone SuperNationals, all IMCA classes, except the sport modifieds, race for no points. The sport modifieds had their nationals last week in Boyd, Tx. So, the plan was to run the heats and features and let the fans and drivers have a “party” on the track. But a little rainfall held up the racing with one heat to go and all the features. With the program way ahead of schedule, the decision to wait out the rain and then prepare the track again was made. And with all the work and delay, we still finished racing at 10pm.
In the IMCA sport modified feature, a new winner enjoyed the celebration in victory lane. Shane Simonton took the checkers after Brandon Tenski’s car slowed while in the lead on the last lap. Simonton cruised by for his first feature win. Following Simonton for her best finish was Kristi Tenski. In 3rd was Randy Eitel with Zach Hamilton 4th and Ace Eavenson 5th.
In the IMCA Modified feature, JJ Harpole won his first race of the season at Aztec by beating Tom Cadle to the checkers with Kevin Faddis in 3rd. Fourth went to Leon Shim and in fifth was Kevin Brown. Chad Tenski drove JJ Harpole’s old car to 6th spot.
In the IMCA stock car feature, Allen Bradley put his familiar #26 back into victory lane. Michael Farley was 2nd with Traci Jennings in 3rd. Fourth and fifth were, Lee Moss and Larry Bradley. Larry’s son drove his first stock car feature and finished 7th.
The hobby feature was taken down by Dennis Spencer (it’s time for a bounty). Chasing Spencer was Rodger Cordary and Darrell Cordary for 2nd and 3rd.
In the mini stocks, Tom Gallagher took the win.
The car count and fan count were down due to inclement weather and the non points racing in most classes. Next week should be better weather and the sprint cars will join the program.
Aztec Speedway is located in the northwest corner of New Mexico in what is known as the Four Corners Region.