By CAREY FOX|
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — If there ever were any doubts about the entertainment
value at Lincoln Park Speedway, they were certainly alleviated on a
Saturday night that had a little bit of everything.
It took a review of the video as well as the scoring info to declare
a sprint car winner as Russ Harper claimed the feature win after Bub
Cummings was originally given the victory as both drivers finished
within inches of each other.
The photo finish was the capper to a wild three-way battle to the
line as Seth Parker was also part of a thrilling handful of final
Harper took over the lead after Jesse Cramer’s mechanical problems
halted his shot at the feature victory and Troy Link was threatening
for the win as well before he also pulled off late in the feature.
Harper, who claimed a sprint win in the latter stages of the 2009
LPS season, took over the point, but had Cummings and Parker
breathing down his tail tank with Shane Hollingsworth in the mix as
Over the final laps, Harper was making the middle line of the track
work as Parker ran the rim to perfection. Cummings chose the bottom
and had his No. 71 Cummings Machine Shop ride hooked up as well. The
final lap madness saw Harper come out of turn two with a half car
length advantage. He stretched that gap to 10 feet heading down the
back stretch with Parker just ahead of Cummings as the trio threw
their sprinters into turn three in search of that extra bit of
Parker and Hollingsworth slid high into turn four hoping for a big
run to the checkers as Harper left a small window at underneath that
Cummings locked on to. As the group rocketed off turn four, Cummings
came out of the corner with a car length advantage, but Harper
slingshot off the middle with great bite and fired past Cummings by
inches at the finish line.
The finish was so close that Cummings was originally awarded the win
as both drivers came to victory lane after the final circuit. When
Cummings was originally given the win, a very gracious Harper shook
his counterpart’s hand as the crowd roared its approval after an
incredible race to the finish. After officials reviewed the video
from D.O. Laycock and discussing the finish amongst official scorers
and photos, Harper was awarded the victory.
Cummings takes second with Hollingsworth edging out Parker for third
at the line. Billy Puterbaugh came back from a 17th-place start and
an early spin to claim fifth ahead of Shawn Krockenberger, Jason
Holt, Chris Babcock, James Bradshaw and Marvel.
Saturday night was also the running of the Super Stock Summer 30
with $500 on the line for the victor.
Danny Harris started outside of the front row and used that clean
air to hold to claim the victory.
Harris had his hands full with a great challenge by both Kenny
Carmichael Sr. and Brett Smedley. Harris ran the top line on the
cushion, but Carmichael made a late move to get past down the
backstretch, but lost the spot heading into turn one as he was held
up by a lapped car just long enough for Harris to reclaim the lead.
Harris went on to pick up the win and the winner’s share ahead of
Smedley, Carmichael, Steve Peeden, Slick Griffin, Brad Cummings,
Kenny Carmichael Jr., Paul Bumgardner, Marty Cooper and Steve Sheeks.
Clint DeMoss is quickly showing that he is a legitimate threat to
challenge for a UMP National Points Championship in the modified
As car counts have risen along with the purse at Lincoln Park
Speedway, DeMoss has elevated his success right along with it and on
Saturday, claimed his second victory of the week at LPS, his ninth
feature win of the season.
Paul Bumgardner appeared poised to claim the victory himself as he
built an early lead after starting from the outside of the front row
alongside Carlos Bumgardner.
Carlos Bumgardner and Jimmy Hayden duked it out for the second spot
as Travis Shoulders and DeMoss raced for the fourth spot ahead of
Wes McClara and Josh Boller.
Hayden’s strong run would end on a late restart as he pulled to the
pits and Carlos Bumgardner would slip over the cushion briefly in
turn two, which opened the door for Shoulders and DeMoss to race
past side-by-side. Behind them, Bumgardner, Boller and McClara were
DeMoss reeled Bumgardner in and the two went door-to-door for
several laps before DeMoss dove to the bottom and edged past before
a caution flew as Shoulders fell victim to front end trouble for the
second time in three nights ending another great run prematurely.
