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LJ Crosses the Line
June 20, 2007 - In one of the most exciting races in recent years, LJ Lines of Lewisville won for the first time in 2007, picking up the Motion Motors Late Model feature Saturday night at Mt. Lawn Speedway in New Castle.
Lines won the exciting race, which featured five different leaders. Lines took advantage of a battle between William Mefford and Scott Knepley, slipping through the gap created by the two drivers. Scott Runion of Mooreland started on the pole and led the first five laps. On lap six, Greensboro’s Scott Knepley moved around Doug Hinshaw and Runion to take the lead.
On lap 23, Greenfield’s Chad White brought out the yellow flag when he got into the wall just after coming out of the short turn.
On the double-file restart, Mefford took the lead from Knepley, with Lines running a close third. On lap 27, Mefford and Knepley brought the crowed to their feet by getting together starting down the backstretch, giving Lines a hole to shoot into the lead on the inside.
Lines led the final three laps for the win. He was followed by Mefford, David Fox II of Markleville, Knepley, Terry Cater of New Castle, Runion, Hinshaw, Dale Amonett of New Castle, Jeff Marcum of Morristown and Randy Anderson of Knightstown.
Mefford set fast time in qualifications at 16.797; Cater won the Razzles Dash for Cash with Mefford and Runion winning the heats.
Chuck Cook of New Castle won the Dependable Drywall Thunder Car feature, leading the final 20 laps of the event. Kennard’s Eddie King, starting for the first time in 2007, took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the first four laps.
On lap five, Cook passed King and Bill Clark of Rushville to take over the top position and led the rest of the way.
Current point leader Eric Evans of Greenfield worked his way through traffic to finish second. He was followed by Clark, Ryan Amonett of New Castle, Kevin Claborn of Cambridge City, Ray Evans of Greenfield, Jameson Owens of Greenfield, Pam McConnell, King and Chris Bolyard of Rushville. Evans set fast time at 18.699; Cook won the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash with Clark and Bolyard winning the heats.
Keith Morris of Mt Summit moved back into the winner’s circle by leading the final 15 laps of the Collins Auto Service Hornet feature. Middletown’s Russ Humes and Chris Jennings of Richmond, pressured Morris over the final half of the race. Jennings finished a close second, followed by Les Tolliver of Pendleton, Humes, Cody Rinehart of Carthage, Nathan Lukens of Anderson, Kenny Lee of Anderson, Jerry Small of Arcadia, Lee Lowe of New Castle and Aaron Gray of New Castle. Tolliver set fast time for the Hornets at 20.189; Scott Tungate won the Collins Auto Service Dash for Cash with the heats going to Lukens, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield and Josh Petry of Greenfield. Petry’s win was the first of his career. Scott Razor of New Castle beat Gary Branscum in the Street Drag finals.
USAC midgets return to Mt Lawn on Wednesday night. Next Saturday, Mini Cups will join Late Models, Thunders and Hornets. The 37th annual Raintree 100, along with the giant fireworks display, will take place on June 30.
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