PUTNAMVILLE -- With the racing world's eyes firmly centered on the midstate of Indiana, area drivers provided an excellent show at Lincoln Park Speedway Saturday evening.
Bloomington competitors had strong showings at the 5/16th mile oval as Shelby Miles was a dominating winner in the Modified division following a sixth place finish the night before at Bloomington Speedway.
In sprint cars, Brian Gerster was the top finisher, taking home a $1,200 paycheck for his efforts.
Gerster did battle with Riverside, CA youngster Darren Hagen for much of the feature event.
Hagen couldn't quite make up enough ground to seriously challenge Gerster's front-running position before fading late to an eighth place finish.
Hagen's late troubles gave the second place finish to Shane Hollingsworth with Bloomington hotshoe Jon Sciscoe taking the third position ahead of Terre Haute's Wil Newlin and another Bloomington ace, young Bobby Stines who rounded out the top five.
Miles was the quick man in his Modified heat race and carried that success over to the feature event.
Avon's Doug McCullough was able to win his heat race and was the only real challenger to Miles in the feature. Miles would drive away to nearly a full straightaway lead to pick up the victory.
Amo's Joey Cox was third followed by Rob Brickert of Monrovia and James Tumey of Rockville.
The most impressive run of the night came from Terre Haute's Lloyd Walls in the Bomber feature.
Walls, after winning last week's feature, automatically started this week's feature from the back of the pack.
But it did little to stop him.
Fellow Terre Haute driver Harry Shepard was the leader from the green flag, driving a strong race to the feature victory, but Walls came from the 20th starting position, all the way through the field to a third place finish behind just Shepard and Josh Fagg.
Ron Smith and Greencastle's Derrall Smallwood rounded out the top five spots in the Bomber's main event.
In Super Stock action, Will Fagg pulled away to the feature win ahead of Danville's AJ Smith and David Kikendall Jr. Rounding out the top five spots were Mike Wright Jr. and Fillmore's Jeff Starks.
Next week will be the 18th running of the Putnamville Clash with $2,000 going to the feature winner. Also featured will be the UMP Modifieds, Super Stocks and Bombers. Admission is just $15 for adults.