By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — Saturday was champions night at Lincoln Park Speedway as the
season points races were decided in all four classes at the Putnamville oval.
Dickie Gaines has been a top competitor every week that he’s been at LPS and on
Saturday he came home with his sixth feature win of the season. However, it was
Shane Hollingsworth’s consistency, coupled with several wins of his own, that
allowed him to pick up the championship over Chris Babcock, 1,129 to 1,002.
Gaines was close behind however, racking up 988 points despite missing a few
races throughout the season.
Last week’s winner, Wes McIntyre, won the first heat race of the night and was
followed by Ethan Barrow and Jared Fox, who was piloting Jon Sciscoe’s familiar
red No. 7.
Shawn Krockenberger captured the B-main feature ahead of Conner Donelson and
In the A-main, Kent Christian and Fox started out front, however, Barrow was in
row two alongside McIntyre.
The feature got underway, but didn’t stay green for very long as Barrow took a
hard tumble in turn three to bring out the red flag. He was later transported to
the hospital for further examination.
Once the race resumed, McIntyre took the point and led the first handful of laps
as Gaines lined him up in the crosshairs from the second position. Christian,
Fox, Hollingsworth and Todd Keen were jockeying for the third spot in a tight
McIntyre remained smooth out front, however, Gaines was coming full bore behind
him with designs on ending a late season string of bad luck.
Since Aug. 7, Hollingsworth has finished in the top-10 in all eight features,
won three and finished in the top-five in six of those eight A-mains. Gaines has
a win and three, top-three finishes, but also missed on feature and finished
outside the top-10 in three straight A-mains.
However, he wasn’t to be denied on Saturday, Gaines reeled McIntyre in over the
next few laps and made the pass for the lead coming through turns one and two.
Gaines opened up a solid lead over the top-five as Hollingsworth and Keen
battled for a couple of laps before Hollingsworth was able to assume third with
Bub Cummings, Fox, Kenny Carmichael Jr. and Tyler Waltz in the top-10.
With Gaines entering lapped traffic, Hollingsworth began to close on the bottom
after passing McIntyre for the runner-up spot. Hollingsworth ate into Gaines’
lead over the final five laps and had closed with a couple of car lengths as the
white flag flew. However, it was Gaines’ turn to celebrate in victory lane for
the sixth time at LPS, holding off Hollingsworth and McIntyre. Cummings and
Christian made up the top-five with Grimes, Krockenberger, Keen, Carmichael Jr.
and Troy Link rounding out the top-10.
The UMP Modified points race proved to be a bit anti-climactic as Paul
Bumgardner had wrapped up the title several weeks earlier, but he put an
exclamation point on the win with a feature victory on Saturday.
Bumgardner and Jimmy Hayden were bumper-to-bumper early on during the feature,
each making their way through several early lap pile-ups that collected Chris
Brewer and Don Kiger along with Mark Grosvener, Dane Tilstra and Jim Bailey in
Bumgardner opened up a small gap ahead of Hayden as Brian Hayden joined the
leaders as a big pack fought over fourth-place. Josh Boller, Arby Burton, Craig
Conyer and B-main winner, Wes McClara were in the mix for that top-five
Meanwhile, up front, Bumgardner was flawless on the top and wasn’t going to be
caught despite a determined effort from both Haydens. The Greencastle, Ind.
native cruised to the victory in the Cardinal Contracting, Durabuilt Racing,
Bumgardner’s Auto & Truck Repair No. 54. Jimmy Hayden, Brian Hayden, Boller,
Conyer, Burton, McClara, Randy Millburn, Kevin Davis and Chris Brewer made up
Bumgardner has won nine modified features this season and also two super stock
Bumgardner topped Carlos Bumgardner in the points race, 1,339 to 1,165 with
Conyer in third, Boller in fourth and McClara in fifth.
In the UMP Super Stock feature, no one has been hotter than Chris Hillman as the
season winds to a close.
Hillman picked up his third straight win at Lincoln Park, edging out Steve
Peeden by a mere couple of feet at the finish line. However, it was the
consistency of Kenny Carmichael Sr. that helped him score the points title over
Brazil’s Slick Griffin, 1,307 to 1,240 as Doug McCullough, Kris Starks and Kenny
Carmichael Jr. in fifth.
