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Anderson Heating Up at Mt. Lawn; Marcum Takes Wire-to-Wire Win
August 22, 2007 - Jeff Marcum made it two in a row at Mt. Lawn Speedway Saturday night by leading the Motion Motors feature wire-to-wire.
Marcum was scheduled to start fourth in the 19-car field, but was able to start outside the pole when Kevin Settles was forced out of the race after crashing on the original start.
That was all Marcum needed to build a sizeable lead on the field. He was able to hold off Knightstown’s William Mefford, who was fast qualifier. Mefford started 13th and steadily move to the front, but after catching Marcum on lap 25, settled for second place.
Knightstown’s Randy Anderson finished third, followed by LJ Lines of Lewisville, Doug Hinshaw of New Castle, Scott Knepley of Greensboro (driving the Daniel Nall Purdue Ford), Kevin Claborn of Cambridge City, Chad White of Greenfield, Creston Johnson II of New Castle and Johnny Fugate of Cambridge City. Lines won the Razzles Dash for Cash, with Knepley and Anderson winning the heats.
Shirley’s David McConnell finally broke the strangle hold Eric Evans had on the Dependable Drywall winners circle. McConnell led the final five laps of the feature for the win. McConnell started dead last in the 18-car field because he failed to make a qualifying attempt.
McConnell and wife, Pam, renewed their wedding vows Saturday afternoon, but did manage to spend their second honeymoon at the track. Evans finished second, followed by Jason Clark of Greensboro, Jeff Marcum, Mike Vaccaro of Middletown, Jameson Owens of Greenfield, Brett Marcum of Morristown, Pam McConnell, John Heaston of Shelbyville and Dustin Sapp of Indianapolis. Evans set fast time, won the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash, and a heat with Michael Starks of Greenfield winning the second heat. Kenny Lee won for the second time in as many weeks by taking the Collins Auto Service Hornet feature. Lee, of Anderson, started 15th in the 18-car lineup and made a bold move to the outside during the first lap, immediately moving up to third.
Lee captured the lead from Mark Dulworth on lap three and led the rest of the way. Chris Jennings of New Castle finished second, followed by Keith Morris of Mt Summit, Aaron Gray of New Castle, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Russ Humes of Middletown, Les Tolliver of Pendleton, Jerry Small of Arcadia, Kim Lawrence of Greenfield and Chris Oldham of Shirley.
Ryan Claborn of Cambridge City set fast time in qualifications; Lee won the Collins Dash for Cash, with Lawrence and Dulworth winning the heats.
Geoff Gerline of Carmel made a clean sweep in the Mini Cups by winning both features and the heat race. Scott Razor made a triumphant return to the Street Drags in his newly-purchased 1999 Cadillac, beating Chris Woods in the finals.
Next week is fan appreciation night at Mt. Lawn with Late Models, Thunder Cars, Hornets and UMRA Midgets on the racing program. There will be an on-track photo/autograph session, big wheel races, nickel scramble and a performance by Middletown’s Gizmo, the police dog. All tickets will be $5 for admission to the grandstand.
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