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Scott Knepley Gets First Win of Year at Mt. Lawn
May 23, 2007 - Three first-time winners in 2007 picked up feature wins Saturday night at Mt. Lawn Speedway.
Scott Knepley of Greensboro, Chuck Cook of New Castle and Ryan Claborn of Cambridge City, won the feature events in the Motion Motor Late Models, Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars and Collins Auto Service Hornets, respectively.
The late models started 18 cars in the 30-lap feature for the second week in a row. On the first lap entering the first turn, Chad White of Greenfield, and Randy Anderson of Knightstown, tangled causing a multi car pile up.
On the second try to get the race started, Jeff Marcum took the lead and held it the first 11 laps. On lap 12, Terry Cater of New Castle took over and looked like a lock to win his first feature of the year. However, lady luck was not on Cater’s side, as he hammered the first turn wall on lap 21 after a radiator hose let go and dumped water at the front of his racer.
Another yellow on lap 17 involved Anderson and Dean Baker. Knepley led the final 10 yellow-flag free laps, for the win. He was followed by William Mefford of Knightstown, David McConnell of Shirley, Marcum, David Fox II of Markleville, Baker, Gibby Latham of New Castle, Scott Runion of Mooreland, Anderson and White. Knepley set fast time at 16.663; Cater won the Razzles Dash for Cash, with the heats going to Latham and McConnell.
In the Thunders, Spiceland’s Bobby Brown got the lead from his pole position and led the first three laps. John Heaston got by Brown on lap four, and led the next 11 laps. Cook, who started last in the 15-car field, took over on lap 15 and led the rest of the way. Cook got some heavy pressure from Eric Evans, who finished second. He was followed by Bill Clark of Rushville, Heaston, Kevin Claborn of Cambridge City, Brett Marcum of Morristown, Jameson Owens of Greenfield, Brown, Mike Vaccaro of Middletown and Tom Nixon of Daleville.
Cook set fast time at 18.625; the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash went to Claborn, with Marcum and Nixon winning the heats.
The Hornet feature had 19 of the 22 cars present take the green flag. Russ Humes of Middletown led the first 11 laps until Keith Morris moved into the top spot for one lap on lap 12.
Claborn led the final seven laps for the win, followed by Jerry Small of Arcadia, Humes, Les Tolliver of Pendleton, Donnie Parrigin of New Castle, Morris, John Massengale of New Castle, Justin May of Greenfield, Josh Neal of Indianapolis and Cody Rinehart of Carthage. Fast time went to Joyce Dyer of Greenfield at 20.224, and the Collin Auto Service Dash for Cash went to Chris Jennings of Richmond. Morris, Claborn and Nate Lummis won the heats.
The Mini Cup feature and heat went to Carl Colbert and in the Street Drag finals. Gary Branscum, driving a ’91 Mustang, beat Chris Garrett in a ’96 Monte Carlo.
Next week the May 5-0’s are on tap, with 50-lap features in the Motion Motors Late Models, Dependable Drywall Thunder Cars, Collins Auto Service Hornets and the U.S. Auto Group Street Stocks. Rain check holders from this week will receive a $3 discount on general admission tickets, as a three was rolled on the dice at intermission. Also the first 100 people from Henry County will be admitted free to the grandstand for the USAC midget races this Thursday night.
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