DEMING, Wash. — “It’s a lot easier coming from fifth as opposed to 20th” said a victorious Liam Ryan in victory lane after a clean sweep of the 600 division races on Napa of Bellingham and Mt Baker Powder Coating night at Deming Speedway Friday.
He was joined in victory lane by Eric Drake in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 division, Jake Helsel in the 600 Restricted class and Cain Cress in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints.
After an impressive run from 20th to second last Friday, Liam Ryan broke through for his first victory of 2013 with a lap-12 pass of Chase Schmidt amid heavy traffic. Ryan’s victory broke the early season stranglehold that Schmidt had on the class after Chase won the opening two weekends. Shaun Holtorf stalked the front pair on his way to a third place run.
Make it two wins now for Eric Drake in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 class. Early race leader Frosty Metcalfe appeared to have a shock go bad on him following a strange incident under red flag conditions when a car slowing to a stop ran over his right rear, which gave Drake the opening he needed. Once the race restarted, Drake, who had been tailing Metcalfe doggedly over the first 15 circuits, saw an opening under Frosty as Metcalfe bounced up the track as a result of the damaged shock. From there, clean air was Eric’s best friend as he streaked away to the win. Steven Hendrickson came home second and Tyson Cross was third.
Jake Helsel parlayed a fast car and a little luck into a victory at Deming Speedway in the 600 Restricted class. Helsel ran down race leader Hannah Lindquist in traffic, and then took the lead from her on lap 18. On lap 21 while mired in heavy traffic, Lindquist retook the point from Helsel. The pass would not stand however, as a caution flew before all cars could complete the lap. Under Deming rules, the field reverted to the last completed lap lineup, which returned Jake to the lead on the restart. From there, Helsel streaked away for the win, followed by Brandee Wood and Lindquist. Helsel was also the evening’s fastest qualifier.
Cain Cress has now won two in a row in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints. Cress led from the outset, holding off Lynden Lebedinski and Haley Constance for the victory.