By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE – Eight long years had elapsed since the Midwest Sprint
Car Series had invaded Lincoln Park Speedway, but a stout field of
competitors were on hand to contest for a $3,000 payday at the
There were many story lines at hand, including the one that had
Bedford, Ind. hotshoe, Dave Darland doing double duty with a USAC
Traxx Silver Crown race slated at the Springfield Mile in Illinois.
The afternoon event allowed Darland the ability to race back to
Putnamville to re-join Daryl Tate’s No. 21x in pursuit of the
winner’s share. However, it was Saturday evening’s teammate, Casey
Shuman, who climbed into the back-up Tate car and hammered it down
to a dominating feature victory that had plenty of fans and team
Jimmy Laser was the winner the last time the series was held at LPS
and Hud Cone was the points winner that season. On Saturday, Shuman
was a rocket from the beginning and represented the team in style
despite the fact that Darland wasn’t able to get back in time from
Springgield to battle in his heat race and was relegated to the back
of the B-main.
However, it just meant that Darland would put on still another
incredible show for the fans as he started 18th in the consolation
event and flashed through the field for second, just behind Jonathan
Hendrick. Brent Beauchamp and Ethan Barrow each had great runs to
make the A-main.
Heat race winners were Wes McIntyre, Logan Jarrett, Shuman and Kent
Christian as the top-16 were locked in through heat race finishes
and passing points accumulated.
Lining up the main event it was Shuman on the pole followed by Eric
Gentry, Braylon Fitzpatrick, McIntyre, Christian and Damion Gardner.
Shuman wasn’t interested in letting anyone trying to snag the
victory that he wanted to give to the Tate’s as he dropped the
hammer on the opening green and built himself a comfortable lead as
the field shuffled behind him. Brady Short, who has proved to be a
master of Bloomington’s red clay and has had great success at
Lawrenceburg Speedway, wasn’t shying away from the challenge of the
5/16th mile oval at LPS. The Bedford, Ind. native came into Lincoln
Park Speedway’s MSCS date with a tentative 79-point lead over
Braylon Fitzpatrick with Critter Malone in third, just six points
behind Fitzpatrick of West Terre Haute.
Short busted through the field to reach third from his 11th-place
start by the time a caution flew on lap 13. Gardner was second as
Fitzpatrick held fourth.
On the re-start, Short and Gardner were in a battle for second as
Fitzpatrick attempted a slide job on ‘The Demon.” The move wouldn’t
quite stick as Gardner held down third after the challenge.
Up front, Shuman was beginning to check out in lapped traffic as
Short had second locked up at the end. Gardner was in third with
Fitzpatrick and Kyle Cummins in a dead heat for fourth ahead of
Christian, Gentry and Hendricks.
The B-main qualifiers were putting on a show of their own as Darland
masterfully worked through traffic all the way to a ninth-place
finish after starting back in 18th position. Ethan Barrow was the
final transfer out of the consolation and made it count, working his
way to 11th in the Pottorff-owned sprinter.
In the final laps, Shuman cruised home for his fourth feature win of
the season as Short took second and Gardner was third. Fitzpatrick
claimed fourth ahead of Cummins and Hendrick, who started 17th.
Christian took seventh ahead of Eric Gentry, Darland and Dakota
Next up on the slate for the MSCS is a date at Tri-State Speedway in
Haubstadt with $3,000 going to the
winner of the Labor Day Weekend Challenge on Sept. 4.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Midwest Sprint Car Series (35 entries)
1. Casey Shuman, 2. Brady Short, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Braylon
Fitzpatrick, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Jonathan Hendrick, 7. Kent
Christian, 8. Aric Gentry, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Dakota Jackson, 11.
Ethan Barrow, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Seth Parker,
15. Brandon Mattox, 16. Brent Beauchamp, 17. Brett Burdette, 18.
Critter Malone, 19. Wes McIntyre, 20. Chase Briscoe, 21. Kenny
1. Jonathan Hendrick, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brent Beauchamp, 4. Ethan
Barrow, 5. Shawn Krockenberger, 6. Donny Brackett, 7. Kent Schmidt,
8. John Boyd, 9. Keaton Dobbs, 10. Brian Lake, 11. Josh Burton, 12.
Tyler Waltz, 13. Conner Donelson, 14. Daylan Chambers, 15. Matt
Brannin, 16. Brandon Mattox, 17. Mike Hagemier, 18. Blake
Heat winners: Logan Jarrett, Casey Shuman, Kent Christian, Wes