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Mefford Second, Knepley Fourth in Late Model Race at Mt. Lawn
June 4, 2008 - Action-packed racing covering 177 laps was completed at Mt. Lawn Speedway Saturday night, and when the dust cleared, Greenfield’s Eric Evans picked up the first Motion Motors Late Model win of his career.
Evans set fast time in qualifications at 16.612 and started 13th in the 16-car field. Mark Fesmire started on the pole and led the first three laps. On lap four, Scott Runion, who finished second in last week’s May 5-0, took the top spot and led the next four laps. Knightstown’s Brandon Mefford moved on top from his inside row-three starting position on lap eight. Mefford soon started to get some heavy heat from his father, William, also of Knightstown, and by lap 12 the elder Mefford was right on his son’s rear bumper. The two Meffords stayed nose-to-tail until Evans, who had steadily moved his way through traffic, got under William Mefford on lap 17.
It took just three more laps for Evans to dispose of Brandon Mefford on lap 20. Brandon Mefford finished second, followed by William Mefford, Scott Knepley of Knightstown, Terry Cater of New Castle, David Fox II of Markleville, who was the “Tail Gunner Challenge” driver of the evening, Runion, David McConnell of Shirley, and Jeff Marcum of Morristown. The Razzles Dash for Cash went to Cater, while Kevin Claborn and Runion won the heats.
Another first-time winner was Matt Nelson, who got the first Dependable Drywall Thunder Car win of his Mt. Lawn career by leading the final 15 laps of the 30-lap event. Terry Malone led lap one. Chris Bolyard took over on lap two and led the next 14 laps. Nelson took over on lap the next lap and led the rest of the way. Although Nelson was never seriously challenged, there was plenty of action behind him.
Bolyard tried very hard to stay in second, but gave that spot up to Ray Evans on lap 20. Fast qualifier Tony Stewart, of Straughn, came in at a time of 18.482, just .019 seconds off the track record held by Kevin Claborn. Stewart moved to second on lap 23, but had plenty of company from the trio of Evans, Bill Clark and Mike Vaccaro. Stewart held on for second, followed by Clark, Evans, Vaccaro, Bolyard, Cody Walker, John Heaston, Kyle Evans, and Jim Walker. Ray Evans won one heat and the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash, with the second heat going to Heaston.
Nick Warner returned to the winners’ circle by leading the final three laps of the 20-lap Collins Auto Service Hornet feature. Vic Pierce led the first three laps. Keith Morris led laps 4-17 when Warner took over for good. Morris finished second, followed by Chris Jennings, Brian Lewis, Todd Yarberry, Kim Lawrence, Joyce Dyer, Eric Shell, Lee Lowe and Rus Humes of Middletown. Warner set fast time at 19.649 and won the Collins Dash for Cash. Dyer, Shell and James Poff won the heats. Michael Lawton won the Street Drags in Grand Prix.
New week will feature the annual old timer’s reunion at Mt. Lawn during the day and racing action will be taking place in the evening. Late Models, Thunders and Hornets will make up the racing program.
Saturday night will be DARF (Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club) night at Mt. Lawn. Anyone with a rain check from last Saturday night will get $3 off their general admission ticket price.
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