- 15-year old Cole Whitt wins sprint car feature -
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Cole Whitt celebrates his first sprint car win at Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday night.
By CAREY FOX
PUTNAMVILLE -- Fans at Lincoln Park Speedway celebrated the end of the summer and the Labor Day weekend in style Saturday night.
When the pit gates opened that afternoon, a swarm of competitors unloaded for their chance at victory at Lincoln Park Speedway. After Mother Nature washed out all four A-main races last week, eight features were on tap Saturday as well as a fireworks display for the fans.
Ray Humphrey and Paul Bumgardner have been the competitors to beat for much of the summer at LPS in the UMP Modified division and Saturday was no different.
Humphrey would take the lead in the makeup feature after late contact between Travis Shoulders and Phil VanSant put him on the point. From there, Humphrey checked out on the field leaving Carlos Bumgardner and Mark Auler to makeup the top-three.
In the nightcap, Humphrey would shake out of early traffic from his third starting position and again leave the field in his wake with Paul Bumgardner outdueling Shoulders in a wild side-by-side battle.
After an early caution flag, Carlos Bumgardner would slip under Brad Sterrett after he jumped the top cushion, slipping off trace. Paul Bumgardner moved up from his sixth starting spot and locked up with Carlos Bumgardner and Shoulders in a race for the second spot. Carlos and Paul went to the wire battling for the second spot with Paul Bumgardner eventually taking the spot to maintain his wide season points lead.
Humphrey went on to take his fourth and fifth wins of the season at LPS on Saturday night with Shoulders in third, Carlos Bumgardner in fourth and Jeff Wellum in fifth.
Billy Puterbaugh opened the sprint car evening by taking the makeup win over Jared Fox and Kent Christian. The win was Puterbaugh's third of the year at LPS.
In the evening's main event, it was 15-year old, Cole Whitt who took on a field of 39 sprint cars to win his first feature at LPS.
Whitt started fourth in the A-Main after finishing second to Jason Holt in his heat race. From the green flag, Whitt raced to the point. However, former track champion, Bobby Stines was hot on his bumper in the early stages. Jon Siscoe was also in the mix and would eventually slip under Stines who was running the top shelf. But Stines would have a bit of bad luck, slipping the cushion and dropping back to seventh place behind Kent Christian.
Meanwhile, Whitt was setting a hot pace for his challengers until a late caution reset the field for a final dash to the checkers.
On the restart, Whitt got a strong jump and left a jumbled pack behind him to sort out who was going to be the runnerup for on this night, the redheaded youngster was not to be beaten. Siscoe crossed the line in second ahead of Fox, Puterbaugh, and Carmichael Jr. in fifth.
In the superstocks, 70-year old Don Duncan provided the crowd with a very popular win, his first at LPS since the mid 1990's and ending a six race winning streak for Kenny Carmichael Sr. who was second in the event.
Carmichael would get the best of the field in the evening's race despite losing a rear axle on the final lap. He would hold off Kris Starks, who was challenged heavily by Slick Griffin and Duncan along with Doug Arnold over the closing laps.
The makeup bomber feature went to Kenny Carmichael Jr. who held off David Daniels and points leader, Ritchie Hawkins for the victory.
Hawkins would have his revenge in the second feature of the night, starting fourth, he would get past Ron Wallen Jr. in the early laps and then cruise to the win. A Brazil native, Wallen Jr. would hold off the competition to maintain the second spot ahead of Carmichael Jr., Dustin Colvin and Travis Heramb.
Next week will feature the third annual Patriot 100 for UMP Modifieds with $2,000 to the winner. Also featured will be super stocks and bombers with a Fastor Pastor and Figure 8 Bus race. Admission is just $15.