DEMING, Wash. – A strange night of racing occurred at Deming Speedway on a Friday the 13th, where a big crowd sat under sunny skies watching 81 cars compete for glory on Praise 106.5/Armed Forces/First Responders night at Deming Speedway.
Coming through the evening with the main event wins were Kyle Mitchell, Nate Vaughn, Spencer Constance and Peyton Hagen.
In the 600 Open division, Kyle Mitchell led all 25 laps of the main event under constant pressure from second place finisher Liam Ryan and Chase Schmidt. Late in the race, both Schmidt and Ryan had a shot at Mitchell with traffic looming, but Mitchell held his cool and cruised on the victory ahead of Ryan and Spud Allen, who navigated through a late race tangle up that collected a number of front running cars on the final lap. Austin Sheridan set quick time. Heat winners were Kelly Mauck, Kevin Wilkinson, Brayden Planko and Shaun Holtorf.
The Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 main was a victim of the Friday the 13th curse as the first six laps took 17 minutes to run between yellow and red flags. When the drivers finally began clicking off consecutive laps, Nate Vaughn, who had held point from the beginning of the race, held off strong challenges from both Steven Hendrickson and eventual second place finisher Eric Turner en route to his second victory of the season. Hendrickson would exit on lap twenty one after a flip, paving the way for Brock Lemley to charge to third. Jared Gundersen set quick time. Vaughn, Eric Drake and Zach Keefe won heat races.
Spencer Constance dominated the 600 Restricted division in taking the main event win. Constance enjoyed a full straightaway advantage for most of the race. Eli Schmidt made a charge late and narrowed the advantage to just a few car lengths before taking second. Third was point leader Tristin Thomas, who also set quick time. Heat winners were Kaitlyn Hammer, Constance, Sawyer Sorgenfrei and Brandee Wood.
The night belonged to Peyton Hagen in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints, who scored his first career main event win at Deming Speedway after taking the lead from Peyton Rambow on lap 4. Hagen won by a healthy advantage over second place finisher Trevor Douglas, who also had a career best finish. Lynden Lebedynski tightened the championship race with a third place run. The curse of Friday the 13th struck this race in a big way, as two red flags occurred within the first five laps in a division where even a single red flag is rare. Haley Constance was the fast qualifier. Heat winners were Hagen, Lebedynski and Tyson Lemley.