LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Tyler Thomas completed a sweep of Southern New Mexico Speedway’s Sixth Annual Border International Trucks 305 Sprint Car Shootout by wiring the field in Saturday night’s $5,000-to-win finale.
It didn’t come without a battle though, as the young racer from Owasso, OK, had to fight off two-time event winner John Carney II and Aaron Reutzel over the final half of the 30-lapper atop the five-sixteenths-mile clay oval.
Thomas actually briefly surrendered the point to Carney II on the 21 st lap as the lead trio raced through traffic, battling back and then wading through a pair of late red flags to secure the win aboard Robert Miller’s BC Funds No. 21.
“There were a couple of cars that were really holding me up and John snuck by for a second there, I was lucky enough to be able to get back by,” Thomas said of the three-way scramble for the lead as the final ten rounds commenced.
With Thomas back in command, a red flag stoppage after 24 laps and then another one lap later put the simmering battle on hold for a few moments.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen back-to-back open reds like that in the final five laps, it gave me a lot of time to think about all the things that could happen,” Thomas said.
He need not worry though, as he was flawless over the final handful of rounds to put the win away.
Behind him, Reutzel battled past Carney II to take runner-up honors with Carney II settling for the show position. Mexico’s Cesar Fuentes gained a pair of positions over the final handful of rounds to claim fourth with Lorne Wofford rounding out the top five.
Tyler Thomas, Aaron Reutzel, John Carney II, Cesar Fuentes, Lorne Wofford, Kyle McCutcheon, Royal Jones, Jerry Gonzales, Shawn Sander, Brandon Schure, Dylan Harris, Wes Wofford, Colt Treharn, Robert Herrera, Rick Lovelady, Matt Ziehl, Joseph Hernandez, C.J .Hulsey, James Mosher, Mike Hathaway, Corey Riley, Rick Ziehl, Richard Wilbee, Derek DeMartino, Brandon Williams, Don Reynolds.