By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor PUTNAMVILLE – Brady Short has scored a multitude of feature wins in multiple classes during his highly successful racing career, however, he pulled off another first on Saturday night as he scored a feature victory at Lincoln Park Speedway.
Short has ran up front at the Putnamville oval for much of his trips to LPS, but it took him until Saturday to stand in victory lane as he held off a determined charge from AJ Hopkins in the Pottorff Logging, Indiana Stone Works, JD Engines, Maxim Chassis sponsored No. 11.
Short had plenty of challenges on this night as he started alongside Jarrett Andretti, Brian Karraker and Max McGhee. The group took the green with Short Jeff Bland Jr. taking over the lead from the front row. He looked as if he might make short work of the field, but Short began to real him in before Brent Beauchamp brought out a caution for a spin.
On the re-start, Bland and Short were nearly side-by-side ahead of Andretti and the fast moving AJ Hopkins, who started 11th. With 13 laps scored, Short had taken over the point and began to build a lead as another yellow re-set the field.
As the field went green, Short and Bland maintained an advantage ahead of Hopkins, who had gone to the top side of the track. Brian Hayden had moved into the fourth position with Seth Parker and Ryan Pace in tow. However, most eyes were on the duel up front as Short and Bland were suddenly wheel-to-wheel ahead of the field. The pair were side by side with six laps left in the 25-lap A-main as Bland was in perfect position to re-take the lead, but coming off turn two, the front runners banged wheels in a furious chase for the victory. Heading into turn three, the pair slid high into four and contact caused Bland to get upside down with just six laps remaining.
Short would take the green on the re-start ahead of Hopkins, seeking another quality run and perhaps his first victory. The pair rolled into lap 23 in a tight battle for the win that had fans on their feet, but on this evening it was Short that doubled up with a second weekend win after picking up Friday’s Bloomington victory. The win was Short’s eight of the season and his 24th top-five in 31 races in 2013.
Short’s win came in the CSI Shocks, Spec Engine, Butlerbuilt sponsored No. 11. Hopkins ran second ahead of Parker, Hayden and Pace. After early spins in the feature that sent them to the tail, Billy Puterbaugh and Brent Beauchamp recovered to take sixth and seventh.
In the UMP Modified feature, Brad Barrow was one lap away from a disappointing night as a broken J-bar threatened to derail what looked to be a special evening. However, with sparks emanating from the No. 9 B&B Auto, Amvets Post 2000, Robertson Lawn Care machine, Barrow held off a hard challenge from Paul Bumgardner and Chad Combs to pick up the victory.
Combs started on the pole alongside Bumgardner with Roger Mills and Brian Hayden in tow. However, Barrow worked his way forward after an early battle with Randy Shuman to move into third. Combs led after five laps as Barrow advanced into the second position with Bumgardner and Hayden dueling in third. Kenny Carmichael and Mills were door-to-door behind the frontrunners.
Midway through the feature, Barrow made his move, rocketing to the bottom and making his pass of Combs stick off of turn two. Hayden and Bumgardner renewed their weekly battle for a front running spot, this time for third. As lapped traffic became an issue over the final laps, Barrow managed it perfectly as Bumgardner pulled into second ahead of Combs, Hayden, Shuman, Carmichael and Greg Amick.
As the final circuits wrapped, Barrow’s No. 9 began to have problems, but with two laps on the docket, it was too late for the field as Bumgardner’s charge to the front ended in second and Barrow claimed the checkered flag with sparks flying from the rear of the machine. Combs, Hayden and Shuman took top-five spots.
Steve Peeden’s quest for a UMP Super Stock national championship got another boost on a track he has been highly successful on this season. With a stout field on hand, Peeden claimed his 10th feature victory of the year as rival Roy Bruce was sidelined while running second. Peeden came into the night trailing national points leader Aaron Fields by just 25 points with Roy Bruce in second-place in the standings. However, Saturday’s success will propel Peeden even closer to the lead.
The Paragon, Ind. resident had the hammer down after starting on the pole and building a solid lead ahead of the rest of the field. Bruce made his run to the front with Doug McCullough running third. Up front however, Peeden had built nearly a straightaway lead as Bruce had to pull to the infield with mechanical issues. Peeden’s run ended in victory lane in the Davis Automotive, Dropalik Surveying and Engineering sponsored No. 04. Kenny Carmichael Sr. pushed forward for the runner-up spot with Ralph Groomer claiming third followed by McCullough and Mike Staggs.
