The Olney, Ill. native started in the third position for the UMP Modified Patriot 100, and pulled a perfect slide job to get by Dan Hamstra in turn four just one lap before the halfway mark break and never looked back in picking up a $2,000 payday at Lincoln Park Speedway.
"We've been hitting a lot of the big shows this year, went down to Florida early in the year for a $7,500 show with 130 cars and have been traveling around quite a bit," commented Shamhart who ran up front in quite a few of those shows, but finally got the breaks he needed on Saturday. "Tonight was finally one of those nights where everything came together for us."
Piloting the Hout Well Service machine, Shamhart got off to a strong start by qualifying sixth fastest overall and then winning his heat race to get an automatic qualifying spot in the main event. He joined Brian Shaw, Hamstra and Richie Lex as heat winners as Harold Grayless was fast qualifier on the night.
In the B-main, last chance qualifiers, the top six from each of two races were taken to fill out the field for the 100 lap feature.
In the first race, Shelby Miles earned the victory followed by Travis Shoulders, Chris Brewer, Tom Russell, James Tumey and Kenny Brewer.
The second B-race sent John DeMoss, who was the winner, followed by Craig Conyer, Carlos Bumgardner, Al Flick, Kenny Carmichael Sr., and Phil VanSant.
Brian Shaw would get the start from the pole for the feature with Hamstra on the outside of row one followed by Shamhart and Richie Lex.
At the drop of the green flag, Hamstra slipped up to the point in the early going followed by Shaw and Shamhart battling for position and both Clint DeMoss and Shelby Miles battling for fourth position.
The first 20-plus laps went by pretty smoothly for the field, with racing throughout with Carlos Bumgardner making a nice move through the field in the early going. Much of the field took to the top line over the first 35 laps as the high groove continued to take on rubber and make passing difficult. But as the laps mounted, more and more cars started to head to the bottom to keep cooler tired and get some better grip.
Miles was the first car to go by the wayside via mechanical difficulties and brought out a caution.
On the restart, Shamhart slipped low to give Hamstra a challenge as Kiger and John DeMoss moved low to get to third and fourth before another yellow came out, this one for Chris Streeval's spin.
On the restart, Paul Bumgardner continued his move to the front and was locked together with Clint DeMoss in a race for fifth spot in the waning stages of the first 50 laps.
As the yellow came out for the halfway mark, Shamhart had nabbed the top spot from Hamstra followed by John DeMoss, Kiger, Clint DeMoss and Paul Bumgardner.
With teams given a chance to work on their cars over a 10-minute break, Shaw seemed to get the most benefit from the work as he marched back from 12th place to make a steady second half charge to the front.
Hamstra gave Shamhart a good challenge in the early green flag laps, running side-by-side for several laps before Shamhart made a declarative charge to the point. John DeMoss had third spot comfortably followed by Lex, Kiger, John DeMoss and Bumgardner. This group would maintain their top spots for much of the second half as Craig Conyer and Travis Shoulders skipped into the top-10.
As Shamhart got into lapped traffic, Hamstra gave him several challenges, but was boxed out by multiple slower cars. Shamhart got through to maintain his solid lead and Bumgardner and Clint DeMoss squaring off for fourth place before a yellow for a spin by Kenny Brewer reset the field.
On a late restart following a spin by Centerpoint's Phil VanSant, Clint DeMoss dove low to get into third position with Shaw and Bumgardner tied together just behind with John DeMoss as well.
The group would square off in a classic struggle for their spot in the top-five as Shamhart cruised away over the final laps for the victory followed by Hamstra and Clint DeMoss. Bumgardner would get back to fourth with Shaw rounding out the top-five.
Afterwards, Shamhart had nothing but praise for the Putnamville oval.
"I have to really complement everyone here and this facility. The officials, the track workers and the people here really treat you how you'd like to be treated," commented Shamhart.
While the UMP Modifieds had centerstage, the bomber class had some great racing of their own on Saturday as the Terre Haute crew possibly made their most definitive statement of the year, taking the top seven spots in the feature.
Harry Shepard took the early lead starting from the pole and held that spot over Kenny Carmichael Jr. and Ritchie Hawkins followed by Lloyd Walls.
The top group all battled each other in exciting fashion with Hawkins making the biggest move, taking second coming off turn four with Carmichael diving low and slipping back to fourth behind Walls.
Hawkins would pull even with Shepard off turn two heading to the white flag lap and heading to the checkered flag, Keaton Streeval spun in turn four as both drivers got past the slowed car in a dash to the flagstand. Hawkins would just nose out Shepard at the line to take his seventh win in the B&R Auto Sales machine.
In the Super Stock class, Dan McCullough led wire-to-wire with Doug Arnold close behind throughout the feature. Doug McCullough was close behind in third and Mike Wright Jr. maneuvered his way to fourth ahead of Kenny Carmichael Sr. to round out the top-five.
The Modified Lite feature was won by T.J. Farrar followed by Larry Drake who won the make-up feature earlier in the night. Tom Drake was third followed by Brian Menefee and Jim Waggoner.
Saturday will be the final event of the season, Champions Night featuring sprintcars, UMP Modifieds, super stocks and bombers.
Admission is just $10 for adults 11 years of age or older with children 6-to-10 for $2. Children five and younger are free.
Lincoln Park Speedway
UMP Modified Patriot 100
1. Ed Shamhart, 2. Dan Hamstra, 3. Clint DeMoss, 4. Paul Bumgardner, 5. Brian Shaw, 6. John DeMoss, 7. Dan Kiger, 8. Craig Conyer, 9. Travis Shoulders, 10. Al Flick, 11. Chris Brewer, 12. Richie Lex, 13. Carlos Bumgardner, 14. James Tumey, 15. Phil VanSant, 16. Tom Russell, 17. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 18. Chris Streeval, 19. Kenny Brewer, 20. Shelby Miles
B-main winner1: Shelby Miles
B-main winner 2: John DeMoss
Heat winners: Brian Shaw, Dan Hamstra, Ed Shamhart, Richie Lex
1. Ritchie Hawkins, 2. Harry Shepard, 3. Lloyd Walls, 4. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 6. Ron Smith, 7. Travis Heramb, 8. Marlin Burns, 9. Ron Wallen Sr., 10. Ron Wallen Jr., 11. David Wallen, 12. Mark Stevens, 13. Josh Fagg, 14. Tom Courtney, 15. Sean Yakel, 16. David Daniels, 17. Gary Long Sr., 18. Darrin Dayhuff, 19. Mike Bruce, 20. Keaton Streeval
B-main winner: Ron Wallen Sr.
Heat winners: Ritchie Hawkins, Marlin Burns, Kenny Carmichael Jr.
Super Stock Feature
1. Dan McCullough, 2. Doug Arnold, 3. Doug McCullough, 4. Mike Wright Jr., 5. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 6. Curt Leonard, 7. Barry Gerkin, 8. Ben Williams, 9. Chuck Walden, 10. Kris Starks, 11. Jimmy Saunders, 12. Karlie Holt, 13. Mark Dickerson, 14. Donald Smiley, 15. Chris Bennett, 16. Dennis Morgan, 17. Lloyd Bumgardner, 18. Anthony Walker, 19. Jeff King, 20. Paul Wright
B-main winner: Paul Wright
Heat winners: Chuck Walden, Doug McCullough, Anthony Walker