By CAREY FOXTimes Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — Lincoln Park Speedway contested its next-to-last race of the season on Saturday night with some familiar faces claiming feature races at the Putnamville oval.
Casey Shuman is always tough to beat in the sprint car division and he found his way to victory lane once again as he piloted the No. 17 machine to a strong victory over Josh Burton.
Shuman started on the pole alongside Michigan state champion, Joe Bares. The pair won their respective heat races along with Jon Sciscoe and Kent Christian. Once the field took the green flag, Shuman began to pull away almost immediately as a battle for the next few positions shaped up amongst Bares, Sciscoe and Danny Holtsclaw. A spin in turn four by Christian brought out the first caution to re-set the field.
On the re-start, Shuman built another solid lead as Bares and Holtsclaw battled wheel-to-wheel for second. However, Bares would spin while running in the third spot and would be forced to the pits shortly afterwards.
With 14 laps recorded, Shuman paced the field with Holtsclaw holding second ahead of Josh Burton, Sciscoe and Brent Beauchamp.
Shuman continued to pull away to nearly a full straightaway lead as Burton gave chase. The most exciting battle to the checkered flag was side-by-side duels between Sciscoe and Brady Short for third and a fifth-place fight between Jeff Bland Jr. and Holtsclaw.
The victory went to Shuman as Burton came home as the runner-up. Short moved into the third spot at the finish line as Sciscoe and Bland rounded out the top-five.
In the UMP Modified feature, Brian Hayden was able to get past Eric Varner midway through the feature to pick up his sixth win at LPS this season.
Varner and Hayden battled for the lead over the early circuits of the A-main before Hayden found an opening at the bottom of turn four and took the point. Paul Bumgardner and Carlos Bumgardner Sr. fought alongside each other for the third spot as Chad Combs came to a stop to bring out the caution.
On the re-start, Hayden began to open up a gap out front as Carlos Bumgardner got past Varner with Paul Bumgardner in tow. With Paul Bumgardner moving into third, the No. 54 began to slow and had to go to the pits and Varner found himself in the same boat as he pulled off the track.
Kenny Carmichael Sr. and Dan Lewellen were the hardest chargers as Lewellen came forward from 15th to take fifth and Carmichael moved up from 11th to take third behind Carlos Bumgardner. Duane Lee found himself fourth at the finish line ahead of Lewellen.
In the UMP Super Stock main event, Troy Clark helped himself solidify his UMP National Points lead by claiming his 13th feature win of the season ahead of Roy Bruce Jr.
Clark and Jake Leitzman were heat race winners and started in the front row ahead of Dan McCullough and Bruce.
Clark pulled into the top spot quickly and wouldn’t look back as Bruce followed ahead of Slick Griffin and Steve Peeden. Leitzman and Mike Staggs were behind the lead group fighting for the fifth spot.
With five laps left, Clark had his hands full with challenges by Bruce, but was able to pick up the win as Bruce, Griffin, Peeden and Staggs wrapped up the top-five spots.
Thirty-nine bombers were on hand Saturday night as Ben Williams, David Bumgardner, Lee Hobbs and Craig Walker claiming heat race wins.
Hobbs took the lead early over Walker and would not be caught on this night as Walker held off David Bumgardner for the second spot. Greg Sims claimed fourth and track champion C.J. Bryan advanced through the B-main, started near the back of the field and made his way all the way up to the fifth spot.
Saturday night will be the final scheduled event with sprints, modifieds, super stocks and bombers on tap.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint car feature
1. Casey Shuman, 2. Josh Burton, 3. Brady Short, 4. Jon Sciscoe, 5. Jeff Bland Jr., 6. Danny Holtsclaw, 7. Brent Beauchamp, 8. Tyler Courtney, 9. Rod Henning, 10. Logan Hupp, 11. Donny Brackett, 12. Kurt Gross, 13. Kent Christian, 14. Garrett Abrams, 15. Eric Burns, 16. Chris Phillips, 17. Conner Donelson, 18. Buddy Lowther, 19. Joe Bares, 20. Joss Moffatt
UMP Modified feature
1. Brian Hayden, 2. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 3. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 4. Duane Lee, 5. Dan Lewellen, 6. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 7. Randy Lines, 8. Tony Anderson, 9. Wayne Cooper, 10. Doug Bryant Jr., 11. Jacob Houts, 12. Bruce Newlin Jr., 13. Eric Varner, 14. Paul Bumgardner, 15. Brian Amos, 16. Chad Combs, 17. Greg Logsdon, 18. Kevin Gummere, 19. Derek Losh, 20. Mike Brown
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Troy Clark, 2. Roy Bruce Jr., 3. Slick Griffin, 4. Steve Peeden, 5. Mike Staggs, 6. Kris Starks, 7. Jake Leitzman, 8. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 9. Kyle Laughlin, 10. Tony Anderson, 11. JR Watkins, 12. Jacob Wright, 13. Michael Williams, 14. Jamie Adams, 15. Tyler Loughmiller, 16. Josh McDaniel, 17. Steve Ware, 18. Dan McCullough, 19. Kenny Carmichael Jr.
1. Lee Hobbs, 2. Craig Walker, 3. David Bumgardner, 4. Greg Sims, 5. C.J. Bryan, 6. Ronnie Pardue, 7. Christian Kline, 8. Tanner Chastain, 9. Kevin Kemp, 10. Mike Callahan, 11. Mike Fisher Jr., 12. Blake Cross, 13. Frank Cotton, 14. Tim Wright, 15. Blake Myers, 16. Ben Williams, 17. Robert Machlan, 18. Kaleb Nutter, 19. Brian Sims, 20. Chris Hunter