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6 Drivers Win Features at Final Mt. Lawn Race
October 8, 2008 - As the checkered flag flew on the final feature event of the third annual Extravaganza weekend at Mt. Lawn Speedway, six different drivers had picked up feature wins.
Kevin Claborn took the first two features on Saturday night, winning in the Late Model and Thunder divisions. Brett Turner won the UMRA feature event. Eric Evans won the Hornet feature, and Geoff Gerline won the Mini Cup feature.
On Sunday afternoon, Terry Cater won the Late Model feature. Jameson Owen was awarded the Thunder Car feature after David McConnell’s car failed post-race inspection. Gerline won the Mini Cup feature and Evans picked up the win in the Hornets.
On Saturday, lap leaders in the Late Model feature were Scott Runion,1-23, Greensboro’s Scott Knepley, 24-58, and Claborn, 59-75.
Twenty-two cars started the 75-lap event, and the most hotly-contested fight for position was between Cater and Knepley, occurring between the laps 22 and 58. Knepley got the lead on lap 24 with Cater in hot pursuit. The two fought side-by-side and nose-to-tail over the next several laps. Knepley’s car lost power coming out to the short turn on lap 57, causing Cater to spin to avoid the slowing Knepley. The end result was Knepley to the pits and Cater to the tail. Cater never recovered from the spin and finished 13th. Claborn went on to the win, followed by Evans, William Mefford of Knightstown, Fred Hopkins, Jeff Marcum, Brandon Mefford of Knightstown, Eddie Claborn, Johnny Fugate, Chad White and Mark Fesmire.
In the Thunder Car feature, Shirley’s David McConnell led from lap seven until lap 49, when Kevin Claborn got around to take the win. Owens finished third, followed by Cody Walker, Phil Jenkins, Bill Clark, Paul Starks, Chris Bolyard, Ryan Amonett and Jason Walker.
The Hornet feature was an Evans runaway, taking the lead on lap 10 and leading the rest of the way. Kevin Claborn finished second. Geoff Gerline won the Mini Cup feature.
On Sunday, Cater held off L.J. Lines, of Dunreith, to take the win in the Late Model feature. Hopkins finished third, followed by Brandon Mefford, David Fox, Tom Nixon, Fugate, Fesmire, Marcum and Dean Morris.
The most serious incident of the race happened on lap 46 with Claborn and Knepley. While fighting for third place, the duo got together entering the short turn, sending both cars off the track. When the dust cleared, Knepley was resting on his top and Claborn’s front bumper was resting against Knepley’s overturned mount. Neither driver was injured but neither returned to racing action.
McConnell won the Thunder Car feature, followed by Owens, Clark, Jenkins, Walker, Tommy Pitcher, Starks, Bobby Brown, Jim Walker and Amonett. At post race inspection, McConnell’s car was determined out of specs and the win was given to Owens.
Evans won the Hornet feature going away. Gerline won the Mini Cup feature.
The 2008 season is now over at Mt. Lawn and the management and staff wishes to thank everyone who has supported the track over the year and is looking forward to a better 2009.
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