Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE -- Lincoln Park Speedway went to overtime on Saturday night, which was only fitting as the Putnamville oval put a sterling cap on an exciting weekend of dirt track racing.
A night after hosting the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars for an excellent show, the UMP Modifieds were center stage for the "Patriot 50," which paid $2,000-to-win for the top dog of the evening. A stellar field was expected for the evening's festivities, however, few could have expected the massive turnout as the clouds gave way to sunshine and more than 150 cars in the pits.
With little room to park any more cars, 53 modifieds were the highlight of the evening and a chance for some drivers to move up in the national and regional UMP points chases. The No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 national points racers were on hand as Devin Gilpin, Clint DeMoss and Nick Allen were set to go toe-to-toe with just 34 points separating the three with Mike Harrison in third.
Following qualifying, there were six quality heats of UMP racing as Brad Barrow, Dave Beck, Brian Hayden, Gabe Menser, DeMoss and Jacoby Hines started the evening with wins. Travis Shoulders claimed the first B-main with Allen the winner of the second and Richie Lex winning No. 3. For Gilpin, Lincoln Park continues to plague him as motor problems forced him out of the second B-main and he missed the show.
The 50-lap main event lined up with DeMoss out front alongside Dave Beck with Hayden and Menser in row two. Barrow was in the third row with Hines on the outside.
From the opening green it became apparent that the battle for the lead would be a good one and it did not disappoint over the entire length of the A-main.
DeMoss claimed the early lead, but he was dogged by Beck and Hines in a three-car pack over the opening 25 lap segment. Menser moved into the mix as he edged past Beck as Jamie Wilson moved into contention as well. Hayden and Beck were in a fight for fourth-place ahead of Hines and Barrow 16 laps into the race.
With 20 laps down, DeMoss and Wilson were locked in a door-to-door struggle as DeMoss worked the bottom skillfully and Wilson had the top figured out on a slick track. Menser was close behind the leaders as they opened a gap ahead of Hayden with Beck and Shelby Miles behind them.
At the halfway point, the caution came out as the drivers headed back to a designated work area with the opportunity to work on their cars before a final 25-lap dash for the cash.
The anticipated dual continued over the second half as DeMoss fought off Wilson's advances lap-after-lap over the second half. Miles and Menser were battling for the third spot with 33 laps down as Hayden Barrow and Beck were in the top-seven.
With 35 laps in the books, Wilson had advanced into another side-by-side fight for supremacy. The two would remain in that fight the rest of the way.
DeMoss and Wilson were destined to go to the wire as Wilson edged ahead of DeMoss for the lead at the line with five laps to go as Menser moved up in a challenge for second.
Coming to the line with three laps remaining, DeMoss made his final lap as the leader, nosing out Wilson at the line with Menser in third place. Wilson was able to re-take the lead heading through turns one and two to take the white flag and then was able to claim his first "Patriot 50" by a car length over DeMoss in a thrilling finish. Menser was third ahead of Miles, Barrow, Greg Amick, Hayden, Beck, Travis Shoulders and Rob Fuqua.
Wilson, from Hoopston, Ill., owns Wilson Race cars and is sponsored by Borders Recycling and Recovery, Fast Lanes and is powered by Allen Racing Engines.
The sprint car portion of the evening also had a special ending with a thirty-three car field on hand as Lance Grimes, Wes McIntyre, Blake Nimee and Jesse Cramer won their heat races.
McIntyre started alongside Grimes and took the lead from the opening green. With a hard, slick track, maintaining your line and finding every bit of grip you could became imperative and McIntyre was flawless.
He quickly had Dickie Gaines and Cramer right behind him after Grimes slipped the cushion and lost a few positions early on in the feature. With Gaines and Cramer fighting for the second spot, the two touched wheels and Gaines spun to a stop, however, Cramer spun his sprinter around and kept going to maintain his spot up front.
On the re-start, McIntyre kept his lead and built a small gap ahead of Cramer, Grimes, Shane Hollingsworth and Casey Shuman.
McIntyre got into traffic and Cramer closed the gap, but on this night it was McIntyre who was able to claim his first sprint car feature win. Cramer, Hollingsworth, Grimes and Shuman wrapped the top-five as Nimee, Thomas Meseraull, Chris Babcock, Ethan Barrow and Bub Cummings were in the top-10.
