Drivers and Fans Glad to Be Back to Racing at Deming Speedway
The large crowd and large field of cars were happy to see Mother Nature smiling once again on Deming Speedway, as 78 participants signed in for action in front of many smiling and happy faces on Les Schwab night at the track. When the dust settled, Chase Schmidt, Eric Drake, Hannah Lindquist and Jesse Schlotfeldt walked away with feature wins in a very entertaining night at the races.
Luck smiled on Chase Schmidt in the Hoosier Speedmart 600 division. The young driver took advantage of race leader Liam Ryan falling out to mechanical woes, as he assumed the lead on lap 17 and was getting progressively faster on a very slick surface en route to the victory. Second went to Robie Price with third going to Derek Torkelson. Torkelson set quick time. Heat wins went to Dustin O’Brien, Price, Brandon Turner and Cory Samuelson.
Eric Drake made things look easy in the 1200 division, with a 25 lap wire to wire victory. Eric was trailed by Steven Hendrickson and Liam Ryan. Ryan set quick time. Heat wins went to Drake, Ryan and Brock Lemley.
First wins are always the sweetest, and Hannah Lindquist is enjoying the sweet spoils of victory after a 25 lap wire to wire win in the 600 Restricted division. After setting quick time, Lindquist rolled a 0 invert and held off Austin Sheridan and Chance Crum for her first career Deming Speedway win. Heat race winners were Tristin Thomas, Sheridan, Kyle Mitchell and Crum.
Jesse Schlotfeldt, Sawyer Sorgenfrei and Ashton Dial put on quite the spectacle in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprint main event. Dial let from the outset with Sorgenfrei and Schlotfeldt in hot pursuit. The three young men stayed within one to two car lengths of each other in and through the heavy lapped traffic they were racing in, with Sorgenfrei finding the fast line underneath to take the lead on lap eight. Schlotfeldt followed him past Dial for second and ascended to the lead on lap 11 with a slidejob on Sorgenfrei. Sawyer went for a cross over move to reclaim the spot but lost the handle, spinning out and causing caution. For the rest of the way it was Schlotfeldt, who took another feature win on the year followed by Dial and Tyson Lemley claiming his first podium finish. Schlotfeldt made it a clean sweep of the night, as he set quick time and won his heat race. Sorgenfrei won the second heat.