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Mefford Dedicates Win to His Friends
May 9, 2007 - An emotional William Mefford of Knightstown climbed out of his victorious Motion Motors Late Model racer at Mt. Lawn Speedway Saturday night and dedicated his feature win to Scott Hinshaw and Ramo Webb.
Both Webb and Hinshaw passed away earlier this year and were good friends to most within the Mt Lawn family. Mefford drove for Ramo in 2006 and now owns his car that he purchased from Webb last fall. Dean Baker of Modoc took the lead of the race on lap one from his pole starting position. Baker held the top spot until lap seven when Mefford, who started ninth, made a pass down the backstretch to take the top spot. Mefford led the rest of the way but was pressured heavily by David McConnell of Shirley.
Scott Knepley of Greensboro likewise pressured McConnell. Knepley made a move to the inside of McConnell in the short turn on lap 24, but after getting McConnell sideways coming out of the turn, he backed off to let McConnell recover.
McConnell finished second, followed by Knepley, Eddie Claborn of Cambridge City, David Fox II of Markleville, Doug Hinshaw of New Castle, Baker, Dale Amonett of New Castle and Chad White of Indianapolis.
Fast qualifier (16.675) Terry Cater of New Castle moved to fourth place on lap 29, but rear end problems put him out of the race at that point, and he finished 11th. There was one yellow flag during the race for Eddie Claborn, who spun in turn one on lap six.
Mefford won the Razzles Dash for Cash, with Knepley and Baker taking the heats.
Ryan Amonett of New Castle had his engine let go just a few feet after taking the checkered flag to win the first Thunder Car feature of his career.
Greenfield’s Kyle Evans led the first four lap of the Dependable Drywall feature when his father Ray Evans of Greenfield moved into first place. The elder Evans held the lead until Amonett took the lead for good on lap 14. The race did not have any yellow flags, which was a benefit to Amonett.
Amonett built a half lap lead over eventual second place finisher and fast qualifier (18.636) Eric Evans of Greenfield. Evans finally got through traffic and set his sight on Amonett on lap 19. Evans was catching Amonett at the rate of .5 seconds per lap, but needed one more lap to make a pass on Amonett. Finishing third was Brett Marcum of Morristown, Bill Clark of Rushville, Tom Nixon of Daleville, John Heaston of Shelbyville, Jameson Owens of Greenfield, 2006 point champion Kevin Claborn of Cambridge City, Frankie Oakes of Cambridge City and Mike Vaccaro of Middletown.
After the race Amonett said, “All the warning lights where on in my car and the temperature gage was pegged and my car started to slow down on lap 20. But I thought to myself, ‘I’m leading the feature and I’m not going to stop now’.”
Eric Evans won the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash while Marcum and Ray Evans won the heats.
Keith Morris of Mt. Summit led the final 17 laps to win Collins Auto Service Hornet feature. Josh Petry of Greenfield led the first lap until Morris took over on lap three. Tungate finished second, followed by Les Tolliver of Pendleton, Jerry Small of Arcadia, Chris Jennings of Richmond, Mike Stone of New Castle, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Kenny Lee of New Castle, and John Massengale of New Castle.
Tolliver set fast time in the Hornets at 20.248, with Lee Lowe of New Castle winning the Collins Auto Service Dash for Cash. The heats went to Tungate and Dean Morris of New Castle.
This week at Mt. Lawn USAC Regional, Focus and Kenyon Midgets, along with Legends, return on Wednesday night, May 9. Tickets are $10, children 6-12 are $6, and 5-and-under free. On Saturday, May 12, Motion Motors Late Models, Dependable Drywall Thunders and Collins Auto Service Hornets return. Ticket prices are the same. By presenting a rain check for Saturday’s races, patrons will receive $1 off all tickets. Tri County Plumbing of Middletown was the sponsor of a discount ticket price, which was determined by rolling a dice on the track at intermission. The dice came up a one with means a one-dollar discount. Check the Mt Lawn website for additional information.
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