DEMING, Wash. — Chase Schmidt won the 600 Open division, ending Liam Ryan’s streak of three in a row Friday night at Deming Speedway.
Tyson Cross won the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 main while Dylan Resch won the 600 Restricted Class and Cain Cress won the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprint feature.
Chase Schmidt won his third feature of the year in the 600 Open division. From the pole, Schmidt started like a house of fire, stretching out to an early advantage that bordered on a full straightaway long. Traffic loomed several times, and second place finisher Liam Ryan closed a couple of times, but Schmidt held steady and dispatched the slower cars at a rapid pace to hold his spot for the duration of the 25 lap main. Jared Peterson ran behind Schmidt and Ryan for third. Heat wins went to Austin Sheridan, Ryan, Brayden Planko and Kyle Mitchell. Schmidt set quick time.
Tyson Cross led every lap of the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 division feature for the win, his first of 2013. Cross took the lead from the outside pole, and led most of the race without challenge save for the very end where eventual second place finisher Jared Gundersen rolled up on him in lapped traffic. Steven Hendrickson ran third. Heat winners were Brock Lemley and Eric Drake. Gundersen was quick time.
A lap-12 restart gave Dylan Resch the opening he needed to take the lead and his first feature win of the season in the 600 Restricted division. With a Delaware style restart looming, Resch went from his outside row 1 position and drove around both Tristin Thomas and race leader Kaitlyn Hammer at the drop of the green, advancing two positions into the lead which he would hold on to secure the victory. Hammer ended up second and Thomas ran third. Heat race winners were Hannah Lindquist, Brandee Wood, Ian Humphries and Thomas. Isaac Abenroth was the fast qualifier.
For the fourth time on the season, Cain Cress took the win in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints. Cress took the lead off the inside of turn two on lap 10 to secure the lead and the win. Lynden Lebedinski was second and Mitchell Helsel took third for the second straight week. Tyson Lemley was the first driver not named “Cress” or “Lebedinski” to win a heat race this year.