The final two features of the night included a talented field of bombers as 29 cars chased the checkered flag.
In the first A-main, Jordan Almanza led early on as Blake Cross gave chase. The pair were in a heated battle with Scott Tidwell and Carlos Bumgardner during the early stages of the race. Almanza had the lead as Tidwell got loose off turn two and Cross made contact with him. As Tidwell got sideways down the backstretch, Bumgardner was caught up in the melee and both cars re-started at the tail of the field.
Cross was running hard up top as Almanza maintained the lead, but coming off turn one, Cross snagged the point and held down that position. Cross and Almanza battled to the final lap before it was Cross that scored his second career A-main victory. Almanza spun off the final corner and settled for ninth with Tom Tidwell took third ahead of Mike Fisher Jr., who came from the tail of the field for fourth ahead of Megan Cavaness, who had won her heat race earlier in the evening.
In the final feature of the night, Greencastle’s Doug McCullough was able to secure his sixth feature victory of the year at LPS as he held off a challenge from Tim Wright down the stretch.
McCullough had the bottom line sown up with Wright chasing him during the second half of the feature. However, with five laps remaining a caution flew and gave Wright another chance at winning his second feature in as many weeks at LPS. McCullough would be up to the task however as he claimed his sixth feature of the season ahead of Wright, Harry Shepherd, Damon Harrell and Brazil’s David Wallen.
This weekend will be The King of Non-Wing event for sprint cars, which pays $2,000-to-win with modifieds, super stocks and bombers on the schedule along with the End of Summer Firework Extravaganza.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Brady Short, 2. AJ Hopkins, 3. Seth Parker, 4. Brian Hayden, 5. Ryan Pace, 6. Billy Puterbaugh, 7. Brent Beauchamp, 8. Max McGhee, 9. Garrett Abrams, 10. Brian Karraker, 11. Conner Donelson, 12. Tony Main, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chad Davenport, 15. Ethan Fleetwood, 16. Jeff Bland Jr., 17. Troy Link, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Keaton Dobbs, 20. Michael Terry Jr.
UMP Modified feature
1. Brad Barrow, 2. Paul Bumgardner, 3. Chad Combs, 4. Brian Hayden, 5. Randy Shuman, 6. Greg Amick, 7. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 8. Eric Varner, 9. Wes McClara, 10. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 11. Roger Mills, 12. Scott Ricketts, 13. Dan Lewellen, 14. Mark Auler, 15. Wayne Newlin, 16. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 17. Jake Humphrey, 18. Sam Wray, 19. Dale Hayes, 20. Jeff Deckard
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Steve Peeden, 2. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 3. Ralph Groomer, 4. Doug McCullough, 5. Mike Staggs, 6. Tyler Loughmiller, 7. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 8. Scott Carrington, 9. Travis Heramb, 10. David Daniels, 11. Josh Fagg, 12. JR Watkins, 13. Steve Smiley, 14. Roy Bruce Jr., 15. Josh McDaniel, 16. Kenny Fields, 17. Jacob Wright, 18. Josh Boller, 19. Don Duncan, 20. Jeff Shepherd, 21. Gene Barnett
Bomber feature 1
1. Blake Cross, 2. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 3. Tom Tidwell, 4. Mike Fisher Jr., 5. Megan Cavaness, 6. Lenny Krupa III, 7. Junior Shepherd, 8. Scott Tidwell, 9. Jordan Almanza, 10. Cody Wright, 11. Tony Tidwell Jr., 12. Kyle Krupa, 13. Jack Campbell, 14. Jack Hatton, 15. A.Z. Pitts, 16. Jason Thornburg
Bomber feature 2
1. Doug McCullough, 2. Tim Wright, 3. Harry Shepherd, 4. Damon Harrell, 5. David Wallen, 6. Chris Schepper, 7. Justin Minardo, 8. Mark Dickerson, 9. Ron Smith, 10. Fred Grayless, 11. Bob Farris, 12. DJ Smiley, 13. Jerry Hutto