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 Excitement Builds Toward June 30 Raintree 100 at Mt. Lawn


June 20, 2007 - After three of the most hotly contested feature events of the year at Mt. Lawn Speedway, fans and drivers alike are pointing toward the 37th running of the Raintree 100 on June 30.

In Motion Motor Late Model action June 9, Greensboro’s Scott Knepley won for the third time in 2007, taking the lead on lap 25 from William Mefford of Knightstown. Jason Atkinson had initially dominated the racing, taking the lead at the drop of the green flag and holding it through the first 17 laps.

Mefford, who started eighth, took over on lap 18 and appeared to be on his way to the win. However, a yellow flag for Shirley’s David McConnell on lap 24 allowed the field to bunch up behind him. On the double-file restart, Knepley was able to take the lead from the outside going into the short turn.

The race was far from over, as Dunreith’s LJ Lines had his own plan to determine the outcome of the race. As Mefford tried to get back around Knepley, he had to worry about Lines, who was turning up the heat to take over the second position. Mefford held off Lines for second place.

A hard-charging Terry Cater of New Castle closed to within three car lengths of Lines, but had to settle for fourth. Fifth went to Atkinson, followed by David Fox II of Markleville, Randy Anderson of Knightstown, Doug Hinshaw of New Castle, Dale Amonett of New Castle and Dean Morris of New Castle.

Fast time went to Cater at 16.804; McConnell took the Razzles Dash for Cash with Fox and Atkinson winning the heats.

Greenfield’s Eric Evans won for the fourth time this year in the Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars, but it was no walk in the park. Evans got heavy pressure for Brett Marcum over the second half of the race. Spiceland’s Bobby Brown took the lead at the start of the race and led the first 10 laps. Pam McConnell, of Shirley, led lap 11 when Evans, who started last, took over on lap 12 and never gave it up.

Marcum, who on two occasions pulled in front of Evans going down the backstretch, never led a lap but was right on Evans’ bumper at the end. Rushville’s Bill Clark finished a close third, followed by Ray Evans of Greenfield, McConnell, Ryan Amonett of New Castle, Mike Vaccaro of Middletown, Tom Nixon of Daleville, Johnny Fugate of Cambridge City and Kyle Evans of Greenfield. Evans had fast time at 18.589, while Marcum won the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash and a heat, with the second heat going to Nixon.

In the Collins Auto Service Hornets, Aaron Grey of New Castle won the first race of his career by taking the 25-lap feature event. It appeared that current point leader Keith Morris was not going to start the feature event, but as the cars were coming to the green flag, Morris was able to enter the track and start the race a quarter of a lap down.

Middletown’s Justin May took the lead from the pole, holding it for the first two laps. Cody Rinehart, of Carthage, took over on lap three and led the next 13. Grey made a pass for the lead in traffic and led the final five laps. Morris made his way up the eighth by lap nine, but cut a tire at that point, forcing him to the pits. Les Tolliver finished second, followed by Rinehart, Chris Jennings of Richmond, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Jerry Small of Arcadia, Mark Dalworth of Middletown, Chris Oldham of Shirley, Josh Neal of Indianapolis and Casey David of Greenwood. Fast time went to Small at 20.156, who also won the Collins Auto Service Dash for Cash, with Grey and Neal winning the heats.

New Castle’s Gary Branscum, driving a Mustang, beat Ryan Fletcher of Knightstown in an S-10 pickup in the Street Drags.

Next week Motion Motors Late Models, Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars and Collins Auto Service Hornets will be once again be joined by Street Drags. Saturday, returning rain check holders from this week will receive $3 off admissions as Knepley rolled a three on the dice after winning the Late Model feature.




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