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Gregg DeTray Win Oakshade Bomber Spectacular Saturday Night Finale

September 27th, 2016

Championships were decided, $1,000 was won, candy was distributed and some race cars had no roofs on the final Saturday night racing program of the season at Oakshade Raceway. After last week’s rain out, Season Championship Night for the UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts was rescheduled for to run along with Saturday night’s $1,000 to win Chris ‘Papa Boiler’ Howard Bomber Spectacular. Also rescheduled from the week before was the topless UMP Late Models and Trick or Treat night for kids making for a fun-filled night for all.

The main event of the night was the Bomber Spectacular/Season Championship feature. Jeff Foks Jr. nursed a 15 point advantage over Gregg DeTray entering the final event. Jerry Signor started on the pole of the 25-lap feature until Craig Dippman took over on lap four. DeTray and Foks worked through the top five and DeTray took the lead away on lap 17. Foks got by Dippman for second a couple laps later. A late caution tightened the field with just two laps to go. DeTray, from Swanton, Ohio, held on to win his fifth A Main of the year. Foks’ second place finish earned him his third Bomber Championship unofficially. Dippman finished third just barely edging out Tim Murphy. Tim Hancock was fifth.

Ryan Missler started on the outside of the front row of the topless UMP Late Model feature and got the early lead over pole-sitter Steve Kester. Kester regrouped and got by Missler on lap three and then pulled away. Rusty Schlenk closed in on Kester late in the race while working through lapped traffic. Schlenk was able to get to the inside of the Holland, Ohio, driver going into turn three with just a couple laps to remaining. The two drivers made contact a couple of times and both got out of shape, but were able to gather it back in. Kester came away from the contact with a slight lead coming to the white flag and eventually went on to pick up his first feature win of the year. Rob Anderzack was able to get by Schlenk to finish second. Missler wound up finishing fourth with Devin Shiels fifth.

Mike Jessen maintained a 26 point lead over George Lindsey headed into their Sportsman Season Championship feature event. Brian Fisher passed Billy Brown for the lead on lap three of the 20-lap feature. Ten laps later, Joe Smith closed in and took over the top spot. Fisher tried to battle back, but Smith held on. Fisher gave up second and retired to the pits with two laps to go. Just about the same time, Tim Fisher’s car came to a stop to bring out a late yellow and set up a two-lap race to the finish. Bob Gregory out of Swanton, Ohio, restarted second and immediately jumped to the outside. Gregory was able to power by Smith to earn his first feature win of the year. Joe Smith settled for a second place finish followed by Rusty Smith, Bruce Stuart and Billy Brown. George Lindsey managed to finish sixth, but Jessen’s ninth place finish was enough to unofficially claim the 2016 Sportsman Championship.

Richard Riffe’s seven Sport Compact feature wins earlier in the season were all he needed to have the championship wrapped up before the night’s competition began. Cory Gumm snatched the early lead in the Season Championship feature after starting on the pole. Waldron, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau got to the inside of Gumm on lap two to take the lead and went on to pick up his third feature win of the year. Gumm finished second with the unofficial 2016 champion, Richard Riffe, third. Matt Brazeau and Jeff Foks Sr. were the rest of the top five finishers.

Josh Proffitt got by Chris Leonard on lap three for the lead en route to the Sport Compact B Main win. Leonard ended up second followed by Nathan Goodman, Hailey Hottenstein and Jason Deshler.

A couple of make up B Main events from July 30^th were also run. First was the make up Compact B Main in which Aaron Van Pelt led the first part, but Matt Brazeau tracked him down and was able to get by for the win. Van Pelt settled for a second place finish followed by Jason Deshler, Cole Walbolt and Kenny Wats.

Dave McMannamy led the first lap of the make up Bomber B Main until Jarrett Rendel from Clayton, Michigan, passed him on the inside on lap two. Rendel pulled way to pick up the easy win. Jeff Warnick got by McMannamy to finish second. Rob Price and Brian Barden were the rest of the top five finishers.

Racing will switch to the four-legged kind next week at Oakshade Raceway with the 13^th Annual Wiener Dog Nationals on Saturday, October 1^st . There will also be a Kid’s Power Wheels Demolition Derby. Registration for the Wiener Dog Nationals will start at 11am with racing at 12pm. Admission is free with only a $5 charge to participate in either the Wiener Dog Nationals or the Power Wheels Demo Derby.

Henry And Schlenk ALMS Winners/Ruhlman Wins Second Championship At Oakshade Raceway

September 7th, 2016

After three consecutive rain outs at Oakshade Raceway, the weather finally cooperated with a perfect, bright and sunny Saturday evening for some American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco racing action which included an epic battle for the UMP Late Model track championship that was decided on the final lap by half a car length.

The evening started off with some make up A Mains from July 30^th including the first of two ALMS feature events. Jon Henry from Ada, Ohio, started at the front and dominated the race. Henry survived a close call just four laps from the finish when the 23 car of Brad Wade got turned around just in front of him which brought out the final caution of the race. Henry held off track championship contender Devin Shiels to pick up the $2,000 win. Shiels’ second place finish moved him two points ahead of Brian Ruhlman going in to the final point event later in the evening. Steve Kester finished third with Casey Noonan and Rob Anderzack the rest of the top five finishers.

Another make up feature from July 30^th , the Bomber A Main had quite a bit of action. Dean Taylor took the early lead. Jerry Signor flew up in the air after some contact on the first lap, but continued on and eventually took the lead from Taylor on lap seven. Within that same lap, Signor slammed into the backstretch wall just as the yellow flag came out for a separate incident involving Rick Dixon. Signor limped back to the pits turning the lead back over to Taylor. After the restart, Taylor, Gregg DeTray and Jeff Foks had a great battle for the lead even though it appeared Foks had a broken tie rod on his left front that severely hampered the handling of his car. Toward the end of the race, Taylor fell off the pace while trying to hang on to the lead. Foks and DeTray then raced side by side for the lead and had contact which opened the door for Holland, Ohio’s Tim Murphy to pass both drivers and take the lead with only a couple laps to go. Murphy went on to win his first A Main of the year. DeTray finished second followed by Tim Hancock, Ryan Gorey and Curt Dickie.

The Compact A Main was the final make up feature from July 30 to be run at the start of the evening’s racing program. Cory Gumm out of Hillsdale, Michigan, started on the pole and led the entire distance to earn his first feature win of the season. Richard Riffe put some pressure on Gumm early in the race, but Brogan Rehklau got by and then pressured Gumm himself. Coming to the white flag, Gumm, Rehklau and a lapped car were three-wide, but then the caution and eventually the red flag flew for an incident involving Carter Murday and Jeff Foks Sr. Gumm was able to fend off Rehklau on the final green flag lap. Riffe settled for a third place finish with Cody Stetten fourth. Rick McDaniel was fifth.

Later in the evening, it was time for more ALMS feature race action, which was also the final UMP Late Model track championship points race. Devin Shiels started 14^th with a two point lead over defending champion Brian Ruhlman who started seventh. That meant that whoever finished ahead of the other would be the 2016 UMP Late Model track champion unofficially. Jon Henry, the winner of the evening’s first ALMS race, had problems before the drop of the green flag after losing a wheel on the warm up laps. He was towed back to the pits and came out one lap down and then got caught up in an accident at the back of the field before throwing in the towel early in the race.

ALMS point leader Rusty Schlenk from McClure, Ohio started on the outside of the front row and took the lead from pole sitter Curtis Roberts on the first lap. Quite a few yellow flags kept the field tight with Schlenk and Roberts out front. Roberts was able to get by Schlenk on a restart, but Schlenk quickly regained the top position and went on to pick up the $2,000 victory over Roberts. The drama in the track championship battle was building just a couple positions back as Devin Shiels worked had his way in to the fourth position, just behind Brian Ruhlman. Shiels did everything he could and got to the inside of Ruhlman as they approached the checkered flag, but Ruhlman held on to finish third by the length of his hood to unofficially lock up his second consecutive Oakshade Raceway track championship with Shiels’ fourth place finish in the race dropping him three points behind Ruhlman in the final point standings. Craig Vosbergen, all the way from Perth, Australia, finished fifth.

George Lindsey started on the pole and led the entire distance of the caution-free 20-lap UMP Sportsman feature. It was the Adrian, Michigan’s third feature win of the year and moves him to within 22 points of UMP Sportsman point leader Mike Jessen with two weeks left in the points chase. Jessen finished third in the race behind Bruce Stuart. Joel Morton ended up fourth with Brian Fisher fifth.

Malinta, Ohio’s Tim Hancock started on the pole of the Bomber A Main and earned his first feature win of the year. Jeff Foks was able to pass Hancock after a lap one restart after a caution for Tim Murphy, the make up A Main winner earlier in the night, and Curt Dickie. Hancock was able to get back by Foks after he slipped up high. Foks later went back to the pits while under yellow on lap six. Ryan Gorey worked his way up to second after starting eighth, but Hancock went on to finish first. Satch Crispen finished third followed by Kyle Perry and Gene Potridge.

Cory Gumm tried to make it two feature wins in a row in the Compact A Main, but stopped during a yellow flag and retired to the pits after leading early. Matt Brazeau came out on top of a three-wide battle to win his first feature of the year. Cody Stetten and Richard Riffe finished a close second and third respectively. Carter Murday was fourth with Nathan Shaffer finishing fifth.

Cody Laney and Jamie Grochowski battled most of the distance of the Bomber B Main with Laney leading at the start. Grochowski took the lead on lap eight, but Hicksville, Ohio’s Cody Laney got the outside of Grochowski on the final lap to win by a nose. Ted Hill was third with Rick Dixon and Scott Hammer rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Rick McDaniel from Toledo, Ohio took the lead of the Compact B Main after Jason Deshler and Cameron Tusing got together. McDaniel held off Brandon Paskan to pick up the victory. Josh Proffit Sr. finished third followed by Deshler and Hailey Hottenstein.

The final race of a jam-packed racing program was the Bomber C Main. Dan Shaffer started deep in the field and worked his way to the lead by lap three. Unfortunately for Shaffer, mechanical issues caused him to give up the lead on a restart to Holland, Ohio’s Gabe Mueller. Mueller held off Matt Lane to win the C Main. Shane Estes posted a third place finish with John Reichow and Brian Miller the rest of the top five finishers.

The Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds wrap up their season this Saturday, September 10 at Oakshade Raceway. UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Shiels Earns Third Oakshade Raceway Feature Win Of Year

August 8th, 2016

A beautiful sunny evening greeted race fans at Oakshade Raceway for a jam-packed night of racing action in which Devin Shiels earned his third UMP Late Model feature win of the year and is now poised to be a championship contender.

After an early wash out the week before, a few Bomber and Sport Compact heat events were made up along with the UMP Sportsman feature event at the beginning of the night. Brian Fisher and Mike Jessen made the wait well worth it. Fisher held the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row. A big crash on a lap eight restart involving Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr., Tim Fisher, Roger Weirich and Shaun Sharp tore up some cars pretty good. Jessen restarted in fourth, but got to the inside of Fisher to challenge for the lead. The Berkey, Ohio, driver took command on lap 14 of the 20-lap race, but Fisher battled back to regain the lead two laps later. Jessen regrouped and made a final charge at the end of the race and came out victorious for the third time this season. Fisher was a close second with George Lindsey, Rusty Smith and Bob Krumm the rest of the top five finishers.

Oakshade UMP Late Model point leader Brian Ruhlman jumped out to a big lead at the start of the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature event with Steve Kester trailing in second. The first caution flag flew on lap 14 after Dan Gehring’s brake rotor briefly caught fire. That tightened up the field behind Ruhlman with Britton, Michigan’s Devin Shiels restarting second. Shiels wasted no time and took the lead from Ruhlman as the green flag flew once again. Multiple cautions in the final 10 laps kept the field tight, but Shiels was able to hang on to pick up the checkered flag. His win closes up the points race with Shiels just four points behind Ruhlman in the standings. Kester was able to get by Ruhlman to finish the race in second. Brad Wade was fourth with Brad Eitniear fifth.

The UMP Sportsman driver took to the track for their second feature of the night which featured some three-wide battling for the early lead between Mike Jessen, George Lindsey and Joe Smith. Jessen was able to take the lead and open some distance over the rest of the field. Lindsey and Bob Gregory got together while battling for third which cause Gregory to spin bringing out the caution flag on lap 14. Jessen went on to make it a clean sweep, winning his second feature of the evening. Joe Smith finished a strong second while Brice Stuart picked up a few positions late using the high side to finish third. Lindsey slipped back to end up fourth with Rusty Smith fifth.

Jeff Foks Jr. and Swanton, Ohio’s Gregg DeTray continued to be the class of the Bomber division. The two drivers battled side by side for the lead at the start of the Bomber A Main with DeTray getting coming out on top by lap two. DeTray and Foks pulled away from the rest of the field. Several caution periods slowed the field few times, but DeTray was able to pick up his fourth A Main win of the year and close to within 25 points of Foks in the point standings. Foks finished second with Tim Hancock, Tim Murphy and Craig Dippman rounding out the top five.

Another Foks, Jeff Foks Sr. out of Holland Ohio, earned his second Sport Compact A Main feature win of the year. Foks worked his way up to second after an early caution for Amanda Martz, Regan Ford and Chris Leonard. Foks got to the inside of Brogan Rehklau to take the lead and eventual win. Rehklau settled for second with Sport Compact point leader Richard Riffe third. Clinton Urban finished fourth with Cory Gumm fifth.

Dylan Burt spun early while lout in front of the Bomber B Main turning the lead battle over to Donovan Paskan and Jarrett Rendel. In the end, Paskan, out of Clayton, Michigan, picked up the victory over Ron Bloomfield, Garry Domoe and Terry Rump. Rendel ended up fifth.

Aaron Barrick from Onsted, Michigan, led from flag to flag in a caution free Sport Compact B Main while Cody Stetten, Paul Miller, Matt Brazeau and Devin Goodman had a four car battle for second in which Stetten came out on top of. Miller, Brazeau and Goodman rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

In addition to the regular feature events, the Tom Elling Memorial Australian Pursuit races for the top ten in points in the UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman and Bombers were run. In the UMP Late Models, Brad Wade spun on lap five and collected several other cars leaving only three cars left in competition. Brian Ruhlman had started at the tail and made it through the Brad Wade incident. He then got by Dusty Moore and Drew Smith to win before the 10-lap distance was reached. Mike Jessen won the UMP Sportsman race with Chris Sands coming out on top in the Bombers.

In addition to the two 25-lap UMP Late Model features scheduled for August 13, at Oakshade Raceway, there will also be double features for The Sport Compact class to make up racing action cut short by rain on July 30. The UMP Sportsman and Bombers will also be in action with gates Opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Mother Nature Cuts Racing Action Short At Oakshade Raceway

August 1st, 2016

Ominous clouds surrounded Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night, but did not put a damper on some early heat race action for the $2,000 to win American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco racing program.

After the ALMS, Sportsman and a few Bomber heat events had concluded, a light rain began falling as the first of two ALMS consolation events rolled onto track. Cars continued to circulate around the track until the rain finally ceased. More drivers were called to the track to help run it back in. After a short time, racing was ready to resume. Just as the cars were starting to line back up for the start of the race, the skies opened up and a downpour forced race officials to cancel the rest of the evening’s action.

The ALMS consolations and feature will be made up on the September 3rd ALMS event.

The remaining Bomber heat races, Compact heats and Sportsman feature event will be run at the start of next week’s (8/6) program with the remaining features to made up in the following weeks. For updates, follow Oakshade Raceway on Twitter @OakshadeRaceway or visit oakshaderaceway.com.

Devin Shiels Wins Exciting Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Night Late Model Feature At Oakshade Raceway

July 28th, 2016

Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Night was a wild night of racing action at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday evening which was highlighted by Devin Shiels’ exciting UMP Late Model feature win.

Steve Kester and Devin Shiels both started on the front row of Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing UMP Late Model feature event and the two drivers spent the first five laps racing side by side, trading the lead back and forth. Kester eventually was able to get the best of the Britton, Michigan, driver and open up a little bit of a lead. A little later in the race, Rusty Schlenk began to bear down on the leaders, taking the second position from Shiels on lap 14. Four laps later, Schlenk took the race lead away from Kester and appeared to be on his way to his second Oakshade feature win of the season.

Everything changed just as the leader was about to take the white flag. Schlenk attempted to dive to the inside of Matt Shipley who was running at the tail end of the lead lap going into turn three and got into the side of him. The two drivers got hooked together and brought out the only caution flag of the race. Schlenk had to restart at the rear which meant Kester was back out front and set to lead the field back to a two-lap shootout to the finish. Restarting in the second position was Shiels who got a great restart and dropped to the inside of Kester to take the lead and the checkered flag. His win moved him up in the point standings to second, just 18 points in arrears to Brian Ruhlman. Kester settled for a second place finish in the race with Casey Noonan capping off an impressive run to finish third after having to transfer in from the last chance race and then starting deep in 16^th . Brad Wade and Brad Eitniear were the rest of the top five finishers.

Veteran driver George Lindsey from Adrian, Michigan, led from flag to flag in the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing UMP Sportsman feature event to pick up his second win of the year. Multiple caution flags kept the field tight behind Lindsey with Mike Jessen trailing most of the race. While Jessen was trying to pressure for the race lead, he had his hands full with trying to fend off Tim Fisher for second. Lindsey was able to hold off Jessen and his win tightens up the points battle in the Sportsman class. Lindsey is now second in points, just 15 behind leader Rusty Smith. Jessen held on to finish second ahead of Tim Fisher. Brian Fisher had a nice run to finish fourth with Bob Gregory finishing fifth.

Jeff Foks Jr. and Gregg DeTray had an epic battle for the lead in a caution-filled Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Bomber A Main. Foks started on the outside of the front row and gained the lead over pole-sitter Tim Murphy. DeTray quickly worked his way up past Murphy for second on lap number two. Foks and DeTray raced side by side lap after lap with Foks running the high line and DeTray hugging the inside. DeTray managed to edge out Foks for the lead on lap 10 after Foks appeared to slip up a little higher than he wanted in turn two, but Foks fought back and regained the lead on lap 11. DeTray led Foks back to the line the very next lap, but caution flag flew for Brandon Clark’s spin which reverted the field back to the lap 11 line up for the restart. In the end, The Holland, Ohio, driver was able to hang on and pick up his fourth feature win of the year with DeTray settling for second. Both drivers are also atop the Bomber points with Foks leading DeTray by 25. Craig Dippman finished third followed by Tim Hancock and Curt Lancaster.

Waldron, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau made a bold move at the start of the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Sport Compact A Main to gain the early lead. Rehklau jumped to the outside of Nathan Shaffer and Richard Riffe to race three-wide for the lead the first lap and a half. Finally Rehklau came out ahead by the completion of lap two. Despite Riffe continually pressuring for the lead, Rehklau was able to hang on and pick up his second feature win of the year. Riffe, who has won seven Sport Compact features this season, came up one position short to finish second. Cory Gumm posted a third place finish with Josh Proffitt and Brandon Paskan finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

A scary incident marred the start of the Bomber B Main after Steve Reeves crashed just before making it to the starting line as the field was taking the green flag. The red flag had to be thrown so that Reeves could receive medical attention. He was transported from the track in an ambulance and there is no word on his condition. After racing was able to resume, Dylan Burt jumped out to what appeared to be the lead, but officials penalized him for starting a little too early when the green flag waved. Burt would serve his penalty after the caution flag came out early which put him behind Cody Laney and Ted Hill. Those two drivers battled for the lead with Laney coming out on top. Dean Taylor closed in late in the race after started at the tail of the field. After an onslaught of caution periods, the time limit for the event expired which set up a one-lap race to the finish. Laney was the leader ahead of Taylor as they came to the green flag. Taylor looked high in turns one and two and then dove low underneath Laney in turns three and four. Taylor, out of Sylvania, Ohio, just managed to edge out Laney by a nose for the win. Ted Hill held on to finish third followed by Dylan Hough and Matt Lane.

The final event of the night was the Sport Compact B Main which had some pretty intense racing action. Paul Miller got the early lead with Rick McDaniel, Clinton Urban and Cameron Tusing racing three-wide for second. McDaniel and Tusing came together in the front stretch which just about stacked up the entire field, but somehow everyone continued on. That is until Tusing got crossed up in turn four and McDaniel also became involved late to bring out the caution flag on lap three. Toledo, Ohio’s Clinton Urban got to the outside of Miller to challenge for the race lead late. The two drivers touched on the final lap in turn two. Urban dropped to the inside of Miller in the final corners and made the last lap pass to earn his first feature win of the season. Miller settled for second with Jeff Goodman, Brianna Ruby and Regan Ford rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

The American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco returns to Oakshade Raceway, home of the Contingency Connection $100,000 Racer Rewards Program, on Saturday, July 30 for a $2,000 to win show. The UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Sport Compact classes will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Jon Henry Dominates 18th Annual Oakshade Raceway Birthday Race

July 18th, 2016

Oakshade Raceway wrapped up a two day racing weekend Saturday night with the 18^th Annual Birthday Race/Summer Nationals Finale which was dominated by Jon Henry from Ada, Ohio.

Henry started on the outside of the front row and immediately took command at the drop of the green flag in the 60-lap late model feature event. Henry then opened up his advantage over Friday night’s winner Jason Feger. The first yellow flag flew on lap eight when Mason Zeigler slowed on the track. Henry continued to maintain about a three second lead over Feger until lap 47. Feger attemtped to get by Zeigler who had made repairs and rejoined the race and was running a lap down when the two drivers made contact. That brought out the yellow flag and ended the night for Feger with damage to his right front. After another caution on the ensuing restart, Henry darted back out to a big lead on his way to the $10,000 Birthday Race win. The 2016 Summer Nationals Champion Bobby Pierce from Oakwood, Illinois, finished a distant second in the race followed by Rusty Schlenk and Matt Miller.

Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman jumped out to a big lead in the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals 25-lap feature event after starting on the pole. A Jon Horner spin on lap nine would tighten the field with Friday night’s winner, Nick Hoffman, in second. It only took Hoffman two laps to work by Ruhlman on the outside for the race lead. Once in the lead, the Mooresville, North Carolina driver went on to the easy win making it a clean sweep for the weekend at Oakshade. Ruhlman settled for second.

Jeff Foks Sr. started on the pole of the Sport Compact A Main and led all the way until entering turn three on the final lap. Seven time feature winner Richard Riffe had been trying to get around Foks the entire race and found his chance as the leaders came upon the slower car of Paul Miller running at the back of the pack. Foks backed off at the end of the backstretch and Riffe flew on by, taking the lead on the inside. Riffe made contact with Miller turning his car sideways in front of Riffe which allowed Foks to squeeze on by back to the lead coming off turn four. Foks became only the third different Compact A Main winner of the year. Riffe was able to power through to a second place finish.

Aaron Barrick out of Onsted, Michigan started on the pole and led the entire distance of a caution free Sport Compact B Main. Rick McDaniel trailed Barrick the entire race and made one last ditch effort to catch him in the final corners but came up short and settled for a second place finish.

Saturday, July 23 is Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing Night at Oakshade Raceway featuring a full racing program that includes UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm and racing begins at 7pm.

Feger Holds Off Unzicker For Friday Night Summer Nationals Win At Oakshade Raceway

July 16th, 2016

Jason Feger held off a hard-charging Ryan Unzicker to win the DIRTcar Late Model Summer Nationals event Friday night at Oakshade Raceway, part of a two-night event at the 3/8 mile track. Oakshade Raceway once again had the highest car count of all the series events with 50 late models.

Devin Moran jumped out to the lead at the start, but Bloomington, Illinois’ Jason Feger quickly closed in and passed Moran to take lead early in the 40-lap feature. Feger opened up a big lead until the only caution flag flew on lap 12 after Steve Kester got up into the front stretch wall. Ryan Unzicker restarted third and three laps later took the lead from Feger, but Feger battled back and reclaimed the lead one lap later. The two drivers would battle for the lead all the way to the finish. Unzicker closed in one last time and dove to the inside of Feger as they came off the final corner to the checkered flag with Feger just edging out Unzicker for the $5,000 win. Current Summer Nationals point leader Bobby Pierce fought off John Henry to finish third with Devin Moran slipping back to a fifth place finish.

The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals were also in action. Brian Ruhlman got by Cory Daugherty for the lead on the second lap of the 25-lap feature event. Ruhlman appeared to have the car to beat early after pulling out to a big lead. Nick Hoffman from Mooresville, North Carolina, began to chip away at Ruhlman’s lead and caught him while working through lapped traffic. On lap 15, Hoffman passed Ruhlman and went on to pick up the easy win and $1,000. Ruhlman settled for a second place finish followed by Zack Schroeder and Randy Lines.

The 18^th Annual Birthday Race/Summer National Finale takes place Saturday night July 16, paying $10,000 to win along with $1,000 to win for the Summit Racing Modifieds. The Sport Compacts will also be in action with gates opening at 10am and racing at 7:30pm.

Devin Shiels Pick Up Memorial Night Feature Win/Night Of Wheels Put Smiles On Kids’ Faces

July 5th, 2016

Memorial Night lap sponsorships at Oakshade Raceway meant a little extra money on the line for drivers leading sponsored laps in the A Mains and made for some great racing action. It was also the Night of Wheels where nearly 50 donated bikes were given away during intermission to a bunch of happy kids.

Among the highlights of the evening’s festivities was Britton, Michigan’s Devin Shiels earning his first feature win of the season in the UMP Late Models. At the start, it was Oakshade point leader Brian Ruhlman picking up the first couple laps’ sponsorship money until a hard-charging Rob Anderzack took the lead on lap three. Anderzack pulled away until he started to close in on the slower traffic running at the back of the field. The first caution flag flew on lap 11 after Anderzack got into Curtis Deisenroth, who was running at the back of the field, and turned him around at the end of the front stretch. After the restart, Shiels moved up two spots to take the lead with Mike Bores following him into second. A few laps later, Bores relinquished his position after his car slowed and rolled to a stop to bring out the yellow flag on lap 14, ending his night. Shiels continued on, opening up his lead and picked up the easy victory to become the fifth different UMP Late Model driver to win at Oakshade this year. Steve Kester finished second after starting ninth with Casey Noonan ending up third. Brian Ruhlman and Rob Anderzack slipped back to finish fourth and fifth respectively.

Billy Brown had a good run in the UMP Sportsman Memorial Night feature, leading the majority of the race and racking up lap sponsorship money. Unfortunately for Brown, Berkey, Ohio’s Mike Jessen was on a mission to earn his first feature win of the season and passed Brown for the lead on lap 17 of the 20-lap feature which ran caution-free. The former Sportsman track champion led the final three laps and took the checkered flag with Brown finishing a respectable second. Bob Gregory was third and one of last week’s Sportsman Twin 25 feature winners, Rusty Smith, wound up fourth. Joe Smith was fifth.

Tim Murphy found himself out in front early in the Bomber A Main Memorial feature ahead of some very stout competition. Murphy was able to maintain the lead until a lap six restart in which Gregg DeTray was able to motor on by. DeTray, out of Swanton, Ohio, led the remaining laps to pick up his second feature win of the year. Craig Dippman came out on top of a hard fought battle for second with Murphy. Bomber point leader Jeff Foks finished fourth with Chris Sands posting a top five finish after starting 14^th .

Clint Urban snatched the lead at the start of the Sport Compact A Main, but an early caution flag would be his undoing. As the yellow flag flew for Paul Miller, Urban began to slow and got turned around sending him to the tail for the restart. That turned the lead over to Devin Goodman who led a good part of the race until Toledo, Ohio’s Richard Riffe took it away on lap five. He went on to extend his current win streak to four in a row and a total of six feature wins so far this year. Cory Gumm came home second followed by Cody Stetten, Devin Goodman and Nathan Goodman.

Rayce Price appeared to be on his way to a second consecutive Bomber B Main win, but came up just short. Price led every lap but the last with Cody Laney pressuring him most of the race. On the final lap, Price’s car fell off the pace in the final corners with the checkered flag in sight. Rick Dixon from Grand Ledge, Michigan, took advantage of the situation and drove on by to pick up the victory. Jarrett Rendel had an up and down race that ended with a second place finish. Laney ended up third with Justin Gamber fourth. Price was able to limp his ailing ride to a fifth place finish.

Jeff Goodman has had some pretty tough luck the past two weeks in the Sport Compact B Mains. Last week he rolled his car over. This week his night ended early after he lost a wheel on lap two. Toledo, Ohio’s Rick McDaniel had a bit better luck and led the entire distance after starting on the pole to earn the feature win. Kenny Wats finished second followed by Brandon Paskan and Cameron Tusing. Josh Profitt started near the back of the field and ended up fifth.

The final event of the night, the Bomber C Main, ended with Chris Bleikamp slamming nose first into the wall coming off turn four on the final lap. Bleikamp was OK, but his car was destroyed. Nick Fenned started on the pole and led the first part of a caution-filled race. About midway through the race, Fenner pulled off and retired to the pits. Perrysburg, Ohio’s Evan Myers then inherited the lead and survived to claim the checkered flag. Ron Bloomfield finished second and Jeff Warnick ended up third after starting near the back of the field. Ryder Price was fourth and Jody Burton wound up fifth.

The Vintage American Race Cars (VARC) will join a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, July 9. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Billy Moyer Jr Adds His Name To Winners List Of Oakshade’s Annual Barney Oldfield Race

June 20th, 2016

Billy Moyer Jr. out of Batesville, Arkansas, added his name to the elite list of Barney Oldfield Race winners at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. That list even includes his famous dad who won the race back in 2001.

Steve Kester ran strong the first handful of laps of the 40-lap 27^th Annual Barney Oldfield American Late Models Series feature event. Moyer started inside the second row and was unable to gain any ground early. He ended up spinning in turn four causing the field to scatter around him. Moyer was able to keep his car moving, but another car came to a stop after spinning to avoid Moyer’s to bring out the yellow flag on lap five. Jon Henry restarted second just ahead of Moyer and darted past Kester to take the lead. Henry opened up a huge lead over the rest of the field and began to work through lapped traffic when Moyer found a line his car worked in and began to close in. Moyer took the lead on lap 24 and carried it all the way to the checkered flag to win the $5,200 check. Henry and Cody Mohoney battled hard for the second position with Henry coming out on top. Last year’s Barney Oldfield Race winnner, Jeep Van Wormer, finished fourth with Houghton Lake, Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier ending up fifth after starting 13^th .

Bruce Stuart opened up a big lead early in the UMP Sportsman feature until a caution on lap eight after Joel Morton and Billy Brown got together. Lambertville, Michigan’s Joe Derbeck had a good restart and took the lead away from Stuart. Jamie Grochowski got by Stuart for second and pressured Derbeck for the lead the remainder of the race. Despite a few late cautions, Derbeck was able to hang on for his first feature win of the season with Grochowski settling for second. Bob Gregory got by Stuart to finish third with George Lindsey fifth.

Defending Bomber Track Champion Gregg DeTray started on the outside of the front row in the Bomber A Main and proceeded to lead the entire race distance. DeTray from Swanton, Ohio, opened up a huge lead until a caution on lap 11 tightened up the field with last week’s feature winner Jeff Foks Jr. right on his rear bumper in second. DeTray went on to to pick up his first feature win of the year. Foks held off a hard-charging Craig Dippman for second with Tim Murphy and Roscoe Stetten the rest of the top five finishers.

Brogan Rehklau started on the pole of the Sport Compact A Main and managed to fend off Richard Riffe to lead lap one. Riffe and Rehklau raced door to door for a few laps with Riffe eventually getting the best of Rehklau. The Toledo, Ohio driver went on to win his fourth feature of the year with Cory Gumm getting by Rehklau to finish second. Paul Miller was fourth followed by Jeff Foks Sr. in fifth.

Rick Dixon took the lead from Dan Shaffer on the second lap of the Bomber B Main. A lap four caution slowed things down and put Rob Price just behind Dixon for the restart. Price from Morenci, Michigan, had started deep in the field, but found himself side by side with Dixon racing for the lead once back under green. Finally, Price took command on lap nine and went on to lead the final three laps en route to the victory. Dixon finished second followed by Shaffer, Chris Henry and Garrett McClain.

Jeff Goodman from Wauseon, Ohio, dominated the final race of the night, the Sport Compact B Main. He grabbed the lead after starting on the outside of the front row and ran the high line all the way to the checkered flag. Clinton Urban worked his way through the field to end up with a second place finish followed by Devin Goodman, Rick McDaniel and Cole Walbolt.

The Sportsman class takes center stage Saturday, June 25 at Oakshade Raceway with the Sportsman Twin 25s which will feature two complete 25-lap feature events. In addition, there will be UMP Late Model, Bomber and Sport Compact racing action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Noonan Edges Schlenk For ALMS Win In Epic Finish At Oakshade

May 31st, 2016

Oakshade Raceway played host to some incredible racing action Memorial Day weekend with Casey Noonan edging out Rusty Schlenk in an epic battle to the finish of the American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco feature event.

Sylvania, Ohio’s Casey Noonan started on the outside of the front row and got the lead at the start of the 30-lap, $2,000 to win, ALMS feature event over defending track champion Brian Ruhlman. A caution on lap 10 tightened up the field for a double-file restart in which Noonan chose to take the inside, putting Schlenk to his outside. Schlenk, the ALMS point leader, took advantage and darted out to the lead on the restart. A spin on lap 14 brought out the yellow flag again and Schlenk chose the inside position for the restart with Noonan flanking him on the outside. Noonan capitalized and took the lead back on the restart. Another caution slowed the field on lap 25 after Brad Wade smacked the backstretch wall. Just as the field was lined up for a single-file restart, the skies opened up just a bit and the track became too slick to resume racing. After about 10 minutes of the cars circulating around the oval, track conditions improved and the field lined up behind Noonan to go back to green for the final five laps. Schlenk restarted second and within a couple laps, was able to pull alongside Noonan to race for the lead. The two drivers raced side by side the final three laps with Noonan getting a great run coming off the final corner to pull ahead just a bit to earn his second Oakshade feature win of the year. Schlenk maintained his ALMS point lead after settling for a close second place finish. Ruhlman was third with Mike Bores and Jon Henry rounding out the rest of the top five finishers. With the feature win, Noonan takes over the early season track point lead by four points over Ruhlman.

Great racing action continued in the UMP Sportsman feature with sparks flying at the finish. Jamie Grochowski led the first five laps until crashing into an embankment around a light pole in the infield which took him out of contention, although he would later return to the race several laps down. Bob Gregory inherited the race lead with Rusty Smith pressuring from the second position. Rich Ruff charged his way to the front late in the race after getting by both Smith and Gregory. A late caution set up a three-lap race to the finish. Sylvania, Ohio’s Rusy Smith got to the inside of Ruff and the two drivers raced side by side all the way to the checkered flag. Ruff came off the final corner a bit high and scraped the frontstretch wall sending a shower of sparks flying as he tried to fend off Smith. Smith carried a good run on the inside off turn four to beat Ruff to the checkered flag in an extremely close and exciting finish. Mike Jessen finished third with Tim Fisher gaining five positions to finish fourth. Gregory slipped back to finish fifth.

Gregg DeTray appeared to be on his way to his first Bomber A Main feature win of the year, but the bad luck bug would bite him once again. DeTray started inside the second row and took the lead shortly after the drop of the green flag. He proceeded to open up a big lead and was working through slower traffic when Dylan Hough spun on lap 11 just in front of him. DeTray had nowhere to go and ripped the front off Hough’s car with the right side of his. DeTray continued on as the yellow flag came out. Another caution came out on a lap later after a Dean Taylor crash. DeTray led Jeff Foks Jr. as they came back to the green flag for the final three laps. Foks, from Holland, Ohio, took the lead away on the restart and pulled away to win his second A Main of the year. Tim Hancock and Chris Sands also got by DeTray to finish second and third respectively after DeTray faded back to end up fourth. Teri-Lynn Murphy was fifth.

Brogan Rehklau led from flag to flag in the Sport Compact feature event, ending Richard Riffe’s consecutive win streak at two. The Waldron, Michigan driver started on the outside of the second row and had the lead by the end of the first lap. Riffe quickly worked up to second, but was unable to mount a successful challenge on Rehklau. It was the first win of the season for the defending track champion. Riffe settled for second with pole-sitter Cory Gumm finishing third. Matt Brazeau started very deep in the field and took a fourth place finish with Jeff Foks Sr. ending up fifth.

A hard crash at the start of the Bomber B Main took out last week’s B Main winner, Dylan Burt, as well as Ryder Price and Duane Fletcher. Once things got going, Jerry Signor jumped out to the race lead. Adrian, Michigan’s Roscoe Stetten took command on lap five after starting toward the back of the field. Terry Rump closed in late, but Stetten held on to pick up the victory. Following Rump in second was Jarrett Rendel in third and Brandon Clark in fourth. Nick fenner finished fifth.

Jeff Goodman from Wauseon, Ohio, led the entire distance of Sport Compact B Main which was the final race of the night. Goodman wasted little time and quickly took the lead before pulling away to pick up the checkered flag over Chris Leonard. Chane Stuckey II started on the pole and slipped back two spots to finish third. Jennifer Rendel was fourth and Kenny Wats rounded out the top five finishers.

The “Night of Wheels” returns to Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, June 4 with a full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts in addiction to a large number of bikes that will be given away at intermission to a bunch of happy kids. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Drown Tops Late Model Competition At Oakshade

May 25th, 2016

Doug Drown topped a talented field of UMP Late Model drivers at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night, picking up the 25-lap feature win under the full moon.

Brad Wade and Rob Anderzack started on the front row and traded the lead the first few laps until Wooster, Ohio’s Doug Drown took command on lap four. Anderzack battled back, but slipped high in turns one and two before fading back just a bit. Dusty Moore then took over second, but was unable to challenge Drown for the race lead.

A caution on lap 16 for a crash involving Jake Rendel, Graeme Short and Bob Mayor tightened the field one last time, but no one would catch Drown. Dusty Moore held off Matt Miller to finish second. Rusty Schlenk took fourth with the defending track champion, Brian Ruhlman, finishing fifth.

The UMP Sportsman Feature produced one of the most exciting finishes of the night after Rusty Smith led from the start with Bruce Stuart trailing in second. Donnie Ringman brought out the caution flag with four laps remaining after he spun just in front of the lead pack while running near the end of the lead lap cars. Rich Ruff restarted third and pounced to take second from Stuart. Stuart, from Adrian, Michigan, battled back and reclaimed second and seemed be hooked up running the high line. He continued his march to the outside of Smith to battle for the lead on the final lap. Stuart’s momentum on the high side carried him to his first feature win of the season with Smith finishing a disappointing second after having lead the first 19 laps fo the race. Ruff wound up third followed by George Lindsey and Bob Gregory.

Chris Henry started on the outside of the front row in the Bomber A Main and quickly gained the lead over pole-sitter and last week’s B Main winner, Ryan Gorey. Former Bomber track champion Jeff Foks seems to be back in championship form, running second behind Henry, trying to pick up his second consecutive A Main win. The two drivers pulled away with the lead and defending champion Gregg Detray joined the pack to make it a three car battle out front. DeTray was able to get by Foks for second, but Henry, out of Jackson, Michigan, held on to pick up the feature win. Foks settled for third with Chris Sands and Dan Dippman rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

The Sport Compact class continues to grow at Oakshade Raceway with nearly 30 cars in competition on Saturday. Cody Stetten took the early lead in the feature event, but last week’s winner, Richard Riffe, quickly marched his way to the front and took the lead away en route to the Toledo, Ohio driver’s second consecutive feature win. Brogan Rehklau finished second with Stetten slipping back to finish third. Nathan Goodman and Cory Gumm were the rest of the top five finishers.

Scott Hammer jumped out to the lead at the start of the Bomber B Main and led the first half of the race until Toledo, Ohio’s Dylan Burt took advantage of a restart after a caution to jump to Hammer’s inside. Burt took the lead, but Hammer battled back on the inside and the two drivers swapped the lead racing side by side for several laps. A late caution tightened the field once again with Hammer back at the point for a green-white-checkered finish. Burt got back to the inside and made the pass for the lead at the white flag. Hammer tried to battle back to the inside on the final lap with Terry Rump closing in to make it a three car race to the checkered flag. Burt edged out both Hammer and Rump for his first win. Garrett McClain finished fourth with Brenem Mellon in fifth.

Get ready for even more racing excitement Memorial Day weekend at Oakshade Raceway with the American Late Model Series presented by Sunoco racing for $2,000 to win on Saturday night. UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Sport Compacts will aslo be in actino with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Noonan Dominates Oakshade Raceway Bill Reckner Memorial Season Opener

May 11th, 2016

Casey Noonan’s dominating performance in the Bill Reckner Memorial UMP Late Model feature event highlighted the 2016 season opener at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. Noonan led the entire distance of the 25-lap feature.

Noonan started on the pole and immediately jumped out to the lead over Dan Wallace at the start. The Sylvania, Ohio driver proceeded to open up a big huge lead with Steve Kester moving up to second and defend track champion Brian Ruhlman in third. With no caution flags to tighten up the field, Noonan spent much of the race navigating through lapped traffic which allowed Kester to close in slightly, but not enough to put any pressure on Noonan for the race lead. Ruhlman was able to close up right behind Kester in the battle for second, but couldn’t get by and settled for a third place finish. Devin Sheils was close behind in fourth with Mathew Chapman finishing fifth.

Bob Gregory led a four-wide battle for second between Bob Krumm, Rusty Smith, Billy Brown and Jamie Grochowski at the start of the Bill Reckner Memorial UMP Sportsman feature. A big wreck involving Smith, Grochowski, Roger Weirich and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. took out some of the top contenders on lap three. Multiple caution flags kept the field tight and veteran driver Tim Fisher from Blissfield, Michigan, steadily worked up toward the front of the field taking second by lap nine. Fisher looked low on Gregory and Gregory moved down to take that line away. So Fisher looked to the outside and finally took the lead and went on to pick up the checkered flag. George Lindsey got by Gregory for second. Mike Jessen finished fourth with Bob Krumm slipping back to end up fifth.

Chris Sands took command at the start of the Bill Reckner Memorial Bomber A Main with defending track champion Gregg DeTray running second although neither driver would end up finishing. Pole sitter Roscoe Stetten slipped back at the start, but worked his way back to the lead by lap six. Stetten’s lead would last five laps until the 2014 Bomber Champion, Jeff Foks Jr., took the lead on lap 11. During a late caution for an incident involving Tim and Teri-Lynn Murphy, both Sands and DeTray retired to the pits before going back to green. Foks, from Holland, Ohio, cited the change in manufacturer of the body on his car as a huge improvement over last year during his victory interview after the race. Stetten held on to finish second followed by Tim Hancock, Skeet Reckner and Curt Dickie.

The Bill Reckner Memorial Sport Compact feature started off with some five-wide battling as the green flag dropped. Rick McDaniel held the early lead until Toledo, Ohio’s Richard Riffe got by on lap three. Riffe went on to pick up the easy victory over last year’s track champion, Brogan Rehlkau. Matt Brazzeau ended up third ahead of McDaniel and Cody Stetten.

A hard crash at the start of the Bill Reckner Memorial Bomber B Main involving Terry Rump, Duane Fletcher and Jeff Robertson Jr. resulted in a complete restart. Ryan Gorey jumped out to the lead once things got going. Gorey led the entire distance of the crash-filled race to pick up the feature win with Morenci, Michigan’s Dan Shaffer finishing second. Despite a lot of smoke at the start of the race, Tyler James car held up to finish third with Jarrett Rendel and Dylan Burt rounding out the rest of the top five.

Racing action continues this coming Saturday, May 14 at Oakshade Raceway with a full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Oakshade Raceway Drivers Honored At Annual Awards Banquet

December 15th, 2015

Oakshade Raceway handed out over $30,000 to more than 60 drivers at the annual awards banquet at the Fulton County fairgrounds to honor the 2015 track champions.

Brian Ruhlman of Clarklake, Michigan, was awarded $7,500 for winning the UMP Late Model track championship with his six feature wins this past season. Double honors went to UMP Sportsman Track Champion Mathew Chapman. The driver from Onsted, Michigan, not only won the championship, but earned the Rookie of the Year title as well. Swanton, Ohio’s Gregg DeTray came out on top of an incredibly tight point battle to win the Bomber track championship. And finally, Brogan Rehklau out of Waldron, Michigan was the Sport Compact champion.

A big announcement that was made for the 2016 racing season was the addition of a second night of racing on the Birthday Race weekend. Oakshade will now host UMP Summer Nationals races on Friday, July 15, 2016 and Saturday, July 16, 2016. The Friday night show will be $5,000 to win and Saturday’s program will be $10,000 to win for the UMP Late Models. The UMP Modified Summer Nationals will also be in action both nights with Oakshade’s 4-cylinder Sport Compact class in action as part of the Saturday night program.

More details will be forthcoming when the entire 2016 race schedule is released.

DeTray, Chapman and Rehklau Earn Oakshade Season Championship Wins

September 28th, 2015

A couple of season championships came right down to the wire on Oakshade Raceway’s Season Championship Night. Mathew Chapman maintained an extremely slim lead in the UMP Sportsman class and Bomber track championship wasn’t decided until the final lap of the 16^th Annual Bomber Spectacular that was dominated by Gregg DeTray.

DeTray, from Swanton, Ohio, came into the night tied for second in the point standings with Adam Noonan. Both drivers were just a single point behind Chris Sands. DeTray started on the pole of the 25-lap $1,000 to win Bomber Spectacular feature event and led the entire distance. Sands ran second the first part of the race, but couldn’t challenge DeTray for the lead.

