Ron Smith, Travis Heramb and Ritchie Hawkins battle for position in Saturday's bomber class.
Paragon Speedway had the evening off on Saturday night which served to setup a showdown between Lincoln Park Speedways big guns and the lead foot hotshots from the southeastern track.
The battle proved to be a near draw, with Kenny Carmichael Jr., the 2005 Lincoln Park Speedway bomber class champ, holding off Brazil native and Paragon competitor, Doug Heck, in sprint car feature action.
Carmichael started the feature on the point and held his line throughout on a one line racetrack. Heck was nipping at Carmichael's push bar for the entire race but there simply wasn't any getting around the Terre Haute native's first sprint win of the season.
Heck, the 2005 points champion at Paragon, started the main event from the third spot and wasted little time tracking Carmichael. Steve Rone, Kent Christian and AJ Anderson, the feature winner two weeks ago at LPS, set up their own battle for position in a feature that turned into a three car race early.
Billy Puterbaugh and Bobby Stines chose the high line, seeking any fresh clay for their right rear tire. The two made up some solid ground with Stines parlaying his B-Main qualifying win into a quick rise through the field. With the track taking down a lot of rubber, Stines had his #88 sprinter on a rail, rising from his 17th starting position to finish in seventh overall. Puterbaugh came from eighth to challenge for a top-five spot before a spin off turn one sent him to the back during a caution.
California native Ryan Pace was involved in the early chase for a top spot as well, working along with Puterbaugh on the top shelf. The pair challenged Anderson for his fifth spot before a caution came out for the slowed car of Danny Holtsclaw.
On the restart, Carmichael and Heck again pulled away, Pace would spin late in the feature and eventually settle for a 13th spot with Christian holding on for a third place behind Heck. Rone took fourth followed by Anderson, Kenny Carmichael Sr., Stines, Ty Deckard, Alex Shanks and Craig Budde to round out the top 10.
The modified feature was a victory for Wes McClara who held off a very determined Richie Lex who seems to have worked out the early season bugs from his ride and has honed in on his usual top finishes.
McClara took off to a comfortable early lead from his pole position, leaving a spirited fight for position between Jimmy Hayden, John DeMoss, Kenny Weaver and Al Flick.
Hayden would edge past Lex in the early going, but Lex wouldn't let go of the position, eventually retaking the spot with a strong run, high off turn two. With spots two-through-five all battling each other, McClara was in cruise control until Lex separated himself from traffic and set his sights on McClara in the late going.
McClara was up to the task however, holding off a last lap challenge from the top side gunning Lex, who added a second runnerup finish after running second in a UMP thriller at Bloomington on Friday night.
DeMoss was able to claim the third spot followed by Flick and Hayden in the top-five. Paul Bumgardner was sixth followed by Phil VanSant, Travis Shoulders, Rodney Harris Jr. and Scott Ricketts.
Danny Harris, Bloomington Speedway regular last season, bested Lincoln Park Speedway's best on this night. He started on the outside of row one and was able to slip past former LPS track champion, Doug McCullough, to take the point and didn't look back.
Kenny Carmichael Sr. started third and was able to move to the runnerup spot, followed by another Bloomington stalwart, Greg Kendall, in third. Aaron Zellers moved up a couple of spots from his starting position to take fourth followed by McCullough. David Bumgardner was sixth followed by the feature winner two weeks ago, Cullen Goodman. Dan McCullough and Chuck Walden rounded out the top 10.
The bomber feature perhaps had the most intrigue heading into the feature as Elletsville's Bobby Gardner, a Paragon standout, squared off with the best LPS has to offer.
Gardner was the top man on this night, though the track had little racing left in it by the final feature of the evening.
Gardner started outside row one and like any good driver on a one groove track, held his line to the checkered flag. Terre Haute's quick bunch of Travis Heramb, Ritchie Hawkins, Ron Smith, Lloyd Walls and Kenny Carmichael Jr. all traded off on entertaining shuffles for position, but none could gain much ground on Gardner.
Heramb would hold off Hawkins' challenges followed by Smith, Walls, Carmichael Jr., Doug Dunagan, Dale Lewis, Brazil's Ron Wallen Sr. and Marlin Burns.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint Car Feature
1. Kenny Carmichael JR, 2. Doug Heck, 3. Kent Christian, 4. Steve Rone, 5. A.J. Anderson, 6. Kenny Carmichael SR, 7. Bobby Stines, 8. Ty Deckard, 9. Alex Shanks, 10. Craig Budde, 11. Shawn Krockenberger, 12. Dustin Beliles, 13. Ryan Pace, 14. Adam Beliles, 15. Jared Fox, 16. Billy Putterbaugh, 17. Jack Farmer, 18. Danny Holtsclaw, 19. Jonathan Vennard, 20. Aaron Mosley
B-Main winner: Bobby Stines
Heat winners: Billy Puterbaugh, Kent Christian, Danny Holtsclaw, Jonathan Vennard
UMP Modified Feature
1. Wes McClara, 2. Richie Lex, 3. John DeMoss, 4. Al Flick, 5. Jimmy Hayden, 6. Paul Bumgardner, 7. Phil VanSant, 8. Travis Shoulders, 9. Rodney Harris JR, 10. Scott Ricketts, 11. Tim Meany, 12. Jay Humphrey, 13. Schuyler Nahre, 14. Garry Ricketts, 15. Kenny Weaver, 16. Mitchell Lankford, 17. Brad Robinson, 18. Josh Boller, 19. Carlos Bumgardner SR, 20. Jaymie Turner, 21. Jeff Wellum
B-Main winner: Travis Shoulders
Heat winners: Richie Lex, Paul Bumgardner, Jimmy Hayden, John DeMoss
Super Stock Feature
1. Danny Harris, 2. Kenny Carmichael SR, 3. Greg Kendall, 4. Aaron Zellers, 5. Doug McCullough, 6. David Bumgardner, 7. Cullen Goodman, 8. Dan McCullough, 9. Chuck Walden, 10. Curt Leonard, 11. Josh Fagg, 12. Paul Wright, 13. Rob Paris, 14. Harold Grayless, 15. Mike Wright JR., 16. Doug Bryant, 17. Michael Williams Sr, 18. Kris Starks, 19. Don Duncan, 20. Justin Benge, 21. Lloyd Bumgardner, 22. Doug Arnold, 23. Jeremy Stierrwitt
Heat winners: Greg Kendall, Kenny Carmichael Sr., Danny Harris
1. Bobby Gardner, 2. Travis Heramb, 3. Ritchie Hawkins, 4. Ron Smith, 5. Lloyd Walls, 6. Kenny Carmichael JR, 7. Doug Dunagan, 8. Dale Lewis, Ron Wallen SR, 10. Marlin Burns, 11. Ron Wallen JR, 12. Michael Thompson, 13. David Wallen, 14. Kevin Kemp, 15. B.J. Brewer, 16. Larry Shelley JR, 17. Gary Long, 18. Junior Shepherd, 19. Robert Shelley, 20. Tom Courtney, 21. Scott Sheeks
B-Main winner: Lloyd Walls
Heat winners: Ron Smith, Kenny Carmichael Jr., Ritchie Hawkins