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 Knepley Wins Late Model May 5-0


May 30, 2007 - Mt. Lawn Speedway hosted its annual May 5-0’s Saturday night and four area drivers walked away with the winner’s portion of the cash and trophies for their efforts. In the Motion Motors Late Models, Scott Knepley of Greensboro won for the second time in as many tries but admitted in a post race interview it was definitely more difficult than last week’s win.

“This one was really hard,” Knepley said. “A lot of guys have really improved and are getting harder and harder to beat. Without that late race yellow, I doubt that I could have won this one.”

Knepley started 13th, along side fast qualifier William Mefford of Knightstown. Ray Wimmer of New Castle got the lead at the start and led the first 11 laps. Jeff Marcum, who started sixth, followed Wimmer for 10 laps before finally making a pass for the lead on lap 12.

Marcum appeared to be on his way to his first feature win of 2007, but a yellow flag on lap 35 for Shirley’s David McConnell allowed the rest of the field to catch up. On the double-file restart, Dean Baker got the jump on Marcum and captured the lead on lap 36.

Meanwhile Knepley, who had been sent to the tail of the field along with New Castle’s Terry Cater after spinning in turn one on lap 10, had steadily made his way through traffic. He was running fifth by lap 30, but needed a yellow flag in order to have any chance of catching the leaders.

On lap 35 McConnell, who was running fourth, brought out that yellow after stalling in turn one with a melted distributor cap. Knepley restarted fourth and swapped third place with Mefford over the next four laps. On lap 40, Knepley made the winning move of the race when he drove hard into the short turn to overtake both Mefford and Marcum. Knepley got around Baker on lap 43 and led the rest of the way. He was followed by Baker, Mefford, Cater, Marcum, Jason Atkinson of New Castle, Dean Morris of New Castle, Chad White of Greenfield, Dale Amonett of New Castle and Kent Carson of Richmond.

The balance of the field finished with Tom Latham in 11th, followed by David Fox II of Markleville, Wimmer, Doug Hinshaw of New Castle, Scott Runion of Mooreland, McConnell and Jason Fullen of Anderson. Fast time went to Mefford at 16.888, and the Razzles Dash for Cash went to Fox.

In the Dependable Drywall Thunders, Fortville’s Paul Starks led lap, one giving way to Mike Vaccaro of Middletown, who led the next six. Kyle Evans, of Greenfield, led the next two laps when Kevin Claborn took the lead and held it for the next six. Eric Evans, who started in the 21 spot, made his way through traffic and took the lead for good on lap 15. New Castle’s Chuck Cook worked his way to second, but could get no closer than 2.6 seconds of the leader. Cook finished second, followed by Claborn, Bill Clark of Rushville, Tom Nixon of Daleville, Pam McConnell of Shirley, Jameson Owens of Greenfield, John Heaston of Greenfield, Michael Starks of Greenfield and Vaccaro. Evans made a clean sweep of the honors in the Thunders by setting fast time at 18.476 for a new track record and winning the dash for cash.

In the Collins Auto Service Hornets, it appeared that Pendleton’s Les Tolliver just might pick up his first feature win, but Keith Morris of Mt Summit had other ideas. Middletown’s Justin May led the first five laps, when Ron Humes of New Castle, took over. Tolliver, who started 18th, took the lead and built a half-lap advantage over Morris by the halfway point. Morris steadily chipped away at Tolliver’s lead, and was able to make a pass for the lead on lap 44. Tolliver settled for second, followed by Jerry Small of Arcadia, Kenny Lee of New Castle, Aaron Gray of New Castle, Chris Jennings of Richmond, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Nate Lummis of Pendleton, Mark Dalworth of Middletown and Robert Ripberger of Cambridge City. Fast time went to Lee and the dash for cash to Morris.

In the US Auto Group Street Stock, Chuck Cook of New Castle, driving for Danny Acrey, proved to be the class of the field as he set fast time at 17.626. Cook won the dash and walked away with the 50-lap feature event.

Cook led the final 48 laps for the win. He was followed by Calvin Parham of Knightstown, Brian Hopkins of New Castle, Randy Hoppes of Markleville, Jeremy Baker of Modoc, Frankie Oakes of Cambridge City, Kyle Flynn of Middletown, Brian Slavey of New Castle, Dean Morris of New Castle and Ronnie Phipps of Anderson.

Crewman Danny Thompson of Shirley, who was injured in a pit area accident Saturday night and transported to Henry County Memorial Hospital, was released early Sunday morning after it was determined he had suffered no serious injuries or broken bones.

Next Saturday at Mt Lawn Motion Motors Late Models, Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars and Collins Auto Service Hornets will be joined by the UMRA Midgets. Check the Mt. Lawn website for additional information.




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