Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE -- Bobby Stines is no stranger to the Lincoln Park Speedway clay, owning a track championship from 2003 and posting a feature victory earlier this season in limited trips to the Putnamville oval.
On Saturday night he returned in style, winning his heat race comfortably and then wiring a field that included several 2007 winners as well as Dickie Gaines and Hud Cone.
In the A-Main, Todd Kimmell started on the pole, but Stines sat right next to him and wasted little time in flexing his muscle, cruising out to a solid advantage from the green flag. Hud Cone gave chase from a distance and it was just a handful of laps before the leaders found themselves right on some of the back markers.
Stines nearly made a disastrous mistake when, in trying to pass Jared Harris, made contact and spun. However, the veteran made an excellent save in throttling through the spin to maintain his momentum as the caution came out for the stopped car of Harris. Since he did not come to a stop, Stines maintained the top spot on the restart.
As the green fell once more, Stines pulled away again and left the fight to Robbie Rice and Cone for second and Kimmell was charged with holding off Andrew Prather and Puterbaugh.
With his eyes set on challenging for the front, Puterbaugh slipped under Kimmell and Prather followed a lap later. Kent Christian was also running up in the lead pack when he and Puterbaugh made contact. Christian was able to make the save, but the loss of momentum dropped him back to 10th.
Cone's night came to a conclusion a bit too early when he hit the re-start cone near the end of the feature. Track rules would have sent him to restart from the back so he decided to head to the pits. With him out of the race, Puterbaugh slipped ahead of Rice as the laps dwindled. Rice was able to maintain third place to stay close in the points race as Prather took fourth and Kimmell stayed in fifth. Thomas Meseraull was sixth ahead of Kenny Carmichael Jr., Casey Shuman, Christian and Eric Smith.
Shelby Miles has been having a whale of a season through the middle of August and this weekend was a perfect snapshot.
After posting a UMP Modified victory at Bloomington Speedway on Friday, he made a rare trip to Putnamville and gathered up the winner's share at LPS as well.
The Bloomington native was able to pilot the O'Neal Wood Products, Lucas Oil, White River Co-op machine to a heat victory that set him up for a feature start from the pole.
He didn't waste the opportunity, leading wire-to-wire despite a very spirited challenge from Matt Bex who is no stranger to victory lane at Lincoln Park either. Already a two-time winner at LPS, Bex kept Miles in his cross hairs throughout the main event in an attempt to reel him in. Harry Shepherd had his hands full holding on to a spot ahead of Paul Bumgardner during the early stages. Bumgardner was trying all angles early on to get the jump on Shepherd to no avail.
Meanwhile, Travis Shoulders slipped up through the field from his 12th starting spot to get to within fifth at the end and Bumgardner was finally able to get by Shepherd for third before the checkered flag.
In the final laps, Bex used lapped traffic to get one last chance on Miles, setting him up for a pass attempt. However, Miles anticipated the move and crossed over on Bex who tried a slide job for the lead. Miles checked up and kept his momentum to keep the top spot and the victory.
Rick Fulford took sixth ahead of Al Flick, Chris Brewer, Dan Lewellen and Phil VanSant.
Fillmore's Curt Leonard won his second super stock feature of the season, holding off David Bumgardner off a late restart, reversing last week's results when Bumgardner won and Leonard lost a powersteering belt and slipped back in the field late.
On Saturday, Leonard started up front and stayed there through some early cautions, one that saw Doug McCullough drop from the second spot to back in the field. Leonard's Kyle Clearwater built motor gave him all the horsepower he needed on this night in the Therese Cunningham Insurance, Spiker Excavating, Black Diamond machine. Kenny Carmichael Jr. now has a very narrow 618 to 617 season points lead after finishing third ahead of Jeff Starks and Mike Wright Jr. Joe Whisler moved up to take sixth ahead of Ritchie Hawkins, Tony Erdly, Mark Dickerson and McCullough in 10th.
Ben Williams of Clayton, Ind. has had quite a season in 2007 and continued that on Saturday, scoring his fourth feature win of the year ahead of Doug Dunagan and Lloyd Walls.
The win moves him within 622 to 616 points to Walls for the season and Brazil's Chad Nolte lost some ground after a pileup early in the race ended several drivers' nights, including Nolte.
The most serious damage was that caused when Ron Wallen Jr. and Marlin Burns made hard contact in turn two. The impact sent Wallen to Putnam County Hospital to be checked out further. All thoughts are with Wallen and his family for a quick recovery.
After a restart, Williams kept his lead for the win as Ron Smith moved up to fourth ahead of Stacey Shepherd, Stan Sandusky, Robert Hogan, David Wallen, Larry Shelley Jr. and Bill Brewer.
Next week will be a regular card of Sprints, UMP Modifieds, Super Stocks and Bombers.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint Car Feature
1. Bobby Stines, 2. Billy Puterbaugh, 3. Robbie Rice, 4. Andrew Prather, 5. Todd Kimmell, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Kenny Carmichael JR., 8. Casey Shuman, 9. Kent Christian, 10. Eric Smith, 11. Troy Link, 12. Danny Pollock, 13. Kevin Studley, 14. Derek O'Dell, 15. Stephanie Tuttle, 16. Derek Williams, 17. Hud Cone, 18. Josh Clemons, 19. Jared Harris, 20. Dickie Gaine, 21. Danny Williams Jr.
1. Shelby Miles, 2. Matt Bex, 3. Paul Bumgardner, 4. Harry Shepherd, 5. Travis Shoulders, 6. Rick Fulford, 7. Al Flick, 8. Chris Brewer, 9. Dan Lewellen, 10. Phil VanSant, 11. Gary Hall, 12. Jeremy Edmondson, 13. Don Grant, 14. Tom Black, 15. Bradley Sterrett, 16. Brian Kempf, 17. Jeremy Vanesky, 18. John Gurley, 19. Kenny Carmichael SR., 20. Josh Edmondson
Super Stock Feature
1. Curt Leonard, 2. David Bumgardner, 3. Kenny Carmichael JR., 4. Jeff Starks, 5. Mike Wright JR., 6. Joe Whisler, 7. Ritchie Hawkins, 8. Tony Erdly, 9. Mark Dickerson, 10. Doug McCullough, 11. Larry Rowley JR., 12. Joe Starks,13. Stefan Latham, 14. Bob Farris, 15. Jacob Wright, 16. Michael Beatty, 17. Paul Wright, 18. Larry Raines, 19. Carlos Bumgardner SR., 20. Larry Eveland, 21. Kris Starks, 22. Larry Prouse III
1. Ben Williams, 2. Doug Dunagan, 3. Lloyd Walls, 4. Ron Smith, 5. Stacey Shepherd, 6. Stan Sandusky, 7. Robert Hogan, 8. David Wallen, 9. Larry Shelley JR., 10. Bill Brewer, 11. Ron Wallen SR., 12. Gary Long, 13. Brandon Dunogan, 14. Ron Wallen JR., 15. Darrell Richardson, 16. Chad Nolte, 17. Marlin Burns, 18. Dustin Colvin, 19. David Daniels, 20. Justin Cary