Mesilla Valley Transportation/Border Tire and Arizona Differential back as Modified division supporters for 2020 Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Oct. 11, 2019) – Modified entrants in 2020’s Jan. 
11-19 Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway will once again chase points-fund cash sponsored by Mesilla Valley Transportation/Border Tire and Arizona Differential

A $1,000 payoff has been posted for the champion of the six-race Modified miniseries, which includes four $1,000-to-win features and
$2,000 checks for the winners of the A-mains on Jan. 12 and 19. The division’s total points fund boasts $3,000 in cash — including $700 for second, $500 for third, $400 for fourth and $300 for fifth — from the title sponsorship of Mesilla Valley Transportation and Border Tire and presenting sponsor Arizona Differential.

With locations in El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, N.M., Mesilla Valley Transportation is a leading truckload carrier and Border Tire is a Michelin Commercial Service Network Dealer (MCSN) specializing in medium duty, heavy duty, agricultural and industrial size tires. Both firms are overseen by Royal Jones of Las Cruces, N.M., a longtime short-track racing sponsor and a competitor himself.

“I’m not sure there is a bigger supporter of racing here in the Southwest than Royal Jones from Mesilla Valley Transportation and Border Tire,” said Wild West Shootout marketing coordinator Jason Babyak. “We are thrilled to have him back yet again as an event sponsor and also as a participant. Events of this magnitude are not possible without a solid network of sponsors and a great group of racers, and we are blessed to have both of those as a package deal with Royal Jones.”

Owned by Nate Warren, Arizona Differential
( is a family-operated full service auto repair shop and service center located in Phoenix, Ariz. The company has been in operation since 1986 and has grown to become one of the leading providers of custom differentials and fabrication as well as parts and accessories in the Phoenix metro area.

“Owner Nate Warren and his wife Jen offer a one-stop shop for all your differential-related needs,” Babyak said. “And not only do they sponsor racing, Nate competes behind the wheel of his own Modified and also a Dirt Late Model with the Southwest Dirt Track Association. Like with Royal Jones, we feel fortunate to have the Warrens’ support as sponsors and racers as well.”

At the 2019 edition of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout, Minnesota’s Darrell Nelson claimed the Modified championship. Sixty competitors entered at least one event in the division during the course of the ultra-competitive miniseries.


Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout officials recently announced that online sales of single- and multi-day tickets have begun for the popular miniseries, which will pay out over $200,000 in purses over six nights of Super Late Model, Modified and X-Mod racing. 
Tripleheaders are set for Jan. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18 and 19.

The Super Late Model portion of the miniseries will once again boast the Keyser Quarter-Million Challenge, a lucrative program that offers a $250,000 bonus for sweeping all six features; $100,000 for winning five; $25,000 for capturing four; and $10,000 for claiming three. A driver able to pull off the feat of sweeping the races would depart Arizona with $293,000.

Fans and competitors planning trips to FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway can also now book rooms as the Wild West Shootout’s official hotel, Hyatt Place Phoenix Gilbert in Gilbert, Ariz. Located approximately 20 minutes from the track, a $119 per night room rate for king or two-queen rooms is available for WWS attendees who call 1-888-591-1234 or visit and use the code G-WILD by Dec. 17.

For more information on the 14th Annual Wild West Shootout, please visit

The Wild West Shootout is made possible by Keyser Manufacturing, O’Reilly Auto Parts, FK Rod Ends, Dirt Track Bank, Black Diamond Race Cars, Shaw Trucking, SportTruck RV, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border Tire, Arizona Differential, RHR RacingSwag, Barnett Harley Davidson, Hoker Trucking, Premier Waste Services, MidWest Sheet Metal, VP Racing Fuel, Hoosier Racing Tires, Pro Power Engines, Penske Racing Shocks, Five S