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Scott Knepley Picks Up 4th Win of Season at Mt. Lawn
July 11, 2007 - Scott Knepley of Greensboro picked up his fourth win of the 2007 season at Mt. Lawn in the Motion Motors Late Models last weekend.
Knightstown’s Randy Anderson started on the outside pole, beat Lewisville’s LJ Lines into the first turn, and took the initial lead of the race.
The race was red flagged when Doug Hinshaw and David McConnell got together on the front stretch, sending both cars into the wall. Ambulance personnel attended to McConnell and Hinshaw. The two drivers were not hurt, but both cars suffered heavy damage. McConnell was released after a complete checkup in the ambulance.
On the double-file restart, Lines, who started on the outside of the front row, got freight-trained as he got stuck on the outside. Before he could get back to the bottom he was running in ninth.
Terry Cater of New Castle moved to second on lap eight and put heavy pressure on Knepley the rest of the way. Raintree 100 champion William Mefford of Knightstown worked his way through traffic and closed in on Cater’s second position on lap 19. The three finished the final 11 laps nose to tail.
Knepley almost let the victory slip away as he drove hard into the short turn attempting to pass a lapped car on lap 24. He pushed out to the wall, giving Cater a hole on the inside. Cater did get his nose under Knepley, but could not pull off the pass.
Kevin Claborn of Cambridge City finished fourth, followed by Ray Wimmer of New Castle, Anderson, Brett Marcum of Morristown, Scott Runion of Mooreland, Lines and Kent Carson of Richmond. Claborn set fast time in trials at 16.731; the Razzles Dash for Cash went to Cater with McConnell and Anderson winning the heats.
The Dependable Drywall Thunder Car feature saw eight lead changes before the outcome was determined. Tom Nixon of Daleville started inside row two and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Brett Marcum, who started 13th, quickly moved up to take the lead on lap four. Just as fast Eric Evans, who set a new track record in qualifications at 18.476, moved through traffic and took over the lead on lap eight.
Almost everyone in attendance thought the race was over, except Marcum, who moved back in front on lap 11. Evans led lap thirteen, Marcum laps 14 and 15, Evans 16 and Marcum 17. Evans finally got the lead for good on lap 18 and held on for the win.
Jason Clark got around Marcum for second on lap 24. Ryan Amonett of New Castle finished a close fourth to Marcum, followed by Bill Clark of Rushville, Jameson Owens of Greenfield, Nixon, Chris Bolyard of Rushville, Mike Vaccaro of Middletown and Michael Starks of Greenfield. Amonett won the Dependable Drywall Dash for Cash with Pam McConnell of Shirley and Eddie King of Kennard winning the heats.
In the Collins Auto Service Hornets, Justin May of Middletown started on the pole and led the first three laps. Aaron Gray of New Castle led lap four when Kenny Lee took over and led the next nine laps. Chris Jennings, who started 17th, moved into the lead on lap 14 and never gave it up. Fast qualifier Les Tolliver (19.957) finished second followed by Lee, Keith Morris of Mt. Summit, Gray, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Jerry Small of Arcadia, Russ Humes of Middletown, Chris Oldham of Shirley and Joe Smith of Carthage.
Jennings won the Collins Dash for Cash with the heats going to Morris and Josh Neal of Indianapolis. In Mini Cup action, Geoff Gerline of Carmel won the feature, followed by Charles Colbert of Noblesville, Carl Colbert of Noblesville, Patrick Morris of Arcadia and Troy Morris of Arcadia. Gerline also won the heat.
Next week Motion Motor Late Models, Dependable Drywall Thunders, Collins Auto Service Hornets Mini Cups and Street Drags will return.
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