By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — Lincoln
Park Speedway opened the gates to a full house of excited fans that were on hand
to take in the first night of racing this season in Putnamville. An overflow
crowd was treated to a sizable contingent of more than 110 racecars and drivers
all in pursuit of an LPS feature victory.
Thirty-three sprint cars unloaded on Saturday night including several USAC
regulars and one of last true outlaws in Bill Rose, who plans on touring with
the World of Outlaws as well as running without a wing this season.
Rose showed that he hasn’t lost his non-wing touch as he claimed the first heat
race victory ahead of Josh Clemons and Seth Parker. The second feature went to
“The Peoples Champion” Dave Darland in the Jeff Walker-owned No. 11. A bit of
foreshadowing was involved in heat number two as Jon Stanbrough battled to a
runner-up spot ahead of Kevin Thomas Jr. and Bryan Clauson. In the third heat
race, New York’s Coleman Gulick took the checkered flag ahead of Shane Cottle in
the Cruz Pedregon-owned No. 75. Casey Shuman and Dakota Jackson wrapped up the
top-four and in the final heat of the night, Danny Holtsclaw was the winner over
Jonathan Hendrick and Dickie Gaines.
Lining up the main event, Rose and Darland led the field to the green with
Gulick and Holtsclaw in row two followed by Clemons and Stanbrough.
Darland and Rose went wheel-to-wheel over the first half of the A-main as
Clemons made his way to the front to give chase ahead of both Cottle and
The field was halted nine laps into the main event when Seth Parker and Jeff
Bland Jr. tangled and flipped on the front stretch without injuries.
Darland was able to make a pass on Rose to take the lead on the re-start, but
Stanbrough was lying in wait to make his move.
Stanbrough made his move on both Rose and Darland to capture the point as
Clauson joined the top-five after starting back in 14th position.
With 18 laps in the books, Stanbrough had begun to pull away from the
competition in the Leer Motorsports, All-Star Performance, D&D Oil Chalk Stix,
Weld Steel No. 21. Behind him, Clauson was able to chase down Rose off the final
corner for the third position ahead of Cottle in fifth-place. Shuman moved up to
place sixth ahead of Gulick, Thomas, Robert Ballou and Clemons.
In the UMP Modified feature, Matt Bex was able to get by Brian Hayden at the
halfway point and opened up a lead he wouldn’t relinquish in the Tradelands
Transport, Indiana Decal, Bailey’s Flowers, East Vending No. 31.
Early on it appeared as if Hayden would be the one walking away from the field
as Bex was a distant second ahead of Chris Brewer and a two-way battle between
Kenny Carmichael Jr. and Sr. Wes McClara crept into the mix after getting off to
a rocky start from his front row starting position.
Bex was able to chase Hayden down as it became apparent his No. 2H was having
some mechanical issues. Bex took over the lead with Carmichael Sr. leading
McClara and Derek Groomer and Brewer.
Over the final five laps, Bex built upon his lead for a solid feature win ahead
of McClara, Groomer, Carmichael Sr., Larry Lambert, who came up from 13th.
Rodney Harris Jr. took sixth ahead of Eric Varner, Scott Ricketts, Kenny
Carmichael Jr. and Carlos Bumgardner.
Four of the top-13 in the current UMP DIRTcar Sportsman National points were on
hand Saturday night and it was the current leader, Troy Clark, who was able to
add to his lead with a convincing A-Main victory ahead of Doug McCullough and
Slick Griffin. Cullen Goodman came home fourth ahead of Kenny Carmichael Jr.,
Kenny Carmichael Sr., Travis Heramb, AJ Smith, AJ Clark and JR Watkins.
Clark and Carmichael Jr. started on the front row ahead of Goodman and AJ Clark.
Troy Clark took the opening green and led wire-to-wire leaving the battle for
second up to the field.
