By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — One night after a disappointing night at Bloomington Speedway in
the “Larry Rice Classic” AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car event left Wes McIntyre
two spots out of a transfer spot in the B-main, “Wes Mac” washed away that
feeling with a trip to victory lane at Lincoln Park Speedway.
McIntyre got past Chase Briscoe eight laps into the A-main to take the point and
then held off a spirited challenge from Shane Cottle over the final laps to put
the FatHeadz Eyewear, Poster Display Lushin Associates No. 83 sprint car in the
winners circle. Cottle placed second to Bobby East on the red clay of
Bloomington Friday night.
In the modified feature, Craig Conyer took advantage of some late mechanical
problems by Paul Bumgardner to pilot his Marsh Farms, RC Lawn Care, , Smart
Manufacturing, Richwine Acres, Curtis Towing, Edward Jones Investment, Shaw by
Landers No. 31c across the finish line first ahead of Chris Brewer and Kenny
Carmichael Jr., who came up from a 14th starting position.
Dustin Shoulders and CJ Bryan were repeat winners in the UMP Super Stock and
Bomber divisions as Bryan won his fourth consecutive main event despite starting
Twenty-eight sprint cars were on hand Saturday night as McIntyre started his
night off on the right foot by winning the opening heat race. Dakota Jackson and
Matt Goodnight followed suit to place themselves up front for the A-main. Chris
Babcock cruised away to win the B-main.
When the green dropped on the feature it was Chase Briscoe duking it out with
McIntyre over the opening laps ahead of Danny Holtsclaw, Josh Burton and
Goodnight. Cottle quickly moved up to take on Holtsclaw as a four-way battle for
the fourth position developed.
Following a caution five laps into the feature, McIntyre made his move as he
slid past Briscoe for the top position. Behind them, Burton had his hands full
with the charging Cottle as Jon Sciscoe and Brent Beauchamp in the mix gave
chase. Holtsclaw slowed to bring out a caution with 10 laps in the book.
When racing resumed, McIntyre began to open a gap as Cottle threw a big slider
into the second position and set his sights on the front. Briscoe remained in
third ahead of Burton, Beauchamp, Goodnight and Jackson as a final caution
slowed the race with eight laps remaining.
McIntyre took the green and looked to have the race locked up with two laps to
go, but Cottle had one more challenge left on the final corner, but couldn’t
make the pass. Briscoe came home third ahead of Beauchamp and Burton in the
top-five. Goodnight, Jackson, Logan Jarrett, Jamie Frederickson and Chris
Babcock rounded out the top-10.
In the UMP Modified feature, Bumgardner started on the pole after placing second
to Wes McClara in the first heat race. Jaymie Turner captured the second heat
with Carlos Bumgardner starting outside row one after winning the final heat.
Paul Bumgardner took the green and held off a couple of challenges from Craig
Conyer over the first half of the feature before beginning to open up some
breathing room. Behind him, Conyer held down second with a four-way battle
behind him as Carlos Bumgardner and Brewer were door-to-door ahead of Kenny
Carmichael Sr. and Carmichael Jr. fighting for fifth. As Bumgardner began to
pull away from Conyer, Brewer settled into third with both Carmichael’s fighting
for position along with Chad Combs.
A late caution with eight laps remaining simply looked to delay the inevitable
win by Bumgardner, who was flawless up front. However, he slowed under the
caution and came to a stop in turn three before being pushed back to the pits
with a disappointing 16th-place finish.
Conyer wasn’t going to let the good fortune slip away as he took the green and
led the final eight laps for the victory ahead of Brewer, Carmichael Jr., Eric
Varner, Carlos Bumgardner Sr., Carmichael Sr., Scott Ricketts, Combs, McClara
and Larry Lambert.
In the UMP Super Stock feature, Shoulders started outside of row one alongside
David Bumgardner with Christian York and Carmichael Sr. However, it wasn’t long
before the starting field began to drop off.
Bumgardner came to a stop early on and went to the pits, York got loose and spun
in the opening laps and restarted from the back. Doug McCullough started fifth,
but pulled to the pits early along with AJ Smith.
At the front of the field, Shoulders and Carmichael were within a car length of
each other nearly the entire feature. Carmichael was looking to make the bottom
work over the first half of the A-main, but was unable to get past Shoulders.
