---- — Brandon Mefford of Spiceland continued his winning ways at Mt. Lawn over the weekend taking the Van Hoy Oil series Late Model feature for his fourth win this season and the third in a row. David McConnell of Shirley led the first three laps from his front row starting position as he beat newcomer Randy Anderson of Knightstown down the backstretch on lap one.
Mefford moved into the lead on lap 4 and led the rest of the way. On lap 5 another first timer this year Tracy Burroughs of Ingles driving a Mopar product dropped out of the race with rear end troubles. Also on lap 5, 14-year-old Jack Dossey III of Indianapolis and Jacob Wyman of Noblesville got together battling for fifth position resulting in a cut tire on Dossey’s ride forcing him into the pits. Lap 5 also saw Jason Thompson of Shirley move into second and set his sights on Mefford. Mefford proved to be the class of the field as he held Thompson at bay over the final 25 laps for a six car length lead.
Thompson did finish second followed by Wyman, McConnell, Bill Pierce of New Castle, Kent Carson of Richmond, Anderson, Dossey and Burroughs. Thompson set fast time in qualifications at 17.203. Lenny and Belva Tungate and Long John Silver sponsored the Late Model dash that was captured by Dossey for his first win at Mt. Lawn in his Ellis Late Model. Mefford and McConnell won the heats.
Larry Hughes Jr. of Greensboro took the win the in the Van Hoy Oil Hornet division for his fifth feature win of the year. Donnie Mullis of Greenfield led the first two laps giving way to Mark Jennings of Richmond on lap 3.
Rodney Sutton of New Castle led lap 6 with Jennings taking back over on lap 7. Jennings’ engine developed a problem after crossing the starting line on lap 11. That gave the lead to Hughes on lap 12 who led the rest of the way. On lap 15 Jeff Sorrell of New Castle tangled with another car on the backstretch wend off the track and disappeared from view sliding toward Duck Creek.
Sorrell’s car stopped a very short distance from the water and he was able to pull back up the hill under his own power and continue in the race. Sutton finished second followed by Chris Jennings of Richmond, Nick Pollitt of New Castle, Terry Neal of New Castle, Sorrell, Joe Jennings of Richmond, Adam Lee of New Castle, Rayce Sare of Greenfield, Mullis, Mark Jennings and John Massengale of New Castle. Hughes set fast time in time trials at 19.149. New Castle’s Josh Neal of Neal Seal Coating joined the Tungate’s and Long John Silvers in sponsoring the dash with Chris Jennings picking up an extra $100 dollars for the win. Pollitt and Joe Jennings won the heats.
Jack Dossey Jr. of Indianapolis won for the second time in a row in the Legends feature. Kyle Donahue of St Louis Mo. grabbed the lead of the race at the drop of the green flag and led the first 13 laps. Dossey put a bump and run move on Donahue in the short turn on lap 14 to take the lead. Donahue returned the favor on lap 16 and took the lead. Dossey got around Donahue on the next lap by pulling alongside Donahue entering the short turn and then diving under him exiting the turn.
On lap 18 Kevin Donahue of St Louis and Jack Dossey III tangled entering turn on sending Donahue spinning and Dossey hard into the concrete wall. Donahue also ended up in the wall just in front of Dossey. After a few scary moments both driver climbed out of the cars unhurt with Dossey’s mount showing a lot of damage. Kyle Donahue finished second followed by Gerad Miller of Dayton Oh and Jarrett Alexander of Brownsburg to round out the top five. Heats went to the Dossey boys with Dossey setting fast time at 17.628.
Glenn Payne of Lincoln High School in Cambridge City beat Noah McBride of Shenandoah High School in the pedal car races.
Next week is the 44th running of the Raintree 100 for the Van Hoy Oil series Late Models. Also on the program will be the Van Hoy Oil Hornets and Indy FasKarts.
- Rushville Republican