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Shuman takes 'Putnamville Clash'; Hillman wins back-to-back

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

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Chris Hillman made a last lap pass to to win his second feature of the night on Saturday.

PUTNAMVILLE -- An action packed weekend of racing at Lincoln Park Speedway was on tap with Friday and Saturday night events taking place.

On Friday night, there were three classes on hand as Ray Humphrey took the modified feature with Curt Leonard winning in super stocks and Harry Shepard cruising home to another bomber victory.

There was not shortage of action on Saturday as well with the night getting started with four makeup features from August 27, including the 19th Annual Putnamville Clash for sprint cars.

Casey Shuman was untouchable in taking the $2,000 check in his #53 sprinter. The Arizona-based driver, got out to an early lead and no one could even mount a challenge as the evening kicked off.

Chris Hillman would start his lucrative evening out in the modified feature when he was able to edge past Schuyler Nahre in the second half of the race and then held off Ray Humphrey who took second place ahead of Nahre with James Tumey in fourth and Tom Russell in fifth.

After getting his picture taken in victory lane, Hillman hopped in his super stock where he started near the back of the pack in 13th place.

Leonard and Kenny Carmichael Sr. held down the top two spots with Hillman rapidly moving through the field before settling into a side-by-side dual with Doug Arnold. Hillman was able to slip low and into third and set his eyes on Carmichael and Leonard as the laps dwindled in A-Main.

Hillman would get by Carmichael into the second spot and showed Leonard his fender over the last couple of laps setting up a race to the checkered on the white flag lap. Hillman would drift high into turns three and four and charged hard off the final turn, getting just enough extra bite in the corner to edge out Leonard at the line by a couple of feet at the most for back-to-back victories.

Ritchie Hawkins would get his sixth win of the year in the bomber feature as Kenny Carmichael Jr. challenged early before he got loose out of turn four, dropping him too far back to regain the ground.

Lloyd Walls was second followed by Jordan Williams, Chuck Wiley and Ron Smith rounding out the top-five spots.

In the regularly scheduled card for the night, Kent Christian had no challengers on a black, slick track.

Brazil native, Doug Heck would win his heat race and move up from a fifth place starting spot to take second overall followed by A.J. Anderson and Mark Clark. Shuman followed up his early win with a fifth place finish and Jon Stanbrough was seventh after winning the B-Main.

In the modified feature, Bloomington's Shelby Miles stepped into Humphrey's familiar Reeves Logging 1H and took advantage of a midrace mistake by Nahre to take over the lead. Nahre would lead through the first half of the feature before slipping the cushion in turn four as Tumey and Hillman moved up to second and third.

Miles would hold off Hillman for the win as Tumey placed third followed by Paul Bumgardner and Matt McDonald in fifth. Nahre would slip back to 12th after a spin.

Travis Heramb would win his second feature of the season in the bomber class, surviving a battle for second involving Harry Shepard and Lloyd Walls that eventually would result in Walls heading to the pits with damage to his ride after a collision between the two that also ended the night of Greg Riser.

Heramb would take the victory as Williams took second ahead of Kevin Kemp, Hawkins was fourth ahead of Brazil's Ron Wallen Jr and Sr.

In the super stock finale, Slick Griffin was the winner followed by Kenny Carmichael Sr., Paul Wright, Doug McCullough and Chris Bennett. Leonard placed sixth.

The Patriot 100 will be run next weekend with $2,000 to win for the modified class in a 100 lap event. Sprints, super stocks and bombers will also be in action.

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