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|Location: ||Washington USA|
|The Original 1-2 Returns to Victory Lane at Deming Speedway
Everson, WA - It was a night full of new things at Deming Speedway, as the opening night crowd enjoyed racing with the pits outside instead of the infield amongst the many facility improvements over the offseason. When the final flag of the night flew though, it was a returning favorite gracing victory lane as The Original 1-2 Spud Allen took his #12 to a thrilling victory in the 600 Division. Racing on the night was sponsored by Jims Automotive, Pacific Power Batteries, Diehl Ford and Guardian Security and also saw main events won by Steven Hendrickson, Nick Evans, Dakota Drake and Baker Fagerlie.
The Open 600 division headlined the card with a 22 car main event scheduled for 25 laps. Kevin Wilkinson led the first circuit while Allen, off a year layoff, worked underneath him to take the lead on lap two. Spud set a torrid pace while Jared Peterson began his march from row four to the front. A lap 15 caution trimmed Spud’s sizable lead to almost nothing but two lap cars between himself and Peterson on the ensuing restart. Unfortunately for Jared, on the restart he passed before the cone on the front stretch, and following a yellow just a few laps later, was set back two spots in the running order. As Allen rebuilt his lead, Jared stormed back forward on the field but and erased a straightaway plus lead that Spud had built as they entered traffic. A caution for Jon Farrell put Peterson right on Allen’s tail for a green white checkered restart, but it was Allen with the right moves once the green flag came back out, opening up a lead in clean air that led him to the popular win in his first race back. Jared took home second with Wilkinson coming home third.
In the 1200 division, Steven Hendrickson broke in a brand new racecar the right way with a wire to wire win. Hendrickson upgraded to a new DLX in the offseason, changing many aspects of his suspension and handling characteristics as well as adding power steering. The results were evident, as Steven was only challenged on a late race restart by runner up JJ Hickle on his way to the win. Hickle was second with Nate Vaughn coming from seventh to third.
Vaughn had a busy night, as he also led the first 11 circuits of the NW Focus Midget series A Main before defending series champ Nick Evans drove inside him off turn two. The pair were entering slower when Evans made the move, and he followed it up with some excellent maneuvers in traffic to storm away to the win. Eric Turner and Vaughn battled side by side for second over the closing frames, with Turner taking the second spot and Nate running third.
Dakota Drake came out on top of a family affair in the 600 restricted class. Dakota was chased by cousin Tyson Lemley in the closing laps of the 25 lap main, after leading comfortably from the get go. Drake and Lemley came up on cousin Haylee Bloodgood on the final circuit as the pair entered lapped traffic, and it was Dakota picking the right line to score her first win of the 2017 campaign, with Tyson settling for second and Peyton Hagen taking third.
The most unpredictable class was the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints, as Levi Kuntz led the opening lap before Drake Hadlock and Jesson Jacobson got by him and began a torrid battle for the lead. Unfortunately for the two youngsters, that torrid battle ended up with them wrecking on the front stretch after completing three laps. In the exchange, Kuntz also had a mechanical malfunction and his night ended. With the top three cars forced pitside, it was rookie Levi Hillier taking the top spot with Baker Fagerlie now runner up. The two ran nose to tail for a number of laps before Fagerlie jumped to the inside line in turn three of the final lap and got past Hillier to take his first win. Hillier was excited for second with Brody Ferguson completing the podium.
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