- Carmichael takes bomber win
PUTNAMVILLE -- Shelby Miles is as hot as the late July sun this weekend as he swept past the competition for UMP Modified wins at Bloomington on Friday night and then took the checkered flag at Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday.
While Miles got to celebrate in repeat fashion, sprint car pilot Jon Stanbrough found his way to victory lane for the first time in awhile by holding off Hud Cone to take the A-main win and Jason Holt got the first feature win of his career in the KNW Special feature event for sprint cars.
Casey Shuman held off Stanbrough in their heat race but Stanbrough wasted little time in distancing himself from the competition in the feature, taking a commanding lead from the green flag. Stanbrough, in fact was so fast that he began to lap cars just seven circuits into the feature.
A caution flag flew for a spin by Shawn Krockenberger that reset the field. On the restart, Shuman, Aaron Mosley and Jon Siscoe scrapped for the runnerup spot. Shuman would settle into the position and briefly threatened Stanbrough on a restart, but couldn't gain enough momentum. Stanbrough would cruise on to the victory with Hud Cone charging from the back of the field to take second. Shuman would spin late in the race and settle for a 17th place spot. Siscoe placed third followed by Kent Christian and Mosley rounded out the top five.
In the second sprint feature, Holt started from the pole and held the point throughout, but had to hold off a hardcharging Kenny Car-michael Sr. for the victory.
Holt jumped out to a solid early lead as Carmichael worked his way up from a sixth starting spot. He would pick off the U235 of Nick Corea with a move to the bottom to take over the third spot and set his sights on Troy Link. Corea would spin in turns four to bring out the caution shortly afterwards, bringing Holt back to the field.
On the restart Todd Chandler bumped Link to take over second and Carmichael would slide low off turn four to take the second spot running side-by-side down the backstretch. Carmichael would make his move on Holt off turn three and edge out front with two laps remaining. However, a yellow would erase the move and Holt remained in the top spot with two laps left.
On the restart, Carmichael got wheel to wheel with Holt coming out of turn two and down the backstretch, but Holt would get enough momentum on the final corner to take his first even feature victory.
Miles didn't have as much trouble earning his win after getting past Jesse Cramer early in the feature and maintaining a strong lead throughout the caution-filled A-main.
Cramer would remain in second place followed by Lonnie Cassity with Jeff Wellum and Rob Brickert taking fifth after winning the B-main and charging from the back of the field in an impressive run.
The bomber class provided another incredible feature event as Ritchie Hawkins and Kenny Carmichael Jr. teaming up for a great battle to the checkered flag.
Hawkins held the lead for the entire feature as Carmichael worked his way up from his fourth starting spot. With Carmichael in the second spot with two laps remaining. The pair came up on to lapped traffic on the final lap and Hawkins would get blocked off turn four coming to the checkered flag, Carmichael was able to edge through and barely edge out Hawkins for the victory. David Bumgardner was third with David Wallen in fourth and Mark Stevens in fifth.
In the super stocks, Dan McCullough won his 88th career feature at LPS in convincing fashion with Curt Leonard in second place followed by Joe Jeffries, Doug McCullough and Kenny Camichael Sr.
Next weekend will be HARF Night at LPS with sprints, UMP Modifieds, super stocks and bombers on the card.