Marlar, Jackson, and Sanders Headline Wild West Shootout Victories

VADO, NM — Mike Marlar had already let one FK Rod Ends Vado Speedway Park victory slip away to home-state driver Garrett Alberson earlier in the Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts.

So after losing Wednesday’s race to Alberson when Marlar tangled with Bobby Pierce on the final lap, Marlar wasn’t interested in watching Alberson flash past again at Saturday’s checkers. While Alberson closed in — drawing within 0.369 of a second at the line — Marlar held on for a caution-free, 40-lap victory in Dirt Track Bank Super Late Model action presented by Black Diamond Racecars worth $5,000 in the fifth round of the miniseries.

“It was really close,” Marlar said in victory lane. “(Alberson) is a dang good driver. I was looking up on the (video) board and seen he was in there. It made me a little nervous because there at the end I was a little loose and he was coming. Good thing it wasn’t a 50-lapper.”

Marlar, the 2018 Wild West Shootout champion who regained the lead from fellow front-row starter Tyler Erb on the 12th lap, became the fourth 2022 miniseries winner with Alberson settling for second ahead of Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla. Ricky Weiss of Headingley, Manitoba, was fourth and New Waverly, Texas driver Erb ended up fifth at the 3/8-mile oval.

At the outset, the third-starting Weiss nipped Marlar at the line to lead the opening lap, Marlar swept ahead on the outside and led until Erb’s daring move amid traffic exiting turn two on the ninth lap. But Marlar stayed hot on Erb’s heels and went back ahead on the 12th lap for a lead he’d never give up.

Marlar did have a few tense moments, including on the 19th lap when his car’s nose was briefly hung up on the rear of the Terry Phillips entry, and again three laps later when Jeff Schildmeyer got sideways in front of the leader between turns three and four.

Alberson, who was in fifth with 12 laps remaining, charged late but Marlar had a big enough cushion to hold him off.

“I knew he was coming really good, but I have a good car. I’ve had a good car all week long,” said Marlar, who has two career miniseries victories. “Just missed it a couple of times on setup and just, (Wednesday), I felt like I was in the wrong lane and Bobby (Pierce) and me had that (last-lap) crash. But anyway, yeah, it felt a little bit like it owed me one, you know. But I’m glad to get one. It’d be a good time to get on a roll here with 25-grand tomorrow (going to the winner).

Alberson, who started fourth but slipped back to eighth in Friday’s main event, was glad to get back on track and post his third podium finish of the miniseries.

“It’s good to get back going. Last night we had kind of a tough night, kind of underadjusted and let that track get in front of us there,” he said. “So tonight we made some gutsy calls there at the end, right before we rolled out, and it seemed to pay off, you know. We felt like we were getting a little bit behind. All these other guys work so hard (to get faster), you can’t rest. So we got back after it. Just really proud of my team. They put up with me making last-minute (changes) and they work their butts off, so this is for the team and this is for all the Las Cruces people that come out.”

Pearson was proud to see Alberson — his former crew chief when Pearson drove for the Shreveport, La.-based Black Diamond house car team — outrun him.

“We’re tickled to death with that. That’s 40 laps, as hard as you can run a damn race car right there. I’m sure the fans enjoyed that,” Pearson said, adding thanks for fans watching him back home. “We’re having a good time here out in New Mexico and hopefully we can something again tomorrow. You know, it’s a 50-lap race tomorrow, so hopefully we can get it done. I wished it’d have been 50 laps tonight. It’d have been interesting.”

Before the main event, the field paid tribute to Hall of Fame Chassis builder C.J. Rayburn, who died New Year’s Day. The man who was previously a grand marshal of the Wild West Shootout was honored with Rusty Schlenk’s Rayburn lookalike car out front as the 25-car field carried U.S. and other flags.

“I wanted to win one so bad for C.J.,” Marlar said, his voice cracking in mentioning one of the biggest supporters of his career. “We missed his funeral and we got to win one for him … he’s been so good to all of us. It’s cool to carry the flags and win one for him.”

