Albuquerque, New Mexico
Reaching the ripe old age of 21 comes once in a lifetime, but wins are not uncommon for Michael Fanelli, driver of the #2 blue duce.
Twelve non wing sprint cars were on hand, to compete in what would be the 9th completed show of the 2019 season.
The weather was good with some threatening clouds, the track was heavy and happiness in the air, just knowing a big party was to follow.
Colt Treharn, driver of the 77 and Rookie Clint Miller, driver of the 58 would lead the field of six to the green for heat #1. Jumping to the lead was Treharn followed by the 12J of Josh Grady followed by Caleb Saiz of the 99. Grady unable to make the pass on Treharn settled for 2nd followed by the 99 of Saiz, the 58 of Miller and 52 piloted by Travis Oldfield and rounding out in 6th was the 0 of JR Bonesteel.
Heat #2 welcomed our guest, the 148 of Don Grable of El Paso, Texas and the return of the 45 of Jason Grady. Bringing the remainder of the field to the green was Grable and the 11W of Spencer Hill with a new power plant. Grable took the lead followed by Hill when on lap 3, Finelli was able to make the pass to settle for 2nd, followed by Hill. Rounding out the top six was the 45 of Grady the 26 of Randy Smith and the 4 of David Dykes.
The scheduled 25 feature was in staging waiting to enter the track, with Fanelli and Hill starting on the front row. Lined up two by two and nose to tail it was Hill that jumped to the lead at the flag stand. Following close behind was Fanelli, who couldn’t make the pass on Hill until lap 15 then taking the lead. Lap 16 brought the 99 of Caleb Saiz around Hill as Hill was fighting the car with no power steering. Lap 24, Fanelli was still leading with Saiz hot on his heels and Grady closing in as NMMRA’S past 3 champions was battling it out for the win. One lap remaining it was Fanelli taking the white and eventually the checkered followed by Saiz, Grady, Hill, Treharn rounding out the top 5.
Old enough to be Michael Fanelli’s grandmother and after 2 years of asking for a date he finally gave in and said sure, I will go on a date. My heart just throbbed and throbbed, couldn’t believe it. So here is the deal Michael, I will come and pick you up, if you don’t mind waiting for awhile. My motorized wheelchair doesn’t have the power plant in it that those sprint cars do and I have to stop about every 5 miles or so for a recharge. Anyway, when I do finally reach you, my treat any where you want to go. Just pick Mcdonalds. Any way I hope you have many more succesful years coming your way!
Rusty Martinelli, President and Deborah Martinelli, Secretary/Treasuer would like to thank NMMRA for allowing us to do what we love so much, Sprint Car Racing for the past seven years. Sure we have had our ups and downs, our fights, our happiness and certainly our saddness. The two of us have decided to leave the sport that we love so much and move on to a life that we can hopfully spend more time with our kids and grandkids.
The NMMRA awards banquet will be held on November 16, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque, NM. At that time Rusty will turn over the gavel to the next President of NMMRA. Ticket sales and prices will be announced at a later date.
Meanwhile, please come on out for our remaining two events of the 2019 season on September 21st and October 5th.
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