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Kevin Claborn Takes First Late Model Feature Win
July 25, 2007 - Kevin Claborn, making only his second start in the Motion Motors Late Model division, walked away with the top prize Saturday night at Mt. Lawn Speedway.
Knightstown’s Randy Anderson started on the pole, took the lead at the drop of the green flag, and led the first four laps. But on lap five, Scott Runion got around Anderson on a restart. A yellow flag for a stalled Dean Morris on the front straight had created the caution.
Runion took off and appeared to be on his way to a win, but Claborn, who was running eighth at that point, started to make his move. Claborn got around Terry Cater of New Castle on lap eight, picked off David Fox II on lap nine and passed Doug Hinshaw of New Castle on lap 15. He moved past Anderson on lap 16, David McConnell of Shirley on 17, and passed Runion for the lead on lap 21.
Claborn led the final nine laps and built a three second lead over Runion, who finished second. Third went to Cater, followed by William Mefford of Knightstown, Hinshaw, Scott Knepley of Greensboro, Fox, Anderson, Johnny Fugate of New Castle and Tom Latham of Anderson.
LJ Lines continued to have motor gremlins plague his new yellow #76. After installing a new engine during the week, Lines dropped out on lap 12 with over-heating trouble. Knepley set fast time at 16.752; Mefford won the Razzles Dash for Cash, with McConnell and Hinshaw winning the heats.
Greenfield’s Eric Evans continued his stranglehold on the Dependable Drywall Thunder division by winning for the seventh time in 2007. Evans started dead last as a result of setting fast time in qualifications, at 18.471 seconds. Tom Nixon of Daleville led lap one, giving way to Middletown’s Mike Vaccaro, who led the next six laps. Last weeks’ feature winner, Jason Clark of Greensboro, took over the lead on lap eight and held on until Evans took over on lap 14.
Evans led the rest of the way, followed by Bill Clark of Rushville, Brett Marcum of Morristown, Pam McConnell of Shirley, Jason Clark, Eddie King of Kennard, Vaccaro, John Heaston of Shelbyville, Chris Bolyard of Rushville and Nixon to round out the top 10. Jason Clark won the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash, with Bill Clark and Heaston winning the heats.
Chris Jennings won the Collins Auto Service Hornet feature event for the third time in row. Jennings pulled off his three-peat by going to the front on lap 18, and leading the rest of the way. Joe Smith of Carthage led the first four laps from his front row starting position. Lonnie Boling of New Castle led laps five and six, before Scott Tungate of New Castle took over and led the next 11 laps. Jennings then took over on lap 12 and held on for the win.
Pendleton’s Les Tolliver finished second, followed by Keith Morris of Mt. Summit, Chris Oldham of Shirley, Aaron Gray of New Castle, Russ Humes of Middletown, John Massengale of New Castle, Boling, Jacob Johnson of Wilkinson and Mark Dulworth of Middletown.
Fast time in time trials went to Kenny Lee of Anderson; Keith Morris won the Collins Dash for Cash, with the heat wins belonging to Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Gray and Lee Lowe of New Castle.
Geoff Gerline took the honors in Mini Cup action, followed by Brian Ayers of Indianapolis, Charles Colbert of Noblesville, Carl Colbert of Noblesville, Patrick Morris of Arcadia and Troy Morris of Arcadia.
The street drags went to the “Flying Farmer from Falmouth,” Dave Kehl. Kehl has a new Thunder Car almost ready for competition and should be a regular at Mt. Lawn in the near future.
Next week will be a benefit race for New Castle native Tracy Hines, who was seriously injured in a motorbike accident on his property near Shirley. An auction with items for everyone will take place in the parking lot at the speedway on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. All proceeds from the auction will go to Tracy, along with $3 of every ticket purchased.
UMRA midgets will be making their second of four appearances at Mt. Lawn this Saturday. They will join the Motion Motors Late Models competing in the Kevin Garner Construction 50, a 50-lap feature event paying a top prize of $700. Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars, Collins Auto Service Hornets and Street Drags will complete the program.
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