Ryan Does the Double at Deming Speedway
Everson, WA – Liam Ryan pulled off a twin killing on Friday night at Deming Speedway, winning main events in two different divisions on Les Schwab / Texmo Buildings night. Joining Liam in victory lane were Mike Vollbrecht, Cody Hogarth and Parker Hadlock.
In the evening’s night cap, Ryan drove into the lead on lap two of the Speedmart / Hoosier 600 main, passing Chance Crum on a restart using the low groove out of turn two. Liam seemed to have the race well in hand until Brock Lemley made a late race charge, finding incredible traction in the middle of turn three and four. Ryan watched a near straightaway size lead shrink to less than a car length, but held on to score the win and securing his second trophy of the night. Lemley raced from sixth to second with Shaun Holtorf securing third. Ryan was the fastest qualifier. Heat winners were Joe Constance, Kyle Mitchell and Kevin Wilkinson.
The first main event win of the night for Ryan was significantly easier. In the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 class, Ryan had race leader Jake Helsel in his sight early, using the low groove out of turn four to take the lead on lap four. From there, it appeared to be an easy Friday night cruise, as he wasn’t seriously challenged again over the duration of the main. In a recurring theme for the evening, Brock Lemley ran second to Ryan. Tyson cross was third. Jared Gundersen set quick time. Heat wins went to Cross and Ryan.
The Northwest Focus Midget Series put on another thrilling performance in their main event at Deming Speedway. Mike Vollbrecht and Nick Evans dueled for the lead early, with Vollbrecht leading lap one and Evans taking the point on lap two from the low groove. Evans would keep Vollbrecht at bay until a caution bunched the field up after Thomas Walker let loose oil on the track in the third and fourth corners on lap 12. The ensuing restart saw Evans enter turn three in the corner high, with Vollbrecht barreling in on the low groove. Vollbrecht find drive on the bottom while Evans may have found some leftover oil, giving Vollbrecht the lead back as they raced down the straight. Vollbrecht slid high in turn one to take away Nick’s line, and from there took the win with some cushion, his third in four races at Deming this season. Evans would settle for second. Tristin Thomas, Ryan Cully and Jared Peterson engaged in a highly entertaining battle for third with Peterson emerging to claim the spot at the checkered flag. Cully set quick time. Heat wins went to Peterson and Evans.
Cody Hogarth broke Jesse Schlotfeldt’s four week win streak by going wire to wire for the win in the Mytrafficman.NET 600 Restricted division. Hogarth was flawless all race, even as Schlotfeldt pressured him early in traffic. A spun car on lap 11 collected Schlotfeldt, giving JJ Thomas and Ashley Thompson a chance to try their luck with Cody, but Hogarth stayed calm cool and collected in weaving past slower traffic to take the win. Thompson would grab second from Thomas, who settled for third. Heat winners were Sawyer Sorgenfrei, Peyton Reed and Darius Walker-Perkins. Schlotfeldt was the fastest qualifier.
Parker Hadlock went wire to wire for the win in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprint class. It was Parker’s first career win at Deming Speedway. Levi Klatt challenged at lap 11 before a caution came out, allowing Hadlock to reset and begin hitting his marks again. Klatt would challenge one more time coming out of four on the last lap but Hadlock turned him away to score the win. Klatt and Macie Logsdon would join Parker on the podium. Haley Constance was quick time. Heat race winners were Klatt, Tyler McLeod and Hadlock.