Detray had opened up a big lead, but almost had his championship hopes erased on lap 17. At least four cars wrecked going into turn three just in front of DeTray who turned right at the last moment to avoid getting caught up in the incident. That move allowed DeTray to go on and pick up the victory as well as become the unofficial 2015 Bomber track champion by just five points over Sands who finished fourth. Chris Henry and Craig Dippman finished second and third respectively with Dylan Hough ending up fifth. Adam Noonan got caught up in an incident earlier in the race that took him out of competition and ended up 16th.

The UMP Late Models were also in action with the roofs removed for some topless racing action. Dusty Moore took the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the outside of the front row. 2014 Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model Track Champion Rusty Schlenk took over the lead on lap two and went on to pick up the easy victory. It was the fourth Oakshade feature win of the year for the McClure, Ohio driver. Traverse City, Michigan’s Brandon Thirlby finished second with the unofficial 2015 Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model track champion, Brian Ruhlman, ending up third. Ryan Vanderveen and Dusty Moore were the rest of the top five finishers.

Rich Ruff started on the pole of the Season Championship UMP Sportsman feature and led the first six laps before slowing on the backstretch and retiring to the pits. That turned the lead over to championship contender Jamie Grochowski. His championship competition, Mathew Chapman, took the lead one lap later. The rookie driver from Tecumseh, Michigan, maintained his advantage through multiple caution periods before finally picking up his sixth feature win of the season. The win also earned him the unofficial UMP Sportsman track championship over Grochowski by just 10 points who finished the race in second. Bob Gregory finished third followed by Drew Smith and Rusty Smith.

Brogan Rehklau from Waldron, Michigan, had already unofficially locked in the Oakshade Raceway Sport Compact track championship and finished up the season in championship form by picking up his sixth feature win of the year. Richard Riffe worked his way up to second late in the race and would finish in that position. Jason Deshler was third with Kyle Light and Josh Martis the rest of the top five finishers.

A different kind of racing action will take over Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, October 3^rd with the Wiener Dog Nationals wiener dog races and a Power Wheels Demolition Derby for kids aged 3 to 8. Wiener dog registration will be from 9:30am until 10:30am with racing starting at 11am. The Power Wheels Demo Derby will immediately follow at approximately 12:30pm. Admission is free to watch and there is just a $5 charge to enter either the wiener dog races or the demolition derby. Visit _www.oakshaderaceway.com _for more information.

Stemler Nabs Exciting Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Win At Oakshade

September 15th, 2015

Persistent wind-driven rain showers delayed the start of the Michigan Dirt Cup Modified finale at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night, but those who braved the less than ideal racing conditions were treated to a great 35-lap Modified feature event.

Ionia, Michigan’s Travis Stemler had a great battle with Collin Thirlby at the front of the Michigan Dirt Cup feature as the two drivers traded the lead on multiple occasions. Thirlby led much of the race with Stemler pressuring. Stemler took the lead for the final time at the white flag and picked up his first Michigan Dirt Cup Modified feature win of the year. Thirlby settled for a second place finish. David Mielke finished third and wrapped up the 2015 Michigan Dirt Cup Championship. Aaron Morey and Shawn Valenti were the rest of the top five finishers.

A huge pile up at the start of the UMP Sportsman feature brought out the red flag when at least five cars ended up in a wad with one getting airborne. Once the mess was cleaned up, Mike Jessen from Berkey, Ohio, led most of the race after starting on the pole. Graeme Short was able to get within striking distance of Jessen and took the lead away on lap six, but Jessen regrouped and took the lead back one lap later. Jessen held on to win his third feature of the year. Short ended up second with points championship contenders, Jamie Grochowski and Mathew Chapman, finishing third and fourth respectively. Scot Mills was fifth.

Swanton, Ohio’s Gregg DeTray earned his seventh Bomber A Main win of the season in his bid for the 2015 Bomber Championship. Defending track champion Jeff Foks kept his slim championship hopes alive with a second place finish. Curt Lancaster finished third and Chris Sands’ fourth place finish was enough to retake the point lead. Chris Henry wound up fifth.

Next week’s season championship will be an exciting one in the Bombers. A Champion will be determined after a season long tight points race on Saturday, September 19. Sands has a single point advantage over Adam Noonan and Gregg DeTray who are both tied for second. Skeet Reckner is still in the hunt 24 points back in fourth and Foks still has an outside shot, 64 points behind in fifth.

After starting mid-pack in the Sport Compact feature event, Richard Riffe out of Toledo, Ohio, worked his way up to the front to pick up his second consecutive Sport Compact feature win and his seventh of the season. Jason Deshler started on the pole and managed a second place finish followed by Jeff Goodman, Nathan Goodman and Cody Stetten.

Multiple crashes slowed the start of the Bomber B Main, but once things got going, Satch Crispen shot out to a big lead. Crispen led the entire distance to pick up the victory. Dylan Hough made a late race pass on Donvan Paskan to finish second. Jarrett Rendel finished fourth with Matt Koerner fifth.

A sparse field rolled on to the raceway for the Bomber C Main which had a lot of cars not making the start. Jake Rendel from Adrian, Michigan, dominated the race and picked up the victory over Jeff Strock, Robert Meinen, Adam Garland and Chris Yockman who were the only cars still running at the end of the race.

Some exciting point championships will be decided this coming Saturday, September 19. Find out if UMP Sportsman rookie driver Mathew Chapman can maintain his 3 point lead over rival Jamie Grochowski and the Bomber championship is up for grabs among five different drivers. Topless UMP Late Models will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm and the racing begins at 7pm.

David Mielke in line to clinch second MDC Modified Tour Championship with a 14th or better finish

September 12th, 2015

Rochester Hills, Michigan- The 2015 Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour Presented by Lane Automotive Champion will officially be crowned on Saturday, September 12th. Ironically the neighboring state of Ohio will host the 2015 Season Championships as Oakshade Raceway, located west of Toledo and just south of the Michigan / Ohio state line in Wauseon, Ohio is the site. The 2015 Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour Season Championships will see the 2015 champion revealed at the conclusion of the A Feature.

Gladwin, Michigan driver, David Mielke merely needs to finish 14th or better and he will add the 2015 title to his 2013 Championship. The 23-year-old driver has been dominant all season long with eight victories in the 10 races conducted including five triumphs in a row at one point. His winning streak was snapped on September 4th at Hartford Motor Speedway (MI) when veteran, Curt Spalding scored the victory. Mielke bounced right back 24 hours later with his eight win of the year and a clean sweep of all four races held at his home track Merritt Speedway (MI).

Defending Tour Champion, Travis Stemler will be the only other driver with a mathematical chance at catching Mielke in the chase for the 2015 crown. Aaron Morey, the only other driver besides Mielke and Spalding to claim a win in 2015 will see his Championship hopes eliminated once the Green Flag waves on the Feature. Collin Thirlby’s chances will end as soon as Mielke’s rig pulls into the pit area. Brian Brindley completes the top five and barring any unforeseen circumstances, the top five going into Oakshade will remain the same when they leave.

While the MDC points season will be over after Oakshade, there will still be three MDC sanctioned events remaining on the schedule and all three will be held at the converted 7/16s (0.437) mile semi-banked dirt oval of Berlin Raceway. The famed fairgrounds facility, located west of Grand Rapids in Marne, Michigan will bring in the MDC cars and stars on Friday & Saturday, September 18-19th and they will join the World of Outlaws Late Model Series as part of the Down & Dirty Race Weekend. The final race of the dirt series at Berlin is on Saturday, September 26th when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invades.

The three-race mini-series in West Michigan for the MDC contingent, which also counts towards UMP DIRTcar Modified national points, will feature a separate points fund for the Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour competitors with the winner of the series being crowned the 2015 Berlin Raceway Track Champion and Keyser Manufacturing Dirt Fall Classic Series Champion. The points champion will receive a $1,000 bonus while second through fifth in those final points will get $800, $600, $400 and $200 respectively.

For more information about the rest of the fifth anniversary 2015 racing season for the Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour, go to the Tour website at: www.michigandirtcup.com. You can also follow MDC on Facebook and Twitter at: www.facebook.com/midirtcup and www.twitter.com/michigandirtcup. You can also email MDC Director of Operations Scott Menlen at: smenlen@michigandirtcup.com. Finally, for more information about Oakshade Raceway and Berlin Raceway, the host tracks for the remaining races left on the schedule, log on to each track website at: www.oakshaderaceway.com and at: www.berlinraceway.com

Schlenk Wins Exciting ALMS Race At Oakshade

September 8th, 2015

UMP Late Model National Point leader Rusty Schlenk picked up an exciting American Late Model Series (ALMS) win after some late race heroics at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Matt Miller got the advantage over J.R. Hotovy at the start of the 30-lap ALMS feature event. Miller, who has the most all-time ALMS feature wins at Oakshade with 12, led much of the race that was slowed multiple times for cautions. Ryan Unzicker came into the night with the ALMS lead, but rolled to a stop on lap three and was done for the night. Brandon Thirlby entered the night second in ALMS points and had to take a provisional to even make the starting field. After starting in the very last row, Thirlby seized the opportunity make up a lot of ground on Unzicker in the ALMS point standings. He drove all the way up to the third position by lap 20. The two cars in front of him had a great battle for the lead. Matt Miller was able to keep McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk behind him until there were only a couple laps to go. Schlenk finally got by and then pulled away to win the $2,000 prize. It was Schlenk’s third Oakshade Raceway feature win of the year. Miller settled for second with Thirlby passing the most cars to finish third. Last week’s UMP Late Model feature winner and unofficial 2015 Oakshade Raceway Track Champion Brian Ruhlman got by Curtis Roberts to finish fourth.

The great racing action continued with the UMP Sportsman feature event. Bob Gregory and Rich Ruff challenged each other for the lead the entire race. Gregory took the lead over Ruff on lap two and held it until the caution came out on lap eight. Ruff restarted on the inside of Gregory and the two drivers battled side by side for the next eight laps. Ruff edged ahead on lap 12, but two laps later it was Gregory back out front. Ruff took the lead for good on lap 15 and the caution slowed things down one lap later for an incident with Karl Spoores and Dennis Laney. Ruff, from Adrian, Michigan, led the final four laps with Gregory trying to keep second from Mathew Chapman. Chapman took the position with two to go, but Gregory fought back to finish in that position. Chapman, last week’s feature winner, finished third, but managed to solely take over the Sportsman point lead with only two weeks left. Mike Jessen and Jamie Grochowski were the rest of the top five finishers.

Garry Domoe took the lead at the start of the Bomber A Main, but Chris Henry took command by lap number two. Adam Noonan closed in and started pressuring Henry just before the caution flag flew on lap 11. Championship points contender Gregg DeTray was running third, but started to slow after the restart, eventually retiring to the pits. Craig Dippman made it three-wide for the lead on the final lap with Noonan and Henry, but Henry held on to take the checkered flag. Dippman was able to get by Noonan for second, as was Chris Sands who ended up third. Noonan slipped back a couple spots on that final lap to end up fourth, but now finds himself on top of a very unstable and competitive bomber points championship. Tim Murphy started very deep in the field and ended up fifth.

Randy Murday started on the pole of the Sport Compact feature race and despite getting a great start to lead the field through turns one and two, he did not complete a lap. Murday spun at the end of the backstretch and was hit hard by another car. This resulted in a complete restart. Jeff Rehklau took over the lead after the restart and held it for a few laps until Richard Riffe took advantage of Rehklau slipping way high in turn four to take the lead. Riffe, out of Toledo, Ohio, went on to pick up his sixth Sport Compact feature win of the year. Nathan Goodman finished second, followed closely by Brogan Rehklau, Brandon Myers and Jeff Foks Sr.

Holland, Ohio’s Jeff Foks led from flag to flag in the Bomber B Main. William Cundick was able to provide a little competition early in the race, but eventually faded back and spun later in the race. Foks went on to pick up his first feature win of the year over Amy Clair and Dean Taylor. Steve Morris worked his way back up to finish fourth just in front of Dave McMannamy after getting caught up in an earlier wreck.

Tyler James jumped the start of the Bomber C Main to get out in front of the field and then slowed a couple laps later. Brenem Mellon from Morenci, Michigan, then took command and dominated the rest of the race to earn his second C Main victory of the year. James recovered for a second place finish. Chris Yockman, Jeff Strock and Gabe Goens were the rest of the top five finishers.

The Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds invade Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, September 12 along with the UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Brian Ruhlman Wins Late Model Season Championship At Oakshade Raceway

September 2nd, 2015

After 20 years of trying, a jubilant Brian Ruhlman finally was able to earn his first Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model Track Championship with a feature win on Saturday night.

The UMP Late Model Season Championship feature race was action-packed and wasn’t decided until the very end. Steve Kester started on the pole and led most of the 25-lap race. Earlier rain showers had left the track fast and tacky. Ruhlman positioned himself in second by lap four and pursued Kester most of the race. The drivers had to battle through lapped traffic and a couple of close calls. Ruhlman was able to get a nose alongside Kester a few times, but could not complete the pass. Finally, the opportunity Ruhlman was waiting for happened as the pair worked through turn four with the white flag in sight. Kester slipped up high and both Ruhlman and Rusty Schlenk went on by. Ruhlman went on to pick up the checkered flag with Schlenk second and Kester hanging on to finish third. It was the sixth feature win of the year for the Clarklake, Michigan driver and unofficially locked up the 2015 UMP Late Model Oakshade Raceway Track Championship. Dusty Moore and Brad Eitniear were the rest of the top five finishers.

Mathew Chapman continued his incredible rookie season in the UMP Sportsman class with his fifth feature win of the year and is now tied for the Sportsman points lead with Jamie Grochowski. Chapman,out of Tecumseh, Michigan, took the lead at the start and pulled away from the rest of the field. Dan Wallace and Grochowski battled for second much of
the race with Wallace coming out on top. Bruce Stuart finished third behind Grochowski and Mike Jessen and Graeme Short were the rest of the top five finishers.

Rayce Price had some issues and was slow at the start of the Bomber A Main that just about stacked the field up behind him. After a complete restart, Adam Noonan, from Toledo, Ohio, jumped out to the lead leaving Scott Robertson to battle with the rest of the field for second. Noonan went on to pick up his first A Main victory of the season and positioned himself to within 7 points of the Bomber point lead. Tim Murphy finished second followed by Chris Henry, Gregg DeTray and Adam Lantz.

Brogan Rehklau from Waldron, Michigan earned his fifth Sport Compact feature win of the year and did so in impressive fashion. He worked the high line to get the lead and then went on unchallenged to take the checkered flag. Randy Murday started on the pole and finished second. John Martis was third followed by Devin Goodman and Jeff Foks Sr.

William Cundick took the lead at the start of the Bomber B Main and led the first four laps. Cundick then suddenly slowed turning the lead and eventual race win over to Amy Clair. Roscoe Stetten passed Dylan Hough near the finish to end up second. Tim Hancock started 13^th and ended up fourth with Dave McMannamy finishing fifth.

Josh McNichol darted out to a big lead in the final race of the night, the Bomber C Main. Kaleb Hinkley was running third, but his night went up in smoke on lap eight as he rolled to a stop on the front stretch. Brenem Mellon restarted in third and had his transmission come apart which locked up his rear end on the restart. Finally, a last lap pass earned Jeff Roberston the victory over McNichol. Abby Burton, Tyson Scaife and Ryder Price survived to round out the rest of the top five finishers.

The American Late Model Series (ALMS) returns to Oakshade Raceway for the final time this year on Saturday, September 5 for a $2,000 to win show. In addition, the UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Sport Compact classes will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Casey Noonan Earns Fourth Oakshade Raceway Feature Win This Year

August 25th, 2015

With only one more weekend left in the Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model points chase, Casey Noonan’s feature win on Saturday night moved him 14 points closer to point leader Brian Ruhlman.

It was defending track champion Rusty Schlenk stealing the early thunder in the 25-lap Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior Series Night UMP Late Model feature, grabbing the lead at the drop of the green flag. Back in his familiar number 91 ride after several week’s in Ken Hahn’s 27, Schlenk led the first half of the race. A caution on lap 12 brought Noonan up to Schlenk’s outside for the double-file restart. Noonan seized the opportunity and took the lead on lap 14. No one could catch the Sylvania, Ohio driver and he went on to post his fourth feature win of the season. Schlenk finished second and Brian Ruhlman kept Noonan from gaining too many points on him by finishing third. Brandon Thirlby and Steve Kester were the rest of the top five finishers.

UMP Sportsman rookie Mathew Chapman, from Tecumseh, Michigan, dominated his Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior Series Night feature event. He started on the outside of the front row and led the entire distance. A huge crash involving Donnie Ringman, Tim Fisher, Jack Garland, Chris Williams, Scot Mills, Joe Smith and John Laney brought out the red flag on lap six. Once racing resumed, Chapman once again ran away and picked up his fourth feature win of the year and closed to within just 8 points of the lead in the Oakshade Sportsman point standings. Point leader Jamie Grochowski ended up finishing second with Drew Smith third. Mike Jessen ended his good run with a fourth place finish after starting 11^th and Rich Ruff was fifth.

Gregg DeTray out of Swanton, Ohio was the Bomber Point leader a few weeks back in an extremely tight points race. DeTray was able to hold off Chris Sands to pick up his sixth Bomber A Main win of the year. His Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior Series Night win moved him up to third in points, 7 behind point leader Skeet Reckner. Chris Sands has also been atop the points this season and after some recent bad luck, was back up near the top, finishing in second just behind DeTray. That puts Sands in second in the point standings, one point ahead of DeTray and six back of Reckner. Another point contender, Adam Noonan, finished third which puts him fourth in the points, 17 out of the lead. Reckner’s fourth place finish was good enough to hang on to the Bomber point lead for at least another week and last week’s A Main winner, Craig Dippman, finished fifth.

Toledo, Ohio’s Richard Riffe continued to make his presence known in the Sport Compact class, earning his second consecutive feature win and his fifth of the year. Point leader Brogan Rehklau finished in second. Riffe and Rehklau have been the only Sport Compact feature winners since the July 4^th weekend. John Martis is second in points and finished third in the feature. Aaron Barrick and Jeff Foks Sr. were the rest of the top five finishers.

Rick Dixon out of Grand Ledge, Michigan started on the outside of the third row in the Bomber B Main and drove to his third B Main win of the season. Evan Myers started fifth and posted a second place finish followed by Terry Rump, Teri-Lynn Murphy and Scott Barnhardt.

A crash filled Bomber C Main produced another first time feature winner with Hicksville, Ohio’s Cody Laney taking the checkered flag. Rayce Price started 10^th and finished second. Robert Meinen was third followed by Abby Burton and Tyson Scaife.

Find out if Clarklake Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman can finally secure his first UMP Late Model track championship at Oakshade Raceway on Late Model Season Championship Night Saturday, August 29. UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Sport Compacts will also be in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm sharp!

Ruhlman and Noonan Are Dual Pushtruck Challenge Winners at Oakshade

August 18th, 2015

Brian Ruhlman and Casey Noonan each picked up UMP Late Model feature wins in the Dual Push Truck Challenge at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night keeping both drivers atop the point standings with Season Championship Night just a couple weeks away.

Devin Shiels jumped out to a big lead at the start of the first of two 25-lap UMP Late Model feature races, but a caution on lap three tightened the field back up for a double-file restart. Casey Noonan took the lead from Shiels on the restart and Brad Eitniear followed him into second. Eitniear had a hard time with a lapped car on lap 10. Kelly Wahl was a lap down and slammed into the side of Eitniear as he attempted to pass on the inside. Eitniear eventually began to fade back before retiring to the pits. Rob Anderzack started eighth and took the lead from Noonan on a lap 12 restart. Anderzack pulled out to a large lead and appeared he might be on his way to his first Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model win. Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman had other plans. The point leader began to close in on Anderzack and passed him for the lead with just two laps to go. Ruhlman picked up his fifth win of the season and maintains an 84 point advantage over Noonan. Anderzack settled for the runner up position with Noonan third. Chris Keller finished fourth and Shiels was fifth.

The top six finishers in the first UMP Late Model feature were inverted for the start of the second 25-lap feature which meant Swanton, Ohio’s Dusty Moore would start on the pole. He pulled out to a big lead early in the race, but Deven Shiels tracked him down. The two drivers raced side by side until a lap seven caution would slow the field. One lap after the restart, Casey Noonan took command of the race. The Sylvania, Ohio driver pulled away and earned his third checkered flag of the year which keeps him in the points race going into the final two weekends. Shiels finished second with Brian Ruhlman taking third. Chris Keller and Rusty Schlenk were the rest of the top five finishers.

Fresh off his first UMP Sportsman win last week, Graeme Short was on the pole and looking to make it two in a row. Short led the first seven laps, but a caution for a wreck involving Shaun Sharp, Scot Mills, Roger Weirich and Billy Brown would change that. Short was a little slow coming up to speed on the restart which allowed Rusty Smith and Mathew Chapman to get by. Chapman took the lead and drove away from the field. It was the third feature win of the year for the Tecumseh, Michigan driver. Rusty Smith settled for second with Short taking third. Joe Derbeck was fourth and Drew Smith finished fifth.

Craig Dippman won his second consecutive Bomber A Main. The Oregon, Ohio driver started on the pole and led the entire distance. Chris Sands had a terrible night the week before, tumbling from leading the Bomber points down to fourth. His second place finish this week moved him back up to second, tied with Jeff Foks Jr. at being 10 points behind new point leader Skeet Reckner. Adam Lantz finished the A Main in third followed by Adam Noonan and Tim Hancock.

Brogan Rehklau started on the outside of the front row of the Sport Compact feature event and pulled away with the lead at the start. A spin by Cory Gumm would bring out the caution which eliminated Rehklau’s advantage. Richard Riffe from Toledo, Ohio got a good restart and took the lead from Rehklau and went on to pick up the victory. Rehklau settled for a second place finish followed by John Martis, Aaron Barrick and Randy Murday.

Garry Domoe and Richard Riffe battled for the early lead in the Bomber B Main. Domoe would win that battle, but a last lap pass would cost him the win. Gregg DeTray out of Swanton, Ohio took over the points lead last week after both him and Chris Sands had rough nights. DeTray made the last lap pass on Domoe to pick up the B Main win. Despite the feature win, DeTray fell to fourth in points, but is only 15 points behind Reckner in a very tight point battle in which the top five are separated by only 21 points. Domoe took a second place finish in the B Main followed by Riffe, Dylan Hough and Rayce Price.

The final race of the night was the Bomber C Main. Sylvania, Ohio’s Scott Hammer started on the pole and led from flag to flag to pick up his first feature win of the year. Scott Barnhart was challenging Hammer for the lead, but ended up spinning on the final lap. Jason Grames and Brian Barden both got by to finish second and third respectively. Barnhart ended up fourth with Joe Overmyer taking fifth.

A full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts is slated for Saturday. August 22. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm sharp!

Schlenk Powers To Second Oakshade Feature Win Of Season

August 12th, 2015

Rusty Schlenk has many titles. He is the defending five-time UMP Late Model Oakshade Raceway Track Champion and is currently the national point leader for UMP Late Models and the American Late Model Series (ALMS). With his feature win on Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway, he has moved up to third in track points behind Casey Noonan and point leader Brian Ruhlman.

Noonan, fresh off his ALMS feature win last weekend, got the advantage over Schlenk at the start of the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature. Noonan built up a big lead over Ruhlman and Schlenk who had slipped back after starting on the pole. Schlenk, out of McClure, Ohio, had worked his way back up to second when the caution flag came out just about halfway through the race. That set up a double-file restart in which Noonan elected to take the outside. Schlenk dropped to the inside of the Noonan and took the lead as the green flag dropped. Noonan wasn’t done yet. He fought back on the outside and regained the lead two laps later, but Schlenk took over the race lead for good on the very next lap. It was Schlenk’s second win of the year at Oakshade. Noonan held on to finish second with Chris Keller third. Devin Shiels was fourth with Brad Eitniear ending up fifth.

Archbold, Ohio’s Graeme Short took advantage of starting on the pole of the UMP Sportsman feature event to capture his first feature win. Short was hooked up on the bottom and avoided a spinning Christopher Whitlock at one point to convincingly claim the victory. Drew Smith finished second followed by Tim Fisher, Mathew Chapman and Mike Jessen.

It was a crazy night for the top two in points in the Bomber class. Chris Sands and Gregg DeTray came into the night atop the point standings with a single point separating the two drivers. Both drivers had issues in their heat races that forced them into borrowed rides for the features. DeTray was able to make it into the Bomber A Main and even though he did not finish, he took over the point lead. Craig Dippman from Oregon, Ohio was the man to beat in the A Main. He took the lead over Jeff Foks and Skeet Reckner and led all the way to the checkered flag. Adam Noonan started 10^th and ended up second with Foks and Reckner slipping back to third and fourth respectively. Adam Lantz was fifth.

Jeff Goodman and Brogan Rehklau battled side by side for the early lead in the Sport Compact feature race with Rehklau eventually winning that battle. John Martis tried to get in contention, working the low side. Not even last week’s feature winner Richard Riffe could get by Waldron, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau who went on to pick up his fourth feature win of the year and increased his point lead to 132 over Martis. Riffe settled for second followed by Martis in third. Carter Murday held off Cody Stetten to finish fourth.

Chris Sands tumbled in the points from leading, down to fourth after an incident in his heat race that forced him into a borrowed car for the Bomber B Main. Unfortunately for Sands and the rest of the B Main line up, Holland, Ohio’s Tim Murphy did not feel like sharing the lead with anyone and led from start to finish after starting on the pole. Richard Riffe spun in front of a big group of cars at the end of the backstretch, did a 360 and incredibly kept going and without getting collected. The spin did knock him out of a top five finishing position. Satch Crispen managed to finish second followed by Rob Price, Derek Morris and Cody Laney.

Dave McMannamy led the first three laps of the Bomber C Main until his car slipped up high in turn four on the fourth lap. That opened the door for Dan Shaffer, who was driving Perry Cox’s 81C, to go on by for the lead. Shortly after Shaffer took command, Abby Burton got turned around on the front stretch to bring out the caution, at which time McMannamy went back to the pits. Shaffer led the rest of the way and held off Dylan Hough to pick up the C Main victory. Tim Vanpelt was third with Tyler James and Robert Meinen rounding out the rest of the top five.

Brad Eitniear won an emotional Tom Elling Memorial UMP Late Model Australian Pursuit race which was in memory of his father-in-law. Drew Smith won the Tom Elling Memorial Sportman Australian Pursuit and Craig Dippman was the winner in the Bombers.

The Dual Push Truck Challenge which features two complete 25-lap UMP Late Model feature races in addition to UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Compact racing action at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, August 15. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Noonan Wins ALMS At Oakshade Raceway

August 4th, 2015

Casey Noonan continued his season of ups and downs with an up, winning Saturday night’s $2,000 to win American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco feature event at Oakshade Raceway.

A huge crash stymied the race on the first lap with a red flag. At least eight drivers, including ALMS point leader Rusty Schlenk, were involved. After the mess was cleared, all 30 laps were run caution free. Sylvania, Ohio’s Casey Noonan started on the outside of the front row and immediately seized the lead from pole-sitter and Oakshade UMP Late Model point leader Brian Ruhlman. Noonan opened up a big lead over the rest of the field, but some slower traffic at the tail of the field hindered his progress about two-thirds of the way through the race. Two cars were racing side by side just in front of the leader and eventually, Noonan stuck his nose in the middle and made it three-wide to try to lap those cars. No one backed off and the battle continued for a couple laps. During this time, Ruhlman began to close back in on Noonan and had knocked off about half of the lead Noonan had built up. Just as Noonan finally cleared the lapped cars, the white flag waved and he went on to pick up his second feature win of the year. Ruhlman held off Chris Keller at the finish for second place which kept Noonan, who is second in Oakshade UMP Late Model points, from gaining very much in the standings. Dona Marcoullier was a close fourth place finisher with Sheffield, Illinois’ Rich Bell ending up fifth after starting 12^th .

Bruce Stuart and Bob Gregory put on a great show in the UMP Sportsman feature event. Stuart, out of Adrian, Michigan, started on the pole and had Bob Gregory pressuring him from his inside second row starting position by the completion of lap one. Gregory kept attempting to get to the inside of Stuart, but Stuart fended off the initial challenge and managed to put a little distance between him and Gregory. By lap 12 of the 20 lap race, Gregory once again reeled in Stuart and began to work on the insiden. The two drivers continued their battle through heavy lapped traffic which allowed Mathew Chapman to close in and join the battle in the final few laps. Chapman got by Gregory at the finish and made a run on Stuart, but Stuart held on to win his third feature this season and maintain a slight advantage over Jamie Grochowski atop the point standings in which only five points separates those drivers. Chapman’s late race maneuvering earned him a close second place finish at Gregory’s expense. He slipped back to third. Grochowski was fourth with George Lindsey wheeling the 49 car to a fifth place finish.

Defending Bomber track champion Jeff Foks Jr was still looking for his first Bomber A Main win this season and had a pretty good starting spot on the pole. He and Gregg DeTray battled early for the lead. DeTray finally took the lead from Foks on lap seven of the 15 lap feature. DeTray, from Swanton, Ohio, managed to maintain the lead over Foks to pick up his fifth A Main win of the year. DeTray has been on a tear in recent weeks, winning the last four consecutive A Mains and has closed to within just a single point of Bomber point leader Chris Sands in the 2015 point standings. Foks settled for finishing in the runner up position followed by Tim Hancock, Chris Sands and Adam Noonan.

A hard crash involving Devin Goodman, Carter Murday and Cole Walbolt in the Compact feature race brought out the yellow flag on lap two. Once back under green, Josh Floyd, John Martis and Richard Riffe battled for the lead with Toledo Ohio’s Riffe eventually winning that battle and the race. Martis was able to hold off Brogan Rehklau for third. Evan Myers ended up finishing fourth with Nathan Goodman rounding out the top five finishers.

Rayce Price led the start of an exciting Bomber B Main with a lot of action just behind him. Terry Rump had worked his way up into the top five and then spun in front of a big group of cars to bring out the yellow flag. It was Toledo, Ohio’s Richard Riffe who worked his way up to the lead after starting 14^th and managed to hold off Price and a hard-charging Ted Hill for the win. Price was second with Hill third. Scott Hammer finished fourth with Evan Myers close behind in fifth.

Earlier in the night, a couple of make up feature events were run from the July 18 rain out. First out was the Bomber B Main make up race which Cody Laney led early on. Richard Riffe, took the lead from Laney on a lap two restart and continued to lead all the way to the checkered flag which earned him two feature wins on the evening. Dylan Hough, Garry Domoe and Laney had a good battle going for second before Domoe pulled off the track on lap seven. Hough won the battle for second with Laney third. Pole-sitter Duane Fletcher took fourth with Scott Robertson ending up fifth after starting deep in the field.

The UMP Sportsman make up feature from July 18 was also run with Joe Derbeck taking the early lead. Bob Gregory started inside row five and marched his way forward. He caught Derbeck on lap seven and took the lead away one lap later. Gregory then proceeded to pull away to take the easy win which was his second of the year. Jamie Grochowski finished second followed by Mike Jessen, Derbeck and Mathew Chapman.

The Vintage American Race Cars will be on display and on the track at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, August 8 in addition to a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is just $12!

Chapman And Jessen Twin 25 Winners At Oakshade

July 31st, 2015

With the feature races rained out the week prior, Oakshade Raceway hosted 10 feature races on Saturday night which were highlighted by Mathew Chapman and Mike Jessen Sportsman Twin 25s wins.

The Twin 25s are two full 25-lap features for the UMP Sportsman class with the top finishers of the first race inverted for the start of the second race based on the winner’s pill draw. Twin 25 race number one started off with Lambertville, Michigan’s Joe Derbeck taking the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the pole. Unfortunately, his lead was short-lived because Derbeck spun on lap two which brought out the caution flag and sent him to the tail. That turned the lead over to Bob Gregory with Tim Fisher second. Fisher slowed on lap three and pulled out of competition giving up the position. Oakshade UMP Sportsman point leader Bruce Stuart moved up to second by lap six and began to close in on Gregory for the lead. Stuart managed to catch Gregory and on lap 18 the two drivers tangled after contact while working through some heavy lapped traffic. Gregory was assisted back to the pits and Stuart was able to continue and restarted at the back of the field. UMP Sportsman rookie Mathew Chapman from Tecumseh, Michigan then took over the race lead and pulled away on the way to his second feature win of the season. Jamie Grochowski finished second followed by Rusty Smith, Mike Jessen and Joe Smith.

Chapman drew for an eight car inversion for the the start of the second Twin 25 feature which meant he would be starting on the outside of row four. After a couple other races were completed, the UMP Sportsman returned to the track for the second of the Twin 25s with Billy Brown starting on the pole. Berkey, Ohio’s Mike Jessen quickly climbed to the top of the running order and led the majority of the race all the way to the checkered flag despite late caution that set up a one-lap race to the finish. Jessen was able to fend off Joe Smith who finished second and Tim Fisher who had a great run to finish third after starting at the back of the field due to his problems in race number one. Bruce Stuart maintained a slim points lead with his fourth place finish and Joe Derbeck rounded out the top five finishers.

Earlier in the evening, several make up feature races were run from last week’s wash out. The UMP Late Model feature picked up where it left off on July 18 with nine laps completed and Rusty Schlenk from McClure, Ohio leading. Upon the resumption, Devin Shiels reclaimed the lead from Schlenk and appeared as though he may pick up the feature win, but Schlenk fought back. He was able to close back in on Shiels while working through lapped traffic and took the lead back with just two laps to go and won the race. It was the defending track champ’s first UMP Late Model feature win of the season at Oakshade. Shiels settled for second followed by Chris Keller, Brad Eitniear and Steve Kester.

The Bomber A Main from the July 18^th rain out started off the evening’s racing action with defending Bomber track champion Jeff Foks leading the early laps. Foks, still looking for his first A Main win of the year, continued to lead with Swanton, Ohio’s Gregg DeTray closing in. DeTray took second by lap eight and took the lead from Foks on a restart after a caution. DeTray went on to pick up his third A Main win of the year with Foks taking second. Adam Noonan finished third with point leader Chris Sands fourth. Tim Murphy was fifth.

Make up feature racing continued with the Compact feature event. Cody Stetten made a move four-wide to take the lead at the start of the race, but Toledo, Ohio’s Richard Riffe took command on lap two and held the lead all the way to the checkered flag. Stetten finished second and Brogan Rehklau was third. Aaron Barrick had to start at the tail since he was in a different car this week, but still managed a fourth place finish with pole sitter John Martis ending up fifth.

More UMP Late Model feature action took to the track again after the first Twin 25 race with Devin Shiels taking the early lead after starting from the pole. Outside pole-sitter Steve Kester took the lead on lap three and continued a good battle with Shiels at the front of the pack. Shiels returned to the lead on lap 13 with a pass to the inside of Kester. Shiels survived a close brush with Steve Miller who ended up spinning while running at the tail end of the lead lap just in front of the leaders on lap 15. Three laps later, Shiels relinquished the lead once again, this time to Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman who went on to pick up his fourth Oakshade feature win of the year. Shiels second place finish moved him up to second in the points, 66 points behind Ruhlman after Casey Noonan, who came into the night second in points, failed to make the start of this second UMP Late Model feature. Rusty Schlenk moved up from his 11^th starting position to finish third. He also moved up to third in the points. Kevin Reeve finished fourth in the race and Kester slipped back to wind up fifth.

Gregg DeTray continued his dominance in the second Bomber A Main of the night. He led the entire distance after starting on the outside of the front row. Despite multiple caution periods, DeTray was able to secure his fourth A Main win of the year and his third consecutive. He now sits just 7 points behind point leader Chris Sands in the point standings. Sands mustered a second place finish in the race with Adam Noonan taking third for the second time on the night. Jeff Foks was fourth and Tim Murphy was fifth once again.

Brogan Rehklau was able to add a bit of a cushion to his Oakshade Raceway Sport Compact point lead with his third feature win of the year. The Waldron, Michigan driver jumped out to the early lead and held it all the way to the checkered flag. Richard Riffe came up one position short on making it a sweep for the night and had to settle for second. John Martis took third with Cole Walbolt and Cody Stetten rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Teri-Lynn Murphy led early in the Bomber B Main with Donovan Paskan trailing. Grand Ledge, Michigan’s Rick Dixon marched his was through the field after starting 11^th to take the lead and the eventual victory. Paskan maintained a second place finish followed by Jarrett Rendel and Curt Lancaster. Murphy slipped back to finish fifth.

The tenth and final feature event of the night was the Bomber C Main in which only six of the 12 drivers in the line up actually started. Morenci, Michigan’s Brenem Mellon pulled away and won his first feature race ever. Wil Garland was second followed by Taylor Dippman, Ryder Price and Henry Walls Jr.

Racing action heats up once again on Saturday, August 1^st with the return of the American Late Model Series and a $2,000 to win show. The UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Compact classes will also be back in action including some double features. The UMP Sportsman feature and Bomber B Main from July 18 will be added to this show. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Rain Halts Feature Action At Oakshade

July 21st, 2015

A heavy downpour stopped the Saturday night racing action at Oakshade Raceway prematurely, nine laps into the UMP Late Model feature.

With threatening clouds looming over the area, track officials decided to skip intermission and bring out the UMP Late Model feature race instead. Devin Shiels took off into the lead from his pole starting position. After suffering more motor problems, Rusty Schlenk out of McClure, Ohio was in a car borrowed from Ken Hahn and driving hard. Schlenk took over the lead on lap four. Shiels continued to run second while the leaders began to lap some of the slower cars at the back of the field. A close call for Shiels ended up in a caution flag on lap nine. Shiels ducked low under a couple lapped cars and Troy Catterene didn’t realize Shiels was there. Catterene almost got into the side of Shiels, but corrected at the last second that resulted in him spinning into turn one to bring out the final caution of the night. That is when the rain began to increase and eventually became a wind driven downpour that put a damper on the rest of the night’s racing.

The UMP Late Model feature will pick up where it left off with 16 laps remaining on Saturday, July 25 as part of the Sportsman Twin 25′s racing program. A regular night of racing for the UMP Late Models, Bombers and Compacts will also be part of that program that will feature two complete 25-lap features for the Sportsman class. The make-up features from the 7/18 rain out for the Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts will be determined at a future date.

Billy Moyer Jr. Streaks to $10,000 Summer Nationals Win at Oakshade

July 15th, 2015

Batesville, Arkansas- Billy Moyer Jr. wired the field on Saturday evening in the DIRTCar Summer Nationals finale at Oakshade Raceway to claim the $10,000 top prize in his Crop Production Services #21jr Longhorn/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Wrapping up the rain-shortened DIRTcar Summernationals Hell Tour, the followers headed to Oakshade Raceway (Wauseon, Ohio) for the track’s annual Birthday Race. Scoring another 2nd quick time of out a total field fifty Super Late Models, Billy landed a heat race victory setting him up for the $10,000-to-win feature event. With a 4th place starting spot, Billy Moyer Jr. took the lead on the first circuit and never looked back. Ousting Casey Noonan, Jason Feger, Dona Marcoullier, and Bobby Pierce, Moyer Jr. led all 60 laps to record his 3rd victory of the season.

A night earlier at Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, Illinois) Billy finished 5th in the $10,000-to-win, DIRTCar Summer Nationals finale behind race winner, Dennis Erb Jr., Jason Feger, and Brandon Sheppard, while Mason Zeigler rounding out the top five.

Despite his best efforts to overtake Bobby Pierce for the tour championship, Billy came up a little short with a second place finish in the final standings.

“It was awesome to get the $10,000 win there at Oakshade,” commented Moyer Jr. “We obviously wanted to win the championship, but Bobby (Pierce) did a great job, and I congratulate him on the title.”

The team will likely not race anywhere this coming weekend as they prepare for a busy second half of July, which includes the following dates:
July 22nd: UMP: Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, IL) – $5,000-To-Win
July 23rd: TBA
July 24th-25th: WoOLMS: Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, IL) – $26,000-To-Win
July 28th: WoOLMS: Shawano Speedway (Shawano, WI) – $10,000-To-Win
July 30th: WoOLMS: Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI) – $6,000-To-Win
July 31st-August 1st: WoOLMS: Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI) -
$50,000-To-Win

Billy Moyer Jr. would like to thank all of his sponsors including Moyer Xtreme by Longhorn, Crop Production Services, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Dyna-Gro Seed, Car City, All Makes Collision Center, Bad Boy Mowers, Karl Performance, Karl Kustom Corvettes, Pro Power Racing Engines, ROCKHARD Powder Coating, Eibach Springs, Sunoco Race Fuels, Rock Batteries, Weld Wheels, COMP Cams, Imperial Motors, Amsoil, Sparks Motorsports, Bert Transmission, New Vision Graphics, Watters Autoland, Performance Rod & Custom, Midwest Sheet Metal, Peterson Fluid Systems, Mason Starters, Sweet Mfg., Fikes Truck Line, MSD Performance, Wiles Driveshafts, Cizmar Racing, Performance Bodies, Hoosier Tire South by Pup, ISC Racing Tape, Stealth Carburetors, Oakley Deatherage Opticians, Wilwood Engineering, Frankland Racing Products, Hooker Harness, Kluhsman Racing Components, BSB Manufacturing, Beyea Custom Headers, Sunoco Race Fuels, R2C Competition Filters, TWM Products, Hawk Performance Products Group, Scott Performance Wire, CPD Tools, AFCO, Design 500, Accu-Force Shock Service, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on the team please visit www.BillyMoyerJr.com .

Billy Moyer Jr. Win $10,000 Oakshade Raceway Birthday Race/Bobby Pierce Win Summer Nationals Championship

July 15th, 2015

Billy Moyer Jr. from Batesville, Arkansas came to town to try and steal the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Championship at the series finale event which is Oakshade Raceway’s $10,000 to win Birthday Race. Depsite doing everything in his power on this final night including winning the $10,000 finale, Moyer came up just 10 points short as Bobby Pierce’s fifth place finish was enough to sew up the Summer Nationals Championship.

Moyer split between Dona Marcoullier and Jeep Van Wormer on the first lap of the Birthday Race feature event, going three-wide to take the lead. After opening up a bit of an early lead, Marcoullier and Casey Noonan began to chip away at Moyer’s advantage. Once the lead pack hit lapped traffic though, Moyer was once again able to lengthen his lead as he masterfully worked through the slower traffic. Noonan was able to take second from Marcoullier on lap 27 of the 60-lap main event, but was unable to mount a challenge for the lead. Billy Moyer Jr. picked up his first Birthday Race victory and a nice check for $10,000. Sylvania, Ohio’s Casey Noonan finished a strong second. Jason Feger, from Bloomfield, Illinois, had a strong run during the middle portion of the race passing quite a few cars on the high side, but third place was as high as he would get. Houghton Lake, Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier slipped back to finish fourth and the 2015 UMP Summer Nationals Champion Bobby Pierce from Oakwood, Illinois was fifth.

The Summit Modified Nationals 25-lap feature event was dominated by David Mielke from Gladwin, Michigan. He started on the pole and led the entire distance. Jacob Poel, Collin Thirlby and Brian Ruhlman had a pretty heated battle for the second through fourth positions much of the race. Ruhlman continually tried to work the high side and Thirlby looked low and high to try to get by Anderson while fending off Ruhlman. In the end, Poel out of Spring Lake, Michigan held on to finish in second, a good distance behind race winner David Mielke. Traverse City, Michigan’s Collin Thirlby finished third and Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman slipped back a bit, but managed a fourth place finish. Matt Hamilton out of Aurora, Indiana took fifth.

The Sport Compact feature event was the final race of the night and produced the most exciting finish out of all three features. Richard Riffe out of Toledo, Ohio started on the outside of the front row and after some four-wide racing on the first lap, managed to take over the race lead. While under a caution period, Riffe’s car lost power and was coasting down the front stretch very slowly. Luckily for Riffe, he was able to get the car refired and maintained his position as the leader. Jerry “Bubba” Gibsom kept looking to the inside of Riffe for the lead and actually took the lead on the final lap, but Riffe fought back to the inside and the two drivers came off turn four coming to the checkered flag side by side with Riffe narrowly edging out Gibsom at the line for the win. Waldon, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau took third and Josh Floyd from Neapolis, Ohio ended up fourth after starting 14^th . Clayton, Michigan’s Jarrett Rendel finished fifth.

The UMP Sportsman and Bomber classes will be back in action along with the UMP Late Models and Sport Compacts on Saturday, July 18 for a full racing program starting at 7pm. Gates will open at 4pm.

Ruhlman Win Memorial Night Photo Finish At Oakshade Raceway

July 8th, 2015

It was a beautiful evening for Memorial Night at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. Brian Ruhlman was able to pad his point lead after picking up his third UMP Late Model feature win of the year in a photo finish over Rusty Schlenk.

