By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE – It’s certain that Saturday’s racing action at Lincoln Park
Speedway provided an instant classic in the annals of dirt track racing at the
Putnamville oval. Close racing and thrilling finishes highlighted the night, led
by a stunning finish to the sprint car main event.
Kyle Cummins went from third to first off the final corner of the A-main,
capitalizing on contact between the race leaders, Casey Shuman and Brady Short,
in turn four. Cummins squeezed through and nosed past Short at the finish line
for his second victory at Lincoln Park Speedway this season. His win came in the
Vincennes University, Greenwell Auto Body, Cummins Racing Engine, Tim Mason
Re/Max, Simpson Racing Products, All-Star Performance, Fitness Elite-sponsored
Cummins, Shuman and Ryan Pace picked up heat race victories to start the evening
and Josh Burton won the B-main to set himself up in the feature.
Shuman and Cummins shared the lead during the first half of the A-main and six
different lead changes at the finish line highlighted an incredible show at the
front of the field during the first 13 circuits. Short was hot on the tail tanks
of the co-leaders as Kent Christian kept the front runners close as Pace and Wes
McIntyre held down top-six spots.
On a re-start near the midpoint, Shuman, Short and Cummins went three-wide for
the lead and Short came out in the lead and began to add to his advantage over
Shuman, Cummins, Christian and a wheel-to-wheel battle between Scotty Weir and
Pace for fifth. A caution flag slowed the field with just eight laps remaining
and set up a finish sure to be talked about all week.
As the field returned to green flag racing, Shuman pulled a huge slider across
the front of Short in turn four, but couldn’t make it stick. Short crossed
Shuman back up and held down the lead for the next lap, but Shuman would try
once more on lap 23, sliding past Short’s nose and maintained his momentum
enough to grab the lead from Short with one lap to go.
Short made his final charge and was even with Shuman down the backstretch
heading into turns three and four. The two slid high into turn four and banged
wheels, losing momentum and opening the door for the stalking 3c of Cummins.
Cummins pulled even with the leaders off four and edged ahead as he stayed quick
as Short broke free and chased him to the finish line. Cummins pulled a wheel
stand to the line, nosing out Short for a classic victory. Shuman held third
with Christian and Weir in the top-five. Pace was sixth as AJ Hopkins moved up
eight spots to take seventh ahead of McIntyre, Brent Beauchamp and Jeff Bland
Richie Lex has been on a roll this season in the Steve Thomas Racing, Community
Chrysler Jeep, Lambert’s Towing, BSB Manufacturing, No. 7L modified.
Lex started up front for the UMP Modified feature and never relinquished the
point over the 20-lap main event. He picked up his fifth victory of the season
and third at LPS in the Hovis Racing Engine, Jackson Oil Solvents, Renegade
While Lex led from the opening wave of the green flag, a three-wide battle for
second had the crowd’s attention with Levi Kissinger, Carlos Bumgardner Sr. and
Randy Shuman fought for position followed by Chris Kerl, Dan Lewellen and Josh
Kissinger was able to separate himself from traffic to move up on Lex’s bumper
and last week’s runner-up, Eric Varner, put together another strong effort in
advancing into third ahead of Shuman and Lewellen. Boller would bring out the
caution with a spin with 13 laps scored as he and Paul Bumgardner moved to the
tail on the restart.
When the field went green again, Lex maintained his advantage over Kissinger as
Lewellen took over fourth behind Varner. At the finish line it was Shuman
holding down fifth ahead of Matt Bex, Scott Ricketts, Wes McClara, Kerl and
Carmichael Jr. in the top-10.
Troy Clark has had one of those seasons that many drivers dream about in 2012.
The pilot of the No. 13 Hill’s Historic Painting, Napa of Madison, Scentsy
Independent Consultant, XD-4 Late Model Noses, V.H.R. Chassis super stock leads
the nation in UMP points as well as topping the state list as well.
Coming off a Friday night win at Bloominton Speedway, Clark notched his seventh
feature win of the year by holding off last week’s winner, Kenny Carmichael Sr.
Roy Bruce Jr. gave Carmichael everything he had over the final few laps, but it
was Carmichael by a nose at the finish line for second.
Clark and Carmichael squared off for the entire length of the A-main with Clark
making the bottom work to his advantage and not giving up a line for Carmichael.
