By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE – Saturday night is an evening that Josh Burton will remember for
quite some time as the hot shoe bested a third-place finish on Friday night on
the red clay at Bloomington by topping a stout field of sprint cars for his
first career win in the class.
Burton was certainly no stranger to victory lane, however, it was in the UMP
Super Stock class in the past. On Saturday, Burton parlayed a heat race victory
and a fourth-place start in the feature into a dream outcome for a large
contingent of crew, friends and family.
Casey Shuman looked like he might have the magic combination for the winner’s
circle in the early stages of the A-main, piloting the No. 17 of Max McGhee into
the lead during the early stages of the feature as Wes McIntyre and Braylon
Fitzpatrick chased the front runners in a side-by-side chase. Shuman had the
hammer down out front while running the top, but it was clear that Burton’s
decision to run the bottom was key.
Brady Short started ninth and played a factor early as he moved into position
fifth behind McIntyre and Fitzpatrick.
Ten laps into the main event it was Bub Cummings’ spin that interrupted a
side-by-side duel off a restart by Shuman and Burton. The pair would restart
with 12 laps scored and would return to the battle that had the attention of a
great crowd at Lincoln Park Speedway, but Burton doggedly stayed within striking
With most eyes on the front runners, veteran Jon Stanbrough, who started 18th,
was masterfully working the field with his right rear tire on top of the corners
where most wouldn’t think of attempting a line. However, Stanbrough worked his
high-wire act into contention over the final 10 laps. Burton made the bottom
line pay off with a move to the point on lap 16 as Shuman stood second ahead of
McIntyre, Stanbrough, Fitzpatrick and a wheel-to-wheel fight by Brent Beauchamp
and Ethan Barrow.
Once Burton locked onto the lead, he wasn’t going to let the veterans chase him
down as he maintained a slight, but decisive advantage over the final handful of
circuits. The Bloomington youngster held his spot on top as Stanbrough kept
picking off competitors down the stretch and overtook McIntyre for the runner-up
spot in an impressive effort. Shuman placed fourth ahead of Fitzpatrick as
Darland recovered from a re-start at the back of the field to take seventh
followed by Beauchamp, Jonathan Hendrick and Jon Sciscoe.
Burton’s inaugural victory came in the Jerry Burton Masonry, Fox Construction,
Red Zone Laser Tag, Groomer Paving sponsored No. 04.
Twenty-eight UMP Modifieds were on hand Saturday night, but only one driver
would find victory lane and for the third time this season that man was Craig
Conyer, who led wire-to-wire to top Chad Combs and Paul Bumgardner.
Combs, Brian Hayden and Randy Shuman were heat winners to get the evening
started and it was Conyer on the pole alongside Shuman with Hayden and Combs in
Once the green flag dropped, Conyer went to the bottom and established a quick
lead as Hayden and Bumgardner fought for second position side-by-side ahead of a
three-wide skirmish between Combs, Kenny Carmichael Sr. and Shuman.
After an early caution re-set the field, Bumgardner made the most of the
opportunity and pulled alongside Conyer while rocking the cushion on the top.
Combs took third ahead of Carmichael and Hayden. Up front however, Conyer began
to make up some ground, working the low line to perfection.
Conyer continued to build on his lead as Combs caught Bumgardner and made a late
pass on the bottom for second position. Carmichael Sr. and Hayden fought to the
wire for fourth with Carmichael winning the battle. Eric Varner placed sixth
followed by Carmichael Jr., Kelby Simmons, Wes McClara and Shuman.
In the UMP Super Stock class, Steve Hollars made no mistakes in winning from the
pole as a charging Roy Bruce Jr. edged Chris Hillman out at the finish line for
the runner-up spot. Hollars claimed the victory in his Douglas Flea Markets,
Tate’s Auto Center, BIM Bloomington Iron and Metal, Davis Automotive, Batteries
Express No. 18 powered by a Ked Hollars Racing Engine.
