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Thorson Thrives in Return to Putnamville

June 5th, 2016

It was one year ago during Lincoln Park Speedway’s round of “Indiana Midget Week” that Tanner Thorson found himself leaving the racetrack in the back of an ambulance after a nasty crash during the feature event. One year later, at the same track and event, Thorson found redemption, holding off a hard-charging Bryan Clauson in the final laps and driving his Keith Kunz – Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD – JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota into victory lane at the Putnamville, Indiana 5/16-mile dirt oval.

Young Ryan Robinson started on the pole at the beginning of the 30-lap feature with seven-time USAC National champion Clauson outside. Robinson, making only his fifth career series start, exhibited no ounce of intimidation as he quickly shot out to the lead with a half-straightaway advantage in the opening laps.
On the sixth lap, season-opener winner Shane Golobic rotated and pole-vaulted through the air between turns three and four before landing hard on the track’s surface, bringing out the red flag. Golobic would walk away without injury. On the ensuing restart, Thorson shot out of a cannon down the back straightaway into turns three and four, blasting off the cushion around Clauson to grab second on lap six. With his sight now set on leader Robinson, Thorson rapidly erased the gap, hounding Robinson as the race neared the halfway point.

On lap 13, Thorson made his first bid for the top spot, sliding in front of Robinson as the two hit turn four, but Robinson hit the brakes, and turned down inside of Thorson as they exited four to maintain the lead. With the pressure now squarely on the 15-year-old shoulders of Robinson on lap 14 and Thorson ready to strike, Robinson bobbled at the top of turn two, handing off the lead to Thorson.

Meanwhile, Robinson and Thorson’s Kunz/Curb-Agajanian teammate Rico Abreu, the 2014 USAC National Midget champion, sliced and diced his way to third by the 18th lap. After a Jimi Quin spin that briefly disrupted the action, Rico spurted to second with a slide-job on Robinson entering turn one on the restart. ProSource Fast Qualifier Brady Bacon dove underneath Robinson for the third spot in turn two with 11 laps to go as he hunted down his prey while the laps ticked away. After a brief yellow, the restart saw Abreu follow Thorson’s tracks, as they both ripped the high side of turns one and two. Now, the chase was on. With just eight laps remaining, Thorson stumbled atop the second turn cushion, allowing Abreu to close. As the two ran nose-to-tail down the back straight, Abreu set up Thorson for the winning pass. However, just as Abreu was in the process of clearing
Thorson in turn three, the yellow lights around the track flashed due to a tangle between turn four tangle between Darland and Shelton, thus making Abreu’s move all for naught and slotting him in the second position for the next restart. Under caution, Brady Bacon’s car began to slow, relegating him to the infield for the rest of the feature after being one of the contenders for the victory as the laps wound down. On the lap 23 restart, Abreu threw all he had at Thorson for the lead into turn one, but couldn’t make it stick. As Abreu lost momentum while drifting up the cushion, Clauson was able to get by to reclaim second.

Abreu’s determined drive to get back to the front knew no bounds, where he tested the outer limits by jumping the cushion between turns three and four multiple times and losing valuable ground in the closing laps, falling to as far back as fifth. On the final lap, Clauson made one last ditch effort for the lead, attempting a slider on Thorson heading into one, but it was to no avail as Thorson withstood the challenge and was able to hang on for a 0.762 second victory over Clauson, with Tyler Thomas, Rico Abreu and Spencer Bayston rounding out the top-five.

It was quite a turn of events from one year to the next for Minden, Nevada’s Thorson, who captured his fifth career USAC National Midget feature victory after taking the lead on lap 14 and holding off all challenges throughout the remaining 17 laps to take the Kunz-Curb/Agajanian Motorsports team to victory lane for the third time in the first three nights of “Indiana Midget Week.” “I left here last year in an ambulance, so to come back to this track and win is pretty awesome,” Thorson said. “These guys work their butts off starting at 2:30 in the morning when we get back to the shop and it feels great to reward them with another win. Rico had me nervous just because you know a big move is coming. I knew the laps were winding down, but I knew that I just needed to keep hitting my marks.

The top was so treacherous that you had to nail it perfectly every lap. I kept getting tight on the cushion and just tried to keep my composure towards the end because the last ten laps were really tricky with the track the way it was and knowing I had fast guys behind me.” Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson had to settle for his third consecutive runner-up feature finish in “Indiana Midget Week,” behind the wheel of his RKR-Dooling Racing/Cancer Treatment Centers of America – B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11. Though he
remains winless in his three IMW starts this week, Clauson has taken over the USAC National Midget point lead and, with a 24-point lead, Clauson has placed himself in prime position to collect a third “Indiana Midget Week” title with three events to go.