Bruce tried to go even lower in his pursuit of the second spot as Doug
McCullough looked to close the gap on third. Slick Griffin and Mike Staggs were
side-by-side in the top-five over the second half of the feature.
Down the stretch, Clark was able to open a couple car length gap up front as the
spotlight shifted to the battle for second. A re-start with three laps left set
the stage for the final dash, but Clark held down the top spot with Carmichael
nailing down second at the line. Bruce settled for third with McCullough and
Griffin in the top-five. Staggs, Starks, Kenny Carmichael Jr., Josh McDaniel and
Travis Heramb finished the top-10.
Saturday’s bomber feature provided a fitting ending for the night as another
classic battle to the checkered flag ensued between the evening’s heat race
Scott Tidwell, David Wallen and Marlin Burns gave the fans a three-way battle to
the finish as Tidwell was able to hold off numerous challenges from Wallen to
capture his first victory of the season. Wallen had a last shot at the win as a
caution flew with three laps remaining. Despite pulling even with Tidwell
several times in the corners, Tidwell was able to open just enough of a margin
in the straightaways to score the victory.
Tidwell’s win came in the Pit Stop Ice Cream, Britt Aero Machine Shop, NKP
Diesel Performance, Tidwell & Foxworthy Racing-sponsored No. 55.
Burns was close behind the pair the entire feature and held down the third-place
position at the finish line. Behind him it was McCullough in a dogfight for
fourth-place with David Bumgardner with CJ Bryan in the mix as well. McCullough
was able to hold on to fourth after the late restart as Bumgardner, Bryan,
Daniel Foxworthy, Tony Tidwell, Michael Harris and Tom Courtney wrapping up the
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Brady Short, 3. Casey Shuman, 4. Kent Christian, 5. Scotty
Weir, 6. Ryan Pace, 7. AJ Hopkins, 8. Wes McIntyre, 9. Brent Beauchamp, 10. Jeff
Bland Jr., 11. Joe Ligouri, 12. Blake Fitzpatrick, 13. Chase Briscoe, 14. Keaton
Dobbs, 15. Lance Hayden, 16. Josh Burton, 17. Garrett Abrams, 18. Matt
Goodnight, 19. Levi Shields, 20. Chris Babcock, 21. Jon Sciscoe
B-main winner: Burton
Heat winners: Pace, Cummins, Shuman
UMP Modified feature
1. Richie Lex, 2. Levi Kissinger, 3. Eric Varner, 4. Dan Lewellen, 5. Randy
Shuman, 6. Matt Bex, 7. Scott Ricketts, 8. Wes McClara, 9. Chris Kerl, 10. Kenny
Carmichael Jr., 11. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 12. Paul Bumgardner, 13. Carlos
Bumgardner Sr., 14. Josh Boller, 15. Jake Humphrey, 16. Roger Cary, 17. Duane
Lee, 18. Jaymie Turner, 19. Kelby Simmons, 20. Chad Combs
B-main winner: Bumgardner
Heat winners: Simmons, Carmichael Sr., Bumgardner Sr.
UMP Super Stock feature
1.Troy Clark, 2. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 3. Roy Bruce Jr., 4. Doug McCullough, 5.
Slick Griffin, 6. Mike Staggs, 7. Kris Starks, 8. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 9. Josh
McDaniel, 10. Travis Heramb, 11. Jamie Adams, 12. JR Watkins, 13. Steve Ware,
14. Ron Smith, 15. AJ Clark, 16. Kenny Weaver, 17. Chad Nolte, 18. Bill Wells,
19. Josh Fagg
Heat winners: Carmichael Sr., McCullough
1. Scott Tidwell, 2. David Wallen, 3. Marlin Burns, 4. Doug McCullough, 5. David
Bumgardner, 6. CJ Bryan, 7. Daniel Foxworthy, 8. Tony Tidwell, 9. Michael
Harris, 10. Tom Courtney, 11. Josh Foxworthy, 12. Josh Settles, 13. Mike Fisher
Jr., 14. Megan Cavaness, 15. Kevin Kemp, 16. Doug Parker, 17. Blake Cross, 18.
Chris Schepper, 19. Frank Cotton, 20. Jeff Beggs
B-main winner: Foxworthy
Heat winners: Wallen, Tidwell, Burns