(Bottom photo) Brazil's Ron Wallen Jr. (#3) and Ron Wallen Sr. (#58) placed in the top-10 at Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday night.
PUTNAMVILLE -- Greencastle's Paul Bumgardner is a tough man to beat at Lincoln Park Speedway as evidenced by his track championship from last season in UMP Modified competition. So one week ago when he was beaten Bloomington hard chargers Ray Humphrey and John DeMoss, Bumgardner re-set himself and came back faster then ever on Saturday.
Bumgardner and Humphrey put on a high-flying three wheel circus act at LPS, electrifying the crowd with a battle to the checkered flag. This time around, Bumgardner crossed the line first to pick up his second feature win of the year in Putnamville.
The two moved up from their second and third starting spots in the feature and put on perhaps the best show of the night for the crowd on Indy 500 weekend. Bumgardner led wire-to-wire but Humphrey was nose-to-tail with the LPS veteran. The Bloomington hotfoot tried every angle on Bumgardner, but to no avail as the pair 3-wheeled around the 5-16th mile clay oval for the duration of the feature.
Jimmy Hayden was hung out in a third place gap behind Humphrey, but held down the spot with a quick line around the LPS oval. Jeff Wellum was able to hold off a strong challenge from Brad Robinson and Phil VanSant. Travis Shoulders ran a solid seventh followed by Brad Sterrett, Tom Bixler Jr. and Gary Hall.
The victory extended Bumgardner's current points lead to a 55 point gap (318-263) over Phil VanSant who raced to a sixth place finish in the A-Main with Jimmy Hayden currently holding third place in points with 258.
In the sprint car division Kent Christian narrowed Kenny Carmichael Sr.'s season points lead by earning a feature victory.
Christian far outpaced the field during the first half of the feature, racing out to nearly a half lap advantage on second place Shawn Krockenberger before lapped traffic slowed the leader's run to the checkered flag.
While working his way through slower cars, Christian's lead was chewed up by Krockenberger who got faster as the laps mounted. Meanwhile Kenny Carmichael Sr. and Kenny Carmichael Jr. were jockeying for the third spot over the final 10 laps with the elder taking the final podium spot. His son was fourth followed by Ty Deckard, 16-year old Hunter Schuerenberg has his second straight strong run with a sixth place with Steve Rone, Kyle Hill, Patrick Bruns and Jeremy Vanosky rounding out the top-10.
In the super stock feature, Aaron Zellers had his hands full the entire length of the race against Kris Starks who gave everything his mount had in an effort to overtake the leader.
Zellers ran a nearly mistake-free A-main to hold down the top spot to move into third place in the season points. Meanwhile, Kenny Carmichael Sr. fell from his pole starting position, but still was third in the feature to pull within one point of Doug McCullough in the season points (308-307). McCullough was fourth in the feature followed by Josh Fagg and Curt Leonard, Barry Gerkin, Paul Wright, Jimmy Saunders and Harold Grayless.
The bomber points race continues to grow closer each week and each participant has had to earn their spot with plenty of sweat and determination.
After winning the May 21 feature, according to track rules, Richie Hawkins had to start the feature at the tail for this weeks main event. Kenny Carmichael Jr. got the pole position to begin the race and Travis Heramb began the event from the fourth starting spot.
The trio formed the top-3 in Lincoln Park Speedway points heading into the weekend.
With that storyline providing plenty of interest for fans, the feature got still more interesting as B.J. Brewer ran through and over David Bumgardner II in the early laps of the feature. The pair began the race in the second and third spots, but their nights were over after the incident.
That left Heramb and Carmichael to put on a show for the crowd with Lloyd Walls shaking off some mechanical issues from last week to rally from a seventh place start to run behind the leaders.
Meanwhile, Hawkins began his run through the field, picking off competitors one-by-one, stalking a top spot.
Marlin Burns was in the mix as well, running fourth followed by David Daniels and Ron Smith.
Heramb got plenty of work holding off Carmichael over the final few laps, and evidently his car did as well, giving off a huge plume of smoke and steam after crossing the line and getting to the scales for post-race weigh-in. Carmichael held down second followed by Hawkins who might have been a few laps short of providing a serious challenge for the top spot. Walls was fourth followed by Daniels, Smith, Brazil's Ron Wallen Jr., Burns, who was slowed by some mechanical problems, was eighth, followed by Dale Lewis and Ron Wallen Sr.
Next week Lincoln Park Speedway will host a regular card with sprints, modifieds, bombers and super stocks. Regular admission is $10.