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David McConnell Gets First Victory of Year at Mt. Lawn
June 6, 2007 - After starting fifth, Shirley’s David McConnell took the lead for good on lap 11 and never looked back in picking up his first win of the 2007 racing season. McConnell won the Motion Motors Late Model feature Saturday night at Mt. Lawn Speedway.
Jeff Marcum got the lead at the start of the race and led the first 10 laps, but that’s when got especially interesting. On lap 10, Knightstown’s William Mefford lost control of his mount coming out of the short turn. He spun into the infield, catching the timing light hump with the nose of the car.
Mefford had to go to the pit area for repairs, but was able rejoin the race before the restart. On the restart, LJ Lines, of Dunreith, cut a tire trying to dive under Scott Knepley and was forced to take evasive action by going into the short turn run off area with a flat tire. Lines was taken to the pits on the wrecker and did not return.
On the ensuing double-file restart, McConnell out-gunned Marcum to take the lead going into the first turn. Last weeks May 5-0 winner Knepley took over the second position on lap 21 from Doug Hinshaw. Knepley finished second, followed by Hinshaw, Mefford, David Fox II of Markleville, Marcum, Dale Amonett of New Castle, Dean Morris of New Castle, Kent Carson of Richmond and Tom Latham of Anderson.
Tough-luck Terry Cater of New Castle was forced from the feature event on lap 18 with a broken transmission. Cater had passed all the competition except McConnell, and was bearing down on the top spot when the transmission let go coming down the front stretch. Cater did set fast time in qualifications at 16.911. Mefford won the Razzles Dash for Cash, with McConnell and Marcum taking the heats.
In the Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars, Eric Evans of Greenfield won for the fourth time in a row, gaining the lead on lap 14. Spiceland’s Bobby Brown led the first 11 laps from his pole position starting spot. Brett Marcum passed Brown on lap 12 before Evans took over and led the rest of the way. New Castle’s Chuck Cook finished a close second, followed by Marcum, Jason Thompson of Shirley, Ryan Amonett of New Castle, Pam McConnell of Shirley, Johnny Fugate of Cambridge City, Mike Vaccaro of Middletown and Josh Owen of New Castle.
Evans set fast time at 18.681, with Cook taking the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash, and Pam McConnell winning the first heat and Vaccaro taking the second.
Keith Morris of Mt. Summit maintained his mastery in the Collins Auto Service Hornets by leading every lap but 17 on his way to the win. Morris used his years of experience to take the lead at the start of the race from the inside of row three. Morris was scheduled to start inside row six, but due to the fact that Kim Lawrence of Greenfield, Donnie Parrigin of New Castle and Mark Dalworth of Middletown were unable to start moved him up three rows. Chris Jennings of Richmond squeezed by Morris for the lead on lap 17, only to get caught up in slower traffic on the next lap. That gave the lead back to Morris.
Jennings finished second, followed by Les Tolliver of Pendleton, Jerry Small of Arcadia, Aaron Grey of New Castle, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Josh Petry of Greenfield, Cody Rinehart of Carthage, Justin May of Middletown and John Massengale of New Castle.
Fast time was set by Small at 20.535, who also won the Collins Auto Service Dash for Cash, while Morris and Lonnie Boling of New Castle took the heats.
The UMRA feature went to defending point champion Kenny Byrge of Dunkirk. He made a last lap pass on Tate Martz of Rushville. Martz had led all the way in the 25-lap event. Martz finished second, followed by Terry Goff of Greenfield, Joey Paxton of Connersville, Oogie Goff of Greenfield, Kevin Alford Greenfield, Doug Roland of Greenfield, Chad Hankins of Connersville, Tim Lynch of Columbus and James Sanders of Indianapolis. Heat winners were Terry Goff, AJ Nigh of Greenfield and Oogie Goff.
The semi-feature went to Zach Cougill of Greenwood. Thirty-one UMRA midgets were on hand for the first of four appearances scheduled in 2007. Just prior to the UMRA feature, Terry Goff was award a crystal cup for becoming the all time point leader in the history of the UMRA. Goff passed Ronnie Ambrose during hotlaps earlier in the evening. UMRA midgets will return on July 28.
Next week Mini Cups return to Mt. Lawn to join the Motion Motors Late Models, Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars and the Collins Auto Service Hornets. David McConnell rolled a two on the dice after his feature win, giving rain check holder from this week $2 off on admission prices next week. Without a rain check patrons will pay $10 for adult admission, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children 6-10 with ages five and under admitted free.
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