O’Brien Visits Deming Victory Lane
DEMING, Wash. – Dustin O’Brien visited victory lane for the first time in 2013 to round out a successful Mytrafficman.net/Coors Light night at Deming Speedway.
Joining O’Brien in victory lane were Eric Drake, Dylan Resch and Lynden Lebedinski.
O’Brien had his work cut out for him all race long in the 600 Open A Feature. The 2011 track champion would work tirelessly to find the way around early race leader Austin Sheridan, finally finding room underneath him coming out of turn two on lap 18 to take the lead. Once by, heavy lapped traffic loomed and he was dogged by second place finisher Jared Peterson who did everything he could with the slower cars around to take the point. O’Brien never wavered, holding off Peterson and Sheridan to take the win, his first of the year. Sheridan was the fast qualifier. Spud Allen, Brandon Turner and Robbie Price won the heats.
Eric Drake led every lap of the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 Main Event. Drake was dogged by Nate Vaughn for most of the race, but showing his veteran guile, never panicked and ran a smooth consistent line all 25 laps to take the win. Vaughn was second with a fast closing Jared Gundersen taking third. Gundersen took quick time. Tyson Cross and Zach Keefe won the heats.
Dylan Resch endured a very similar feature to what Drake ran, taking the point early and holding off a very racy Ashleigh Johnson for all 25 laps to score his second win of the year in the 600 Restricted class. Johnson, fresh off her first victory last week, finished second and Tristin Thomas was third. Thomas set quick time. Heat wins went to Johnson, Brandee Wood and Jesse Schlotfeldt.
The Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints had serious issues with lining up properly at the start of their race, leading to mass confusion and delays. Officials made the decision that for the good of the show, the cars they were having trouble lining up would be penalized to the rear of the field. The major beneficiary of this penalty was Lynden Lebedinski who was originally slated to line up outside row two.
With positions one through three sent to the back of the pack, Lebedinski was awarded the pole on a single file start to the race, a lead that he would never relinquish despite extreme pressure from second place finishing Cain Cress and third place Haley Constance. For Lebedinski, it was his sixth win of 2013. Cress was quick time. Lebedinski and Arissa Lamm were heat winners.