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Past champs shine at Skagit Speedway

Three past champions showed why they will be forces to be reckoned with in the 2015 race season in round two of the Dwayne Lane’s Family of Auto Centers Racing Series on Saturday, April 24, at Skagit Speedway.

Former Sportsman and 360 Track Champion Kelsey Carpenter was victorious in the 410 division, multiple time Sportsman Champ Steve Parker was the winner in a thrilling Sportsman Sprint main and defending champ Freddie Vela won his second feature in a row in the Outlaw Tuner class.

Despite the slim field of competitors, the race for the 410 lead was thrilling. Carpenter led wire to wire, but both Skylar Gee and Tayler Malsam gave him everything he could handle over the final 15 frames of the 25 lap main. Carpenter can now claim victories in all three divisions of Sprint Cars at Skagit Speedway with the win. Malsam edged Gee late for second. Carpenter won the heat race and Malsam was quick time.

Using all of his veteran moxie and guile, Steve Parker raced to the win in the Sportsman Sprint division. Parker was the fast qualifier on the night. Tyler Fox, Paul Burdick and Ben Gunderson won the heats.

Freddie Vela had his hands full in the Outlaw Tuner main. The defending champ raced from 10th to the lead on lap five, then fended off a very racey Matt Powers who gave him everything he could handle before settling for second. Cliff Ballenger gave Powers a fabulous race for second before settling for third. Jon Gunderson was the heat winner and led the first four laps of the main.