Drivers Survive for Wins on Chaotic Night at Deming Speedway
Intense and physical racing was the calling card of A-1 Welding / Scrap-It Stow-It night at Deming Speedway. Three new drivers survived their features to claim their first win of the season, with Chase Schmidt, Tyson Cross and Kaitlyn Hammer all scoring wins. Tyler McLeod was the only repeat victor of the evening, winning the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprint main.
It was a relatively easy run for Chase Schmidt in the open 600 division, as he was unaware of the consistent chaos behind him over the duration of the main event. Schmidt led every lap, turning away a challenge from Jared Peterson around the mid race mark until engine problems sidelined Jared. From there, Chase led comfortably while the rest of the field brawled like Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots for the rest of the positions. Enduring multiple cautions and red flags over the back half of the race, Schmidt picked up the eventual victory followed by Robbie Price and Chance Crum. Dustin O’Brien was the fast qualifier. Crum, Kevin Wilkinson and Liam Ryan were heat winners.
Tyson Cross broke the Brock Lemley mini streak in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 division with a wire to wire win in the main event. Cross, who set quick time earlier in the night, started off the pole and led comfortably for the majority of the race. He was followed to the line by Brock Lemley and Jake Helsel. Lemley and Steven Hendrickson won the heats.
One driver’s disaster was another driver’s dream come true in the 600 Restricted division. Rookie Cody Hogarth streaked out to an early advantage and had control of the race when he hit a rut on the exit of corner four and broke a piece of the front suspension, ending his night. On the lap 14 restart, Kaitlyn Hammer took control of the race and streaked away to her first Deming Speedway win. Eli Schmidt was second and Tanner Holm ran third. Spencer Constance was fast time. Heat winners were Schmidt, Hogarth and Isaac Abenroth.
Tyler “Moon Kitty” McLeod won for the second straight week in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints. While he was checked out from the field, the battle for second raged on with six different drivers battling for the spot over the course of the 15 lap feature. As the checkered flag flew, Haley Constance ended up taking the runner spot, followed by Peyton Hagen. Constance was quick time and heat wins went to Hagen, Parker Hadlock and Levi Klatt.