Ryan Wins Dual Features at 2015 Clay Cup Nationals
Everson, WA – It was a history making night at the 32nd annual Clay Cup Nationals at Deming Speedway. Liam Ryan became the first driver to ever win both 600 Open and 1200 main events in the Saturday night finale, claiming $12,500 in purse money for his efforts. On top of that, Ashley Thompson became the first female winner in the history of Clay Cup by winning the 600 Restricted division main.
The one race that had eluded Liam was the Speedmart Hoosier 600 Open win, as the Langley, BC racer had yet to score the win in the division he desired the most. From his inside pole position, Ryan led all 40 laps of the main event. Ryan held a comfortable advantage in the early going of the race, until slower traffic put a halt to his charge and allowed the pack of TJ Smith, Kyle Mitchell and Chance Crum to converge on him. Ryan managed to dispatch the slower cars on the ultra slick surface, but a lap 35 caution gave the aforementioned three a shot to take on Ryan in clean air. On the restart, Crum, who had advanced to second, gave Ryan a challenge low but Ryan was up to the task, pulling away to score the win and the $7,500 winner’s share of the purse. Crum collected his best Clay Cup finish in second and Mitchell out dueled Smith for third. Smith was fourth and Stan Yockey raced from the B Main to fifth. Shaun Holtorf won the B Main with Kyle Kennedy winning the C. Alden Ostrom was the lone driver to make the Alphabet running, starting his night in the C Main and finishing 10th in the A.
In the race previous, Liam went wire to wire for his fourth straight Clay Cup win in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 division. Liam had a great start and ran most of the race without challenge save for the final few laps. Heavy traffic gave Brock Lemley a chance to close, and at the final stripe, Brock was within four car lengths, but the night belonged to Ryan who scored $5k for the victory. Lemley was second with his brother in law Jason Bloodgood coming from eighth to third. Tyson Cross took fourth and Derek Holmwood ran fifth. Brad Davison won the B Main.
At the end of an accident filled feature for the Mytrafficman.NET 600 restricted class, Ashley Thompson stood triumphant in victory lane, becoming the first female winner in the 32 year history of Clay Cup. Jesse Schlotfeldt appeared to have the race well in hand, leading the first 27 laps until disaster struck. Lizzy Johnson sat spun out on the inside of turn two and Schlotfeldt drove into her, breaking too many components on the front of Jesse’s car to continue on. This handed the lead to Thompson who had ran second all race. The Arlington, WA driver seized her chance, leading the last few laps of the race to grab the win. Sawyer Sorgenfrei scored second with Peyton Reed taking third, Ben Silliker in fourth and Kaden Holm taking fifth. Katie Turner was sixth after winning the B Main.
Three First Time Winners at Clay Cup Night Two
Everson, WA – The second night of racing at Deming Speedway’s 2015 Clay Cup Nationals crowned two first time winners and a first time winner on the season in the three divisions. Keith Wickard capped a thrilling 600 Open main event with his first career win. Clennon Holloway took his first win of the 2015 season in the 1200 class and Katie Turner captured his first career victory in the 600 Restricted division.
The fireworks at the start of the Speedmart Hoosier 600 Open main event were incredible, as Annie DeRemer and Keith Wickard traded moves and paint off their cars as the battled over the first few laps. Wickard was committed to the high side with DeRemer running down low, with DeRemer leading lap one, Wickard laps two and three before DeRemer slid up in front of Keith to establish a lead on lap four. DeRemer would race with Wickard no more than a couple car lengths back of her, keeping her machine below the slick stuff in the middle of the turns while Keith kept his car mere inches away for the outside wall around the entire 1/6 mile oval. DeRemer held serve as Wickard stalked, while gradually having a harder time keeping her car pinned to low groove. Wickard would pounce on the opportunity to pass Annie, as she slid into the slick middle and lost forward drive. Keith made the big sweeping pass of DeRemer on lap 20 and opened up a nice advantage before crossing under the checkered flag on lap 25 for his first Deming Speedway win. DeRemer held tough for second with Jacob Brown taking third. Jared Peterson was quick time and won the first heat race and finished the main event in fifth, guaranteeing himself a front row starting spot for tomorrow night’s A Main alongside Liam Ryan. Other heat winners were Isaac Abenroth, Ryan, Raio Morgan, Brown and DeRemer. Joe Constance won the B Main.
Clennon Holloway put a season of bad luck behind him by going wire to wire for the win in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 division. Clennon withstood a stout challenge from Brad Davison on the low side of the speedway, but the Bellingham, WA driver was up to the challenge as he expertly navigated the high groove to the victory, his first of the year. Steven Hendrickson took second and Jared Gundersen was third. Liam Ryan set quick time and via his point score from Thursday night, will start on the pole of Saturday’s main event. Brock Lemley will join Liam on the front row. Heat winners were Frosty Metcalfe, Gundersen, Eric Turner and Dwayne Mackey.
Katie Turner raced to her first career win in the Mytrafficman.NET 600 Restricted division. Katie led all 25 laps of the main event from her front row starting spot to claim the victory, with little challenge over the course of the race. Ashleigh Johnson was second and JJ Thomas took third. Sawyer Sorgenfrei set fast time. Heat wins went to Ryley Mayer, Johnson, Ben Silliker and AJ Harbaugh. Sorgenfrei won the B Feature. Jesse Schlotfeldt will sit on the pole for the A Main on Saturday. The outside pole position car had not been determined as of this writing.