Schmidt Wins Exciting Main at Deming Speedway
A fast and exciting night of racing presented by Barleans and Brown’s Equipment saw a couple of point leaders strengthen their leads and a fantastic finale’ to the night at Deming Speedway. Chase Schmidt took home a win in a classic contest in the Speedmart Hoosier 600 division. He was joined in victory lane by point leaders Tyson Cross in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 class and Kaitlyn Hammer from the Mytrafficman.NET 600 division, as well as Tyler McLeod in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints.
In one of the most entertaining main events in the division’s history, Chase Schmidt emerged triumphant in the Speedmart Hoosier 600 open division. Kevin Wilkinson set the pace early with Austin Sheridan chasing him and a huge pack of drivers battling for third through tenth. Chase would emerge from the pack to challenge Sheridan and picked him off on lap 12 to grab second and try to run down Wilkinson who had a solid advantage built up. Schmidt had closed to within a car length of Wilkinson, as the contest for third through tenth continued to rage, with drivers swapping positions back and forth like fruitcake at a white elephant gift exchange. Wilkinson caught respite from the traffic he was about to enter with a lap 17 caution, but it turned into an advantage for Schmidt as once the field returned to green flag action, Chase was all over Wilkinson, challenging high and low. The pass for the lead came out of turn two on lap 23 – Wilkinson jumped the cushion off turn two and Schmidt shot to his inside. Schmidt had Wilkinson cleared, but Kevin came down track and the two cars collided, leaving Schmidt streaking away and Kevin with a folded up front end that ended his evening. Chase would subsequently leave the field on the restart and pick up the impressive win. Sheridan held for strong second with Brock Lemley emerging from a large and talented pack of drivers to grab third place. Schmidt, Lemley and Joe Constance were the heat winners. Wilkinson was the night’s fastest qualifier.
Tyson Cross picked up needed momentum heading into the final week of Deming Speedway in 2014, leading all 25 laps of the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 division main event. Cross fended off a challenge from Brock Lemley on a mid race restart before streaking away to the needed victory, after seeing his point lead narrowed in last week’s race. Lemley would hang on for second with Jared Gundersen nipping at his heels for third. Cross was the fast qualifier. Lemley and Derek Holmwood won the heats.
Kaitlyn Hammer has set herself up for success heading into championship weekend. Hammer led all 25 laps of the main event in the Mytrafficman.NET600 Restricted class on Friday night to extend her point lead heading into next weekend’s championship double header. Riley Watkins held off hard charging Cody Hogarth for the runner up spot. Jesse Schlotfeldt was the quick qualifier. Hammer and Spencer Constance were the heat race winners.
Tyler McLeod picked up another clean sweep in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints. After winning his heat and setting quick time in time trials, McLeod rolled a zero invert to start on the pole and led all 15 laps of the main without challenge. Peyton Hagen ran second with Haley Constance on his tail in third. Hagen and Constance were the heat race winners along with McLeod.