Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE -- Bobby Stines is no stranger to the fast line around Lincoln Park Speedway.
As a former track champion, Stines has also found his way to victory lane quite a few times and Saturday night, he claimed the title of King of Non-Wing at the Putnamville oval with a dominating feature performance.
Stines started ninth in the feature and picked off competitors sometimes two at a time to get to the front, squeezing past Todd Kimmell and Billy Puterbaugh for the lead short of the halfway point of the 30-lapper.
Once out front, Stines got in a stunning groove, lapping the field all the way up to the third-place finisher.
On the restart, Puterbaugh, who had won three consecutive sprint features coming into this week, zeroed in on Kimmell. Jon Siscoe and Andrew Prather were close behind with Stines already up to fifth-place.
The competition for the second spot was heated with four cars jockeying for the position. Prather proved to the be the first casualty of the side-by-side war, diving to the bottom and getting a bit to sideways after nosing under Puterbaugh in turn three. The resulting spin sent him to the back where he would eventually work back to 11th overall.
When the green flew on the restart, Kimmell still held the lead, but Stines and Puterbaugh were dogging his tail tank. Stines blasted into turn three's bottom line and was able to get a good run under both Kimmell and Puterbaugh.
By the time they group had reached turn one, Stines had taken over the lead leaving the tussle for second to the rest of the field.
Stines' Stewart Automotive and Transmission, Hurst Bros. Racing sprinter proceeded to check out on Puterbaugh and Kimmell on the way to the win.
The battle for fourth turned into a good one as well Stephanie Tuttle claimed fourth ahead of the hard charging Kenny Carmichael Sr., who worked his way up from 16th to fifth. Ty Deckard claimed sixth at the finish ahead of Broc Burton and Kenny Carmichael Jr. Young Tyler Reddick from California placed ninth and Troy Link took 10th.
In the second sprint feature of the night, Brazil native Doug Heck roared to a big win over Kevin Studley and Brian Lake. Eric Edwards, Steve Thomas, John Boyd, Dave Peperak, Joe Varvel, Curt Eldredge and Anthony Leohr.
Heck's win was his first at Lincoln Park and came in the Honey Creek Machine No. 55 sprint car.
Stines wasn't the only Bloomington native to find his way to the winner's circle on Saturday night.
Ray Humphrey wired the field in UMP Modified racing, starting on the pole and never relinquishing the lead as Travis Shoulders won by the width of his front bumper over Wes McClara in one of the best battles of the evening.
Shoulders took his familiar cushion busting spot at the top and McClara's No.45m machine found a fast way around the bottom.
The two ran door to door for much of the second half of the race, swapping the lead back and forth by a nose. But at the finish line, Shoulders was just able to out drag McClara off turn four to grab the second spot. Greg Amick grabbed fourth ahead of Brad Robinson and Harold Grayless. Mark Auler was seventh ahead of Paul Bumgardner, Kenny Carmichael Sr. and Cullen Goodman.
For Humphrey, the win was his fifth of 2008 at Lincoln Park Speedway and came in the Reeves Logging, Monroe County Equipment, Blue Rhino, Ferrell Gas and Fox's Cycle Sales sponsored machine built by Franklin Racecars.
For Amick, the turnaround from a fourth-place run in the modifieds was only a tune-up for his UMP Super Stock skirmish that followed.
Amick and Chris Hillman put on a side-by-side eye popper of a race from the opening green flag to the final checkers. The pair duked it out lap after lap with neither driver giving an inch to the finish line. In the end, it was Amick edging Hillman out in his JB's Auto Salvage, Davis Automotive Racing Engines, One for All, Farley Racing No. 16j machine.
Slick Griffin grabbed the third spot ahead of Curt Leonard, Kenny Carmichael Jr., Kris Starks, Roy Bruce Jr., Doug McCullough, Tami Lawson and Scott Carrington.
In bomber competition, Lloyd Walls edged a bit closer to the season points lead held by C.J. Bryan, by winning his fourth feature of the season in the RP Productions Custom Cabinets, Maher Contracting, Dr. Steven Black Optometry sponsored car.
Walls won from the pole, holding off a good run from David Wallen during the early laps of the race and adding to his lead in lapped traffic.
Bryan was able to claim the eventual runner-up spot ahead of Dustin Shoulders run from 10th to third-place. David Daniels placed fourth followed by Ben Williams, Bob Farris, Ryan Freeland, Kevin Kemp, Ron Wallen Jr. and Ron Wallen Sr.
Next weekend will be the fifth annual Patriot 100 race for modifieds, paying $2,000 to the winner of the race. There will also be 50 bonus points awarded to all classes, including bombers and super stocks also on the schedule.