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Stines tops the field at Lincoln Park

Monday, August 20, 2007

Ray Humphrey (No. 1H) battles for the lead with Travis Shoulders in Saturday's UMP?Modified feature. Humphrey went on to win his second feature of the weekend.
PUTNAMVILLE -- Bobby Stines is certainly no stranger to victory lane at Lincoln Park Speedway, owning multiple track championships at the Putnamville. The Bloomington-based pilot of the Hurst Bros. Racing machine and Stewart Transmission sponsored ride already had claimed a pair of victories at LPS this season.

On Saturday night, he held off points leader Billy Puterbaugh down the stretch to score a third feature win.

Stines was obviously fast on Saturday evening, but he was also the beneficiary of a little bad luck on the part of some of his competition.

Bobby Stines celebrates his sprint car win at LPS?on Saturday.
A.J. Martin jumped to the front at the start of Saturday's main event and held that spot over the first 10 laps. With little passing available on a slick track, the front runners were running in the middle of the cushion to get some grip. That same cushion proved to the the downfall for New Zealand driver, Michael Pickens, who caught his right rear tire and tumbled over the banking to bring out a red flag.

That same accident cued the end of Martin's evening with mechanical problems in the same corner.

The departure of Martin from the point, gave the lead over to Stines and he knew just what to do with it.

Stines kept his No. 9 sprinter in front despite the dogged efforts of Puterbaugh who was trying to add his ninth feature win of the season after claiming his eighth at Gas City on Friday evening.

Jeff Bland stayed up front after beginning the race in fourth place, he moved up one spot to claim third and continue an impressive summer, his first in a sprint car. Bland continues to lead the Bloomington Speedway points championship and claimed another win on the red clay Friday night.

Kenny Carmichael Jr. continued to get improved results as the summer nears its completion. The 'Comet' made his way up to fourth in the feature ahead of Eric Smith and his father, Kenny Carmichael Sr. Fellow Terre Haute-based driver, Daren Krockenberger, was seventh followed by Danny Williams Jr., Shawn Krockenberger and Todd Kimmell wrapping up the top-10.

Bloomington's Ray Humphrey would likely care to forget most of this racing season as engine problems have kept him from his familiar spot in Victory Lane nearly all summer long. But if this past weekend is any indication, the competition should watch out for his return to the front of the lead pack.

Humphrey, coming off a victory over Shelby Miles at Bloomington on Friday, survived the battle of attrition for most of the feature and pulled away over the final laps to claim the UMP Modified victory.

Harry Shepherd and Brad Robinson started on the front row, but each had their separate problems as did Travis Shoulders, who started in third.

Shepherd lead the pack over the early laps and through a couple of cautions before contact between himself and Robinson bumped him from the lead. He would eventually spin and be forced to restart from the tail.

Robinson's time up front was also short-lived. He was forced to the sideline with mechanical problems, leaving Humphrey in the top position.

Humphrey would run with the top spot, but as is his preferred line, he would run right up against the cushion. With Shoulders hot on his bumper, Humphrey slipped that cushion allowing Shoulders No. 166 to grab a brief lead. But Humphrey quickly regained his momentum and several laps later was able to use some lapped traffic to pick off Shoulders and nab the point again.

Shoulders would suffer much the same fate as Humphrey when he also got up and over the cushion in turn two, but mechanical issues would leave him back in the field over the late stages of the race.

Kenny Carmichael Sr. would take over the second spot down the stretch, but he wasn't able to gain much ground on a slick track. A late red flag caused when Lee Bemis' fuel tank escaped his car, gave Carmichael one last chance at Humphrey, but it wasn't to be on this night.

Humphrey took the green on the restart and pulled away dramatically in his Franklin-built Racecar, Reeves Logging sponsored car over the final few laps for the victory followed by Carmichael, Gary Hall, Dan Lewellen and Jeff Wellum. Phil VanSant, John Gurley, Shoulders, Jared Hix and Shepherd rounded out the top-10.

Marty Cooper survived a big pileup in the opening laps of the superstock feature and then went the remainder of the distance from the top spot to take the checkered flag.

Cooper was tailed over the early stages by Kenny Carmichael Jr., who wore out his bumper but wasn't able to get clear to make a pass. Cooper caught a bit of a break when Carmichael was sidelined with mechanical problems midway through the feature. Doug McCullough took over the second spot and would go on to finish in the same place ahead of David Bumgardner and Joe Whisler. Ritchie Hawkins had a nice run to get to up to fifth place followed by Tom Plotz, Kris Starks, Steve Peeden, Curt Leonard and Rob Paris.

Clayton, Ind. native, Ben Williams won his fifth bomber feature of the year at Lincoln Park Speedway Saturday night, holding off Derek Groomer who made a late challenge but ran out of laps.

Groomer started in 11th place and made a strong run through the traffic, but ran out of laps.

Travis Heramb ran to a third place finish ahead of David Wallen, Kevin Kemp, Ron Wallen Jr., Ritchie Hawkins, Ron Wallen Sr., Michael Thompson and Gary Long.

Saturday will be "Salute to Brazil" night and everyone with a state issued Brazil ID card will receive $2 off admission.

Sprint Car Feature

1. Bobby Stines, 2. Billy Puterbaugh, 3. Jeff Bland, 4. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 5. Eric Smith, 6. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 7. Daren Krockenberger, 8. Danny Williams Jr., 9. Shawn Krockenberger, 10. Todd Kimmell, 11. Danny Pollock, 12. Ryan Brewer, 13. Tim Creech II, 14. Lance Grimes, 15. Rob Botts, 16. John Johnson Jr., 17. A.J. Martin, 18. Andrew Prather, 19. Brian Cahill, 20. Michael Pickens, 21. Kyle Krockenberger

UMP Modified Feature

1. Ray Humphrey, 2. Kenny Carmichael, 3. Gary Hall, 4. Dan Lewellen, 5. Jeff Wellum, 6. Phil VanSant, 7. John Gurley, 8. Travis Shoulders, 9. Jared Hix, 10. Harry Shepherd, 11. Tim Meany, 12. Chris Brewer, 13. Lee Bemis, 14. Paul Bumgardner, 15. Harold Grayless, 16. Darrin Dayhuff, 17. Jeremy Settles, 18. Brad Robinson, 19. Rick Fulford, 20. Dave Popielarz

Super Stock Feature

1. Marty Cooper, 2. Doug McCullough, 3. David Bumgardner, 4. Joe Whisler, 5. Ritchie Hawkins, 6. Tom Plotz, 7. Kris Starks, 8. Steve Peeden, 9. Curt Leonard, 10. Rob Paris, 11. Tony Erdly, 12. Stefan Latham, 13. Kenny Carmichael Jr. 14. Winston Howe, 15. Jacob Wright, 16. Mike Wright Jr., 17. Mark Dickerson, 18. Don Duncan, 19. Carlos Bumgardner Sr., 20. Paul Wright

Bomber Feature

1. Ben Williams, 2. Derek Groomer, 3. Travis Heramb, 4. David Wallen, 5. Kevin Kemp, 6. Ron Wallen Jr., 7. Ritchie Hawkins, 8. Ron Wallen Sr., 9. Michael Thompson, 10. Gary Long, 11. Stacey Shepherd, 12. B.J. Brewer, 13. Bill Brewer, 14. Marlin Burns, 15. Lloyd Walls, 16. Chad Nolte, 17. Larry Shelley Jr., 18. Doug Dunagan, 19. John Grenier Jr., 20. Ron Smith, 21. Kenny Brewer

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