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Mt. Lawn Speedway Opening Season Saturday
April 30, 2008 - Mt. Lawn Speedway opens its 2008 racing season this Saturday night, May 3. It has been 73 years of continuous Sweigart family ownership since the first race at Mt. Lawn in 1935.
Dr. George W. Sweigart built the track and the small resort town know as Mt. Lawn Park and Springs in the 1930s. After his death his son, George A., took over the reins of the speedway in 1958. George A. died in 1999 when Rick and Mike Sweigart (grandson and great-grandson of the founder) took over the operation of the speedway.
All of the 2007 champions will be back in action in 2008, but all three have a little twist to their new season. Knightstown’s William Mefford will be at the wheel of a new car that he won from Motion Motors in Sulphur Springs as a result of his 2007 championship. His son Brandon, of Knightstown, will pilot the car that won the 2007 Motion Motor Late Model title.
Eric Evans will be concentrating on the Late Model division, moving up from Dependable Drywall Thunder division. Evans will drive a brand new car built by long time Mt. Lawn racer Steve Ellis, of Fortville. Evans will also make spot starts in the Thunder Car division. In the Collins Auto Service Hornets, 2007 Champion Keith Morris of Mt. Summit will be driving for last year’s runner up car owner Lenny Tungate, of New Castle.
Large fields of cars are expected in all divisions with the largest increases seen in the Late Model and Hornet divisions. The Central Indiana Mini Cups will also be on the opening night card.
New for 2008 will be the Tail Gunner Challenge, where the winner of the Late Model feature could win the Tail Gunner Jackpot if they have started the feature from the tail of the starting field. The Tail Gunner Jackpot is currently over $400 and will increase by donations made to the fund. Donations of $50 or more will get the donators’ name on the electronic scoreboard that will be displayed each race night.
On Saturday the pit gate will open at 3 p.m. to allow addition time for driver registrations, pit assignments and practice. The grandstand gate will open at 5, qualifications start at 6:15, with racing starting at 7:30. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, children six-10 $5, with five and under free. Senior citizens will get $2 off general admission prices. 2008 will also continue the feature of rolling the dice to see what kind of discount returning fans will receive from next week’s ticket price.
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