Goodman was holding down second ahead of a side-by-side fight between Carmichael
Jr. and McCullough followed by Griffin and Carmichael Sr. Clark continued to
build upon his lead out front in the Hills Historic Painting, Thirty-one
Independent Contracting, Scentsy Independent Consulting, Napa of Madison No. 13.
Clark went on to take his second feature win of the year after winning March 31
at Twin Cities. McCullough, Griffin, Goodman and Carmichael Jr. were in the
top-five followed by Carmichael Sr., Travis Heramb, AJ Smith, AJ Clark and JR
In the final feature of the evening, Galveston, Ind. native Craig Walker led all
20 laps and with it, claimed an extra $200 as there was an extra $10 per lap led
during the feature. Walker held off Brian Sims, Landon Miller and CJ Bryan in
his Competition Auto Body, All-Star Performance, H&M Farms, Coan Racing No. 3.
Walker survived several re-starts during the second portion of the feature as
Sims tried to close the gap during the final laps to no avail. Jeff Shepherd
took fifth-place followed by Lee Hobbs, Ronnie Pardue, Mark Smith, Marlin Burns
and Donnie Matthews.
Next week will feature a regular show of sprint cars, modifieds, super stocks
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Bill Rose, 5. Shane
Cottle, 6. Casey Shuman, 7. Coleman Gulick, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Robert
Ballou, 10. Joshua Clemons, 11. Jonathan Hendrick, 12. Danny Holtsclaw, 13.
Chase Stockon, 14. Scotty Weir, 15. Travis Welpott, 16. Brent Beaucahmp, 17.
Dakota Jackson, 18. Jeff Bland Jr., 19. Seth Parker, 20. Dickie Gaines
B-main winner: Jeff Bland Jr.
Heat winners: Bill Rose, Dave Darland, Coleman Gulick, Danny Holtsclaw
UMP Modified feature
1. Matt Bex, 2. Wes McClara, 3. Derek Groomer, 4. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 5. Larry
Lambert, 6. Rodney Harris Jr., 7. Eric Varner, 8. Scott Ricketts, 9. Kenny
Carmichael Jr., 10. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 11. Kevin Gummere, 12. Chris Brewer,
13. Brian Amos, 14. Brian Hayden, 15. Craig Conyer, 16. Gary Ricketts, 17. Jake
Waggoner, 18. Josh Boller, 19. Paul Bumgardner, 20. Brian Yeatman
B-main winner: Brian Amos
Heat winners: Brian Hayden, Wes McClara, Derek Groomer
UMP Super Stock Feature
1. Troy Clark, 2. Doug McCullough, 3. Slick Griffin, 4. Cullen Goodman, 5. Kenny
Carmichael Jr., 6. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 7. Travis Heramb, 8. A.J. Smith, 9. AJ
Clark, 10. JR Watkins, 11. Jake Byers, 12. Matt Jordan, 13. Josh McDaniel, 14.
Christian York, 15. Tony Arthur Jr., 16. Doug Bryant Jr., 17. Kris Starks, 18.
Bobby Davis, 19. Justin Hammond, 20. Brian Kempf, 21. Josh Fagg
B-main winner: Doug McCullough
Heat winners: Troy Clark, Kenny Carmichael Jr., Cullen Goodman
1. Craig Walker, 2. Brian Sims, 3. Landon Miller, 4. C.J. Bryan, 5. Jeff
Shepherd, 6. Lee Hobbs, 7. Ronnie Pardue, 8. Mark Smith, 9. Marlin Burns, 10.
Donnie Matthews, 11. Megan Cavaness, 12. Jeff Cast, 13. Donny Ray Wampler, 14.
David Dobbs, 15. Jerry Hutto, 16. Jeff Beggs, 17. Tanner Chastain, 18. Doug
McCullough, 19. Marty Wilson, 20. Doug Klyn, 21. Michael Harris
B-main winner: Jeff Beggs
Heat winners: Brian Sims, Craig Walker, Landon Miller