By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — The 2011 points championships were decided at Lincoln
Park Speedway Saturday night as four champions were crowned.
Greencastle’s Paul Bumgardner added his seventh consecutive UMP
Modified championship in style as he dominated on his way to a
feature victory and a 40-point edge over runner-up Schuyler Nahre.
The sprint car championship went to Ethan Barrow, who came away with
a third-place feature finish and a 50-point season edge over Kent
Christian. In the UMP Super Stock division, Kenny Carmichael Sr.
narrowly edged out Doug McCullough by 11 points after McCullough
placed third in Saturday’s A-Main and Carmichael was forced out
early and took 16th. The bomber season title went to David
Bumgardner, who also had some mechanical problems midway through the
feature, but had a sizable advantage on the way to a title by nearly
200 points over runner-up JR Watkins.
If racing fans take anything away from this season’s worth of action
it’s the knowledge that it doesn’t matter what car Casey Shuman is
in, he can put it in victory lane.
On Saturday, Shuman piloted Robbie Rice’s No. 22 Stida.com sponsored
machine to the finish line for his sixth feature win in his fifth
different car this summer. Shuman held off a challenge from Shane
Hollingsworth after a mid-race caution and then drove away for a
victory by nearly a straightaway. Hollingsworth was second followed
by Barrow, Logan Jarrett and Seth Parker in the top-five.
Twenty-six sprint cars were on hand as Jarrett, Shuman and Barrow
earned heat race wins and Conner Donelson dominated the B-main for a
Dickie Gaines and Keaton Dobbs made up row one ahead of Shuman and
Shuman would waste little time in jumping out to a lead and flashing
out to a comfortable lead and was actually into lapped traffic very
early in the A-main. Hollingsworth masterfully worked into
second-place as Gaines was forced to the pits.
A caution briefly slowed Shuman’s assault on the field, but his
perfect re-start again had the Arizona native out front comfortably,
leaving the battle for third through fifth up for grabs. Barrow
remained third as Parker and Jarrett were wheel-to-wheel seeking
Shuman had the victory in his grip and wouldn’t relinquish it over
the final few laps and it was Keaton Dobbs that found his way to
sixth followed by Jeff Bland Jr., Donelson came from the tail to
place eighth followed by Christian and Josh Burton.
The 2011 modified season has had its share of frustrating results
for Bumgardner, but Saturday night he returned to the winner’s
circle amongst a throng of family and friends as he celebrated
another points championship. Harold Grayless crossed the finish line
second ahead of Jimmy Hayden, Wes McClara and Carlos Bumgardner Sr.
Herbert led the first couple of laps before a pile-up in turn four
stacked up several cars, including McClara and Carlos Bumgardner,
who went to the tail.
On the re-start, Herbert spun in turn four and collected Nahre and
opened the door for Paul Bumgardner to take the green up front.
He wouldn’t look back, jumping to the top and rocketing away from
the rest of the field for a dominating finish.
In the UMP Super Stock main event, the finish was in debate all the
way to the checkered flag as Cullen Goodman was able to hold off a
hard charging Steve Peeden following a re-start with one lap
remaining. Goodman led from the start, maintaining a small gap over
McCullough over the first half of the race as Bobby Davis, Travis
Howe, Slick Griffin and Kris Starks gave chase in a pack snarling
Peeden was in the mix with that group for several laps as he worked
his way up from his eighth-place starting position. He advanced into
door-to-door battle with McCullough for several laps and Goodman
took advantage to increase his lead as lapped traffic loomed ahead.
Goodman squeezed through a couple of lapped cars in the final two
laps and Peeden got hung up. Goodman looked set for an easy final
circuit before a caution flag to come out and re-set the field for a
one-lap dash for the cash.
On the start, Goodman got a good jump and sealed the win early, as
Peeden was unable to catch the winner. McCullough took third ahead
of Howe, Davis and Griffin.
In the bomber feature, C.J. Bryan and new teammate, Dustin
Shoulders, went 1-2 at the finish line for Crazy 8 Racing. Bryan’s
win was his third in barely a month. Scott Tidwell came home third
ahead of Josh Foxworthy and Joey Cox in the top-five. Bob Farris, JR
Watkins, Kevin Kemp, Chad Nolte and Corey Gregory rounded out the
Next Saturday will feature sprints, modifieds, super stocks and
bombers along with a post-race Fan Appreciation party.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Casey Shuman, 2. Shane Hollingsworth, 3. Ethan Barrow, 4. Logan
Jarrett, 5. Seth Parker, 6. Keaton Dobbs, 7. Jeff Bland Jr., 8.
Conner Conelson, 9. Kent Christian, 10. Josh Burton, 11. Matt
Brannin, 12. Josh Cunningham, 13. Bub Cummings, 14. Brian Lake, 15.
Nick Johnson, 16. Daylan Chambers, 17. John Nicosin, 18. Dickie
Gaines, 19. Troy Link, 20. Doug Heck
B-main winner: Conner Donelson
UMP Modified feature
1. Paul Bumgardner, 2. Harold Grayless, 3. Jimmy Hayden, 4. Wes
McClara, 5. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 6. Schuyler Nahre, 7. Rodney
Harris Jr., 8. Mike Brown, 9. Jacob Houts, 10. Steve Carpenter, 11.
Chris Kerl, 12. Wayne Cooper, 13. Larry Lambert, 14. Darly Herbert,
15. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 16. Dan Lewellen, 17. Shane Kelley, 18.
C.J. Bryan, 19. Josh Edmondson, 20. Brian Amos
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Cullen Goodman, 2. Steve Peeden, 3. Doug McCullough, 4. Travis
Howe, 5. Bobby Davis, 6. Slick Griffin, 7. Steve Hollars, 8. Travis
Heramb, 9. Ryan Huddleston, 10. Rob Paris, 11. Chad Nolte, 12.
Dustin Bruce, 13. Paul Wright, 14. Justin Davis, 15. Kris Starks,
16. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 17. Mike Staggs, 18. Jeff Starks, 19.
David Wallen, 20. Roy Bruce Jr.
B-main winner: Rob Paris
1. C.J. Bryan, 2. Dustin Shoulders, 3. Scott Tidwell, 4. Josh
Foxworthy, 5. Joey Cox, 6. Bob Farris, 7. JR Watkins, 8. Kevin Kemp,
9. Chad Nolte, 10. Corey Gregory, 11. Josh Presley, 12. Tony
Tidwell, 13. Josh Fagg, 14. Elijah Heminger, 15. David Wallen, 16.
Michael Harris, 17. Christian York, 18. David Bumgardner, 19. Ron
Smith, 20. Donnie Baker
B-main winner: Josh Fagg
Final points standings
Sprint car top-five: Ethan Barrow 1,085, 2. Kent Christian 1,035, 3.
Seth Parker 992, 4. Shane Hollingsworth 843, 5. Logan Jarrett 839
UMP Modified top-five: 1. Paul Bumgardner 1,247, 2. Schuyler Nahre
1,207, 3. Kenny Carmichael Sr. 1,047, 4. Wes McClara 1,040, 5.
Carlos Bumgardner Sr. 1,018
UMP Super Stock top-five: 1. Kenny Carmichael Sr. 1,259, 2. Doug
McCullough 1,248, 3. Slick Griffin 1,124, 4. Kenny Carmichael Jr.
1,068, 5. Mike Staggs 1,056
Bomber top-five: David Bumgardner 1,252, 2. JR Watkins 1,059, 3.
Scott Tidwell 1,018, 4. Corey Gregory 978, 5. Kevin Kemp 961