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Front Row Challenge adds fuel to fire for Southern New Mexico Speedway's Fall Nationals





LAS CRUCES, N.M.-The 15th Annual USRA Fall Nationals presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-19, at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., and this year's USRA Modified main event winner could walk away with as much as $25,000.


Saturday's finale fill dole out at least $10,000 to the winner and $1,000 to each main event starter. However, if there are 51-75 cars at the event, the money goes up to $12,000 to win and $1,200 to start. A field of 76-100 cars pushes it up to $15,000 to win and $1,500 to start, and if 100 or more cars and drivers are in competition, the winners gets $15,000 while every driver taking the green flag earns at least $2,000.


As if that weren't enough, Mesilla Valley Transportation is sponsoring the Front Row Challenge for the first time in the 15-year history of the mega-event. Both front row starters in Saturday's A-Main will have the opportunity to start at the back of the field for $25,000 to win.


Heat race passing points will be used to determine main event lineups the first two nights. The top five finishers in Thursday's A-Main advance to the inside row of Saturday's A-Main and the top 5 in Friday's A-Main to outside row of Saturday's A-Main.


Stormy Scott is the defending champion of the event. Other past winners include Terry Phillips (2012) Jason Cummins (2011), Rodney Sanders (2010), Johnny Scott (2009), Eddie Martin (2005-07), Ron Jones (2000-01, 2004), Monte Bolton (2003) and Royal Jones (2002).


The event will also feature USRA B-Mods going wheel to wheel for $5,000 to win Saturday night. Drivers may compete under the local X-Mod rules package or USRA B-Mod rules package.


Also on the racing card will be Street Stocks racing for $300, $300 and $500 to win, respectively, and Casa Nissan Legends Cars which battle for $1,000 to win Saturday night.


The event will be a USRA national points race each night for the USRA Modifieds and USRA B-Mods/X-Mods.


Entry forms are available on the Southern New Mexico Speedway website at www.snmspeedway.com or the USRA website at www.usraracing.com under the Downloads tab.


An open practice is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 16, with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. and practice beginning at 6 p.m. Pit passes are $20 and entry to the grandstands is free.


On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Adult general admission tickets are just $12 on Thursday and Friday and $15 on Saturday or get a three-day pass for just $30. Pit passes are $40 each day or $100 for a three-day pit pass.


The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take I-10 to exit 132 (about 10 miles west of Las Cruces), then go one block south, then west on frontage road (next to Love's Travel Stop). For more information call 575-524-7913 or 505-524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.com online.


To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.


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