“We just needed more time,” Clauson said. “I was a little snug early and each yellow just wasn’t what we needed. We got rolling towards the end and Tanner was getting tight on the curb, but we were good enough off of it to make some decent speed; we just ran out of laps. I saw the white and made my move in turns one and two because it seemed like it was easier to counter a slide job at the other end. I felt like if I slid him in (turns) three and four, it’d be too easy to cross me over, so I took a shot in (turns) one and two and just came up a little short.” Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Oklahoma made a spirited drive to finish third after
dropping back from his 10th starting position in the opening laps in his Tyler Thomas Motorsports/BT Machine – AirGroup/Spike/Esslinger.

“I moved to the bottom in the early laps of the race and it stuck, so I knew I needed to be down there if I wanted to pick some off,” Thomas explained. “The top was so fast early on and the only way to pass was to slide somebody, but you had to have so much momentum to pull it off that it was just really difficult to make happen. Fortunately, our car was really working well on the bottom and I could slide myself in turns three and four and catch the cushion on exit. We qualified better tonight too, so if we can keep that up these next three nights, I think we’ll be in good shape.” Contingency award winners at Lincoln Park Speedway included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Rico Abreu (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Tanner Thorson (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Carson Macedo (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

Bacon Defeats Nemesis Lincoln Park for Indiana Sprint Week Win

July 19th, 2015

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. celebrates in victory lane at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. after winning Thursday night’s “Indiana Sprint Week” USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature.
David Nearpass Photo

Putnamville, Indiana…….Brady Bacon listed Lincoln Park Speedway as his arch nemesis heading into Thursday night’s Round 5 of “Indiana Sprint Week,” but the defending AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion reversed his recent showings at the Putnamville, Indiana oval to pick up his fifth win of the year.

Bacon led at the outset from the front row as polesitter Max McGhee took the second spot while Kevin Thomas, Jr. got rolling early on the high side to take third. A caution on lap eight saw Jerry Coons, Jr. in the fourth spot, but he was on the move forward using the bottom.

A red flag on Lap 13 for Jake Swanson set up a restart that Coons used to take the lead, as he rotated underneath Bacon through turns one and two and powered down the backstretch in front. Bacon battled back, though, and he worked back in front of Coons on lap 14 just before the final caution of the night.

The final half of the race saw Bacon perform flawlessly down low on the speedway, as Thomas, Jr. finally cleared Coons for second and came after him using the extreme high side of the track. He closed to within a few car lengths before Bacon pulled away again. At the line, Bacon held a .596-second advantage to take his 13th career victory, tying him for 38th all-time with Don Branson and Steve Chassey. It was also the 91st victory for the famed Hoffman Auto Racing – Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

“It’s no secret that this place has had our number, but we’ve worked and worked and tried everything we could think of to try to make this car better here. We measured and cut on this car, and my Hoffman guys are just tireless workers who always put in the effort to get us better. I had one bad lap on the restart where my line had gone away some and the bottom was worked in enough for Jerry to sneak under me. I just got back after him and hit my marks to keep it out front after that,” Bacon said.

Thomas rebounded from a tough Wednesday night to take home the runner-up spot after relentlessly trying every line imaginable in the Bakken Concrete – Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

“One and two worked for me early on, but it was my big problem at the end. We were rolling right through three and four and get a great run, but I couldn’t finish on the other end. It’s a lot better than how we ran last night, and we needed to get back in the battle up front. Obviously we want to win, but it was a good night and we were going forward,” Thomas said. Coons held strong in the third spot to take another podium finish at Putnamville aboard the Edison Motorsports – Crume Evans Insurance #10E Spike/Chevy.

“I was hoping I could sneak up there, and I had a good rhythm going on the bottom. I got him, and then I kinda goofed on my entry and he drove back by me when I screwed up. He got to the bottom more after that, and that yellow just cost me my rhythm or something, because we had nothing for him after that. It was a fun race coming from seventh, as tough as that is, and I’m happy with our run. We’ve definitely gotten better on that kinda race track and running that line,” Coons said.

Hunter Schuerenberg continued his strong week with a fourth-place finish after capturing the ProSource “Fast Time Award” earlier in the night in the Epperson Painting – PPG #2E Spike/Claxton, and Brady Short came from 22nd to finish fifth and earn himself the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” in the Pottorff Logging – Sipe’s Body & Glass #11P Maxim/SPEC.

Thomas Meseraull earned the night’s American Racing Ministries “Perseverance Award” as the last transfer spot from the night’s Semi-Feature.