In X-Mod competition presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson, Kris Jackson rumbled to his third victory of the week. He overtook early leader Gabriel Hodges on lap 6 and then raced away from the field to claim the triumph by 2.720 seconds. Hodges, Jake Smith, Aasa Flores, and Aaron Blacklance completed the Top-5 finishers.”

If Jackson wins Sunday’s finale he’ll claim a $2,500 bonus courtesy of the Arizona Differential by Nate Four or More Challenge.

After being shut out of Hoker Trucking Victory Lane in the first two rounds of Mesilla Valley Transportation / Border Tire Modified action presented by Rancho Milagro, Rodney Sanders has been on a mission. After winning Wednesday and Friday night’s programs, the Happy, Texas native routed the field on Saturday night to pick up the $2,000 top prize.

He was followed across the finish line by Tyler Peterson, Tanner Mullens, Bumper Jones, and 17th-starting Brandon Sheppard.

Sanders can claim a $10,000 bonus in the Rio Grande Waste Services Four or More Challenge if he wins Sunday’s finale.

The miniseries draws to a close on Sunday evening. The pit gate opens at 1 p.m. MST, and grandstand gates opening at 3:00 p.m. The driver’s meeting for the sixth round of the mega miniseries is at 2:30 p.m. with on-track action beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The finale is headlined by the Rio Grande Waste Services 50 presented by Shaw Trucking, which boasts a $25,000 top prize for Super Late Models. Sharing the spotlight will be Modifieds ($2,000 to win) and X-Mods ($1,000 to win).

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Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
FK Rod Ends Vado Speedway Park
Jan. 15, 2022

Dirt Track Bank Super Late Models presented by Black Diamond Race Cars
A Feature 1 (40 Laps): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson[8]; 3. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 4. 7-Ricky Weiss[3]; 5. 1-Tyler Erb[1]; 6. 42S-Don Shaw[6]; 7. 91P-Jason Papich[7]; 8. 32-Bobby Pierce[11]; 9. 49-Jake Timm[5]; 10. 86-Kyle Beard[17]; 11. 1CJ-Rusty Schlenk[10]; 12. B5-Brandon Sheppard[18]; 13. 28W-Jim Whistler[9]; 14. 93-Mason Oberkramer[14]; 15. 503-Jason Miles[19]; 16. 75-Terry Phillips[13]; 17. 6T-Terry Carter[21]; 18. 32B-Cody Laney[16]; 19. 19-Jeff Schildmeyer[22]; 20. 14W-Dustin Walker[23]; 21. 38-Thomas Hunziker[24]; 22. 02-Kent Rosevear[25]; 23. 2S-Stormy Scott[12]; 24. 37-Rob Mayea[20]; 25. 20-Rodney Sanders[15]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 86-Kyle Beard[2]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[15]; 3. 503-Jason Miles[4]; 4. 37-Rob Mayea[6]; 5. 6T-Terry Carter[5]; 6. 19-Jeff Schildmeyer[1]; 7. 14W-Dustin Walker[3]; 8. 38-Thomas Hunziker[8]; 9. 78S-Steve Stultz[10]; 10. 26R-Dustin Holmes[12]; 11. 01-Devan Smith[7]; 12. 42-John David Duffie[9]; 13. 02-Kent Rosevear[11]; 14. 16-Matthew Ratzlaff[14]; 15. 18-Deven Brown[13]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 7-Ricky Weiss[1]; 2. 49-Jake Timm[4]; 3. 28W-Jim Whistler[3]; 4. 75-Terry Phillips[5]; 5. 19-Jeff Schildmeyer[6]; 6. 6T-Terry Carter[7]; 7. 42-John David Duffie[8]; 8. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[1]; 2. 91P-Jason Papich[2]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce[4]; 4. 20-Rodney Sanders[3]; 5. 14W-Dustin Walker[5]; 6. 01-Devan Smith[7]; 7. 02-Kent Rosevear[6]; 8. 18-Deven Brown[8]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 1-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 42S-Don Shaw[3]; 3. 1CJ-Rusty Schlenk[2]; 4. 93-Mason Oberkramer[4]; 5. 86-Kyle Beard[5]; 6. 37-Rob Mayea[6]; 7. 78S-Steve Stultz[7]; 8. 16-Matthew Ratzlaff[8]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson[2]; 3. 2S-Stormy Scott[3]; 4. 32B-Cody Laney[4]; 5. 503-Jason Miles[6]; 6. 38-Thomas Hunziker[5]; 7. 26R-Dustin Holmes[7]