On the restart, DeMoss held the point as Bumgardner tried for one
last challenge. However, Bumgardner slammed the cushion in turn two
and lost some ground as DeMoss flashed to the finish line for the
victory in a Diamond Racecar sponsored by CiS Rubber Tracks, A+
Performance, Hoosier Drywall, B&W Auto Mart machine.
Carlos Bumgardner placed second ahead of Paul, James Tumey and
Bradley Sterrett. McClara was sixth ahead of Craig Conyer, Michael
Purtlebaugh, Shoulders and Boller.
In the bomber feature, C.J. Bryan started on the front row and made
that spot stick to pick up the victory despite challenges from David
Bumgardner. David Wallen and Dustin Shoulders battled for position
behind them along with Ron Wallen Sr.
In the end it was Bryan claiming the win in a wild ending that
included a collision between Marlin Burns and Richard Watkins that
resulted in a demolished car and a fire. Burns was physically okay
after the accident, but was obviously not happy with the outcome.
David Bumgardner was second ahead of David Wallen, Dustin Shoulders,
Lloyd Walls, Ron Wallen Sr., Jordan Almanza, Kevin Kemp, Watkins and
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Russ Harper, 2. Bub Cummings, 3. Shane Hollingsworth, 4. Seth
Parker, 5. Billy Puterbaugh, 6. Shawn Krockenberger, 7. Jason Holt,
8. Chris Babcock, 9. James Bradshaw, 10. Justin Marvel, 11. Jordan
Kinser, 12. Dakota Jackson, 13. Todd Gnat, 14. Kenny Carmichael Sr.,
15. A.J. Martin, 16. Daren Krockenberger, 17. Troy Link, 18. Jesse
Cramer, 19. Tim Creech II, 20. Kenny Carmichael Jr.
B-main winner: Puterbaugh, Carmichael Jr.
UMP Modified feature
1. Clint DeMoss, 2. Carlos Bumgardner, 3. Paul Bumgardner, 4. James
Tumey, 5. Bradley Sterrett, 6. Wes McClara, 7. Craig Conyer, 8.
Michael Purtlebaugh, 9. Travis Shoulders, 10. Josh Boller, 11.
Jacoby Hines, 12. Roger Mills, 13. Roger Cary, 14. Brian Hayden, 15.
Chuck Haga, 16. Jimmy Hayden, 17. Jeff Jones, 18. Andy Bishop, 19.
Ryan Thomas, 20. Dan Lewellen, 21. Brad Robinson B-main winner:
UMP Super Stock feature
“Summer Super Stock 30”
1. Danny Harris, 2. Brett Smedley, 3. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 4. Steve
Peeden, 5. Slick Griffin, 6. Brad Cummings, 7. Kenny Carmichael Jr.,
8. Paul Bumgardner, 9. Marty Cooper, 10. Steve Sheeks, 11. Doug
McCullough, 12. Travis Todd, 13. Joe Starks, 14. Donnie Shoemaker,
15. Chris Hillman, 16. Matt Jordan, 17. Kris Starks, 18. Tony
Anderson, 19. Justin Porter, 20. Jeremy Carpenter B-main winner:
Fast qualifier: Hillman
1. C.J. Bryan, 2. David Bumgardner, 3. David Wallen, 4. Dustin
Shoulders, 5. Lloyd Walls, 6. Ron Wallen Sr., 7. Jordan Almanza, 8.
Kevin Kemp, 9. Richard Watkins, 10. Dale Lewis, 11. Barry Hicks, 12.
Marlin Burns, 13. Larry Shelley Jr., 14. Josh Presley, 15. Frank
Cotton, 16. Kenny Treash, 17. Bob Farris, 18. Corey Gregory, 19.
Dave Byrdwell, 20. Blake Cross B-main winner: Corey Gregory