By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE – Lincoln Park Speedway played host to 140 top race car
drivers on Saturday night in the second evening of some exciting
action at the scenic Putnamville oval. The annual “Patriot 100” for
UMP Modifieds has quickly become a highlight of the LPS schedule and
43 of the most talented modified drivers were on hand looking to
take home the big prize money and the bragging rights over his
Brent Mullins, the winner of the inaugural “Patriot 100,” had
admittedly struggled some during the early months of the season, but
he has certainly gotten it figured it out. Since putting together a
new race car at the end of July, Mullins has raced 10 times since
the beginning of August and placed first or second in seven of the
races. The resurgence continued this weekend as Mullins added his
third win of the season to the books.
“We’ve been struggling some the first half of the season, this is a
brand new Hughes Chassis, we brought it out on a whole new
suspension,” Mullins said of some recent changes. “First half of the
season we just couldn’t do nothing with it. We changed it over about
nine races ago and we’ve run in the top-two in eight of the nine
nights. We’re real pleased with it.”
The Mt. Olive, Ill. native topped a very talented field of UMP
Modifieds on Saturday night to claim the top prize of $3,000,
dominating the final 50-plus laps to earn the win in the 100-lap
marathon. Mullins held off UMP National Points leader Mike Harrison,
Roger Mills, Clint DeMoss and Chad Kinder in the top-five.
In victory lane, Mullins talked about the details that go into
winning a prestigious race like the “Patriot 100.”
“You can have mechanical failures when you are running these cars so
hard. They are hooked up so tight. You’ve always got your fingers
crossed because anything can happen, but you’ve always got to have a
little luck in a 100-lapper,” Mullins said. “You come to one of
these races with 40 or 50 modifieds and you take 20 of those guys
and you are out there with some top-notch equipment. There’s usually
not many cautions, generally you hate to see those late cautions
when you are leading the race.
“We’re two-for-two (at Lincoln Park Speedway) so it would be a good
place to make a trip,” Mullins said of his LPS success. “I’ve got to
give a shout out to my crew, of course Mullins Racing Engines, it’s
the baddest modified motor built and R.P. Lumber, I’ve got to thank
all of those guys.
Two of the top-five and five of the top-50 in the UMP National
Points were looking to boost their standings. Harrison, the top dog
in national points and the defending champion after a win at LPS on
Friday night had designs on the $3,000 top prize and a potential
$500 bonus from Burns Architectural for a repeat win. However, he
had UMP No. 4 Nick Allen, No. 20 Demoss as well as Gabe Menser and
Richie Lex on hand for the battle.
Heat races went to Paul Bumgardner, Mullins, Menser, Harrison and
Roger Mills. Denny Schwartz battled to a B-main win over Jacoby
Hines, Rob Fuqua and Wes McClara to make it to the A-main and Randy
Shuman, Clint DeMoss, Schuyler Nahre, C.J. Bryan and Jimmy Hayden
make it out of the second B-main.
The 20-car field lined up according to the finish of a dash for heat
winners with Harrison on the pole inside of Menser. Mullins and
Bumgardner made up row two ahead of Mills and Ryan Thomas.
Once the field went green, the initial battle was between Menser and
Harrison, who went at it hot and heavy over the early laps with
Mullins in tow and Thomas holding off Mills and Chad Kinder for
The first 15 laps was a dog fight as Menser held off Harrison up
front, but the race is a marathon instead of a sprint. Menser ended
up a casualty of a mechanical problem, pulling off 20 laps in and
turned the reigns over to Harrison, who was lightning quick on the
top. However, Mullins had the bottom mastered and pulled into a
door-to-door slugfest with Harrison followed by Thomas, Kinder and
Mills. Paul Bumgardner pulled off the track early as the laps ticked
towards the mid-way point break.
Mullins would take over the lead heading into turn four and made the
pass stick as he built a couple car length lead over Harrison.
Kinder was in third ahead of Mills with Thomas in a three-way tussle
with Demoss and Daryl Herbert.
A caution a few laps before the halfway point was a perfect break
heading into lap 50 as crews made their way out to make adjustments
for the final 50-lap finishing segment.
When the second half started, Mullins wasn’t going to give up the
lead as he maintained the point as Harrison split a couple of lapped
cars in chase of the leader, who had built a corner’s worth of an
advantage. The real battle lay in the group behind the top-two as
Kinder, Mills and DeMoss were in tight contention for third.
