It has been a long, but successful, racing season for Lake Village’s Jamie Lomax.
He still has a ways to go in his quest of the DIRTcar United Midwestern Promoters Modified stock car national championship.
Lomax wrapped up the UMP Modified title last Sunday at the Plymouth Speedway, dropping out of the feature race but still having enough points to clinch the track championship.
"We were coming," said Lomax after last Sunday’s feature event at Plymouth. "I got up to Nick Allen and he got sideways. I shot through the middle of Allen and (Jesse) Bitterling. I took the white flag and then I caught the front stretch wall and that turned me up the track. I got into the slime, and I got into the berm with the inside tires. I got sideways and spun.
"It was a struggle all day. We had some issues when we first started (racing). I got home from Daugherty Speedway (near Boswell) about 3 a.m. (Sunday) and left home about 8 a.m. to get (to Plymouth). I didn’t really have a chance to work on the car. We had a couple of bad shocks and the motor seemed to be running a little flat. It didn’t quite work out today. I could have gained some points on those guys."
As of Aug. 17, the 35-year-old Lomax, with 22 UMP wins to his credit, is second in the UMP national standings, 22 markers behind points leader Devin Gilpin. Gilpin, a Columbus, Ind. native, is a two-time UMP national Modified titlist and the defending champion.
"I plan on racing wherever there’s racing," Lomax said about his plans for the balance of the year. "Farmer City (in Illinois) is racing (today) and Spoon River (is this) Sunday. I think Kokomo is running modifieds this Sunday. Shadyhill (Speedway) on Saturday is another possibility.
"I’m going to have to win four more (feature) races. If there are more than 30 cars, I can finish second and still gain points. I have about 10 or 12 more nights (races) to do it. If (Gilpin) keeps winning, that’s going to hurt us. I really could have used Sunday (to gain some points)."
Allen in search of another title: Wheatfield’s Nick Allen is a six-time UMP Modified champion at Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville. Allen looks to be well on his way to winning another championship at the quarter-mile dirt track and has posted a total of 18 UMP victories so far in 2014. Shadyhill lost last Saturday’s racing program to the weatherman as over five inches of rain fell over a two day period. The $1,000-to-win J&J Bush Classic for UMP Stock Cars will be held this Saturday.
Clark takes Super Streets title: Gary’s Michael Clark captured the Super Streets division track championship at Plymouth this season. Clark won nine feature races during the year and bested veteran driver Bob McLean of Hobart by 98 points. Clark topped off the season Sunday by winning the Season Championship main event.
"It feels awesome winning the championship," Clark said after the win. "It’s been fun racing all year long and I’m glad we came out on top. A feature win in October would be nice, too."
Fan appreciation night Saturday at Illiana: Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville hosts its Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday. The season championship takes place Sept. 6. Michigan’s Brian Campbell, last year's winner, is among the early entries. The 53rd annual Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 100 Late Model stock car event is set for Sept. 13. Crash Fest is Sept. 27.
PUC students honoring Roby Speedway on Sept. 13: Purdue Calumet students will honor Hammond’s old Roby Speedway with go kart races at Zig-E’s Funland in St. John on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. Time trials run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13, and the finals take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 20. September 20 was chosen as the date for the finals, since Roby Speedway held its final racing event on Sept. 20, 1936.
No September racing in Plymouth: Racing at the three-eighths mile Plymouth dirt oval is off for September. Two big events are still slated to take place. The World Series of Dirt takes place for Oct. 3-4, and the Lane Automotive UMP National Race of Champions runs Oct. 10-11. Check out www.plymouthspeedway.net for more information.