By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
Saturday evening’s schedule at Lincoln Park Speedway in the heart of
scenic Putnamville, Ind. provided a wealth of racing action for the
fans in attendance under beautiful blue skies.
Two extra features were on the slate after being rained out the
previous weekend, creating a six feature extravaganza for the night.
Kenny Carmichael Sr. claimed the top spot to open the night in the
UMP Super Stock make-up feature and Lloyd Walls brought Zeul
Trucking, General JzLr Contracting, Crazy 8 Racing No. 1 bomber into
victory lane in the second rained out A-Main.
In the regular evening’s card, 15-year old Braylon Fitzpatrick
scored his first sprint car feature victory. Rob Fuqua held off the
competition for a UMP Modified feature win, Josh Burton won his
second UMP Super Stock feature at LPS this season and David
Bumgardner did the same in the bomber division.
There might be some budding, sibling rivalry amongst the Fitzpatrick
family as Braylon showed patience and a heavy foot in passing Ethan
Barrow and Dakota Jackson with five laps remaining and then pulling
away to the sprint win.
Fitzpatrick started outside row two alongside Kent Christian and
behind the front row of Jackson and Barrow.
The action was intense throughout the feature as Barrow and Jackson
were wheel-to-wheel over much of the first half of the race. Barrow
was eventually able to build as much as a seven-car length advantage
over Jackson, Christian and Fitzpatrick, who were all dicing for the
The group slowly reeled Barrow in despite running in a tight pack
over the bottom and middle of the track. Jackson went to the top in
the second spot and pulled even with Barrow near the halfway point
of the feature as Fitzpatrick snug under Christian for the third
A caution flag re-set the field with Barrow, Jackson, Fitzpatrick,
Christian, Shane Hollingsworth, Wes McIntyre and Jonathan Vennard up
front along with Seth Parker and last week’s winner, Jon Sciscoe.
On the re-start, Sciscoe’s night concluded with mechanical problems
and Barrow jumped to the bottom to hold onto the point. Jackson held
onto second for several more laps, but drifted up the track in turn
two and provided an opening for Fitzpatrick, who ducked under and
into second down the backstretch.
Fitzpatrick wasn’t going to stay in second long as he made his move
for the lead off turn three and took the lead off of turn four with
five laps left. From there, he began to quickly open up space ahead
of Barrow in second.
Hollingsworth was able to get past Jackson for the third spot with
Christian finishing fifth. McIntyre took sixth, Vennard was seventh
ahead of Bub Cummings, Parker and Kyle Cummins.
Fitzpatrick’s first win came in his First Financial Bank, Indy Race
Parts, Lucas Oil, Spike-sponsored No. 3 sprinter.
For Rob Fuqua, the early portion of the UMP Modified season has been
a struggle with mechanical woes, but on Saturday night those
problems were firmly in the rearview as he went wheel-to-wheel with
Brian Hayden for the duration of the A-Main and came out victorious
in the AFCO, S&J Rentals, Lambert’s Towing, Fuqua Transfer, Rocket,
Fuqua started alongside Hayden on the front row with Brad Barrow and
Roger Cary in row two.
Front the opening green, Fuqua and Hayden were battling side-by-side
ahead of a spirited tussle for third between a group of competitors
that included Cary, Barrow, Chris Brewer, Carlos Bumgardner, CJ
Bryan, Wes McClara and Paul Bumgardner.
Lap after lap, Fuqua and Hayden were locked in competition for that
top spot as Cary and Barrow chased. As Fuqua grabbed the lead, Cary
pulled off the track as the leaders got into lapped traffic.
Fuqua took the white flag and held onto the top spot for a victory
ahead of Hayden, Barrow, Carlos Bumgardner, Paul Bumgardner, Brewer,
Kenny Carmichael Sr., Ryan Thomas, Craig Conyer and Brian Yeatman.
In the UMP Super Stock main event, Josh Burton led wire-to-wire from
his pole position to claim his second LPS feature win of the season.
Burton was challenged throughout by a group that included Cullen
Goodman, Doug McCullough, Roy Bruce Jr. and make-up feature winner,
Kenny Carmichael Sr.
Burton took on all challengers and used the bottom of the track to
full extent to pick up the victory ahead of Goodman, McCullough,
Carmichael, Steve Peeden, Travis Heramb, Phil VanSant, Slick
Griffin, Kenny Carmichael Jr. and Paul Wright.
In the bomber feature, David Bumgardner and Corey Gregory nearly
went the distance with a side-by-side fight for the lead. The pair
duked it out, racing cleanly despite competing wheel-to-wheel for
the majority of the feature.
