Lawn Mower RacingMeredith Somers, staff writer for Southern Maryland Newspapers, writes:

On May 2, the Charles County Fairgrounds played host to an afternoon of races with the Delmarva Lawn Mower Racing Association, a local chapter of the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association.

Hometown hero Bender and a number of other racers of all ages braved the hot sun, stalled engines and dirt track to bring a taste of competitive mower racing to Charles County.

“I had my first race here at the fairgrounds,” Bender said. “I made it three laps before I got hooked.”

Bender currently ranks as No. 2 in the nation for the SP class, which means a single-cylinder, prepared-chassis mower. He also races mowers in the eight horsepower class and IMOW class, which is for front-engine, highly regulated machines, according to the national association’s website.

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