By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — Saturday night brought a wealth of racers both young and old to
Lincoln Park Speedway as nearly 100 cars packed the pits and a massive field of
58 youngsters were on hand to compete in the “Little Feet Challenge” bicycle
races that were contested before the ‘B’ Main races.
In sprint car action, a 20-car field was topped by Jon Sciscoe, who has had
strong runs in all three appearances in the Paul Hazen-owned No. 57. Sciscoe
added a feature victory on Saturday night to sixth and fourth-place finishes the
last two trips to the Putnamville oval. Sciscoe was able to hold off a spirited
challenge from Scotty Weir down the stretch to put the Bud’s Auto Salvage,
Geiger Seamless Guttering, Physical Medical Consultant, Kercher Racing Engine
sprinter in victory lane.
In the UMP Modified feature, Richie Lex scored his third feature win of the
season and second of the weekend after scoring a victory at Bloomington on
Friday evening. After losing an engine recently, Gary Burton loaned the Lex team
a power plant that obviously is up to snuff as “Mr. Excitement” put the
Schaeffers Specialized Lubricant, Indianadirtscoops.net, Jackson Oil Solvent
sponsored No. 7 in the winners circle ahead of multiple time defending champion,
The UMP Super Stock feature had its first new winner of the season after Troy
Clark had won the first three main events. Dustin Shoulders, who moved up from
the bomber class this season, put his Durabuilt Racing, Marsh Farms, Curtis
Garage, DK Designs, Freije & Freije Auctioneers, Nutralawn No. 65 out front and
held off Doug McCulloug for much of the feature to take the checkered flag.
The final feature of the night went to a familiar driver as C.J. Bryan won his
third feature of the year over hard charging David Wallen, who took the
runner-up spot after flashing through the field from a 15th starting position.
Ethan Barrow and Weir were heat race winners in the sprint car division and
started in row two behind Kent Christian and Sciscoe.
From the opening green flag, Sciscoe proved that he had power to spare on starts
and he used that to get the jump after several cautions and quickly building
sizable leads. Barrow and Weir were in a dogfight behind Sciscoe followed by
Christian and Ryan Pace. AJ Hopkins was putting on a show as he looked for an
opening to move into the top-three. However, an encounter with the cushion would
derail his run, which ended in a 17th-place finish behind Christian.
Joshua Clemons was also making a big run as he made the bottom work to his
advantage. Clemons picked off seven competitors on his way to a fifth-place
evening. Up front however, Sciscoe was untouchable on the re-starts, but Weir
made his way up to second with a pass of Barrow and closed in on Sciscoe late in
Sciscoe maintained his lead as Pace shuffled past Barrow in the closing circuits
as lappers played a role in holding up Barrow to enable Beauchamp to get past as
well. Weir made a final threat to Sciscoe’s lead, but on this night it was “The
Mayor” that would pick up the win in the Rod End Supply, K&N Racing Parts, Keco,
U.S. Automation sponsored car.
Barrow, Troy Link, Matt Goodnight, Chris Babcock and Shawn Krockenberger wrapped
A loaded 28-car modified field was on hand Saturday, including UMP National
Points leader Devin Gilpin, who won heat No. 2. Lex was unfazed as he picked up
heat No. 3 with Chris Brewer winning the first heat.
Gilpin, seeking his 10th feature win of the young season, started third behind
Kenny Carmichael Jr. and Lex. Brewer was outside of row two with Brian Amos and
John DeMoss in row three.
Lex led from the opening and green as Gilpin battled with Carmichael
side-by-side as Paul Bumgardner and Brewer in tow. Brewer and Bradley Sterrett
fought for fifth position. Up front, Lex held the competition in check after an
early encounter with the cushion that nearly ended with the Morgantown driver on
his roof. He quickly recovered to maintain the lead. Ironically it was the same
turn three cushion that Gilpin made hard contact with and eventually ended his
Lex remained out front as Bumgardner challenged over the final few laps as
Carmichael Jr. advanced to third ahead of Sterrett and DeMoss. Brewer took sixth
ahead of Carmichael Sr., Craig Conyer, Jacoby Hines and Wes McClara.
