By CAREY FOXTimes Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — Brady Short and Carlos Bumgardner Sr. celebrated their birthdays in victory lane at Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday night, but Jake Humphrey’s part might have trumped both of them as the Bloomington native picked up his first career UMP Modified feature win.
Short followed up a Midwest Sprint Car Series win Aug. 2 at Haubstadt with another series victory this weekend. The Columbus, Ind. resident dominated early and then held off a charge over the final few laps from Robert Ballou and Chad Boesflug to take the $3,000 winner’s share.
A week after Humphrey ran well, threatened the leader over much of the race before slipping back a couple of spots over the final couple circuits, Humphrey got stronger as the race went on to get his first victory. Humphrey crossed the finish line ahead of Kenny Carmichael Sr., who duked it out with Roy Bruce Jr. over the first half of the A-main.
Tyler Cain passed Aaron Fields while taking the white flag and then outraced him to the finish line to earn another UMP Super Stock victory. In the bomber features, Tim Wright held off C.J. Bryan and David Wallen for the win in the first A-main and Bumgardner won his ninth feature of the season to cap the evening.
Short had a unique challenge in the sprint car feature as his Indiana Stone Works No. 11p was down a cylinder before the race even began. The crew took one of the spark plugs out before pushing off for the feature, but it didn’t matter.
Short took the green flag alongside Dave Darland with Kevin Thomas Jr. and Shane Cottle a row behind them. Short fended off Darland early and began to open up a solid gap just five laps into the race. Meanwhile, Thomas and Boesplug were side-by-side with Cottle and CJ Leary behind them.
Just 11 laps in, Short was already into lapped traffic as Boesplug tried to reel him in ahead of Darland, Thomas and Ballou. Kyle Cummins started 16th, but was becoming a factor by the halfway point.
By lap 18, Boespflug had made up some ground in lapped traffic, but several laps later, Short broke free and extended his lead once again. Ballou was a rocket over the final 15 laps, advancing all the way to second after making a slider stick in turn three with Boesfplug.
Ballou would come home second ahead of Boesfplug, Darland, Thomas, Cottle, Brent Beauchamp, Casey Shuman, Max McGhee and Cummins.
Carmichael and Bruce put on the early show in the UMP Modified feature with some door-to-door racing. However, following a re-start at the halfway point, Humphrey blasted forward from the sixth spot into a challenge for the lead.
Humphrey moved alongside Carmichael as Bruce slipped back to the bottom as Wes McClara fought for third ahead of Roger Mills.
With five laps left, Humphrey grabbed the lead and was able to work the high side to pick up the victory ahead of Carmichael, Bruce, Carmichael Jr. and McClara.
Tyler Cain added his 16th super stock win of the season, which in turn helped him extend his UMP national points lead over second-place Aaron Fields. Ironically, Fields led most of the race, fighting off Steve Peeden early before Cain got by him on the final lap at LPS. Peeden would eventually suffer a flat tire and retire to the pits setting up Cain for his last lap pass as Scott Carrington locked up third-place followed by Doug McCullough and Josh McDaniel.
In the final two features of the evening, Wright broke free of a three-way fight for the lead with Bob Farris and Blake Cross. John Grenier and Cross made contact on lap eight, which sidelined Grenier and sent Cross to the pits with a flat tire.
Once the field took the green once again, Wright got by Farris and then held off Bryan and Farris as Wallen advanced to third-place at the finish ahead of Kemp and Ron Smith.
In the second feature, early leaders A.J. Smith and Tyler Neal made contact and went to the tail as Bumgardner inherited a lead he wouldn’t relinquish. James Walters came home with a solid second-place run ahead of Jordan Almanza, Neal and Cody Wright.
This weekend will feature the make-up date for the 27th running of t he Putnamville Clash.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Midwest Sprint Car Series feature
1. Brady Short, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Brent Beauchamp, 8. Casey Shuman, 9. Max McGhee, 10. Kyle Cummins, 11. CJ Leary, 12. Daron Clayton, 13. A.J. Hopkins, 14. Brandon Mattox, 15. Carson Short, 16. Jeff Bland Jr., 17. Mike Terry, 18. Dalton Gabbard, 19. Joe Liguori, 20. Ethan Fleetwood, 21 Travis Welpott
UMP Modified feature
1. Jake Humphrey, 2. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 3. Roy Bruce Jr., 4. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 5. Wes McClara, 6. Roger Mills, 7. Gary Ricketts, 8. Brent Hudson, 9. Elijah Heminger, 10. Matthew Smith, 11. Doug Arnold, 12. Tom Houk, 13. Gary Hayden, 14. Craig Conyer, 15. Jeff Deckard, 16. Donald Kiger, 17. Damon Harrell, 18. Dan Lewellen
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Tyler Cain, 2. Aaron Fields, 3. Scott Carrington, 4. Doug McCullough, 5. Josh McDaniel, 6. Paul Wright, 7. Josh Boller, 8. Jonathan Newgent, 9. Travis Heramb, 10. Steve Sutliff, 11. JR Watkins, 12. David Daniels, 13. Dennis Morgan, 14. Steve Peeden, 15. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 16. Jeremy Stierwalt, 17. Kenny Fields, 18. Chris Campbell, 19. Josh Fagg, 20. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 21. James Pfeiffer Sr.
Bomber feature 1
1. Tim Wright, 2. C.J. Bryan, 3. David Wallen, 4. Kevin Kemp, 5. Ron Smith, 6. Bob Farris, 7. Mark Dickerson, 8. Michael Thompson, 9. Megan Cavaness, 10. Tom Plemons, 11. Tom Courtney, 12. Chucky Walden, 13. Blake Cross, 14. John Grenier Jr., 15. Jerry Hutto, 16. RJ Pruitt, 17. Jeff Beggs, 18. Aaron Acres
Bomber feature 2
1. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 2. James Walters, 3. Jordan Almanza, 4. Tyler Neal, 5. Cody Wright, 6. Kyle Krupa, 7. Donald Smiley, 8. Josh Presley, 9. A.J. Smith, 10. Eric Miller, 11. Justin Massie, 12. Raymond Funkhouser Jr., 13. Lenny Krupa III, 14. Jack Campbell, 15. Michael Williams, 16. Curtis Fouts, 17. Casey Davis