Cameron Hayley graduated from high school this past Thursday and came to Evergreen Speedway to collect a graduation check of $21,000 after a dominating weekend at the third annual Summer Showdown.
Hayley had a perfect weekend at the 5/8-mile oval in Monroe, Washington by setting a new track record in qualifying and leading every lap he event he raced in this weekend.
Hayley led a total of 231 laps this weekend, 206 in the main event and 25 laps in Friday’s qualifier race.
“I didn’t expect to have this kind of a weekend,” Hayley said in victory lane. “This is my first time here in a Super Late Model. The only other times were in a K&N West car and it is just amazing to be here in victory lane.”
The 200-lap race was extended to 205 laps due to a late caution when Braeden Havens made hard contact with the frontstretch wall. Under the rules, the last five laps must be run under green. This didn’t worry Hayley.
“We didn’t want to see that, but that is racing and I knew we hard the car to do it,” Hayley said.
Hayley won $20,000 for the victory and also collected an additional $1,000 for being the fast qualifier for the event.
Garrett Evans made a late race pass on Pete Harding to finish second, but knew he couldn’t catch Hayley.
“I could see him wiggle coming off the corners, but I couldn’t roll through the middle that good and our right front tire was shot,” Evans said after the race. “We were trying to protect that tire all night long because we were too tight all weekend.”
Pete Harding, the 2012 Summer Showdown winner, came up short on being the first two-time winner of the event.
“He was probably a tick faster, I caught up to him but I could get a real good look at him,” Harding said on chasing down Hayley. “It was fun racing these young drivers, because they are up and coming in our sport.”
Naima Lang was fourth and Zack Beamon was fifth. Gary Lewis was sixth with Owen Riddle in seventh. Korbin Thomas was eighth and Mike Longton finished ninth. Tayler Riddle rounded out the top ten.
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