Four champions crowned at Mt Lawn
The regular season for 2012 concluded last Saturday night at Mt Lawn Speedway with the crowning of champions in all four divisions. Three of the four champs were decided in the final races of the season.
For the second year in a row Scott Knepley of Spiceland took the Late Model title by finishing a comfortable fifth in the fifty lap finale. Knepley came into the event with a lead over Bill Pierce Jr. of New Castle by 10 points. Jason Thompson of Shirley, winner of three previous features was in third place 17 points behind Knepley and Kent Carson of Richmond is just 23 points out of first. Carson and Randy Anderson of Knightstown started on the front row with Anderson taking the lead on lap one. Knepley, who was fast qualifier at 16.855 took a conservative approach to the race and remained at the rear of the pack over much of the race. LJ Lines of Lewisville led lap 2 with Thompson taking over for good on lap 3. Wes Russell Jr. of Muncie got around Lines for second on lap 6 and Brandon Mefford of Spiceland moved into fourth around Lines on lap nine. The race remained pretty much in that order the rest of the way with Lines and Mefford battling for third. Lines move into third on lap 33, Mefford regained the spot on lap 35. Lines was third on lap 37 and 38 when a yellow flag came out for Carson who had spun exiting the big turn. On the double file restart Mefford got the best of Lines and stayed in third the rest of the way. Thompson took the checkered flag followed by Russell Jr., Mefford, Lines, Knepley, Rob Young of Greenfield, Pierce Jr., Anderson, Carson and Wes Duvall of New Castle. By virtue of his win Thompson moved past Pierce by one point into second place in the point standings with Carson remaining in fourth.
The VanHoy Oil Thunder Car point standing showed Jason Walker of Sulphur Springs leading David Clark of Muncie by just 4 points coming into the final event of the year with Dustin Foust of Rushville still with a chance of winning the title just 19 points behind the leader.
Eddie Richardson of Greenfield led the first two laps until Josh Ebbert of Franklin took over and led the next two circuits. Second quick qualifier Johnny Magee of Carthage took over the lead on lap 5 and fast qualifier Eric Evans of Greenfield (18.275) moved into second on lap 9. The duo of Magee and Evans appeared to be pulling away from the field when the two tangled in the short turn sending both cars to the rear of the field for the double file restart. Phil Jenkins of Greenfield inherited the lead of the race and remained there for the next 9 laps until both Magee and Evans moved back through the pack to take over first and second on lap 23. Point leader Walker went to the pits under the green flag with what he thought was a flat tire. His pit crew quickly determined that his tire was not flat and sent him back into the race one lap down to the leader. At that point he held a slim one point lead in the season points. Magee took the checker at the end of the 50 laps with Evans a very second. Jenkins finished third followed by Nick Warner of Anderson, Walker, Clark, Dylan Sexton of Greenfield, Foust, Ebbert, James Dean of New Castle, Jim Walker of Cambridge City, Zach Lacy of New Castle and Richardson. The Jenkins car failed post-race inspection and was disqualified. Walker improved his point lead over Clark to five points and finished as the 2012 point champion. Clark finished second in points 19 in front of Foust.
In the Hornet divisions Keith Morris of New Castle who was also shooting for two championships in a row led Andy Jennings of Richmond by 6 points. Third place has Jeff Sorrell of New Castle 15 points from the lead and Larry Hughes Jr. of Greensboro in fourth 27 points behind Morris. Emily Henderson of New Castle led the first three laps when Lenny Tungate of New Castle took over on lap 4 and led the next 18. Andy Jennings took the lead on lap 22 and led the rest of the way for the win. On lap 20 Jennings was running in third and Morris in eighth giving Morris a slim one point lead in the standings. On lap 35 with Jennings in first and Morris in fifth the point chase was tied with Morris trailing Sorrell by just 1.1 seconds for fourth place. Morris needed to get by Sorrell to retain the championship. On lap 39 of the 50 lap race Morris’s evening ended with his car sitting in the infield with mechanical failure. Jennings took the win followed by Hughes Jr., Tungate, Joseph Jennings of Richmond, Chris Jennings of Richmond, Joyce Dyer of Greenfield, Henderson, Scott Kilgore of New Castle, Rodney Sutton of New Castle, Morris, James Massengale of New Castle, Warner, Jared Keller of Anderson, Joe Jennings of Richmond and Andy Shirley of Franklin. As a result of the order of finish Andy Jennings moved around Morris for the point championship with a 6 point lead. Sorrell finished third in points with Hughes fourth and Tungate fifth. Andy Jennings set fast time at 19.407
Rookie Hornet point champion Terry Neal of New Castle picked up his fourth feature win of the season over Larry Hughes Sr. of Greensboro. Don Lacy Sr. of New Castle finished third followed by Don Lacy Jr. of New Castle, John McDivitt of New Castle and John Sexton of Greenfield. Neal set fast time at 20.038.
The next event at Mt Lawn will on Sunday September 16 with a 100 lap Thunder Car Enduro. Late Models, Hornets and Legends will also be on the program.