Night One of Clay Cup to Holtorf, Ryan, Hagen and Hillier
7/13/17
119 cars graced Deming Speedway for night one of the 34th annual Clay Cup Nationals at Deming Speedway. When the dust settled, main event winners were Shaun Holtorf, Liam Ryan, Peyton Hagen and Levi Hillier.
In the Speedmart Hoosier 600 Open class, Shaun Holtorf was the only driver in A Main action to go wire to wire for his win on the night. Holtorf led every lap, but was pressured constantly over the final ten laps by TJ Smith and Jake Hagopian. Jake threw a monster slider on TJ on the final lap to steal second place away, relegating Smith to third.
Liam Ryan returned to his dominant ways in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 division. Taking the lead from Brent Sexton on lap six, Ryan was never seriously challenged over the rest of the race in taking the prelim night victory. Second was Brad Davison with third going to Brent Sexton.
A lap 17 restart was all Peyton Hagen needed to score the victory in the Mytrafficman.NET 600 Restricted A Main event. Jeffrey Pahule Jr led the first 16 laps before Colby Thornhill rolled to a stop on the back straight away, bringing the field together for a restart. On said restart, Hagen found just enough of a gap on the bottom of turn three to slide into the lead and rolled away for the victory. Pahule JR ran second with Seth Anderlini filling out the podium.
After McKenna Morgan led lap one, Drake Hadlock took control of the main event of Kasey Kahne Junior Sprint A Main on lap two and was engaged i a fierce battle out front with Levi Hillier and Baker Fagerlie when disaster struck. Hadlock lost power in the middle of the back straight, and Fagerlie jumped his right rear tire trying to avoid the slowing car, resulting in one of the wildest Junior Sprint rides Deming Speedway has seen. On the ensuing restart, HIllier raced away to his first career win, with Jayden Whitney taking second and Isabel Barnes taking third.