For much of the A-main, Hollars had his hands full with Carmichael Sr., who
started on the inside of row two. Carmichael was making the high line work for
him, but couldn’t get enough momentum to get around Hollars on the bottom. Bruce
and Hillman gave chase along with McCullough as Slick Griffin charged from 16th
at the start into a top-10 spot by the midpoint.
Hollars, Carmichael and Hillman were in a close knit pack up front as lapped
traffic became a factor over the final laps. Hollars was able to squeeze through
while maintaining his advantage as Hillman and Bruce fought for second in
traffic. Hollars would hold on to the lead to pick up the win as Bruce edged out
Hillman at the finish with McCullough and Carmichael Sr. in the top-five.
Griffin placed sixth followed by Steve Sheeks, Brad Cummings, Kris Starks and
In the final feature of the evening, CJ Bryan patiently made his way forward
after starting fourth and made a pass of David Bumgardner five laps in and
cruised to his sixth bomber feature victory this year.
Bumgardner started on the pole and held the lead over the opening circuits as
last week’s winner, Scott Tidwell, quickly made his way forward into third ahead
of Harry Shepherd as Josh Foxworthy and Tim Wright gave chase.
A series of cautions slowed the pace of the feature, but once it resumed, Bryan
got a strong re-start and held down the lead as Tidwell would make his way to
second over the final laps. Bumgardner held on to third-place followed by
Wright, David Wallen placed fifth ahead of Josh Settles, Ron Smith, Tom
Courtney, Michael Harris and Gib Ham.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Josh Burton, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Wes McIntyre, 4. Casey Shuman, 5. Braylon
Fitzpatrick, 6. Ethan Barrow, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Brent Beauchamp, 9. Jonathan
Hendrick, 10. Jon Sciscoe, 11. Bub Cummings, 12. Shawn Krockenberger, 13.
Garrett Abrams, 14. Kent Christian, 15. Seth Parker, 16. AJ Hopkins, 17. Tyler
Hewitt, 18. Keaton Dobbs, 19. Jeff Bland Jr., 20. Brady Short
B-main winner: Sciscoe
Heat winners: Bland Jr., Darland, Burton, Shuman
UMP Modified feature
1. Craig Conyer, 2. Chad Combs, 3. Paul Bumgardner, 4. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 5.
Brian Hayden, 6. Eric Varner, 7. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 8. Kelby Simmons, 9. Wes
McClara, 10. Randy Shuman, 11. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 12. Chris Brewer, 13. Dan
Lewellen, 14. Gary Ricketts, 15. Duane Lee, 16. Richie Lex, 17. David Henderson,
18. Wayne Cooper, 19. Scott Ricketts, 20. Chris Kerl
B-main winner: Gary Ricketts
Heat winners: Combs, Shuman, Hayden
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Steve Hollars, 2. Roy Bruce Jr., 3. Chris Hillman, 4. Doug McCullough, 5.
Kenny Carmichael Sr., 6. Slick Griffin, 7. Steve Sheeks, 8. Brad Cummings, 9.
Kris Starks, 10. Rob Paris, 11. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 12. Travis Heramb, 13.
Dustin Shoulders, 14. Jeremy Stierwalt, 15. Josh McDaniel, 16. JR Watkins, 17.
Jamie Adams, 18. Darrell Lewellen, 19. Mike Staggs, 20. Chad Nolte
B-main winner: Griffin
Heat winners: Carmichael Sr., Bruce Jr. Sheeks
1. CJ Bryan, 2. Scott Tidwell, 3. David Bumgardner, 4. Tim Wright, 5. David
Wallen, 6. Josh Settles, 7. Ron Smith, 8. Tom Courtney, 9. Michael Harris, 10.
Gib Ham, 11. Mike Fisher Jr., 12. Tyler Neal, 13. Josh Presley, 14. Harry
Shepherd, 15. Kevin Kemp, 16. Megan Caveness, 17. Danny Ray Wampler, 18. Doug
McCullough, 19. Chris Schepper, 20. Josh Foxworthy
B-main winner: Ham
Heat winners: Bumgardner, Shepherd, Schepper