LEMON TAKES FIRST 'NATIONAL CROWN;' HELLIS AND LEMEN TAKE OTHER BIG WINS By Dave Hascall ANDERSON, Ind. (July 20) The Anderson Speedway's 46th annual "National Crown," the oldest continuously ran stock car race in the country, saw a first...
LEMON TAKES FIRST 'NATIONAL CROWN;' HELLIS AND LEMEN TAKE OTHER BIG WINS
By Dave Hascall
ANDERSON, Ind. (July 20) The Anderson Speedway's 46th annual "National Crown," the oldest continuously ran stock car race in the country, saw a first time victor Saturday night. Tim Lemon became the third second generation driver to visit victory lane, in the 25 lap Big Lots - National Crown for the Figure-8 cars.
Lemon started his night off right by taking the first qualifying heat, over fast timer Joe Beaver. This put Lemon on the pole for the 25 lap "Crown" feature race. He jumped ahead of Herb Rose, Rich Boyer, Beaver and Mike Cain at the start. The race was stopped once when Terry Malone's car "stalled" at the crossover. The stall appeared intentional, and Malone was warned. When the race restarted, intense pressure was applied at the front but no changes. Lemon won his first "Crown" over Rose, Boyer, Beaver and Cain. Lemon and Rose won the heats. Beaver lost in his attempt to win three in a row. Dick and Randy Hinshaw were the first father-son to win "Crowns" followed by Bob and Rick Fields. Of the four, Rick Fields is the only active participant. He blew his engine in hot laps, and could not compete. Tim's father Bill won the event in 1963, 196 and 1969. Indy's Herschel White won the 1950 event.
The 25 lap Hoosier Park Late Models got off to a rocky start as Ray Skillman spun on the first lap for the fifth straight week. Several cars were involved, with Wes Russell, Jr. going to the pits. On the restart, Vic Hellis drove around Brian Rievley but action stopped again as Al Grogg and Billy Boyer, Jr. tangling off turn two. Russell rejoined, one lap down. Hellis took the lead on the third start and drove to the win. Brian Rievley was on top of Vic the entire way for third as was Tim Neal for third. Bobby Fields and Jim Cooper were 4-5, locked into their own duel. Cooper and Rick Fields won heats.
Street Stock driver Bob Lemen (pronounced like Nat'l Crown winner Lemon) has been getting better and better each week. Tonight he took the lead on lap nine of the 20 lap "A" main from Brian McVey and looked headed to an easy victory. McVey and Rob Hazelbaker ran side by side, keeping the faster cars of Wayne Young and Chris Bair from challenging. Although Lemen made it look easy, he offered another opinion, "I thought that the pack was right behind me. I was running it hard, all out." Lemen had to work as hard off the track, however. A practice crash, the result of a broken axle, forced fast repairs. He was the last to qualify, but finished second in the fast heat. Predictably on lap 17 several cars piled up, resulting in a yellow. Lemen's lead looked doomed. On the restart, however, McVey and Hazelbaker held up Young and Bair just long enough. Lemen took his first ever win, of any kind over Young, Bair, Hazelbaker and McVey. Mark Wyman took the "B" main over John Rose and Neil Huddleston. Benny Blevins, Jr., Terry Malone, Wyman and Steve Schwartz won heat races. Schwartz's win was his first in only four attempts.
RESULTS: Big Lots Figure-8 Cars: First Qualifying Heat: 1. Tim Lemon (Markleville) 2. Joe Beaver (Noblesville) 3. Mike Cain (Noblesville)
Second Qualifying Heat: 1. Herb Rose (Anderson) 2. Rich Boyer (Anderson) 3. Gene Huston (Anderson)
46th Annual National Crown (25 Lap Figure-8 Feature): 1. Lemon 2. Rose 3. Boyer
Hoosier Park Late Models: Fast Heat: 1. Jim Cooper (Anderson) 2. Wes Russell, Jr. (Muncie) 3. Bobby Fields (Willow Branch) Second Heat: 1. Rick Fields (Willow Branch) 2. William Mefford (Knightstown) 3. Ray Fullen (Anderson)
25 Lap Feature: 1. Vic Hellis (Selma) 2. Brian Rievley (Daleville) 3. Tim Neal (Honey Creek)
T&H Parts Houses Street Stocks: Fast Heat: 1. Benny Blevins, Jr. (Anderson) 2. Bob Lemen (Indianapolis) 3. Larry Southerland (Noblesville)
2nd Heat: 1. Terry Malone (Anderson) 2. Mike Craft (Noblesville) 3. Don Cain (Fortville)
3rd Heat: 1. Mark Wyman (Muncie) 2. Deanna Schwartz (Noblesville) 3. Gary Moore (Anderson)
4th Heat: 1. Steve Schwartz (Noblesville) 2. Dennis Wallen (Pendleton) 3. Todd Neal (Muncie)
20 Lap A Main: 1. Lemen 2. Wayne Young (Anderson) 3. Chris Bair (Anderson)
15 Lap B Main: 1. Wyman 2. John Rose (Anderson) 3. Neil Huddleston (Maxwell)