Ryan Stuns At Deming Speedway
DEMING, Wash. – Liam Ryan grabbed a win in the 600 Open division that he’ll remember for a long time, with a last lap pass that grabbed him a victory on Sun Drop/Les Schwab night at Deming Speedway.
Joining him in victory lane was Brock Lemley, Tristin Thomas and Haley Constance.
Ryan, admittedly, started the 600 A Main with a race car that was way tight for the first ten laps, as he rolled around in the fourth position during the early going. A lap 10 yellow gave Ryan the opportunity to work on his shock package, with his cockpit adjustable shocks playing a big factor in the outcome of the feature.
Dialing the knobs to loosen his car up, Ryan found the top groove of turns one and two and quickly rocketed into second place and rapidly closing on race leader Chase Schmidt. Around lap 13, Ryan showed a nose to Schmidt on the outside of one and two but couldn’t complete the pass. On the subsequent circuit, Schmidt moved his car into the high groove as well, taking Ryan’s line away. Ryan remained patient and waited for slower traffic. When the slower traffic came into play following the white flag, Liam struck, railing the high groove again as Schmidt took low to try and deal with the slower car.
Schmidt unfortunately chose the wrong line, as the lapper dove low, giving Liam the edge on the high side which he used to make the pass coming out of turn two to secure the lead and the win. Schmidt would roll home second and Jared Peterson third. Austin Sheridan was fast time. Heat wins went to Peterson, Dustin O’Brien and Madison Hess.
Brock Lemley came out of a heated early battle with Derek Holmwood with the lead in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 main, and ended cruising to an easy win as many of his fellow competitors fell away due to attrition. Lemley survived multiple cautions to lap up to 4th place in picking up the win, his second of the season. Tyson Cross finished second and Frosty Metcalfe was third. Jared Gundersen set quick time. Heat wins went to Nate Vaughn and Steven Hendrickson.
It came down to the wire for Tristin Thomas in the 600 Restricted division, but when the dust settled, it was Thomas standing tall with the A Main trophy. Thomas led easily until hitting traffic around lap 16. The lapped cars, while slower, held a tough line around the inside of the track, and no one had the gumption to work the high groove.
Thomas settled into line while second place Ashley Thompson and third place Eli Schmidt closed. In the end, Thomas only ended up lapping one car, but neither Thompson nor Schmidt could use the outside groove, and it was Tristin taking the win. Heat race wins went to Sawyer Sorgenfrei, Dylan Resch and Brandee Wood. Thomas set quick time.
Haley Constance made a last lap pass to win her second straight Kasey Kahne Junior Sprint A Main and third overall of the season. Constance and Lynden Lebedynski had a spirited battle that ended with Lebedynski trapped behind a lapped car on the inside of the race track on the last lap. Constance used the clear lane around the top to take the lead and the win, followed by Lynden and Allison Johnson. Cain Cress was quick time. Heat winners were Cress and Lebedynski.