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July 6, 2014

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Wilson, Troyer, Zimpleman take titles in Twelve Mile 500

TWELVE MILE — It’s nice to sit on the pole position regardless of the type of racing. Friday at Plank Hill Park, the polesitters for each race nearly pulled off the trifecta, but came up short when they took two out of the three races in the 2014 Twelve Mile 500 Riding Lawnmower Race.

First up on the day was the Briggs division with Logansport’s Brad Wilson starting on the pole with a qualifying speed of 28.57 mph. Wilson, in his sixth year of racing at Twelve Mile, always has run strong but has been saddled with mechanical failures and seemingly being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This year he wasn’t going to be denied.

Wilson pulled out and was leading on lap 7 when he took his first pit stop, relinquishing the lead to Dennis Bodary. Running strong throughout the race, Wilson stayed in the top five until his second black flag for speeding knocked him down. After serving the penalty, he was a model of consistency while slowy working his way back up through the field.

By lap 40, Bodary was still in the lead but Wilson had worked himself back to third. On lap 46 Wilson was back in second and was looking strong and looking to win. With his three pit stops out of the way Wilson knew he had to finish as Bodary still had to make his last stop.

When Bodary pulled in on lap 48, Wilson reclaimed the lead and led the rest of the way in going on to his first win in the Twelve Mile 500.

“This was fun,” he said. “When the race started, I just tried to keep out of trouble and I tried to keep out of the penalty area but was flagged a couple of times. We were hoping for better pit stops, but my second one we had some troubles. I lost a belt and had to put one back on and then the mower wouldn’t start.

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