The first feature event of the night was the often rescheduled Bomber B Main from May 5. The beginning of the race was marred by multiple cautions including one for a hard crash into the backstretch wall by pole sitter Terry Bowers and Garrett McClain. That incident ended both drivers’ night. Once things finally got going, Steve Morris out of Sylvania, Ohio took command and led the entire distance to pick up his first feature win of the season. Scott Robertson held off Dylan Hough to finish second. Dan Shaffer and Jesse Lee Jones rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Chris Keller from Adrian, Michigan started on the outside of the front row of the Memorial Night UMP Late Model feature and led just about the entire race distance. Casey Noonan was running second until lap 14 when Ruhlman took the position away. Schlenk, in a borrowed car, took third with four laps to go and closed in on Ruhlman. With no caution flags during the entire race, Keller appeared to have things well in hand. That changed instantly as Keller slowed coming off turn four while coming to the white flag. Keller coasted to the infield leaving the battle for the lead to be settled between Ruhlman and Schlenk. On the final lap, the two drivers came off turn four side by side with Ruhlman narrowly edging out Schlenk for the win. Noonan held on to finish third followed by Devin Shiels and Rob Anderzack.

Bob Gregory took to the early lead of the Memorial Night UMP Sportsman feature event after starting on the pole. Point leader Bruce Stuart took the lead away from Gregory on lap seven, but Toledo, Ohio’s Jamie Grochowski made the move to get by Stuart with two laps to go and went on to pick up the victory which closed him to within 11 points of Stuart in the point standings. Dan Wallace finished third with Graeme Short fourth. Gregory slipped back to finish fifth.

A caution-filled Memorial Night Bomber A Main was next up with Jeff Foks taking the early lead. Chris Henry muscled his way into the lead for a bit until Gregg DeTray from Swanton, Ohio became the third different leader. DeTray was able to open up a bit of a lead and kept ahead of the carnage behind that included a crash that took out point leader Chris Sands. The win was DeTray’s second of the season and moved him into a tie with Chris Henry for second in points, 17 behind Sands. Foks held off a hard-charging Craig Dippman for second. Skeet Reckner and Steve Morris finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Nathan Goodman opened up a big lead at the start of the Memorial Night Compact feature race. A lot of great racing action ensued behind him with a lot of three and four-wide racing. Dane Garvin from Lima, Ohio worked his way through the field and both he and Brogan Rehklau closed in on Goodman. Garvin took the lead with three laps to go and went on to pick up the checkered flag for the first time at Oakshade Raceway after starting deep in the field. Rehklau and Goodman fought all the way to the checkered flag with Rehklau taking the second finishing position. Goodman was third followed by Cody Stetten and Aaron Barrick.

Cody Laney got by Duane Fletcher to lead the first lap of the Bomber B Main with Amy Clair close behind. Clair pressured Laney for the lead for quite a few laps, but the Toledo, Ohio driver could not make the pass. That is until Laney had a slow restart after a mid-race caution. Clair dove to inside and snatched the lead away and went on to pick up her second Bomber feature win of the year. Dan Shaffer was second with Laney
slipping back to finish third. Scott Hammer and Duane Fletcher were the rest of the top five finishers.

The $10,000 to win 17th Annual Birthday Race/UMP Late Model Summer Nationals Finale takes place on Saturday July 11th along with the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals and Compacts. Gates will open at 10am and the pits will be open for everyone until 4pm so fans may meet their favorite drivers and get autographs. After 4pm, a pit pass will be required to remain in the pits. Racing will begin at 7:45pm. For those wishing to camp out on Friday evening before the race, gates will be open between 11am and midnight. Everyone entering the grounds on Friday must purchase grandstand admission or pit pass for Saturday’s event. For more details, visit www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Jeep Van Wormer Claims Second Barney Oldfield Race Trophy at Oakshade Raceway

June 25th, 2015

Mother Nature decided to play nice this weekend after dumping a large amount of rain over the area the past few weeks. It was a welcome reprieve from the rain that allowed Oakshade Raceway to put on the $5,100-to-win, 26^th Annual Barney Oldfield Race and the Night of Wheels bike giveaways. It had been 10 years since Pinconning, Michigan’s Jeep Van Wormer had won the Barney Oldfield Race, and after a decade he was able to pick up his second Oldfield victory which put him among some pretty elite company.

The first race of the night was the rained out (on multiple occasions) Bomber A Main from May 9. Gregg DeTray from Swanton, Ohio started on the pole and led the entire distance. DeTray was able to open up a sizable lead on his way to his first Bomber A Main win of the year. Adam Noonan finished second ahead of Chris Sands. Chris Henry had peaked up to the second position but slipped back to end up finishing fourth. Tim Murphy charged to a fifth place finish after starting near the back of the field.

At intermission, over 60 donated bikes, trikes, wagons, etc. were were given away to a whole bunch of happy kids as part of the annual Night of Wheels.

Once the kids were happy, it was time to get down to business with the 40-Lap Barney Oldfield Race/American Late Model Series feature event. Bellevue, Ohio’s Ryan Missler jumped out to the early lead after starting on the pole, but six laps in, Jeep Van Wormer took command. The only caution came out on lap 12 for Rich Neiser’s spin on the front stretch. Chris Keller restarted second and tried to challenge Van Wormer on the restart, but later faded back and Van Wormer went on to pick up the win. Defending Track Champion Rusty Schlenk finished in the runner up spot followed by Steve Kester and Linrich Bell from Sheffield, Illinois. Matt Westfall finished fifth.

Mathew Chapman is off to a great start as a rookie in the UMP Sportsman class after moving up from the Bombers this season. He snatched the lead at the start of the UMP Sportsman feature after starting on the outside of the front row. Chapman opened up a big lead, but Berkey, Ohio’s Mike Jessen moved into second and began chipping away at his advantage. Jessen caught Chapman with four laps to go and then played the spoiler by taking the lead at the white flag and then picked up his first victory of the season. Chapman settled for second with Drew Smith third. Joe Smith moved up from 10^th to finish fourth and Bob Gregory made up 11 positions to finish fifth after starting in 16^th .

Chris Sands slipped by Roscoe Stetten on lap four of the Bomber A Main to take the lead. From then on, it was smooth sailing for the Morenci, Michigan driver who went on to earn his third A Main win of the year. Skeet Reckner and Gregg DeTray had a great battle going on for second that ended with Reckner edging out DeTray for the position. Rick Dixon finished fourth and Chris Henry ended up fifth.

Cory Gumm came out on top of a lot of position swapping on the first lap of the Compact feature event, but a couple laps later slipped up high in turns three and four. That allowed Toledo, Ohio’s John Martis to take over the lead. Martis cruised to his second feature win of the year while the racing action was pretty intense for second on back with a lot of three-wide racing. Cory Gumm recovered to finish a distant second followed closely by Brogan Rehklau, Josh Floyd and Jeff Foks Sr.

More Bomber feature action followed with the Bomber B Main. Ethan Gehring held the lead for much of the race, but Adam Noonan was methodically working his way toward the front after starting on the tail, eventually catching Gehring and taking the lead away. Noonan went on to show the way the final half of the race and picked up the feature win. Terry Rump edged out Pete Herman at the checkered flag to finish second. Dan Shaffer was third and Cody Laney finished fifth after starting 16^th .

It was a father/son battle between in the final race of the night, the Bomber C Main. Both Rayce Price and his father, Rob Price, started at the rear after having to borrow rides from other drivers. It was Scott Boyd who led early until Rayce Price closed in about halfway through the race. With Rob Price in third and with a busted ball joint on the left front, Rayce challenged Boyd for the lead. Rob Price got by both Rayce and Boyd to take the lead with Rayce taking over second. The two drivers continued battling all the way to the checkered flag with Rob Price just hanging on to take the checkered flag. Rayce Price finished a close second followed by Garrett McClain, Tim Vanpelt and Scott Goodlock.

Saturday, June 27 is Super Heroes and Princesses Night at Oakshade Raceway. Kids are encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite super hero or princess. Prizes will be awarded. There will also be a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts and a bonus Bomber B Main make up feature from May 9. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Noonan Picks Up First Win Of The Season At Oakshade

June 10th, 2015

Casey Noonan’s UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night was enough to move him up two spots up to third in the Oakshade point standings. It was the Sylvania, Ohio driver’s first win of the season.

A couple of make up features from the May 9^th rain out, beginning with the UMP Sportsman, started off the Wallace Racing Products night of racing. Mathew Chapman from Tecumseh, Michigan took off to the early lead after suffering from a hard crash a few weeks ago. A couple huge crashes marred the first half of the race. Bruce Stuart closed up on
Chapman after the mid way point of the race and began pressuring. Stuart managed to take the lead, but Chapman battled back a couple laps later. A late caution set up a green-white-checkered finish in which Chapman was able to hold off Stuart for his first ever UMP Sportsman feature win, early in his Sportsman rookie season. Stuart settled for second followed by Graeme Short, Drew Smith and Jamie Grochowski.

Next out was the May 9^th make up feature for the Compacts. Cody Stetten led the entire distance of the race with John Martis and Brogran Rehklau battling for second. Suddenly, Stetten slowed on the backstretch just before the the white flag lap. Martis out of Toledo, Ohio took over the race lead and captured his first feature win of the year. Rehklau took second with Cory Gumm in third. Nathan Goodman and Josh Floyd rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

A little later in the evening the Wallace Racing Products UMP Late Model feature event took to the track. Steve Kester from Holland, Ohio started on the pole and battled side by side with outside pole sitter Chris Keller during the first part of the race. Finally Kester took command until a lap 10 caution tightened up the field for a double-wide restart.
Kester elected to restart on the inside which left Noonan on the high
side. Noonan pounced to the lead after the restart and never looked back on the way to the feature win. Point leader Brian Ruhlman was able to get by Kester for a second place finish. Devin Shiels was fourth with Keller slipping back to fifth. Scott Fisk had a nice run to finish sixth after starting back in 18^th .

Graeme Short from Archbold, Ohio jumped out to a big early lead in the second UMP Sportsman feature of the night with Bruce Stuart and Jamie Grochowski battling side by side for second. Stuart finally cleared Grochowski and began to reel in Short as they worked lapped traffic. Short slipped up trying to get by a lapped car allowing Stuart to get by
and pick up his second feature win of the season. Grochowski finished second with Mike Jessen taking third. Dan Wallace moved up from his tenth place starting position to end up fourth. Short fell back to finish fifth.

Wauseon, Ohio’s Skeet Reckner made it a clean sweep on the night after winning both his heat event and the Wallace Racing Products Bomber A Main. Reckner started on the outside of the front row and led the entire distance. Multiple cautions kept the field from getting too strung out, but no one could get up and mount a sustained challenge on the leader. Gregg DeTray and Chris Henry tried to put the pressure on, but Reckner maintained his line an took the checkered flag. DeTray made a last corner bid for the lead, but had to settle for second. Henry was third followed by Chris Sands and Adam Noonan.

Brogan Rehklau out of Waldron, Michigan made a huge move on the first lap of the Wallace Racing Products Compact feature race to take the lead after starting on the inside of the fourth row. Rehklau proceeded to check out on the rest of the field until a caution halfway though wiped put his lead. Richard Riffe took advantage and tried to challenge Rehklau for lead, but came up short as Rehklau wrapped up his second feature win of the year. Riffe was second with Nathan Goodman third. Cody Stetten moved up after starting at the very tail of the field to finish fourth. Aaron Barrick was fifth.

Dan Shaffer led flag to flag in the Wallace Racing Products Bomber B Main. He took the lead after pole sitter Cody Laney fell off the pace on the very first first lap. The race was slowed multiple times for caution periods, not allowing the drivers to establish a rhythm. Shaffer, from Morenci, Michigan, managed to get good restarts to earn the victory. Duane Fletcher was able to nurse his car with a failing clutch to a second place finish, holding off both Rick Dixon and Dan Plath. Steve Morris came home fifth.

Finally, the Wallace Racing Products Bomber C Main took center stage with another driver leading the entire distance. Scott Barnhart started on the pole and despite a late caution with only one lap to go, held on to pick up the feature win. Chuck Stuckey from Sylvania, Ohio had a spin on lap six, but was able to recover for a second place finish. Taylor Dippman capped off a nice run in third followed by Dave McMannamy and Derek Zuver.

Saturday, June 13 is the Night of Wheels at Oakshade Raceway with free bike giveaways for the kids in addition to a complete racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts. There will also be the make up Bomber features from May 9 to start the evening off. Gates open at 4pm and the racing action starts at 7pm!

Rain Ends Racing Action Early at Oakshade

May 12th, 2015

Rain forced Oakshade Raceway officials to end the racing action a little early on Saturday night.

Brad Eitniear, Curtis Deisenroth from Oak Harbor, Ohio, and Rusty Schlenk were among UMP Late Model heat winners. Drew Smith of Sylvania Ohio, Mike Jessen and Graeme Short were among the UMP Sportsman heat winners. Bomber heat winners included Craig Dippman from Oregon, Ohio, Richard Riffe, Chris Henry, Adam Noonan, and last week’s A Main winner Chris Sands. Winners of the Compact heats were Brogan Rehklau from Waldron, Michigan, and John Martis.

All heat and consi races had been completed just before the skies opened up at what was to be an abbreviated intermission. Track officials tried waiting out the storm, but decided it would take hours to get the track back in shape for any more racing.

So Saturday, May 16th’s full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts will now include some bonus feature race action with double features as well. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Rain Ends Racing Action Early at Oakshade

May 13th, 2015

Rain forced Oakshade Raceway officials to end the racing action a little early on Saturday night.

Brad Eitniear, Curtis Deisenroth from Oak Harbor, Ohio, and Rusty Schlenk were among UMP Late Model heat winners. Drew Smith of Sylvania Ohio, Mike Jessen and Graeme Short were among the UMP Sportsman heat winners. Bomber heat winners included Craig Dippman from Oregon, Ohio, Richard Riffe, Chris Henry, Adam Noonan, and last week’s A Main winner Chris Sands. Winners of the Compact heats were Brogan Rehklau from Waldron, Michigan, and John Martis.

All heat and consi races had been completed just before the skies opened up at what was to be an abbreviated intermission. Track officials tried waiting out the storm, but decided it would take hours to get the track back in shape for any more racing.

So Saturday, May 16th’s full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts will now include some bonus feature race action with double features as well. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Ruhlman Wins Oakshade Opener

May 9th, 2015

Oakshade Raceway kicked off it’s 40^th season with some exciting racing action, highlighted by Brian Ruhlman’s UMP Late Model win.

The 25-lap UMP Late Model feature event produced quite a few lead changes with Devin Shiels getting the advantage over Traverse City, Michigan’s Brandon Thirlby, but Thirlby would fight back to take the lead on lap two. Shiels continued to work the outside and was able to get back beside Thirlby to challenge again for the lead. At about the same time, 2014 Champion Rusty Schlenk joined the battle to go three-wide for the lead. Shiels was able to regain the lead briefly on lap 12, but Schlenk disposed of both Shiels and Thirlby to become the leader on lap 13.

Herb Reich and Ken Hahn were battling at the back of the field as the leaders were closing in. Reich got into Hahn, spinning him around just in front of Schlenk to bring out the caution flag. Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman had worked his way up to second and moved up alongside Schlenk for the double-file restart. Ruhlman capitalized on the opportunity and snatched the lead away from Schlenk on lap 16. After a late caution involving Dusty Moore and Hillard Miller, Ruhlman got a great restart and was able to open just a little distance between himself and Schlenk on his way to the first checkered flag of the season. Finishing third behind Schlenk was Shiels with Thirlby hanging on to finish fourth. Casey Noonan had a great run to finish fifth after getting caught up in an early wreck on lap two.

Mathew Chapman made an impressive debut in the UMP Sportsman class, winning his heat event and then taking the early lead in the Bill Reckner Memorial feature event. Chapman darted out in front of Billy Brown at the start and opened up a good lead. Jamie Grochowski marched his way steadily toward the front and caught Chapman. Grochowski took the lead away on lap 14 of the 20-lap race. Bob Gregory made an incredible move on the final lap to the inside of Grochowski in the final corners. The two drivers charged off turn four side by side with the checkered flag waving just ahead. Gregory narrowly edged out Grochowski for the win. Chapman from Tecumseh, Michigan, held on to finish third in his first UMP Sportsman feature after moving up from the Bomber class. Joe Smith was fourth and Bruce Stuart took fifth.

Chris Sands started on the pole of the Bill Reckner Memorial Bomber A Main and led the entire distance with Jeff Foks knocking on his heels most of the way. Craig Dippman made a late charge toward the front after starting seventh. He was able to get by Foks for second, but was unable to get by Sands at the finish. Foks slipped back to finish third followed by Chris Henry and Skeet Reckner.

Brogan Rehklau took the lead early in an eventful Bill Reckner Memorial Sport Compact feature. John Martis started sixth and quickly closed in on Rehklau. Martis dove to the inside to take the lead from Rehklau on a restart about halfway through the race. Another late caution set up one lap race to the finish with Aaron Barrick making a nice move to the inside in the final set of corners. Barrick and Martis finished in almost a dead heat, but Barrick had just enough to earn the victory over Martis. Cory Gumm started deep in the field and ended up third, followed by Chris Miler and Cody Stetten.

Rick Dixon survived a crazy Bomber B Main to become the final feature winner of the night. Multiple cautions marred the event and Dixon was even caught up in one of those incidents. Jim Plotts took off to a decent lead over Nick Fenner during some of the green flag laps, but Fenner took the lead after a restart. Plotts and Fenner had a heated battle much of the race with Dixon eventually closing in to third. Plotts had the lead at the white flag, but spun in turn two and collected Fenner. Dixon assumed the lead for a one-lap shootout to the finish and claimed the victory over Scott Barnhart and Rayce Price. Plotts came back to finish fourth with Aaron Van Pelt taking fifth.

Great racing action continues Saturday, May 9 at Oakshade Raceway with another full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

DeTray Goes Flag to Flag in 15th Annual Bomber Spectacular/Dippman Wins 250 Lap Enduro at Oakshade

September 29th, 2014

Oakshade Raceway wrapped up the 2014 racing season with a full weekend of racing excitement. Saturday night was Season Championship for the UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Best Performance Motorsports Compact classes along with the 15^th Annual Bomber Spectacular which was dominated by Gregg DeTray. Then on Sunday afternoon, Dan Dippman won the 250-lap Enduro race.

Over 70 Bombers filled the pits hoping for a shot at winning the $1,000 Bomber Spectacular sponsored by Hot Rod Welding and Engineering. Gregg DeTray from Swanton, Ohio started on the outside of the front row and took the lead from Terry Rushlow by the completion of the first lap. Jeff Foks was leading the championship points by 39 over Chris Sands at the start of the race, but had to start ninth. Sands started even further back, but was able to get by Foks and break into the top five about halfway through the 25-lap feature event.

Despite one last bid for the lead from Rushlow, DeTray was able to lead the entire distance to win his fourth feature event of the season. Rushlow ran second the entire race all the way to the checkered flag. Craig Dippman was also consistent; starting third, running third and finishing in third. Adam Noonan from Toledo, Ohio got by Sands late in the race to finish fourth. Sands’ fifth place finish wasn’t good enough to catch the unofficial Bomber point champion, Foks, who ended up in 7^th .

The final UMP Sportsman feature of the year had some ugly moments. Of the 20 cars that started, less than half the field was still running at the end of the 25-laps. Bruce Stuart took advantage of starting on the pole to lead the first few laps of the Season Championship race. Tim Line had already unofficially locked up the Sportsman championship with his 10 feature wins this season and was going for his eleventh when he took the lead from Stuart on lap four. Line then proceeded to pull away. B.J. Gregory from Swanton, Ohio managed to avoid most of the carnage to get himself in to second place by lap 11. Gregory made a few attempts to take the lead from Line, but was unable to get by Line until late in the race when Line suffered some terrible luck. With Gregory right behind, Line had something break in the rear end that caused him to spin. Gregory made a great move to get by Line with only some minor contact and took over the race lead. Line’s night was over. Gregory went on to pick up the victory over Stuart, Drew Smith and Joe Smith who started 20^th . Bob Krumm was fifth.

John Martis out of Toledo, Ohio passed Cory Gumm for the lead on the outside on lap number two on his way to another Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature win in his rookie season. Brandon Myers unofficially won the point championship and finished in the runner up position in the race. Brogan Rehklau ended up third followed by Aaron Barrick and Andrew Cutler.

Sunday afternoon’s Enduro had some pretty tight racing for a 250 lap event with no cautions. For a good portion of the race, three cars were all on the lead lap. Chris Williams led at the start and seemed to handle the early slick track conditions the best. By the halfway point in the race, Dan Dippman from Oregon, Ohio took over the race lead with Jeremy Grover moving into second. Dippman kept out of trouble and went on to be the first to complete all 250 laps in about an hour and forty-five minutes. Grover finished one lap behind in second. Mike Ritz had a tough go early on in the race, but soldiered on to a third place finish. Williams slipped back to finish fourth. Brad Glibert survived flying over a loose wheel and having his hood fly open to finish fifth.

The Wiener Dog Nationals presented by Paws and Remember invade Oakshade Raceway for their championship event on Saturday, October 4^th . Check in for wiener dog race participants will be from 8:30am until 9:30am with the wiener dog races starting at 10am. There will also be Power Wheels Demolition Derby for kids aged 3 to 8 that will start at 12pm. Admission for these events is FREE! There is a small entry fee to participate in either of the events. For more details, visit wienerracing.com or oakshaderaceway.com.

Jacob Poel Wins Michigan Dirt Cup Race at Oakshade

September 9th, 2014

Oakshade Raceway near Wauseon, Ohio was proud to host the first Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified event outside the state of Michigan on Saturday night with 42 of the areas best modified drivers. Jacob Poel from Spring Lake, Michigan came out on top with an impressive run in the 30-lap feature event which earned him $1,500.

Josh Scott and Andrew Terrill battled side by side for the lead early in the Michigan Dirt Cup Modified main event. Scott eventually cleared Terrill and stayed out front for almost half the race. A caution on lap eight tightened up the field for the restart which Jacob Poel took advantage of. He put pressure on Scott and finally took over the race lead on lap 12. Poel began to pull away as Travis Stemler from Ionia, Michigan worked his way past several cars to take over second. Stemler benefited from a couple caution periods in the final 10 laps to keep close to Poel, but was unable to mount a substantial challenge and settled for a second place finish. Mark Anderson got by Scott late in the race to finish third. Scott slipped back to wind up fourth and David Mielke finished fifth.

Swanton, Ohio’s Bob Gregory made a bold move through the middle, three-wide to move up to second behind Mike Jessen at the start of the UMP Sportsman feature race. A caution brought out by Billy Brown and Roger Weirich on the second lap slowed things down. Gregory got a good restart and took the lead from Jessen on the outside. No one could catch Gregory who went on to take the checkered flag in only his second start of the season. Jessen finished second with Bruce Stuart third. Tim Line saw his consecutive win streak come to an end after earning the previous nine straight feature wins. He finished fourth after starting 11^th . Rich Ruff was fifth.

Richard Riffe and Gregg DeTray raced hard for the early lead in an eventful Bomber A Main with Riffe winning that battle. Tim Murphy tried to slide up in front of DeTray for second. He was able to make the pass but not after some contact that left DeTray’s left front a little tore up. Both drivers continued on without wrecking.

The Bomber points leader, Jeff Foks, had an off night after winning the previous two Bomber A Mains. Foks started deep in the field and spun on lap six to bring out a yellow. Foks had some damage from an earlier incident and made a brief visit to the pits before rejoining competition. Terry Rushlow who is third in points was involved in a wreck with Skeet Reckner which brought out the red flag on lap eight. Both drivers were racing in the top five at the time and ended up being done for the night. Chris Sands, second in Bomber points, stood to benefit the most with the bad luck suffered by both Foks and Rushlow. He took over second place with three laps to go and challenged Riffe for the lead the final couple of laps. Riffe, from Toledo, Ohio, was able to hold off Sands to earn his first Bomber A Main win. Sands finished a very close second and was able to make up a lot of ground in the points race with only two weeks left. Sands is now just 37 points behind Foks. Murphy finished third followed by Jake Rendel and Adam Noonan.

The first lap of the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature had a lot of action. Cody Stetten, John Martis, Jerry Hoot and Jennifer Rendel all had problems which resulted in a complete restart. Only Rendel was able to continue. Dane Arvin jumped out to the early lead over Brandon Myers, but Myers fought back and took command by the completion of the first lap. Arvin had slipped back to third when Josh Floyd got into Arvin, spinning both drivers. Myers, from Morenci, Michigan, went on to post his fourth feature win of the year with Aaron Barrick finishing second. Cole Walbolt was third followed by a couple Goodmans who started deep in the field. Jeff Goodman started 15^th and ended up fourth while Devin Goodman started 19^th and crossed the line fifth.

Dan Shaffer appeared to have the Bomber B Main win locked up after leading all the way to the white flag, but things fell apart for the Morenci, Michigan driver on the final lap. Multiple cautions kept Shaffer from opening up too big of a lead over Tim Hancock and Ted Hill. Hill moved into second late in the race and trailed Shaffer as they exited turn two on the final lap. As Shaffer raced down the backstretch, his car suddenly slowed as a shower of sparks came from underneath. Perrysburg, Ohio’s Ted Hill took advantage of Shaffer’s bad luck and took the checkered flag for his first feature win. Hancock finished second with Teri-Lynn Murphy third. Pete Herman started 18^th and wound up fourth with Perry Cox recovering after being involved in an early caution to finish fifth. Shaffer slipped all the way back to ninth after losing his drive shaft half a lap from the checkered flag.

The UMP Late Models are going topless on Saturday, September 13, for their final appearance of the 2014 season at Oakshade Raceway. All Late Model drivers will have the roofs off of their cars. UMP Sportsman and Bomber drivers are also welcome to race “topless” but it isn’t mandatory. Also in action will be the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Matt Miller’s ALMS Win Highlights Wild Night at Oakshade Raceway

September 3rd, 2014

Matt Miller snapped Casey Noonan’s string of four consecutive UMP Late Model feature wins at Oakshade Raceway by picking up the checkered flag in the American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco feature event on Saturday night. It was Miller’s fourth feature win of the season at Oakshade.

After wrapping up an unprecedented sixth UMP Late Model track championship the week before, Rusty Schlenk got the advantage over Coleman, Michigan’s Curtis Roberts at the start of the 30-lap ALMS feature. Noonan got to the inside of Schlenk a few laps later and battled side by side for the lead. Bobby Hutchins, who was running near the back of the pack, spun just in front of the lead battle to bring out the first caution flag of the race on lap six. Schlenk decided to switch things up and elected to restart on the inside lane where Noonan had been running. That put Noonan to the outside of Schlenk for the double-file restart. That strategy wasn’t enough to keep Noonan from taking over the race lead, which he did shortly after the restart. Another caution on lap 10 after Steve Kester slowed on the track with flat tire benefited Matt Miller who had worked his way into second. This allowed Miller to start alongside Noonan. After some hard racing and a bit of contact between both Miller and Noonan, Miller eventually took command and began to pull away from Noonan on his way to picking up the $2,000 win. Noonan came up on position short of making it five in a row and had to settle for a runner up finish. Schlenk finished third followed by Brian Ruhlman and Curtis Roberts.

Tim Line continued his UMP Sportsman domination at Oakshade Raceway with his ninth consecutive feature win. Line wasted no time finding the front of the pack after starting on the outside of the front row. Line opened up a sizable lead that was wiped out a few times by cautions. Bob Krumm mounted a bit of a late charge on the Monclova, Ohio driver but didn’t have enough to keep up. Krumm took second with Bruce Stuart finishing third. Jamie Grochowski was fourth with Rich Ruff fifth.

Chis Sands led the first part of the Bomber A Main after starting on the pole. Holland, Ohio’s Jeff Foks worked his way up into contention after starting seventh by lap four. Just after Foks took over second, Terry Rushlow and Curt Dickie got hooked together while battling for third. Both cars ended up in the backstretch wall. Three laps later, Foks made a nice move around Sands on the high side of turn four to take the lead. Foks pulled away and picked up his 10^th A Main win of the season and put a little more distance between himself and Sands in the Bomber championship point standings. Sands held off Tim Murphy and Rick Dixon to keep from losing too much ground with a second place finish. Adam Lantz was fifth.

Brandon Myers and Brogan Rehklau pulled away from the rest of the drivers early in an exciting Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature event. Rehklau, from Waldron, Michigan, got along side Myers after a lap two restart. The two drivers raced side by side for a lap and then Rehklau ducked back in behind Myers. Following another restart one lap later, Rehklau, John Martis and Aaron Barrick fanned out four-wide for the lead under Myers. After things settled back down, Myers was able to maintain the lead with Rehklau pressuring until the final lap. As the leaders approached a slower car, Myers had to check up and Rehklau pounced to the inside to take the lead coming off of turn two. Myers got back to the inside of Rehklau on the backstretch and had the advantage entering turn three, but Rehklau stayed in the gas coming off turn four on the high side to take the win by just a few feet ahead of Myers. Martis finished a very close third. Barrick and Jeff Goodman rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Carnage ruled in the Bomber B Main that also had quite a few lead changes. Chuck Stuckey was first to lead when Ted Hill, who was running third, got crossed up in turn three and collected Ethan Gehring, Terry Rump, Tim McNicol and Tim Hancock. Gehring had escaped the first incident without stopping and got his spot back for the restart. He challenged Stuckey for the lead and then spun down the front stretch coming off turn four and once again collected Rump and McNicol. The next caution involved the leaders when Stuckey got loose with the lead and clipped second place Justin Gamber. Things stacked up behind and another caution flag flew. Gamber took over the lead next with Tim Hancock and Clayton, Michigan’s Donovan Paskan challenging. Both Hancock and Paskan got by Gamber with Paskan taking the lead. Hancock and Paskan raced hard for the lead on the final lap, but Hancock lost it in turn four and spun in front of the field causing another big pile up as Paskan took the checkered flag. Chuck Faller avoided all the incidents to finish second. Gamber slammed into Hancock’s car in the final corner but was able to finish third ahead of Taylor Dippman and Truck Robertson.

Steve Morris got by Nathan Goodman for the lead early in the Bomber C Main. Unfortunately for Morris, things went from bad to worse. He pushed up high coming off turn four and lost the lead back to Goodman and then proceeded to do a complete 360 in turns one and turn and again the same lap in turn four which eventually brought out the yellow flag for some other cars that got stacked up behind. Goodman, out of Waterloo, Indiana, went on to pick up the feature. Dylan Hough was running right behind Goodman on the final lap, but spun coming off turn four. That allowed Dave McMannamy to take second followed by Robert Meinen, Henry Walls Jr. and Jarrett Rendel.

Oakshade Raceway is set to host the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds on Saturday, September 6^th . The 30-lap feature will pay $1,500 to win and $200 to start. UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Noonan Wins Fourth Consecutive/Schlenk Earns 2014 Championship at Oakshade Raceway

August 27th, 2014

Casey Noonan topped off another impressive run with his fourth consecutive UMP Late Model feature win, while Rusty Schlenk unofficially wrapped up an unprecedented sixth track championship.

Noonan from Sylvania, Ohio started on the pole of the 30-lap UMP Late Model Season Championship feature event and drove out to a big lead early. An incident involving Steve Kester and Chris Keller brought out the first caution on lap seven. Championship contender Brian Ruhlman, who started the feature 18 points in arrears to Schlenk, moved into second place on the track after the restart. A hard crash between Dusty Moore and Josh Haynes brought out the only other caution on lap eight. After that, it was smooth sailing for Noonan who cruised to another feature victory. The battle for second between Schlenk and Ruhlman was the one to watch. Both drivers raced hard and continued swapping positions. In the end, Schlenk took second and unofficially the $7,500 2014 Oakshade Raceway Championship. Ruhlman finished third in the race and second in points which will earn him a new Rocket Chassis. Keller recovered nicely after restarting at the tail following the first caution on lap seven to finish fourth. Devin Shiels was fifth.

Joe Derbeck out of Lambertville, Michigan started on the pole and opened up a big lead in the UMP Sportsman feature race. His lead was wiped out after Christopher Whitlock spun on lap six to bring out the caution flag. Bruce Stuart took the lead from Derbeck just after the restart and had an epic battle for the lead with Monclova, Ohio’s Tim Line for about 10 laps. No one had been able to snap Line’s string of consecutive feature wins that dated back to the end of June. Stuart and Line raced side by side with Line looking high and low trying to find a way to get by Stuart. Finally, Line took a stab to the inside of Stuart as both drivers dove low into turn three. Stuart lost the rear end and spun, collecting Jamie Grochowski in the process and ending both drivers’ night. Line took over the lead with three laps remaining and went on to post his 11^th UMP Sportsman feature win of the year. Derbeck wound up second with Mike Jessen third. Rich Ruff moved up from his 11^th place starting position to finish fourth. Billy Brown was fifth.

Jeff Foks out of Holland, Ohio increased his point lead in the Bomber class with his ninth Bomber A Main win of the year after leading the entire distance. Chris Sands who is second in points, finished second in the race. Sands tried to reel Foks in late in the race, but without the aid of caution flags he was unable to get within striking distance. Rick Dixon capped off a decent night with a third place finish followed by Mathew Chapman and Craig Dippman.

Cory Gumm had a bit of a wild ride in the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature event bringing out the red flag when he rolled over on the backstretch after contact with last week’s feature winner, Aaron Barrick. John Martis from Toledo, Ohio finally found his way back to victory circle after a bit of a dry spell. His last feature win was just over a month ago, but he took command at the drop of the green flag. Brandon Myers started deep in the field and was able to work his way to second. He was able to pressure Martis for the lead, but could not find a way around and ended up finishing in the runner up position. Barrick, finished third followed by Cody Stetten, and Cole Walbolt.

Ethan Gehring started third in the Bomber B Main and was able to get by Tim Hancock and Derek Morris to earn his first feature win of the season. Hancock started on the pole and ended up second with Morris third. Angola, Indiana’s Jeff Hinkley finished fourth after starting 11^th and Duane Fletcher was fifth.

The final race of the night was the Bomber C Main which brought another new face to victory lane. Chuck Stuckey from Sylvania, Ohio started sixth and finished ahead of Pete Herman to pick up his first feature win of the year. Herman started way back in ninth and settled for a second place finish. Kyle Light was third followed by Taylor Dippman and Dylan Hough.

Oakshade Raceway will host its final American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco event Labor Day weekend. Gates will open at 4pm with racing starting at 7pm. In addition to the $2,000 to win ALMS, the UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Best Performance Motorsports Compact classes will also be in action.

Casey Noonan Sweeps Oakshade Raceway’s Dual Push Truck Challenge

August 19th, 2014

Oakshade Raceway hosted the Dual Push Truck Challenge on Saturday night featuring two 25-lap UMP Late Model feature races which were dominated by Casey Noonan who swept both events.

Sylvania Ohio’s Casey Noonan took the lead at the start of the first UMP Late Model feature over pole-sitter Brandon Thirlby from Traverse City, Michigan. The only caution flag came out on lap five when Hillard Miller, who was running near the back of the field, spun just in front of the leaders. Noonan got a decent restart and went on to pick up the easy win. Thirlby was second followed by Rusty Schlenk, Brian Ruhlman and Steve Kester.

Noonan then drew a four for the inversion for the start of the second of the Dual Push Truck Challenge features, putting him on the outside of the second row in the line up. Clarklake Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman started on the pole, but point leader Rusty Schlenk took the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row. The first caution flag came out on lap three for a Ron Miller spin. Noonan restarted third behind Schlenk and Ruhlman but made a bold move three-wide through the middle to take the lead just after the restart. Schlenk fought back and regained the lead briefly. After some more great side by side racing, Noonan finally took over the top spot for good on lap 11. After last week’s dramatic feature win, Noonan made it three feature wins in a row by sweeping the Dual Push Truck Challenge. Schlenk barely edged out Ruhlman in a near photo finish for second and increased his point lead to 20 over Ruhlman heading into next week’s UMP Late Model Season Championships. The 2013 Oakshade Late Model Champion, Dona Marcoullier, finished fourth and Thirlby wound up fifth.

Joe Derbeck took command of the UMP Sportsman feature at the drop of the green flag. Derbeck led with Rusty Smith in second most of the race, but a late race charge by Monclova, Ohio’s Tim Line shook things up. Line got by Smith and then made the pass for the lead over Derbeck on the final lap to increase his string of consecutive wins to seven. Derbeck would end up finishing second with Smith third. Bruce Stuart and Mike Jessen rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

With Curt Dickie leading the Bomber A Main, Chris Henry spun on lap two while running in the top five to bring out the first caution flag of the race. Shortly after the restart, Terry Rushlow from Holland, Ohio began to challenge Dickie for the lead. On lap five, Rushlow finally took the lead and began to pull away. A few laps later, last week’s feature winner brought out another yellow flag after stopping on the the track. Gregg DeTray then headed back to the pits. A late caution for a wreck involving Donovan Paskan, Chuck Stuckey and Satch Crispen set up a two-lap race to the checkers with Jeff Foks restarting in second. Foks was unable to get by Rushlow who went on to pick up his second A Main win of the year. Dickie held on to finish third followed by Mathew Chapman and Skeet Reckner.

Onsted, Michigan’s Aaron Barrick led from flag to flag in the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature event to earn his second career feature win. Barrick fended off an early challenge from Cody Stetten and then never looked back. Stetten had his hands full with Brandon Myers and Cory Gumm but was able to hang on to a second place finish with Myers and Gumm ending up third and fourth respectively. John Martis was fifth.

Steve Morris took advantage of starting on the pole of the Bomber B Main to grab the early lead. The Sylvania, Ohio driver led the entire distance despite having to survive and one-lap race to the finish after a late caution. Terry Perry did all he could, but ended up finishing second just behind Morris. Ted Hill was third followed by Nick Fenner and Dan Shaffer.

The final race of the night was the Bomber C Main. Sylvania, Ohio’s Scott Hammer took the early lead over Chris Sawinksi who suffered some bad luck. Sawinski had a couple of spins during the race. The second of which collected the 81 of Tim McNicol who was running third at the time. Ethan Gehring took some shots at the lead on the restarts after a couple of the cautions, but Hammer held on to pick up his first ever feature win. Gehring settled for second with Dylan Hough third. Sawinski survived at least one more close call to salvage a fourth place finish with Abby Burton scored in fifth.

Saturday, August 23 will be Season Championship Night for the UMP Late Models with Rusty Schlenk nursing that slim lead over Brian Ruhlman going into that final night. UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Casey Noonan Wins Exciting Oakshade Late Model Feature

August 14th, 2014

Casey Noonan came out on top of an extremely competitive UMP Late Model feature at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night for his second feature win of the season.

Brian Ruhlman got the advantage over pole-sitter Rusty Schlenk at the start of the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature event after starting on the outside of the front row. Schlenk regrouped and began challenging Ruhlman for the lead a few laps later. On lap nine, Schlenk had a shot to take the lead as he and Ruhlman split around Steve Miller who was fighting to stay on the lead lap. Ruhlman held on, but Schlenk got another run to the inside of Ruhlman with another slower car in front of the leaders. Ruhlman used the car as a pick which resulted in some contact while racing for the lead on the backstretch. The leaders continued to work through heavy traffic which allowed the rest of the top five to close in. Casey Noonan snuck by for the lead late in the race. A couple cars racing side by side in front of Noonan made for an exciting finish. Ruhlman got to the outside and somehow Noonan found room to the inside of the two cars at the checkered flag. Ruhlman settled for a second place finish and was able to close back to within four points of Schlenk in the point standings. Steve Kester notched another top five finish with a third just ahead of Schlenk. Chris Keller was fifth.

It was another heart breaker for Chane Stuckey in the UMP Sportsman feature. A few weeks back, Stuckey appeared as though he might pick up his first Sportsman feature win after leading the majority of the second Sportsman Twin 25, but an incredible run by Tim Line ended with a pass for the lead on the final lap of that race. This time, Stuckey took command on lap two after passing Rich Ruff for the lead. He then opened up a decent advantage over the rest of the field. Line started seventh and moved up to second by lap seven. Seven laps later, Line had caught Stuckey and began to challenge for the lead. Line finally took lead after a restart for a caution on lap 15. A couple laps later, Stuckey’s car began to smoke and he retired to the pits. Line went on to pick up his sixth consecutive feature win. Ruff wound up second with Drew Smith finishing strong in third. Mike Jessen and George Lindsey finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Gregg DeTray won his third Bomber A Main of the year in a dominating performance. DeTray started on the inside of the second row and took over the race lead by the completion of the first lap. Jeff Foks put some pressure on DeTray for most of the race, but had his run of consecutive wins snapped at four. Chris Sands entered the night with a slim points lead, but suffered rear end damage after an incident with Terry Rushlow and was unable to finish the race. Foks made one last move to the inside of DeTray in the final corner of the last lap, but it wasn’t enough. The second place finish for Foks was good enough to take over the Bomber point lead. Rick Dixon finished third followed by Mathew Chapman and Curt Dickie.

Brogan Rehklau started on the pole of the Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature and drove away from the rest of the field. A good four-car battle ensued behind him between John Martis, Brandon Myers, Cory Gumm and Cody Stetten. Rehklau earned his first ever Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature win with Gumm holding off Martis for second. Stetten finished fourth with Myers fifth.

Tim Hancock and Jacob Gamber had a great battle for the lead in a caution-filled Bomber B Main. Gamber led early with Hancock taking over the lead a few laps into the event. Gamber fought back on the outside and regained the lead, but slipped up on the final lap allowing Hancock to reclaim it and take the checkered flag. Adam Lantz also got by Gamber to finish second. Gamber crossed the line third and Scott Hammer just edged out Duane Fletcher for fourth.

Special Tom Elling Memorial Australian Pursuit Races were run for the top ten in points in the UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman and Bomber classes. Winners were Ken Hahn, Tim Line and Mathew Chapman.

The Dual Push Truck Challenge takes place Saturday, August 16^th at Oakshade Raceway and will feature two complete 25-lap UMP Late Model feature events in addition to a full show of UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Matt Miller Wins $10,000 Birthday Race at Oakshade

July 24th, 2014

The UMP Late Model Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals wrapped up their month long tours at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night. Forty-eight Late Model and forty-five Modified drivers gathered at the 3/8 mile bullring for the big finale.

Moweaqua Illinois’ Shannon Babb entered the final event with a 43 point advantage over Ryan Unzicker and 45 points on Brian Shirley. Also on the line was the $10,000 going to the winner of the 60-lap 16^th Annual Birthday Race Late Model feature event. Mason Zeigler seemed like a safe bet to win after a strong showing the past two nights picking up consecutive wins at Brushcreek and Attica. Zeigler started the night off setting the fast time with a lap of 14.654. The Uniontown, Pennsylvania driver ended up on the pole of the feature and led the first part of the race. Last week’s Oakshade feature winner and last year’s Birthday Race winner, Matt Miller got by Jeep Van Wormer by lap 10 to take over second and began to reel in Zeigler. Miller caught Zeigler in lapped traffic and used it to his advantage to take over the race lead on lap 15. A couple laps later, Zeigler spun in turn one while racing with Ryan Unzicker for the second position which brought out the only caution period in the race. Miller was able to pull away from Unzicker after the restart. Later in the race, Babb made his presence known, pressuring Unzicker for second. Miller’s lead began to shrink just a bit toward the end, but it was enough to win his third Oakshade Raceway Birthday Race. He joins Babb as the only two drivers to have won this event three times. Unzicker finished .759 seconds behind Miller and Babb’s third place finish was more than enough to lock up his fourth DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals title. Last year’s Summer Nationals champion, Brandon Sheppard finished fourth with Van Wormer slipping back to fifth.

Next up was the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals 25-lap feature event. Brian Ruhlman made a daring move at the start, going three-wide with Taylor Cook and Randy Lines to take the race lead early. Ruhlman then proceeded to check out on the rest of the field. Matt Hamilton from Aurora, Indiana began to close in on Ruhlman late in the race, but ran out of laps. Hamilton ended up finishing second, .936 seconds behind Ruhlman in the caution-free race. Jeff Babcock finished third with Collin Thirlby fourth. Josh Scott started 16^th and worked his way up to a fifth place finish.

The Best Performance Motorsports Compacts wrapped up a great night of racing with their feature event that started off with some three-wide racing for the lead. John Martis, Aaron Barrick and Brandon Myers battled at the front with Martis eventually settling in to the top spot by lap two. A couple laps later Barrick fell off the pace and tried to limp back to the pits, but didn’t quite make it and brought out the yellow flag. Martis continued to lead Myers all the way to the checkered flag. It was the fourth feature win of the year for Martis who was also celebrating a birthday. Last week’s feature winner, Myers, finished second. Brogan Rehklau was third followed by Cody Stetten and Matt Brazeau.

The Sportsman and Bomber classes will be back in action this Saturday, July 26 at Oakshade Raceway for the Sportsman Twin 25′s. The Sportsmen will run two full 25-lap features in addition to a full racing program of UMP Late Models, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Matt Miller Back In Victory Circle at Oakshade Raceway

July 16th, 2014

The Vintage American Race Cars (V.A.R.C.) joined the regular racing program at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night for a little old school racing featuring mostly classic midget and sprint cars. The racing was highlighted by a couple of race wins by John Lawhorn in his 1968 sprint car.

In UMP Late Model action, Matt Miller drove an excellent race to pick up his first feature win of the year. The win gives him some momentum to build on going in to next week’s $10,000 to win Birthday Race/Summer Nationals Finale. Steve Kester started at the point and maintained the lead for the first part of the race with Miller working the inside. Finally Miller took command on lap nine and drove away from the rest of the field to the checkered flag in the caution-free race. Kester was able to fend off a late challenge from Brian Ruhlman to finish in second.

