By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — Saturday night proved to be a north vs. south battle for sprint
car drivers as a number of Lawrenceburg Speedway regulars visited Lincoln Park
Speedway after heavy rains claimed their own local show. On this night, the
south came out on top as current Lawrenceburg Speedway points leader, Chad
Boesplug claimed his first LPS feature win after Coleman Gulick suffered fuel
pump problems battling for the lead.
In the UMP Modified division, no one is hotter than Brian Hayden right now as
the picked up his fifth feature win of the season ahead of Kelby Simmons and
Paul Bumgardner. In the UMP Super Stock 30 main event, Doug McCullough repeated
as the feature winner and took home the special $500 payday over Troy Clark and
Kenny Carmichael Sr. The bomber feature was another classic with David
Bumgardner earning the victory after a late collision took out Blake Cross and
Corey Gregory, who were running second and third. Sean Yakel moved into the
runner-up spot ahead of Lloyd Walls.
The sprint car heat races saw Boespflug and Casey Riggs win with Kent Christian
picking up the third heat race victory and the three started out front for the
main event along with Casey Shuman.
From the drop of the green it was a intense battle for the lead between Riggs
and Boespflug as the duo were side-by-side early on ahead of Christian and
Boespflug was able to earn some separation as Riggs, Christian and Shuman had
their hands full as Gulick arrived on the scene from a 12th-place starting spot.
Gulick, a New York state native, quickly served notice that he was intent on
reaching the front of the field as he reeled Boespflug in and made the pass with
a perfect slider in turn four. Behind Gulick and Boespflug, Christian held down
third as Riggs and Shuman were wheel-to-wheel followed by Jonathan Hendrick and
Gulick rode the rim with a solid lead as a three-wide race developed between
Boespflug, Christian and Shuman.
Just as it looked as if Gulick was going to pull away, he slowed off turn one
and pulled off the track as Boespflug took over the lead, survived a late
re-start and scored the victory in the Creative Finishing, Callahan Brothers
Racing, PT Risk Management No. 98 sprinter.
Christian came home second followed by Shuman, Ethan Barrow and Hendrick
In the UMP Modified feature, Hayden was door-to-door with points leader, Paul
Bumgardner, early on in the main event, but would eventually pull away and win
convincingly in the Cyclone Custom Products, IndianaOpenwheel.com, All-American
Karate Academy, Ottawa Instant Homes, NAPA-sponsored No. 2H.
The Greencastle, Ind. native built a solid lead over the final 10 circuits,
leaving the fight for second to Bumgardner and Kelby Simmons with Brad Barrow
and Justin Bex behind them.
However, Barrow made contact with the wall with several laps remaining to bring
out a caution and Simmons was able to scoot past Bumgardner to take second over
the final laps. Bex held down fourth ahead of Clint DeMoss.
The super stock feature was a dogfight over the opening 20 laps of the 30-lap
main event as McCullough and Kenny Carmichael Sr. put on a show for the fans
with lap-after-lap of side-by-side racing for the lead. Carmichael led at the
halfway mark, but only by several feet as McCullough was hooked up on the bottom
of the track.
The leaders got into lapped traffic late in the race and a late re-start gave
McCullough a chance to slip past Carmichael for the point.
McCullough wouldn’t let up, powering to victory in the Freeman Signs, Shaffer’s
Collision, Patterson Driveline, Griffin Auto Salvage, Hobbs Chassis machine.
Troy Clark came forward to score the runner-up spot late ahead of Carmichael and
Mike Staggs with Slick Griffin coming from the back of the field to take fifth.
The final feature of the night proved to be the survival of the fittest as Walls
led early before a spin sent him and second-place Chad Nolte to the tail of the
field. That left Cross and Bumgardner to duke it out for the lead over the
second half of the race.
Cross was holding tight to the bottom of the track to hold off Bumgardner, but
he was able to take advantage of a re-start to get underneath of Cross to snare
the top spot. He was able to stay there as Cross gave chase ahead of Gregory and
Dale Lewis. Another re-start saw Gregory attempt to get beneath Cross in turn
three, but the room ran out and the two made contact and spun in the final laps.
When the feature went green for the final few laps, Bumgardner held fast to the
lead, holding off a challenge from Yakel. Walls moved through the field for
third followed by Jeff Cast and Frank Cotton.
Bumgardner’s win came in the Wood Trucking, Bumgardner’s Auto and Truck Repair,
Pizza King-sponsored No. 5 that also allowed him to extend his points lead over
Gregory and JR Watkins.
Next week will be a regular show with sprints, modifieds, super stocks and
bombers on tap. On Tuesday, June 28 the UMP Summer Nationals will hit
Putnamville for a $6,000-to-win battle for late models and a $1,000 payday on
the line for modifieds. Bombers will also compete on the racing card.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Kent Christian, 3. Casey Shuman, 4. Ethan Barrow, 5.
Jonathan Hendrick, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Max McGhee, 8. Casey Riggs, 9.
Joe Ligouri, 10. Matt Harms, 11. CJ Leary, 12. Gary Rooke, 13. Lance
Hayden, 14. Seth Parker, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. Shawn Krockenberger, 17.
Coleman Gulick, 18. Rick Vaughn, 19. John Boyd, 20. Mark Harden
B-main winner: Matt Harms
Heat winners: Casey Riggs, Chad Boespflug, Kent Christian
UMP Modified feature
1. Brian Hayden, 2. Kelby Simmons, 3. Paul Bumgardner, 4. Justin Bex, 5.
Clint DeMoss, 6. Jacoby Hines, 7. Derek Groomer, 8. Kenny Carmichael Sr.,
9. Schuyler Nahre, 10. Roger Mills, 11. John Martin, 12. Josh Boller, 13.
C.J. Bryan, 14. Brad Barrow, 15. John Hipps, 16. Matthew Freeman, 17.
Bradley Sterrett, 18. Daryl Herbert, 19. Wes McClara, 20. Carlos Bumgardner
B-main winner: Roger Mills
Heat winners: Paul Bumgardner, Brian Hayden, Justin Bex, Brad Barrow
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Doug McCullough, 2. Troy Clark, 3. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 4. Mike
Staggs, 5. Slick Griffin, 6. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 7. Kris Starks, 8. Paul
Wright, 9. Travis Heramb, 10. Phil VanSant, 11. Joe Starks, 12. Helman, 13.
Jason Massie, 14. Chad Nolte, 15. Doug Bryant Jr., 16. David Daniels, 17.
Josh McDaniel, 18. Jamie Adams
Heat winners: Mike Staggs, Troy Clark
1. David Bumgardner, 2. Sean Yakel, 3. Lloyd Walls, 4. Jeff Cast, 5. Frank
Cotton, 6. Corey Gregory, 7. Raymond Funkhouser Jr., 8. Christian York, 9.
Blake Cross, 10. Dale Lewis, 11. Josh Fagg, 12. Chad Nolte, 13. Michael
Harris, 14. Kenny Treash, 15. Ron Smith, 16. Bob Farris, 17. Kevin Kemp,
18. JR Watkins, 19. Ron Wallen Sr., 20. Art Heminger, 21. Jordan Almanza
B-main winner: Ron Smith
Heat winners: Blake Cross, Corey Gregory, Chad Nolte