April 3, 2006….Lincoln Park Speedway begins their 38th
consecutive year of operation on Saturday afternoon as the gates open for open
practice for all classes at 3 p.m.
Regular season action will kickoff the following Saturday, April 15 with the
Super Spring 30 with a $1,000 to win show for the UMP Modifieds along with
Bombers and Modified Lites. The opening night is the beginning of what should be
a season full of exciting entertainment at the Putnamville oval according to
promoter Roger Hughes.
“Our biggest thing this year is to really
utilize the track for more types of entertainment. This is our 38th consecutive
year of operation and this season I think our schedule presents something for
the entire family to enjoy.”
There is certainly no shortage of variety for the
5/16th mile clay oval that is located on US Hwy 40, halfway between Terre Haute
Featured throughout the season will be the
regular classes of racing that includes sprint cars, UMP Modifieds, Street
Stocks and the Bomber class. This season they will be continuing the popular bus
races, that debuted last year, on several evenings. New to this season will be
the ‘Spring Smash Up Demo Derby’ on May 5, the ‘Hot Summer Night’ Demo
Derby on July 7 and on September 15 the ‘Last Crash Derby’ will take place.
There will be a Figure 8 bus race on June 24 and a ‘Roll Over’ contest on
Hughes noted that the track will also hold several salutes to surrounding
communities throughout the season.
“We’re trying to make an effort to work with
various charities’ in the area and become more community friendly and to
promote the youth of the county,” commented Hughes. “We’re having
community nights to salute Greencastle (June 10), Cloverdale (August 19) and
Brazil (August 26). On those nights, residents will receive $2 off the regular
The track will also welcome in some of the
biggest names in sprint car racing throughout the season, highlighted by the
first Bob Kinser Fall Classic. On that night, September 26, Lincoln Park will
host the ‘The King’ Steve Kinser and the National Sprint Tour that evening.
Bob Kinser is a 7-time track champion at Lincoln
Park Speedway and has more than 60 feature wins at the clay oval. According to
Hughes, the idea of putting together the first Bob Kinser Fall Classic, began to
take form over the winter.
“I met with Fred Brownfield (of the National
Sprint Tour) at the Chili Bowl in January,” noted Hughes. “I then talked
over the idea with (track owner) Dave Allison and we got the details done. We
confirmed that Steve and Kelly Kinser will both be there and Kraig (who drives
in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) believed that he might be there if his
The event, taking place on a Tuesday evening,
will be $40 per ticket with advance purchase tickets including a pit pass as
well along with a reserved seat.”
Danny Lasoski, Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Tim
Kaeding and Brian Paulus will also be part of the event for the winged sprint
cars.“Our goal is to have as many Kinser’s as possible that night as we
honor Bob Kinser,” said Hughes.
The non-wing sprint cars will also highlight
several other nights over the summer including the King of Indiana Sprint Series
on May 20 with a special autograph session with the drivers. The King of
Non-Wing Sprint event will be on July 15 with the 19th Annual Putnamville Clash
featured on July 22 paying out $2,500 to win for the sprints.
Fireworks will be featured twice during the summer with the LPS Annual Fireworks
Spectacular on July 1 and an End of Summer Extravaganza on September 2.
The third Patriot 100 for the UMP Modifieds will be on September 9 with $2,000
to win for the class.
Champions Night will be a special event as well
this year with awards being given out to the class champions and a salute to the
fans including a bonfire and a post-race party.
More improvements have also been made to the track with 500 tri-axle loads of
red clay added to the track which will be a key to the oval holding moisture as
daylight savings time gives us an extra hour of sunlight. Lincoln Park Speedway
also will have the roads inside the track paved by opening night.
With regular racing cards priced at just $10 for
adults, Hughes feels that LPS offers the best entertainment for the price.
“We feel that we offer the most entertainment
for a good price. These days its hard to even go to the movies for less than $10
so we wanted to give families an affordable and exciting night of racing for
Hot laps begin at 5:30 p.m. each evening with
racing at 7 p.m. Typically there is no qualifying. For more information, and the
2006 schedule, check out www.lincolnparkspeedway.com.