Jamie Grochowski started off strong in the Sportsman feature event, taking the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the outside of the front row. Grochowski slipped up high on the third lap opening the door for Tim Line to drive on by on the inside to take the lead away. Line led the rest of the distance and despite a close call with Joe Keebler who spun right in front of him in the final corner, Line was able to earn his fifth feature win of the year. Grochowski
finished second followed by Mike Jessen and Joe Derbeck.

The Bomber A Main featured an epic battle between Chris Sands and Jeff Foks for the majority of the race. Sands started on the pole and immediately took the lead over Terry Rushlow. Rushlow had problems on lap four and dropped out of competition. Foks then began to pressure Sands for the lead, looking inside and outside. Finally, Foks was able to make the pass on the outside with just under a handful of laps remaining. Sands never gave up and took one last shot at Foks on the
final lap dropping down low in the final corners, but it wasn’t enough. Foks earned win number six on the season with Sands following up in second.

Brogan Rehklau took the early lead in the Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature event after starting on the pole and led the first few laps. After an early caution for a Matt Brazeau spin, Terry Rushlow Sr. got turned around on the ensuing restart and multiple cars piled in. Rushlow was running in the top five at the time. Shortly after the next restart, Rehklau fell off the pace which turned the lead battle over to Brandon Myers and John Martis. The two drivers traded the lead and some paint. In the end, it was Myers holding off Martis to pick up his third feature win of the year.

Multiple lead changes amongst multiple drivers highlighted the final race of the night, the Bomber B Main. Scott Hammer took over the early lead after starting on the outside of the second row. Justin Gamber had worked his way up to second before slipping up high in turn one and stopping in turn two to bring out the second caution in the race. After the restart, Hammer led the field into turn one and lost it in turn two, spinning in front of the entire field. Ted Hill then inherited the lead, but Garry Domoe took over the top spot on the following lap. Hill fought back to the inside and contact going into turn three sent both drivers spinning which brought out another caution. Steven Pocock then became the leader again after starting on the pole. A couple laps later Tim McNicol took command and held off a late charge from Scott Robertson to take the checkered flag. Hammer recovered to finish third with Domoe salvaging a fourth place finish after get caught up in few incidents earlier in the race. Henry Walls Jr. finished fifth.

Oakshade Raceway hosts its biggest event of the year this coming weekend with the $10,000 to win 16^th Annual Birthday Race/UMP Late Model Summer Nationals Finale along with the Summit Racing Modifieds Summer Nationals Finale and the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. Gates will be open on Friday, July 18 from 11am to 12am for those wishing to camp and/or put a blanket down to reserve your place in the grandstands. Everyone that enters on Friday must purchase a grandstand ticket or pit pass for Saturday’s event. Then on Saturday, July 19, gates will be open at 10am. The pits will be open to everyone until 4pm. After 4pm you must have a put pass to remain in the pits. Racing will begin at 7:45pm. Admission is just $12 for ages 12 and up as it is each and every Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway. For more information visit OakshadeRaceway.com.

Noonan Earns First Win of Season on Oakshade Raceway’s “Night of Wheels”

July 3rd, 2014

Saturday night was the “Night of Wheels” at Oakshade Raceway where 60 donated bicycles, trikes and other wheeled children’s toys were given away to a bunch of very happy kids. In addition to the sea of smiling young faces, was the smile on Casey Noonan who earned his first Oakshade Raceway feature win of the season.

Jeff Babcock took the lead at the start of the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature from his outside front row starting position. Pole-sitter Casey Noonan chased him down and made the pass under Babcock after he pushed up a bit in turn two. A few laps later, Rusty Schlenk and Babcock staged a heated battle for the second position. The two drivers traded spots a couple times until Schlenk tried to dive under Babcock going in to turn three, but pushed up into him in turn four. The contact dropped Babcock back a couple positions and Schlenk received a warning for rough driving. A caution flag for Brad Eitniear’s spin on lap 18 tightened the field back up behind Noonan with Schlenk second. Once the green flag dropped again, Schlenk got shuffled back as Noonan once again pulled away and eventually picked up the victory. Chris Keller finished second with Steve Kester in third. Babcock got back by Schlenk to finish fourth with Schlenk rounding out the top five. With Brian Ruhlman finishing sixth, Schlenk was able to maintain his slim five-point advantage over him in the point standings.

Joe Derbeck started on the pole of the Sportsman feature event and held the lead until Tim Line took over on lap three. Line proceeded to pull away to a half track advantage over Derbeck in what are usually closely contested Sportsman feature events. Line went on to pick up the easy win which was his third of the year. The win also gave him a 67 point advantage over last week’s feature winner, Mike Jessen, in the standings. Derbeck held on to finish second with Jamie Grochowski finishing third after starting in tenth. Steve Meeks took fourth and Chester Fitch was fifth.

Skeet Reckner and Duane Fletcher wrecked hard on the backstretch on the first lap of the Bomber A Main. The two cars wouldn’t separate and were both dragged into the infield so that the race could restart while track workers attempted to get the two cars apart. Last week’s first-time winner, Chris Sands, started on the pole and immediately took command of the race. Sands set sail and pulled away from the rest of the competitors while Gregg Detray and Terry Rushlow had a heck of a battle for second. Those two drivers battled side by side almost the entire race. Sands easily won his second A Main in a row while Detray was able to fend off Rushlow for second. Curt Dickie finished fourth and Steve Morris ended up fifth after starting 17^th . With the win, Sands made things a bit more interesting atop the Bomber point standings. Sands is now just two points behind point leader Terry Rushlow and Jeff Foks sits just 11 points back in third.

The Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature race had the most lead changes of any of the night’s main events. Aaron Barrick led the first two laps. A caution after Regan Ford got turned around on lap two would end up costing Barrick the lead. Terry Rushlow Sr. and Brandon Myers split three-wide around Barrick on the restart to take over the top two spots. Rushlow managed to finally get in front of Myers after some side by side racing, but John Martis shot around the outside and took the lead a couple laps later. Martis went on to pick up his second consecutive Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature win with Myers in second. Cody Stetten got by Rushlow to finish third and Barrick slipped back to end up fifth.

Josh Montague started on the pole of the Bomber B Main and managed to lead the entire distance despite a stiff challenge from Charles Stuckey for most of the race. The field was kept tight by multiple cautions, but during the green flag runs, Stuckey tried to use the bottom to get by Montague. Stuckey managed to get alongside Montague on several occasions, but when the checkered flag flew, it was Montague who was out front. Stuckey settled for second followed by Statch Crispen, Joe Heffner and Pete Herman.

Saturday, July 5^th is Memorial Night at Oakshade Raceway. Lap sponsorships in memory of loved ones are still available for the feature events. Leaders of each sponsored lap will be awarded that money. Contact Oakshade Raceway if you are interested in purchasing a lap sponsorship. A full racing program of UMP Late Models, Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts will be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Devin Moran Wins Barney Oldfield Race at Oakshade

June 25th, 2014

Oakshade Raceway hosted the 25^th Annual Barney Oldfield Race on Saturday night which doubled as an American Late Model Series event that drew in 45 UMP Late Models to compete for the $5,000 to win. Race fans packed the grandstands and were treated to some very fast racing action that was highlighted by Devin Moran’s masterful feature performance.

Moran dove to the inside of Allen Vochaska and Ryan Missler to take the lead at the start of the 40-lap Barney Oldfield feature event. Vochaska slipped up high in turn two on lap seven and faded back into the field. Moran maintained a huge lead while patiently working through lapped traffic until Missler’s top five run ended on lap 28 when he came to a stop in turn three to bring out the caution flag.

Rusty Schlenk, winner of the last three Oakshade features and the previous night’s race at Farmer City, almost didn’t make it to the track due to mechanical problems with his hauler. Schlenk’s luck didn’t improve. He got crossed up in turn four on lap 33 while running in the top five which brought out the yellow flag and knocked him out of contention.

A couple more late cautions kept the field tight, with Matt Miller in second after starting on the outside of the fourth row. Unfortunately for Miller, Moran was able to pull away on each restart. Devin Moran picked up his first ever Oakshade Raceway win in only his second start at the 3/8 mile bullring. After the race, he thanked all the great race fans at Oakshade who had come out to support him.

Miller settled for a second place finish with Dona Marcoullier finishing strong in third after starting 12^th . John Henry and Brian Ruhlman were the rest of the top five finishers. Doug Drown had run in the third position much of the race, but slipped back to end up sixth.

Mike Jessen moved under Bruce Stuart to lead the first lap of the UMP Sportsman feature race, but Stuart battled back and took the lead on lap two. Jessen finally took command for good on lap three with Tim Line eventually moving into second. Line tried to get alongside Jessen for the remainder of the race, but couldn’t get it done as Jessen took the checkered flag for the fourth time this season. Line’s second place finish was good enough for him to maintain the Sportsman points lead. Jamie Grochowski finished off another great run in third after starting 14^th . Chester Fitch posted a fourth place finish with Bob Krumm fifth.

Terry Rushlow started on the pole of the Bomber A Main and had to contend with Chris Sands in the first part of the race. Rushlow fought off the challenge and then point leader Jeff Foks got by Sands for second. Soon after, Sands got into the rear of Foks turning him around in traffic. Foks suffered some damage and fell way back in the running order, but was able to continue without a yellow flag. After a caution for Brandon Leighton’s spin on lap four, Rushlow and Sands battled side by side for the lead. The two drivers traded the lead until Sands got by for good on lap seven. A couple laps later, Rushlow slipped up high in turn two and rolled to a stop on the backstretch. Sands went on to pick up his first Bomber A Main win with Jeff Foks rebounding to finish second and taking the points lead by a single point over Rushlow. Chris Henry was third followed by Tim Murphy and Curt Dickie who started 20^th .

“Junior” Jerry Hoot led most of the Sport Compact feature and had opened a up a big lead. Unfortunately for him, he retired to the pits with just two laps to go. That turned the lead over to John Martis. Martis managed to hold off Terry Rushlow Sr. who had gotten along side Martis on the final lap. Martis just barely had enough and won in a side by side finish with Rushlow. Brandon Myers finished third with “Sparky Marky” Gillingham fourth followed by father Mark Gillingham Sr. in fifth.

Steven Pocock put a stop to the Bomber B Main after rolling over in turn two which brought out the red flag with one lap complete. Tim Hancock was the leader, but Teri-Lynn Murphy took the lead away on lap two and went on to pick up the victory with Chuck Stuckey finishing second. Hancock slipped back to finish third with Dan Shaffer and Terry Rump round out the rest of the top five finishers.

It is the “Night of Wheels” at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, June 28. A large number of bicycles will be given away at intermission which will put smiles on a bunch of kids faces. A full racing program feature UMP Late Models, Sportsmen, Bombers and Sport Compacts will also entertain the entire family with exciting racing action. Gates open at 4pm with racing starting at 7pm.

Three in a Row for Schlenk at Oakshade

June 18th, 2014

Rusty Schlenk held off a late charge from Brian Ruhlman to pick up his third consecutive UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Schlenk took the lead over pole-sitter Jeff Babcock at the start of the race and proceeded to open up a straightaway advantage. Larry Kingseed’s spin on lap 14 tightened the field back up for a restart. Ruhlman was outside the top five on the restart and worked his way up to second near the finish of the race. He pulled to within a car-length of Schlenk, but ran out of laps to catch him. Schlenk managed to increase his points lead with his third win of the season. Ruhlman finished second for the second week in a row. Babcock slipped back to end up third followed by Steve Kester and Chris Keller who started 14th.

Last week’s UMP Sportsman feature winner Bruce Stuart got sideways on the first lap of this week’s feature and collected Tim Line and Jamie Grochowski which resulted in a complete restart. George Lindsey led the first five laps until the caution came out for Christopher Whitlock’s spin. On the restart, Tim Line and Mike Jessen got up alongside Lindsey to race three-wide for the lead. Both Line and Jessen got by to take the top two positions. With Line leading, Jessen continued to pressure him on the inside and took the lead on lap 13 of the 20-lap event. Line continued to fight back on the outside for the remainder of the race, but Jessen held on to win his third feature of the year. Grochowski took third with George Lindsey ending up fourth. Roger Weirich was fifth.

A hard crash slowed things on the first lap of the Bomber A Main after Richard Riffe got into Rick Dixon sending him into the wall. Steve Morris and Tim Hancock piled in hard. Another caution resulted in a second complete restart and once things got going, Jeff Foks was the man to beat. Mathew Chapman was running second and tried to challenge Foks, but lost it coming off of turn four and spun out. That turned second place over to Chris Sands who managed to mount quite a battle with Foks for the lead. In the end, Foks was able to pick up his third consecutive win and an extra $100 courtesy of Racers Connection and Complete Auto Repair Service. Sands wound up second for the second consecutive week followed by Terry Rushlow, Richard Riffe and Curt Dickie who started 23rd.

Best Performance Motorsports from St. Mary’s Ohio added some extra money to the first five finishers in the Sport Compact feature event. Nathan Shaffer took the lead at the start, but was quickly overcome by John Martis and Brandon Meyers who raced three-wide for the lead. Meyers took the lead on the outside and soon after “Sparky Marky” Gillingham began to challenge Meyers. Meyers went on to pick up his second feature win of the year with Gillingham finishing second. Brogan Rehklau was third with Cody Stetten fourth and Cory Gumm rounding out the top five.

Scott Hammer led from the pole at the start of a caution-filled Bomber B Main. Jim Remley took command by the second lap and tried to hold off a hard-charging Chris Henry. Despite pumping out a great deal of smoke, Henry battled to the inside of Remley for the lead for much of the race, but a few well-timed cautions managed to briefly save Remley’s lead. Finally, Henry was able to take the lead away with two laps remaining to claim his first feature victory of the year with Remley in second. Terry Rump wound up third with Dan Shaffer fourth and Ted Hill surviving to finish fifth after starting at the back of the field. Henry also pocketed an extra $50 from Racers Connection for the win.

The 25th Annual Barney Oldfield Race paying $5,000 to win will take place this Saturday, June 21 at Oakshade Raceway. It is also an American Late Model Series presented by Sunoco event. The Sportsman, Bomber and Sport Compact classes will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing starting at 7pm.

Schlenk Leave Competition In His Dust At Oakshade Raceway

June 2nd, 2014

Five-time Oakshade Raceway Late Model Champion Rusty Schlenk picked up his first feature win of the year on Saturday night. His win moved him up nine points in front of Brian Ruhlman to take over the point lead.

Schlenk started on the outside of the front row and traded the lead with pole-sitter Steve Kester several times on the first lap of the Bob Culler Memorial UMP Late Model feature event. Kester was able to be out front at the completion of lap one, but Schlenk took over on lap two and never looked back. Bobby Hutchins was running near the tail end of the field and spun right in front of the leaders to bring out the yellow flag on lap eight. Luckily everyone was able to navigate around Hutchins without further incident. Jeff Babcock mixed it up with Schlenk after the restart, challenging for the lead. Schlenk was able to pull away and left the rest of the field in his dust in an impressive feature win. Babcock ended up finishing second with Chris Keller third. Kester finished fourth and Casey Noonan was fifth.

The UMP Sportsman feature was marred by a seemingly endless number of cautions before a single lap could be completed. The biggest incident happened on the initial start of the race and involved nearly half the field in a huge pile up at the end of the backstretch. Some of the drivers involved were Roger Weirich, Bruce Stuart, Karl Spoores, Eric Bradner and Mike Jessen who had two feature wins already this season. The next start was cut short for a wreck with Jamie Grochowski and Graeme Short. On the third attempt, Chane Stuckey and Scot Mills, who both were on the front row, wrecked and collected Dan Gehring. A single file start was then in order and even that didn’t work with things stacking up in anticipation of the green flag. That left point leader Tim Line stopped with a damaged car in turn four. Finally, after the next restart, there was a decent green-flag run with Bruce Stuart leading early. Bob Krumm, who managed to somehow keep out of trouble, took the lead away on lap two. Grochowski closed in on Krumm, but was unable to make a bid for the lead allowing Krumm to win his first ever Sportsman feature race. Grochowski settled for second followed by Stuart, Rusty Smith and Chane Stuckey.

Skeet Reckner led the first couple laps in the Bomber A Main until Jeff Foks dove to the inside and took the lead on lap three. Last week’s A Main winner, Terry Rushlow, mounted a late charge toward the front moving into second position by lap 11. Craig Dippman and Chris Henry got together while battling for fourth which sent both cars spinning and brought out the caution flag on lap 12. Another late caution set up a one-lap race to the finish in which Rushlow was unable to capitalize on. Foks earned his second feature win of the year with Rushlow a close second. Chris Sands took third finishing ahead of Skeet Reckner and Richard Riffe.

Cody Stetten led the first couple of laps in the always exciting Sport Compact feature. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham took command on lap three, but that lead was short-lived. Coming off turn four, Brandon Myers got into the rear of Gillingham sending him spinning. Both drivers were sent to the tail which turned the lead over to Bradley Griffitt who had won his heat race earlier in the night. Griffitt was able to hold off John Martis en route to his first Sport Compact feature win. Brogan Rehklau finished third followed by Jerry Hoot and pole-sitter Cody Stetten.

Teri-Lynn Murphy led the majority of the final race of the night, the Bomber B Main. Jim Remly tried to put some pressure on Murhpy, but Mathew Chapman played the spoiler. He started near the back of the field and worked his way up to the lead with just two laps to go. Chapman went on to take the checkered flag with Murphy finishing in second. Justin Gamber also capped off a decent run after starting near the back of the field to finish third. Terry Rump was fourth and Remly slipped back to finish fifth.

The racing action is just starting to heat up this season at Oakshade Raceway. This weekend will not only be a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Sport Compacts on Saturday’s Wallace Racing Products night, but there will also be a 200-lap/2 hour Enduro race on Sunday afternoon. Gates will open at 4pm on Saturday with racing at 7pm. On Sunday, gates will open at 12pm and the Enduro will take the green flag at 2pm.

Van Wormer Tops ALMS At Oakshade

May 28th, 2014

Jeep Van Wormer topped the other 33 Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) competitors at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night after
masterfully working through lapped traffic.

The start of the 30-lap ALMS feature was a bit rough with two caution periods before a single lap was complete. One of which was for a major pile-up involving ALMS co-point leader Rusty Schlenk as well as Devin Shiels, Jeff Babcock and defending track champion Dona Marcoullier. Schlenk and Shiels went to the pits, but came back out before the resumption of racing. Despite Marcoullier’s car ending up on top of Babcock’s, both drivers drove away and were able to continue. Although Babcock would retire to the pits one lap later under another caution period.

With Casey Noonan leading, things settled down for the remainder of the race which went green all the way to the checkered flag. Van Wormer and Brian Ruhlman both got by Noonan to take the top two positions by lap six. Ruhlman challenged Van Wormer a bit for the lead, but Van Wormer was able to put some distance between them. As he caught traffic running at that back the of the pack, Van Wormer made several bold moves to lap those cars, threading the needle through the middle three-wide on a couple of occasions. With his car able working well enough to run where ever he wanted, no one was able to catch Van Wormer who took the victory and the ALMS check for $2,000. Ruhlman and Noonan maintained their positions the final 24 laps to finish second and third respectively. Matt Miller finished off an impressive run in fourth after starting 16^th . Bellevue, Ohio’s Ryan Missler rounded out the top five finishers.

It was the Mike and Tim show in the UMP Sportsman feature event once again. Mike Jessen and Tim Line put on a great show trading the lead back and forth as they have just about every night so far this season at Oakshade Raceway. Jessen was on top early with Line in tow. The battle started heating up on lap three of the 20-lap race. Line looked to the outside and took the lead on lap five. Bruce Stuart was running third when he spun to bring out a caution flag, knocking him to the rear of the field. Line proceeded to lead the next few laps, but Jessen was back to work on the inside and reclaimed the lead by lap eight. The two drivers couldn’t get away from each other and raced side by side most of the race with Tim Line on the outside and Jessen working down low. A late caution set up a green-white-checkered finish with Jessen leading. Line managed to get back ahead of Jessen and earned his second feature win of the year and now has a slim five point advantage over Jessen in the standings with both drivers each having two wins. Bruce Stuart worked all the way back up through the field after his early spin to finish third behind Jessen. Jamie Grochowski and Chane Stuckey were the rest of the top five finishers.

Chris Sands started on the pole of the Bomber A Main and led at the start with Richard Riffe close behind. Defending Bomber track champion Terry Rushlow got by Riffe and Sands to take command on lap eight. A couple laps later, Sands retired to the pits. Jeff Foks moved up to second and tried to pressure Rushlow for the lead. A huge wreck brought out the red flag just as the field was taking the white. Roscoe Stetten, Terry Rump and Adam Noonan slammed hard into each other just past the flag stand on the front stretch. Stetten climbed out of his car under his own power, but was assisted to the ambulance to be checked out further. That incident set up a one-lap shootout to the finish in which Rushlow was able to fend off Foks for his first feature win of the season. Riffe finished third ahead of Gregg Detray and Craig Dippman.

The Sport Compact feature event had a lot of tight racing action at the front of the field among a handful of drivers. Terry Rushlow Sr. got turned around in turn four early in the race. Cody Stetten was the leader early with Cory Gumm, Brandon Myers, Jerry Hoot and John Martis all close behind. Myers somehow worked his way to the front and took the lead on lap six and was able to keep Gumm behind him at the checkered flag. Stetten slipped back to finish third followed by Martis and Hoot.

A big crash involving Steve Reeves, Rick Dixon, Satch Crispen and Scott Robertson in turn four resulted in a complete restart of the Bomber B Main. Derek Morris was able to take the lead after starting on he pole and held it all the way to the checkered flag with Tim Hancock able to finish in second where he ran the entire race. A couple drivers that started very deep in the field, Ray Albert and Steve Morris, worked their way up to third and fourth place finishes with Pete Herman ending up fifth.

The racing action is just getting heated up this season at Oakshade Raceway and it continues this Saturday, May 31 with a full show of UMP Late Models, Sportsmen, Bombers and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm!

Ruhlman Outperforms Oakshade Competition

May 13th, 2014

Brian Ruhlman outperformed the competition on Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway to win the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature race.

Ruhlman started alongside Chris Keller on the outside of the front row and jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green flag. Ruhlman along with the rest of the front-runners survived a close call just past the halfway point in the race when a couple cars running at the tail of the field wrecked just in front of them. Devin Shiels was running fourth at the time and gave up his position to head to the pits. Last week’s feature winner Dusty Moore and Casey Noonan tangled a few laps later in turn four to bring out another caution period.

On the ensuing restart, the field stacked up as they were coming off turn four to take the green. Rusty Schlenk was running third and was collected in the melee forcing him to restart at the tail of the field with just nine laps to go. With Ruhlman continuing to lead, Wayne, Ohio’s Jeff Babcock marched his way through the field up to second. Babcock put some pressure on Ruhlman near the finish of the race, but Ruhlman held on to win after leading the entire distance. Babcock settled for second with Keller ending up third. Schlenk recovered nicely to finish fourth as did Dusty Moore who ended up fifth.

Mike Jessen earned his second consecutive UMP Sportsman feature win once again fending off the defending track champion. Jessen started on the outside of row one and took command at the start over Eric Bradner. Tim Line worked up into second by the halfway point of the race and pressured Jessen all the way to the checkered flag. Line worked the outside while Jessen stayed tucked down low The two drivers raced side-by-side lap after lap. Line had the advantage on lap 12, but Jessen fought back and reclaimed the lead and eventually took the checkered flag. Line was a close second followed by Jamie Grochowski who ended a great run in third after starting way back in 18^th . Bob Krumm and Bruce Stuart were the rest of the top five finishers.

Pole-sitter Satch Crispen ran over Chris Sands in turns three and four while battling out front on the first lap of the Bomber A Main. This resulted in a complete restart with both drivers at the rear. Another driver emerging as an early contender for the points this year is Gregg Detray who got the lead early and maintained it through multiple caution periods to earn his second feature win of the year. Last week’s feature winner, Jeff Foks, peaked in the fourth position before retiring to the pits early in the race. Mathew Chapman finished second followed by Terry Rushlow, Garry Domoe and recovering to finish fifth was Chris Sands.

Racing action heated up in an action-packed Sport Compact feature with multiple drivers challenging for the lead the entire race. John Martis found himself out front at the start with about five other cars in close pursuit. Cody Stetten was the first to put pressure on Martis, but couldn’t take the lead away. Brandon Myers joined the fray and made it three-wide for the lead and again, Martis managed to remain the leader. Finally, Cory Gumm came up to challenge and took the lead as the white flag flew and went on to pick up the victory. Myers got by Martis to finish second with Martis slipping back to third. Stetten was fourth and Terry Rushlow Sr. took fifth.

Perhaps the most exciting racing action was saved for the final race of the night, the Bomber B Main. Terry Rump and Terry Perry had a great battle for the lead much of the race. After Perry closed in on Rump, he was able to take the top spot with just two laps to go. Coming out of nowhere to spoil things for Perry and Rump was Tim Murphy. Murphy made a bid for the lead on the backstretch of the final lap going three-wide with Perry and Rump and emerged with the lead coming to the checkered flag. Rump ended up second with Perry third. Richard Riffe and Charles Stuckey were the rest of the top five finishers.

Next week is another full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Sport Compacts on Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm. Then on Sunday, May 18, another 200 lap or two hour Enduro race will take to the track at 2pm. Gates for the Enduro will open at 12 noon.

In a correction to last week’s article, it was misreported that Dusty Moore’s last feature win at Oakshade was in 2008. This was incorrect. Moore had a feature win last year on July 13, which was his last feature win previous to last week’s.

Dusty Moore Back In Victory Lane At Oakshade Raceway

May 6th, 2014

Dusty Moore took the checkered flag in the first UMP Late Model feature event of the year at Oakshade Raceway with an impressive green-flag run on Saturday night.

It took a few attempts to get things going with a couple caution flags stopping the action before a single lap could be completed at the start. After the third attempt, it was smooth sailing for pole-sitter Dusty Moore. The Swanton, Ohio, driver jumped out to the lead with Rusty Schlenk in tow. Moore built up a lead over Schlenk who was able to chip away at it a couple times while working through lapped traffic. Schlenk was unable to mount a viable challenge and had to settle for second as Moore picked up his first Oakshade feature win since the 2008 racing season. Chris Keller looked strong all night and posted a third place finish ahead of Casey Noonan who had some damage from one of the incidents at the beginning of the race. Devin Shiels finished fifth.

Bruce Stuart had a very fast car and took the lead of the UMP Sportsman feature after starting on the pole. He held the lead until Graeme Short spun in front of Dan Gehring on lap nine. Gehring tried to go high around Short who stood on the gas, but Gehring ran out of room and slammed into Short to bring out the caution flag. Mike Jessen took advantage and stole the lead from Stuart on the restart. A few laps later, Stuart would spin while running in second which forced him to the rear for a restart. Jamie Grochowski worked up into the top five and spun on lap 15 of the 20 lap race, ending his great run. That set up last week’s feature winner, Tim Line, for a shot at Jessen’s lead. Line tried to get a run on the high side on the final couple laps, but Jessen was able to hold him off and take the checkered flag. Stuart recovered nicely to finish third followed by Bob Krumm and Drew Smith.

Jeff Foks started on the pole of the Bomber A Main and led the entire distance for his first feature win of the year. Multiple cautions kept the field fairly tight with Terry Rushlow running second most of the race trying to figure out how to challenge Foks. Rushlow mounted one final cbid for the lead on the last lap when he dove to the inside in turn three. It wasn’t enough as Foks held on for the win. Skeet Reckner took third with last week’s A Main winner, Gregg Detray, ending up fourth. Richard Riffe was fifth.

Nick Jenema got a bump in the rear from Cory Gumm which shot him out to the lead on the first lap of the Sport Compact feature. That was as close to a challenge Jenema would get for the lead as he pulled away from the rest of the field and took the easy win. “Junior” Jerry Hoot got by Gumm to finish second with Brandon Myers and Brogan Rehklau rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

A huge lead for Mathew Chapman was wiped out on the final lap of the final race of the night, the Bomber B Main. Chapman dominated the entire race, but a late caution for Dave McMannamy’s spin tightened up the field for a one-lap shootout to the finish. Terry Rump was unable to capitalize on the opportunity and settled for second with Chapman picking up the victory. Colin Walker finished third followed by Joe Hefner and Bill Reeves Jr.

Great racing action continues to heat up this season at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, May 10 with a full program of UMP Late Models, Sportsmen, Bombers and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Tim Line Wins Bill Reckner Season Opener at Oakshade

May 1st, 2014

The Bill Reckner Memorial kicked off the 39^th season of racing at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night with Tim Line, Gregg Detray and Terry Rushlow Sr. winning the main events and Jeremy Grover survived 200 laps to pick up the checkered flag in Sunday afternoon’s Enduro race.

It took several attempts at getting things started in the UMP Sportsman Bill Reckner Memorial feature event, but finally the racing action got going after three attempts at a start. Tim Line and Bob Krumm traded the lead a couple times on the first lap and then Line set sail and pulled away with the lead. The defending UMP Sportsman Track Champion was aided by the lack of any cautions and dominated the race lapping the majority of the field.

The Bill Reckner Memorial Bomber A Main featured a lot of exciting racing action that started on the first lap when Steve Morris and Jim Remly got together on the backstretch near the front of the field and stacked things up behind them which resulted in Jarrett Rendel in the wall. Back under green flag racing with Jeff Foks leading, Craig Dippman got crossed up on the second lap coming off turn four while running in the top five to bring out another caution flag. A few laps later, a fire erupted under the hood of Satch Crispen’s car while under a yellow flag that took him out of contention after he had broken into the top five. There was more trouble still under a caution period when leader Jeff Foks pulled to the infield and out of competition turning the lead over to Adam Noonan. Greg Detray wasted little time getting by Noonan after the restart to take over the lead on lap six. Another caution late in the race set up a one lap shoot-out to the finish as the allotted time limit had expired. This gave Noonan and Chris Sands, who was running third, one last shot at Detray, but Detray held on to pick up his first ever A Main feature win.

Bradley Griffitt from Toledo, Ohio gained the lead at the start of the Bill Reckner Sport Compact feature event and appeared to have the car to beat. Late in the race, Terry Rushlow Sr. and “Sparky Marky” Gillingham began to tighten the gap. Griffitt, while trying to hold on to the lead, got into the lapped car of Aaron Barrick who had his car up on two wheels several laps earlier. Griffitt bounced off Barrick and continued on, but Rushlow was able to make a last lap pass and picked up his first feature win at Oakshade Raceway.

Tim Murphy started on the outside of the front row of the Bill Reckner Bomber B Main and managed to stay ahead of trouble. Chris Sawinksi was running second until he spun early in the race. Roscoe Stetten was running strong in second but started smoking and appeared to have mechanical issues under the rear-end that forced him to the pits with just two laps to go. That allowed Murphy to continue on to the checkered flag unchallenged with Skeet Reckner finishing second.

Fans were treated to an extra bonus of some UMP Late Model racing thanks to Ron Miller, Brandon Rhodes, Bobby Hutchins and an anonymous race fan who ponied up some cash for the drivers who had showed up with the intention of just getting a few practice laps in. Casey Noonan started at the tail of the eight-lap dash and started to work the inside to get up to the front to take the checkered flag. Amy Bernard took second followed by Rob Anderzack and Steve Miller.

The first half of Sunday afternoon’s 200-lap Enduro featured some tight racing for the lead between Ron Bloomfield Jr. and Chris Williams. The two drivers traded the lead multiple times. Eventually Bloomfield took control and looked strong, but problems with his right-front wheel forced him to a lengthy stay in the pits just past the halfway point. Chris Williams also started to have transmission issues at about the same time that made him make some stops back in the pits as well. This turned the lead over to Jeremy Grover by lap 125. The only trouble Grover experienced while leading the final 75 laps, was when his hood started to come off. He quickly ducked into the pits to have it removed completely and was back on the track without losing much time. He went on to pick up the $1,000 victory over Chris Osborn who finished second, 14 laps behind. Mike Ritz completed 176 laps to finish third followed by Bloomfield and Williams.

The next Enduro race is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, but Saturday night racing continues this coming Saturday with the UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Foks, Jessen, Hoot and Grover Among Weekend Winners at Oakshade Raceway

October 2nd, 2013

Oakshade Raceway capped off the 2013 racing season with a huge weekend that included the 14^th Annual Bomber Spectacular, Butch Hobling Memorial and a 250-lap Enduro.

Tony Tolles started on the pole of the 25-lap Bomber Spectacular feature event and led the first few laps with last year’s winner, Jeff Foks, pressuring. A fire that was quickly extinguished under the hood of Steve Reeves car brought the red flag on lap four. A few laps later the race was slowed under yellow for a spin. Tolles finally gave up the lead on the lap seven restart to Foks who shot by on the inside. Unofficial 2013 Track Champion Terry Rushlow was charging toward the front and got as high as third place when he spun on lap 14. Gregg Detray was running fifth and also got caught up in the incident which brought out another caution flag. Tolles remained running second until he retired to the pits on lap 17. Chris Sands was the next top five competitors to experience bad luck on lap 18. He was involved in a wreck with Roscoe Stetten and Gregg Detray.

Foks managed to stay ahead of trouble in the caution-filled race to win his second consecutive Bomber Spectacular and his 10^th A Main of the year. Jake Rendel drove Perry Cox’s 81 car to a second place finish. Rick Dixon and Derek Morris had a late race charge to finish third and fourth after starting way in the back of the field. Rushlow climbed back through the ranks after his spin to finish fifth.

Mike Jessen dominated the Butch Hobling Memorial Sportsman feature event. He started on the outside of the front row and led from start to finish. Tim Line battled with Rich Ruff for second early on with Line taking the position on lap five. By this time, Jessen had opened up a sizable lead. Line managed to close up on Jessen in some lapped traffic, but was unable to get close enough to challenge. Line seemed to catch a break on lap 22 when the caution flag flew for debris on the track. That tightened up the field for a restart with three laps remaining. Jessen was too strong and won his seventh feature of the year. Birthday boy Rusty Smith edged out Line for a second place finish. Joe Derbeck and Rich Ruff were the rest of the top five finishers.

The final feature event on Saturday night produced the most exciting finish in the Sport Compacts. “Junior” Jerry Hoot came from the rear of the field to take the lead on the first lap. Terry Rushlow Sr. got into Matt Brazeau causing him to spin and brought out the yellow flag. Brazeau restarted at the tail and moved into second one lap after the restart. Brazeau dove to the inside of Hoot and challenged for the lead the final two laps, but Hoot carried his momentum off the final corner to pick up a narrow victory over Brazeau. Cory Gumm finished third followed by Regan Ford and Tyler Shaver.

Racers and race fans endured a damp afternoon for Sunday’s 250-lap Enduro which made for some slick conditions throughout the entire race. Ronnie Bloomfield Jr., the winner of the last Enduro a couple weeks ago, led the pack onto the track at the drop of the green flag. Jeremy Grover took the lead within the first 25 laps of the race and never gave it up. Despite an incident with one of the infield tires early and one slip up in turn one in the latter stages of the race, Grover drove to his second Enduro win of the year and unofficially capture the Enduro Championship. Mark Henderson finished second, five laps behind Grover after running in the top five most of the day. Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. finished third with heavy damage to the right front of his car after contact with Chris Williams earlier in the race. That contact caused the right front wheel to be tilted in at nearly a 45 degree angle. Brad Gilbert had a consistent run and managed a fourth place finish even with a couple of visits to the pits. John Brooks had been running third from lap 175 through lap 225, but got caught up in an accident with Chris Williams and then sat in the infield for the remainder of the race. He did complete 226 laps which was enough to earn him a fifth place finish.

The racing may have concluded for the year, but the fun continues at Oakshade Raceway during the month of October with Spooktacular Hay Rides every Friday and Saturday starting October 11^th . The annual swap meet will take place on October 19^th starting at 9am. There is no spot fee, just $5 admission.

Tim Line Among Champions Crowned On Oakshade Raceway’s Season Championship Night

September 25th, 2013

Months of hard work and dedication finally payed off for several drivers who wrapped up season championships at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. 2011 Sportsman Champion Tim Line finished his second championship run in style with his ninth feature win of the year.

Line started the Season Championship Night UMP Sportsman feature event on the outside of the second row. He tracked down race leader Rich Ruff by lap seven and made a nice move to take the lead to the inside when Ruff got held up behind a slower car. Later in the race, Steve Meeks got crossed up on the front stretch right in front of Roger Weirich who slammed into him, bringing out the final caution flag with nine laps remaining. Line went on to pick up the feature win. Ruff managed to hold off Rusty Smith for a second place finish. Bob Gregory finished fourth and defending champion Mike Jessen, who started the night with an outside shot at another Sportsman title, wound up fifth.

Roscoe Stetten started on the pole of the Season Championship Night Bomber A Main and led Chris Sands the first few laps of the race. A hard-charging Jeff Foks quickly closed in and began to challenge Stetten after getting by Sands. Foks made a move to the inside of Stetten coming off turn four on the fourth lap of the race. The two drivers touched as they raced down the front stretch and it appeared as though Foks may have damaged something in the right-front from the contact. Foks slowed and stopped in turn two which brought out the caution signaling the end of his night. Adam Noonan got by Richard Riffe, Sands and Stetten two laps after the restart to take the lead. A late caution for Terry Rump’s spin set up a two lap race to the checkers and gave Sands another chance at Noonan. Sands got to the inside of Noonan and raced him hard all the way to the finish, but Noonan was able to hang on for his second Bomber A Main win of the season. Sands settled for second ahead of Riffe. Despite finishing fourth, Terry Rushlow became the unofficial 2013 Bomber Track Champion by 35 points over Noonan. Greg Detray finished the race in fifth.

Cody Laney already had the Oakshade Hornet Championship unofficially wrapped up several weeks ago and led the first part of the feature event. Brandon Myers and last week’s feature winner, Amanda Shammo, both got by for the top two positions and battled for the lead all the way to the finish with Myers coming out on top. Shammo was second followed by Breanna Franks, Nathan Shammo and Laney who slipped back to finish fifth.

“Sparky Marky” Gillingham Jr. entered Season Championship Night just a single point behind Austin Casteneda in the Sport Compact class. Some bad luck in his heat event cost Gillingham a few more points to Casteneda by feature time. Gillingham did all he could do, getting to the front of the feature race early and hoping for a bad finish from Casteneda who peaked in the second position. After the white flag, Casteneda’s car lost power and began to slow on the backstretch. Gillingham went on to win followed by Matt Brazeau who passed Casteneda’s ailing car. Luckily for Casteneda, he was able to limp to a third place finish ahead of Cory Gumm and Terry Rushlow Sr. That third place finish was enough to keep him three points ahead of Gillingham and to be crowned the unofficial 2013 Sport Compact Champion.

A dominating performance by Derek Morris in the Bomber B Main earned him the feature win despite a late caution with two laps remaining. That wiped out a big lead Morris had over Amy Clair and Mathew Chapman, but neither could get by Morris in the final couple laps. Clair and Chapman finished second and third respectively followed by Colin Walker and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr.

Gabe Mueller led the first three laps of the Bomber C Main until Tony Tolles took over on lap four. Pole-sitter Jerry Fulton slowed after going a lap down and was trying to exit the track off turn one, but a couple cars running in the top five were caught up in the incident including Joe Overmyer. That brought out the yellow flag which then changed to red when fire erupted under the hood of Anthony Petrey’s car. The fire was quickly extinguished and once racing resumed, it was all Tony Tolles who went on to the easy win over Shaun Sharp, Mueller, Nathan Goodman and Joe Elliot.

The final weekend in September is the final weekend of racing at Oakshade Raceway this year. A big show on Saturday night will feature the 14^th Annual Bomber Spectacular and the Butch Hobling Memorial, each paying $500 to win. Hornets and Sport Compacts will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm. Sunday afternoon will feature the final Enduro race of the season with a distance of 250 laps or two and a half hours, whichever comes first. Gates open at noon on Sunday with the race at 2pm.

Steve Kester Earns First Oakshade Raceway Feature Win

September 17th, 2013

Steve Kester survived a late charge from Ryan Missler to narrowly earn his first ever Oakshade Raceway feature win during Saturday night’s Topless UMP Late Model racing program.

The roofs were off of the UMP Late Models on their final night of competition this season at Oakshade Raceway to allow race fans a better view into the drivers compartment. Steve Kester started on the pole of the season’s final 25-lap UMP Late Model feature event, but slid up high in turn three allowing Ryan Missler to take the lead. Kester fought back to the inside and regained the lead on the second lap. Several cautions kept the field tight the first half of the race, but Kester managed to open up a decent advantage over Missler during a long green-flag run during the second half of the race. Missler quickly closed back in on Kester in the final few laps and got a run on him coming off the final corner on the last lap. With the checkered flag in sight, both drivers shot down the front stretch, side by side, with Kester just edging out Missler by inches at the line. Devin Shiels finished third followed by Brian Ruhlman and Chris Keller.

Defending Sportsman Track Champion Mike Jessen took a small chunk out of Tim Line’s point lead going into next week’s Season Championship Night with his sixth feature win of the year. After a couple early cautions, Jessen had to fend off Jim Scout to maintain the lead after starting on the pole. Shortly after halfway, Scout slipped back a couple spots when his hood folded back obstructing his view. Scout then retired to the pits. Jessen went on to pick up the easy win and cut Line’s point lead from 68 down to 55. Bob Gregory barely held off Rusty Smith for a second place finish. Line finished fourth and Jeff Geis was fifth.

Terry Rushlow hung on to win his third Bomber A Main win of the year to increase his point lead to 43 over Adam Noonan. Rushlow started on the pole and led from flag to flag, despite pressure from defending champion Jeff Foks who dove to the inside of Rushlow racing to the checkered flag. Foks came up just a bit short and settled for a second place finish. Championship contender Noonan was third followed by Steve Morris and Chris Sands.

Amanda Shammo picked up her first Hornet feature win after leading the entire distance of the race and holding off Brandon Myers. Cody Laney, who maintains and insurmountable 328 point lead, ended up third. Brandon Leighton and Breanna Franks were the rest of the top five finishers.

Terry Rushlow Sr. was the early leader in Sport Compact feature racing action until Cory Gumm took command on lap two. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham closed in late and got by Gumm with just two laps remaining. Gillingham’s victory got him within a single point of Austin Casteneda’s championship points lead. Five Sport Compact drivers are still mathematically in contention for the track championship that will be decided next weekend. “Junior” Jerry Hoot took second in the race followed by Gumm, Rushlow, and Regan Ford.

Garry Domoe earned his first feature win of the season in the Bomber B Main after leading from flag to flag. Second-place finisher Tim McNicol was unable to reel in Domoe for any kind of challenge for the lead. Curt Lancaster, Skeet Reckner and Roscoe Stetten were the rest of the top five finishers.

The final race of the night, the Bomber C Main, featured the most lead changes of the evening’s feature events. Maverick Wright led at the start with Colin Walker all over him. Walker got into Wright causing him to spin in turn two on the second lap which brought out the caution. Walker was penalized for rough driving and joined Wright at the tail of the field for the restart. That incident turned the lead over to Derek Zuver who held it until Nathan Goodman got by on a restart after another caution. Goodman fell off the pace the very next lap and Henry Walls Jr. became the final leader of the race. Shawn Sharp was running second on the final lap and spun in turn two allowing Maverick Wright to take over second. Wright spun on the same lap in turn four bringing out the caution which jumbled up the top five for a one-lap dash to the finish. John Gamber ended up finishing second behind Walls followed by Zuver, Walker and Derek Morris.

2013 Champions will be determined on Season Championship Night for Sportmen, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts Saturday, September 21. Gates will open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Bloomfield Endures For Oakshade Enduro Win

September 10th, 2013

Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. survived and endured to win the fourth 200-lap/two-hour Enduro race of the season on a special Saturday night event at Oakshade Raceway.

A late afternoon rain shower coupled with mostly cloudy skies and a lack of wind allowed the track to retain moisture which kept speeds slower but also created a lot of action. Jeremy Grover held a commanding lead the first 100 laps of the race. John Brooks was running second the first 50 laps until he became part of a gaggle of cars that had collected at the bottom of turn two. Unable to free himself, Brooks tumbled through the running order. The same fate was in store for Grover who found himself caught up in the turn two melee shortly after halfway. Grover fought hard to free himself from group of cars and finally worked open a narrow path to get to the infield. Once there, Grover had to overcome a severe lack of steering and finally was able to finesse his car back to the pit area to return a little while later.

Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. had assumed the race lead despite losing all of the sheet metal on the right side of his car in an early race pile up. He overcame a slight setback after getting stuck on the bottom of turn two for a short while late in the race to hang on to pick up the victory after completing 183 laps when the two-hour time limit expired. Dan Dippman overcame quite a few issues, including some pretty heavy contact with Colin Walker about halfway through the race, to maintain a second place finish, 16 laps behind Bloomfield. After Grover returned to the track, his car was way off the pace he ran early in the race, but he completed 147 laps which was good enough for a third place finish. Ray Jackson soldiered on to a fourth place finish, just four laps behind Grover. Colin Walker finished fifth.

A full racing program highlighted by topless UMP Late Models is on tap for Saturday, September 14, at Oakshade Raceway. All Late Model drivers will have the roofs off of their cars for this event. The Sportsman, Bomber, Hornet and Sport Compact classes will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing 7pm.

Matt Miller Dominates Final ALMS Race Of Season At Oakshade

September 3rd, 2013

Matt Miller earned a $2,000 win after a dominating performance in Saturday night’s American Late Model Series (ALMS) event at Oakshade Raceway over some very stout competition.

