Everson, WA – Night one of the Big Al Memorial at Deming Speedway saw Jared Peterson come away with an entertaining win to finish out a great night of racing. The top three finishers in each main event for each class are guaranteed a top six starting spot for Saturday’s grand finale. Joining Jared as prelim night winners were Liam Ryan, Colin Mackey and Austin Held.
Chance Crum and Jared Peterson went to war for top honors in the Speedmart Hoosier 600 open class. The pair ran nose to tail for the first 18 laps of the main event before Peterson took Crum to slidejob city in turn one on lap 19. Crum made a nice crossover move to retain the lead out of turn two and held the point heading back to the flagstand. Peterson again dove deep into one on ap 20 and this time, Crum could not get his car turned under in time to cross over, giving Peterson the lead and eventual win. Crum’s second puts him into the redraw for tomorrow along with Jesse Schlotfeldt, who came from the fifth row to take third.
When big money is on the line, Liam Ryan is at his best. The Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 division saw that first hand on Friday night as once Ryan passed race leader Steven Hendrickson on lap 15 and was all alone at the front of the field as he took the win and locked up a top six starting spot for Saturday night. Hendrickson locked in with second and Clennon Holloway won a spirited battle for third over Jared Gundersen.
Colin Mackey punched his card for the big dance on Saturday night, taking his first Deming Speedway win in the Mytrafficman.NET 600 restricted division. Blaine Granberg was the race leader as he and Mackey made their way into traffic that resembled the I-5 Freeway at rush hour in Seattle. Granberg kept to the low side while Mackey took a risk by rolling to the high side of the speedway. That risk paid off, as Mackey took the lead on lap 17 and held off Blaine to score his first Deming Speedway win of the season. Granberg and Ben Ferrera join him as lock ins for Saturday’s show.
In the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprint division, a lace race mishap completely changed the complexion of the finish. Haley Constance took the lead from Levi Hillier on lap seven and had opened up a sizable advantage before encountering slower traffic. The huge lead that Constance held rapidly dwindled as she could not navigate the slower car in front of her, allowing Hillier and third place Jesson Jacobson to close. Coming off turn four, Constance, Hillier and Jacobson would collide, spinning almost in sync to a stop on lap 15. With those three relegated to the back of the pack, Austin Held took over the lead and ran to the win, his second of the year and in the process, locking in for Saturday’s finale. The podium was rounded out by Drake Hadlock, and Axel Oudman who also locked into top six starting spots on Saturday.