By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. – Arizona native Casey Shuman has proven this
summer that he can pretty much put anyone’s sprint car in victory
lane and he added one more car owner to that list on Saturday night
as he strapped into Andrew Elson’s No. 27a and won for the fifth
time in the fourth different car this season.
Shuman scored the victory over a loaded field of some of the
nation’s top drivers as 33-cars were on hand for the chance at
another $2,000 payday. Heat races went to Dakota Jackson, last
week’s winner Kyle Cummins, Jonathan Hendrick and Shuman. Coming
through the B-main were Ethan Barrow, Seth Parker, Dickie Gaines and
Shuman got to the front immediately as the green flag waved as a
great battle quickly developed behind him with Jonathan Hendrick and
Cummins wheel-to-wheel ahead of Jackson, Wes McIntyre and Jerry
Coons Jr. Indiana Sprint Week winner, Chris Windom was fighting for
position with veteran Tracy Hines several spots behind the lead
Brett Burdette had an easy rollover that brought out the red flag,
but he would return to the tail of the field after replacing a flat
tire in the work area. With nine laps scored, Shuman took the green
flag once more and build another lead over Cummins, Hendrick,
McIntyre and Coons. However, Coons slipped over the cushion in turn
four to bring out the caution flag and re-set the field with 12 laps
Cummins used the re-start to challenge Shuman with a big slider into
turn four, but he couldn’t make it stick and, in fact dropped a
position to Hendrick. The red flag would again come out as Logan
Jarrett got upside down, but was uninjured.
The re-start with six laps remaining gave the field one more shot at
Shuman, but he wasn’t going to make a mistake on this night. Shuman
crossed the finish line for the victory ahead of Hendrick, Braylon
Fitzpatrick, Hines, Jackson, Cummins, Shane Cottle, Windom, McIntyre
and Darland, who came up from 20th starting position.
In the UMP Modified division, Richie Lex scrapped his way to the
front, with position battles amongst the top-five for the entire
Lex would come out ahead in a close fight with Paul Bumgardner,
Kenny Carmichael Sr., Schuyler Nahre and Brad Barrow.
Wes McClara started on the pole and led during the early stages of
the feature as a three-way fight for position began between
Bumgardner, Lex and Carmichael Sr. Bumgardner chased down McClara
and took over the lead with a powerful lap on the cushion.
Carmichael came with him for a fight for the top position before a
On the re-start, Lex moved up to second and was challenging
Bumgardner at the halfway point. The two were side-by-side for
several laps before Lex got a strong run off the corner and edged
into the top spot with Carmichael looking for second ahead of Nahre,
Derek Groomer and Barrow.
Once Lex took the point, the fight was for second-place and
Bumgardner was able to nose out Carmichael for runner-up position.
Nahre was fourth ahead Barrow, Groomer, Chris Brewer, Jimmy Hayden,
Marvin Burton and Justin Bex.
The UMP Super Stock main event was next on deck and it would be
Carmichael Sr. cementing a big night with a victory, holding off
Steve Peeden and Ed Griffin, though Peeden would later be scored
21st in the field.
Carmichael and Peeden had to make it through some heavy lapped
traffic late in the A-main with Carmichael masterfully splitting a
pair of cars while staying up front with Peeden on his bumper.
Griffin would slide into a fight for second as Doug McCullough
joined the fray up front.
With five laps remaining, Carmichael remained up front, but Griffin
and Peeden made it three-wide with one lap remaining. Coming off the
final corner, Carmichael would pick up the win as Peeden spun
McCullough coming out of turn four allowing Griffin to take second
and Brad Cummings to be scored third. Mike Staggs crossed the finish
line fourth ahead of Kenny Carmichael Jr. Cullen Goodman, Scott
Carrington, Travis Heramb, Jamie Adams and Raymond Crone wrapped the
In the final race of the evening, C.J. Bryan celebrated his birthday
in style by piloting the Burns Racing No. 8 into victory lane ahead
of a strong challenge by season points leader, David Bumgardner and
Bryan held a late, two-car length advantage over Bumgardner with
Shoulder and Scott Tidwell challenging each other with just a few
feet separating the two for third position. A caution with a few
laps remaining set the stage for Bumgardner to have one last shot at
the leader, but Bryan would not relinquish the lead. Shoulders was
able to edge out Tidwell for third as JR Watkins placed fifth. Harry
Shepherd was sixth ahead of Josh Foxworthy, Michael Harris, David
Wallen and Dale Lewis. Brazil’s David Wallen was ninth with Chad
Nolte in 12th ahead of Kenny Treash.
A big bonus for several lucky kids came thanks to Tidwell Racing as
the family donated four bicycles, two apiece for both boys and
girls. The girls’ winners were Peyton Burton and Mallory Perry while
the boys’ bikes were won by Garrett Lovins and Brycen McClelland.
Next weekend will be the King of Non-Wing race for sprints along
with UMP Modifieds, UMP Super Stocks and bombers. There will also be
the End of Summer Fireworks Extravaganza.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Casey Shuman, 2. Jonathan Hendrick, 3. Braylon Fitzpatrick, 4.
Tracy Hines, 5. Dakota Jackson, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Shane Cottle, 8.
Chris Windom, 9. Wes McIntyre, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Kent Christian,
12. Ethan Barrow, 13. Brett Burdette, 14. Shane Hollingsworth, 15.
Jerry Coons Jr., 16. Seth Parker, 17. Chase Briscoe, 18. Logan
Jarrett, 19. Coleman Gulick, 20. Dickie Gaines
B-main winner: Barrow
Heat winners: Jackson, Cummins, Shuman, Hendrick
UMP Modified feature
1. Richie Lex, 2. Paul Bumgardner, 3. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 4.
Schuyler Nahre, 5. Brad Barrow, 6. Derek Groomer, 7. Chris Brewer,
8. Jimmy Hayden, 9. Marvin Burton, 10. Justin Bex, 11. Nick Rosselit,
12. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 13. Garry Ricketts, 14. Scott Ricketts,
15. Wes McClara, 16. Clint DeMoss, 17. Denny Schwartz, 18. C.J.
Bryan, 19. Kevin Gummere, 20. Jeff Decdard
B-main winner: Barrow
Heat winners: McClara, Nahre, P. Bumgardner
Super Stock feature
1. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 2. Ed Griffin, 3. Brad Cummings, 4. Mike
Staggs, 5. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 6. Cullen Goodman, 7. Scott
Carrington, 8. Travis Heramb, 9. Jamie Adams, 10. Raymond Crone, 11.
Brian Kempf, 12. Doug McCullough, 13. Zac Fuller, 14. Bill Wells,
15. Don Duncan, 16. Donnie Shoemaker, 17. Paul Wright, 18. Matt
Jordan, 19. Kris Starks, 20. Josh McDaniel, 21. Steve Peeden
Heat winners: Carmichael Sr., Starks, Peeden
1. C.J. Bryan, 2. David Bumgardner, 3. Dustin Shoulders, 4. Scott
Tidwell, 5. JR Watkins, 6. Harry Shepherd, 7. Josh Foxworthy, 8.
Michael Harris, 9. David Wallen, 10. Dale Lewis, 11. Corey Gregory,
12. Chad Nolte, 13. Kenny Treash, 14. Tony Tidwell Sr., 15. Doug
Parker, 16. Michael Thompson, 17. Tony Tidwell, 18. Michael
Ricketts, 19. Bob Farris, 20. Kevin Kemp
B-main winner: Tony Tidwell
Heat winners: Shoulders, Bryan, Gregory