The 1991 Oakshade Raceway Track Champion started on the outside of the front row of the ALMS feature and took command at the drop of the green flag over pole-sitter Jeff Babcock. The only caution period of the race came out on lap two for Kevin Reeve from Hanover, Michigan after he had problems in turn 4. The final 28 laps were run caution free with Miller
leading the entire distance. Brian Ruhlman, the 2012 ALMS champion, got by Babcock for second and tried to reel in Miller while negotiating through lapped traffic. Ruhlman was unable to make much of a dent in Miller’s lead and started to slip back as Babcock reclaimed the second position about halfway through the race. Ruhlman, Babcock and Dona Marcoullier had a good battle going for the second through fourth positions late in the race, about half a lap behind Miller who went on to win his third Oakshade Raceway feature race of the year. Ruhlman got back around Babcock to finish second with Marcoullier, who unofficially wrapped up the 2013 track championship last week, finishing third. Babcock held on for a fourth place finish with Jason Jaggers from Wyanet, Illinois, rounding out the top five.

After a set back the week before, Tim Line was back in top shape and eventually took the lead over Mike Jessen after battling early in the Sportsman feature. A big pile up on lap three involving Richard Patton, Joe Smith, Jamie Grochowski and Chane Stuckey tore up a few good race cars and set up a double-file restart which gave Jessen another shot at Line for the lead. Line had other ideas and shot out to a big lead over Jessen who was last week’s feature winner. It was the eight feature win of the year for Tim Line, which only slightly increased his point lead over Jessen with two races remaining this season. Jessen’s second place finish still keeps him alive in the championship points race, 68 points behind Line. Bob Gregory is third in points and finished third in the race ahead of Bob Krumm and Jim Scout.

Richard Riffe, Greg Detray and newlywed Jeff Foks raced three-wide for the lead at the start of the Bomber A Main with Riffe eventually coming out on top. Foks moved into second and pressured for the lead until Riffe spun out while leading on lap seven which brought out the caution flag and turned the race over to the defending champ. Foks went on to pick up another easy victory, his ninth of the year, which moved him back up to third in points behind Adam Noonan and Terry Rushlow. Rushlow finished the race second with Chris Sands third. Rick Dixon started tenth and drove to a fourth place finish with Detray slipping back to end up fifth.

An ugly incident on the first lap of the combined Hornet/Sport Compact four-cylinder classes brought out the red flag when Kacy Crispen got crossed up exiting turn four and slid back up in front of traffic causing a hard multi-car crash. Also caught up in the wreck were Jeff Goodman, Breanna Franks and John Anderson Jr.

In Sport Compact action, “Sparky Marky” Gillingham Jr. and Matt Brazeau battled side by side the final two laps for the lead. Brazeau, who was on the inside, pushed up into the side of Gillingham in the final corner and got his car a little out of shape which was all Gillingham needed to take the checkered flag. “Junior” Jerry Hoot beat out Austin Casteneda for third with Terry Rushlow Sr. finishing fifth.

In Hornet action, Cody Laney worked his way up toward the front of the pack and was leading the Hornet class until he had to check up for another car which allowed last week’s feature winner, Brandon Myers, to get by and win his second feature event in a row. Breanna Franks followed Laney with a third place finish with Abby Burton and John Anderson Jr. rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Brandon Clark from Lyons, Ohio, led flag to flag in the Bomber B Main after starting on the pole. Joe Heffner ran second the first part of the race until getting caught up in a lap six incident with Craig Dippman and Derek Morris which ended the night for all three drivers. Clark picked up the victory over Satch Crispen and Terry Rump. Roscoe Stetten and Donovan Paskan both started deep in the field and finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Zach Tipton and Shaun Sharp battled for the lead in the Bomber C Main. Sharp was able to take the lead briefly after a lap six restart, but Tipton fought back and regained the lead. Craig Strow’s spin as the field was taking the white flag set up a one-lap race to the finish and a final shot for Sharp at Tipton, but Tipton held on to win over Sharp, Joe Elliot, Derek Zuver and Scott Robertson.

Usually held on Sunday afternoons, a special 200-lap/Two Hour Enduro race will be run on Saturday evening, September 7. Gates open at 4pm and the race time will be at 6pm. General admission for the Enduro is just $5!

Topless UMP Late Models return to Oakshade Raceway the following week on Saturday, September 14, along with the Sportsman, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compact classes.

Schlenk Wins UMP Late Model Season Championship Night Feature/Marcoullier Unofficial Champion at Oakshade Raceway

August 28th, 2013

Despite coming up just short on an unprecedented sixth Oakshade Raceway track championship, Rusty Schlenk managed to finish the points season on a high note picking up his third UMP Late Model feature win of the year.

Things started off rough for the unofficial 2013 Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model Track Champion Dona Marcoullier. For the second time in a row, Marcoullier from Houghton Lake, Michigan, was caught up in a major first lap pile-up that also included Chris Keller, Bob Mayer, Casey Noonan, Dusty Moore, Mike Miller and B.J. Gregory. Once all of the cars were separated, Marcoullier was able to continue on with only Moore, Miller and Gregory retiring to the pits.

Once the green flag finally dropped again on the UMP Late Model Season Championship Night, Steve Kester led the field over Keller’s damaged car. Schlenk closed in on Kester and took over the race lead for good on lap seven. Marcoullier worked his way up to third and then began to battle with Kester for second in the closing stages of the race.

After a long green flag run, the caution flew for the final time on lap 21 for debris on the track. This set up a four-lap sprint to the finish and wiped out the lead Schlenk had built up over Kester and Marcoullier. Marcoullier managed to get by Kester for second after the restart, but was unable to close in on Schlenk in the final couple laps. The defending track champion took the checkered flag and congratulated Marcoullier on his championship season as the two drivers raced each other hard all season long. Kester finished third behind Marcoullier with Brian Ruhlman finishing another strong performance in fourth after starting 14^th . Casey Noonan finished fifth.

Mike Jessen took a big chunk out of Tim Line’s point lead in the Sportsman class at Oakshade Raceway with his second consecutive feature win. Bruce Stuart took the early lead with Tim Line pressuring. Stuart got into Line coming off turn two while battling for the lead and caused a huge crash on the backstretch which took both drivers out of contention. Also caught up in the incident were Rich Ruff, Kyle Turley, John Laney, Steve Meeks, Chane Stuckey and Kevin Alverson. Line pitted but rejoined the field just before going back to green. Jessen took advantage of the situation and grabbed the lead after the restart. The battle for third place got ugly on lap 15 when Jim Scout and Jamie Grochowski got together to bring out the yellow. Both drivers went back to the pits ending a top five run for each driver. Line, still running near the tail of the field, fell off the pace after the restart and retired to the pits with a 14^th place finish. Jessen went on to claim his fifth feature win of the year and made up 40 points on Line to be 61 points back with only a few races remaining this season. Bob Gregory finished second followed by Joe Smith, Richard Patton and Rich Ruff.

Rick Dixon started on the pole of the Bomber A Main, but spun his rear tires at the start allowing Roscoe Stetten to gain the lead. Point leader Terry Rushlow took the lead away on lap six and added just a little bit of a cushion in his slim 14-point lead over Adam Noonan in the points chase with his second win in a row. Stetten held on to a second place finish with Curt Lancaster in third. Gregg Detray gained a spot in the points battle up to third with his fourth place finish.
Garry Domoe ended up fifth.

Hornet point lead Codey Laney retired to the pits on the first lap of the combined Hornet/Sport Compact feature event. Brandon Myers took the Hornet lead from Brandon Leighton on the first lap and went on to pick up the victory over Leighton and Breanna Franks. In Sport Compact action, Matt Brazeau and “Sparky Marky” Gillingham Jr. battled for the
lead most of the race with Brazeau hanging on to take the checkered flag ahead of Gillingham, “Junior” Jerry Hoot, Cory Gumm and Devin Goodman.

Derek Morris passed Teri-Lynn Murphy for the lead on the fourth lap of the Bomber B Main, but one lap later, Morris spun all by himself to bring out the yellow flag. That turned the lead back over to Murphy with Bill Reeves Sr. running second. Later in the race, Reeves fell off the pace and retired to the pits. Chris Sands started dead last, but caught
Murphy in the last few laps. Sands made a last lap pass as Murphy slid up high coming off the final corner to win in an exciting finish to the B Main. Murphy got all crossed up coming to the checkered flag, but managed a second place finish despite finally spinning out just past the finish line. Brandon Clark finished third with Derek Morris recovering to a fourth place finish after his troubles earlier in the race. Satch Crispen started 17^th and wound up fifth.

Multiple cautions marred the night’s final event, the Bomber C Main. Dave McMannamy spun on the first lap to bring out the first yellow flag and then Jody Burton, Chris Montgomery and Jared Smith wrecked in turn two bringing out another caution period. Maverick Wright led most of what few laps were run under green flag conditions until contact from
Steve Reeves sent Wright spinning to bring out another caution. Reeves was sent to the tail with Wright for rough driving. That turned the lead over to Scott Robertson who went on to victory after the race distance was shortened due to the time limit elapsing. Henry Walls Jr. finished second followed by John Gamer, Duane Fletcher and Nick Fenner.

Oakshade Raceway will be the place to be on Saturday night this coming Labor Day weekend with the final $2,000 to win American Late Model Series program in addition to a full show of Sportsmen, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is just $12!

Schlenk and Marcoullier Survive Carnage For Dual Push Truck Challenge Feature Wins at Oakshade

August 19th, 2013

Racing in Saturday night’s Dual Push Truck Challenge was intense as the UMP Late Model points race at Oakshade Raceway draws to a close. Defending Track Champion Rusty Schlenk hoped to make up a lot of ground on Dona Marcoullier’s heading into next Saturday’s Season Championship Night with a chance to rack up extra points in two 25-lap UMP Late Model features that make up the Dual Push Truck Challenge.

Schlenk entered the night’s competition 90 points behind Marcoullier and took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the first feature event. He pulled away from last week’s feature winner, Brian Ruhlman, early in the race. Schlenk survived a close call on lap 11 when Mark Pifer spun just in front of the leaders to bring out the yellow flag. Schlenk again opened up his lead after the restart with Marcoullier and Ruhlman battling for second. Marcoullier eventually got by Ruhlman and began to close in on Schlenk while working through slower traffic. Schlenk was able to pick up the victory, but only gained five points on Marcoullier. Jeff Babcock finished third ahead of Ruhlman and Steve Kester.

Schlenk’s championship hopes seemed to light back up slightly after a massive pile up on the first lap of the second 25-lap feature left Marcoullier’s car resting on top of Matt Lindsey’s. Also involved in the melee were Devin Shiels, Brian Ruhlman, Dusty Moore, Ron Miller, Herb Reich and Curtis Diesenroth. After all cars were finally separated, most were able to continue despite some mangled sheet metal. Drivers who did not pit were allowed to restart in their original starting position. One of those drivers was Dona Marcoullier.

Once the green flag finally flew again, pole-sitter Chris Keller snatched the early lead with Marcoullier following in second. Marcoullier took command on lap eight and started to pull away as Keller and Schlenk battled for second behind him. Once Schlenk got by Keller, he began to close back in on the race leader. Schlenk had just about caught Marcoullier with a couple laps remaining when disaster struck. Schlenk tried to squeeze under the lapped car of Mark Pifer coming off the second turn. The two drivers made contact that broke the right rear shock on Schlenk’s car and that would pretty much end his chances for an unprecedented 6^th championship.

The yellow flag came out for debris on the track from that contact setting up a two lap shootout to the finish. Schlenk remained on the track in second behind Marcoullier as the field came back to the green flag, but peeled off to the pits on the backstretch just before taking the white flag. Marcoullier was able to take his damaged race car to victory lane for the fourth time this season and increased his point lead to an insurmountable 131 points leading into Season Championship Night. Chris Keller finished second with Casey Noonan third and Dusty Moore ending up fourth after getting a piece of that first lap wreck. Brian Ruhlman also had some pretty heavy damage in the first lap incident, but drove to a fifth place finish and moved up to third in points.

Tim Line wanted to continue his Sportsman feature win streak and extend it to five, but Mike Jessen had other plans. Line took over the race lead from Rich Ruff on the second lap and by lap eight, Jessen had caught Line. The two drivers raced side by side for many laps and swapped the lead back and forth. Jessen held the lead late in the race, but Line dove back to the inside of Jessen with two laps to go. They were side by side again at the white flag, but Jessen made a move back to the inside on the final lap to secure his fourth feature win of the year. Line had to settle for a second place finish followed by Bob Gregory, Rich Ruff and Joe Derbeck.

A wild Bomber A Main followed the Sportsman feature with some great racing action at the front of the field. Terry Rump took the lead at the start with Craig Dippman pressuring. Dippman took the lead by a nose on lap four, but got sideways the following lap and collected Satch Crispen who came to a stop which brought out the caution flag. Rump, Dippman and Adam Noonan fanned out three-wide for the lead on the ensuing restart. Multiple caution flags kept the field tight behind race leader Terry Rump. Jeff Foks worked his way into the lead battle with Rump, Dippman and Noonan. Both Dippman and Foks were sent to the tail after contact between the two drivers resulted in Dippman spinning out. Terry Rushlow carried a slim two point advantage over Noonan in Bomber points at the beginning of the night and charged into the lead by lap 11. The final caution period after Perry Cox slammed hard into Amy Clair’s slowing car on the backstretch caused the allotted time limited to expire and resulted in a single lap race to the finish. Rushlow was able to hang on for the win with Rump edging out Noonan and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr who were battling three-wide for second. Garry Domoe started 15^th and wound up gaining ten positions to finish fifth.

Cody Laney and John Anderson Jr. got hooked together on the first lap in the combined Hornet/Sport Compact feature event and nearly went head on into the wall coming off turn two. Nick Jenema started on the outside of the front row and shot out to a huge lead. He opened up more than a half lap advantage over his nearest competitor on his way to pick up his first Sport Compact feature win at Oakshade Raceway. Austin Casteneda finished a distant second followed by Matt Brazeau, “Sparky Marky” Gillingham Jr. and Cory Gumm. Laney recovered after his early race miscues to pick up his eighth feature win of the year. Brandon Leighton was second with Breanna Franks third. John Anderson Jr. wound up fourth.

Teri-Lynn Murphy started on the pole of the Bomber B Main and opened a big lead early. Richard Riffe’s spin on lap three brought out the caution and wiped out Murphy’s advantage. After the restart, Chris Sands and Roscoe Stetten battled three-wide with Murphy for the lead. The three ran out of race track coming off turn four with Sands on the inside. He pushed up causing Murphy to get into Stetten who then got into the front stretch wall. The contact with Stetten cut down a tire on Murphy’s car which put an end to her good run. Rick Dixon made his presence known late in the race when he pressured Sands for the lead, but Sands managed to drive to the victory over Dixon. Dan Plath, Roscoe Stetten and Jim Remley were the rest of the top five finishers.

Jesse Burgett, Stephanie Miller and Eddie Goins wrecked on the backstretch on the first lap of the Bomber C Main just as a few others wrecked coming off turn four coming to the yellow flag. Joe Nickloy drove out to the lead at the once things finally got going with Zach Tipton in second. Tipton took the lead on lap seven and went on to victory over Bill Reeves Sr., Joe Nickloy, Brandon Clark and Derek Zuver.

The 2013 Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model Champion will be determined after Season Championship Night for UMP Late Models this coming Saturday. The Sportsman, Bomber, Hornet and Sport Compact classes will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing beginning at 7pm.

Ruhlman Captures First Late Model Feature Win of Year at Oakshade

August 14th, 2013

Brian Ruhlman from Clarklake, Michigan found his way back to victory lane for the first time this year at Oakshade Raceway in the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature event which highlighted a night of great racing action.

Casey Noonan started on the outside of the front row and opened up a big lead the first half of the race. Ruhlman worked his way up to second after starting inside the second row and began to close in ever so slightly as the leader worked to lap cars running at the tail end of the lead lap.

The first yellow flag flew on lap 16 after Dusty Moore’s car came to a stop in turn four which set up a double-file restart. As the leader, Noonan elected to restart on the inside putting Ruhlman to his outside. Ruhlman took the lead from Noonan on the outside twice, but a couple of quick caution flags saved the lead for Noonan both times. Still stuck on lap 16, Noonan decided to restart on the outside on the third restart. This strategy seemed to throw Ruhlman off who took off took early forcing another restart. Unfortunately for Noonan, his car rolled to a stop just as the field was preparing to take the green flag once again. After the green flag finally dropped, Ruhlman was unchallenged all the way to the checkered flag. Rusty Schlenk, sporting a “4U” tribute on the side of his car to Tom Elling who passed away earlier in the week, finished in second to gain a few points on point leader Dona Marcoullier wound up fourth. Chris Keller finished third and Steve Kester was the fifth place finisher.

The Sportsman feature produced a lot of excitement with George Lindsey and Rich Ruff battling side by side for the lead at the start. Ruff finally edged out Lindsey for the lead on lap two, but Bruce Stuart closed in on the duo and jumped to the outside to make it three-wide. Stuart’s move got him the lead on lap six and he proceeded to pull away. A caution for Drew Smith and Rick Bates tightened the field back up behind Stuart who fell way back after the restart. That put Lindsey and Ruff out front battling again for the lead.

A big wreck on lap 11 involving Eric Bradner, Jamie Grochowski, Richard Patton, Jim Scout and Shane Stuckey slowed things down once again. On the ensuing restart, Tim Line made a move similar to Stuart’s when he went around both Lindsey and Ruff on the outside to take the lead. Line went on to pick up his fourth consecutive Sportsman feature win. Lindsey got by Ruff to finish second. Mike Jessen started 16^th and worked his way up for a fourth place finish while Bob Gregory ended up fifth.

Mike Grames got the early edge over Craig Dippman in the Bomber A Main. Jeff Foks took command on lap five and shortly thereafter, Grames got crossed up on the exit of turn two while running second which cost him cost him quite a few spots. Terry Rushlow took over second and hung with Foks the remainder of the race, but Foks held on to win his seventh A Main in a row and the eighth of the season. Rushlow settled for second, but took over the Bomber point lead by two over Adam Noonan with Foks still in third, only 19 points back. Dippman finished the race in third followed by Curt Lancaster and Richard Riffe.

Cody Laney was the lone Hornet competitor Saturday night and notched himself another feature win and got to race with the Sport Compacts. Corey Gumm was the leader at the start of the Sport Compact class feature, but “Sparky Marky” Gillingham took over the lead by the completion of the first lap. Gumm fell way off the pace and brought out the yellow flag on lap four. Trent Delong put the pressure on Gillingham for the lead, but Gillingham held on to pick up another feature win with Delong slipping back to a third place finish behind Nathan Shaffer. Matt Brazeau was fourth with Terry Rushlow Sr. fifth.

Action heated up early in the Bomber B Main after the yellow flag flew for Adam Lantz who rollled to a stop on the first lap. Just as the caution flag waved, Derek Zuver, who was running second, got crossed up in turn four in front of a lot of traffic. Zuver’s car got bounced around off a few other cars and then ended up rolling up and on to its side which brought out the red flag. Zuver climbed out of the car after track crews lowered it gently back onto its wheels.

Once racing resumed, Derek Morris found himself leading the pack and despite multiple cautions that kept the field tight, Morris went on to capture the checkered flag. Chris Sands and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. both started near the tail of the field but managed to post second and third place finishes respectively. Ron Bloomfield Sr. was fourth and Terry Rump ended up fifth after also starting at the back of the pack.

Craig Strow led the first part of the final event of the night, the Bomber C Main. Duane Fletcher took the lead away while working through slower traffic with three laps remaining and went on to win his second C Main of the year. Dan Plath started 16^th and worked for a second place finish ahead of Jody Burton, Taylor Dippman and Ron Williams.

Watch two UMP Late Model features for the price of one on Saturday, August 17^th at Oakshade Raceway’s Dual Push Truck Challenge. Two complete 25-lap UMP Late Model feature events will be run in addition to a full show of Sportsmen, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Babcock Wins 24th Annual Barney Oldfield Race at Oakshade Raceway

August 6th, 2013

Jeff Babcock pocketed $4,900 after winning the 24^th Annual Barney Oldfield Race/American Late Model Series (ALMS) feature event at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Babcock started on the pole of the 40-lap ALMS feature and opened up a big lead early. Andrew Reaume, Brandon Thirlby and Dona Marcoullier battled hard for the second position the first part of the race. Marcoullier finally cleared Thirlby and Reaume and set his site on trying to reel in Babcock. Without the help of any caution flags, Marcoullier was able to chip away at Babcock’s lead while working through slower traffic at the back of the field. Just as fast as Marcoullier would begin to close in, Babcock would again open up his advantage. He went on to post his second UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade this year. Marcoullier maintained his point lead with his second place finish. Reaume finished third followed by Steve Kester and Brian Ruhlman who started 14^th .

Mike Jessen and Tim Line put on a great show for the lead in the Sportsman feature as the two drivers raced side by side lap after lap and continually traded the lead. Line led the first lap, while Jessen took over on lap two. Line fought back and reclaimed the lead on lap nine shortly after a caution for Drew Smith’s spin. A big wreck on lap 11 that involved Ryan Kimball, Chane Stuckey, Kyle Turley and Bob Krumm slowed things down and gave Jessen one final shot at Line for the lead. Line managed to pull away after the restart and raced his way to his third straight feature win after sweeping last week’s Sportsman Twin 25′s. Jessen settled for second with Rich Ruff finishing third. Joe Derbeck was fourth followed by Jim Scout who earned another top five finish.

Jeff Foks continued his string of dominating runs in the Bomber A Mains with his sixth consecutive feature win. Foks took the lead from Adam Noonan on lap five and led the rest of the way to the finish. Noonan’s second place finish was enough to keep him on top of a tightening point battle over Terry Rushlow, who finished third, and Jeff Foks who is third in points despite his seven feature wins. Gregg Detray and Chris Sands rounded out the rest of the top five finishers in Saturday night’s A Main.

Breanna Franks earned her first Hornet feature win of the year with Cody Laney second. Laney remains atop the Hornet points with Franks trailing in second.

Despite “Sparky Marky” Gillingham Jr. picking up his fifth Sport Compact feature win of the year, Austin Casteneda remains the point leader in that class. Gillingham won over Junior Jerry Hoot, Terry Rushlow Sr., Cory Gumm and Nathan Shaffer.

After a couple of cautions at the start of the Bomber B Main, Perry Cox, Dave “Gumby” Golembieski Jr., Jim Remly and Curt Dickie battled for the lead early. Curt Lancaster started last and worked his way up to fifth by lap five and then spun, costing him a top five finish. At the end, Dave “Gumby” Golembieski Jr. earned his second B Main feature win of the year with Cox finishing second. Remly and Dickie finished third and fourth respectively with Amy Clair finishing fifth after starting in the last row.

Scott Hammer grabbed the early lead in the Bomber C Main before driving too hard into turn three and opening the door for the Mike Plotts, Bill Reeves Sr. and Nathan Goodman to get by. Reeves eventually took command and pulled away with the lead on his way to the feature win. Plotts finished second followed by Mike Poland, Goodman and Collin Walker.

Oakshade Raceway will host a full racing program of UMP Late Models, Sportsmen, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts on Saturday, August 10. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Tim Line Sweeps Oakshade Twin 25′s

July 30th, 2013

Thirty-three Sportsman drivers showed up for a chance to compete in the Sportsman Twin 25′s at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night, but only one driver, Tim Line, would sweep both 25-lap feature events.

Line started seventh in the first feature race and quickly worked his way up to second by lap four. With Joe Derbeck leading, Line was able to get along side to race for the lead. Just as Line made the pass, the caution flag flew for the stopped car of Drew Smith which gave the lead back to Derbeck. Shortly after the restart, Line took command and began to pull away. A few cautions late in the race kept tightening up the field with Derbeck in second, but Line was the class of the field and went on to pick up the victory. Bob Krumm got by Derbeck to post a second place finish with Jim Scout and Bob Gregory rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

The top six finishers were inverted for the start of the second 25-lap feature which put Line on the outside of the third row. Bob Gregory looked strong at the start of the race and led the first six laps, but Line quickly marched his way toward the front once again. Line climbed back to second by lap five and then briefly took the lead from Gregory on lap seven. Gregory fought back and reclaimed the lead one lap later. Line regrouped and the battle for the lead heated up with some side by side racing. Finally, Line took the lead on lap 17. Bob Krumm came back into the picture late and closed in on Line on the final lap. He dove to the inside of Line in the final corner. It wasn’t enough as Line held on to win for the second time on the night and it was his fifth feature win of the year. Krumm settled for the runner up finish once again. George Lindsey finished third and Bob Gregory slipped back to finish fifth. Mike Jessen started 17^th and ended up fifth.

The top three in Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model points put on a great show at the front of the UMP Late Model feature race. Rusty Schlenk, second in points to Dona Marcoullier, grabbed the lead at the start after starting inside row two. Marcoullier made an incredible move three-wide between Schlenk and Curtis Deisenroth to take the lead on lap two. Schlenk fought back and got the lead again on the following lap. Ryan Missler, third in points, peaked in the second position on lap five moving Marcoullier back to third.

On lap 16, Schlenk held the lead and was trying to negotiate around Joe Smith who was running at the tail end of the lead lap. Schlenk was having some difficulty getting by Smith which allowed Marcoullier in second to close back in. Finally, Schlenk got to the inside of Smith entering turn three and it appeared there may have been some slight contact as Smith shot up the banking and came to a stop to bring out the yellow flag. Marcoullier took advantage of the double file restart and after a great battle with Schlenk, finally took the lead. Brian Ruhlman made his presence known late in the race as well as he had his car in the mix for the lead. Marcoullier held on to win his third feature of the year and slightly increased his point lead over Schlenk going into the final month of competition. Schlenk settled for second with Ruhlman in third. Missler was fourth and Casey Noonan wound up fifth after starting at the very back of the 22-car field.

Donovan Paskan started on the pole of the Bomber A Main and could only hold off Jeff Foks to lead one lap. Foks snatched the lead away on lap two and then opened up a big lead over the rest of the field to win his fifth A Main in a row and his sixth of the year. Terry Rushlow finished second and Adam Noonan was third. Paskan wound up fourth and Craig Dippman was fifth after starting 10^th .

Matt Brazeau and “Sparky Marky” Gillingham put on a show at the front of the Sport Compact feature. Brazeau led the first two laps until Gillingham got by on lap three. The two drivers had some contact during the race and Brazeau battled back and recaptured the lead from Gillingham as Austin Casteneda started to close in. Unfortunately for Casteneda, he would retire to the pits before the finish. Brazeau was able to hang on to pick up his first Sport Compact feature win over Gillingham, Terry Rushlow Sr., Cory Gumm and Tom Fry. Cody Laney notched another Hornet feature win over John Anderson Jr. and Breanna Franks.

Multiple cautions marred night’s final two features, the Bomber B and C Mains. Bill Reeves Jr. spun on the first lap of the B Main to bring out the yellow flag and at the same time, Tyler Line lost control in front of most of the field and spun in turn four. Shaun Sharp slammed hard into the rear of line and a few other cars got caught up in the big mess which eventually drew the red flag because the track was just about blocked. After the clean up, Mathew Chapman opened up a bit of lead that was wiped out by another caution flag. Late in the race, Chapman got held up behind Anetta Goodman who was running at the tail end of the lead lap. Ted Hill closed in and got to the inside of Chapman on the final lap, but a spin by Taylor Dippman brought out another yellow to set up a one-lap dash to the checkered flag. Chapman was able to hold of Hill to pick up the victory. Dan Plath finished third followed by Jody Burton and Rick Dippman who had to come back up through the field after being caught up in the Tyler Line accident on lap one.

Attrition was a major factor in the Bomber C Main which only had four cars running at the finish. Nathan Goodman led the whole way and picked up the win over Gabe Mueller. Teri-Lynn Murphy and Maverick Wright had a heated battle for fourth most of the race. The two drivers traded paint and positions several times with a side by side finish at end in which Murphy beat Wright by a nose for the third place position. Henry Wall’s Jr didn’t finish, but was credited with a fifth place finish.

Oakshade Raceway will host the rescheduled 24^th Annual Barney Oldfield Race/American Late Model Series which will pay the winner $4900 on Saturday, August 3. Sportsmen, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts will also be back in competition. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm sharp!

Matt Miller Dominates 15th Annual Birthday Race at Oakshade Raceway

July 23rd, 2013

A huge crowd gathered at Oakshade Raceway to witness Matt Miller’s domination of the 15^th Annual Birthday Race and UMP Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Finale on Saturday night.

The Summer Nationals series began a little over a month ago on June 12, 2013 at Brownstown Speedway and drivers in this grueling series competed at tracks all over the Midwest almost every night leading up to Saturday’s Birthday Race at Oakshade Raceway where Brandon Sheppard from New Berlin, Illinois, was crowned champion.

Unfortunately for Sheppard, he was unable to finish off the series with a fifth feature win. He suffered mechanical issues on lap 22 of the 60-lap feature event and retired early to the pits already having racked up more than enough points to claim the series championship.

At the start of the 60-lap Birthday Race feature, Casey Noonan and Jeep Van Wormer had an epic battle for the lead with Van Wormer eventually taking the top spot. Matt Miller started ninth and climbed up to third by lap 13. A few laps later on lap 19, Wayne Chinn rolled to a stop in turn two which brought out the first caution with Van Wormer leading Sheppard and Miller. Miller wasted little time in passing Sheppard for second after the restart which is when Sheppard’s problems began, forcing him out of the race.

Miller, the 1991 Oakshade Raceway Late Model Champion, made short work of Van Wormer and proceeded to put on a clinic after taking the lead on lap 23. After getting caught up in a hard crash a week earlier, Miller’s crew had the Rick Delong Racing number 3 hooked up as he dominated the rest of the race. Miller drove smooth through traffic lapping all but the top six cars. Miller earned the $10,000 pay off with his commanding win, which was his second Birthday Race victory. The first of which was in 2008.

Jon Henry posted a second place finish driving the Keith Berner number 18 UMP Late Model for the night. Bobby Pierce from Oakwood, Illinois, finished third in the race and second in the ‘Hell Tour’ final standings. Jeff Babcock ended up fourth and Devin Moran, son of the first ever Birthday Race winner Donnie Moran, finished fifth.

The UMP Summit Racing Modified Nationals also wrapped up their series with some great feature race action. Aurora, Indiana’s Matt Hamilton grabbed the early lead of the 30-lap feature after starting on the outside of the front row with Mark Anderson running second. Anderson spun on lap two and collected Taylor Cook and Hillard Miller who were all running in the top five. That moved Dona Marcoullier up to second, but he was unable to challenge Hamilton for the lead. Jeff Babcock, one of many drivers doing double duty and racing both UMP Late Models and UMP Modifieds, made a bid for second about halfway through the race when he went three-wide on the outside of Steven Books and Marcoullier. Babcock was then able to reel in race leader Matt Hamilton by lap 22 and a few laps later had the lead. Hamilton fought back and reclaimed the lead for a short time on lap 26 while the two drivers negotiated through slower traffic. A caution just before the finish set up a two-lap shootout to the finish with Babcock in the lead and Hamilton running second. It also gave Brian Ruhlman an opportunity after marching his way up to third after starting 15^th . Neither Hamilton nor Ruhlman were able to mount a challenge on Babcock as he went on to pick up the checkered flag. Hamilton was able to fend off Ruhlman for second, with Collin Thirlby and Steven Brooks rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

The youngsters in the four-cylinder Hornet class finished off the night with their feature event which saw five-time feature winner this season Cody Laney retire from the race early. After some four and five wide racing at the drop of the green flag, Brandon Myers found himself at the point and he went on to an easy victory over Brandon Leighton, Chevy Farmer and Taylor Holland. It was his first feature win of the season.

The Sportsman Twin 25′s are on tap for this coming Saturday, July 27 with two full 25-lap feature events. They will be joined by the UMP Late Models, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts for a full night of racing beginning at 7pm. Gates open at 4pm.

Moore Wins Exciting Late Model Feature at Oakshade

July 16th, 2013

After three consecutive weekends with rain-outs, Mother Nature blessed Oakshade Raceway with a beautiful Saturday night for some intense racing action and a lot of winners on and off the track. It was a conglomeration of events from the past couple weeks that included Memorial Night lap sponsorships from last week and the Night of Wheels bike giveaways in addition to a full racing program and an exhibition from the Vintage American Race Cars.

Over 50 bikes, scooters, tricycles, etc. were donated by race fans, drivers, businesses and others associated with Oakshade Raceway. Dan Rice, host of the intermission entertainment known as the “Links Zone” organized the event and put smiles on many happy kids’ faces who not only got to see some great racing action, but also got to take home a brand new bike.

After the Night of Wheels bike giveaways, the UMP Late Models hit the track for their 25-lap feature event. Devin Shiels grabbed the lead over Cody Houston at the start after starting on the outside of the front row. A few laps later, Houston spun in turn two. Matt Miller had nowhere to go and slammed hard into him. Both drivers were done for the night. After the restart, Dusty Moore made his presence known by challenging Shiels for the lead. The two drivers battled side by side for several laps with Shiels eventually getting the advantage. Shiels managed to get a little separation from Moore, but both Moore and Dona Marcoullier closed back in late in the race. The three drivers raced three-wide for the lead with Marcoullier in the middle. At the finish, it was Swanton, Ohio’s, Dusty Moore picking up his first feature win of the year with Shiels settling for second. Marcoullier finished third after starting 10^th with Steve Kester and Brian Ruhlman rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Jamie Grochowski took the early lead in the Sportsman feature event, but got a bit sideways in turn three on the first lap. Another car got into him and the two cars became hooked together in turn four which cause a huge mess involving multiple vehicles. Rusty Smith took over the race lead after Grochowski’s misfortune, but couldn’t hold off a hard charging Mike Jessen. Jessen claimed the lead on lap four and never looked back. He went on to an easy feature win, his third of the year. Bob Gregory managed a second-place finish with Drew Smith gaining 10 positions to end up third followed by Bruce Stuart and Tim Line.

Jeff Foks racked up his third consecutive Bomber A Main win and his fifth of the year. After a slow start at the beginning of the year, Foks has turned things around with several dominating performances and has closed to within 39 points behind leader Adam Noonan and second-place Terry Rushlow. Chris Sands managed a second-place finish in the A Main ahead of Rushlow who ended up third. Curt Lancaster was fourth and point leader Adam Noonan was fifth.

In combined Sport Compact and Hornet four-cylinder racing action, “Sparky Marky” Gillingham turned things around after a dismal performance in his heat race earlier in the night to win the Sport Compact feature event. “Junior” Jerry Hoot finished second after earning the victory in the heat. He was followed by Matt Brazeau, Regan Ford and Cory Gumm. Cody Laney won his fifth Hornet feature of the year. Brandon Myers finished second followed by Breanna Franks, John Anderson Jr., and Brandon Leighton.

The Bomber B Main was marred with multiple cautions that kept the field tight and the number of green flag runs limited. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. survived the event and was able to pick up the checkered flag as time expired on the race. Curt Dickie and Dan Plath finished second and third respectively. Jody Burton and Nathan Goodman were the rest of the top five finishers.

Donovan Paskan climbed to the lead in the Bomber C Main, but just after halfway, Roscoe Stetten, who started deep in the field, took the lead away and went on to pick up his first feature win of the season. Paskan settled for second followed by Derek Morris, Joe Elliot and Henry Walls Jr.

Oakshade Raceway hosts the biggest event of the Summer on Saturday, July 20 with the 15^th Annual Birthday Race/UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Finale along with the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals and Hornets. Gates will open on Friday, July 19^th at 11am for those who wish to come early and camp out Friday night. There will be food and entertainment on Friday night. Everyone entering the grounds on Friday, must purchase a ticket to Saturday’s event. On Saturday morning, gates will open at 10am and the pits will be open to everyone with grandstand admission until 4pm to get autographs and to meet the drivers. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:45pm.

John Brooks Wins Second Consecutive Enduro at Oakshade

July 7th, 2013

John Brooks marched his way to another 200-lap Enduro win on Thursday afternoon at Oakshade Raceway which was his second in the three events run so far this year.

Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. took the early lead and led much of the first part of the race, but Brooks would take command of the race by lap 100. Bloomfield and Brooks remained in close competition at the front of the field until Bloomfield began to fall off the pace late in the race and eventually rolled to a stop less than 10 laps from the finish. Dan Dippman capitalized on Bloomfield’s misfortune and was able to finish second, just four laps behind Brooks despite cutting a tire down earlier in the race. Jeremy Grover finished third as Bloomfield slipped back to finish fourth. Nick Fenner ended up fifth after completing 190 laps.

Oakshade Raceway will host the rescheduled Night of Wheels in conjunction with Memorial Night on Saturday, July 6. A full program of Late Models, Sportsmen, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts will also feature numerous kid’s bicycle giveaways at intermission. Gates will open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Babcock Earns Oakshade Raceway Late Model Feature Win

June 19th, 2013

Jeff Babcock worked hard to pick up his first UMP Late Model feature win of the year at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night with some exciting four-wide racing.

Dusty Moore set the pace early in the UMP Late Model feature after starting on the pole. Chris Keller was running a distant second when he fell off the pace on lap nine of the 25-lap race. Babcock inherited second place after Keller retired to the pits and began to make up ground on Moore. Babcock caught Moore in heavy lapped traffic. Herb Reich and Matt Lindsey were racing side by side at the tail end of the lead lap and with Babcock closing in, Moore made a move to make it three wide. Babcock jumped to the outside of that battle for some four-wide racing action.

Ky Harper’s spin with just two laps remaining brought out the only caution flag of the race. Babcock had edged out Moore in that four-wide battle on the last completed green flag lap so he led the field back to the green flag for the final two laps. Moore tried unsuccessfully to take back the lead at the start, but it was Dona Marcoullier who was on the move late in the race. He picked up two positions in the final laps to finish second to Babcock. Rusty Schlenk finished third and Moore slipped back to finish fourth. Ryan Missler was fifth.

Tim Line put on a dominating performance in the UMP Sportsman feature event. He started on the outside of the front row and led the entire distance. Drew Smith slowed on the backstretch on the second lap of the race and stacked up some of the field ending Josh Sisty’s night. Despite several other caution periods, Line was able to pull away from the rest of the field and picked up his third feature win of the year. Mike Jessen worked his way all the way up to finish second after starting 15th, but had to hold off a hard-charging Bruce Stuart who finished just a few feet behind in third. Bob Gregory and Joe Derbeck were the rest of the top five finishers.

Mathew Chapman had a strong run in the Bomber A Main. He led the first three laps after starting on the outside of the front row. Jeff Foks quickly snatched the lead away on lap four. Adam Noonan mounted a late race challenge on Foks, but had to settle for a close second place finish as Foks won his third consecutive A Main. Terry Rushlow finished third followed by Chapman and Chris Sands.

Jerry Hoot started in the back of the Sport Compact feature and quickly worked his way to the front of the combined Sport Compact/Hornet field. Hoot went on to pick up the easy win over Cory Gumm, Terry Rushlow Sr., Regan Ford and “Sparky Marky” Gillingham. John Anderson ended Cody Laney’s win streak at four after picking up the Hornet feature victory. Laney finished second.

Perry Cox and Duane Fletcher got hooked together at the start of the Bomber B Main which ended Fletcher’s night with a tow back to the pits. Cox was able to continue. At the front of the field, Adam Lantz tried to hold off Curt Lancaster early in the race, but Lancaster took the lead away. Cox had more issues on lap six when he got turned around in turns one and two after a bump from Terry Rump. The two drivers were battling in the top five.

Lancaster went on to an easy win over Jim Remley and Curt Dickey. Rump finished fourth and Lantz held on to end up fifth.

Colin Walker took the lead at the start of the Bomber C Main and survived a very close call with Anthony Petrey who had spun just in front of him at the tail end of the lead lap. Walker slammed on the brakes and narrowly avoided rashing into Petrey. Tim McNicol took advantage of the situation and took the lead briefly. Walker regained his composure and took the lead back on his way to his first feature win of the year. McNicol finished second followed by Taylor Dippman, Joe Elliot and Maverick Wright.

Oakshade Raceway will be hosting a huge night of racing on Saturday, June 22. It is the 24th Annual Barney Oldfield Race/American Late Model Series paying $4,900 to win for UMP Late Models. UMP Sportsmen, Bombers Hornets and Sport Compacts will also be in action. Gate open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schlenks Picks Up First Oakshade Win Of Year/Brooks Dominates Enduro

June 12th, 2013

Defending Oakshade Raceway Champion Rusty Schlenk picked up his first win of the season Saturday on Wallace Racing Products Night and John Brooks soldiered his way to a 200-lap Enduro win on Sunday afternoon.

Dona Marcoullier entered Saturday night’s competition with the Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model points lead thanks in part to his two feature wins earlier this season. He would end up starting in the tenth position in the Wallace Racing Products feature event. Ken Hahn started on the pole and led the first portion of the race. Ryan Missler and Rusty Schlenk closed in on Hahn and the three drivers battled for the lead. Missler and Schlenk got together a bit on the backstretch, but were able to continue on without losing any positions. By lap seven, Schlenk managed to pass Hahn and take command.

Missler began to chip away a bit on Schlenk’s lead while working through lapped traffic. A couple cautions with around 10 laps remaining allowed Marcoullier to improve his position up to third, but that would be as far he would get. Missler got along side Schlenk and raced him for the lead in the latter stages of the race, but Schlenk would go on to pick up his first checkered flag of the season. Missler settled for second and Marcoullier’s third place finish was good enough to maintain a 30-point advantage over Schlenk in the point standings. Chris Keller posted a fourth place finish with Casey Noonan taking fifth.

The most exciting feature of the night was that of the UMP Sportsmen. Bruce Stuart led at the start of the race and led the first half. Bob Gregory and Tim Line caught Stuart and the three raced three-wide for the lead. Stuart ended up losing the lead when he spun on lap 10. That left Gregory and Line to duke it out with some more side by side racing for the top spot. The two drivers exchanged the lead multiple times while continuing to race door to door lap after lap. Mike Jessen didn’t want to get left out and joined the battle for the lead making it three-wide again. Those three drivers came off the final corner with the checkered flag in sight three-wide. Gregory narrowly edged out Line for the win on the outside with Jessen finishing a close third on the inside. Jamie Grochowski ended up fourth and George Lindsey came all the way from the 18^th starting position to finish fifth.

Jeff Foks had the dominant car in the Wallace Racing Products Bomber A Main. He led the entire distance of the 15-lap feature after starting on the outside of the front row. Gregg Detray ran second most of the race, but could not mount a significant challenge on Foks. Detray did manage to fend off Terry Rushlow and Adam Noonan who made it a three-wide battle for second at the finish. Rushlow ended up just ahead of Noonan for third. Following Noonan in fifth was Chris Sands who started deep in the field.

Next up was the four-cylinders of the Hornets and Sport Compacts. Fourteen-year-old Cody Laney picked up his fourth Hornet feature win in a row with William Cundick second and Breanna Franks third. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham got the early advantage over Austin Casteneda in the Sport Compacts and began to slowly pull away until the final lap. After taking the white flag, Gillingham’s car suddenly slowed on the backstretch which allowed Jerry Hoot to close in. Gillingham was able to get the car back under power and barely held on to pick up the victory over Hoot, Cory Gumm Casteneda and Regan Ford.

Mike Grames was in command of the first half of the Wallace Racing Products Bomber B Main until he spun while leading on lap eight. That would have turned the lead over to Tim Line who had started a bit to early on the previous restart and was penalized two positions back to third. That put Terry Rump and Derek Zuver ahead of Line in a late race restart. Line disposed of both Zuver and Rump and came all the way from the back row at the start to win the B Main. Rump held on to finish second with Mathew Chapman getting by Zuver for third. Shaun Sharp finished fifth.

Duane Fletcher started on the pole of the Wallace Racing Products Bomber C Main and maintained the lead until lap five when Bill Reeves Sr. got by. Reeves went on to pick up the C Main victory with Joe Hefner taking second. Fletcher slipped back to finish third followed by Mike Draper and Maverick Wright.

The endurance testing 200-lap Enduro hit the track on Sunday afternoon with Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. leading the field at the start. Mark Henderson quickly took over the lead early on, but relinquished it to John Brooks by the 50 lap mark. Brooks led Henderson and Bloomfield from lap 50 to past the halfway point. That was when Henderson started to fall back through the running order after a series of visits to the pits. Bloomfield then took over second and continued to run there despite a few troubles with spins going in to turn one.

Without any stops in the pits, Brooks was able to dominate the race and survived a near disaster late in the race after brushing up against the front stretch wall. It was his first Enduro win of the year. Bloomfield settled for second finishing 12 laps behind Brooks. Colin Walker, Jeremy Grover and Brad Gilbert rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Another full program of UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman, Bomber, Hornet and Sport Compact action will be on tap for Saturday, June 15 at Oakshade Raceway. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Miller Wins Oakshade ALMS

May 29th, 2013

Matt Miller dominated the 30-lap American Late Model Series (ALMS) feature event at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night and picked up his first Oakshade feature win of the season.

