Valencia County drivers lead in the point standings in three of the five divisions at Duke City Raceway, with Los Lunas drivers dominating the Hobby Stocks.
Los Lunas drivers take up the first five spots in the Hobby Stock standings, led by Ronnie Bell. Bell leads with 404 points, but his closest pursuers narrowed the gap when Bell finished fifth in the main event last Saturday and Ron Leathem Jr. finished second and Jeff Whyman placed third.
The outcome broke a three-way tie between Leathem, Whyman and Phil York for second place.
Finishing ahead of the others, Leathem is now second in the standings with 380. He is followed closely by Whyman (372), York (370) and Randall Trujillo (366).
Thirty points behind Trujillo is a pack of Albuquerque drivers, rounding out the top 10.
Valencia County drivers took the top three spots in the Street Stock main event on Saturday night. Bosque Farms’ Jay Pape extended his lead in the standings by winning the race. He now leads Edgewood’s Clay Moseley by 50 points (386-336).
Belen’s Jim Willis, fourth overall, finished second Saturday. Thomas Winter of Los Lunas moved up a spot in the standings by winning the preliminary heat race then finishing third in the main event.
Winters is now fifth in the standings, followed by fellow-Los Lunas drivers Andy Tanner and Ronette Ford.
The Modified division was idle last weekend. Richard Johnson of Los Lunas leads the division by 66 points over Albuquerque’s Toby Herring (458-392). Other local drivers in the top 10 are Bobby Bachechi (fifth, 292), Andrew Frazier (ninth, 208) and Mark McClarran (10th, 200), each from Los Lunas.
Belen drivers are putting the heat on Late Model division leader Robert Schorr of Rio Rancho. Jim Willis and Squeaky Mendoza finished ahead of Schorr in the main event Saturday to cut into his lead. Willis was second and Mendoza was third in the race won by Albuquerque’s John Aragon.
Schoor now leads the division with 322 points. Willis (308), Ron Frazier Jr. (300) and Mendoza (248) follow. Los Lunas drivers Rick Boelter, Mike Ford and Kenny Wheeler take up the seventh, eighth and ninth spots in the standings.
Valencia County is least represented in the Sprint Car division, in which just three local drivers compete. Miles Merritt of Jarales is having the most success. He is third in the standings, 44 points behind the leader.
Kristy Smith of Bosque Farms is 13th. Larry Stoerkel of Los Lunas moved up in the standings by winning a heat race and placing eighth in the main event Saturday. He is just two points behind Smith, in 14th place overall.
The Sprint Cars will take this weekend off. But the Hobby Stock, Street Stock, Late Models and Modifieds will compete for points beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Duke City Raceway is located on Murry St. SE, off Broadway in Albuquerque’s South Valley. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6 to 12.