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Three 2008 Point Champions Win Features at Mt. Lawn Speedway
September 3, 2008 - The three 2008 point champions in the Motion Motor Late Model, Dependable Drywall Thunder Car and Collins Auto Service Hornet divisions all won the feature event in their respective class at Mt. Lawn Saturday night.
Nineteen Late Models took the green flag from starter David Hill, with Dunreith’s L.J. Lines and New Castle’s Miles Sexton sidelined because of a hard crash in the second of three heat races in that division.
Shirley’s David McConnell took the lead on lap one, and a very intense three-way battle began. Mark Fesmire, fresh back from a major repair job on his Chevrolet, moved to second, followed closely by Scott Runion of Mooreland.
The three raced side-by-side over the next several laps when Fesmire took the lead on lap13. Fesmire remained in the lead until Runion took over the top spot on lap 19. Runion appeared to be in position to pick up his first feature win of the season, but Greenfield’s Eric Evans had other plans.
Evans got around Fesmire for second on lap 29 and set sail for Runion, who had a 3.6 second lead over Evans. Evans slowly closed the gap and by lap 35 had cut the lead to a few feet. Evans patiently waited for Runion to make a mistake, and on lap 42 Runion pushed up ever so slightly coming out of the short turn. That gave Evans an opening.
Evans took the lead at that point and led the rest of the way for the win. Knightstown’s William Mefford finished second, followed by Kevin Claborn of Cambridge City, Brandon Mefford of Knightstown, Runion, who fell back quickly after losing the lead, Jeff Marcum of Morristown, Terry Cater of New Castle, Fesmire, Kevin Sellers of Indianapolis and McConnell. Eleventh went to Fred Hopkins of New Castle, followed by Johnny Fugate of Cambridge City, Tom Latham of Anderson, Eddie Claborn of Cambridge City, Kent Carson of Richmond, Tom Nixon of Daleville, Scott Knepley of Greensboro, Ralph Lane of Greensburg and Dean Morris of New Castle.
Knepley set fast time in trials at 16.559, with Evans taking the Razzles Dash for Cash and Cater, William Mefford and Morris winning the heats. Evans won the 2008 season point title.
Sixteen Thunder Cars took the green flag with only Jason Walker sitting in the pits. Greenfield’s Paul Starks, looking for an early birthday present, took the lead on the first lap. Lap two saw Starks sitting along the outside wall with a broken axle and Rushville’s Bill Clark sitting in the infield. Clark took a wild ride over the timing light hump on the inside of the track, at the start finish line.
On the restart, Rushville’s Chris Bolyard took the lead, with Cory Cook of New Castle in hot pursuit. Bolyard finally gave way to Greenfield’s Jameson Owens on lap seven. Jameson led the next 10 laps before Kevin Claborn took the lead for good on lap 17. Nick Warner of Anderson made a valiant effort to catch Claborn but had to settle for second.
Owens finished third, followed by Pam McConnell of Shirley, Frankie Oakes of Cambridge City, Cody Walker of New Castle, Mike Vaccaro of Middletown, Jim Walker of Cambridge City, Bolyard and Tommy Pitcher of Cambridge City. The rest of the field finished with Ed Knott of Muncie in 11th, followed by Brandon Mefford, Tony Stewart of Straughn, Clark and Starks. Claborn set fast time at 18.408, matching his track record set one week ago. Warner on the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash, with the heats going to Clark and Starks. Claborn won the 2008 Thunder Car point title.
All 25 of the Collins Auto Service Hornets answered the bell for their 50-lap feature event, with Scott Cherry taking the lead from the pole. Cherry’s lead was short-lived as Chris Jennings of Richmond, who started dead last in the field, made quick work of the traffic and took over the lead on lap nine.
Jennings was never seriously challenged the rest of the way, however, Nick Warner was able to close within three car lengths at lap 40. Warner finished second, followed by Brian Lewis of Lawrence, Keith Morris of Mt Summit, .Jesse Holiday of Indianapolis, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Casey Davis of Greenwood, Justin Brown of Fairland, Cherry, Jerry Small of Arcadia, Brian Dunn of Indianapolis, Emily Henderson of New Castle, Bobby Sells of New Castle, Vic Pierce of New Castle, David Powell of Fortville, John Massengale of New Castle, Marlene McCaslin of New Castle, Kim Lawrence of Greenfield, Donnie Matthews of Indianapolis, Brad Marcum of New Castle, Courtney Hannah of Cincinnati, Mike Alley of Anderson, Mark Dulworth of Middletown, Roger Ford of Indianapolis and Larry Hatfield of Indianapolis.
Jennings set fast time at 19.646. Dyer won the Collins/U.S. Auto Group Dash for Cash, with Small, Davis and Henderson winning the heats.
The next event at Mt. Lawn will be Extravaganza weekend coming up September 27 and 28. Late Models (75 laps), UMRA Midgets (50 laps), Thunder Cars (50 laps), Hornets (50 laps) and Mini Cups will make up the racing action on Saturday night, with the Late Models (75 laps), Thunder Cars (50 laps) and Hornets (50 laps) returning on Sunday afternoon to wrap up the 2008 season at Mt. Lawn. The Extravaganza will feature the largest payoff in Mt. Lawn Speedway history, with over $32,000 up for grabs.
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