Plenty of great racing action descended on the area over the weekend with the superb return of Steve Kinser and the National Sprint Tour to Bloomington on Friday night a prelude to some great action at Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday night.
For Billy Puterbaugh, the evening culminated with a nice payday as he outdueled A.J. Anderson late to pick up his first sprint feature win at LPS this season.
Puterbaugh, piloting the Bud's Auto Sales, Kercher Racing Engines and Zores mount, slipped underneath of Anderson in turn 2 late in the night's feature race to get the win as Bobby Stines finished in the runnerup spot after starting on the pole.
Stines took the green and raced to a solid lead over the early laps of the feature trailed by Anderson and Aaron Mosely. However, it rapidly became apparent that his hands were going to be full, holding off a hungry pack that included Shawn Krockenberger and Kenny Carmichael Sr. who advanced up from his seventh starting position.
Following a yellow brought out by Daren Krockenbger's hard contact with an infield marker, Stines was finally caught by his competition, relinquishing the top spot to Anderson who had the top shelf working to his liking. Puterbaugh meanwhile was setting quick laps around the bottom. Puterbaugh's line was quicker and he advanced to the lead, though he had to hold off several slide job attempts from Anderson late. Krockenbeger and Carmichael put on a nice show with their battle for the fourth spot, but the 'Kroc' would hold that spot at the checkered flag followed by Carmichael, Danny Williams Jr., Mosely, Craig Budde, Justin Walden and Gary Hayden rounding out the top-10.
His fifth finishing spot in the feature and his son's bad luck, he was collected in an early collision and finished 17th, widened the points lead to 16 (252-236) for the elder Carmichael.
In the UMP Modified division, Matt Bex made his first appearance at Lincoln Park Speedway count as he led wire-to-wire for the feature victory on Saturday.
Bex took control of the feature from the green flag and drove away to a big advantage over the first half of the race, before a combination of cautions and lapped traffic slowed his progress and gave last week's winner, Paul Bumgardner, a chance with the laps quickly dwindling.
Finishing third in his heat race, Bumgardner started the feature in the 11th position, but wasted little time in 3-wheeling his way to contention, taking over the runnerup spot from Phil VanSant following a late restart for a spin by Mitchell Langford. VanSant and Justin Hobson had a showdown for the third spot as Bumgardner eyed another feature win and an extension of his points lead. For this week at least, Bex, powered by Bedford Body & Paint, Bedford Stonecrafters, Indiana Decal and Prince Excavating sponsorship had enough to get the feature victory with Bumgardner second and Hobson in the third spot. VanSant took fourth and is 58 points behind Bumgardner for the season. Travis Shoulders roared up from a 16th starting spot to take fifth in the feature followed by Wes McClara, Bradley Sterrett, Larry Raine, Richie Lex and Kyle Cooper rounded out the top-10.
The bomber feature went to Kenny Carmichael Jr. though he had plenty of challenge from last week's winner, Ritchie Hawkins.
Carmichael and Hawkins separated themselves from the main pack over the first few laps while Lloyd Walls and Ron Wallen Jr. put together a battle for the third spot in the early going, running nose-to-tail.
Ron Wallen Sr. would make his way to the front from the seventh starting position and, after running side-by-side, top and bottom with his son, hold him off at the line for the fourth spot.
Up front however, Hawkins spent the majority of the feature trying to get his nose underneath of Carmichael's just enough in turns 3-4 to force him to lift. Carmichael was up to the challenge however, holding off a side-by-side challenge from Hawkins for nearly half a lap to get the feature victory and narrow Hawkins' points lead to a single point (383-382).
Behind them were 2005 champ, Lloyd Walls, Ron Wallen Sr. and Jr. followed by Dale Lewis, Sean Yakel, Travis Heramb, Michael Wright and David Daniels in the top-10.
Carmichael Sr. was able to open up a bit of breathing room in the season points race for the superstock class.
Cullen Goodman won the feature race by holding him off across the finish line, but Doug McCullough, forced to go to the back of the field following contact with Aaron Zellers on the first lap, could get through the field for 10th on Saturday, but lost the points lead.
McCullough led after last week by a point 308-307, but slipped behind Carmichael 371 to 356 after Saturday's results.
Goodman won his second LPS feature of the year and was followed by Carmichael, David Bumgardner, Harold Grayless and Paul Wright in the top-five. Last week's winner, Zellers, was sixth followed by Tony Erdly, Josh Fagg, Mike Wright Jr., and McCullough.
Next week will include sprints, bombers, modifieds and street stocks.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint care feature
1st. Billy Puterbaugh, 2. Bobby Stines, 3. A.J. Anderson, 4. Shawn Krockenberg, 5. Kenny Carmichael SR, 6. Danny Williams Jr., 7. Aaron Mosley, 8. Craig Budde, 9. Justin Walden, 10. Gary Hayden, 11. Steve Rone, 12. Jeremy Vanosky, 13. Patrick Budde. 14. Danny Pollock, 15. Dave Peperak, 16. Daren Krockenberg, 17. Kenny Carmichael JR
Heat winners: Bobby Stines, A.J. Anderson
UMP Modified Feature
1. Matt Bex, 2. Paul Bumgardner, 3. Justin Hobson, 4. Phil VanSant, 5. Travis Shoulders, 6. Wes McClara, 7. Bradley Sterrett, 8. Larry Raine, 9. Richie Lex, 10. Kyle Cooper, 11. Chris Brewer, 12. Jim Moore, 13. Gary Hal, 14. Josh Boller, 15. Jimmy Hayden, 16. Ryan Lawrence, 17. Mitchell Lankford, 18. Tom Bixler JR, 19. Garry Ricketts, 20. Jeff Wellum
B-Main winner: Ryan Lawrence
Heat winners: Justin Hobson, Phil VanSant, Kyle Cooper, Wes McClara
Super Stock Feature
1. Cullen Goodman, 2. Kenny Carmichael SR, 3. David Bumgardner, 4. Harold Grayless, 5. Paul Wright, 6. Aaron Zellers, 7. Tony Erdly, 8. Josh Fagg, 9. Mike Wright JR., 10. Doug McCullough, 11. Chuck Walden, 12. Michael Williams Sr, 13. Stefan Latham, 14. Frank Haas, 15. Curt Leonard, 16. Kris Starks, 17. Lloyd Bumgardner, 18. Justin Benge, 19. John Foster, 20. Rusty Sanders, 21. Doug Bryant
Heat winners: Aaron Zellers, Cullen Goodman
1. Kenny Carmichael JR, 2. Ritchie Hawkins, 3. Lloyd Walls, 4. Ron Wallen SR, 5. Ron Wallen JR, 6. Dale Lewis, 7. Sean Yakel, 8. Travis Heramb, 9. Michael Wright, 10. David Daniels, 11. Stan Sandusky, 12. Mike Bruce, 13. Tracy Coomer, 14. Junior Shepherd, 15. Jacob Wright, 16. Justin Cary, 17. Jim Beasley, 18. David Wallen, 19. Ron Smith, 20. David Wallen
B-Main winner: David Wallen
Heat winners: Lloyd Walls, Travis Heramb, Ritchie Hawkins