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Mitchell Closes April with Deming Speedway Win

4/28/17

Everson, WA - As April came to a close, a large crowd enjoyed an entertaining night of racing at Deming Speedway as Kyle Mitchell went wire to wire for the win in the 600 Open division. Joining Kyle in victory lane were Chance Crum, Peyton Hagen and Mitchell Helsel. Racing action was presented by Les Schwab of Whatcom County and the Bellingham Napa.

A pole position start gave Kyle Mitchell all he needed to take his first win of the year in the Speedmart Hoosier 600 division. Mitchell was challenged by Jon Farrell over the course of the 25 lap main, but strong restarts after three well placed yellow flags always gave the Canadian youngster enough breathing room to roll away to the victory. Farrell took a season best second place finish home while Devon Borden made his first appearance of the year memorable with a third place run. Reese Wickard went from nineteenth to eighth in earning hard charger honors.

Opportunity knocked in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 division and when it did, Chance Crum answered. Running without wings on this night, Crum took the lead on a lap eight restart when Alex Lewis got loose entering turn one and Crum drove underneath to take the lead exiting turn two. Lewis stayed close to Chance before Jared Gundersen passed him on the high side with about five laps remaining. Gundersen closed on Crum but could not make his way around him, as Chance took the win, his first of the year in the division and second at the track total. Gundersen was second with Lewis third. Steven Hendrickson was hard charger with three spots advanced.

Peyton Hagen raced his way to his first career Mytrafficman.NET 600 Restricted class main event win. On the initial start, 10+ cars spun out and got together in turn one, shuffling the lineup significantly before a lap was complete. On the second attempt, Colin Mackey led the first lap but Hagen had found a gap down low and had moved from third to second quickly thereafter blasted past Colin into the lead. Hagen was only challenged toward the end of the race when a yellow flag on lap 22 bunched the field up behind him. Colby Thornhill, who was involved in the initial start yellow, ad moved his way all the way back through the pack and gave Peyton a challenge on the restart but could not find the combination to get past Hagen on his way to victory lane. Thornhill was second and Allison Johnson took third. Hagen earned hard charger honors with ten positions gained.

For the second straight week, Mitchell Helsel took the win in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints. Helsel came from eighth to pick up the win, taking the lead from Jaden Whitney with an inside move off turn four to snag the lead on lap 12. Helsel completed a clean sweep of the evening, setting quick time and winning his heat race. Whitney picked up his best Deming Speedway finish with a second place and Hayley Constance ran third. Helsel was also the hard charger in the main.



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