Qualifying 1: 1. 7-Ricky Weiss, 00:13.942[1]; 2. 46-Earl Pearson Jr, 00:14.221[13]; 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 00:14.298[6]; 4. 91P-Jason Papich, 00:14.310[3]; 5. 28W-Jim Whistler, 00:14.410[4]; 6. 20-Rodney Sanders, 00:14.419[5]; 7. 49-Jake Timm, 00:14.478[8]; 8. 32-Bobby Pierce, 00:14.634[16]; 9. 75-Terry Phillips, 00:14.709[11]; 10. 14W-Dustin Walker, 00:14.816[10]; 11. 19-Jeff Schildmeyer, 00:15.132[2]; 12. 02-Kent Rosevear, 00:15.327[15]; 13. 6T-Terry Carter, 00:15.441[14]; 14. 01-Devan Smith, 00:15.638[9]; 15. 42-John David Duffie, 00:15.692[7]; 16. 18-Deven Brown, 00:16.088[12]

Qualifying 2: 1. 1-Tyler Erb, 00:14.064[6]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar, 00:14.167[8]; 3. 1CJ-Rusty Schlenk, 00:14.239[7]; 4. 58-Garrett Alberson, 00:14.315[15]; 5. 42S-Don Shaw, 00:14.362[9]; 6. 2S-Stormy Scott, 00:14.386[5]; 7. 93-Mason Oberkramer, 00:14.414[3]; 8. 32B-Cody Laney, 00:14.710[13]; 9. 86-Kyle Beard, 00:14.760[12]; 10. 38-Thomas Hunziker, 00:14.782[2]; 11. 37-Rob Mayea, 00:14.820[10]; 12. 503-Jason Miles, 00:14.871[4]; 13. 78S-Steve Stultz, 00:15.034[1]; 14. 26R-Dustin Holmes, 00:15.183[14]; 15. 16-Matthew Ratzlaff, 00:16.499[11]

Pro Power Dash (10 Laps): 1. 02-Kent Rosevear[4]; 2. 26R-Dustin Holmes[1]; 3. 01-Devan Smith[2]; 4. 18-Deven Brown[6]; 5. 16-Matthew Ratzlaff[5]; 6. 42-John David Duffie[3]