Miller darted out the lead at the drop of the green flag of the ALMS feature after starting on the outside of the front row. Last week’s UMP Late Model feature winner, Dona Marcoullier, followed him into second and the two drivers separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

Miller opened up a pretty good lead over Marcoullier until late in the race. Miller had to carefully work his way through lapped traffic which allowed Marcoullier to begin to close in. Without the benefit of any caution flags, this was Marcoullier’s only chance to close the gap, in which he did. Marcoullier closed to within about a car length back when Miller had a tough time trying to put the 99 car of Frank Heckenast Jr. a lap down. Unfortunately for Marcoullier, he was unable to mount any kind of challenge as Miller went on to take the checkered flag.Marcoullier, after winning the two previous week’s features, had to settle for second with a hard-charging Jeep Van Wormer finishing in third just as he was about to catch the leaders. Pole-sitter Rusty Schlenk slipped back to a fourth place finish with Chris Keller rounding out the top five.

Tim Line dropped down low to make it three-wide at the start of the UMP Sportsman feature and took the early lead. Roger Weirich had a good run cut short when he spun on lap two while running in the top five. Eric Bradner, Kyle Turley, Steve Mills and Dan Gehring also got caught up in the incident.

Line continued to lead while last week’s feature winner and defending track champion, Mike Jessen, marched his way up through the field and advanced into the second position by lap eight. A caution for with four laps remaining tightened up the field behind Line, but Jessen was unable to stay with him as Line went on to win his second feature of the year. Jessen finished second after starting in eighth followed by Bob Gregory, Jamie Grochowsky and Rick Bates.

In Bomber A Main action, Jeff Foks wasted no time and jumped to the outside of Adam Noonan to take the early lead. Noonan, winner of last week’s A Main, was unable to stay with Foks as he began to pull away. Late in the race, Donovan Paskan spun to bring out the yellow flag which set up a one-lap shootout to the finish. Foks managed to fend off Noonan and won his second feature of the year with Noonan settling for second. Chris Sands was third and Terry Rushlow came all the way from 17^th starting position to finish fourth. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. also started fairly deep in the field and managed a fifth place finish.

Next out was the combined four-cylinder classes of the Sport Compacts and Hornets which both ran on the track at the same time, but were scored separately. At the start of the race, Cory Gumm got bounced around in the middle of several cars in turns one and two before coming to a stop on top of turn two to bring out the yellow for a complete restart. Terry Rushlow Sr. was the early leader of the Sport Compacts, but Austin Casteneda eventually took command and Rushlow fell off the pace and retired to the pits. Cody Laney worked his way into the lead of the Hornets and both Casteneda and Laney won their respective features. Regan Ford was the only other Sport Compact competitor left on the track at the checkered flag to finish second followed by Rushlow, Don Daughtry and Cory Gumm who had all retired to the pits. All Hornet drivers that started were able to finish which included Breanna Franks in second and Brandon Leighton in third.

More Bomber action was next with the B Main with a spectacular start. Pole-sitter Maverick Wright came off turn four up high and little out of control and came down into last week’s B Main winner, Mathew Chapman, causing both cars to slam into the front stretch wall. A few other cars were caught up in the wreck which brought out the red flag so crews could clean up the mess.

Once racing resumed, Garry Domoe found himself out front with Rick Dixon pressuring him for the lead. Finally Dixon got by Domoe on the outside on lap five. Domoe battled back and both drivers made contact entering turn three which resulted in Dixon spinning and a yellow flag. Domoe was also sent to the tail along with Dixon for the incident turning the lead over to Terry Rump. Dan Dippman and Gregg Detray battled with Rump for the lead in the late stages of the race with Dippman getting alongside Rump at the white flag, but Rump was able to power his way to victory. Dippman and Detray both started very deep in the field and managed second and third place finishes respectively. Joe Heffner and Zach Tipton rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

The final feature race of the night, the Bomber C Main, also featured a lot of lead changes. Charles Stuckey held the early lead, but brought out the yellow on lap three sending him to the tail for the restart. That turned the lead over to Mike Plotts who held the lead a couple laps until Duane Fletcher took it away. Fletcher went on to pick up the victory followed by Derek Zuver, Plotts, Ron Williams and Henry Walls Jr.

Oakshade Raceway kicks off the month of June with another full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm on Saturday, June 1.

Marcoullier Makes It Two In A Row/Grover Dominates 200-lap Enduro at Oakshade Raceway

May 22nd, 2013

Dona Marcoullier earned his second UMP Late Model feature win in a row on Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway and Jeremy Grover bested the competition in a 200-lap Enduro on Sunday afternoon capping off a great weekend of early season racing.

Marcoullier started off on the outside of the front row in Saturday night’s UMP Late Model feature event and grabbed the lead at the start over pole-sitter Jeff Babcock. Brian Ruhlman moved Babcock back to third on the second lap and took over the second position. Ruhlman then began to chip away at Marcoullier’s lead and finally tracked him down by the
midpoint of the 25-lap feature.

The lead changed hands on lap 14 when Ruhlman passed Marcoullier and began to pull away. Although Ruhlman looked to have the field covered, his lead would be short-lived. He began to fade a few laps after taking the lead when it appeared he was having a problem with the right rear of his car. Marcoullier regained the lead on lap 19 and the driver from Houghton Lake, Michigan, was able to win his second consecutive Oakshade Raceway feature.

Babcock had to hold off a late charge from Casey Noonan to finish in second. Dusty Moore followed up an Attica win on Friday night with a fourth place finish on Saturday. Ryan Missler ended up fifth. Tim Fisher started on the pole of the UMP Sportsman feature and led the first lap. Mike Jessen started inside row three and quickly worked his way to the front to take the lead on the second lap. Last week’s feature winner Tim Line moved into second on lap four but could not get by the 52 car of Jessen.

Line best shot at getting by Jessen was on lap 10 after a caution for James Fox’s spin wiped out the big lead Jessen had over Line. After the restart, Line jumped to the outside lane while Jessen stayed low. He was able to hang with Jessen for a few laps, but eventually Jessen was able to pull away once again. Despite a close call near the finish when James
Fox and Steve Mills bounced off each other just in front of the leader, Jessen had an easy run all the way to the checkered flag for his second win of the season. Line held on to finish second with Fisher slipping back to third. George Lindsey started deep in the field and finished fourth with Bob Gregory rounding out the top five.

Holland, Ohio’s Terry Rushlow led the first 10 laps of the Bomber A Main feature event after starting on the outside of the front row. On a lap 10 restart, Curt Lancaster and Adam Noonan got alongside Rushlow for a three-wide battle for the lead. Lancaster came out on top, taking the lead on lap 11. Noonan wasn’t done and passed Lancaster for the lead a couple laps later. Noonan survived one last charge from Lancaster down
the backstretch on the final lap to pick up his first feature win of the year. Rushlow followed Lancaster to finish in third with Gregg Detray finishing fourth. Amy Clair ended up in fifth.

Mathew Chapman led the entire distance of the Bomber B Main for his first ever Oakshade feature win. Several cautions kept the field tight with Teri-Lynn Murphy running second much of the race. Jeff Foks started 13^th and worked his way up to second near the finish, but Chapman was able to hold him off. Donovan Paskan finished third followed by Curt Dickie who started 18^th . Murphy slipped back to the fifth position.

Veteran driver Hillard Miller started on the pole of the Bomber C Main and led much of the race with Shaun Sharp pressuring. Sharp had made a pass on Miller for the lead late in the race, but a caution flag flew which would have saved Miller’s lead after the line up reverted back to the last completed green-flag lap. Unfortunately for Miller, he retired to the pits under that caution period turning the lead over to Sharp. Sharp maintained the lead all the way to the checkered flag with Craig Strow finishing in second. Derek Morris survived a spin on lap three to finish third. Anetta Goodman and Taylor Dippman were the rest of the top five finishers.

“Sparky Marky” Gillingham wasted no time getting to the front of the Sport Compact feature event and never looked back. He took the lead shortly after the green flag dropped and Austin Casteneda followed him into second. Casteneda couldn’t get close enough to Gillingham to mount much of a challenge and had to settle for a second-place finish for the second week in a row behind Gillingham. Terry Rushlow Sr., Beau Daughtry and Regan Ford rounded out the rest of the top five.

Cody Laney won the most exciting single car event in the Hornet class after Breanna Franks was unable to get her car started. It was the second feature win in a row for Laney.

Beautiful weather greeted both racers and race fans on Sunday afternoon for the first Enduro race of the season. Shortly after the field rolled onto the track to take the green flag, the lead changed hands multiple times with Mike Graber, Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. and Mark Henderson among the early leaders. Things settled down a bit by lap 25 when Jeremy Grover had secured the top spot and kept out of trouble the entire 200 laps to pick up the victory. Dan Dippman was as far back as fifth on lap 50 and 75 but came back to finish second, four laps behind Grover. Colin Walker was fairly consistent all afternoon and maintained a third place finish, completing 192 laps. Finishing one lap behind him was in fourth was John Brooks who had peaked in the second position just before halfway and then fell all the way back to ninth on lap 100. Rob Liaeff completed 188 laps to finish fifth.

The next Enduro race is scheduled for Sunday, June 9^th at 2pm. Coming up this Saturday, May 25 is a $2,000 to win American Late Model Series show at Oakshade Raceway. UMP Sportsmen, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Marcoullier Wins Exciting Late Model Feature at Oakshade

May 15th, 2013

Hearty race fans were treated to some great Mother’s Day weekend racing action at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. After enduring a slight rain delay at the beginning of the night, Dona Marcoullier from Houghton Lake, Michigan, and defending UMP Late Model Champion Rusty Schlenk had an incredible battle for the lead in the final couple laps of the UMP
Late Model feature with Marcoullier narrowly coming out on top in a photo finish.

Marcoullier started on the outside of the front row and grabbed the lead over Steve Kester on the first lap. Casey Noonan and Kester raced several laps side by side for the second position. On lap 10, the two drivers touched entering turn three sending both cars sideways. Kester was able to recover and continue on, but Noonan spun and brought out the caution flag.

Schlenk took second from Kester shortly after the restart and tried to chase down Marcoullier. It took him most of the remaining laps to get close enough to mount a challenge. Schlenk dove to the inside of Marcoullier in turn four as they were about to take the white flag. The two drivers made contact sending Marcoullier up the track just enough for Schlenk to take over the lead.

Marcoullier would fight back as they worked through slower traffic on the final lap. He stayed up high as Schlenk continued in the inside lane. Herb Reich was fighting to stay on the lead lap as both Schlenk and Marcoullier closed in while racing hard for the lead. Schlenk went low and Marcoullier stayed high in the final corner as they attempted to
split around Reich. Schlenk made of bit of contact with Reich as he forced his way by with the checkered flag in sight. Marcoullier, meanwhile, shot off the high side of turn four to get alongside Schlenk as they exited the corner bringing the fans to their feet once again. Marcoullier had just enough momentum to carry him past Schlenk by just inches as the two drivers made contact again at the finish line sending both spinning into turn one after the checkers.

Kester maintained a third place run with Canada’s Andrew Raume ending up fourth. Devin Shiels took fifth. Tim Line survived several close calls to win his first UMP Sportsman feature race of the year. Line got by Bob Krumm on the second lap to take over the lead and began to pull away from the rest of the field. While trying to lap Rick Bates and Steve Mills who racing side by side, Line went to the outside to make it three-wide. Bates and Mills bounced off each other a bit forcing Line to take evasive action. Then, as Line was coming to the checkered flag, Dan Gehring spun coming off of turn four just in front of him. Line narrowly missed Gehring’s spinning car and took the checkered flag. Mike Jessen got by Rich Ruff to finish second. Bruce Stuart finished fourth and Jamie Grochowski finished fifth after starting 15^th .

Last week’s UMP Bomber B Main winner, Gregg Detray, led early in this week’s A Main. Jeff Foks and Curt Lancaster battled hard for second just behind the leader with Foks eventually besting both Lancaster and Detray to take the lead on lap six. Foks began to pull away and went on to pick of the victory over Adam Noonan. Detray slipped back to finish third
with Lancaster and Chris Sands rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

In Hornet feature race action, Cody Laney took the lead at the start and held off William Cundick who kept the pressure on for most of the race. Cundick settled for second with Breanna Franks third.

Adrian, Michigan’s Roscoe Stetten got by Teri-Lynn Murphy for the lead early in the UMP Bomber B Main. Derek Zuver quickly closed in and it appeared as though Zuver and Stetten had some contact entering turn three on lap eight sending Stetten up the track and stopping in turn three which brought out the yellow flag. After the next restart, Murphy got into Perry Cox while battling in the top five. Cox spun and another caution flag flew. Terry Rump didn’t waste much time after the next restart and got by Zuver to take the lead and the eventual victory. Zuver settled for second and Ron Bloomfield Sr. had a good run to finish third after starting 15^th . Rick Dixon also start very deep in the field and wound up fourth with Mike Plotts finishing fifth.

“Sparky Marky” Gillingham jumped out to the early lead of the UMP Sport Compact feature as Terry Rushlow Sr. and Cory Gumm got together just behind him. Both drivers continued on without a caution. Last weeks feature winner Austin Casteneda ran second to Gillingham and was not able to mount a significant challenge for the lead. Gillingham went on to his first win of the year with Casteneda coming home second. Regan Ford finished third with Gumm and Rushlow rounding out the rest of the top five.

Oakshade Raceway will host two days of racing on the weekend of May 18 and 19 with a full racing program featuring UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts on Saturday night and a two-hour/200-lap Enduro race on Sunday afternoon. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm on Saturday and Sunday’s Enduro will begin at 2pm with gates opening at noon.

Missler Edges Out Ruhlman in Oakshade Season Opener

May 7th, 2013

Oakshade Raceway kicked off the 2013 season with night of exciting racing action highlighted by Ryan Missler edging out Brian Ruhlman at the checkered flag to win the first UMP Late Model feature of the year.

Ruhlman and Missler started on the front row and traded the lead throughout the 25-lap feature event. Ruhlman set the pace early with Missler working the high side. After several laps of side by side racing, Missler finally took over the lead on lap 10.

Other than a caution at the start of the race for Devin Shiels that resulted in a complete restart, there were no other breaks in the action. The leaders eventually started to work through slower lapped traffic. Rusty Schlenk was running third, but was unable take advantage and close the gap on the leaders.

Missler had built up a several car length cushion over Ruhlman, but Ruhlman closed back in late to get back alongside the 50Y of Missler. The two drivers were in a dead heat as they crossed the line at the white flag and stayed door to door the entire final lap. With the crowd on their feet, Missler got just enough of a run off the final corner on the high side to beat Ruhlman to the checkered flag by just the nose of his car.

Schlenk held off Dona Marcoullier to finish third while Matt Miller finished fifth.

The UMP Sportsman feature ran a little less clean with multiple caution flags slowing the racing action. The first yellow flag flew on lap one when Bob Krumm spun in turn three.

Jamie Grochowski led the first lap, but couldn’t hold off Mike Jessen and Tim Line who both got by on lap two. Another caution flag waved on lap six for an incident involving Josh Sisty and Drew Smith. A few more caution flags kept Jessen from trying to open up some distance over second-place Line. Finally the time limit expired and Jessen led Line back to the checkered flag. James Fox finished third followed by Bruce Stuart and Bob Gregory who started back in 10^th .

Curt Lancaster led the entire distance of the Bomber A Main. Terry Rushlow and Jeff Foks pursued Lancaster, running second and third respectively, but neither driver was able to mount a significant charge at the lead. Foks eventually fell off the pace on lap 11 and headed to the pits.

Lancaster picked up the A Main victory with Rushlow settling for second. Adam Noonan moved up nicely to finish third after starting 13^th . Donovan Paskan and Dave “Gumby” Golembieski Jr. rounded out the rest of the top five.

Next up were the youngsters in the 18 and younger Hornet class with an exciting feature event. William Cundick took the initial lead. Cody Laney pressured Cundick and snatched the lead away. The two drivers continued to swap the lead back and forth the entire distance with Cundick coming out on top at the finish. Laney settled for second followed by Brandon Myers, Breanna Franks and Amanda Shammo.

Austin Casteneda, Terry Rushlow Sr. and “Sparky” Marky Gillingham Jr. had a great battle for the lead in the early laps of the UMP Sport Compact feature event. Casteneda eventually came out on top of that battle. Gillingham fought back and took the lead away at the white flag and then abruptly fell off the pace. Casteneda got back by and went on to pick up the victory. Rushlow followed Casteneda and finished second with Beau Daughtry posting a third place finish. Gillingham got back up to speed but it was too late and he could only muster a fourth place finish with Regan Ford coming home fifth.

Derek Zuver led the first lap of the final event of the night, the Bomber B Main. His lead was short-lived as Jody Burton took command by lap two, but it was Gregg Detray who was on the move and became the third different leader on lap four. Curt Dickie moved into second, but couldn’t catch Detray who began to pull away. A couple laps after relinquishing the lead to Detray, Burton retired to the pits while running third.

Amy Bernard started at the back of the pack and was charging hard toward the front, but couldn’t catch Detray who notched his first feature win of the season. Bernard picked off two positions around the high side on a late restart to manage a second place finish. Dickie finished third and Terry Rump, who also started near the back of the field, ended up fourth. Finishing fifth was Mathew Chapman.

Treat your mother to an early Mother’s Day treat this coming Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway with a full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm!

Foks Win Oakshade Raceway Bomber Spectacular/Henderson Gets Third Enduro Win

October 3rd, 2012

The 2012 racing season came to a close this weekend at Oakshade Raceway with Season Championship Night on Saturday and a 250-lap Enduro on Sunday. Jeff Foks was the big winner on Saturday night with a Bomber Spectacular win which sealed up the Oakshade Bomber Championship and Mark Henderson dominated Sunday afternoon’s Enduro race.

Foks started on the outside of the front row in the 25-lap Bomber Spectacular and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Multiple cautions kept the field tight early in the race. After a caution on lap seven, Foks tried to pull away from Adam Noonan who had been running second, but Noonan wouldn’t let him get away. Foks did manage a little separation from Noonan after both drivers had a some trouble getting passed a lapped car. Noonan closed back in on the final lap and tried to get to the inside of Foks. Foks was able to hang on and picked up his 11^th Bomber feature win of the year in an exciting finish. Noonan finished a very close second followed by Terry Rushlow in third. Joe Smith and Chane Stuckey, a couple of Sportsman regulars, rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

With a full moon overhead, the Season Championship Sportsman feature rolled onto the track. Only one point separated Mike Jessen and Tim Line at the top of the point standings at the start of the race. Those two drivers started side by side in the second row. Bruce Stuart started on the outside of the front row and quickly took command of race after squeezing through the middle of a three-wide battle for the lead on the first lap. Caution after caution kept the competitors from getting into any kind of rhythm with the longest green flag run being only two laps. Tim Line’s title hopes went away on lap 11 after most of the front nose of his car came off on the the track which brought out the final caution for the debris. Line retired to the pits. Stuart led the entire distance and finished the season with three straight feature wins. Matt Lindsey got by Jamie Grochowski just before the finish to wind up second. Joe Smith followed up his fourth place finish in the Bomber Spectacular with another fourth place finish. Mike Jessen’s fifth place finish was good
enough to win the points championship.

The four cylinder Hornet feature had one of the most exciting finishes of the night. William Cundick took the lead at the start and led a tight pack with Maverick Wright and Cody Laney running right in his tire tracks. Finally, thirteen-year-old Wright dropped to the inside of Cundick and made the last lap pass for his fourth feature win of the year. Cundick finished a close second followed by Laney and Drew Smith who wrapped up the point championship before the night began. Josh Froelich was fifth.

Exciting racing action continued in the UMP Sport Compact feature. Steve Miller hopped into the car his daughter, Stephanie Miller, usually runs to race in the feature. On the first lap, Steve Miller got into a dirt embankment that surrounds a light pole and rolled the car over on the first lap. Miller was OK, but the car was done for the night. Jeff Wells and Trent Delong put on a great show for the lead. Wells and Delong got together several times, the last of which ended up with Wells spinning on the backstretch on lap three. Delong went on to pick up the victory with Austin Casteneda finishing second. Wells recovered after his spin to finish third. Regan Ford and Scott Wilson were the rest of the top five finishers. Derek Morris did not finish the race, but had already wrapped up the points championship.

The final race of the year was Sunday afternoon’s 250-lap Enduro. Colin Walker set a fast pace very early in the race. Mark Henderson took the lead by lap 25 and never surrendered it. Walker continued to run second until shortly after the 75 lap mark when he lost control coming off turn four and caught the front stretch wall. Nick Fenner then took over
second for awhile until he suffered some mechanical problems with his left rear wheel. Henderson kept out of trouble and picked up his third Enduro win of the year. Jeremy Grover finished second, seven laps behind Henderson. Ray Jackson survived to finish third with Ron Bloomfield Jr. ending up fourth after winning the Enduro two weeks ago. Marvin Howard
finished fifth.

Haunted Hay Rides return to Oakshade Raceway on Friday and Saturday nights starting on October 12^th . Also coming up in October is the Oakshade Raceway Swap Meet on October 20^th at 9am. For more information, visit www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Babcock, Van Ness, and Bloomfield Among Weekend Winners at Oakshade Raceway

September 18th, 2012

Oakshade Raceway hosted another full weekend of racing action that included the final UMP Late Model event of the year won by Jeff Babcock and the Celebrity Charity Race won by NBC 24′s Norm Van Ness on Saturday night. Then, Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. took over the Enduro points lead with an Enduro race win on Sunday afternoon.

The Celebrity Charity Race led off Saturday night’s main events with local “celebrities” representing various charities competing with borrowed rides from some very generous Bomber owners. Oakshade Raceway’s Dan “Links” Rice who was representing F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service to Humanity) led the first lap. Oakshade Raceway announcer Scott Hammer, representing the American Diabetes Association, dropped to the inside of rice entering turn one and the two drivers got together which stacked up more than half the field. All drivers were able to continue. Eldora Speedway announcer Dustin Jarrett, representing the Alzheimer’s Association Research Center, inherited the lead by avoiding the melee. Hammer closed back in and took the lead on lap five of the ten lap event with Van Ness close behind. Van Ness made a move underneath Hammer to take the lead on lap eight. Hammer tried to battle back to the inside and the the two drivers traded some paint with Van Ness going on to earn his third Celebrity Charity Race win at Oakshade Raceway. With his win, The Village House of Fremont will receive the majority of the donations raised by the competitors that totaled over $1,000. Hammer maintained a second place finish with Jarrett finishing third. Rice was fourth, Fulton County Sheriff candidate Roy Miller ended up fifth and lead singer of the band The Undeserving, Clay Kirchenbauer, finished sixth. All charities represented will receive a portion of the funds raised.

Next, it was time to get down to business with the final UMP Late Model feature of the year with a twist. All Late Model competitors were topless, or at least their cars were. The roofs were taken off for the final night of Late Model competition at Oakshade. B.J. Gregory took the lead after starting on the pole. A big pile up occurred on lap two that involved Cody Houston, Casey Noonan, Kevin Reeve, Brian Ruhlman and Rob Anderzack with Anderzack ending up on top of Ruhlman’s car. That turned out to be the last caution of the race.

With Gregory leading, Jeff Babcock closed in. The two drivers raced side by side for a couple laps, with Babcock finally taking command on lap 11. Babcock proceeded to open up a sizable lead. Rusty Schlenk got by Gregory and began to chip away ever so slightly into Babcock’s lead late in the race, but Babcock managed to pull away again in lapped traffic to pick up the victory in the final UMP Late Model feature of the season. Unofficial 2012 Track Champion Rusty Schlenk settled for second. Devin Shiels posted a third place finish after starting 11^th . Dan Wallace ended up with another top five run to finish in fourth in what may have been his final career start. Casey Noonan recovered to a fifth place finish after getting caught up in the lap two pile up.

The UMP Sportsman division is poised for an exciting showdown in next week’s Season Championship night with only one point separating the top two. Defending Sportsman Track Champion Tim Line entered the night 20 points behind leader Mike Jessen. Line jumped out to the early lead. Newly engaged James Fox brought out the first caution on lap one. He had proposed to his girlfriend on the front stretch only a short while earlier in the night. Once back under green flag conditions, Joe Derbeck and Mike Jessen had some contact which prompted Jessen pull into the pits. At about the same time, Richard Patton spun to bring out another caution. Jessen rejoined the race a half lap behind shortly after the rest of the field took the green flag. With Line out front, it seemed Jessen would take a major hit in the points.

Bruce Stuart was the spoiler for Line. He raced side by side with Line for a few laps and finally took the lead with five laps to go. Stuart went on to pick up his fifth feature win of the year with Line finishing second. Bob Gregory, who is still in the points chase, finished third and closed to within 27 points of Jessen. Matt Lindsey and Tim Fisher were the rest of the top five finishers. Jessen drove back up to finish in eighth position which was just enough to remain atop the points by the slimmest of margins heading into next week’s season championship.

Jeff Geis and Brian Ruhlman raced hard for the lead early in the UMP Bomber A Main. Ruhlman took over the lead on lap six and drove off to the feature win. Jeff Foks opened up his point lead to 54 over Terry Rushlow with a second place finish. Geis slipped back to end up third followed by last week’s A Main winner Adam Noonan. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. finished fifth.

Josh Froelich and Maverick Wright battled early for the lead in the Hornet feature event. Last week’s feature winner, Taylor Dippman, fell off the pace and rolled to a stop before making it all the way back to the pits on lap three. Drew Smith suffered the same fate after peaking in the third position a few laps later. Thirteen-year-old Maverick Wright earned his third feature win of the year. Cody Laney got by Froelich to finish in second. Breanna Franks took fourth followed by Danny Williams in fifth.

Jeff Wells started last in the UMP Sport Compact feature and drove around the outside of the competition to take the lead by the completion of lap one. Derek Morris, another top contender with five feature wins this season, retired to the pits just after completing the first lap. Trent Delong, with eight feature wins himself, ran second to Wells and could not reel him in. Wells took the easy win which was his second of the year. Delong was second followed by Austin Casteneda, Regan Ford and Stephanie Miller.

Curt Lancaster was the class of the UMP Bomber B Main and opened up a big lead at the start. Gregg Detray passed Todd Silvey for second on lap two, but was unable to mount a challenge on Lancaster who went on to take the checkered flag. Detray held on to finish second with Steve Morris getting by Silvey for third. Dan Shaffer started 10^th and finished fifth.

Joe Foks started on the pole of the final race of Saturday night, the UMP Bomber C Main, and led the first lap. Richard Riffe passed him high on lap two and shortly after Foks spun which knocked him out of the top five. Riffe, who was in Terry Rushlow’s car since Rushlow had borrowed his car earlier for the A Main, went on to pick up the C Main victory over Ramone Ortiz, Robert Meinen, William Sloan and Mike Plotts.

Racing continued on a beautiful late summer Sunday afternoon with a 200 lap Enduro. Mark Henderson held a six point advantage over Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. and Jeremy Grover at the start of the race, but ended up being a non-factor and finished outside the top ten. Colin Walker had things going his way leading the first 75 plus laps, but a visit to the pits shortly before halfway would drop him down in the running order. Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. took over the lead from Walker by the mid point of the race. Walker closed back to second by lap 125, but couldn’t make up the distance lost from his pit stop. Bloomfield survived a couple of close calls to finish all 200 laps and claim the victory as well as the point lead with only one race remaining. Walker finished second, three laps behind Bloomfield. Jeremy Grover ended up third followed by Chris Williams and Shawn Valenti.

The final Enduro race will be on Sunday, September 30 and will be a 250 lap event paying $1,500 to the winner.

Several point championships will be decided next weekend after Saturday night’s Season Championship Night for the UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm on September 22.

Stuart Goes Flag to Flag for Sportsman Win at Oakshade

September 10th, 2012

Tight point battles in the UMP Sportsman and UMP Bomber classes at Oakshade Raceway continue into the final couple weeks of competition. The top three in the UMP Bomber points all suffered bad luck in their feature event and Bruce Stuart dominated the UMP Sportsman feature to win his fourth of the season.

Stuart started on the pole and fended off a challenge from point leader Mike Jessen early in the race. Eventually Stuart was able to extend his advantage over Jessen while a great battle for third between Tim Line and Joe Derbeck ensued. The only caution of the 20-lap race was for a spin by Richard Patton on lap 15. A couple laps after the restart, Line
passed Jessen to take over second but could not reel in Stuart who led the entire distance. Line’s second place finish got him five points closer to Jessen who finished right behind in third. Bob Gregory, the point leader at the beginning of last week’s events before posting a DNF in the feature, bounced back with a fourth place finish this week. Tim
Fisher finished fifth.

The most eventful race of the night was the UMP Bomber A Main. Curt Lancaster led the first two laps until point leader Jeff Foks closed and took over the lead on lap three. Foks continued to lead until he caught some slower traffic running at the back of the pack. It appeared as if Foks misjudged the speed of that traffic that was running much slower than the leader. Foks had to check up which caused him to spin on lap 11. That brought out the caution flag and sent Foks to the tail.

Terry Rushlow, second in points, took over the race lead and seemed to be poised to either take over the point lead or greatly close the gap if he could hang on and win. Unfortunately for him, he slowed exiting turn four with the white flag in his sites. Rushlow cut left into the infield to keep from getting run over allowing Adam Noonan to take over the race
lead. Noonan went on to take the checkered flag and at the same time further back in the field, Donovan Paskan lost control on the backstretch. Paskan spun and collected Foks and Richard Riffe in a hard crash. Jeff Geis, third in points, looked to gain a lot with Foks and Rushlow unable to finish. Geis finished third in the race just behind Lancaster, but post-race inspection revealed that his car had an illegal intake manifold which resulted in his disqualification. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. got credit with a third place finish in the race followed by Amy Bernard and Chris Sands.

Taylor Dippman had a clean sweep in the Hornets with a heat race win and an impressive feature win. She grabbed the lead on the first lap of the race after starting last. It was her second feature win of the year. William Cundick finished second ahead of Drew Smith. Last week’s feature winner Maverick Wright survived a close call earlier in the race which
put him near the back of the pack and fought back to finish fourth with Harley Sutton finishing fifth.

A newcomer to the UMP Sport Compact division remained undefeated with his second feature win in his second visit to Oakshade Raceway. Chad Tomczak from Sparta, Michigan, started deep in the field and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Skyler Antonelli survived a scare when he almost got hooked into the outside wall at the end of the backstretch while battling in the top three. Antonelli chased the car up the track and held on to it, but lost a lot of ground to Tomczak. Tomczak made it look easy for the second week in a row and picked up the convincing win. Jeff Wells had to settle for second after being unable to catch Tomczak. Antonelli posted a third place finish followed by Regan Ford and Stephanie Miller.

Brad Brehm led the first five laps of the UMP Bomber B Main. Steve Morris appeared to take the lead on lap six, but a caution on the same lap gave Brehm a slight reprieve. Then Brehm got sideways in turn two just after the restart and fell back a few positions allowing Morris to take the lead. Todd Silvey followed Morris past Brehm and began to challenge for the lead. Silvey stayed in contact with Morris until the final lap when Silvey got held up behind some lapped traffic. That allowed Morris to take the easy victory. Silvey settled for second. Perry Cox finished third with Duane Fletcher and Shaun Sharp rounded out the rest of the top five.

Next week, the UMP Late Models are going topless! The roofs will be taken off for the evening’s competition. In addition to UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber, Hornet and UMP Sport Compact action, the annual Celebrity Charity Race will take place as well on Saturday, September 15. NBC 24′s Norm Van Ness will attempt to beat the local celebrity competition for his second consecutive win. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm. There is also a 200 lap enduro race scheduled for
Sunday afternoon, September 16. Gates open at 12pm and the enduro race begins at 2pm. General admission is just $3 for the Sunday afternoon event.

Reaume and Miller ALMS Winners, Schlenk Earns Fifth Championship

September 5th, 2012

Oakshade Raceway hosted an American Late Model Series (ALMS) $2,000 to win double header and crowned the 2012 UMP Late Model Champion on Saturday night. Canadian driver Andrew Reaume earned his first Oakshade Raceway feature win, which was also his first feature win in the United States. Matt Miller won the second ALMS feature and Rusty Schlenk unofficially captured his fifth track championship.

The night started off with the with the first ALMS feature that was postponed due to rain on the night of August 4. Andrew Reaume, Jim Scout and Matt Miller battled three-wide for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Reaume came out ahead of that battle by the completion of lap two. Reaume, from Blenheim, Ontario Canada, driver started to pull away from Miller, but a caution flag for Ky Harper’s spin on lap 18 tightened up the field. That turned out to be the only caution of the race and Reaume once again opened up his advantage over Miller in the closing laps after the restart.

After countless runner-up finishes over the past few seasons, Reaume finall closed the deal and earned that elusive first Oakshade feature win. Miller had to settle for second followed by Devin Shiels, Brian Ruhlman and Rusty Schlenk.

Later in the night, after a brief rain shower had slightly delayed the night’s racing program, the second 30-lap ALMS feature race rolled on to the track. Reaume started on the outside of the front row as he did in the first feature of the night and immediately jumped out to the lead. Jeff Babcock was breathing down his neck, challenging for the lead and had finally gotten by Reaume just as the yellow flag flew for Ryan Vanderveen’s spin on lap 12. That was a bit of a reprieve for Reaume’s lead. A few laps after the restart, Babcock’s decent run came to an end when his car slowed and retired to the pits. Matt Miller then closed in and challenged Reaume for the lead. The two drivers race side by side with Miller finally taking over for good on lap 17. Miller went on to pick up his fourth Oakshade feature win of the year which was enough to unofficially earn him a 10^th place finish in the final 2012 Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model point standings. Devin Shiels and Brian Ruhlman got by Reaume to finish second and third respectively. Following Reaume’s fourth place finish was Dan Wallace in fifth.

Rusty Schlenk entered the UMP Late Model Season Championship Night with a 78 point advantage over Casey Noonan. Noonan had been coming on strong recently with two feature wins in the past three weeks. Schlenk managed to stay ahead of Noonan all night and unofficially earned an unprecedented fifth Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model Track Championship with a 94 point advantage over Noonan.

Matt Lindsey took the early lead in an exciting UMP Sportsman feature event. Tim Line applied some early pressure on Lindsey as a couple multi-car pile ups kept the field under the yellow. Lindsey managed to open up a bit of a lead once a string of green flag laps were run, but a yellow for James Fox late in the race allowed a new competitor to challenge for the lead. Mike Jessen dove to the inside of Lindsey on the restart and the two drivers battled side by side all the way to the checkered flag with Lindsey managing to hang on to win his third feature of the year. Jessen finished a very close second with Line slipping back to finish third. Bob Krumm was fourth and Joe Derbeck started 12^th and ended up fifth.

Bob Gregory was leading the Sportsman points at the beginning of the night, but got caught up in the first mult-car incident that ended his night and knocked him back to third in the points. With three weeks left in the point chase, Jessen took over the point lead with a 31 point advantage over defending track champion Tim Line.

After last week’s caution-filled UMP Bomber A Main, Terry Rushlow led this week’s race right from the start and the first nine laps of the 15 lap event ran caution free. Charles Stuckey was the first to bring out the yellow flag after getting into the tire at the bottom of turn two. Only one other caution flag flew on lap 11 for an incident involving Kyle Light and Mike Plotts. Rushlow managed to lead the entire distance and fought off the challenge from Jeff Foks to claim his third feature win of the year. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. finished third followed by Amy Bernard and Adam Noonan. Rushlow’s win closes him to within 44 points of Foks in the Bomber point standings.

Maverick Wright made a nice move to squeeze through the middle of a couple cars to dart out to the lead at the start of the Hornet feature race. Taylor Dippman fresh off her feature win last week, moved into second and tried to figure out a way to get around Wright. Dippman charged to the outside of Wright on the final lap, but Wright was able to hang on to pick up win number two on the season. Dippman had to settle for second. Drew Smith finished ahead of Brandon Myers for third with Breanna Franks rounding out the top five.

Derek Morris looked to break Trent Delong’s string of four consecutive UMP Sport Compact feature wins and jumped out to the lead at the start with Delong right behind. Newcomer Chad Tomczak started at the tail of the field and took the lead from Morris on lap three. Tomczak proceeded to pull away all the way to the checkered flag for his first win in his first visit to Oakshade. Morris finished a distant second and Delong held on to finish third after slowing a bit in the middle stages of the race before getting back up to speed. Jeff Wells finished fourth with Brian Shammo fifth.

Steve Morris was running second behind Donovan Paskan in the UMP Bomber B Main when he spun in turn four on the fourth lap and was hit head-on by Curt Dickie who was able to continue. That ended the night for Morris. Curt Lancaster got by Paskan for the lead one lap after the restart. Dan Shaffer and Karl Spoores got hooked together on the backstretch on lap six to bring out the yellow. Both drivers were running in the top five. Lancaster went on to pick up the victory followed by Paskan, Ted Hill and Derek Zuver. Curt Dickie survived the head on collision with Morris and managed a fifth place finish.

Oakshade Raceway continues the Saturday night racing excitement throughout the month of September. Saturday, September 8 will feature UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts in action. Saturday, September 15 will feature a full show including Topless UMP Late Models and the Celebrity Charity Race. Season Championship Night for the UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts will be September 22 and the Bomber Spectacular will cap off the season on September 29. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm each Saturday night. A couple of Sunday afternoon Enduro races are scheduled for September 16 and September 30. Gates open at noon with the Enduros starting at 2pm on both Sunday afternoons.

Schlenk Increases Point Lead With Career Win 100 at Oakshade

August 27th, 2012

Working toward an unprecedented fifth UMP Late Model track championship at Oakshade Raceway, Rusty Schlenk fought hard to earn his 100^th career feature win on Saturday night.

The first features of the night came under daylight with a couple of UMP Bomber features rescheduled from August 4^th due to the rain-shortened program. Jeff Foks, Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. and Curt Lancaster went three abreast for the lead on the first lap of the UMP Bomber A Main with Foks gaining the lead by lap two. Numerous yellow flags kept the drivers from getting into any kind of rhythm and kept things tight. Lancaster mounted another challenge for the lead about halfway through the race, but Foks stayed in front. A late charge from Jeff Geis made for an exciting finish. Geis got to the inside of Foks in the final corner but ended up just short in a side by side finish. It was the 10^th feature win of the year for Foks. Geis started 11^th and had to settle for a second place finish followed by Terry Rushlow, Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. and Amy Bernard.

Next up was the rescheduled UMP Bomber B Main. Joe Heffner and Russel Nickloy had a heated battle early on for the race lead. Gregg Detray started 11^th and climbed to the lead by lap four. A few laps later, Heffner and Nickloy tangled which brought out the yellow flag. That put Teri-Lynn Murphy up to second for the restart after starting last in the field. She was able to pressure Detray, but could not make the pass. Detray took the checkered flag with Murphy ending up second. Curt Dickie posted a third place finish with Mike Plotts and Duane Fletcher the rest of the top five.

Later in the night, the UMP Late Model feature took to the track. Dusty Moore ran strong at the drop of the green flag and took the initial lead. A caution flag flew on lap two for an incident involving Curtis Deisenroth, Duane Chamberlain and Casey Noonan, who is involved in the points battle with Rusty Schlenk. Noonan was able to continue, but Deisenroth and Chamberlain were both done for the night. Moore opened up his lead once again after the restart. Brian Ruhlman and Rusty Schlenk battled for second with Ruhlman winning that battle by lap 14. Ruhlman then closed up the distance on Moore and took command of the race with five laps remaining. Schlenk and Moore remained tight behind Ruhlman while working through lapped traffic. Schlenk made a move to take the lead with just two laps left on his way to his fourth feature win of the year which was career win 100 after picking up his very first feature win at Oakshade just over 10 years ago. The win also increased his point lead over Noonan who had closed within 34 points last week. The point lead is now 78 for Schlenk going into next week’s Season Championship/American Late Model Series double features.

Ruhlman stayed ahead of Moore to finish second. Devin Shiels finished
fourth with Chris Keller coming home fifth. After a feature win each of
the last two weeks, Casey Noonan finished a disappointing 12^th .

The tightest point race at Oakshade Raceway going into the final stretch of the season is in the UMP Sportsman class. Bob Gregory held a slim three point advantage over Mike Jessen when the night began. At the start of the feature event, Tim Line took the lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Line would lead the entire distance, but it wasn’t an easy win for Line. Mike Jessen challenged Line for the lead and appeared to finally have the lead on lap 10, but a caution for Kyle Turley’s spin would revert the field back to the lap nine line up with Line back in the lead. Jessen began to fade back the second half of the race as Bruce Stuart and Bob Gregory moved into second and third. Stuart was able to get to the inside of Line on the final lap to set up another exciting finish, but Line held on to win his fourth feature of the year. Finishing fourth behind Stuart and Gregory was John Gamber. Pole-sitter Tim Fisher slipped back to finish fifth. With his third place finish, Gregory opened up his point advantage to 13 over Jessen who finished sixth with four more point racing nights left for the UMP Sportsman division.

Things got ugly in the second UMP Bomber A Main of the night with caution after caution chewing up the 15 minute time limit on the race. Jeff Geis took the lead early. The first caution came out just after the completion of the first lap for an incident involving Russel Nickloy and Chris Howard. Another caution came out for a wreck involving Richard
Riffe, Joe Heffner, Russel Nickloy, Chris Sands and Chris Howard before another lap could be completed. Adam Noonan, Jeff Foks and Geis raced three-wide for the lead after the restart, but another yellow flag for Scott Robertson’s spin slowed things down. Geis maintained the lead position through a few more cautions. After at least eight caution periods in the first seven laps, the time limit had all but expired. Geis was able to hold off Foks to pick up his second feature win of the last three weeks. Tim Line, fresh off his UMP Sportsman win, was able to finish third in his UMP Bomber behind Jeff Foks. Amy Bernard and Terry Rushlow were the rest of the top five finishers.

The youngsters in the Hornet division put on one of the most exciting features of the night. Taylor Dippman took the lead at the completion of the first lap after some contact with Maverick Wright. That wasn’t the end of the contact between those two drivers. Wright battled back to the inside. While those two battled each other, William Cundick drove by both drivers to take the lead. A caution for a hard crash by Cara Robinette brought out the caution a lap later. Cundick, Dippman and Wright raced three-wide for the lead immediately after the restart. Dippman came out on top and won her first feature of the year over Cundick and Wright. Brandon Myers was fourth with Drew Smith fifth.

“Sparky Marky” Gillingham led the early laps of the UMP Sport Compact feature. Derek Morris and Trent Delong both got alongside Gillingham for some more three-wide racing for the lead. Delong came out on top of the battle and pulled away with the lead on his way to feature win number eight. Morris overtook Gillingham for a second place finish. Gillingham settled for third followed by Austin Casteneda and Stephanie Miller.

The final race of the night was the UMP Bomber B Main. Kyle Light darted quickly to the lead after the start. Derek Zuver got turned sideways at the end of the front stretch just after completing the first lap to bring out the first of many caution flags. Light survived the caution-riddled B Main to earn the feature win over Gary Cole Jr., Terry Rump, Mike Plotts and Steve Morris.

Oakshade Raceway will host its final American Late Model Series (ALMS) program of the season this Labor Day weekend on Saturday, September 1 with two full $2,000 to win ALMS 30-lap features. The extra feature is the rescheduled event from the rain-shortened August 4^th date. It will also be UMP Late Model Season Championship night. Casey Noonan will have
his work cut out for him if he is to keep Rusty Schlenk from winning this fifth Oakshade Raceway track championship. Also in action will be UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Miller and Noonan Oakshade Dual Push Truck Challenge Winners

August 21st, 2012

Race fans were treated to 50 laps worth of UMP Late Model feature race action in the Dual Push Truck Challenge at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night with two full 25-lap feature events. Matt Miller and Casey Noonan each took a checkered flag.

Curtis Roberts from Coleman, Michigan, set the pace early in the first UMP Late Model Dual Push Truck Challenge feature event. Matt Miller worked his way to second by lap three after starting sixth. Miller finally took the lead on lap nine and pulled away from the rest of the field. With no yellow flags to tighten up the field, Miller went on to win his fourth feature of the year. Devin Shiels started on the pole and finished second followed by Jeff Babcock, Zack Olger and Casey Noonan.

The start of the second UMP Late Model Dual Push Truck Challenge feature had the top ten finishers from the first race inverted and two additional cars were added for a total of 23 cars. Dusty Moore benefited most from the invert and started on the pole. He led the first lap, but Dona Marcoullier took over on lap two. Marcoullier opened up a sizable lead, but Noonan who started sixth began to close in on Marcoullier. Noonan got by Marcoullier on lap 12 for the lead and proceeded to pull away. Noonan significantly tightened up the Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model point race with his second feature win of the year. Noonan now sits 34 points behind Rusty Schlenk with only two more weekends of point racing left this season. Marcoullier held off Matt Miller to finish second. Miller started 10^th and fought hard to end up third. Dusty Moore was fourth and point leader Rusty Schlenk finished fifth.

One of the most exciting races of the night was once again the UMP Sportsman feature with side by side racing for the lead most of the race. Mike Jessen and Bruce Stuart couldn’t get away from each other the first 12 laps of the race. Both drivers swapped the lead numerous times with Stuart running the outside and Jessen on the inside, lap after lap. Finally Jessen got the advantage over Stuart, but Bob Gregory took command on a few laps later. Stuart’s top three run a turn for the worse when he spun and brought out the first caution of the race with just two laps remaining. Gregory held on to win his fifth feature of the year to give him a slim three point advantage in the point standings over Jessen who finished second. Third was Jamie Grochowski with Tim Line fourth and Joe Derbeck fifth.