McIntyre's victory came with Carrington Homes, Carplex, Poster Display and Ellis Racing Equipment on board for sponsorship.
The UMP Super Stock points battle is also getting quite interesting with Randy Petro second in the nation, Steve Peeden in fourth and Brad Cummings in 19th-place in national points.
Each of them were part of a 33-car super stock field on Saturday night.
Petro started on the pole, but quickly had his hands full with Chris Hillman, who sits in third-place in the regional points (includes Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee). Overall, seven of the top-11 in those points were on hand Saturday night.
Hillman and Petro were door-to-door with Jeremy Hines behind them as Kris Starks, Josh Burton and Peeden in tow.
Hillman was able to make the bottom work and edged into the lead where he would stay as Peeden began to challenge Petro for second. However, he wasn't able to make the pass as Hillman claimed the victory ahead of Petro, Peeden, Burton and Brad Cummings. Kenny Carmichael Jr., Slick Griffin, Danny Harris, Doug McCullough and Troy Clark were in the top-10.
Hillman's win capped back-to-back feature wins at Lincoln Park Speedway after he won Friday night's feature as well.
In the bomber feature, Dustin Shoulders was the winner after Ian Keler was disqualified after the victory. C.J. Bryan came home second ahead of Jim Litton Jr., Eric Miller and Corey Gregory. Dale Lewis took sixth ahead of Kevin Kemp, Josh Fagg, Ron Wallen Sr. and David Wallen.
This weekend will be the final points race of the season with sprints, UMP Modifieds, UMP Super Stocks and bombers on the card.
Lincoln Park Speedway
UMP Modified feature
|1.||Jamie Wilson, 2. Clint DeMoss, 3. Gabe Menser, 4. Shelby Miles, 5. Brad Barrow, 6. Greg Amick, 7. Brian Hayden, 8. Dave Beck, 9. Travis Shoulders, 10. Rob Fuqua, 11. Craig Conyer, 12. Rodney Pearcy, 13. Nick Allen, 14. Roger Cary, 15. Josh Boller, 16. Roger Williams, 17. Chris Brewer, 18. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 19. Jacoby Hines, 20. Paul Bumgardner, 21. Jamie Lomax, 22. Matt Bex, 23. Daryl Herbert, 24. Richie Lex|
B-main winners: Doug Bryant, Nick Allen, Richie Lex
Sprint car feature
|1.||Wes McIntyre, 2. Jesse Cramer, 3. Shane Hollingsworth, 4. Lance Grimes, 5. Casey Shuman, 6. Blake Nimee, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Chris Babcock, 9. Ethan Barrow, 10. Bub Cummings, 11. Dallas Hewitt, 12. Eric Edwards, 13. Doug Heck, 14. A.J. Clark, 15. Dickie Gaines, 16. Dustin Waggoner, 17. Conner Donelson, 18. Jimmy Wingo, 19. Tim Creech II, 20. Troy Link|
B-main winner: Troy Link
UMP Super Stock feature
|1.||Chris Hillman, 2. Randy Petro, 3. Steve Peeden, 4. Josh Burton, 5. Brad Cummings, 6. Kenny Carmichael Jr., 7. Slick Griffin, 8. Danny Harris, 9. Doug McCullough, 10. Troy Clark, 11. Jason Clark, 12. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 13. Tony Arthur, 14. Scott Carrington, 15. Kris Starks, 16. Jeremy Hines, 17. Travis Heramb, 18. Marty Cooper, 19. Mike Staggs, 20. Chris Bennett|
B-main winner: Scott Carrington
|1.||Dustin Shoulders, 2. C.J. Bryan, 3. Jim Litton Jr., 4. Eric Miller, 5. Corey Gregory, 6. Dale Lewis, 7. Kevin Kemp, 8. Josh Fagg, 9. Ron Wallen Sr., 10. David Wallen, 11. Josh Presley, 12. Don Baker, 13. Larry Shelley Jr., 14. Josh Litton, 15. Kenny Treash, 16. David Shepherd, 17. JR Watkins, 18. Frank Cotton, 19. William Brewer, 20. John Grenier Jr., 21. Josh Corbin, 22. Tom Courtney, 23. Joe Jeffries, 24. Ian Keler|
B-main winner: David Shepherd