By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — The Labor Day weekend meant that plenty of family and
friends were in town and many of them met up at Lincoln Park
Speedway to see both the aerial and on-track fireworks.
There were 128 cars in the pits, which included a stout field of 34
sprint cars, 29 UMP Modifieds, 27 UMP Super Stocks and 38 bombers.
New York native Coleman Gulick has been active in the sprint car
ranks all summer long with four feature wins and 14 top-five
finishes in Indiana. On Saturday night, his parents were in town
after making the trip west and Gulick didn’t disappoint as he
started on the pole and was able to hold off veteran Dave Darland to
earn his sixth overall feature victory of the season. Jon Stanbrough
was able to pilot the Phillips No. 71p to a third-place ahead of
Shane Hollingsworth and Dickie Gaines.
Jeff Bland Jr. won the opening heat race with Stanbrough taking heat
race two. Hollingsworth was the third heat race winner and Seth
Parker held off Gulick in an exciting final heat race. Kent
Christian won the B-main to advance to the A-main.
From the opening green, Gulick and Darland hooked up in a
wheel-to-wheel fight for the lead that had the crowd on their feet.
Gulick was able to hammer the throttle out of turn two to edge into
the lead and didn’t look back.
The recent high school grad built a solid lead as Parker battled
past Stanbrough into fifth behind Ryan Pace and Gaines before a
caution re-set the field as Christian spun.
On the re-start it was Parker that challenged Gulick for the lead,
but it was short-lived as he pulled into the pits several laps into
what could have been a great battle for the win. With Parker
sidelined, Gulick built a big lead over the second half of the
feature before getting into lapped traffic. Darland closed the gap a
bit over the final laps, but it was Gulick’s night to claim win No.
2 at Lincoln Park Speedway this season. Danny Holtsclaw was a big
mover, starting 17th and placing ninth.
A second sprint car main was also run Saturday night and the fight
for the win came down to a three-way tussle between Kentucky’s Cody
Gentry, Keaton Dobbs and Mike Hagemier.
Gentry and Dobbs were nose-to-tail for the duration of the feature
before Gentry was able to score his very first sprint car victory.
Dobbs placed second ahead of Hagemier, Josh Burton and Brazil’s
In the UMP Modified division, Richie Lex has been hard to beat
lately and his hot streak had moved him into second-place in the UMP
DIRTcar Modified Indiana State Championship behind Bloomington’s
At LPS, Lex strengthened his challenge in the points as he stayed
out front of a final lap crash that knocked Brad Barrow out of a
second-place finish. The final corner mishap left Schuyler Nahre in
second-place with Kenny Carmichael Sr. moving up to third followed
by Dan Lewellen and Brian Hayden.
Barrow was challenging for the lead after several early cautions and
actually had his No. 9H even with Lex on the bottom with under 10
laps remaining. However, Lex was able to hold on to the lead and
went on to earn his third LPS feature victory. Carmichael reached
third after starting 12th and Rob Fuqua placed seventh after
starting in 18th.
Carmichael would return in the UMP Super Stock class and would
factor in the chase for the lead after taking the green from the
Carmichael and Steve Peeden were nearly even for most of the second
half of the race, locked in a heated battle for the win. The fight
carried into lapped traffic for the final few laps and Carmichael
looked as if he was going to come away with a win. However, heading
into turn three on the top of the track, Carmichael was held up by a
lapped car just enough to allow Peeden to make his move into the
lead and grab the win by a half car length in a wild finish. Travis
Howe came home third ahead of Brad Cummings and Steve Hollars.
In the final race of the night, 20 cars made the A-main after
scrapping through a 38-car bomber field and it was LPS points leader
David Bumgardner that came away with a victory by holding off Scott
Tidwell and last weeks’ winner, C.J. Bryan. In fourth-place was Bob
Farris followed by Harry Shepherd, Brazil’s Chad Nolte, Michael
Thompson, Donnie Baker and Dale Lewis.
The action returns to scenic Lincoln Park Speedway on Friday evening
in the “Night Before the Patriot 100” event that will pay $2,000 to
the sprint car winner, $1,000 to the winner of the UMP Modified
feature, $600 to top the UMP Super Stocks and $400 for a bomber win.
On Saturday night, is the Patriot 100 for modifieds with $3,000
going to the winner of the 100-lap A-main. Sprints will also be on
hand for $2,000 to win with super stocks and bomber on the card as
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Coleman Gulick, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Shane
Hollingsworth, 5. Dickie Gaines, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Ryan Pace, 8.
Casey Shuman, 9. Danny Holtsclaw, 10. Logan Jarrett, 11. Ethan
Barrow, 12. Bub Cummings, 13. Eric Edwards, 14. Kent Christian, 15.
Brian Lake, 16. Eric Burns, 17. Seth Parker, 18. Wes McIntyre, 19.
Jeff Bland Jr., 20. Troy Link
B-main winner: Kent Christian
UMP Modified feature
1. Richie Lex, 2. Schuyler Nahre, 3. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 4. Dan
Lewellen, 5. Brian Hayden, 6. Wes McClara, 7. Rob Fuqua, 8. Paul
Bumgardner, 9. Gary Ricketts, 10. Brad Barrow, 11. Justin Bex, 12.
Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 13. Josh Edmondson, 14. Aaron Zellers, 15.
Greg Amick, 16. Roger Mills, 17. Jimmy Hayden, 18. Broc Burton, 19.
Bradley Sterrett, 20. C.J. Bryan
B-main winner: Justin Bex
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Steve Peeden, 2. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 3. Travis Howe, 4. Brad
Cummings, 5. Steve Hollars, 6. Kris Starks, 7. Jake Byers, 8. Jeremy
Wilson, 9. Rob Paris, 10. Slick Griffin, 11. Rob Fuqua, 12. Tyler
Cain, 13. Jamie Adams, 14. Mike Staggs, 15. Kenny Carmichael Jr.,
16. Travis Heramb, 17. Doug McCullough, 18. Dustin Bruce, 19. Paul
Wright, 20. Chris Hillman, 21. Scott Carrington
B-main winner: Slick Griffin
1. David Bumgardner, 2. Scott Tidwell, 3. C.J. Bryan, 4. Bob Farris,
5. Tom Courtney, 6. Harry Shepherd, 7. Chad Nolte, 8. Michael
Thompson, 9. Donnie Baker, 10. Dale Lewis, 11. Tommy Tidwell, 12. JR
Watkins, 13. Ben Williams, 14. Christian York, 15. David Wallen, 16.
Josh Fagg, 17. Corey Gregory, 18. Kenny Treash, 19. Frank Cotton,
20. Josh Foxworthy
B-main winner: Dale Lewis