(Top) Wolfpack Challenge promoter Tim Wolfe congratulates Mike Harrison for his victory at Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday. (Bottom) Harrison (#24) leads Ray Humphrey in heat race action.
- Greencastle's Bumgardner 2nd in Wolfpack modified race -
Lincoln Park Speedway played host to some of the best UMP Modified competitors within several states on Saturday night as the Wolfpack Challenge made a stop in Putnamville.
Perhaps the biggest question of all was whether or not series points leader Mike Harrison could hold off the home track hotfoots as well as some heavy out-of-state hitters that unloaded as well.
Harrison advanced to the feature after running second to Gabe Menser in his heat race and started fifth in the $1,000 to win main event.
But Greencastle veteran and track points leader, Paul Bumgardner would begin in fourth behind pole sitter Menser, Jimmy Hayden and Phil VanSant.
Both VanSant and Menser would be knocked out before completing a lap after a spin and contact that collected several cars. That melee left Harrison with clear sailing up front on the restart.
Following several early cautions that interrupted the feature, the green finally flew and the battle began. Harrison ran out to a strong lead, but Bumgardner was setting a quick 3-wheeling pace in his chase of the Wolfpack frontrunner. Behind them, Hayden had his hands full with Travis Shoulders and Matt Goulden.
With the laps mounting, the pack began to separate leaving Bumgardner and Harrison dueling up front ahead of Hayden who was diligently holding off Goulden as the laps waned. With two laps to go, Bumgardner pulled even with Harrison into turns one and two with the home town fans holding onto the edge of their seats. Coming out of the corner, Bumgardner even held a slight edge but Harrison is the points leader for a reason. He took the middle of the track on the white flag lap and didn't allow the hard charging Bumgardner a clear line to get any momentum. Harrison held strong to his own line through the final two turns to edge out Bumgardner by two car lengths at the finish.
Bumgardner would remain second ahead of Hayden, Goulden and Shoulders in the top five followed by Chris Brewer, Carlos Bumgardner, Rob Fuqua, Scott Ricketts and Kenny Brewer.
The win will extend the STL Racing, Stinkoenig Dairy and DNM Performance pilot's series lead over Ray Humphrey, whose night ended prematurely in the feature with mechanical problems.