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November 9, 2020 - Jake Gallardo Races to USRA National Championship Runner Up Finish; Fito Finishes Sixth in Final Rundown 
The 2020 season was certainly like none in the past, yet 27-year-old Las Cruces, New Mexico racer Jake Gallardo made the most of it, racing to 16 USRA Modified victories and placing second in the final USRA Modified National point standings for his efforts at the season's end. (Todd Boyd photo)

Jake, who started the season in January at his home track - the Vado Speedway Park (Vado, NM) - with a pair of sixth place finishes and a USRA B-Mod victory, to begin his 2020 campaign, soon saw his season, and his home track, put on hold when the Coronavirus pandemic took over the country, causing Vado not to be able to open for the remainder of the 2020 season, forcing Jake, and his dad Fito, who also competes in the USRA Modified division, to take to the road if they wanted to race. The father-son duo began making trips into Texas to race at the West Texas Raceway in Lubbock and the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, tracks that Jake raced to victory five times each throughout the course of the season. Jake also went to victory lane at the Heart O' Texas Speedway in Elm Mott, TX for his first ever TOMS Series win, ran second on the opening night of the Wild West Shootout at the Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, AZ, and recorded four top five finishes in his eight USMTS starts during the season.

Late June saw the newly opened Alien Motor Speedway in Roswell, NM begin their inaugural season and Jake made regular visits there, picking up five wins throughout the season, including two nights during the Butch Reid Memorial weekend and both nights of the track's Area 51 Fall Invasion special event.  

As the season wrapped up, the Gallardo team made trips to the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, IA for the USRA Nationals, where Jake ran 2nd, 3rd and 5th over the three nights of action and the team wrapped up the USRA point season with a trip into Kansas in late October to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City; the 81 Speedway in Park City and the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt. Jake has some back luck on the final weekend of the year, not finishing at Lakeside, finishing 14th at 81 and suffering a flat tire, which resulted in a 19th place finish at Humboldt, removing any chance of capturing his second national title.  

His 16-win season in his #J17 was the highest win total out of the 826 licensed USRA Modified drivers across the country and was good enough to solidly finish 2nd in the final USRA National Point Standings just 23 points behind Chatfield, Minnesota's Lucas Schott, who raced to his second national title by winning the finale at Humboldt, his 15th USRA win of the season, which clinched the title.  

Fito would wind up sixth in the final USRA Modified national points as well, racing to a pair of victories on the season in his 32 starts. Not only did he win twice at the West Texas Raceway in Lubbock, TX and pick up one USRA B-Mod victory throughout the season, but he also finished second twelve times - ten times to Jake and twice to 4-time USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders - putting together a very solid season for himself as well, culminating in a sixth-place finish in the final tally. 

The team has wrapped up their 2020 season and will quickly begin prepping for their 2021 campaign, which will most likely kick off in early January.

 Thanks to the following marketing partners for their support:
Gallardo Construction
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