Over the second portion of the race, Carmichael went to the top and challenged
Shoulders briefly as Roy Bruce Jr. charged into contention after starting 11th.
Kris Starks made a nice run through the field to get into the sixth spot after
getting by Steve Sheeks.
Shoulders opened up a couple car length lead over the final few laps as Bruce
and Carmichael battled to the finish line with Bruce edging into second at the
line. Starks moved up to fourth as Travis Heramb came from the back to take
fifth ahead of Slick Griffin, Sheeks, Josh McDaniel, JR Watkins and Steve Ware.
In bomber action, Michael Harris, McCullough and Bryan were heat race winners as
Megan Cavaness took the B-main, which was marred by a nasty crash between Daniel
Foxworthy and Ron Smith. The resulting accident left Foxworthy’s car inverted
with Smith’s parked on top. Smith would walk away from the incident as Foxworthy
was transported via ambulance to be examined.
In the evening’s final feature, Tony Tidwell started on the pole, but McCullough
took the lead early ahead of Harris and Josh Settles, who was sidelined after
losing his brakes. McCullough and Harris were side-by-side ahead of David Wallen
and Bryan followed by Mike Moody and Bill Brewer.
McCullough was able to edge ahead as Harris got caught in lapped traffic, but
Bryan was flying to the front and caught McCullough down the stretch. Bryan made
the pass for the lead over the final laps as McCullough settled for second ahead
of Harris, Wallen and Kenny Tidwell. Moody, Josh Presley, Tom Tidwell, Brewer
and Cavaness wrapped up the top-10.
Next week will be a regular show of sprints, modifieds, super stocks and
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Wes McIntyre, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Chase Briscoe, 4. Brent Beauchamp, 5. Josh
Burton, 6. Matt Goodnight, 7. Dakota Jackson, 8. Logan Jarrett, 9. Jamie
Frederickson, 10. Chris Babcock, 11. J.T. Stapp, 12. AJ Hopkins, 13. Mark Perry
III, 14. Levi Shields, 15. Jon Sciscoe, 16. Kent Christian, 17. Ethan Barrow,
18. Danny Holtsclaw, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Troy Link
B-main winner: Babcock
Heat winners: McIntyre, Jackson, Goodnight
UMP Modified feature
1. Craig Conyer, 2. Chris Brewer, 3. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 4. Eric Varner, 5.
Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 6. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 7. Scott Ricketts, 8. Chad
Combs, 9. Wes McClara, 10. Larry Lambert, 11. Wes Leigh, 12. Josh Boller, 13.
Michael Kettnich, 14. Andrew Auler, 15. Dan Lewellen, 16. Paul Bumgardner, 17.
Doug Bryant Jr., 18. Jake Humphrey, 19. Gary Ricketts, 20. Jaymie Turner
B-main winner: Varner
Heat winners: McClara, Turner, Carlos Bumgardner Sr.
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Dustin Shoulders, 2. Roy Bruce Jr., 3. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 4. Kris Starks,
5. Travis Heramb, 6. Slick Griffin, 7. Steve Sheeks, 8. Josh McDaniel, 9. JR
Watkins, 10. Steve Ware, 11. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 12. A.J. Smith, 13. Christian
York, 14. Doug McCullough, 15. Doug Bryant Jr., 16. Mike Staggs, 17. Josh Fagg,
18. David Bumgardner, 19. Bobby Davis, 20. Chad Nolte
Heat winners: Bumgardner, Shoulders
1. C.J. Bryan, 2. Doug McCullough, 3. Michael Harris, 4. David Wallen, 5. Kenny
Tidwell, 6. Mike Moody, 7. Josh Presley, 8. Tom Tidwell, 9. Bill Brewer, 10.
Megan Cavaness, 11. Jerry Hutto, 12. Kevin Kemp, 13. JR Funkhouser, 14. Danny
Ray Wampler, 15. Tony Tidwell, 16. Josh Settles, 17. Mike Fisher Jr., 18. Doug
Parker, 19. Ronald Blake, 20. Harry Shepherd
B-main winner: Megan Caveness
Heat winners: Harris, McCullough, Bryan