The feature was practically a two-car race throughout as Hillman and Peeden
battled lap-after-lap as several cautions broke up the action. Over the second
half of the race though, Hillman held the point with Peeden working the bottom
The last three laps, Peeden got more and more bite coming out of turn four on
the bottom, pulling even with Hillman. However, it was the final lap that had
fans on the edge of their seats as Peeden nosed into the lead off the last
corner. However, Hillman had enough momentum on the top to carry him to the
Josh Burton was third ahead of McCullough, Carmichael Jr., Roy Bruce Jr.,
Carmichael Sr., Starks, Travis Heramb and Tony Arthur.
In the bomber class, Dustin Shoulders has been about as dominating as a driver
can, but the points race was the closest of any, coming down to the final two
Shoulders earned his 14th feature win of the season on Saturday night, but
needed a little misfortune over the final month from C.J. Bryan to squeeze out a
1,335 to 1,298 with Ron Wallen Sr. in third with 1,231. J.R. Watkins was fourth
and Lloyd Walls fifth.
On Saturday, Shoulders got past Jim Litton and Bryan late in the feature to pick
up the victory. Shoulders and Litton were side-by-side for several laps before
Shoulders made the decisive pass for the win. Bryan came home third with Bob
Farris and Kevin Kemp in fifth. Tom Courtney, Ron Wallen Sr., Josh Fagg, David
Wallen and Frank Cotton were in the top-10.
Next weekend will be the final event of the season with an on-track awards
presentation, a bonfire and Fan Appreciation Party following the race. General
admission in $13 with kids 10-and-under free.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Final points night
Sprint car feature
1. Dickie Gaines, 2. Shane Hollingsworth, 3. Wes McIntyre, 4. Bub
Cummings, 5. Kent Christian, 6. Lance Grimes, 7. Shawn Krockenberger, 8.
Todd Keen, 9. Kenny Carmichael Jr. 10. Troy Link, 11. Jared Fox, 12. Conner
Donelson, 13. Dustin Waggoner, 14. Jake Scott, 15. Eric Krockenberger, 16.
Daylan Chambers, 17. Tyler Waltz, 18. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 19. Aaron
Mosley, 20. Ethan Barrow
B-main winner: Shawn Krockenberger
Heat winners: Wes McIntyre, Ethan Barrow, Jared Fox
UMP Modified feature
1. Paul Bumgardner, 2. Jimmy Hayden, 3. Brian Hayden, 4. Josh Boller, 5.
Craig Conyer, 6. Arby Burton, 7. Wes McClara, 8. Randy Millburn, 9. Kevin
Davis, 10. Chris Brewer, 11. Mark Grosvener, 12. Kevin Gummere, 13. Carlos
Bumgardner Sr., 14. John Hipps, 15. Dan Lewellen Sr., 16. Donald Kiger, 17.
Jim Bailey, 18. John Grenier Jr., 19. Dane Tilstra, 20. Brad Robinson B-main
winner: Wes McClara Heat winners: Paul Bumgardner, Jimmy Hayden, Carlos
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Chris Hillman, 2. Steve Peeden, 3. Josh Burton, 4. Doug McCullough, 5.
Kenny Carmichael Jr., 6. Roy Bruce Jr., 7. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 8. Kris
Starks, 9. Travis Heramb, 10. Tony Arthur, 11. Don Duncan, 12. Jamie Adams,
13. Josh Foxworthy, 14. Slick Griffin, 15. Mike Staggs, 16. Brian Kempf,
17. Bruce Stantz, 18. Danny Harris, 19. Joe Starks, 20. Scott Tidwell
B-main winner: Tony Arthur
Heat winners: Mike Staggs, Steve Peeden, Danny Harris
1. Dustin Shoulders, 2. Jim Litton Jr., 3. C.J. Bryan, 4. Bob Farris, 5.
Kevin Kemp, 6. Tom Courtney, 7. Ron Wallen Sr., 8. Josh Fagg, 9. David
Wallen, 10. Frank Cotton, 11. J.R. Watkins, 12. Josh Presley, 13. Alan
Bassett, 14. Josh Litton, 15. Jason Thornburg, 16. Kenny Treash, 17. Chad
Nolte, 18. Ron Smith, 19. Joe Jeffries, 20. Sally Yakel, 21. Lloyd Walls,
22. Will Fagg, 23. Corey Gregory, 24. Ben Williams, 25. Larry Shelly Jr.,
26. Jake Hodge, 27. Ian Keller, 28. Jeff Cast
B-main winners: Josh Presley, Joe Jeffries Heat winners: Dustin Shoulders, C.J.
Bryan, Jim Litton Jr., Lloyd Walls