Two-time defending series champion Ricky Alvarado was a double winner as the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Northern Tour (IMCA) opened with a record car count at Aztec Speedway on April 24th.
Alvarado took over before midway of Friday’s feature for IMCA Modifieds. He was much more dominating after starting the Saturday show from outside the front row, leading from flag to flag to complete the weekend sweep and collect his 19th career win on the circuit.
Sixty-six Modifieds were entered on opening night, the most in the tour’s 34-race history. Both features at Aztec paid $1,000 to win and doubled as qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
While Alvarado had the Saturday field covered, the battle was for second and home track hotshoe Craig Nelson held down that position most of the way. Jerry Harpole Jr. and Aaron Spangler went back and forth over third for much of the 30-lapper before Spangler pulled ahead and then got around Nelson for the runner-up spot with six to go.
Next up for the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour is the May 15-16 twinbill at Diamond Mountain Speedway in Vernal, Utah.