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Opening Night Wins for Peterson, Helsel, Vollbrecht, Watkins and Rambow
The season opener is finally in the books at Deming Speedway, and on a cold and long night, five drivers took home hardware in front of a big crown. Jared Peterson capped the night with a wire to wire win in the Speedmart Hoosier 600 division. Joining Peterson in victory lane were Jake Helsel, Michael Vollbrecht, Riley Watkins and Peyton Rambow. Racing on the evening was sponsored by Pacific Power Batteries, Diehl Ford, Guardian Security, A-1 Welding and Scrap It – Stow It.
It almost looked too easy for Stanwood, WA’s Jared Peterson. From his pole position starting spot, Peterson led every lap of the Speedmart Hoosier 600 main event, only taking serious challenges on restarts before reasserting his dominance in clean air. Liam Ryan ran second and Brock Lemley was third. Jacob Brown set quick time. Heat winners were Spud Allen, Lemley, Chance Crum and Cody Ridge.
As dominant as Peterson looked in the 600 main event, Jake Helsel equaled him in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 feature. Helsel led every lap of the main with little challenge as well to park his car in victory lane on opening night. Helsel was also a heat race winner, as was second place Eric Turner. Seth Hespe ran third in the main. Tyson Cross set quick time.
Michael Vollbrecht turned back multiple challenges and fought through a bevy of restarts to pick up his first career Northwest Focus Midget Series win. Vollbrecht started on the pole and led all 18 laps of the caution shortened main, turning away no less than 5 different challengers over the course of the race to grab his first Deming Speedway hardware. Tristin Thomas was second and Greg Lane was third. Thomas was the quick qualifier. Lane and Vollbrecht won heat races.
Riley Watkins found victory lane for the second time in his career on Friday in the Mytrafficman.net 600 Restricted division. Watkins had worked himself into second place and was chasing leader Jesse Schlotfeldt when Jesse was collected by a spinning Casey Smith, ending his evening and handing the lead to Watkins. Riley held off a very racey JJ Thomas to grab the win. Ashleigh Johnson rounded out the top three. Sawyer Sorgenfrei paced the field in time trials. Johnson, AJ Harbaugh and Darius Walker-Perkins won the heats.
Peyton Rambow raced his rear end off to claim not only his first win at Deming Speedway in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints, but also a clean sweep of the evening’s activities. After setting fast time and winning his heat, Rambow race forward from fourth to the runner up position as race leader Parker Hadlock encountered heavy traffic. Seeing his opportunity present itself on lap eight, Rambow dive bombed the inside of turn two to clear a slower car, then cleared up to the top of the track to take Hadlock’s line away and claim the lead. Over the final few circuits, Rambow went to defense mode, holding of a fast closing Tyler McLeod to grab the win. McLeod would settle for second with Hadlock taking third. Rambow, Hadlock and Haylee Bloodgood were heat race winners.
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