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Nick Hoffman wins Merrill Downey Memorial at Lawrenceburg Speedway
Nick Hoffman takes home the $4,444.44 check for winning the Merrill Downey Memorial at Lawrenceburg Speedway Credit: Thanh Tran/thanhtranphotography.com

Nick Hoffman wins Merrill Downey Memorial at Lawrenceburg Speedway

The 3rd Annual Merrill Downey Memorial turned out to be a thrilling run to the finish. 52 Budweiser UMP Modifieds signed in to attempt to qualify for the A-main and a chance to be one of the 24 cars with a shot at the $4,444.44 winners check. When the green flag waved, pole sitter Hunter Rasdon, jumped out and led the first five laps followed by defending winner Joey Kramer. On lap six, Kramer swept passed Rasdon, on the high side, to assume command. Kramer, as he has done so many times, pulled away from Rasdon and the rest of the field. Nick Hoffman, from Mooresville, North Carolina, making his first trip to Lawrenceburg, got around Rasdon for second and set his sights on Kramer. The pace settled down as Kramer began to lap cars with Hoffman pacing about 2 seconds behind Kramer. With 36 laps complete, a yellow flag bunched the field back together. On the restart Hoffman was able to race with Kramer for the lead in what developed into a thrilling race to the finish. After the race Kramer revealed that he lost his brakes and was holding on as much as he was racing, but could not keep Hoffman at bay. Hoffman was able to make the move with four laps remaining and hold on to the checkered flag. Kramer bounced off the wall at the end of the race, but was able to hold on to second over Bryan Barber, Trent Green and Levi Kissinger. Hoffman picked up his first win at Lawrenceburg and the $4,444.44 to go with it. Heat race winners were Barber, Kissinger, Hoffman, Kramer, Brian Shaw, and Rasdon. Rasdon won the Sign A Rama Winners Dash. B Mains were won by Derek Groomer, Daryl Herbert, and Weasel Rhoades. The Budweiser UMP Modifieds return to Lawrenceburg on Sunday, July 13th, alongside USAC Indiana Sprint Week.

Jason Jameson Wins at Home Track!

Jason Jameson led all 20 laps in the rare Late Model feature race at Lawrenceburg. 13 Late Models ran the 20 lap feature with Jameson leading the entire distance. Duane Chamberlain tried an outside move on Jameson early in the race that ended with Chamberlain running out of racetrack and bouncing off the turn four wall. Following Jameson across the line were John Gill, Greg Johnson, Zak Blackwood, and Ethan Burgess. Heat race winners were Jameson and Gill. Late models return to Lawrenceburg on August 23rd with the Lucas Oil Late Models.

Modifieds – A Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 2 Nick Hoffman Mooresville , Nc 150.00
2 2 77 Joey Kramer Hanover , In 140.00
3 5 10 Bryan Barber Greensburg , Ky 130.00
4 9 14 Trent Green Milton , Ky 120.00
5 6 8K Levi Kissinger Mount Vernon, In 110.00
6 16 14A Adams Don London , Ky 105.00
7 1 R5 Hunter Rasdon Jonesboro , Ak 100.00
8 19 D48 Derek Groomer Bloomington , In 95.00
9 13 97 Shawn Brown Cincinnati , Oh 90.00
10 14 98 Shon Flanary Church Hill, Tn 85.00
11 20 X Jerry Bowersock Wapakoneta , Oh 80.00
12 8 XX Roy Bruce Jr Bloomington , In 75.00
13 11 15L Kyle Herbert Greensburg , In 70.00
14 22 28 Jt Ayers New Haven, Ky 65.00
15 24 1S Keith Smith Stanton , Ky 60.00
16 7 10Y Trent Young Hopkinsville , Ky 55.00
17 10 54 Matt Westfall Ludlow Falls, Oh 50.00
18 17 23 Kyle Schornick Sunman , In 45.00
19 15 19 Andrew Corbin Independence , Ky 40.00
20 21 59 Weasel Rhoades Winchester , Oh 35.00
21 4 1SS Brian Shaw Robinson , Il 30.00
22 12 1G Devin Gilpin Columbus , In 25.00
23 18 9H Matt Hamilton Aurora , In 20.00
24 23 32K Daryl Herbert Greensburg , In 15.00

