Almanza claims big payday in ‘Bailey Hicks Memorial’
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Jordan Wever wins modifieds, Wes McClara claims super stock feature; Owen Cosman wins hornets
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — Young Bailey Hicks was a Paragon resident that loved to compete on the race track. However, he tragically lost his life in a vehicle accident on Ind. 142 in April of 2017. So it was fitting on Saturday night that his memory was honored on the race track with friends and family in attendance in the stands and on the race at Lincoln Park Speedway for the first running of the “Bailey Hicks Memorial” race. The $1,000-to-win, 25-lap race for the bombers that also included better than a $1,000 in sponsor money for the leader of various laps during the feature.
Jordan Almanza picked up a very nice payday as he led nearly every lap of the A-main. To record the win as Carlos Bumgardner placed second ahead of Josh Litton, David Bumgardner and Megan Cavaness.
Thirty-six bomber drivers were on hand to compete against each other on a night that many competitors remembered Bailey Hicks as his father, Barry Hicks, was racing alongside them. Hicks was a regular competitor at Paragon Speedway, but it was Lincoln Park Speedway that added the race when the family’s home track decided to cancel the event.
Carlos Bumgardner, Matt Raber, Josh Litton, Almanza and Glen Ogden won heat races. Hicks and Tim Wright qualified for the A-main with a victory in the B-main. It was Raber that won the Dash that set the starting order for the main event.
Raber held the lead briefly through a couple of early caution plagued laps before Almanza snagged the top spot coming out of turn two. Raber trailed him for several laps before a spin on lap eight pushed him to the tail of the field on the restart. That caution left Bumgardner running second ahead of Josh Litton, David Bumgardner and Megan Cavaness through lap 10.
Almanza was running smooth and true through the middle of the slicked off track and remained several car lengths ahead of Bumgardner as the field cross the start/finish line for lap 15. While Almanza commented afterwards that it felt like he ran the slowest 25 laps he ever had run, he was still clicking off bonus money for leading each lap.
A caution flew on lap 16 and lap 19 with the leaders running in the same order.
The field took the green flag once again on lap 20 as Bumgardner and Litton ran door-to-door while Almanza grew his lead to five car lengths on his way to victory. Bumgardner managed to hold off Litton at the finish line as David Bumgardner took fourth and Cavaness ran fifth. Brazil’s Devin Wallen was the hard charger as he placed 20th after starting eighth.
In the UMP Modified division, Jordan Wever made it back to victory lane after a couple months of battling motor problems.
Justin Cundiff and Wever were heat race winners and it made up the front row for the 20-lap A-main.
Wever jumped to the lead from the green flag and built a solid lead as Jay Humphrey Jr. and Jake Leitzman battled wheel-to-wheel for the second spot ahead of James Walters and Brent Hudson.
As Weaver continued to built on his lead with a smooth, technical race without a bobble up front. The field fought for the rest of the positions. Leitzman was able to lock down the second spot as Humphrey ran third with Derek Groomer and Walters looking for the fourth spot as a caution flag flew on lap 12.
Wever wasted little time re-staking his lead on the re-start as he pulled away from another battle between Humphrey and Leitzman. Groomer ran the high line for the fourth spot as Jeff Deckard moved into competition with Walters for fifth.
Groomer would spin one lap later and restart at the back of the field with just five laps remaining. Wever got a good jump off the fourth corner of the restart and cruised to his first win since May 26.
Wes McClara added another win to his resume in the UMP Super Stock feature Saturday night. He held off a last ditch effort from two-time winner Larry Raines after a caution flag came out with one lap remaining. McClara got rolling on the restart and Raines briefly showed his nose through turn two, but McClara kept the lead through the checkered flag.
Raines ran second ahead of Newgent with Bryce Shidler and Doug McCullough filling out the top-five.
Owen Cosman won the hornet feature in the class’ first time competing at LPS. No other results were available from the feature.
This weekend will feature sprints, modifieds, super stocks, bombers and the 305 Race Saver Sprints.
Lincoln Park Speedway
UMP Modified feature
1. Jordan Wever, 2. Jake Leitzman, 3. Jay Humphrey Jr., 4. James Walters, 5. Jeff Deckard, 6. Travis Shoulders, 7. Brent Hudson, 8. Tyler Loughmiller, 9. Derek Groomer, 10. Justin Cundiff, 11. Donald Smiley, 12. Aaron Pace, 13. Michael Wesselman, 14. James Grider, 15. Chris Schepper, 16. Rob Brickert (DNS)
Heat winners: Justin Cundiff, Jordan Wever
UMP Super Stock feature
1. Wes McClara, 2. Larry Raines, 3. Jonny Newgent, 4. Bryce Shidler, 5. Doug McCullough, 6. Chris Hillman, 7. Kenny Fields, 8. Kris Starks, 9. Scott Ricketts, 10. Matt Jordan, 11. Ken Kelly, 12. Brandon Saunders, 13. Austin Phelps, 14. Jack Campbell, 15. Edward Freeman, 16. Chris Bennett, 17. Nick Kinnett, 18. Paul Wright, 19. Hayden Rogers,
Heat winners: Shideler, McClara, Campbell
“Bailey Hicks Memorial” race
1. Jordan Almanza, 2. Carlos Bumgardner, 3. Josh Litton, 4. David Bumgardner, 5. Megan Cavaness, 6. Cody Wright, 7. Tom Cox, 8. Devin Wallen, 9. Jacob Ham, 10. Mark Smith, 11. Barry Hicks, 12. Bob Farris, 13. Gary Hayden, 14. Jeremy Tate, 15. Tim Wright, 16. Glen Ogden, 17. Ethan Litton, 18. Matt Raber, 20. Corey Anstead, 21. Ben Daniel
B-main winners: Hicks, Wright
Heat winners: Bumgardner, Raber, Josh Litton, Almanza, Ogden