By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. – With dirt car drivers embroiled in battles
around multiple tracks around the state, Lincoln Park Speedway
played host to an intense fan base and a large car count chasing the
lion’s share of winners’ money.
Casey Shuman, a night after testing his own Barnhill/Shuman machine
with a new XXX .360 cubic inch power plant at Gas City to open
Indiana Sprint Week, captured an impressive sprint car victory. Paul
Bumgardner, defending Lincoln Park Speedway champion in the UMP
Modified division, shrugged off a tough early season to claim his
first feature win of the LPS season. Kenny Carmichael Sr. put on a
stunning show to come from the back row of the UMP Super Stock
feature to edge four-time winner Doug McCullough by a bumper length
and Dustin Shoulders celebrated with a win in the bomber division.
In the sprint car feature, second row starter, Lance Grimes,
collected an infield tire on the opening lap and was relegated to
the pits, leaving Brett Burdette, Brent Beauchamp, Shuman and
Jonathan Bradshaw to take the opening green.
Burdette and Beauchamp put on a side-by-side show for the opening
laps before the two collected each other along with Bradshaw in the
early stages of the main.
When the feature went green again, Shuman was the man to beat, he
rocketed from the re-start and Shane Hollingsworth was in chase
throughout the feature. Shuman gathered a solid lead and built upon
it over the course of the feature. As lapped traffic played a factor
over the final laps, Shuman held his spot with Hollingsworth
claiming second. Seth Parker came home in third-place followed by
Ethan Barrow and Travis Welpott.
In the UMP Modified feature, Bumgardner hasn’t had much luck this
season with a bevy of mechanical problems that has derailed his
chances at gaining a feature victory. On Saturday however, the
defending series points champion, held off repeated challenges from
both Wes McClara and Rob Fuqua to score the victory in his Durabuilt
Racing, Cardinal Contracting, Specialty Grafix No. 54 also sponsored
by Fairway Family Restaurant and The Dairy Castle.
Bumgardner had his hands full from the opening green as Fuqua was
side-by-side, three-wheeling the bottom line alongside of Bumgardner
with McClara hot on their bumper. The trio was three-wide by the
midpoint of the feature before a late caution flew as a car clipped
an infield tire.
On the re-start, Bumgardner got a good jump off of turn four as he
turned away a challenge from McClara and then led the final few laps
to victory as Fuqua claimed third ahead of Kenny Carmichael Sr. and
The UMP Super Stock feature had some extra incentive for the winner
as $200 was added to the prize for the driver that took the
checkered flag. The money was added in memory of Larry Rowly, a
long-time part of the racing community and a car owner for a number
of drivers in the past at Lincoln Park Speedway.
Carmichael started in the back of the field after mechanical
problems in his heat race and he put on a show while reeling in the
Slick Griffin led much of the feature as he held off dogged attempts
from the hard charging Doug McCullough, owner of four straight
feature wins in the class, and Steve Peeden a multiple feature
winner at LPS last season.
Griffin held fast to the lead until the second half when McCullough
was able to find an opening on the bottom and slipped through into
the front spot. However, Carmichael was already amongst the leaders
as he battled for fourth with Cullen Goodman. Several laps later,
Carmichael made his move for the lead, taking over as he found some
room as the leaders worked through lapped traffic. McCullough wasn’t
going away however as the two were side-by-side over the final laps
before coming off the final corner dead even. The finish proved to
be a drag race as Carmichael carried enough momentum off the top to
nose out McCullough’s attempt for five-in-a-row.
Peeden scored third-place ahead of Griffin and Goodman in the
Carmichael’s win came in the Terre Haute First, Kessco Water,
Scott’s Custom Colors and Specialty Grafix No. 92.
In the bomber feature, Shoulders started up front and wouldn’t
relinquish the point until the checkered flags waved. However,
Shoulders was challenged early by Corey Gregory, who later suffered
some mechanical problems that sidelined him. Shoulders then had to
fend off challenges from a determined Lloyd Walls along with Scott
Tidwell and David Bumgardner, who have all won a feature at LPS this
Shoulders proved up to the task despite having to work through
lapped traffic late and survive a re-start that gave Walls a last
However, Shoulders was up to the task and came home with his first
win of the season with Walls, Tidwell, Bumgardner and Ben Williams
in the top-five.
Next week will feature the seventh Bomber Bash with $500 going to
the winner of the feature. Also on tap will be the sprints,
modifieds and super stocks.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Casey Shuman, 2. Shane Hollingsworth, 3. Seth Parker, 4. Ethan
Barrow, 5. Travis Welpott, 6. Matt Goodnight, 7. Billy Puterbaugh
Jr., 8. Kent Christian, 9. Chris Babcock, 10. Brett Burdette, 11.
Dustin Waggoner, 12. Joe Ligouri, 13. Rick Vaughn, 14. Brian Olson,
15. Keaton Dobbs, 16. Lance Hayden, 17. Kevin Chambers, 18. Brent
Beauchamp, 19. James Bradshaw, 20. Lance Grimes
B-main winner: Lance Hayden
Heat winners: Casey Shuman, Brent Beauchamp
UMP Modified feature
1. Paul Bumgardner, 2. Wes McClara, 3. Rob Fuqua, 4. Kenny
Carmichael Sr., 5. Craig Conyer, 6. Chris Brewer, 7. Brian Hayden,
8. Neil Rollins, 9. Roger Cary, 10. Dan Lewellen, 11. Kyle Schornick,
12. Schuyler Nahre, 13. Josh Boller, 14. Donald Kiger, 15. Jacob
Houts, 16. Jerry Stewart, 17. Darly Herbert, 18. Jimmy Hayden, 19.
Michael Beatty, 20. Josh Edmondson
B-main winner: Schuyler Nahre
Heat winners: Daryl Herbert, Wes McClara, Paul Bumgardner
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 2. Doug McCullough, 3. Steve Peeden, 4.
Slick Griffin, 5. Cullen Goodman, 6. Mike Staggs, 7. Kris Starks, 8.
Kenny Carmichael Jr., 9. Phil VanSant, 10. Bill Wells, 11. Joe
Starks, 12. Jacob Wright, 13. Josh McDaniel, 14. Paul Wright, 15.
Bill Hart, 16. Donnie Shoemaker, 17. David Kingery Jr., 18. Randy
Heat winners: Slick Griffin, Doug McCullough
1. Dustin Shoulders, 2. Lloyd Walls, 3. Scott Tidwell, 4. David
Bumgardner, 5. Ben Williams, 6. Josh Foxworthy, 7. Tom Courtney, 8.
Michael Harris, 9. Josh Presley, 10. Frank Cotton, 11. Jeff Cast,
12. Tony Tidwell, 13. Kevin Kemp, 14. Kenny Treash, 15. Tony Tidwell
Sr., 16. Blake Cross, 17. Harry Shepherd, 18. Corey Gregory, 19.
Josh Fagg, 20. Dale Lewis
B-main winner: Frank Cotton
Heat winners: David Bumgardner, Lloyd Walls, Ben Williams