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Hillman earns big payday on opening night

Monday, April 17, 2006

Chris Hillman had quite the lucrative opening weekend in superstock action this weekend.

Hillman was dominant in victories at Bloomington Speedway's opening evening to kickoff the weekend and then followed that up by hauling in a $1,000 payday at Lincoln Park Speedway's Spring Fling 30 on Saturday.

"This year we've had some pretty good luck so far," commented Hillman. "Mike Vest let me run his car the last couple of nights and I'm not sure I want to give it back now," he said with a wry grin. "But the car was working pretty well tonight, I kinda laid back and just had to wait tonight."

Hillman set back and let a battle of attrition claim several of the strongest contenders during the 30 lap feature event.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Hillman stayed within striking distance as Mike Cawood took the point early in the feature. Jeremy Hines maintained the high line, working up a good run through turns one and two. Hines would finally take the lead off turn three and Cawood's evening came to an abrupt end when Doug McCullough got up close and personal with his bumper and pushed him around.

McCullough was sent to the back of the line for the infraction as Cawood limped to the pits.

On the restart, Hillman made his move and wouldn't look back.

He continued to extend his margin, leaving the battle for the top five between Aaron Zellers, Kenny Carmichael and Hines though McCullough continued to narrow the gap between himself and the frontrunners.

Zellers, running in second, was able to fend off Hines down the stretch though the two produced a nice battle for the runnerup spot. Hines finished in third followed by McCullough.

Hillman's Spring Fling victory was a repeat from last season.

In UMP Modified action, John DeMoss built on a sixth place finish at Bloomington on Friday night by holding off a determined challenge from Paul Bumgardner over a couple of late restarts.

DeMoss started on the front row and paced the early laps ahead of Ray Humprey. The pair of certainly won their share of features over the years but no one knows Lincoln Park's oval like Bumgardner, who won last season's track championship.

Bumgardner swept past Humphrey into the second position followed by Brad Robinson and Jeff Wellum as a yellow flew for a spin by Wes McClara. On the restart, Humphrey slotted his 1H ride along the top and rode the rim of the 3/8 mile oval. He was able to carry a great deal of momentum out of turn two, but Bumgardner held his spot while chasing DeMoss.

DeMoss kept his position along the bottom of the track with Bumgardner in hot pursuit, but was unable to get enough of a jump to take the spot from DeMoss.

"We had the car setup for the bottom tonight," DeMoss commented. "We seem to do pretty well here and though the track was a little rough tonight, I think it'll come around. We changed a gear before the feature and it seemed to work out just right."

DeMoss was followed by Bumgardner, Jeff Wellum, Humphrey and Kenny Carmichael.

In the Bomber class, Terre Haute's Lloyd Walls might just have figured out a way to end his early season struggles from last year as he fought off a determined Ritchie Hawkins to take the opening night win.

Walls, the 2005 track champion, came from the third starting position and nearly led wire-to-wire despite Hawkins breathing down his bumper the entire way. Travis Heramb was in the hunt for the entire race and despite going to the back of the pack after an early spin, Kenny Carmichael Jr. white knuckled his way back to the front for a third place finish ahead of Doug Dunagan and Heramb.

The sprint cars will return to LPS this week along with the modifieds, super stocks and bombers. Their will also be an autograph session for the fans featuring the modified and super stock drivers. Admission will be $10 for adults.



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