Shelby Miles Scores Another UMP Mod Win

June 21st, 2005

The win completed a stellar weekend for Miles who also won at Bloomington on Friday night, taking the win after front runners Ray Humphrey and J.D. Taylor tangled late in the Feature. Miles, who piloted the O’Neal Wood Products/Snedegar Inc. machine to victory lane at LPS last weekend as well, started the feature from the seventh starting slot as Clint DeMoss earned the pole.

The action was hot and heavy for much of the feature with the top four positions all bunched tightly together early on.

Jack Taylor and Miles held the top spots with DeMoss and McDonald hot on their heels before caution came out for a spin by Jeff Wellum. On the restart, Miles got a strong jump to take the point from Taylor who was 13th at Bloomington on Friday. With Miles out front, a five car battle developed between Taylor, McDonald, DeMoss, Al Flick and the hardcharging Paul Bumgardner.

McDonald would settle into second behind Miles. DeMoss’ spot in third was hardly safe with Bumgardner gaining ground each lap after starting eighth. He would eventually grab the spot from DeMoss before the last lap yellow was displayed. However, on the restart, DeMoss would regain his spot to finish third as Miles held onto the top spot, powered by his Terry Cummings Racing Engine.

“I had a really good car tonight,” commented Miles afterwards. “The competition here was tough, but we were able to hold on to win our third in a row.” Flick would place fifth, followed by Taylor, Rockville’s James Tumey in sixth, Schuyler Nahre, Fillmore’s Tom Russell and Garry Ricketts rounded out the top-10.

Mitch Wissmiller was the man to beat all night in sprint car action in his DMI, JFR Trucking and Hoosier Tire machine, dominating his heat race to win by a wide margin and then replicating his run in the feature to take his second LPS win this season.

“We were pretty good tonight,” acknowledged the Easton, IN native. “We’ve been making some changes (to the car) and things really worked out well. Hopefully we can keept it up.”

Oakland’s Hud Cone made some inroads late in the race, but wasn’t able to gain enough ground to challenge. Wissmiller charged from his fourth starting spot to take the lead quickly in the feature and didn’t look back, allowing the rest of the field to sort themselves out.

After an early yellow for a spin, Cone and Plainfield’s Kent Christian settled into the second and third spots with Kenny Carmichael Jr. giving chase along with Kyle Wissmiller. Bill Baker, Travis Thompson and Brady Short were locked in a side-by-side race for position in the top-10.

Carmichael and Christian provided the best show of the feature event. Carmichael took over the third spot from Christian when he pulled a slide job in turn two and set his sights on Cone. Carmichael, of Terre Haute, began to reel Cone in with five laps remaining, but Cone would have just enough to hold onto the runnerup spot as Carmichael was third followed by Christian, Kyle Wissmiller, Thompson, Short, Baker, Bobby Stines and Troy Link in the top-10.

In Super Stocks, Fillmore’s Curt Leonard, in the Spiker Excavating/Classic Flooring machine, earned his first feature win of the season as he found his way out front of a wild three-way battle to the finish. For much of the main event, Leonard was locked up with Dan McCullough and Greg Amick with the three all taking turns with the top spot.

Leonard was working the high line as McCullough and Amick stayed low, nosing out front through turns one and two with Leonard squeezing back with good runs out of turn four. The race would continue to the wire as McCullough looked to have a good enough run into the final lap through three and four, but Amick would get McCullough a bit loose in his bid for the top spot.

Leonard would take full advantage, firing high off turn four to take the victory ahead of McCullough. Kenny Carmichael Sr., would edge out Amick for third followed by David Bumgardner of Fillmore, Chris Bennett, Greencastle’s Kris Starks, Carlos Bumgardner, Joe Whisler and Ben DuBois.

In Bomber competition, Lloyd Walls would hold off the always quick Harry Shepard over the final laps to take the victory. Travis Heramb and Ron Smith would challenge the frontrunners throughout much of the race with David Bumgardner holding tight to a top-five spot. But the final laps would develop into a two-way fight for position between Walls and Shepard.

Shepard would try all the moves in the book to try and gain the last couple of car lengths, but Walls would be up to the task to hold off his friend and fellow competitor. Heramb would race home in the third spot after challenging Shepard. Smith placed fourth ahead of Fillmore’s Bumgardner with Michael Wright in sixth. Ron Wallen Sr., Kevin Kemp, Marlin Burns and Greencastle’s Arvis Shepard finished out the top-10.

In the Modified Lite feature, T.J. Farrar took the top spot ahead of Tom Drake. Next week will feature a regular racing card at LPS with sprints, UMP Modifieds, super stocks and bombers.