Modifieds – B Main 3
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 59 Weasel Rhoades Winchester , Oh 0.00
2 5 1S Keith Smith Stanton , Ky 0.00
3 8 2* Broc Burton Columbus , In 0.00
4 7 9 Dustin Webber Goshen , Oh 0.00
5 9 K1NG Ricky Arms Moss , Tn 0.00
6 2 77B Bub Balsley Hooven , Oh 0.00
7 3 5 Steven Brooks New Lenox, Il 0.00
8 10 41 Kelly Craddock Union , Ky 0.00
9 11 B5 Jeff Harris Cincinnati , Oh 0.00
10 6 75E Elliott Despain Campbellsville , Ky 0.00
11 4 55D Denny Szekacs Springfield , Oh 0.00

Modifieds – B Main 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 X Jerry Bowersock Wapakoneta , Oh 0.00
2 3 32K Daryl Herbert Greensburg , In 0.00
3 6 6H Adam Hamilton Aurora , In 0.00
4 4 75 Dion Benningfield Lebanon , Ky 0.00
5 2 18 Ryan Sutter Fort Recovery, Oh 0.00
6 5 7 Tony Mcvey Waldron , In 0.00
7 8 07 Cory Skipton Lawrenceburg , In 0.00
8 11 3B Ryan Bross Cincinnati , Oh 0.00
9 12 64 Billy Cooper Louisville , Ky 0.00
10 9 1AM Austyn Mills Alexandria , Ky 0.00
11 7 33 Bobby Boone Liberty , In 0.00
12 10 55S Jim Szekacs Columbus , Oh 0.00

Modifieds – B Main 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 4 D48 Derek Groomer Bloomington , In 0.00
2 2 28 Jt Ayers New Haven, Ky 0.00
3 3 69 Kris Williamson Aurora , In 0.00
4 5 11H Pete Holt Covington , Ky 0.00
5 1 K12 Scotty Kincaid Rising Sun, In 0.00
6 6 7K Kevin Nesselhauf Lancaster , Ky 0.00
7 10 43 Danny Teegarden Brooksville , Ky 0.00
8 11 7A Shawn Mcintosh Versailles , In 0.00
9 9 38 Rick Hudson North Vernon, In 0.00
10 8 70F Jim Fliehman Lawrenceburg , In 0.00
11 7 10Y2 Johnny Young Crofton , Ky 0.00 DNS
12 12 51X Brandon Green Walton , Ky 0.00 DNS

Modifieds – Dash
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 R5 Hunter Rasdon Jonesboro , Ak 0.00
2 5 77 Joey Kramer Hanover , In 0.00
3 4 2 Nick Hoffman Mooresville , Nc 0.00
4 2 1SS Brian Shaw Robinson , Il 0.00
5 6 10 Bryan Barber Greensburg , Ky 0.00
6 1 8K Levi Kissinger Mount Vernon, In 0.00

Modifieds – Heat 6
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 R5 Hunter Rasdon Jonesboro , Ak 25.00
2 3 15L Kyle Herbert Greensburg , In 20.00
3 7 97 Shawn Brown Cincinnati , Oh 15.00
4 6 77B Bub Balsley Hooven , Oh 10.00
5 8 55D Denny Szekacs Springfield , Oh 5.00
6 2 75E Elliott Despain Campbellsville , Ky 5.00
7 4 2* Broc Burton Columbus , In 5.00
8 5 41 Kelly Craddock Union , Ky 5.00

Modifieds – Heat 5
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 1SS Brian Shaw Robinson , Il 25.00
2 5 XX Roy Bruce Jr Bloomington , In 20.00
3 7 19 Andrew Corbin Independence , Ky 15.00
4 6 59 Weasel Rhoades Winchester , Oh 10.00
5 1 5 Steven Brooks New Lenox, Il 5.00
6 2 1S Keith Smith Stanton , Ky 5.00
7 9 9 Dustin Webber Goshen , Oh 5.00
8 4 K1NG Ricky Arms Moss , Tn 5.00
9 8 B5 Jeff Harris Cincinnati , Oh 5.00

