Closing the gap

Points races tighten up at Thunder Mtn. Speedway

Christina Gallegos leads the field in heat 1 of the Southern Sport Modified class last Friday at Thunder Mountain Speedway near Olathe. Christina’s father, Robert, is in third driving the No. 11 car. Robert won the main event, increasing his season points lead.

Season points races tightened up last weekend at Thunder Mountain Raceway.

Only one points leader won Friday’s special Rocky Grimsley Memorial Race. Saturday’s races were canceled because of rain.

Robert Gallegos won the Sports Modified feature race to push his points lead to 15 points over his daughter, Christina. She placed fifth in Friday’s race. John Young placed third in the race and remains third in the points race.

Jim Ross of Delta took the lead in the Dwarf season points race with a third-place finish in Friday’s race. He leads by one point over Alisha Steinberg of Clifton, who placed sixth in Friday’s race.

Brian Cumby of Trinidad won the race. Chris Tiffany of Delta took second and is third, 23 points behind Ross.

Ray Penland of Hotchkiss won the Hobby Stock class race, but Cliff Cooper of Delta kept his points lead with a second-place finish. Jason Blair of Olathe took third.

Chase Ruble of Delta kept a narrow lead over his father, Enos Ruble of Hotchkiss, with a second-place finish in the Modified Class.

Zane DeVillbiss of Farmington, N.M., took first place in Friday’s race. Enos Ruble was fourth.

Gary Helken won the Light Sprint race to move up to second place in the points race. Rick Davis was second and Charlie Steinberg placed third. Points leader Donald Johnson of Clifton placed fourth.

The children’s go-kart classes were a different story.

Jonathan Swank of Montrose won Saturday’s age 8-10 race to keep his points lead over Michael Swank, who placed second. Luke Allison took third.

Age 11-14 points leader Sam Ross of Delta won Saturday’s race, but Kooper Davis of Montrose is staying close with a second place finish.


Davey Slutier won Friday night’s Master Automotive Young Guns high school class.

Ben Bambino took second place. Both moved closer to points leader Trent Dinkel of Rifle.

Dinkel took first place in a rescheduled race from a rain out.

Mikalya Vollender won the Youth Alternative race.

Saturday’s points race for the Sportsman, Pro ET and Super Pro classes were rained out.


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