Best Bets: Deming Speedway opens season


Defending 600 Restricted points champion Tristin Thomas gets a feel for his car during Play Day March 30, 2013, at Deming Speedway.


That cloud of dust to the south of Mount Baker Highway means summer has arrived in Deming. Assuming Mother Nature cooperates, Deming Speedway is scheduled to kick off its 2014 mini sprint race season on Friday, April 4.

The six-mile clay oval will once again play host to four classes of racing - the 1,200s, 600s, 600 Restricted, and Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints - almost every Friday night through late September. The highlight of the season will be the 2014 Clay Cup Nationals, July 17-19, and July 4 falls on a Friday this year.

Jared Gunderson (1,200s), Liam Ryan (600s), Tristin Thomas (600 Restricted) and Lynden Lebedynski (Kasey Kahne Juniors) were the season points champions in 2013.

Gates at the speedway, 4605 Deming Road, open at 5 p.m. for hot laps and qualifying, with opening ceremonies and heat races scheduled for 7, before the mains in each event get rolling.

Single-race tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for juniors (8-17) and seniors (65 and older), with season tickets $264 for adults and $216 for juniors and seniors.

The season schedule and points standings can be found at


More than 70 top bull riders in the country, including Dakota Beck, are coming to Lynden for the Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division event at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, at the Northwest Washington Fair and Events Center, 1775 Front St. After the riding, music and dancing with DJ Glenn in the beer garden will be offered until 11:30 p.m.

Riders will compete for up to $25,000 in prize money, as well as points in the division standings. Tickets are $33 to $48 for reserved seats; call 360-354-4111.

Also, there will be a free Exceptional Rodeo for people with mental and/or physical disabilities at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, hosted by Rascal Rodeo, a nonprofit organization that produces faux rodeos for people with disabilities.

People of all ages with special needs are encouraged to participate in the fun, safe rodeo events. No horse or rodeo experience is necessary. Register at or call 509-528-5947.


Families can join Lummi Island author and illustrator Nina Laden at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Village Books, 1200 11th St., as she talks about her three latest books for children, "Once Upon a Memory," a poetic picture book about the world as seen through the eyes of a curious child; "Peek-a-Zoo?," a board book with colorful illustrations and die-cut windows; and "Daddy Wrong Legs," a mix-and-match book with split pages to create a bevy of daddies.

Laden is an award-winning, best-selling author and illustrator who lives in Seattle and on Lummi Island. Her "Peek-A-Who?" has sold almost a million copies and there is a new OWL plush toy for sale to complement the book.

Read her blog,, or visit her website,

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