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Big season on slate at Lincoln Park Speedway

Monday, April 3, 2006

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Danny Pollock, shown at the Lincoln Park Speedway Spring Preview on Saturday, will pilot his #24 sprint at LPS this season.

- LPS will host 'The King' on Sept. 26

Lincoln Park Speedway begins their 38th consecutive year of operation on Saturday afternoon as the gates open for open practice for all classes at 3 p.m.

Regular season action will kickoff the following Saturday, April 15 with the Super Spring 30 with a $1,000 to win show for the UMP Modifieds along with Bombers and Modified Lites. The opening night is the beginning of what should be a season full of exciting entertainment at the Putnamville oval according to promoter Roger Hughes.

"Our biggest thing this year is to really utilize the track for more types of entertainment. This is our 38th consecutive year of operation and this season I think our schedule presents something for the entire family to enjoy."

There is certainly no shortage of variety for the 5/16th mile clay oval that is located on US Hwy 40, halfway between Terre Haute and Indianapolis.

Featured throughout the season will be the regular classes of racing that includes sprint cars, UMP Modifieds, Street Stocks and the Bomber class. This season they will be continuing the popular bus races, that debuted last year, on several evenings. New to this season will be the 'Spring Smash Up Demo Derby' on May 5, the 'Hot Summer Night' Demo Derby on July 7 and on September 15 the 'Last Crash Derby' will take place.

There will be a Figure 8 bus race on June 24 and a 'Roll Over' contest on May 27.

Hughes noted that the track will also hold several salutes to surrounding communities throughout the season.

"We're trying to make an effort to work with various charities' in the area and become more community friendly and to promote the youth of the county," commented Hughes. "We're having community nights to salute Greencastle (June 10), Cloverdale (August 19) and Brazil (August 26). On those nights, residents will receive $2 off the regular $10 admission."

The track will also welcome in some of the biggest names in sprint car racing throughout the season, highlighted by the first Bob Kinser Fall Classic. On that night, September 26, Lincoln Park will host the 'The King' Steve Kinser and the National Sprint Tour that evening.

Bob Kinser is a 7-time track champion at Lincoln Park Speedway and has more than 60 feature wins at the clay oval. According to Hughes, the idea of putting together the first Bob Kinser Fall Classic, began to take form over the winter.

"I met with Fred Brownfield (of the National Sprint Tour) at the Chili Bowl in January," noted Hughes. "I then talked over the idea with (track owner) Dave Allison and we got the details done. We confirmed that Steve and Kelly Kinser will both be there and Kraig (who drives in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) believed that he might be there if his schedule allowed."

The event, taking place on a Tuesday evening, will be $40 per ticket with advance purchase tickets including a pit pass as well along with a reserved seat."

Danny Lasoski, Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Tim Kaeding and Brian Paulus will also be part of the event for the winged sprint cars.

"Our goal is to have as many Kinser's as possible that night as we honor Bob Kinser," said Hughes.

The non-wing sprint cars will also highlight several other nights over the summer including the King of Indiana Sprint Series on May 20 with a special autograph session with the drivers. The King of Non-Wing Sprint event will be on July 15 with the 19th Annual Putnamville Clash featured on July 22 paying out $2,500 to win for the sprints.

Fireworks will be featured twice during the summer with the LPS Annual Fireworks Spectacular on July 1 and an End of Summer Extravaganza on September 2.

The third Patriot 100 for the UMP Modifieds will be on September 9 with $2,000 to win for the class.

Champions Night will be a special event as well this year with awards being given out to the class champions and a salute to the fans including a bonfire and a post-race party.

More improvements have also been made to the track with 500 tri-axle loads of red clay added to the track which will be a key to the oval holding moisture as daylight savings time gives us an extra hour of sunlight. Lincoln Park Speedway also will have the roads inside the track paved by opening night.

With regular racing cards priced at just $10 for adults, Hughes feels that LPS offers the best entertainment for the price.

"We feel that we offer the most entertainment for a good price. These days its hard to even go to the movies for less than $10 so we wanted to give families an affordable and exciting night of racing for their money."

Hot laps begin at 5:30 p.m. each evening with racing at 7 p.m. Typically there is no qualifying. For more information, and the 2006 schedule, check out www.lincolnparkspeedway.com.



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