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 Marcum Passes Anderson on Final Lap to Win Late Models


August 22, 2007 - Jeff Marcum of Morristown was right where he needed to be after taking the white flag on Saturday night at Mt. Lawn Speedway.

Marcum was running third behind Randy Anderson of Knightstown and Kevin Claborn of Cambridge City when Anderson and Claborn got together at the dogleg heading down the backstretch. Anderson and Claborn slowed just enough to allow Marcum to scoot around the outside and take the checkered flag and finish in first place. It was the first Motion Motors Late Model win of his career.

Anderson, who won his first Late Model race just last week, started on the outside front row, took the lead at the drop of the green flag and looked to be on his way to his second straight feature win. Scott Runion ran second until lap seven, when he dropped out, giving second to Marcum. Claborn got around Marcum for second on lap 19 and set his sights on Anderson, who had built a 10-car length lead on second place. Claborn finally reeled in Anderson on lap 24, but with Anderson driving an almost perfect line, was unable to get around for the lead.

Then after taking the white flag, Claborn was able to get the nose of his car under Anderson exiting the big turn, and the two got together at the dogleg. Marcum took advantage of the duel between Anderson and Claborn and went around the outside for the win.

Anderson did finish second followed by William Mefford of Knightstown, Claborn, David McConnell of Shirley, Terry Cater of New Castle, Doug Hinshaw of New Castle, David Fox II of Markleville, Chad White of Greenfield and Bill Pierce of New Castle.

Twenty Motion Motor Late Models were on hand, with only Chuck Cook of New Castle and Daniel Nall of Avon unable to start the feature. Fox set fast time in time trials; Mefford won the Razzles Dash for Cash, with Claborn and Anderson winning the heats.

Eric Evans of Greenfield continued his winning ways in the Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars, leading the final eight laps for the win. Mike Vaccaro of Middletown took over the lead on lap two and held it for the next six. Kyle Evans led the next two laps, until David McConnell of Shirley took over on lap 10 and led until lap 17.

McConnell finished second, followed by Jeff Marcum, Brett Marcum of Morristown, Bill Clark of Rushville, Tom Nixon of Daleville, Ray Evans (Eric and Kyle's father) of Greenfield, Chris Chesher of Centerville, Walker and Vaccaro.

Fast qualifier Kevin Claborn crashed on the front stretch on lap two.

The Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash went to Claborn with Kyle Evans and Vaccaro winning the heats. Collins Auto Service makeup feature from Aug 4 was won by Kenny Lee of Anderson. Lee led the final eight laps for the win, followed by Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Keith Morris of Mt. Summit, Les Tolliver of Pendleton, Aaron Gray of New Castle, Chris Jennings of Richmond, Russ Humes of Middletown, Chris Oldham of Shirley, Josh Neal of Indianapolis and John Massengale of New Castle.

In the second Hornet feature of the evening, Brad Brooks of Indianapolis took home top honors, followed closely by Chris Jennings, Lee, Nate Lummis of Anderson, Morris, Tolliver, Kim Lawrence of Greenfield, Gray, Oldham and Massengale. Fast qualifier honors went to Russ Humes, with Brooks winning the Collins Dash for Cash and Tolliver, Dyer and Jerry Small of Arcadia winning the heats.

Next week Mini Cups return to Mt. Lawn, along with Motion Motor Late Models, Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars and Collins Auto Service Hornets.




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