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Fox, Evans Win May 5-0
May 28, 2008 - A multi-car pile up on lap three of the Motion Motors Late Model feature event sent six cars to their respective pits for repairs. Tom Nixon of Daleville spun coming out of the short turn and chain reaction followed. When the smoke had cleared Nixon, Kevin Claborn, Eric Evans, Knightstown’s William Mefford, Chad White and Kevin Sellers were all sitting on the racetrack waiting for some help from Latham Bros wrecker. Nixon and Evans were unable to return. Mefford did return on lap seven, but dropped out for good on lap 11. No one was injured in the accident.
At the drop of the green flag, Nixon, who started on the pole, took the lead and led the first three laps. Scott Runion, making his first start in 2008, took over on lap four and led the next 30 laps. Knightstown’s Randy Anderson and Jeff Marcum went to the pits for good on lap 19. At that point, David Fox moved to second and started to put some serious heat on Runion. Fox took the lead for good on lap 40, building a sizable lead over the final 10 laps to win for the first time in 2008.
Runion finished second followed by Terry Cater, Kevin Claborn, Scott Knepley of Knightstown, Brandon Mefford, David McConnell of Shirley, Eddie Claborn of Cambridge City, Kent Carson of Richmond and Sellers rounding out the top ten. The next 10 spots went to Tom Latham of Anderson, White, Miles Sexton of New Castle, Anderson, Marcum, William Mefford, Mark Fesmire of Markleville, Nixon, Evans and Creston Johnson II of New Castle. Cater set a new track record in qualifications at 16.506, Claborn won the Razzles Dash for Cash with William Mefford, Runion and White winning the heats.
Two of the top three in the Dependable Drywall Thunder Car feature were disqualified for rules infractions, giving the win to Eric Evans, who was making his first Thunder start this year. Ray Evans took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the first 13 laps. Evans led the next 27 laps, when Kevin Claborn moved to the front and was the first to take the checkered flag. However, in a post race inspection, Claborn’s car was ruled illegal and the win went to Evans. Nick Warner of Anderson crossed the line in third, but his car was ruled illegal as well. Second place then went to Shirley’s Pam McConnell. Randy Hoppes of Markleville was third, followed by Mike Vaccaro of Middletown, Matt Nelson of Greenwood, Tony Stewart of Straughn, Ray Evans, Chris Bolyard of Rushville, Les Tolliver of Pendleton and Ed Knott of Muncie. The rest of the finishers were Michael Starks of Greenfield, Bill Clark of Rushville, Donnie Mandrell of Middletown, BJ Dougherty, Jerry Chesher of Centerville, Jim Walker of Cambridge City, Shawn Williams of Rushville and Terry Malone, Jr., of Anderson. Paul Starks of Fortville and Cody Walker of Middletown did not start.
As a result of the Claborn disqualification, fast time went to Stewart, with Bolyard and Chesher winning the heats.
The tech police struck again in the Collins Auto Service Hornet division, with the first place car of Nick Warner disqualified. With Warner eliminated, the win went to Ronnie Phipps.
All 27 Hornets in attendance took the green flag from starter David Hill. New Castle’s Vic Pierce led the first two laps until Kevin Harmon took the lead for a lap. John Massengale took over on lap four and led the next 11. Jonathon Pitts led the next three laps when Phipps moved on top. He held that spot until Warner went in front on lap 20 and led the rest of the way. Following Phipps was Rus Humes of Middletown, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Kim Lawrence of Greenfield, Chris Jennings of Richmond, Randy Hoppes, Keith Morris of Mt Summit, Ryan Amonett of New Castle, Josh Neal of Indianapolis, James Poff of New Castle, Justin May of Middletown, Brian Lewis of Lawrence, Harmon, Everett Lawton of Middletown, David Powell of Anderson, Massengale, Pitts, Pierce, Jacob Runion of Mooreland, Aaron Gray of New Castle, Jerry Small of Arcadia, Lee Lowe of New Castle, Travis May of Rushville and Courtney Hannah of Cincinnati. Fast time went to Dyer, with Jennings winning the Collins Dash for Cash. The heats went to Gray, Lawrence and Lewis.
Pictures of all the action from this week and the past can be seen on the Mt. Lawn website at www.mtlawn.com.
Next week Late Models, Thunders, Hornets and Mini Cups will be joined by Street Drags. Anyone with a rain check from the May Five-O will get a $2 discount on next week’s ticket.
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