By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE – Another steamy night of racing action was on tap at Lincoln Park
Speedway Saturday evening.
In the sprint car field, 27 competitors were on hand with plenty of top-notch
competition in the pits on Saturday night at Lincoln Park Speedway.
Chris Windom would start the A-main in the fourth spot as former track champion,
Billy Puterbaugh Jr. parlayed a heat race victory into the pole position
alongside Kent Christian with Casey Shuman and Windom in row two.
The early laps of the main featured a three-way battle for the lead as Shuman
bolted past Puterbaugh in search of a fourth feature win at LPS in 2012.
However, it was a caution for a spin by Logan Jarrett that re-set the field
early on and gave Windom an opportunity for a slide job in turn four that helped
carry him to the lead. Shuman was locked into a fight for the runner-up spot as
Puterbaugh and current USAC National Sprint Car leader, Jon Stanbrough, gave
chase. Kevin Thomas Jr. was in close contact with the lead pack as Windom got
into lapped traffic.
The Canton, Ill. native worked the traffic masterfully as Stanbrough chased down
Shuman for the second spot as a caution flew with just four laps remaining.
With a lapped car providing a re-start buffer between Windom and Stanbrough, the
trophy dash went to Windom as Stanbrough gained ground, but not enough in the
Shuman finished third behind Stanbrough with Thomas Jr. in the fourth spot ahead
of Brent Beauchamp, AJ Hopkins, Scotty Weir, Kent Christian, Jeff Bland Jr. and
The 2012 season has been fraught with bad luck for Greencastle, Ind.
UMP modified driver Paul Bumgardner.
The defending track champion has had numerous mechanical woes while running up
front in feature action, but on Saturday it was his turn to pilot the familiar
No. 54 into victory lane ahead of Bradley Sterrett.
Bumgardner was untouchable on several late re-starts on the way to gaining the
victory after he survived an early, side-by-side fight with Sterrett and Richie
Kenny Carmichael Sr. would come home third in the A-main with Eric Varner moving
into fourth followed by Jeremy Owens, Chuck Walden, Andrew Auler, Michael
Beatty, Kenny Carmichael Jr. and Lex.
In the UMP Super Stock and bomber features, Troy Clark and CJ Bryan added on to
what have been outstanding 2012 seasons.
Clark was able to chase down Doug McCullough during the first half of the A-main
and pulled away to his 10th feature victory of the season.
The UMP National Points leader grabbed the lead from McCullough in turns 1-2 and
held that lead after a restart with five laps remaining.
AJ Clark and McCullough started on the pole, but McCullough would be the leader
from the start as the Clarks, father and son, fought for the second spot ahead
of Slick Griffin and the No. 18 of Steve Hollars, a winner earlier this season
McCullough was able to maintain his advantage only so long as Troy Clark edged
past AJ Clark and staged a door-to-door fight for the lead. AJ Clark held down
the third spot with Mike Staggs and Griffin side-by-side for the fourth
position. Clark took over the top spot and would not look back in posting his
AJ Clark took the third spot with Roy Bruce Jr., Griffin, Jeremy Helton, Kenny
Carmichael Sr., Kenny Carmichael Jr., Mike Staggs and JR Watkins in the top-10.
Meanwhile, Bryan continued his surge in the bomber class by picking up his
eighth feature victory of the season, setting himself up as a prime contender
for Saturday’s open-rules, $1,000 to win show for the class at Lincoln Park
Bryan took the lead over the opening circuits as an early caution slowed the
field just four laps into the feature. With Josh Settles, Ron Smith, Josh
Presley and several other drivers in close contention, Bryan began to build his
lead early and would not look back. Settles held down the second spot early on,
but would be overcome by the charging Scott Tidwell. Josh Foxworthy and David
Bumgardner battled with each other for the third spot before Bumgardner was able
to solidify the position over the waning laps.
Bryan crossed the finish line for the victory as Tidwell, Bumgardner, Foxworthy
and David Wallen wrapped the top-five positions. Josh Presley took home sixth
ahead of Settles, Jeff Beggs, Kenny Treash and Frank Cotton.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Chris Windom, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Casey Shuman, 4. Kevin Thomas
Jr., 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. AJ Hopkins, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Kent Christian, 9.
Jeff Bland Jr., 10. Joe Ligouri, 11. Nick Drake, 12.
Garrett Abrams, 13. Matt Goodnight, 14. Keaton Dobbs, 15. Matt Thompson, 16.
Chris Phillips, 17. Billy Puterbaugh, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Troy Link, 20.
Tyler Hewitt B-main winner: Abrams Heat winners: Puterbaugh, Christian, Shuman
UMP Modified feature
1. Paul Bumgardner, 2. Bradley Sterrett, 3. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 4.
Eric Varner, 5. Jeremy Owens, 6. Chuck Walden, 7. Andrew Auler, 8.
Michael Beatty, 9. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 10. Richie Lex, 11. Chris Brewer Heat
winners: Bumgardner, Sterrett
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Troy Clark, 2. Doug McCullough, 3. AJ Clark, 4. Roy Bruce Jr., 5.
Slick Griffin, 6. Jeremy Helton, 7. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 8. Kenny Carmichael
Jr., 9. Mike Staggs, 10. JR Watkins, 11. Tyler Loughmiller, 12. Steve Hollars,
13. Josh McDaniel, 14. Steve Ware, 15. Kris Starks, 16. Steve Peeden Heat
winners: Staggs, Troy Clark
1. C.J. Bryan, 2. Scott Tidwell, 3. David Bumgardner, 4. Josh
Foxworthy, 5. David Wallen, 6. Josh Presley, 7. Josh Settles, 8. Jeff Beggs, 9.
Kenny Treash, 10. Frank Cotton, 11. Megan Cavaness, 12.
Jerry Hutto, 13. Ron Smith, 14. Blake Cross, 15. John Young, 16. Jack Campbell,
17. Chris Schepper, 18. Kevin Kemp, 19. Danny Ray Wampler, 20. Marlin Burns Heat
winners: Bryan, Settles