At the annual Northern New Mexico State Finals Mud Bog Race Championship on Oct. 12 in Española, several residents and natives of Mora placed in several categories according to their vehicle classification.
In super modified Don Atkins was state champion and Isaac Alcon came in second in the statewide contest. Competing in the same category was Nicholas Casados also from Mora.
In the modified category was Greg Martinez, a Mora native, who won the state championship. Also racing his vehicle was Steven Padilla.
In the Super Stock class another Mora native, Leslie Martinez, won the state championship in that category.
The finals race had more than 80 drivers vying for a place.
Other racers from, the surrounding areas were: Peter Encinias from Pecos, Manuel Martinez from Manuelitas and Chris Sena from Las Vegas who placed third.
The racers have competed all over the state beginning in March. They have raced at many different sites including Questa, Belen, Chama, Raton and Clayton. They have also raced in different communities in Colorado and Arizona.
Locally they have participated in the mud bog races at Wagon Mound’s Bean Day Mud Bog, and Thunder in the Mountain at Manuelitas held during the Mora Fiestas in July.
Drivers from Arizona, Colorado and Texas raced along with the many New Mexico drivers, competing throughout the year.
Benefit dance for Greg Medina
Friends and family are holding a benefit dance for Greg Medina next Saturday at the VFW Post 1131 in Mora.
Medina has been in the Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque for the past month. He has no health insurance and needs a lot of help to pay the bills mounting up.
The band for the dance that is donating its time is Danny Alcon y Los Paisanos. The dance will be held from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. The admission is a donation suggested at $6 for singles and $11 for couples. All proceeds will go to help meet the expenses connected with Medina’s illness.
Tickets may be bought from: Doris Medina Pacheco, Ivan Valdez, Annette Pacheco, Megan McCauley-Rivera, or at the door.
Those unable to attend the dance and who wish to make a donation may give or mail their donation to Doris Medina–Pacheco, P.O. Box 23, Mora, N.M. 87732.
Medina has been the owner of Pizza Pro in Mora for 26 years. The business is temporarily closed at the present.
Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.