VERNAL, Utah (May 29-30) – The success Ricky Alvarado enjoyed at Diamond Mountain Speedway over the course of his Wild West Tour career carried over to a pair of weekend Racing For A Reason Rumble victories.
IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified victories Friday and Saturday at Vernal were each worth $1,000 plus lap money.
“I don’t know what it is about Diamond Mountain,” admitted Alvarado, a six-time winner when the Wild West Tour visited. “It’s a fun little track that fits my driving style.”
Alvarado started outside pole in Friday’s 20-lapper and had the lead before sliding high and falling back to fourth.
He found the line at the top of the track, ran side-by-side with Justen Yeager for two circuits and then eked ahead on the last lap, winning by a car length.
Yeager, Brian Ungaro, Chase Hansen and Casey Delp rounded out the top five.
Despite a late restart, Saturday’s 25-lapper wasn’t as close.
Alvarado started fourth, passed Dusty Safley for the lead on the fourth lap and pulled away on a surface that stayed smooth fast all night.
Casey Delp was a distant second. Yeager, Hansen and Kelly Smith ran third through fifth, respectively.
The wins were the fourth and fifth in eight starts this season, and the 87th and 88th of his career for Alvarado.
Scott Gray topped both $500 to win IMCA SportMod features.
The inaugural Racing for a Reason Rumble helped raise approximately $2,700 for six-year-old Kaden McCormick of Roosevelt, Utah, who is in need of another kidney transplant.
May 29 Feature Results
Modifieds – 1. Ricky Alvarado; 2. Justen Yeager; 3. Brian Ungaro; 4. Chase Hansen; 5. Casey Delp; 6. Dusty Safley; 7. Kelly Smith; 8. Braxton Yeager; 9. David Peterson; 10. Bryan Wordelman; 11. Mickey Stubbings; 12. Josh Anderson; 13. Bert Beech.
SportMods – 1. Scott Gray; 2. Travis Gray; 3. Steve Gray; 4. Jason Reese; 5. Wayland Duncan; 6. Chipita Rowley; 7. Wayne Hansen; 8. Morris Duncan; 9. Gauge Smith.
May 30 Feature Results
Modifieds – 1. Alvarado; 2. Delp; 3. Justen Yeager; 4. Hansen; 5. Smith; 6. Dylan Hatch; 7. Wordelman; 8. Peterson; 9. Anderson; 10. Braxton Yeager; 11. Stubbings; 12. Safley; 13. Beech.
SportMods – 1. Scott Gray; 2. Reese; 3. Steve Gray; 4. Hansen; 5. Rowley; 6. Waylon Duncan; 7. Josh Pate; 8. Travis Gray; 9. Terrie White; 10. Coltin Jackman; 11. Morris Duncan.