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LJ Lines Gets Mt. Lawn Win
June 18, 2008 - Sixty-six year old LJ Lines got a call from Knightstown race car driver William Mefford late Saturday, asking Lines if he would like to drive his car at Mt. Lawn. Lines, a longtime driver at the Speedway north of Greensboro, responded with a heat race win and capped off the evening with a win in the Motion Motor Late Model feature. It was the first racing action Lines had seen this year, although he had taken a few practice laps in a couple of different cars.
Lines, a Dunreith resident, started on the pole as a result of his 12th fastest time in qualification and led every lap of the 30-lap feature. Eddie Claborn jumped to second place, beating Shirley’s David McConnell down the backstretch on lap one.
Claborn stayed in second place the entire race and was just fast enough to hold off Terry Cater of New Castle and Eric Evans of Greenfield, whose time of 16.661 was fast time for the Late Models. Cater and Evans finished third and fourth, followed by Brandon Mefford of Knightstown, Jeff Marcum of Morristown, Scott Runion of Mooreland, David Fox of Markleville, Scott Knepley of Knightstown and McConnell.
The rest of the field ended up with Chad White of Greenfield in 11th, followed by Tom Nixon of Daleville, Kent Carson of Richmond, Tom Latham of Anderson, Kevin Claborn of Cambridge City, Mike Neal of Kennard, making his first appearance of the year, and Miles Sexton of New Castle.
Knepley took the Tail Gunner Challenge, starting from the back of the pack in an attempt to win the Tail Gunner Jackpot of $550. But he could no better than ninth. Cater won the Razzles Dash for Cash and the first heat.
In the Dependable Drywall Thunder Car Division, Middletown’s Mike Vaccaro was awarded the win after the two cars that finished ahead of him in the feature were disqualified. Nick Warner, of Anderson, and Greenwood’s Matt Nelson failed to pass post-race inspection when the rear ends they were using were determined to be illegal.
The race had to be restarted because of an accident on lap one, and five lead changes took place during the event. Greenfield’s Michael Starks took the lead on lap one and held it for the first five laps. Kyle Evans led the next four, with Vaccaro taking over on lap 10.
Evans got back in front on lap 13, but gave the lead back to Vaccaro on 17. Warner took over on lap 19 and led the rest of the way.
Vaccaro was followed by David McConnell, driving a car he just had purchased, Tony Stewart of Straughn, Kyle Evans, Michael Starks, Paul Starks of Fortville, Jim Walker of Cambridge City, Kevin Claborn, Bill Clark of Rushville and Cody Walker of New Castle.
Points leader and Shirley resident Pam McConnell dropped out of the race on lap 10 while running in fourth position. Claborn had fast time at 18.536. McConnell won the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash, and Ryan Amonett and Kyle Evans won the heats.
Nick Warner won the Collins Auto Service Hornet feature, leading the final two laps for the win. James Poff took the lead on lap one and led the first three laps. Justin May led the next two when Jerry Small took over and led until lap 12.
Keith Morris led the next seven circuits until he gave up the lead to Warner on lap 19. Morris finished second, followed by Chris Jennings of Richmond, Lee Lowe of New Castle, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Small, Rus Humes of Middletown, Josh Neal of Indianapolis, Mark Dulworth of Middletown and Courtney Hannah of West Chester, Ohio.
Eleventh place went to Poff, followed by Mike Alley of Greenfield, Vic Pierce of New Castle, Kim Lawrence of Greenfield, John Neal of Indy, Travis May of Rushville, Justin May, Jacob Runion of Mooreland, Everett Lawton of Middletown, John Massengale of New Castle and Aaron Gray of New Castle.
Lenny Tungate did not start the feature. Jennings set fast time at 19.802, while Morris won the Collins Dash for Cash and the heats went to Warner, Small and Massengale.
In the Central Indiana Mini Cups, Geoff Gerline picked up another feature win, followed by Courtney Hannah, Maurice Randall, Michigan, Tim Phillips of Kalamazoo Michigan, Patrick Morris of Arcadia, Charles Colbert of Noblesville and Joe Gallagher of New Castle. Troy Morris of Arcadia did not start. The heats went to Hannah and Gerline. New Castle’s Kenny Boykin won the street drags.
This weekend will be New Castle Henry County Chamber of Commerce night at Mt. Lawn, with $3 discount coupons available from several area merchants. UMRA Midgets will join the Motion Motor Late Models, Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars and the Collins Auto Service Hornets next Saturday night. Check the Mt Lawn website for more information.
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