Shoulders made his first super stock trip to victory lane this weekend as he
held off McCullough throughout the feature. Kris Starks was in the thick of the
chase Carmichael Jr. and Slick Griffin followed by Roy Bruce Jr. and David
McCullough was tight on Shoulders bumper over the last few laps before
mechanical problems slowed the No. 19m machine and left him in 16th-place.
Shoulders would pick up his first win ahead of Starks, Carmichael Jr.,
Bumgardner and Mike Staggs. Justin Hammond was sixth with AJ Smith, Steve Sheeks,
Chad Nolte, who came from the back of the pack to ninth and Josh Fagg in 10th.
In the bomber feature, Michael Harris and Doug McCullough battled up front along
with Marlin Burns in the early stages of the A-main. Bryan was forced to start
10th according to track rules for winners of the previous week’s feature. Harris
held the lead as Josh Settles made the challenge and grabbed the lead. Burns was
sidelined with a lost wheel in the first half of the race. Bryan made his way to
the front and joined the lead pack with Tony Tidwell Sr., Josh Presley and
Wallen in a three-way fight for position.
Bryan would eventually make the pass for the lead as Settles slipped to eighth
after hard contact with the wall in the final laps. Wallen charged to
second-place with Harris and Daniel Foxworthy, moving up from a 16th-place
starting spot to fourth followed by Presley.
Next week will be Armed Services Night with a slate of sprints, modifieds, super
stocks and bombers.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Jon Sciscoe, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. Ryan Pace, 4. Brent Beauchamp, 5. Joshua
Clemons, 6. Ethan Barrow, 7. Troy Link, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Chris Babcock, 10.
Shawn Krockenberger, 11. A.J. Martin, 12. Nick Drake, 13. Chad Davenport, 14.
Keaton Dobbs, 15. Kevin Chambers, 16. Kent Christian, 17. AJ Hopkins, 18. Jason
Leffler, 19. Seth Parker, 20. John Dick
Heat winners: Barrow, Weir
UMP Modified feature
1. Richie Lex, 2. Paul Bumgardner, 3. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 4. Bradley Sterrett,
5. John DeMoss, 6. Chris Brewer, 7. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 8. Craig Conyer, 9.
Jacoby Hines, 10. Wes McClara, 11. Brian Amos, 12. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 13.
Jake Humphrey, 14. Gary Ricketts, 15. Josh Boller, 16. Harold Grayless, 17.
Devin Gilpin, 18. Brian Hayden, 19. Rodney Harris Jr., 20. Dan Lewellen
B-main winner: Boller
Heat winners: Brewer, Gilpin, Lex
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Dustin Shoulders, 2. Kris Starks, 3. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 4. David
Bumgardner, 5. Mike Staggs, 6. Justin Hammond, 7. A.J. Smith, 8. Steve Sheeks,
9. Chad Nolte, 10. Josh Fagg, 11. Jamey Wilson, 12. JR Watkins, 13. Josh
McDaniel, 14. Slick Griffin, 15. Brian Kempf, 16. Doug McCullough, 17. Travis
Heramb, 18. Christian York, 19. Matt Jordan, 20. Roy Bruce Jr.
B-main winner: Josh Fagg
Heat winners: Griffin, Staggs, Starks
1. C.J. Bryan, 2. David Wallen, 3. Michael Harris, 4. Daniel Foxworthy, 5. Josh
Presley, 6. Blake Cross, 7. Mike Fisher Jr., 8. Josh Settles, 9. Kevin Kemp, 10.
Megan Cavaness, 11. Jerry Hutto, 12. Cory Williamson, 13. Tony Tidwell, 14. Doug
Parker, 15. Danny Ray Wampler, 16. Doug McCullough, 17. Jeff Beggs, 18. Tim
Wright, 19. Marlin Burns, 20. Ron Smith
Heat winners: Bryan, Tony Tidwell, Settles