An overflow crowd and a full roster of drivers — taking COVID-19 restrictions into account — greeted the return of racing to Pahrump Valley Speedway on Saturday night.
It was the first race night since Feb. 29, which was the third week of the season at the venerable speedway. Clearly, racing was missed.
“We did have to turn people away because we were at our max,” said happy Pahrump Valley Speedway owner Chad Broadhead. “It went well; altogether we had 77 cars.”
The speedway was allowed 100 and planned for 75, but Broadhead said that two more cars had waited for three hours so he allowed them to race. Attendance was limited to 500 people, well short of half of capacity. But that didn’t mean everything was by the book.
“We had a few people still defying any order, because they don’t want to listen to anybody,” Broadhead said.
On the track, RJ and Dylin Smotherman ran one-two in the Mini Stock division, the only class in which the top four points leaders have raced on all four dates this season. Eric Shenberger captured the Sport Mod class in his first outing of the season.
The largest race of the night, the 18-car Modified, went to Bryan Wulfenstein, vaulting him into fourth in the points standings.
Rory Bradley beat out Anthony Mann and Matt Gillum in Hobby Stocks, moving that trio into fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively in the season points chase. Jared Ward still leads the standings after a 12th-place finish Saturday night.
Dustin Loughton took the Dwarf race, Tony Kinkade won in Super Stocks, Mark Daub captured the Coupe race, and Anthony Montanez beat out Jace Jensen, Oden Padilla-King, Shae Pooler and Cody Isabella in the Mini Dwarfs.
“It was a good night,” Broadhead said. “It was busy. I hardly got to see any racing because I was trying to do everything else.”
Pahrump Valley Speedway will host its next night of racing June 20, with Mini Stock, Super Stock, Coupe, Hobby Stock, Modified, Sport Mod and Micro Sprint races on the slate.
PVS points leaders
Sport Mods: 1. Clifton King 139, 2. Alex Murphy 138, 3. Jake Snowden 137, 4. Joel Dean 110, 5. Jerry Beusig and Jeff Murphy 107.
Modifieds: 1. Donald Riley 119, 2. Aaron Keller 98, 3. Brady Gladd 97, 4. Bryan Wulfenstein 76, 5. Vinny Raucci Jr. 66.
Hobby Stocks: 1. Jared Ward 134, 2. Debbie Ward 102, Aiden Murphy 98, 4. Adam Tiscareno 94, 5. Rory Bradley 40.
Mini Stocks: 1. RJ Smotherman 152, 2. Tanner Reynolds 145, 3. Michael Wills 134, 4. Phil Hans 126, 5. Aaron Pike-Ceballos and Dylin Smotherman 109.
Super Stocks: 1. Dan Snowden 37, 2. Ron Moffatt 36, 3. Mark Hodges 35, 4. Timothy Murphy 34, 5. Dale Daffer 33.
Coupes: 1. Mark Daub 131, 2. Daniel Bruner 126, 3. Jay Cosby 94.