And The Winner Is... Red Meat And Poontang!!

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Yep. A 1.6-liter bone stock 1999 Mazda Protege just won the Thunderhill running of the 24 Hours of LeMons. This friends, was an exciting race. With about 70 yards to go the #08 MR2 wound up on it's roof! We were hanging with the SE-R guys, helping them cheer on their driver as he made a desperate push to leap from 6th place to 5th. He must have come through the main straight at about 130 mph. Just cooking it. Beautiful racing all around, but the mega props go to Red Meat and Poontang, who told us the morning of that if they finish, they'll be on the podium. Good show guys, very good show.

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As far as the flipped MR2 goes, I think my favorite part was when the announcer came over the PA and said, "We have the driver on the radio. He's not smart but he is fine." Jalopnik hearts LeMons.

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Congrats to them! Looks like their car truly is stock and came through relatively unscathed. Way to stick to the true spirit of the race!

I was actually looking at an older Protege as a good Lemons racer.

@ecniv: I am in San Diego and am seriously contemplating starting a team. I'm a two-time Lemons veteran and have some friends who have a serious interest too. I'm down.

Oh and there's a race in Vegas in June, too.