By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE --Inclement weather claimed a number of races around the Midwest over
the weekend, but diligent work by Lincoln Park Speedway’s track workers
after close to two inches of rain on Saturday morning, enabled the
IndianaOpenwheel.com/D.O. Racin’ Fest to go on as scheduled.
While the festivities got off to a delayed start due to the excess moisture
in the track,fans were treated to an excellent car count as a number of USAC
Sprint veterans unloaded after their race at Eldora Speedway was canceled.
Dave Darland was one of those hotshoes that chose to head to LPS for the
$3,000-to-win payday for a feature win and he’s proven to be very tough at
the Putnamville oval, claiming victory during the 2010 Indiana Midget Week
event on June 17.
Darland would capture the victory in his heat race and earn a fourth starting
spot for the A-Main in the Jeff Walker/Jam It In Storage No. 11 Maxim sprinter.
He would start on the outside of Chase Briscoe on behind the front row of Seth
Parker and Ethan Barrow.
Barrow held a brief lead to start the main event on a very heavy track. However,
he was tailed very closely by the determined Parker, as Darland chased in the
third spot ahead of Briscoe, Billy Puterbaugh and Shane Hollingsworth.
Following a couple of early cautions and a red flag for a flip, Parker had
assumed the point after making a pass off turn two for the top spot. Darland
would jump on the second spot and would tail Parker for the remainder of the
Darland stayed tight on the tail tank of Parker lap-after-lap as the duo stretched
out their lead into lapped traffic. With some rough spots on the track, holding
the correct line was priceless and Parker was able to maintain his spot despite
the lapped cars. However, as the laps dwindled down Darland became more determined
to find that opening for the lead.
As the white flag came out, Darland looked to nose under Parker down the backstretch
and into turn three before he was able to find just enough room in turn four to push
his nose past Parker and squeeze out a thrilling last lap victory in the Hoosier
Tire, Murray’s Body Shop and Super Shox-sponsored Maxim.
Puterbaugh would go on to claim third-place ahead of Barrow, Hollingsworth, Brady
Bacon, Anthony Peterman, Brian Olson, Max McGee and CJ Leary.
In the UMP Modified event, the front row starting spots went to Daryl Herbert and
Wes Leigh as Paul Bumgardner and Dave Beck made up row two.
On the drop of the green it was Brian Hayden quickly found his way to the front
after starting sixth. He had his hands full as Bumgardner and Herbert duked it out
behind him in a side-by-side fight for several laps. However, Herbert would be
sidelined early in the feature leaving Leigh in a battle with Bumgardner for the
Beck and Chris Brewer were close behind during the early stages of their own
struggle for position.
Up front, Hayden and Bumgardner would open up some space ahead of the pack before
traffic became a factor in the second half of the race. With passing lines limited,
Hayden was able to create some space using lapped traffic over the final circuits
and was able to hold on to pick up the opening night victory in the
IndianaOpenwheel.com, Cyclone Custom Products sponsored #2H.
The UMP Super Stock feature shaped up to be one of the best of the night with Josh
Burton, Kenny Carmichael Jr. and Kenny Carmichael Sr. all battling to the end.
For much of the race it was Carmichael Sr. and Burton fighting for the lead as
Carmichael Jr. jumped into the mix over the second half of the race. Burton stayed
up front as Carmichael Jr. went up to the top and through the rough stuff looking
for the lead. Carmichael Sr. remained close as farther back, Dan and Doug McCullough
were door-to-door for fourth spot.
As Carmichael Sr. looked for an opening up top, he would end up making contact with
an infield tire and brought out a caution, moving back to re-start eighth with only
a few laps left.
On the re-start, Burton retained his lead as Carmichael Jr. moved alongside him on
the top. Carmichael Sr. quickly flew back into the top-four, but wouldn’t catch Burton,
who held onto his narrow advantage in the Jerry Burton Masonry machine to claim the
victory ahead of Carmichael Jr., Doug McCullough, Carmichael Sr. and Jamie Adams. Brian
Kempf, Randy Newport, Rob Paris, Dan McCullough and Bobby Gardner rounded out the top-10.
In the final feature of the night, Lee Hobbs jumped out front from the pole and wasn’t
seriously challenged for most of the race despite a couple of cautions midway through
the feature. Hobbs, piloting the Hoosier State Realty, Hobbs Chassis, Mundy Floor
Covering bomber, would not be caught on this night as Kenny Carmichael Sr. gave chase,
but couldn’t catch the No. 0 bomber.
Marty Wilson took third-place ahead of Andrew Pollock, Lee Hall, Corey Gregory, Greg
Leitzman, Jeff Cast, Toby Axsom and Danny Ray Wampler.
Next week will be a regular slate of sprints, UMP Modifieds, UMP Super Stocks and
bombers at LPS.
Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Openwheel/D.O. Racing Fest Sprint car feature $3,000-to-win
1. Dave Darland, 2. Seth Parker, 3. Billy Puterbaugh, 4. Ethan Barrow, 5.
Shane Hollingsworth, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Anthony Peterman, 8. Brian Olson,
9. Max McGee, 10. CJ Leary, 10. Logan Jarrett, 11. Ty Deckard, 12. Lance
Grimes, 13. Chase Stockon, 14. Chase Briscoe, 15. Jesse Cramer, 16. Bryan
Clauson, 17. Dakota Jackson, 18. Joe LaGouri, 19. Travis Welpott
UMP Modified feature
1. Brian Hayden, 2. Paul Bumgardner, 3. Wes Leigh, 4. Carlos Bumgardner,
5. Chris Brewer, 6. Dave Beck, 7. Donald Kiger, 8. Tom Cox, 9. Shane Kelly,
10. Scott Ricketts, 11. CJ Bryan, 12. Bill Bradley, 13. Tres Mahler, 14.
Josh Edmondson, 15. Gabe Menser, 16. Joel Shoales Jr., 17. Daryl Herbert,
18. Wes McClara, 19. Jacob Houts
UMP Super Stocks
1. Josh Burton, 2. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 3. Doug McCullough, 4. Kenny
Carmichael Sr., 5. Jamie Adams, 6. Brian Kempf, 7. Randy Newport, 8. Rob
Paris, 9. Dan McCullough, 10. Bobby Gardner, 11. Joe Starks, 12. Kris
Starks, 13. Cullen Goodman, 14. Travis Heramb
1. Lee Hobbs, 2. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 3. Marty Wilson, 4. Andrew Pollock, 5.
Lee Hall, 6. Corey Gregory, 7. Greg Leitzman, 8. Jeff Cast, 9. Toby Axsom, 10.
Danny Ray Wampler, 11. Megan Cavaness, 12. JR Watkins, 13. Jason Thornburg, 14.
Frank Cotton, 15. Josh Fagg, 16. John Grenier Jr., 17. Tony Cochenour, 18. Jared Krick, 19. David Bumgardner