Great racing action continued into the UMP Bomber A Main in which Gregg Detray led early with Curt Lancaster and Terry Rushlow challenging. Rushlow took advantage of a restart after a caution to grab the lead away from Detray by lap three. Jeff Foks started knocking at the door for the lead behind Rushlow and also took the lead on a restart on lap eight. Rushlow battled back with Adam Noonan thrown into the mix to race three-wide for the lead in the late stages of the race. Foks proved too strong for the competition and won for the ninth time this season. Noonan got around Rushlow to finish second. Lancaster slipped back to finish fourth and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. wound up fifth.

William Cundick from Toledo, Ohio, has come on strong the past few weeks in Oakshade’s Hornet class. Cundick fended off Brandon Myers who was glued to his rear bumper for much of the race to win his third feature in as many weeks. Myers settled for third followed by Taylor Dippman, Drew Smith and Maverick Wright.

Trent Delong continued his domination in the new UMP Sport Compacts with another feature victory. Delong started last and took the lead from Steve Morris by the completion of lap one after some slight contact. Derek Morris moved into second and started challenging Delong for the lead until about halfway through the race. Then Delong stretched his advantage en route to feature win number seven for the Monclova, Ohio, driver. Derek Morris finished second with Regan Ford, Stephanie Miller and Cory Gumm the rest of the top five finishers.

Last week’s M&K Metals Bomber Bash winner Jeff Geis led from flag to flag in the UMP Bomber B Main. Geis started on the outside of the front row and got the lead at the start over Ted Hill. A few cautions kept the field somewhat tight, but Geis was able to open his advantage under green and picked up the easy victory. Chris Sands got by Kyle Light to finish second. Hill ended up fourth and Randy Murday worked his way up to finish fifth after starting 15^th .

Chris Howard was the class of the UMP Bomber C Main field. He took the lead at the start and despite a few slips in the corners, went on to lead the entire distance for the feature win. Pole sitter Dylan Hough maintained a second place finish followed by Jack Garland, Ron Williams and Mike Elliott.

Tight point battles atop the UMP Late Model and UMP Sportsman divisions will highlight the racing action on Saturday, August 25. All five classes will be in action with double features for the UMP Bombers to make up the postponed races from August 4. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Geis Wins Bomber Bash/Brooks Outlasts Enduro Competition

August 14th, 2012

Oakshade Raceway hosted a jam-packed weekend of racing highlighted by Jeff Geis leading the entire distance of the Second Annual M&K Metals Bomber Bash on Saturday night, and then John Brooks earning his second 200-lap enduro win of the year on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday evenings racing started off with some make-up races from last weekend’s rain-shortened event. The first feature of the night was the UMP Sportsman. Joe Derbeck started on the outside of the front row and led all 20 laps. Jamie Grochowski, Bruce Stuart, Bob Gregory and Tim Line had a heated battle for second early in the race with Stuart eventually taking the position. A long green flag run allowed Derbeck to begin lapping cars running near the tail of the field. Stuart began to close in as both drivers raced hard through the slower traffic, but Derbeck held on to pick up his first feature win of the season. Bruce Stuart settled for second followed by Matt Lindsey, Tim Line and Bob Gregory.

Next up, seventeen-year-old William Cundick held off Drew Smith while maneuvering around a slower car in the final corner to earn his second consecutive Hornet feature event win in a make-up feature from last week. Finishing third behind Smith was Maverick Wright. Josh Froelich finished fourth and Cody Laney was fifth.

The UMP Sport Compact was the final make-up feature event. Trent Delong wasted no time in grabbing the lead and then dominating to pick up his fifth feature win of the year. Derek Morris was running second most of the race and began to fade as his car began smoking. Regan Ford caught Morris and was just about to complete the pass for second when Morris
got into her causing Ford to spin. That allowed Jeff Girdham to finish second. Ford got going and finished third with Stephanie Miller fourth. Morris received the black flag and was credited with a fifth place finish.

Later in the night after all the heat races, consolation events and intermission, it was time for the M&K Metals $500 to win Bomber Bash. Jeff Geis started on the pole of the 20-lap feature and immediately took the lead. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. spun in turn one to bring out the first caution flag of the race. Craig Dippman and Tim Line were
running second and third just behind the race leader when the two made contact with each other on lap seven and both suffered flat tires forcing them to the pits under green.

One lap later Randy Murday got together with Amy Bernard sending her car spinning to bring out another caution. Both drivers were racing in the top five. Bernard was charged with the caution and sent to the tail, as was Murday for rough driving. Murday retired to the pits instead.Jeff Foks, with eight UMP Bomber A Main feature wins this season, began to pressure Geis for the lead shortly after the halfway point of the race. Foks was glued to his rear bumper and looked high and low to try to find a way to get by Geis, but couldn’t make the pass. It was the first feature win of the year for Geis. Foks settled for second followed by Adam Noonan and Justin Gamber who started 17^th . Also having a nice run was Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. who ended up fifth after restarting last after his early caution.

A good field of UMP Late Model drivers fought to make the 20-car feature starting lineup. Steve Kester started on the pole and led the first lap. Devin Shiels took a turn at leading starting on lap two. He held on to the top spot until just after halfway when Casey Noonan charged to the front. Shiels began to slip back which allowed Dona Marcoullier and
eventually Rusty Schlenk to get by. Marcoullier, hungry for his fourth feature win of the year, began to pressure Noonan for the lead. He made one last attempt for the lead, diving the inside of Noonan in turn one on the final lap. Noonan held tough and earned his first feature win of the year with Marcoullier finishing second. Oakshade Late Model point
leader Rusty Schlenk finished third followed by Shiels and Zack Olger.

The UMP Sportsmen hit the track for their second feature of the night. Mike Jessen got by Joe Smith on lap three and then pulled away with the lead. Matt Lindsey began to close in Jessen the second half of the race and eventually caught him, but Jessen was too strong and held on to win his first feature of the year. Following Lindsey in second was Richard Patton who posted a strong third place finish after starting 11^th . Bob Gregory and Tim Line were the rest of the top five finishers.

Thirteen-year-old Maverick Wright led the entire distance of the second Hornet feature race. Cody Laney got turned hard into the backstretch wall after contact with Josh Froelich on lap four which brought out the only yellow flag of the race. Wright became another first time winner after holding off William Cundick for the win. Drew Smith was third
followed by Brandon Myers and Taylor Dippman.

There was a little more excitement in the second UMP Sport Compact feature. Trent Delong got the lead from Derek Morris on the second lap of the race and then pulled away. Delong seemed to fall off the pace which allowed Morris to close back in. Morris got back to the inside and the two raced side by side for the lead. Jeff Girdham was running off the pace when the leaders caught him in turn four. Neither Morris nor Delong backed off and turned Girdham sideways across the front of both of their cars. They pushed him halfway down the front straight and continued on leaving Girdham stopped which brought out the yellow flag with two laps to go. Delong went on to post his sixth UMP Sport Compact feature win of the year with Morris a close second. Regan Ford finished third and Girdham continued on to finish fourth. Stephanie Miller was fifth.

Garry Domoe gave himself a win for a birthday present in the M&K Metals Bomber B Main. Domoe got by Scott Robertson for the lead on lap eight and didn’t look back on his way to the checkered flag. Terry Rushlow finished second and Roscoe Stetten took third after starting back in 14^th . Robertson slipped back to finish fourth with Donovan Paskan fifth.

John Kulikowski led the first part of the UMP Bomber C Main until he and Jamie Faller made contact while racing for the lead. Greg Whitehead took advantage and drove by both on the outside. Whitehead went on to pick up the victory over Shaun Sharp, Jon Bates, John Kulikowski and Gene Potridge.

After all that racing Saturday night, fans, drivers and crews came back on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for another of the 200-lap enduro races.

Mark Henderson led the field on to the heavily watered track at the start, but Nick Katerhenry was quick to grab the early lead by lap 25. He maintained that position the first quarter of the race, but a flat tire would put him back in the running order.

John Brooks wasn’t the fastest car all afternoon, but was the most consistent and took the lead by the 75 lap mark. He kept out of trouble and continued to lead the rest of the distance. Brooks opened up a five lap lead over his nearest competitor and won his second 200-lap enduro of the year. Brian Plotts finished just ahead of Ronnie Bloomfield Jr.
for second. Both drivers completed 195 laps. Shawn Valenti had been as high as second early in the race and then slipped back to sixth just past halfway. He recovered to finish fourth, completing 193 laps. Jeremy Grover was fifth with 190 laps complete.

Oakshade Raceway will host the Dual Push Truck Challenge featuring two full 25-lap UMP Late Model feature events on Saturday, August 18. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Rain Shortens ALMS Racing Program at Oakshade

August 7th, 2012

A great night of racing action at Oakshade Raceway was cut short Saturday night when some heavy storms rolled through the area shortly after the American Late Model Series consolation races.

Cans From Race Fans set a record for the amount of canned food items donated before any of the cars hit the track. Numerous prizes were awarded to many who donated, but more prizes are still be given away. Those remaining prizes will be given away in two weeks (August 18).

All UMP Late Model and UMP Sportsman heat events were completed, but just after the start of UMP Bomber heat number one, a rain shower moved over the track causing a delay in the racing action. Cars remained on the track during the shower and eventually got the track back in racing condition. A few more races were completed including the two UMP Late Model consi’s before the skies opened up once again. This time, the downpour would cause the postponement of the rest of the night’s racing action.

Double features will be run on Saturday, August 11 for the UMP Sportsmen, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts in addition to the previously scheduled full show with the M&K Metals Bomber Bash. The UMP Bombers will have double features the following week, Saturday, August 18. The night for double features for the UMP Late Models will be determined after discussions with UMP officials and will be posted as soon as it is determined. No rainchecks will be honored.

Stuart and Line Sportsman Twin 25 Winners at Oakshade

July 30th, 2012

Bruce Stuart and Tim Line were both winners in the annual Sportsman Twin 25′s at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. Stuart was the winner of the first 25-lap UMP Sportsman feature event with Line capturing the checkered flag in the second.

Tim Fisher grabbed the early lead of the first UMP Sportsman feature until last week’s feature winner, Bruce Stuart, passed him on the outside on lap four. Stuart proceeded to pull away and maintained his advantaged while working through lapped traffic on his way to an easy victory in a caution-free Sportsman feature number one. Mike Jessen got by Fisher to finish second. Joe Derbeck and Tim Line finished fourth and fifth respectively.

For the second UMP Sportsman feature, Stuart drew an eight out of a possible six, eight or ten inversion. With the eight car inversion, Matt Lindsey took the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Tim Line quickly closed in and began to pressure Lindsey for the lead. After a caution on lap six, Line was able to get by Lindsey for the top spot. Stuart climbed back up to second by lap seven but could not mount a serious challenge for the lead. Stuart began to fade near the end of the race after slipping back to third by lap 20 after Jessen made the pass. Jessen, however, was unable to get by Line who earned his third feature win of the year. Jessen had to settle for second again with Matt Lindsey ending up third. A tire change after the first race didn’t work out for Stuart who could only manage a fourth place finish. Bob Gregory’s fifth place finish was enough to maintain a slim seven point advantage over Jessen in the Sportsman point standings.

Brian Ruhlman got around pole-sitter Curtis Deisenroth for the lead on lap six of the UMP Late Model feature. Ruhlman opened up a big lead once he got by Deisenroth, but Casey Noonan would begin to reel him in late in the caution-free race. Noonan, Deisenroth, Dona Marcoullier and Ryan Missler had a heated battle for second through fourth early in the race. Once Noonan disposed of that competition, he began to work through lapped traffic to make up ground on Ruhlman. Noonan caught Ruhlman near the finish, but couldn’t get close enough to make a bid for the lead while they were still in heavy traffic. After winning the UMP Modified feature a couple weeks earlier, Ruhlman picked up his first UMP Late Model feature win of the year. Noonan finished a close second followed by Missler, Marcoullier, and Deisenroth.

UMP Bomber action produced the most exciting finish of the night and new leader in the point standings. Jeff Foks had a slight point advantage over Terry Rushlow at the beginning of the night. Foks was involved in a hard crash during his heat event which forced him into a borrowed car to start at the tail of the UMP Bomber B Main. This produced a great opportunity for Rushlow to gain the point lead.

Rushlow was a major factor in the UMP Bomber A Main, but it was Perry Cox who led the first three laps of the race. Jeff Geis took command after a restart on lap four with Rushlow following him into second. Geis and Rushlow had a good battle for the lead most of the race, but things got ugly on the last lap. Rushlow got to the inside of Geis in the final set of corners and the two drivers got together in turn four. Both drivers crashed down to the inside of turn four as the rest of the field raced back to the checkered flag. The beneficiary of that incident was Amy Bernard who started 13^th . She went from third in turn four, to first on the front stretch to win her first UMP Bomber A Main. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. came home second and Curt Lancaster was third. Roscoe Stetten was the hard charger of the race after starting 23^rd and finishing fourth. Justin Gamber finished fifth. Rushlow fell back to finish 14^th , but it was good enough to take a 10 point lead over Jeff Foks.

William Cundick started near the tail of the Oakshade Hornet feature race and had the lead by the completion of lap one. Drew Smith and Maverick Wright were just behind Cundick, but they began racing each other side by side which allowed Cundick to pull away and pick up his first win of the year. Wright was able to get by Smith to finish in second. Josh Froelich finished fourth and last week’s feature winner, Cody Laney, ended up fifth.

“Sparky Marky” Gillingham moved over to the UMP Sport Compact division after running the first half of the season with the Hornets and picked up the feature win in his very first attempt. He led from flag to flag and snapped a four race win streak by Trent Delong. Delong was challenging Gillingham for the lead when the two drivers made contact. Delong fell off the pace and finished his night in the pits. Derek Morris had an exciting race with Jeff Wells for second and finally got
by him near the finish to end up in the runner up position. Regan Ford finished fourth with Jeff Girdham in fifth.

Mike Plotts was leading lap one of the UMP Bomber B Main when he got too low in turns three and four and ended up running into the tires on the inside of the corners. That incident took Plotts out of competition. Garry Domoe inherited the lead after that and held it until Richard Riffe took it away on lap four. Riffe came to a stop while under a yellow flag on lap nine for a spin by Terry Rump. That turned the lead over to Jim Remley from Toledo, Ohio. Remley went on to pick up the victory over Chris Sands, Jeff Foks, Garry Domoe and Scott Robertson.

Oakshade Raceway will host the American Late Model Series (ALMS) this coming Saturday, August 4, paying $2,000 to the ALMS feature winner. The Cans From Race Fans food drive will also be going on with lots of prizes to be awarded to some fans bringing in canned food donations. The UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber, Hornets and UMP Sport Compact classes will also
be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Shiels Earns First Oakshade Raceway Victory

July 23rd, 2012

Devin Shiels from Adrian, Michigan, picked up his first UMP Late Model feature victory at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night while Jeff Foks collected the Hot Rod Welding Bomber A Main win. Hot Rod Welding added an extra $100 to the pay out for the winners of each of the UMP Bomber feature events.

Phil Ausra got the jump on Kevin Reeve at the start of the UMP Late Model feature race to lead the first handful of laps. Brian Ruhlman quickly closed in and took command of the race on lap six and then pulled away. Unfortunately for Ruhlman, he wouldn’t make it to the end. While under a lap 13 caution, Ruhlman’s car rolled to a stop and had to be pushed back to the pits. That turned the lead over to Devin Shiels. Shiels proceeded to open up a sizable lead until a caution flag flew
with two laps remaining for Chris Keller who lost power and could not make it back to the pits. Shiels was able to hold off Phil Ausra and Dan Wallace for the win. Rusty Schlenk finished fourth with Casey Noonan fifth.

Next up was the 20-lap Hot Rod Welding UMP Bomber A Main. Craig Dippman got together with Adam Noonan in turn two sending Noonan into the wall which brought out a caution flag and resulted in a complete restart. Dippman once again had issues in turn two and crashed head on into the backstretch wall ending his night. Once racing finally resumed, Curt Lancaster was the early leader. Jeff Foks worked his way up to challenge Lancaster and took the lead on a lap five restart. Multiple caution periods kept the field tight. Lancaster tried to stay with Foks and Terry Rushlow joined the battle for the lead late in the race. Neither Rushlow nor Lancaster could keep Foks from earning his eighth UMP Bomber A Main win of the year. Rushlow finished second followed by Lancaster, Jeff Geis and Gregg Detray who started 18^th .

Matt Lindsey and Bruce Stuart put on quite a show in the UMP Sportsman feature race. The two drivers were side by side for the lead for the majority of the event, but it was Matt Lindsey with the early edge. Stuart began applying the pressure on lap two. Lapped traffic became a factor for the leaders and they continued their battle while working through the slower traffic. Eventually Stuart got the lead and won his second feature of the year. Lindsey faded back in the final few laps allowing Mike Jessen to finish second and Tim Fisher third. Finishing fifth behind Lindsey was pole-sitter James Fox.

After disappointment a week ago in the Hornet feature, Cody Laney led from flag to flag to pick up his first ever feature win. Last week, Laney fell off the pace while leading and did not finish. This week he was able to hold of challenges from both Maverick Wright and Drew Smith. Wright ended up taking second with Smith in third. Josh Froelich finished close behind in fourth and Cara Robinett wound up fifth.

Trent Delong extended his win streak to four in the UMP Sport Compact class with another victory over Derek Morris. Morris once again tried to find a way to get alongside the 3D car of Delong, but could not make it happen and had to settle for third. Regan Ford finished third.

Tim McNicol took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the Hot Rod Welding UMP Bomber B Main but got all crossed up in turn four before finishing the first lap. Scott Robertson did lead the first lap and then battled three-wide with Greg Whitehead and Marty Bloomer. Whitehead came out of that exchange with the lead on lap two and began to pull away from Bloomer in second. Bloomer gave up second position after spinning on lap four. More caution flags kept the field tight behind Whitehead who held off Justin Gamber after a late caution set up a one-lap race to the checkers. It was the first feature win for Whitehead. Donovan Paskan finished third behind Gamber after starting at the very back of the field. Nick Fenner also started deep and climbed to finish fourth with Shaun Sharp finishing fifth.

The most exciting finish of the night was in the Hot Rod Welding UMP Bomber C Main. Perry Cox gave up the early lead when he spun on lap two turning things over to Chuck Faller. Brandon Clark from Lyons, Ohio, got by Faller for the lead on lap four. Jake Gamber pressured Clark late in the race and got alongside Clark on the final lap. Clark had a slight advantage, but the rear end on Clark’s car kicked out just a bit coming off turn four allowing Gamber to get a good run to his outside. The two drivers crossed the line in a near photo finish, but Clark had just enough advantage to become another first time winner. Gamber was second followed by Perry Cox, Chuck Faller and Charles Stuckey.

The UMP Sportsman class will have two full 25-lap feature events on Saturday, July 28 at Oakshade Raceway in the annual Sportsman Twin 25′s. UMP Late Models, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Ryan Unzicker Wins $10,000 Birthday Race/ Kenny Wallace Crowned Summit Modified Nationals Champ at Oakshade Raceway

July 17th, 2012

The annual Birthday Race weekend at Oakshade Raceway attracted racers from at least nine different states and Canada. Fans from all over packed the stands to watch an exciting UMP Summer Nationals finale with Ryan Unzicker and Brian Ruhlman picking up feature race wins and Brian Shirley and Kenny Wallace both earned Summer Nationals titles.

Fifty-six UMP Late Model teams battled to make the 22-car starting line-up for the 60-lap Birthday Race/Summer National finale feature. After a slight delay due to a quick rain shower, the green flag dropped on a caution-free main event. Summer Nationals points leader Brian Shirley started on the pole and maintained the early lead. A hard-charging Brandon Sheppard from New Berlin, Illinois, quickly closed in and took the lead on lap 12. Sheppard had set a torrid pace earlier
in his heat race win, running laps almost a half second faster than fast qualifier Jason Feger’s time. Sheppard appeared to be on his way to a $10,000 win after pulling away from the rest of the field running the high line through the turns.

Without the help of any caution flags to tighten the field, Ryan Unzicker slowly began to reel in Sheppard as they worked through lapped traffic. It wasn’t until the last 10 laps that Sheppard’s lead quickly evaporated. Unzicker, who likes to run the low line around the corners, got alongside Sheppard and took the lead on lap 56. The two drivers battled side by side a couple laps through some heavy lapped traffic. Unfortunately, Sheppard caught the wall just a bit coming off turn two which allowed Unzicker to pull ahead and take the checkered flag to become the 2012 Oakshade Raceway Birthday Race winner. Sheppard was disappointed to finish second after leading the vast majority of the race. Matt Miller started tenth and climbed to a third place finish followed by Jeep Van Wormer in fourth. Brian Shirley’s fifth place finish was enough to capture the 2012 UMP Summer Nationals Championship as “The Hell Tour” came to a close after nearly a month of continuous racing.

Kenny Wallace decided to run for the Summer Racing Equipment Modified Nationals championship at 7am Saturday morning and had Tony Stewart fly him out to compete with 40 other Modified drivers. Sitting second in points behind an absent Mike Harrison, he just needed a 16^th place or better finish to earn that championship. Things looked good early in the 25-lap feature for Wallace who started on the outside of the front row and got the early advantage over Zack Olger. Jake Ruefer charged toward the front and took the lead from Wallace on lap 16. Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman had his car hooked up on the high side and got by Wallace for second. Soon after taking second he then began to challenge Ruefer for the lead. A spin by Collin Thirlby on lap 19 brought out the caution flag forcing Ruhlman to restart behind Ruefer. After the restart, Ruhlman went back to work on the high side and took the lead three laps later. Ruhlman went on to pick up the $1,000 pay day for the win. Ruefer finished second followed by Jacob Poel, Zach Schroder and Zack Olger. Wallace slipped back to finish sixth his first time at Oakshade Raceway, but earned the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Championship.

Brandon Myers from Morenci, Michigan, started on the pole of the Hornet feature event and led the entire distance. William Cundick and Drew Smith made him earn the victory as both drivers raced him hard. Myers fended off the challenges and picked up his second feature win of the year. Smith edged out Cundick for second. Maverick Wright finished fourth with Devon Bell ending up fifth.

After taking the week off, the UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber and UMP Sports Compact divisions will be back in action along with UMP Late Models and Hornets for a full show in addition to the Hot Rod Welding “Make-up Bomber Race” at Oakshade Raceway. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Marcoullier Wins Exciting Memorial Night Feature at Oakshade

July 10th, 2012

It was a night of remembering lost friends and family for racers and race fans alike during Oakshade Raceway’s Memorial Night on Saturday. It was also a night in which Houghton Lake, Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier found his way to back to victory for the third time this season in an exciting UMP Late Model feature.

Rusty Schlenk started on the pole and was hoping for his second consecutive UMP Late Model feature win. Much like last week’s feature, Matt Miller pressured Schlenk for the lead most of the race. Miller was hounded Schlenk until lap 19 when the two of them got together in turn four. Both drivers were forced to restart at the tail which turned the lead over to Casey Noonan. Marcoullier raced side by side with Noonan for a few laps and finally took over the lead for good by lap 23 of the 30-lap race. Noonan finished second followed by Jeff Babcock who once again overcame a poor starting position to post another top five finish. He ended up third. Steve Kester and Dan Wallace rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

The exciting racing action continued into the 25-lap UMP Sportsman feature event which showcased many lead changes, including one on the final lap. Joe Derbeck was the first to lead at the start. Last week’s feature winner, Matt Lindsey, then got to the inside of Derbeck on the second lap. Lindsey finally took the lead on lap six leaving Derbeck to battle with Tim Line for second. Line made short work of Derbeck and then challenged Lindsey for the lead. Line and Lindsey traded the lead back and forth several times between lap 12 and lap 17 with Line eventually taking the position. A third player entered the picture just as the white flag flew. Bob Gregory came flying around the high line and took the lead from Line to win his fourth of the year. Line finished a close second followed by Lindsey, Mike Jessen and Jamie Grochowski.

Steve Morris was the early leader in the UMP Bomber A Main until Curt Lancaster split between Morris and Terry Rushlow to take the lead on lap two. Lancaster continued to lead all the way until the final lap. Jeff Foks closed in on Lancaster
after starting ninth. Foks got into the rear of Lancaster just a bit as they went into turn one which caused Lancaster to get a little out of shape. That allowed Foks to take the lead from him. It was Foks’s seventh win of the year. Jeff Geis and Terry Rushlow both got by Lancaster to finish second and third respectively and Lancaster had to settle for fourth. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. was fifth. Cody Laney started on the outside of the front row in the Hornet feature race and
took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Before he could complete a lap, Laney fell off the pace and turned the lead over to Drew Smith. Twelve-year-old Smith went on to pick up his fourth feature win of the year and closed back to within eight points of “Sparky Marky” Gillingham in a very tight point standings battle. Devon Bell finished second and Gillingham had a third place finish. Maverick Wright and Josh Froelich were the rest of the top five finishers.

Derek Morris and Trent Delong had a heated battle at the front of the UMP Sport Compact feature event, but Delong proved to be the car to beat even though it is powered with a junkyard engine. He won his third feature race in a row with it and
chipped ever so slightly into Morris’s commanding point lead. Finishing third behind Morris was Regan Ford. Stephanie Miller was fourth.

Terry Rump fended off Perry Cox for the lead early in the UMP Bomber B Main. At one point, Roscoe Stetten joined the battle making it three-wide for the lead. Stetten took command for a short time until Adam Noonan got by on lap eight. Noonan picked up his first feature win of the year and Stetten slipped back to finish second. Brandon Clark was third followed by Perry Cox and Chris Sands. The biggest race of the year is schedule for July 14 at Oakshade Raceway. It is the
$10,000 to win Birthday Race/UMP Summer Nationals Finale along with Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds and Hornets. Gates will be open on Friday from 11am to 12am for campers and those that want to reserve their seats for Saturday. Everyone that comes through the gates on Friday must purchase tickets and/or pit passes for Saturday’s events. Gates will then open again on Saturday by 10am. The pits will be open for everyone until 4pm. After 4pm, a pit pass will be required to remain in the pits.

Racing will begin at approximately 7:45pm. For more details, visit www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Henderson Earns Second Enduro Win of the Year

July 6th, 2012

Oakshade Raceway was the site for a special Independence Day 200-lap Enduro race. Mark Henderson overcame the competition and the heat to earn his second Enduro victory of the year.

Shawn Valenti and John Brooks ran first and second respectively throughout the first half of the race. Valenti continued to lead until spinning in turn one between lap 150 and 175. Valenti then got stuck down on the inside of the turn for several laps until the jammer truck came to the rescue and pushed him out.

Henderson then took over the lead by lap 175 and soldiered on to be the first to complete 200 laps. Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. took advantage of some bad luck late in the race for John Brooks and Dan Dippman to complete 194 laps which was enough for a second place finish. Jeremy Grover finished 188 laps to finish third. Brooks and Dippman rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Oakshade Raceway is back in action on Saturday evening with Memorial Night featuring extended features for the UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers. Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts will round out the racing action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schlenk Works Hard for Win in Oakshade Raceway’s Night of Wheels

July 3rd, 2012

Saturday’s “Night of Wheels” at Oakshade Raceway was packed full of great racing action, Vintage American Race Cars (VARC) and a lot of happy kids. Rusty Schlenk increased his point lead over Casey Noonan after fending off a very fast Matt Miller to earn his third UMP Late Model feature win of the year. Fans of old-time race cars were treated to the VARC exhibition with all kinds of restored race cars from the past century. Finally, nearly 80 donated bikes, trikes, scooters and more were given away at intermission to a bunch of lucky kids.

UMP Late Model feature front row starters Steve Kester and Kevin Reeve raced side by side the first couple laps of the 25-lap feature. With Kester leading, Schlenk worked his way into second on lap three with Matt Miller following in his tire tracks. The first caution flag came out for Ky Harper’s spin on lap 11. On the ensuing restart, Schlenk charged to the lead. John Bores got turned on the front stretch one lap later which brought out another caution flag. Shortly after that restart, Dona Marcoullier spun in turn two while running in the top five for the final yellow flag of the race.

Miller eventually got around Kester for second and then had a heated battle with Schlenk the final 10 laps of the race. Miller looked high and low trying to find a way around the 91 car of Schlenk, but the Weston, OH driver managed to hold the lead. Miller did manage to get alongside Schlenk and even led lap 23 by a nose, but Schlenk battled his way to a very close and exciting feature win. Brian Ruhlman finished third behind Miller with Jeff Babcock having another impressive run to finish fourth after starting 12^th . Devin Shiels was fifth.

Bruce Stuart took the lead from Richard Patton on the second lap of the UMP Sportsman feature. Matt Lindsey quickly closed in on Stuart and began to challenge for the lead. Lindsey went to the inside of Stuart and took over the race lead for good on lap nine. Lindsey pulled away to win his second feature of the year which leaves him second in the point
standings behind last week’s feature winner, Bob Gregory. Mike Jessen sits third in points and finished second in the race with Gregory taking third. Tim Line was fourth with Tim Fisher fifth.

Terry Rushlow and Jeff Foks had won all but one of the UMP Bomber A Mains this year with the vast majority taken by Foks. Those two drivers started on the front row and battled just about the entire race for the lead. Rushlow started on the pole and took the lead at the start. Foks started on the outside and slid up a little high in the first set of corners to slip back to about fifth. Foks recovered back to second by lap two and began to close back in on Rushlow. While battling for fourth Craig Dippman got in the rear of Jim Remley on the front stretch on lap seven sending Remley spinning toward turn one before his wheels dug in. Then Remley’s car rolled over and ended up on his side to bring out the red flag. After the restart, Rushlow and Foks pulled away from the rest of the pack and had their own battle at the front. A late caution for debris on the track set up a two lap race to the finish. Rushlow held off Foks to earn his second feature win of the year. Joe Overmyer finished third with Curt Lancaster climbing to finish fourth after starting 10^th . Jeff Geis was fifth.

William Cundick got turned around in the first corner of the Hornet feature race which resulted in a complete restart after Taylor Dippman got caught up in the incident. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham wasted no time getting in front of Brandon Myers for the lead at the start. Myers pressured Gillingham early, but Gillingham went on to pick up his fifth Hornet feature win of the year. Myers had to settle for second. Devon Bell, Cody Laney and Drew Smith were the rest of the top five finishers.

The competitors in the UMP Sport Compact feature fanned out six-wide at the drop of the green flag. Last week’s winner Trent Delong started last and gained the lead as the field went through the first two corners. He would go on to an easy win. It was Delong’s second feature win. Derek Morris held off Jeff Wells to finish second followed by Regan Ford and
Stephanie Miller.

The UMP Bomber B Main had three different leaders the first four laps of the race. Roscoe Stetten led lap one. Justin Gamber held the lead on laps two and three and then Chris Sands took command on lap four. Gamber spun on lap five to bring out the yellow flag. A few more cautions kept the field tight with Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. right behind Sands. Those two drivers got hooked together going into turn one after a late restart. Sands managed to hold on to the lead and the eventual victory, but Golembiewski slipped up high in turns one and two and fell back a few positions. Richard Riffe finished second while Tony Tolles ended up third after starting at the very back of the field. Satch Crispen was fourth and Golembiewski wound up fifth.

Teri-Lynn Murphy took the lead from Derek Zuver on lap two in the final race of the night, the UMP Bomber C Main. Just after giving up the lead, Zuver spun to bring out the caution flag. Murphy drove a little too high into turn three on lap five which allowed Charles Stuckey to move to the inside and briefly take the lead. Murphy collected herself and got back alongside Stuckey and passed him for the lead. She went on to pick up her first feature win. Stuckey settled for second. Mike Grames finished third followed by Russell Nickoloy and Adam Lantz.

Oakshade Raceway will host a special Fourth of July 200-lap/Two Hour Enduro race on Wednesday afternoon. Gates open at 12pm with the race starting at 2pm. General admission is just $3. Then on Saturday, July 7^th , it is Memorial Race night at Oakshade with lap sponsorships still available for the Late Model, Sportsman and Bomber A Main feature events. Contact the track at (419) 337-6850 for more information. The Hornet and Sport Compact class will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm on Saturday.

Miller Wins Barney Oldfield at Oakshade

June 26th, 2012

Matt Miller drove to his third UMP Late Model win this season at Oakshade Raceway in Saturday night’s 40-lap Barney Oldfield feature event to earn himself a check for $4,800.

Brian Ruhlman grabbed the early lead over pole-sitter Jim Scout after starting on the outside of the front row. Last week’s feature winner, Dona Marcoullier, brought out the first caution when he spun in turn two on the second lap. Matt Miller was second on the restart and began to pressure Ruhlman for the lead. Miller went to the outside of Ruhlman and
the two drivers raced side by side for several laps until Miller took over for good on lap 12.

Miller proceeded to open up his lead through a long green flag run while lapping a good number of cars at the back of the pack. The only other caution flag came out on lap 33 for Chris Ross who had problems in turn two. That allowed Ruhlman to restart alongside Miller, but Ruhlman couldn’t stay with the Rick Delong Racing number three. Miller went on to pick up the easy victory with Ruhlman finishing in second. Curtis Roberts was third followed by Dan Wallace and an amazing run by Jeff Babcock to end up fifth after starting in the 20^th position.

Bob Gregory padded his Oakshade UMP Sportsman point lead with his third feature win of the year. The race ran flag to flag with no cautions allowing Gregory to open up his advantage over last week’s feature winner, Bruce Stuart, for much of the race. Mike Jessen got by Stuart late to finish second. Stuart slipped back to a third place finish followed by Matt Lindsey and Joe Derbeck.

The 24-car UMP Bomber A Main made up for the lack of yellow flags in the Sportsman feature with multiple cautions that kept the field tight. A caution for Josh Sisty who was running in the top five allowed Terry Rushlow to restart alongside race leader Jeff Foks. Rushlow challenged Foks for the lead, but after a few laps, Foks was able to pull away and picked up his sixth feature win of the year. Amy Bernard had another great run to finish third behind Rushlow after starting 13^th . Chris Sands and Jeff Geis were the rest of the top five finishers.

Taylor Dippman held the early lead in the Hornet feature after Brandon Myers and “Sparky Marky” Gillingham got together at the start. Both drivers were able to continue on without a caution, but lost a lot of ground on the rest of the competitors. Dippman tried to fend off Drew Smith, but Smith got by late in the race to earn his third feature win of the year and reclaimed the point lead by just four over Gillingham. Dippman finished second in the race with William Cundick in third. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham recovered to finish fourth followed by Devon Bell in fifth.

Derek Morris was trying for his sixth UMP Sport Compact feature win of the year as he challenged leader Trent Delong early in the race, but Morris wouldn’t finish. Morris fell off the pace and retired to the pits leaving Delong to pick up his first feature win. Regan Ford finished a distant second followed by Stephanie Miller.

Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. earned his second UMP Bomber B Main win of the year. Charles Stuckey had a strong top five run cut short when he spun down the front stretch on lap nine. Karl Spoores restarted behind Golembiewski, but was unable to get by on the final three laps. Spoores settled for second followed by Brandon Clark, Joe Heffner and Gary Cole Jr.

Next Saturday, June 30, is the Night of Wheels at Oakshade Raceway. Donated bicycles of all shapes and sizes will be given away to a bunch of lucky kids at intermission. Also, in addition to a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts, the Vintage American Race Cars will be on hand. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Marcoullier Wins Second Consecutive at Oakshade Raceway

June 19th, 2012

Dona Marcoullier racked up his second consecutive Oakshade Raceway feature win of the year on Saturday’s Leupp Outdoor Equipment Night. The win also netted him a $2,000 pay out as it was an American Late Model Series (ALMS) race. Curtis Roberts from Coleman, Michigan took the early lead in the 30-lap ALMS feature until Casey Noonan took over on lap four. Roberts would retire to the pits with mechanical issues before the finish of the race.

Marcoullier charged to the front and became the leader by lap nine and never looked back. A couple caution periods kept Marcoullier from getting too far away from ALMS point leader Brian Ruhlman who was running second. It was the second win in as many weeks for the Houghton Lake, Michigan driver. Ruhlman maintained his ALMS point lead with a second place finish with Rusty Schlenk taking third. Dan Wallace had a strong run to end up fourth after starting ninth. Noonan slipped back to finish fifth. Bruce Stuart started on the pole of the Leupp Outdoor Equipment UMP Sportsman feature event and led the entire distance. Stuart, usually running the high line around the Oakshade Raceway, stuck to the low groove and it paid off despite a slew of caution flags that kept the field tight. Matt Lindsey couldn’t take advantage of late caution that set up a one lap dash to the finish and had to settle for a second place finish. It was Stuart’s first feature win of the year. Bob Gregory started eighth and was one of the few drivers to work the high side which resulted in a third place finish for him. James Fox and last week’s feature winner, Mike Jessen, finished fourth and fifth respectively.

A couple cautions on the first lap of the Leupp Outdoor Equipment UMP Bomber A Main resulted in a couple of complete restarts before Amy Bernard took the lead with Terry Rushlow in tow. Rushlow eventually got by Bernard for the lead and pulled away just a bit. Rushlow changes the line he was running just a bit late in the race which seemed to allow Bernard to close back in to pressure Rushlow. Rushlow held on to pick up his first checkered flag of the race. He thanked Bernard for racing him clean in his post race interview. Bernard had another strong run with her second place finish. Curt Lancaster took third followed by Jeff Geis and Adam Noonan. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham wasted no time in obtaining the lead in the Leupp Outdoor Equipment Hornet feature race as he dropped down low to make it three-wide at the start.

Gillingham would gain the lead by turn one of the first lap. Brandon Myer’s top five run came to an end after losing the right rear wheel on lap four. Gillingham went on to pick up his third consecutive feature win of the year. Trent Delong opened up a commanding lead in the Leupp Outdoor Equipment UMP Sport Compact feature and looked to have the win locked up in a seemingly uneventful race. That all changed with two laps remaining when Regan Ford spun to bring out the caution with two laps to go. Derek Morris had been a good distance behind Delong in second and took advantage of the restart to take the lead away. Morris went on to win his fifth of the year. Delong settled for a disappointing second after
dominating most of the race. Rich Fowler took third followed by Drew Greene and Regan Ford.

Charles Stuckey led the first lap of an action-packed UMP Bomber B Main to cap off the evening’s racing. Roscoe Stetten then took command on lap two. Multiple cautions kept the field tight. Curt Dickie got to the outside of Stetten and took the lead away on lap eight. Stetten battled back and after a bit of contact reassumed the lead. Meanwhile, Garry Domoe had worked his way toward the front and contact with Dickie sent Domoe spinning down the backstretch late in the race. Domoe did a 360 and continued on only losing one position. Stetten picked up the checkered flag with Donovan Paskan second. Richard Riffe got by Domoe for third and Shaun Sharp finished fifth.

Oakshade Raceway will host the Barney Oldfield Race on Saturday, June 23 which will pay the UMP Late Model feature winner $4,800. A full show of UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers , Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Marcoullier and Brooks Big Weekend Winners at Oakshade

June 12th, 2012

Dona Marcoullier and Mike Jessen each picked up their first feature wins of the year on Wallace Racing Products night on Saturday and John Brooks overcame some late race spins to win the 200-lap Enduro race on Sunday afternoon completing an action-packed weekend of racing at Oakshade Raceway.

Houghton Lake, Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier drew the pole starting position for the Wallace Racing Products UMP Late Model feature and took the lead over Devin Shiels at the start. Rusty Schlenk slowly closed in on Marcoullier during a long green flag run while working traffic. Shiels also closed in and knocked Schlenk back to third just before a caution for Casey Noonan’s spin on lap 21. Marcoullier held off Shiels the final four laps to earn the victory. Brian Ruhlman passed Schlenk to finish third and Schlenk’s fourth place finish was good enough to maintain his lead in the Oakshade UMP Late Model point standings. Dusty Moore finished fifth.

The first three laps of the Wallace Racing Products UMP Sportsman feature had three different leaders. Tim Fisher passed Brad Mills to lead lap one. Tim Line then got by to lead the second lap and finally, the 2008 and 2010 track champion, Mike Jessen, took the lead. Jessen began to pull away, but a slew of caution flags kept tightening up the field behind him. In the end, Jessen won easily over Bruce Stuart and Tim Fisher. Bob Gregory improved to finish fourth after starting 13^th which was enough to lead the point standings. Last week’s feature winner, Matt Lindsey, finished fifth.

Terry Rushlow was another driver looking for his first feature win of the year and held the early lead in the Wallace Racing Products UMP Bomber A Main. Garry Domoe was running third when he spun and brought out the caution flag on lap two. Rushlow spun while battling with Jeff Foks for the lead shortly after the restart to bring out another caution period that sent Rushlow to the tail. Foks took command of the race on lap four and never looked back. He led through multiple cautions all the way to the checkered flag to pick up his fifth A Main win of the year. Curt Lancaster started 10^th and ended up finishing second ahead of Tony Tolles. Rushlow worked all the way back through the field to finish a
respectable fourth with Jeff Geis ending up fifth.

Brandon Myers started on the pole of the Wallace Racing Products Hornet feature event and led the first four laps until “Sparky Marky” Gillingham closed in and finally took the lead on lap five. Thirteen-year-old Gillingham went on to pick up his third feature win of the year. Myers finished second followed by Drew Smith, Josh Froelich and Maverick Wright.

Next up was the main event for the brand new UMP Sport Compact division. Derek Morris led from flag to flag in the Wallace Racing Products feature with early pressure from Stephanie Miller. That pressure ended after Miller’s car abruptly turn right in turns one and two and flew over the the banking which brought out the only yellow flag in the race. Morris continued on his way to feature win number four on the season. Regan Ford and Rich Fowler had contact on the final lap sending Fowler spinning down the backstretch and giving Ford the second finishing position. Fowler settled for third with Miller ending up fourth.

Rick Dixon held the lead for most of the Wallace Racing Products UMP Bomber B Main until Chris Keller and Danny Hogrefe closed in near the finish. The three drivers raced three-wide for the lead for a couple laps until Keller finally got the lead at the white flag. Keller held off Hogrefe to take the victory. Dixon settled for third followed by Dan Dippman and Jim Remley.

Mike Plotts Jr. in the “Redneck Express” took the final checkered flag of Saturday night in the Wallace Racing Products UMP Bomber C Main. Plotts started on the outside of the front row and immediately gained the lead. Plotts led the entire distance earning his first feature victory. Dylan Hough finished second with Justin Woodruff improving nine positions to finish third. Chad Zuver and Mike Draper rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Drivers in Sunday afternoon’s 200-lap Enduro had to contend with changing track conditions, other drivers and steamy temperatures. Mike Plotts Jr., Dan Dippman and Brian Ruhlman each held the lead within the first 25 laps of the race. By lap 50, John Brooks settled in to the top spot which he would not relinquish the rest of the way. Ruhlman had a fast car but kept dealing with oil loss which caused him to make multiple visits to the pits. Nick Fenner had peaked up to the second position by the halfway point in the race, but Chris Williams took that spot away by lap 125.

Williams was unable to make up the distance on Brooks who had a couple scares within the last ten laps of the race. A pair spins almost cost him the race, but Brooks was able to get going after each one. Brooks never stopped in the pits during the race and became the third different Enduro race winner of the year at Oakshade. Williams finished second
followed by Fenner and Ruhlman in fourth. Steve Dickman finished fifth.

Saturday, June 16^th is Leupp Outdoor Equipment Night featuring the American Late Model Series paying $2,000 to the winner. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts will round out the evenings competition with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Schlenk Gains Oakshade Raceway Points Lead

June 5th, 2012

Defending Track Champion Rusty Schlenk took the top spot in the Oakshade Raceway point standings for the first time this season by picking up his second UMP Late Model feature win of the year.

Matt Miller and Andrew Reaume occupied the top two positions in the points after last week’s American Late Model Series event. With both drivers taking the week off, Schlenk made the best of the opportunity and led the entire distance of a caution-free UMP Late Model feature. Casey Noonan and Jeff Babcock began closing in on Schlenk late in the race as the leaders worked through lapped traffic, but Schlenk held on for the victory. Noonan held off a hard-charging Babcock for second. Babcock started 10^th and had to settle for a third place finish followed by Devin Shiels and Brian Ruhlman.

Mike Jessen maintained the early lead in the UMP Sportsman feature event with Matt Lindsey closing in. Lindsey dropped to the inside of Jessen and took the lead halfway through the race and then began to open up his advantage. A late caution with two laps to go allowed Jessen and Tim Line to close up right behind Lindsey for the restart. Lindsey went on to pick up his first feature win of the year. Jessen held off Line for second. Last week’s feature winner Bob Gregory finished fourth which was good enough to maintain his slight point lead over Tim Line. Bruce Stuart finished fifth.

The UMP Bomber A Main turned out to be a crash-fest with some multiple car pile-ups. The first of which happened on lap two after Terry Rushlow got sideways in turn two and collected the cars of Roscoe Stetten, Jim Plotts, Josh Sisty and Chris Sands. Another big wreck occurred on lap eight that involved Satch Crispen, Donovan Paskan, Kyle Light, Randy Murday, John Gamber and Joe Heffner. Jeff Foks stayed ahead of the chaos to lead the entire distance of the UMP Bomber A Main and earned his fourth feature win of the year. Curt Lancaster ran just behind Foks most of the race and ended up finishing in the second position. Jeff Geis was third followed by Amy Bernard and Adam Noonan.

