By CAREY FOXTimes Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. — Lincoln Park Speedway opened up an exciting three-races in one week stretch of action with another superb night of racing on Saturday as Brett Burdette overtook Braylon Fitzpatrick for a thrilling sprint car victory. Kenny Carmichael Sr. held off Clint DeMoss for the modified victory and Doug McCullough made it three-in-a-row in the UMP Super Stock division. Ben Williams scored his second bomber feature victory of the year at LPS.
Thirty sprint cars were on hand and the first heat race of the night showed the fans that the chase for the checkers was going to be hot and heavy.
Fitzpatrick was bullet fast out of the trailer on Saturday and his last-to-first high-wire act in the opening heat served notice. His slider with two laps to go got him past Thomas Meseraull for the victory that set him up on the pole for the feature. Kyle Robbins crossed the line first in the second heat with Burdette winning the third heat.
Once the feature went green it didn’t look like anyone had anything for Fitzpatrick, who picked up right where he left off in his heat, rocketing out to a commanding lead over Meseraull, Burdette, Seth Parker and Shawn Krockenberger.
Burdette, like Fitzpatrick, also owns a feature win at LPS this season and he was able to chase him down despite making contact with Meseraull in taking over second-place. Burdette scooted free of the collision, that left Meseraull with a broken left front.
Burdette stalked Fitzpatrick into lapped traffic where things got especially interesting. With both competitors battling for the lead, Burdette threw a turn three slider on Fitzpatrick that stuck and gave him the point. From there, Burdette worked through a group of three lapped cars masterfully. Fitzpatrick was briefly held up and Burdette opened up a small lead that he wouldn’t relinquish.
Burdette held off Fitzpatrick to claim his fourth win of the season in the Burdette Builders, Ham Signs, Watson Gravel, Hoosier Tire No. 17b, powered by a Claxton Engine. Parker came home third ahead of Krockenberger and CJ Leary.
In the UMP Modified division, 22 cars were on hand trying to dethrone Brian Hayden, winner of five features this season. Josh Boller picked up the first heat race win and Hayden scored the second to start on the outside of row one for the feature.
Once the feature went green, Boller and Carmichael Sr. were side-by-side in a tight, battle for the lead as Hayden and Clint DeMoss tailed them both. Randy Shuman was in the mix early before slowing a handful of laps into the main event.
Carmichael was able to edge in front of Boller several laps in as the Terre Haute native worked the bottom to perfection. DeMoss, fourth in the nation in UMP points last season, had designs on scoring the win himself as he locked onto the runner-up spot over the second half of the race after getting past Boller.
As the laps ticked down, Carmichael held fast on to a three-car length lead over DeMoss and Hayden slipped into third after duking it out with Boller to the finish. CJ Bryan advanced to take fifth at the checkers behind Boller and Hayden.
Carmichael’s win came in the Carmichael’s Exhaust, Kessco Water, Rosnell Semitrailers, Specialty Grafix machine.
In the super stock division, McCullough has been on fire of late and that held true on Saturday as he and Mike Staggs put on a spirited door-to-door race for the lead throughout the feature before McCullough slipped ahead to score the victory.
Staggs and McCullough battled for the lead over the entire length of the feature as Kenny Carmichael Jr. and Cullen Goodman fought for third along with Brett Smedley and Slick Griffin.
Just past the halfway mark, McCullough was able to build a small gap that he wouldn’t relinquish, working his familiar bottom line to the checkered flag ahead of Staggs, Goodman, Smedley and Griffin.
McCullough’s win propels him to the top of the season points standings ahead of Carmichael Sr. by a scant, nine points.
In the bomber feature, Bob Farris and Jordan Almanza made up the front row as third-place starter, Kevin Kemp and Josh Fagg made contact on lap one. On the re-start, Almanza and Corey Gregory set the pace up front for several laps as Williams held down third ahead of Blake Cross and Farris.
Gregory was seeking the second win of his young career, but both he and Almanza spun in sync coming into turn two after a re-start leaving Williams and Cross to battle for the lead.
Cross’ chase for the win was derailed late as his bumper broke free to bring out a caution and send him to the tail. From there, Williams held down the win despite a determined effort from David Bumgardner, who moved up from 10th position at the start. Williams crossed the line with Bumgardner in tow followed by Farris, Tom Courtney and JR Watkins.
The racing action returns on Tuesday night for a special show featuring the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals for late models that pays $6,000 to the winner. Along with the late models will be the UMP Modifieds battling for a $1,000 payday as part of the modified national tour. The bombers will also take to the track.
General admission is $20 with kids 10-and-under admitted free. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with the main gates opening at 4:30 p.m. Hotlaps are slated for 6 p.m.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1.Brett Burdette, 2. Braylon Fitzpatrick, 3. Seth Parker, 4. Shawn Krockenberger, 5. CJ Leary, 6. Logan Jarrett, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Bret Triplett, 9. Chris Babcock, 10. Wes McIntyre, 11. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 12. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 13. Matt Goodnight, 14. Michael Severs, 15. Conner Donelson, 16. Tyler Waltz, 17. Kyle Robbins, 18. Jason Holt, 19. Ethan Barrow, 20. Aaron Mosley B-main winner: Conner Donelson Heat winners: Braylon Fitzpatrick, Kyle Robbins, Brett Burdette UMP Modified feature 1. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 2. Clint DeMoss, 3. Brian Hayden, 4. Josh Boller, 5. CJ Bryan, 6. Schuyler Nahre, 7. Matt Bex, 8. Jacoby Hines, 9. Paul Bumgardner, 10. Craig Conyer, 11. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 12. Levi Kissinger, 13. Wes McClara, 14. Roger Mills, 15. Jerry Stewart, 16. Albert Gardner, 17. Randy Shuman, 18. Brian Amos, 19. Gary Ricketts, 20. Dan Lewellen, 21. Ben West Heat winners: Josh Boller, Brian Hayden UMP Super Stock feature 1. Doug McCullough, 2. Mike Staggs, 3. Cullen Goodman, 4. Brett Smedley, 5. Slick Griffin, 6. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 7. Paul Wright, 8. David Daniels, 9. Bill Wells, 10. Joe Starks, 11. Jason Massie, 12. Randy Newport, 13. Kris Starks, 14. Josh McDaniel, 15. Ryan Taylor, 16. Bill Hart, 17. Kenny Carmichael Sr.
Heat winners: Brett Smedley, Mike Staggs Bomber feature 1. Ben Williams, 2. David Bumgardner, 3. Bob Farris, 4. Tom Courtney, 5. JR Watkins, 6. Lloyd Walls, 7. Christian Kline, 8. Frank Cotton, 9. Dale Lewis, 10. Michael Harris, 11. Josh Fagg, 12. Christian York, 13. Jeff Cast, 14. Donald Carson, 15. Jordan Almanza, 16. Blake Cross, 17. Corey Gregory, 18. Michael Thompson, 19. Doug Parker, 20. Kevin Kemp, 21. John Cole B-main winner: Michael Harris Heat winners: David Bumgardner, Josh Fagg, Corey Gregory