DEMING, Wash. — Four new faces graced victory lane at Deming Speedway on Friday night, and each with their own unique story behind the win.
Jared Peterson broke the stranglehold of Langley, BC on winner’s circle with a win in the 600 Open class. Brock Lemley ended a year and a half drought by taking the victory in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 division. Galen Turner won the 600 Restricted feature at the ripe old age of 58 and 8 year old Haley Constance broke through for her first win in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints.
Peterson picked up his first win of the year. Peterson inherited the lead on lap four when leader Shaun Holtorf and second place running Liam Ryan made contact in turn one, ending Holtorf’s night and banishing Ryan to the back of the pack. From there, Peterson would hold off a hard charging Chase Schmidt and Kyle Mitchell to pick up the victory.
The curse of the Tulsa Shootout finally ended for Brock Lemley. A year and a half after bringing home two Golden Drillers, Lemley led all 25 laps of the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 feature to pick up his first Deming Speedway win since the 2011 season. Lemley was challenged late by Jared Gundersen who ran second. Eric Drake was third. Tyson Cross was the fastest qualifier. Lemley and Clennon Holloway were the heat race winners.
Old age and treachery defeated youthful enthusiasm on Friday night as 58 year old Galen Turner led all 25 laps of the 600 Restricted main for his first career win in the division. Second place finisher Tanner Holm was closing as Turner approached lapped traffic at the lap 15 mark, but a caution flag for Jake Helsel reset the field and gave Turner the clean air he needed to reassert his lead and take the win. Post race, Turner announced he’d be giving half of his winnings to the Jason Leffler Benevolent Fund. Holm brought home second and Tristin Thomas was third. Spencer Constance set quick time. Ashley Thompson, Brandee Wood and Thomas won the heats.
Haley Constance ran the best race of her life at Deming Speedway, beating the boys with a big move to take her first career win at the ripe old age of 8 in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints. Race leader Lynden Lebedinski and second place Cain Cress both drifted high out of turn number two on lap 13, giving 3rd place running Haley a big gap on the bottom of the racetrack. Constance made the perfect move, blasting inside of both of the boys to secure the lead and the eventual win. Cress passed Lebedinski for second shortly after Constance got by. Constance and Mitchell Helsel were the heat race winners. Cress set quick time.