Mesilla Valley Transportation / Border Tire Modifieds presented by Rancho Milagro
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 20-Rodney Sanders[3]; 2. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson[2]; 3. 02-Tanner Mullens[6]; 4. 111-Bumper Jones[1]; 5. 4B-Brandon Sheppard[17]; 6. 21-Jacob Bleess[5]; 7. 4R-Dereck Ramirez[20]; 8. 4W-Tyler Wolff[9]; 9. 10BG-Brandon Givens[7]; 10. J17-Jake Gallardo[10]; 11. 32-DJ Shannon[23]; 12. 88-Nathan Smith[19]; 13. 88C-Matt Crafton[15]; 14. 10-Dustin Robinson[22]; 15. 22J-Jonathon Ortega[16]; 16. 131-Royal Jones[24]; 17. 57-Duke Erickson[21]; 18. 65X-Carlos Ahumada Jr[18]; 19. 24X-Xavier Ortega[11]; 20. 65-Tyler Davis[4]; 21. 71-Philip Houston[14]; 22. 8-Dillon McCowan[13]; 23. 16B-Randy Brown[12]; 24. G17-Fito Gallardo[8]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 4B-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 88-Nathan Smith[5]; 3. 57-Duke Erickson[6]; 4. 32-DJ Shannon[2]; 5. 4RX-Jared Russell[8]; 6. 13-Troy Hovey[7]; 7. 18JR-Chase Sigg[3]; 8. D25-David Tanner[9]; 9. 17-Brent Holman[10]; 10. 22-Alan Bohlman[14]; 11. 44-Christy Barnett[13]; 12. 26G-Ryan Gierke[11]; 13. 7-Derek Stuhler[12]; 14. 2SS-Mark Smith[4]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 65X-Carlos Ahumada Jr[2]; 2. 4R-Dereck Ramirez[7]; 3. 10-Dustin Robinson[4]; 4. 131-Royal Jones[9]; 5. 127-Paden Phillips[10]; 6. 18R-Ricardo Olague Jr[5]; 7. 25-Adam Bohlman[11]; 8. 28X-Tom Georges[6]; 9. 54-Carlos Ahumada Sr[13]; 10. 49-Duane Murphy[8]; 11. 39-David Gonzales Jr[12]; 12. 64S-Jay Sale[1]; 13. 08-Glen Maga[3]; 14. J16-Josh Gallardo[14]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. J17-Jake Gallardo[1]; 2. 10BG-Brandon Givens[4]; 3. G17-Fito Gallardo[6]; 4. 02-Tanner Mullens[9]; 5. 88C-Matt Crafton[8]; 6. 57-Duke Erickson[3]; 7. 13-Troy Hovey[7]; 8. 08-Glen Maga[11]; 9. 127-Paden Phillips[5]; 10. 22-Alan Bohlman[2]; 11. 39-David Gonzales Jr[10]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 24X-Xavier Ortega[1]; 2. 111-Bumper Jones[7]; 3. 4W-Tyler Wolff[6]; 4. 64S-Jay Sale[4]; 5. 16B-Randy Brown[10]; 6. 28X-Tom Georges[2]; 7. 4R-Dereck Ramirez[3]; 8. 2SS-Mark Smith[11]; 9. 26G-Ryan Gierke[5]; 10. 25-Adam Bohlman[8]; 11. 44-Christy Barnett[9]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 65-Tyler Davis[2]; 2. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson[6]; 3. 22J-Jonathon Ortega[1]; 4. 20-Rodney Sanders[10]; 5. 65X-Carlos Ahumada Jr[4]; 6. 88-Nathan Smith[5]; 7. 18JR-Chase Sigg[9]; 8. 49-Duane Murphy[3]; 9. D25-David Tanner[8]; 10. 7-Derek Stuhler[7]; 11. (DNS) J16-Josh Gallardo

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Jacob Bleess[2]; 2. 71-Philip Houston[1]; 3. 8-Dillon McCowan[5]; 4. 32-DJ Shannon[4]; 5. 4B-Brandon Sheppard[7]; 6. 10-Dustin Robinson[6]; 7. 4RX-Jared Russell[3]; 8. 18R-Ricardo Olague Jr[10]; 9. 131-Royal Jones[8]; 10. 17-Brent Holman[11]; 11. 54-Carlos Ahumada Sr[9] X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. J2-Kris Jackson[5]; 2. 7G-Gabriel Hodges[1]; 3. 21-Jake Smith[4]; 4. 05-Aasa Flores[7]; 5. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[16]; 6. 28-Andy Bryant[10]; 7. 12-Justin Allen[9]; 8. 5-Reece Solander[15]; 9. 717-Roy Long[2]; 10. 28K-Krew Walburn[22]; 11. 1S-Scott Bintz[20]; 12. 47-Mingo Jauregui[8]; 13. 93-Greg Gorham[21]; 14. G3-Brian Craighead[18]; 15. 1P-Parker Anderson[17]; 16. 13B-Jess Brekke[12]; 17. M17-Rob Moseley[23]; 18. 23B-Israel Ortega[3]; 19. X44-Mark Maga[6]; 20. 07-Donavon Flores[11]; 21. 15C-Chris Edmonds[13]; 22. 11-Lucas Ward[14]; 23. 71-Nate Reinke[19]; 24. 82-Sherman Barnett[24]

B Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 1P-Parker Anderson[8]; 2. 71-Nate Reinke[1]; 3. 93-Greg Gorham[13]; 4. M17-Rob Moseley[6]; 5. 8X-Josh Roney[9]; 6. 3S-Sal Gomez[4]; 7. 25-Kenny McDonald Jr[3]; 8. JH45-Jay Hill[17]; 9. 14JG-Justin Garrett[18]; 10. 44D-Troy Philllips[5]; 11. 21S-Damon Sanchez[16]; 12. 14A-Andrew Hodges[14]; 13. 22C-Cole Campbell[2]; 14. 27T-Tim Edens[7]; 15. 4C-Chris Hooper[15]; 16. C7-Jose De La Fuente[11]; 17. 44-Christy Barnett[10]; 18. 08-Daniel Lozoya[19]; 19. 14J-Jacob Hodges[12]

B Feature 2 (10 Laps): 1. G3-Brian Craighead[1]; 2. 1S-Scott Bintz[6]; 3. 28K-Krew Walburn[3]; 4. 82-Sherman Barnett[4]; 5. 1C-Chris Deaton[8]; 6. 66-Sam Alonso[2]; 7. 3J-Josh Cain[16]; 8. 7D-Davis Givens[9]; 9. 36-Joe Alvarado[11]; 10. 4-Jackson Mulder[12]; 11. 15-Ronnie Leathem Jr[10]; 12. 27D-Andy Davis[7]; 13. 23H-Hector Barraza[14]; 14. 49M-Donald Newcomb[13]; 15. 64P-Robert Pierce[15]; 16. 96V-Victor Barraza[17]; 17. 23-Justin Rexwinkle[5]; 18. 2-Javier Moreno[18]; 19. 13-Manny Nunez[19]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 05-Aasa Flores[1]; 2. 28-Andy Bryant[3]; 3. 15C-Chris Edmonds[5]; 4. 717-Roy Long[11]; 5. 23-Justin Rexwinkle[4]; 6. 27D-Andy Davis[6]; 7. 1P-Parker Anderson[8]; 8. 36-Joe Alvarado[7]; 9. 4-Jackson Mulder[10]; 10. 14JG-Justin Garrett[2]; 11. 96V-Victor Barraza[9]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 47-Mingo Jauregui[1]; 2. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[2]; 3. G3-Brian Craighead[4]; 4. 5-Reece Solander[7]; 5. 82-Sherman Barnett[6]; 6. 28K-Krew Walburn[9]; 7. 1C-Chris Deaton[8]; 8. 93-Greg Gorham[5]; 9. 14A-Andrew Hodges[11]; 10. 64P-Robert Pierce[10]; 11. 08-Daniel Lozoya[3]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 12-Justin Allen[1]; 2. 71-Nate Reinke[2]; 3. 11-Lucas Ward[5]; 4. 3S-Sal Gomez[4]; 5. 13B-Jess Brekke[10]; 6. 7D-Davis Givens[3]; 7. 1S-Scott Bintz[9]; 8. 14J-Jacob Hodges[7]; 9. C7-Jose De La Fuente[11]; 10. JH45-Jay Hill[8]; 11. 2-Javier Moreno[6]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 7G-Gabriel Hodges[4]; 2. 07-Donavon Flores[3]; 3. 66-Sam Alonso[2]; 4. J2-Kris Jackson[9]; 5. 22C-Cole Campbell[8]; 6. M17-Rob Moseley[7]; 7. 15-Ronnie Leathem Jr[6]; 8. 8X-Josh Roney[10]; 9. 23H-Hector Barraza[5]; 10. 21S-Damon Sanchez[11]; 11. 13-Manny Nunez[1]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Jake Smith[3]; 2. 23B-Israel Ortega[6]; 3. 25-Kenny McDonald Jr[1]; 4. X44-Mark Maga[9]; 5. 27T-Tim Edens[2]; 6. 44D-Troy Philllips[8]; 7. 44-Christy Barnett[7]; 8. 49M-Donald Newcomb[4]; 9. 4C-Chris Hooper[5]; 10. 3J-Josh Cain[10]