- Plainfield driver takes home $2,500 for Putnamville win
PUTNAMVILLE -- Jimmy Laser certainly picked the right time to pick up his first career sprint car feature win on Saturday night. That maiden trip to victory lane earned him not only a fat paycheck of $2,500, but the prestige of winning the 17th running of the Putnamville Clash at Lincoln Park Speedway.
"It really helped starting up front tonight," commented an ecstatic Laser afterwards. "We got some mojo in this car this week and it's been running awesome since then."
Laser started the 25 lap feature from the front of the pack after regaining his qualification time with a dominating semi feature win. Though Kris Deckard was on the pole for feature, Laser was quick to take the reigns and power out to a comfortable early lead.
While Laser ran away and hid for the first part of the race, Deckard and Fillmore's Brian Hayden fought for position behind him. Hayden would finally get past Deckard who slipped to fourth behind Corona, Calif. driver Casey Shuman.
Despite a late yellow, Laser was able to work lapped traffic to perfection and held Hayden at arm's length for much of the final laps as Shuman took third, Deckard fourth and Rick Hayden fifth.
Afterwards, Laser thanked those around him for the support in his career. My Dad, Bruce and Popeye have all been there for me and finally I put it all together."
The victory came just one night after Laser placed eighth in the final sprint car points race of the season on the red clay at Bloomington.
In Modified action, Carlos Bumgardner followed Amo's Joey Cox for much of the feature before a caution flag with just three laps remaining gave him just the chance he needed.
Bumgardner dove low in turns three and four and caught all the momentum he needed in getting his second feature win in the last three at Lincoln Park Speedway. "I really got a great jump on that restart and was finally able to get to the top where there was still some moisture," commented Bumgardner. "The bottom was really hard here tonight but once I got out front I could run where I needed to."
Cox dominated for much of the race as Bumgardner started sixth in the feature and worked his way up. James Tumey and Bob Robinson stayed close for a little bit but fell back to a dominating run by Cox. But two late cautions bunched up the field and gave Cloverdale's Bumgardner the chance he needed.
Cox took second ahead of Craig Conyer, Tumey and Troy Whitkanack.
Danville's Michael Conner picked up his first feature victory of the season in Pro Stocks leading wire-to-wire over Curt Leonard.
"This car has really been hooked up lately," commented Conner afterwards. "We made a little adjustment tonight and the car was just awesome."
Conner topped Leonard, Lloyd Bumgardner, Don Wood and Jeff Bell.
Next week at LPS, sprint cars, modifieds and pro stocks will be on the schedule.
Lincoln Park Speedway
August 16, 2003
Sprint Car Feature
17th Annual Putnamville Clash
1. Jimmy Laser (8L), 2. Brian Hayden (2H), 3. Casey Shuman (3H), 4. Kris Deckard (97), 5. Rick Hayden (5H), 6. Bill Rose (6), 7. Jon Stanbrough (57), 8. John Wolfe (3M), 9. Derek Scheffel (21s), 10. A.J. Anderson (34).
Heat Winners: Paul May (71m), John Wolfe (3M), Bryan Stanfill (21x)
Semifeature winner: Jimmy Laser
1. Carlos Bumgardner (34), 2. Joey Cox (28), 3. Craig Conyer (31c), 4. James Tumey (96T), 5. Troy Whitkanack (96tw), 6. Tom Bixler Jr. (66p), 7. Jimmy Hayden (15J), 8. Tom Russell (1F), 9. Phil VanSant (31v), 10. Chris Kerl (09).
Heat Winners: Craig Conyer, Zach Fair.
Pro Stock Feature
1. Michael Conner (7c), 2. Curt Leonard (47), 3. Don Wood (57), 4. Jeff Bell (21), 5. Kent Robinson (17), 6. Lloyd Bumgardner (7), 7. Bobby Garner Jr. (67), 8. Chris Brewer (51), 9. Dave Kikendall Jr. (20), 10. Kirby Morrow (27m).
Heat Winners: Kent Robinson, Michael Conner, Curt Leonard.