Modifieds – Heat 4
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 4 77 Joey Kramer Hanover , In 25.00
2 2 54 Matt Westfall Ludlow Falls, Oh 20.00
3 3 9H Matt Hamilton Aurora , In 15.00
4 6 18 Ryan Sutter Fort Recovery, Oh 10.00
5 1 75 Dion Benningfield Lebanon , Ky 5.00
6 5 6H Adam Hamilton Aurora , In 5.00
7 8 07 Cory Skipton Lawrenceburg , In 5.00
8 7 55S Jim Szekacs Columbus , Oh 5.00
9 9 64 Billy Cooper Louisville , Ky 5.00

Modifieds – Heat 3
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 2 Nick Hoffman Mooresville , Nc 25.00
2 1 1G Devin Gilpin Columbus , In 20.00
3 2 98 Shon Flanary Church Hill, Tn 15.00
4 5 X Jerry Bowersock Wapakoneta , Oh 10.00
5 7 32K Daryl Herbert Greensburg , In 5.00
6 4 7 Tony Mcvey Waldron , In 5.00
7 6 33 Bobby Boone Liberty , In 5.00
8 9 1AM Austyn Mills Alexandria , Ky 5.00
9 8 3B Ryan Bross Cincinnati , Oh 5.00

Modifieds – Heat 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 8K Levi Kissinger Mount Vernon, In 25.00
2 4 10Y Trent Young Hopkinsville , Ky 20.00
3 3 14A Adams Don London , Ky 15.00
4 2 28 Jt Ayers New Haven, Ky 10.00
5 7 D48 Derek Groomer Bloomington , In 5.00
6 5 7K Kevin Nesselhauf Lancaster , Ky 5.00
7 6 70F Jim Fliehman Lawrenceburg , In 5.00
8 8 43 Danny Teegarden Brooksville , Ky 5.00
9 9 51X Brandon Green Walton , Ky 5.00

Modifieds – Heat 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 4 10 Bryan Barber Greensburg , Ky 25.00
2 1 14 Trent Green Milton , Ky 20.00
3 3 23 Kyle Schornick Sunman , In 15.00
4 2 K12 Scotty Kincaid Rising Sun, In 10.00
5 8 69 Kris Williamson Aurora , In 5.00
6 7 11H Pete Holt Covington , Ky 5.00
7 6 10Y2 Johnny Young Crofton , Ky 5.00
8 5 38 Rick Hudson North Vernon, In 5.00
9 9 7A Shawn Mcintosh Versailles , In 5.00

Late Models – A Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 12 Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg , In 0.00
2 3 75 John Gill Mitchell , In 0.00
3 1 15 Greg Johnson Bedford , In 0.00
4 6 93 Zak Blackwood - 0.00
5 5 18 Ethan Burgess - 0.00
6 8 95J Jerry Bowersock Wapakoneta , Oh 0.00
7 10 5N Dustin Nobbe Batesville , In 0.00
8 12 30 Steve Pyles Bedford , Ky 0.00
9 9 20M Mick Sansom Salt Rock, Wv 0.00
10 11 20 Jeff Simonton Cleves , Oh 0.00
11 4 20C Duane Chamberlain Richmond , In 0.00
12 13 20K Matthew Berry - 0.00
13 7 13W David Webb - 0.00

Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 75 John Gill Mitchell , In 0.00
2 7 15 Greg Johnson Bedford , In 0.00
3 5 93 Zak Blackwood - 0.00
4 6 95J Jerry Bowersock Wapakoneta , Oh 0.00
5 2 5N Dustin Nobbe Batesville , In 0.00
6 3 30 Steve Pyles Bedford , Ky 0.00
7 4 20K Matthew Berry - 0.00

Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 7 12 Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg , In 0.00
2 6 20C Duane Chamberlain Richmond , In 0.00
3 3 18 Ethan Burgess - 0.00
4 5 13W David Webb - 0.00
5 4 20M Mick Sansom Salt Rock, Wv 0.00
6 2 20 Jeff Simonton Cleves , Oh 0.00
7 1 78 Jeff Alsip - 0.00 DNS

The next event at Lawrenceburg Speedway is USAC Indiana Sprint Week, SUNDAY-July 13th. Racing will feature the USAC Sprint Cars & the Budweiser UMP Modifieds.

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