Up front however, Mullins was on a rail, ticking off laps on the way
to his big win as Harrison tried valiantly to make up ground, but
merely had second locked up. Mullins built nearly a straightaway
lead over the final five laps on the way to his second “Patriot 100”
victory in the R.P. Lumber, Hughes Racing Chassis, Mullins Salvage,
KBC No. 41m.
Harrison was second followed by Mills, DeMoss, Kinder, Denny
Schwartz, Thomas, Schuyler Nahre, Jacoby Hines and C.J. Bryan.
In the sprint car division, Jon Sciscoe piloted Paul Hazen’s famed
No. 57 machine into victory lane for the second time this year as he
topped Chase Briscoe, C.J. Leary, Kyle Cummins and Ethan Barrow in
Sciscoe started on the pole and stayed out front after the green
flag as Briscoe and Gaines followed along with Leary and Seth
Parker. Sciscoe began to build his lead early over Briscoe as Kyle
Cummins made his way up from eighth to fight for third with Leary as
Parker and Chad Boespflug. Dickie Gaines battled up front during the
first half of the feature before he was sidelined. Up front, Sciscoe
stayed on his marks through lapped traffic and wasn’t seriously
challenged down the stretch.
Jeremy Hines has been the man to beat most times he’s checked into
the pits for the UMP Super Stock Division as he had claimed 16
feature wins through Friday’s race at Lincoln Park Speedway.
The UMP National Points leader added to his lead on Saturday by
edging out Kenny Carmichael Sr., by a narrow margin, for win No. 17
of the season. Roy Bruce Jr. followed in third-place ahead of Troy
Clark, Doug McCullough, Brad Cummings, Steve Sheeks, Cullen Goodman,
Bobby Davis and Steve Hollars.
In the bomber division, it was C.J. Bryan that came home with his
second feature win in the “Crazy 8” machine owned by Burns Racing.
Bryan won with a late pass of Josh Presley on the bottom as Scott
Tidwell took third ahead of Donnie Baker, JR Watkins, Dustin
Shoulders, Jordan Almanza, Corey Gregory, David Bumgardner, David
Lincoln Park Speedway
UMP Modified “Patriot 100”
1. Brent Mullins, 2. Mike Harrison, 3. Roger Mills, 4. Clint DeMoss,
5. Chad Kinder, 6. Denny Schwartz, 7. Ryan Thomas, 8. Schuyler Nahre,
9. Jacoby Hines, 10. C.J. Bryan, 11. Jimmy Hayden, 12. Kenny
Carmichael Sr., 13. Rob Fuqua, 14. Brian Hayden, 15. Josh Lucas, 16.
Darly Herbert, 17. Randy Shuman, 18. Gabe Menser, 19. Paul
Bumgardner, 20. Wes McClara
B-main winners: Randy Shuman, Denny Schwartz
Heat winners: Paul Bumgardner, Brent Mullins, Gabe Menser, Mike
Harrison, Roger Mills
Sprint car feature
1. Jon Sciscoe, 2. Chase Briscoe, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5.
Ethan Barrow, 6. Logan Jarrett, 7. Casey Riggs, 8. Jason Soudrette,
9. Chris Babcock, 10. Seth Parker, 11. Kent Christian, 12. Kody
Swanson, 13. Brett Burdette, 14. Conner Donelson, 15. Josh Burton,
16. Dakota Jackson, 17. Chad Boesplflug, 18. Bub Cummings, 19. Mitch
Cunningham, 20. Dickie Gaines
B-main winner: Brett Burdette
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Jeremy Hines, 2. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 3. Roy Bruce Jr., 4. Troy
Clark, 5. Doug McCullough, 6. Brad Cummings, 7. Steve Sheeks, 8.
Cullen Goodman, 9. Bobby Davis, 10. Steve Hollars, 11. Slick
Griffin, 12. Mike Staggs, 13. Tony Erdly, 14. Paul Wright, 15. Kenny
Carmichael Jr., 16. Jamie Adams, 17. Kris Starks, 18. Ron Smith, 19.
Chris Hillman, 20. Travis Heramb, 21. Dan McCullough
B-main winner: Chris Hillman
1. C.J. Bryan, 2. Josh Presley, 3. Scott Tidwell, 4. Donnie Baker,
5. JR Watkins, 6. Dustin Shoulders, 7. Jordan Almanza, 8. Corey
Gregory, 9. David Bumgardner, 10. David Wallen, 11. Ron Smith, 12.
Tony Tidwell, 13. Gordan Parsons Jr., 14. Doug Parker, 15. David
Dobbs, 16. Greg Sims, 17. Tom Courtney, 18. Sean Yakel, 19. Josh
Foxworthy, 20. Kenny Treash
B-main: Corey Gregory