Gregory edged in front several times, but Bumgardner had an answer
Josh Foxworthy joined the fray during the final laps and was able to
edge past Gregory down the stretch as make-up feature winner, Lloyd
Walls moved up from 10th to place fourth ahead of Scott Tidwell.
Tony Tidwell placed sixth ahead of Josh Fagg, JR Watkins, Dale Lewis
and Josh Settles.
Bumgardner’s second win came in the Pizza King, Wood Trucking,
Cyclone Custom Products, Bumgardner’s Auto and Truck Repair
sponsored No. 5.
Next week will be a regular schedule of sprints, modifieds, super
stocks and bombers. General admission is $13 with kids 10-and-under
Lincoln Park Speedway
UMP Super Stock Feature
1. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 2. Kris Starks, 3. Roy Bruce Jr., 4. Cullen
Brett Smedley, 6. Doug McCullough, 7. Justin Davis, 8. Steve Peeden,
9. Josh Burton, 10. Travis Heramb, 11. Slick Griffin, 12. Kenny
Carmichael Jr., 13.
Randy Newport, 14. Doug Bryant Jr., 15. John Massie, DNS Brandon
Roundtree, DNS Mike Staggs, DNS Chris Hillman, DNS Jeremy Stierwalt
1. Lloyd Walls, 2. David Bumgardner, 3. Corey Gregory, 4. Scott
Tidwell, 5. Josh
Fagg, 6. JR Watkins, 7. Bob Farris, 8. Dale Lewis, 9. Sean Yakel,
10. Christian York, 11. Jeff Cast, 12. Kevin Kemp, 13. Chad Nolte,
14. Josh Presley, 15. Josh Foxworthy, 16. Megan Cavaness, 17. David
Wallen, DNS Michael Thompson, DNS Michael Ricketts, DNS Bryan Sharp,
DNS Gordan Parsons Jr.
Sprint Car Feature
1. Braylon Fitzpatrick, 2. Ethan Barrow, 3. Shane Hollingsworth, 4.
Dakota Jackson, 5. Kent Christian, 6. Wes McIntyre, 7. Jonathan
Vennard, 8. Bub Cummings, 9. Seth Parker, 10. Kyle Cummins, 11.
Kenny Carmichael Jr., 12. Logan Jarrett, 13. Keaton Dobbs, 14. Chase
Briscoe, 15. Joe Ligouri, 16. Chad Davenport, 17. Kevin Studley, 18.
Tyler Waltz, 19. Joe Whisler, 20. Jon Sciscoe
UMP Modifed Feature
1. Rob Fuqua, 2. Brian Hayden, 3. Brad Barrow, 4. Carlos Bumgardner,
5. Paul Bumgardner, 6. Chris Brewer, 7. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 8.
Ryan Thomas, 9. Craig Conyer, 10. Brian Yeatman, 11. Schuyler Nahre,
12. Josh Boller, 13. Jimmy Hayden, 13. Jimmy Hayden, 14. CJ Bryan,
15. Garry Ricketts, 16. John Hipps, 17.
Roger Cary, 18. Larry Lambert, 19. Wes McClara, 20. Chris Kerl
UMP Super Stock Feature
1. Josh Burton, 2. Cullen Goodman, 3. Doug McCullough, 4. Kenny
Carmichael Sr., 5. Steve Peeden, 6. Travis Heramb, 7. Phil VanSant,
8. Slick Griffin, 9. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 10. Paul Wright, 11. Roy
Bruce Jr., 12. Randy Newport, 13. Doug Bryant Jr., 14. Jamie Adams,
15. Justin Davis, 16. Brett Smedley, 17. Bill Hart,
18. Kris Starks
1. David Bumgardner, 2. Josh Foxworthy, 3. Corey Gregory, 4. Lloyd
Scott Tidwell, 6. Tony Tidwell Jr., 7. Josh Fagg, 8. JR Watkins, 9.
Dale Lewis, 10. Josh Settles, 11. Chad Nolte, 12. Kevin Kemp, 13.
Bob Farris, 14. Sean Yakel, 15. Bob Roark, 16. Jeff Cast, 17. Megan
Cavaness, 18. Kenny Treash, 19.
David Wallen, 20. Josh Presley
Sprints, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Bombers
Midwest Mini Sprint Association - National Event - Winged Warrior Tour with MALS
General Admission $13.00
Pit Pases $30.00
Kids 10 and Under Always Free At LPS!
Pit Gates Open at 3
Main Gates Open at 4:30
Hot Laps at 6
Racing at 7
Sprints, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Bombers