Four hotly contested features thrill fans at Mt Lawn
All four feature events at Mt Lawn Speedway Saturday night brought the fans to their feet while watching the duels unfold.
In the Late Model event Brandon Mefford of Spiceland won for the first time in 2012 after having to battle LJ Lines of Lewisville and Wes Russell Jr. of Muncie to the finish. Randy Anderson of Knightstown took the lead of the race at the drop of the green flag and led the first two laps. On lap two Mefford and Russell Jr. tangled in the short turn bringing out the yellow and sending Russell to the back for the double file restart. Lines who started fifth picked off Anderson on lap three and led the next 5 laps. On lap 9 Mefford passed Lines for the lead with Lines in hot pursuit. While Lines was trying to figure out a way back around Mefford Russell had moved in behind Lines to challenge for second. On a lap 21 restart Russell was able to get around Lines for second and made contact with Mefford as the pair exited the big turn. Mefford got sideways and Russell backed off letting Mefford recover. Russell Jr. settled for second followed by Lines, Scott Knepley of Spiceland, David Clark of Muncie, Randy Anderson of Knightstown, Brock Anderson of Albany, Bill Pierce of New Castle, Rob Young of Greenfield and Kent Carson of Richmond. Point leader Jason Thompson of Shirley, who had unofficially be practicing at track record time, developed engine problems during his qualification attempt and was forced to scratch for the rest of the night. Mefford set fast time at 16.963 and won the first heat with the second heat going to Young.
In the VanHoy Oil Thunder Car Founders Day 50 James Dean of New Castle led the first lap with point leader David Clark taking over on lap 2 and leading the next 6 laps. Johnny Magee of Carthage took over the top spot on lap 8 and Jason Walker of Sulphur Springs moved into second on lap 9 and set his sights on Magee. Magee and Walker battled nose to tail the rest of the race with Walker even pulling alongside Magee on several occasions. Magee was able to hold off Walker and went on to take the win. While Walker was working on Magee Wes Russell Sr. driving a Walker team car moved into third place on lap 16. The trio of Magee, Walker and Russell staged a three car battle over the next with Clark a very close fourth. On lap 35 Clark and Russell spun in the big turn giving third place to Jim Walker of Cambridge City. Russell closed in on Jim Walker over the final 15 laps of the race but ran out of lap and settled for fourth. The official results showed Magee the winner followed by Jason Walker, Jim Walker, Russell Sr., Clark, Dean, Dustin Foust of Rushville, Dylan Sexton of Greenfield, Zach Lacy of Knightstown, Jimmy Sexton III of Greenfield and Danny Key of Rushville. Jason Walker set fast time at 18.415 and Russell Sr won the dash.
The Hornet portion of the Founders Day 50 was a nail bitter to the end with Andy Jennings of Richmond taking the win. Sean Cougill of New Castle led the first 4 laps giving way to Keith Morris of New Castle on lap 5. Morris led the 5 laps when Larry Hughes Jr. of Greensboro took over on lap 10 and started to pull away. On lap 12 Andy Jennings moved into second place 5 seconds behind Hughes. Hughes seemed to be on cruise control as he maintained his lead over the next 30 laps and it appeared Jennings was going to settle for second. Around lap 40 Jennings started to cut into Hughes’ lead and on lap 48 made the pass for the lead. Hughes did hold on for second followed by Nick Warner of Anderson, Morris, Taylor Wyman of Selma, Jeff Sorrell of New Castle, Joseph Jennings of Richmond, Chris Jennings of Richmond, Scott Kilgore of New Castle, James Massengale of New Castle, Lenny Tungate of New Castle, Cougill, Emily Henderson of New Castle, Alex Bailey of New Castle and Cody Riley of Middletown. Hughes stated after the race, “My right rear tire was completely gone after the race, I was lucky to finish second.” Hughes Jr. set a new track record for the Hornet division at 19.359 eclipsing the old mark set by Jared Keller of Anderson of 19.364 on July 2, 2011.
In Rookie Hornet action Terry Neal of New Castle won for the first time in 2012. Neal got around eight time winner Ben VanDyke of Morristown on lap 5 but VanDyke quickly recaptured the lead on the next circuit. Neal got back around VanDyke on lap 8 and led the rest of the way with VanDyke breathing down neck. Rodney Sutton of New Castle finished a close third with John Sexton of Greenfield taking fourth. Neal finished off a clean sweep of the top honors setting fast time at 19.956, winning the dash for cash and the heat.
Next week UMRA Midgets will return joining the Late Models, Thunder Cars, Hornets, Rookie Hornets and Street Drags.