Thirteen-year-old Cody Laney found himself leading early in the Hornet feature race, but lost control in turns three and four and spun. Laney continued on, but Maverick Wright had spun to avoid and was unable to get going before the caution came out. This was a break for Laney. Since Wright was charged with the caution, Laney was placed back in the lead where he was at the completion of the last scored green flag lap. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham didn’t waste anytime taking the lead away after the restart. Gillingham went on to pick up his second feature win of the year. Last week’s feature winner Brandon Myers held off point leader Drew Smith to finish second. William Cundick and Josh Froelich finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The UMP Bomber B Main was next and was marred by multiple caution periods as was the A Main. After a couple early cautions, Perry Cox assumed the race lead. Tom Baumgartner spun on lap two and just caught Shaun Sharp which cut a tire down on his 82 car. Both drivers were running in the top five. Zach Titpon began challenging Cox for the lead, but Cox fended him off to pick up his first feature win. Tipton had to settle for second followed by Nick Fenner who started 16^th . Curt Dickie and Justin Woodruff rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

A newcomer to the UMP Sport Compact class ended the Morris domination. Derek Morris had won three features in a row and last week it was Steve Morris who won. This week, Jeff Wells from Toledo, Ohio was the man to beat. Things started off bad for Derek Morris who spun on the first lap of the race and brought out the caution flag. Adam Noonan led at the start, but Wells closed in and took the lead on lap three. Wells went on to beat Noonan to the checkered flag. Morris recovered to a third place finish followed by Stephanie Miller and Rich Fowler.

Next Saturday, Oakshade Raceway will host another big weekend of racing action starting with Wallace Racing Products Night featuring a full program UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm on Saturday. Then on Sunday afternoon there will be a 200 Lap/2 Hour Enduro race starting at 2pm. Gates open at 12pm and general admission is just $3. For more information, visit www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Miller Wins ALMS at Oakshade

May 28th, 2012

Matt Miller earned his second UMP Late Model feature win of the year at Oakshade Raceway over some very stout American Late Model Series (ALMS) competition.

Last week’s feature winner, Rusty Schlenk, took the early lead in the caution-free 30-lap ALMS feature event with Miller pressuring to the inside in the first few laps. Miller eventually got the lead and pulled away from the rest of the field. Despite a close call while lapping Curtis Deisenroth, Miller held on to a sizable lead over Brian Ruhlman on his way to the $2,000 victory.

Mike Spatola from Manatten, Illinois finished third followed by Jon Henry who gained nine positions during the race to finish fourth. Schlenk slipped back to finish fifth.

Bob Gregory picked up his second UMP Sportsman feature win of the year by holding off a late charge from Matt Lindsey. Gregory led from the drop of the green flag and fended off Bruce Stuartearly. Multiple cautions kept things tight as Lindsey worked his way up to second and challenged Gregory all the way to the checkered flag. Lindsey came up a little short even after one last shot at trying to get to the inside of the leader on the final lap.

Stuart finished third with Tim Line, winner of the last week’s feature, ending up fourth. Rich Ruff slipped back to finish fifth after starting on the outside of the front row.

Jeff Foks snatched the lead from Terry Rushlow on the second lap of the UMP Bomber A Main and held the lead for the remainder of the race. A late caution brought out by a Satch Crispen spin set up a two-lap race to the finish and gave Rushlow one last chance at Foks, but Foks had him covered and picked up his third A Main win of the year. Doing double duty was Tim Line who started 12^th and finished third behind Rushlow. Jeff Geis finished fourth with Adam Noonan ending up fifth.

The craziest feature of the night had to be the in the Hornet division. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham led the first half of the race with last week’s feature winner Drew Smith right on his rear bumper. Smith got into the rear of Gillingham in turn four and sent him spinning. A couple other cars were collected in the incident including third place William Cundick. Smith received the black flag for rough/over aggressive driving which turned the lead and eventual win over to Brandon Myers. Josh Froelich finished second followed by Maverick Wright, Breanna Franks and Cody Laney.

Spinning leaders were a common sight in the UMP Bomber B Main. Mike Grames had a great run come to an end after leading the first half of the race only to end up spinning in turn four turning the lead over to Josh Sisty. Three laps later, Sisty spun in turn two and turned the lead over to Tony Sylvestri who had been putting the pressure on. Sylvestri went on to hold off Kevin Cole in the final lap after a late caution set up a one-lap race to the finish. John Gamber finished third followed by Randy Murday and Rick Dixon.

An interesting finish in the UMP Sport Compact feature capped off a great night of racing at Oakshade Raceway. Derek Morris and Steve Morris were once again the class of the field and took to the top two positions right after the drop of the green flag. Derek Morris led until he lost a tire coming off turn two with just two laps to go. Steve Morris took over the lead with Logan Hough in tow. Morris held on to pick up the victory with Hough having to settle for second. Rich Fowler started on the pole and ended up third with Regan Ford and Stephanie Miller rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Exciting racing action continues next Saturday, June 2 with another full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schlenk Back On Top At Oakshade

May 21st, 2012

Defending Oakshade Raceway Late Model Champion Rusty Schlenk finally found his way back to victory lane for the first time this season on Saturday night.

Schlenk started on the pole of the 25-lap feature event and had to fend off some early pressure from Matt Miller. Then, on lap eight, Miller slowed to a stop at the end of the backstretch which drew one of the many cautions in the race. As soon as the yellow flag waved, Miller darted back to the pits and was able to rejoin competition at the back of the field as they were about to go back to green.

Caution flags continued to keep the field tight the remainder of the race, but Schlenk held off Andrew Reaume to pick up the checkered flag. It was the second runner up finish in as many weeks for Reaume. Matt Miller worked his way back up through the field for an impressive third place finish. Devin Shiels finished fourth with Mike Bores improving eight spots from his starting position to cross the finish line in fifth.

Bruce Stuart led the first couple of laps in the UMP Sportsman feature event until Tim Line took it away on lap three. The two drivers continued battling for the lead with last week’s feature winner, Bob Gregory, joining in to make it a three-car battle. Stuart reclaimed the lead for on lap nine, but Line got back by a lap later and went on to keep both Stuart and Gregory behind him at the finish. It was the second feature win of the year for the defending Oakshade UMP Sportsman track champion. Stuart finished second just ahead of Gregory. Mike Jessen was fourth with Joe Smith fifth.

Jeff Foks tried to pull away from all the competition with the lead in the UMP Bomber A Main, but a slew of caution periods kept canceling out any lead Foks managed to build.

A scary looking incident brought out the red flag on lap four when Donovan Paskan, Gary Schaffer and Roscoe Stetten tangled coming off turn four launching Schaffer’s car up and over onto his roof. Schaffer climbed out uninjured. A green-white-checkered two-lap race to the finish was set up after the last caution period as the time limit for the race had expired. Foks was able to hold off Terry Rushlow for the win. Jeff Geis started 20^th and got by Adam Noonan in those final laps to finish third. Finishing in fifth behind Noonan was Chris Sands who also started at the tail of the field in 22^nd .

“Sparky Marky” Gillingham looked to be on his way to his second Hornet division feature win of the year leading the entire way to the white flag. Coming off turn two on the final lap, Gillingham slipped off the pace allowing both Drew Smith and William Cundick to get by before coming back up to speed. Smith went on to pick up his second consecutive Hornet feature win with Cundick second. Gillingham settled for third followed by Josh Froelich and Cody Laney. Taylor Dippman had a strong top five run going until she crashed into the wall coming off turn two on the final lap which knocked her back to a 10^th place finish.

In more UMP Bomber action, Greg Whitehead led the first five laps of the B Main until both Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. and Curt Lancaster got by for the top two positions. Golembiewski and Lancaster battled side by side for the lead at the white flag, but a late race caution set up a one lap dash to the finish with a single file restart. Golembiewski held
off Lancaster to pick up his first feature win at Oakshade Raceway. Lancaster settled for second followed by Rick Dixon, Richard Riffe and Greg Whitehead.

Father/son dual Steve and Derek Morris dominated action in the new UMP Sports Compact class at Oakshade taking the top two positions in both the heat and feature events. Steve Morris led early, but Derek took over the top spot soon after on his way to his third consecutive feature win of the year. Steve Morris took second. Stephanie Miller held off Logan Hough to finish third with Regan Ford rounding out the top five finishers. Saturday, May 26 marks the first American Late Model Series show of the season at Oakshade Raceway paying $2,000 to the winner. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts will fill out the rest of the evenings racing with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

2012 Race Season Kicks Off at Dodge County

May 16th, 2012

Kasson, MN –On a beautiful Mother’s Day, the Dodge County Speedway dropped the green flag on the 2012 race season. B&M Promotions took over the reigns of the historic fairgrounds speedway in March and will continue Sunday night racing in Kasson.

The first feature on the track was the DCS Pure Stocks for a 12-lap affair. Cole Lonergan pretty much dominated this one and led most of the way. Lonergan topped the five-car field and also scored a clean sweep as he won the heat race also.

Eight cars took the green flag for the DCS Hornet main event. Terry Blowers quickly raced to the front and won the 10-lap race rather handily over Gary Stahl and Tanner Chadderdon.

Kevin Vogt and Nick Schwebach led the WISSOTA Street Stock field to the green flag in their 15-lap feature. Mike Blowers quickly challenged Schwebach for second and got there on lap two. Blowers then dove to the low side of Vogt and stole the lead on lap four and brought Schwebach to second.

Blowers would pull away for his third win of the weekend and a clean sweep also. Schwebach was second with Jason Newkirk third, Vogt finished fourth and Nathan Schumacher finished fifth.

Shaun Walski used his pole starting spot to lead the USRA B-Mod feature from the drop of the green flag. Jason Schlangen worked to second and then made the pass of Walski for the lead on lap six. Kylie Kath entered the picture and also passed Walski for second.

Walski again challenged Kath for second and they battled side-by-side on laps 10 and 11. Walski would slip back past, but Schlangen was gone up front. Schlangen cruised to the win with Walski second. Kath was third with Jacob Bleess and Jerry Young in the top five.

Austin Curtin led the entire 12-lap DCS Stock Car feature to take the checkered flag. Jesse Baer would finish second and it was a bizarre end in the race for third. Chris Toot had it but spun on the final lap in turn three. Phil Wernert who was fourth slid and spun to avoid Toot. Both cars stalled, sat there for a few seconds and then both would get them fired back up and they both charged to the finish line. Wernert would edge Toot for the spot and that got the crowd going a bit.

The UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars were on hand tonight also after their event was rained out last Sunday. Six cars were scheduled to start, but Tom Porter’s car dropped out before the green flag. Rob Caho Jr. would take the win and Kevin Bradwell narrowly edged Johnny Parsons III for the second spot. Only three of the six starters finished the 15-lap race.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the final event of the evening and thirteen cars were on the speedway for the 18-lap race. Right off the bat, Cody Gardner charged from sixth, split front row starters Harland Morehart and Bobby Saterdalen and stormed to the lead.

Gardner was unstoppable from there and crossed the finish line first. Tony Schill passed both Saterdalen and Jason Born to finish second. Born would wind up third with Saterdalen fourth and Darryl Hainka fifth.

The Hall of Fame night that was scheduled for next Sunday, May 20 has been postponed to later in the year. Stay tuned for more details on that as they become available. Racing resumes next Sunday with racing getting underway at 5:00 p.m.

Henry and Henderson Top Exciting Weekend of Racing at Oakshade

May 16th, 2012

Jon Henry’s narrow win in the UMP Late Model feature at Oakshade Raceway highlighted an incredible weekend of racing action with close finishes in racing events on both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Things heated up quickly in heat race action on Saturday night when Josh Scott’s UMP Late Model got upside down in a multi-car wreck on the backstretch that involved last week’s feature winner Matt Miller. Scott was not injured, but his car was done for the night. Miller was able to make repairs and race his way into the feature through one of the two UMP Late Model consolation events.

Chris Keller led the first two laps of the UMP Late Model feature. After a caution on lap two, Jon Henry took command on the restart. One lap later, Dan Wallace spun on the backstretch and Matt Miller slowed to a stop at the same time. Both drivers went to the pits. Andrew Reaume from Blenheim, Ontario, Canada got by Keller on the restart to move into the
second position.

Reaume, looking for his first ever Oakshade feature win after coming close on several occasions, stayed right with Henry as the two raced for the lead all the way to the finish. Brian Ruhlman closed in on the leaders to make it a great three-car battle for the lead late in the race. With all three drivers vying for position, Reaume made one last run off the outside of the final corner to get up alongside Henry. With the crowd on their feet, Henry edged out a narrow victory by just inches over a disappointed Andrew Reaume.

It was the 12^th Oakshade feature victory for the Ada, Ohio driver. Finishing close behind in third was Ruhlman. Dusty Moore finished fourth with Casey Noonan ending up fifth.

Joe Derbeck opened up an early lead in the UMP Sportsman feature race until Bob Gregory closed in and took the lead on lap eight. Multiple cautions kept the field packed tight behind Gregory throughout the race. Tim Line and Matt Lindsey got up alongside Gregory near the finish for a three-wide battle for the lead. Despite the pressure from Line and
Lindsey all the way to the end, Gregory’s fast car proved too tough to beat in another close finish.

Lindsey placed second with Line third. Joe Smith posted a fourth place finish and Derbeck slipped back to finish fifth.

Curt Lancaster had to pass Josh Sisty twice to get the lead in the first few laps of the UMP Bomber A Main. Lancaster passed Sisty on lap two, but a caution came out and saved the lead for Sisty as the field was lined up the way they completed lap one. Lancaster made short work of getting the lead again after the restart but would only lead one lap.

Tony Tolles charged his way to the front and took the lead on lap three. Last week’s feature winner, Jeff Foks, worked his way into second by lap five. Those two drivers battled for the lead all the way to the finish. Foks dove down the inside of Tolles as they entered the final corner, but Tolles had just enough to hang on and won by a nose in another side by side finish. Foks settled for second followed by Lancaster, Terry Rushlow and Amy Bernard who celebrated a birthday the day before.

Not to be outdone, the youngsters in the Hornet division put on a great race that wasn’t decided until the checkered flag. Sylvania, Ohio’s Drew Smith started on the pole and led from the drop of the green flag. Taylor Dippman worked her way up to second and began to reel in Smith. Dippman caught Smith and made an effort to try to steal the victory
away, but Smith was able to hold on in a close win over Dippman. William Cundick finished third followed by Josh Froelich and Brandon Myers.

Chris Dachenhaus led the entire distance of the UMP Bomber B Main, but had to work for the win. Jeff Geis pressured the Napoleon, Ohio driver for most of the race and made one last move, dropping down to the inside of Dachenhaus in the final corner of the final lap. It wasn’t enough as Dachenhaus powered off of turn four and beat Geis to the checkered flag.
Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. finished third with Gregg Detray and Dan Shaffer rounding out the rest of the top five.

The exciting finishes continued into the UMP Bomber C Main. Shaun Sharp took the lead at the start after starting on the outside of the front row and held that position the entire distance. Scott Robertson made it close at the end, closing in on Sharp toward the finish. Robertson came up short though as Sharp held on to pick up the checkered flag. Dylan Hough came home third with Mike Draper and Mike Grames finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

The final race of Saturday night was the UMP Sport Compact feature which was the only feature not to have an close finish. Derek Morris won’t complain about that as his dominance continued in this new division at Oakshade. He jumped out to the lead at the start and never looked back on the way to his second consecutive feature win. Regan Ford finished second followed by Christopher Whitlock and Stephanie Miller.

Racing action continued on Sunday afternoon with the second of seven 200-lap/2 hour Enduro races this seaon. Brian Ruhlman had things figured out early leading much of the first half of the race, but his luck soon ran out. Several pit stops put him way back in the running order and turned the lead over to Mark Henderson by the halfway point of the race.

Things remained tight among Henderson, Tony Tolles, Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. and Dan Dippman for the last 100 laps of the race. Henderson lost the lead after contact with Brian Ruhlman, who had spun, cut down the left rear on Henderson’s car. Tony Tolles assumed the lead by lap 175 when Henderson pitted to get the tire changed. Tolles got into trouble within the final 25 laps when he spun around in turn two after contact from Dan Dippman. That allowed Henderson to make up some ground and eventually reclaim the lead within 10 laps remaining.

Tolles had fallen back about a straightway behind, but began to close back on Henderson in the final few laps. Tolles just about caught Henderson at the end, but finished about two car-lengths behind Henderson as each driver completed 200 laps. Ron Bloomfield Jr. edged out Jeremy Grover for third with both drivers completing 198 laps. Finishing in fifth, one lap behind Bloomfield and Grover was Dan Dippman.

Racing excitement continues next weekend at Oakshade Raceway with a full racing program on Saturday night of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm and racing starts at 7pm.

Miller Wins Opener at Oakshade Raceway

May 8th, 2012

Race fans were treated to exciting racing action on the season opening Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway, highlighted by Matt Miller’s UMP Late Model feature win.

Defending UMP Late Model Track Champion Rusty Schlenk took the lead at the start of the 25-lap feature after starting on the pole. As Schlenk began to open an early lead over fellow Weston, Ohio driver Josh Scott, Matt Miller was muscling his way toward the front in the Rick Delong Racing number three. Miller worked his way up to second by lap nine and one lap later, Josh Scott and Kevin Reeve fell off the pace and retired to the pits giving up top five runs for both drivers.

The first caution flag flew on lap 11 after Zac Davis spun. Miller then snatched the lead away from Schlenk on the ensuing restart and never looked back. The 1991 track champion went on to win the first UMP Late Model feature of the year.

Andrew Reaume from Blenheim, Ontario Canada had a great run to finish second after starting inside row four. Casey Noonan got by Schlenk to finish third just before the finish with Steve Kester ending up just behind in fifth.

Tim Line won the UMP Sportsman championship at Oakshade Raceway last year and picked up right where he left off with a clean sweep on Saturday night, winning both his heat and the feature event. It was Tim Fisher who led at the start of the feature, but it only took Line three laps to take the race lead after starting on the outside of row three.

Line was the class of the field in a caution-filled UMP Sportsman feature. Despite the field being kept tight with the multiple caution periods, Line managed to open up a lead after each restart on his way to capture the checkered flag. Bob Gregory had a solid run that ended in a second place finish followed by Bruce Stuart and Joe Smith who started way back in 16^th . Tim Fisher recovered from a spin just after halfway to salvage a fifth place finish.

Jeff Geis stacked up the field in the UMP Bomber A Main when he spun in the first turn just after the drop of the green flag. Tony Tolles took advantage of starting on the pole to lead early on. Holland, Ohio’s Jeff Foks charged quickly up through the field and took the lead from Tolles just before a hard crash that involved Satch Crispen, Teri-Lynn Murphy and Dan Shaffer leaving Crispen’s car destroyed after also getting caught up in the first caution with Jeff Geis.

Foks continued to lead and managed to fend off a late race challenge from Craig Dippman who started deep in the field. Dippman dove to the inside of Foks in the final set of corners, but came up short as Foks was first to the checkered flag. Dippman settled for second followed by Terry Rushlow, Curt Lancaster and Danny Hogrefe.

Kevin Murday got bounced around and finally spun out on the first lap of the Hornet feature event resulting in a complete restart. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham opened up an insurmountable lead after the complete restart to win his second feature in a row after picking up his very first feature win in the final race last season. Drew Smith worked his way up to finish second with Josh Froelich third. Brandon Myers and Logan Hough rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Gregg Detray looked to have a strong run in the UMP Bomber B Main, but quickly fell off the pace after leading the first lap. That turned the race lead over to Jake Gamber. Gamber led until a caution flag on lap five slowed the field. Under the caution period, Gamber’s left rear tire went flat, but he stayed on the track and took the green field at the front of the field. Jon Miller took the lead on the restart as Gamber dropped back through the field and eventually pitted. Miller held off Kyle Light to pick up the UMP Bomber B Main victory. Terry Rump took third after starting 10^th and Amy Bernard finished fourth after starting even deeper in 14^th . Zach Tipton was fifth.

Shaun Sharp made a three-wide pass on the outside of Mike Draper and Richard Riffe to take the early lead in the UMP Bomber C Main. Sharp held the lead until Randy Murday from Adrian, Michigan took command on lap seven. Murday led the rest of the way with Sharp settling for a second place finish. Dean Taylor, Richard Riffe and Mike Draper were the rest of the top five finishers.

The final event of the night was the debut of the UMP Sport Compact class which started the night with four cars checked in. Two of those cars were unable to make the start of the inaugural feature event leaving only two drivers to battle for that first ever UMP Sport Compact feature win at Oakshade. That honor went to two-time Hornet champion Derek Morris. Stephanie Miller earned a second-place finish.

Another big weekend of racing is on tap at Oakshade Raceway with a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts on Saturday night. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm. Then on Sunday afternoon, Oakshade will host its second Two-hour/200 lap Enduro race of the year paying $1,000 to the winner. General admission to this event is just $3. Gates open at noon with the race at 2pm.

Rob Liaeff Earns First Checkered Flag of the Year at Oakshade Raceway

May 1st, 2012

Oakshade Raceway officially kicked off the 2012 racing season with a 200-Lap Enduro race on Sunday afternoon after the Bill Reckner Memorial season opener was cancelled due to inclement weather the night before.

Shawn Stamm from Archbold, Ohio marched out to the early lead and maintained the point for most of the first 100 laps. Kelsey Stamm overtook him for the lead by the halfway point of the race as Shawn began to fade. Kelsey led the next 80 laps or so with Rob Liaeff and Mark Henderson not far behind.

With less than 25 laps remaining, Kelsey Stamm’s car began to smoke and slowly lost power. That allowed Liaeff to take the lead with about 10 laps to go. A brief stop in the pits for Kelsey Stamm near the conclusion of the race allowed Mark Henderson to take second.

Rob Liaeff out of Holland, Ohio held off Henderson to take the first checkered flag of the season. Kelsy Stamm limped to a third place finish followed by Ron Bloomfield, Jr. from Luckey, Ohio and Wauseon, Ohio’s Devin Goodman.

Saturday night racing action returns to Oakshade Raceway on May 5, with a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and the debut of the new UMP Sport Compact class. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Dippman Wins $2,000 Enduro at Oakshade

October 7th, 2011

A 37-car, 250 lap Enduro race capped off the 2011 racing season at Oakshade Raceway on Sunday afternoon with Dan Dippman overcoming set backs to win the $2,000 victory.

Rob Liaeff took the lead out of the gate and led the first portion of the race until he got caught up in an accident before lap 50. Shawn Stamm took command of the race after Liaeff’s troubles and led until just past the halfway point of the race when he made a trip to the pits. Brad Gilbert then inherited the lead for a short while until he too had to pit. It was Brian Plotts turn to lead a few laps shortly before the 200 lap mark until Stamm reasserted himself as the leader. Both Stamm and Plotts couldn’t make the entire distance and pulled out of competition in the last 25 laps.

Dan Dippman worked his way to the front after being scored 33^rd on lap 25. A flat tire forced him to the pits late in the race with under 25 to go. Steve Dickman then became the leader and had a lap and a half lead over Dippman by the time he exited the pits. Dickman seemed to be maintaining his advantage but was involved in a big wreck in turn three with less than 10 laps remaining that took him out of the race. Dippman continued on and regained the lead as Dickman could only sit in his car and watch. On the final lap, something became amiss with Dippman’s car. Dippman contemplated pulling in to the pits, but opted to stay out on the track one more lap which happened to be the 250^th lap, earning him the victory in what was a grueling yet exciting Enduro race. Mark Henderson quietly worked his way into a second place finish followed by Chris Williams in third. Steve Dickman had accumulated enough laps to hold on to a fourth place finish with Chris Osborn ending up fifth.

With racing season officially over, Oakshade Raceway will shift gears with the return of the Haunted Hay Rides on Friday and Saturday nights through the end of October starting on October 14^th . Also, the annual Swap Meet is scheduled to take place at the track Saturday, October 15^th starting at 9am. For more details, check out www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Dippman Claims Second Consecutive Oakshade Raceway Bomber Spectacular Win

September 28th, 2011

Craig Dippman had to come from deep in the field to claim his second consecutive Bomber Spectacular victory over some very stout competition at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Dan Plath took the initial lead of the Bomber Spectacular feature event after starting on the outside of the front row over Gregg Detray. The first caution flag flew for Adam Noonan who slowed on the backstretch on the second lap. After the restart, Tim Line was pressuring Plath for the lead when he spun in turn two. Previous Bomber Spectacular winner Jim Scout got caught up in the incident and was done for the night. Back under green flag racing, Dan Plath had to fight off a three-wide battle with Chris Henry and Kyle Light. Henry fell off the pace and came to a stop on the track on lap five to bring out another caution period. With Plath still leading, Light suffered a flat tire and had to pit. Plath then had to contend with Craig Dippman, who started 15^th , and Tony Tolles. Dippman and Tolles finally got by Plath to take over the top two positions on lap eight. Tolles pressured Dippman for the lead for a few laps but after a few more cautions, slipped back to third when Plath got back by. Dippman held on to win with an overheating car. Plath finished second just ahead of Tolles. Jeff Foks started 18^th and climbed up to finish fourth with Dan Bleikamp taking fifth after starting dead last in the 21-car starting line-up.

Rich Ruff had some problems at the start of the UMP Sportsman feature. Ruff got into the rear of B.J. Gregory on the backstretch on the first lap and then ended up in the wall resulting in a complete restart. Joe Derbeck took the initial lead with Tim Fisher trailing behind in second. Bob Krumm lost a right rear wheel on lap three which brought out another caution flag.

Matt Lindsey worked his way up to second by lap six and began to challenge Derbeck for the lead late in the race. Derbeck held on and picked up his first feature win of the year with Lindsey having to settle for second. Tim Line was third followed by Tim Fisher and Bruce Stuart who started in 13^th .

“Sparky Marky” Gillingham became only the fourth different driver of the year pick up a Hornet feature victory in what was his very first feature win ever. Twelve-year-old Gillingham took that lead at the start and never looked back, leading the entire distance. Drew Smith and Taylor Dippman had a great battle for second most of the race which Smith was able to win. Dippman finished third followed by Logan Hough and Brandon Myers.

This weekend is the final weekend of racing for 2011 and Oakshade Raceway is ending it with a full weekend of exciting racing action. Saturday, October 1^st will feature the Fifth Annual Celebrity Charity Race, Topless UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets. It will also be an autograph night with the pits open from 3pm to 5:45pm for fans to meet drivers and get autographs. Come dressed in your Halloween costumes because it is also going to be a Trick-or-Treat night with plenty candy for the kids. Gates open at 3pm with racing at 7pm. Then on Sunday, October 2^nd , there will be a 250 lap or 2.5 hour Enduro Race paying the winner $2,000! Gates open at 12pm with the race starting at 2pm on Sunday. Grandstand tickets are just $3 for the Enduro. For more information, visit www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Keller Earns Sixth Consecutive Win/Henderson Outlasts Enduro Competition at Oakshade Raceway

September 21st, 2011

After rain outs the past couple weeks, Oakshade Raceway was finally host to a full weekend of racing. Three champions were crowned on Butch Hobling Season Championship Night on Saturday and 31 cars took to the track on Sunday afternoon for an exciting 200-Lap Enduro race.

On Saturday, Matt Lindsey appeared to have the car to beat winning his heat convincingly and then opening up a substantial lead in the UMP Sportsman feature over Brice Luttrell. Chris Keller had won the previous five Sportsman features, but had some bad luck earlier in the night and had to race his way into the feature through the last chance race. Although Keller started deep in the field, he worked his way up to third by lap eight. A caution for Rich Ruff’s slowing car on lap 14 tightened
up the field and set up a double-file restart with Chris Keller, who was now second, starting beside race leader Matt Lindsey. Lindsey had a great restart and pulled away from Keller who seemed a bit sluggish getting up to speed. Another caution a couple laps later for debris once again slowed the field and Lindsey surrendered the lead to Keller after mechanical problems forced him to retire to the infield. Keller was able to fend off Tim Line to pick up an incredible sixth consecutive feature win. Line’s second place finish was more than enough to secure his first track championship in the Sportsman division. Bob Gregory finished third followed by Tim Fisher and Rusty Smith.

Todd Silvey started on the pole of the Butch Hobling Season Championship Bomber A Main and led early until Chris Henry took command on lap five. Jim Scout had just gotten by Silvey for second when Terry Rushlow made contact with Silvey, turning Silvey around as they exited turn two which brought out the yellow flag. Scout, who had a comfortable point lead before the race started, pulled up alongside Henry for the double-file restart. The two drivers battled hard for the lead and traded the top spot a couple times until Scout took the position for good after Henry spun while trying to stay with the leader. Scout went on to win his fifth A Main of the year and earned an impressive third straight Bomber Track Champion title. Rushlow finished second with Garry Domoe and Jeff Foks finishing third and fourth respectively. Tony Tolles recovered after an early spin to finish fifth.

The Hornet class had the tightest point battle going into their final event with Derek Morris leading the defending champion Drew Smith by 21 points. Smith did everything he could to try to make up the point differential, leading the entire distance of the feature, but ended up just 17 points short of defending his title. Morris was battling hard with Brandon Myers for second early in the race, but then settled in behind Myers knowing that a third place finish would be enough to win the championship. Myers ended up second with Morris becoming the only two-time champion in the Hornets four year history with his third-place
finish. Dylan Gensler was fourth and Breanna Franks finished fifth in the race.

Curt Lancaster was the early leader in the UMP Bomber B Main with Kyle Light putting the pressure on. The two drivers battled most of the race. After a late caution with only two laps remaining, Light jumped to the outside of Lancaster and got the lead. Light took the checkered flag with Lancaster close behind in second. Josh Sisty was third and Craig Dippman fought his was up to a fourth place finish after starting 19^th . Greg Whitehead ended up fifth.

The racing action continued with the final event of Saturday evening, the UMP Bomber C Main. Craig Strow led the first lap, but Josh McNicol took over the lead on lap two and didn’t look back. McNicol went on to pick up the victory followed by Tim Murphy, Bill Reeves, Wayne Frymire and Rob Kime at the finish.

On Sunday afternoon, Kelsey Stamm led the 200-Lap Enduro competitors onto the track at the start of the event. Chad Zuver quickly took over the lead and Lamar Eby was at the point by lap 25. Rob Liaeff worked his way into the lead by lap 50, but a lengthy stay in the pits would take him out of contention. Shawn Stamm took the lead by lap 75 and held it for at least 50 laps. Matt Koerner was running second at the halfway point of the race, but a fire underneath his car brought out the only red flag of the race and ended his day. Mark Henderson finally got the lead by lap 150, just ahead of Shawn Stamm. Both drivers remained on the same lap the final quarter of the race and battled all the way to the checkered flag. Henderson held on to take the victory with Stamm ending up second. Brad Gilbert climbed his way up through the race from as low as 18^th on lap 25 to finish third. Lamar Eby slipped back to finish fourth with Colin Walker winding up fifth.

There are still some great racing events left for 2011 at Oakshade Raceway with only two weekends of racing left. Saturday, September 24 is the 12^th Annual Bomber Spectacular along with UMP Sportsmen and Hornets in action. Then on Saturday, October 1^st , it is the Fifth Annual Celebrity Charity Race plus topless UMP Late Models, UMP Sportmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm for those Saturday night events. Finally, the Sunday, October 2^nd 200-Lap or 2 Hour Enduro will be now be paying $2,000 to win with race time at 2pm. Check out www.oakshaderaceway.com <http://www.oakshaderaceway.com/ for more information.

Rusty Schlenk capped off an incredible fourth championship season in the UMP Late Model division at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night with a his seventh feature win of the year.

August 30th, 2011

Schlenk grabbed the lead at the start of the 30-lap Season Championship Late Model feature event and led the entire distance. Brad Eitniear, Brian Ruhlman and Steve Kester put on quite a show for the second position with Kester occupying the spot most of the first half of the race. Eitniear and Ruhlman both got by Kester for the second and third positions by the mid point of the race. Kester battled back and got back around both drivers for an impressive second place finish. Ruhlman
finished third for the second straight week with Casey Noonan right behind in fourth which secured him second in the final point standings. Eitniear slipped back to finish fifth.

After wrapping up his second consecutive Oakshade Raceway Championship, Rusty Schlenk now has his sights set on a second consecutive UMP National Late Model Championship. He currently sits in second in a tight point battle with Ryan Unzicker.

Tim Fisher started on the outside of the front row in the UMP Sportsman feature and led the first lap. Fisher slipped up high in turn two opening the door for the Oakshade Sportsman point leader, Tim Line, to duck on by for the lead. Line stretched his advantage for a bit, but Fisher and Chris Keller began to close back in. Fisher regained the lead on lap 12, but a caution for Eric Bradner’s spin reverted the field back to the running order on lap 11 allowing Line to maintain the top spot. On the ensuing restart, Fisher dropped down low to challenge for the lead and ended up spinning out in turn two to bring out another caution.
This was the first in a string of caution periods that continued to keep the field stuck on lap 11. Eventually a few green flag laps allowed Keller to take the lead from Line. Another late caution as the time limit expired set up a one lap shootout to the finish in which Keller held on to pick up his fifth consecutive feature win. Line settled for a second place finish followed by Joe Derbeck and Mike Jessen who started 16^th . Bob Mayer finished fifth.

A big wreck at the start of the UMP Bomber A Main resulted in a complete restart with a bit of a jumbled line up after pole-sitter Fred Burtch spun on the backstretch and stacked up the field behind him. Craig Dippman moved up to the pole for the restart and led the first lap. Dippman’s great run was short-lived as he spun in turn two on the second lap while leading which brought out another yellow flag. Jeff Geis assumed the lead with Jeff Foks in second. Foks eventually got alongside Geis for the lead and both drivers battled side by side for a few laps until Foks finally got the advantage on lap six. Foks went on to post his second consecutive feature win and his third of the year. Tony Tolles and Jim Scout got by Geis to finish second and third respectively with Chris Henry ending up fifth.

Derek Morris continued his domination in Oakshade’s Hornet class earning his sixth feature win of the year. Morris took command after starting on the pole with Brandon Myers in pursuit. Myers great run was cut short in a scary incident with Tyler Grames. Myers was looking to the outside of the lapped car driven by Grames when it suddenly veered right in front of Myers and the two drivers made hard contact. That brought out the red flag as emergency crews checked on Grames. Once racing resumed, Morris was able to hold off a late challenge from Drew Smith to pick up the checkered flag. Smith settled for second followed by “Sparky Marky” Gillingham, Logan Hough and Regan Ford.

Kyle Light, Rick Dixon and Josh Sisty battled three-wide for the lead at the start of the UMP Bomber B Main. Light led the first lap, but Dixon found his way to the front by lap two. Sisty’s top five run ended early when he spun in turn two on lap four which brought out the yellow flag. At least four more caution periods kept things tight and set up an exciting final lap. Dixon was continuing to lead late in the race, but Chris Sands got by on the last lap. Sands led Dixon into turn three and Dixon got into the rear of Sands which turned him around. Dixon then got turned around himself when another car tagged him in the rear in turn four. Garry Domoe drove through the carnage and came off turn four with the lead and picked up the feature win. Kyle Light came back to finish second followed by Dan Plath and Satch Crispen. Josh Sisty drove back through the field to end up fifth.

The final event of the night, the UMP Bomber C Main, rolled out onto the track next. A great battle for the lead between Justin Gamber and Nick Fenner highlighted the early race action. Gamber was able to lead the first two laps, but slipped up high coming off turn four which allowed Fenner drive under him into the lead. Gamber slipped back through the running order, but became a factor again late in the race and he recovered back to second. Fenner was able to hang on to pick up his second C Main win of the year. Following Gamber in second was Charles Stuckey, Tim Zuver and Marty Bloomer.

The great racing action continues at Oakshade Raceway on Labor Day weekend with the final American Late Model Series show paying $2,000 to the winner of the UMP Late Model feature. Also in action will be the UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber and Hornet classes. Gates open at 4pm with racing beginning promptly at 7pm.

Schlenk Notches Sixth Win of Year at Oakshade

August 22nd, 2011

Defending UMP Late Model National Champion Rusty Schlenk notched another feature victory at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night in an effort to repeat his Oakshade national championship and the Oakshade track championship.

Schlenk has all but sewn up the Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model Track Championship with a commanding lead going into the final point event coming up in next weekend’s UMP Late Model Season Championship Night. Schlenk still has a little work to do in securing a second UMP National Championship. He currently sits second in the national standings.

Winner of one of the Dual Push Truck Challenge feature events last week, Schlenk started on the outside of the front row and immediately took control of the feature event ahead of Oak Harbor, Ohio’s Curtis Deisenroth. Zac Calkins lost a drive shaft to bring out the first caution flag on lap number two. Shortly after the restart, Deisenroth spun and collected Brian Ruhlman in a hard head-on collision. Both drivers went to the pits, but only Ruhlman rejoined competition just before the field went back to green. Schlenk went on to pick up his sixth Oakshade feature win of the year and Casey Noonan kept fairly close and earned a second place finish. Brian Ruhlman charged back through the field after restarting at the tail earlier in the race to secure third. Devin Shiels was fourth with Dusty Moore finishing fifth.

Chris Keller has come alive the second half of the season and earned his fourth consecutive UMP Sportsman feature win of the year. Keller had to duck under pole-sitter Bob Gregory to take the lead on lap one. Despite a very close call trying to lap Eric Bradner, Keller went on to what appeared to be an easy victory in the caution-free race. Bruce Stuart finished second and point leader Tim Line was third. Last year’s champion Mike Jessen followed Line for fourth with Bob Gregory slipping back to a fifth place finishing position.

Jeff Foks grabbed the lead at the start of the UMP Bomber A Main. Point leader Jim Scout was working toward the front when contact from Chris Henry turned him around in turn two early in the race. Scout managed to keep going with no caution flag, but fell to the back of the running order. The first and only caution flag flew near the finish of the race when Chris Dachenhaus, Chris Howard and Chuck Leininger wrecked in turn four. That would tighten things up with just a couple laps left. Foks held off Rick Dixon to pick up his second A Main win of the year. Adam Noonan and Garry Domoe finished third and fourth respectively and had a slight post-race altercation on the track. Chris Henry finished fifth.

Taylor Dippman led the early laps of the Hornet feature event until she suffered a flat right front tire. That allowed Derek Morris to take over the race lead. Morris went on to pick up his seventh feature win of the year and his fifth in a row. He also took over the Hornet point lead from Drew Smith who retired from the race early. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham finished second ahead of Brandon Myers, Logan Hough and William Cundick.

Jeff Geis opened up a big lead early in the UMP Bomber B Main over John Gamber who pulled off the track to the pits on lap two. Fred Burtch closed in on Geis, but could not mount a challenge as Geis went on to take the checkered flag. Burtch settled for second with Donvan Paskan winding up in third. Roscoe Stetten and Justin Gamber rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

The UMP Bomber C Main once again produced one of the night’s most exciting finishes. Dylan Herman took the lead after starting on the pole. Dan Plath was in a battle for second when he suffered a flat tire and headed to the pits. Joe Heffner was running second when he made contact with the lapped car of Jacob Dickman allowing Jamie Grochowski to take over the position. Grochowski closed in on Herman for the lead on the final lap and the two drivers made significant contact as they crossed the finish line with Herman taking the win by a few feet. Randy pickles started near the back of the field and finished third followed by Joe Heffner and Devin Goodman.

Saturday, August 27^th is Season Championship Night for the UMP Late Models at Oakshade Raceway. The UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber and Hornet divisions will also be in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Schlenk and Scott Dual Push Truck Challenge Winners

August 16th, 2011

Rusty Schlenk picked up his fifth Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model feature win in the first Dual Push Truck Challenge feature event on Saturday night with Josh Scott finally getting his first ever Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model feature win in the second feature.

Schlenk started on the outside of the front row in the first 25-lap feature and immediately grabbed the lead over Rick Delong at the drop of the green flag. Jon Henry worked his way up to second by lap six, but Schlenk had already opened up a full straightaway lead. Henry was unable to close the gap as the race went caution-free all the way to the checkered flag, netting Schlenk his fifth win of the year as he continues to lead the point standings with only a couple weekends of Oakshade point racing left. Henry settled for second followed by Casey Noonan in third. Noonan is second in points and trails Schlenk by 152. Brian Ruhlman finished fourth and Dona Marcoullier drove up to fifth after starting 12^th .

Schlenk drew for a 10-car invert for the start of the second Dual Push Truck Challenge feature race forcing him to start mid-pack. Benefiting from the invert were Matt Lindsey and Josh Scott who started ended up on the front row. Scott assumed the lead at the start but had to work hard to maintain that position due to a multiple caution periods. After one caution for a Zac Davis spin, Scott drove too hard into turns one and two on the restart and slid way up high allowing a bunch of cars to get by. Luckily for Scott an incident involving Ryan Missler and Donnie Marcoullier brought out the yellow flag before another lap was complete. That reset the field to the lineup of the previous restart with Scott still at the point. Scott didn’t make the same mistake of over driving his car and held off Rusty Schlenk to capture his very first Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model feature win. Casey Noonan finished third once again followed by Devin Shiels and Brian Ruhlman.

Bob Gregory started on the pole of the UMP Sportsman feature and led until outside pole-sitter Bob Mayer went by on the outside on lap five. Mayer’s lead was short-lived as Chris Keller, winner of both Sportsman Twin 25 feature two weeks ago, took control on lap seven. Keller pulled away to wrap up his third feature win in a row. Gregory moved back up to finish second with Tim Fisher third. Mayer slipped back to finish fourth with Bruce Stuart fifth.

Chris Henry charged to the front of the UMP Bomber A Main after starting inside row two and appeared to have a car to beat, but he fell off the pace in turn four on the third lap. Henry coasted to the pits and was done for the night. Benefiting from Henry’s misfortune was Danny Hogrefe who inherited the lead. Tony Tolles pressured Hogrefe and both drivers battled side by side for a while exchanging the lead. Terry Rushlow and Jeff Foks closed in and joined the battle for the lead. Rushlow finally took the lead on lap nine and went on to hold off Foks to pick up the checkered flag. Tolles finished third with Bomber point leader Jim Scout ending up fourth. Hogrefe fell back to finish fifth.

William Cundick started the Oakshade Hornet feature a little early from his inside row two starting position and led the field to turn one as the field took the green flag. A caution for Sharlene Reeves slowed things early in the race and Cundick served his penalty for passing before the start. The driver everyone chased the remainder of the race was Derek Morris who went on to win his fourth feature in a row with closed him to within five points of Hornet point leader Drew Smith who had mechanical issues earlier in the night. Cundick recovered to finish second ahead of Brandon Myers, Regan Ford and Cody Stetten.

An action-packed Bomber B Main capped off the evenings racing program. Fred Burtch led the first half of the race and even survived an incident that just about took him and the second place car of Steve Morris when a lapped car came back on the track out the infield just in front of them. Both drivers spun, but Burtch kept going and was able to maintain his position as the yellow flag flew for Morris. Chris Sands passed Burtch for the lead on another restart as Burtch slipped to third. More cautions kept the field tight and allowed Morris to get back up to challenge for the lead. Morris was able to get by Sands for the lead after one restart, but some contact with Sands sent him spinning down the backstretch. Sands survived the race to pick up the victory over Brian Plotts, Satch Crispen, Shaun Sharp and Scott Robertson.

Another full racing program is on tap for Saturday, August 20 featuring UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing starting at 7pm.

Keller Sweeps Twin 25′s at Oakshade

August 2nd, 2011

Chris Keller made a clean sweep of the Oakshade Raceway Sportsman Twin 25′s on Saturday night with impressive wins in both 25-lap feature events.

Last week’s Sportsman feature winner, Bruce Stuart, started on the pole and led the first half of the race. An incident that involved Billy Brown and Bob Krumm on the backstretch brought out the caution flag on lap nine. Keller was third on the restart behind race leader Bruce Stuart and Mike Jessen. A few laps later, Keller took the lead and didn’t look back as he went on to pick up his first feature win of the year. Stuart finished second with Tim Fisher in third after starting 15th. Tim Line and Joe Derbeck rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

The Sportsmen drivers would then got a break before the second 25-lap feature as the UMP Late Model and Bomber A Main were run before they came back on the track.

J.R. Hotovy grabbed the early lead in the UMP Late Model feature, but pole-sitter Casey Noonan battled back and after a couple laps of side by side racing, Noonan finally took the top spot. After stretching out a bit of the lead over the rest of the field, Noonan began to feel pressure from Jon Henry who had closed in by lap 14. Henry assumed the lead just as the caution flag flew for an incident involving Dan Wallace on lap 19. Rusty Schlenk worked his way up to the second position by lap 20 after starting 16^th , but Henry was able to fend him off to pick up his fourth Oakshade feature win of the year. Schlenk settled for second ahead of Noonan, Hotovy and Josh Scott.

Next on the track was the UMP Bomber A Main. Jeff Foks Jr. celebrated the birth of his daughter earlier in the week and led most of the feature race after starting on the pole. Last week’s A Main winner Danny Hogrefe spun on lap six to bring out the first yellow flag of the race. Bomber point leader Jim Scout worked up to second by lap nine and then closed in on Foks.

Scout got to the inside of Foks with just two laps to go, but a crazy series of events on the final lap completely changed the complexion of the race. The caution flag flew for a debris on the track and at the same time, Jeff Foks and Jim Scout both spun entering turn three. Also caught up in the incident was the third place car of Tony Tolles. All three had to restart at the tail. Terry Rushlow suddenly found himself as the leader, but Chris Henry took the lead on the backstretch on the final lap. Rushlow battled back to his inside in turn four and won the drag race back to the checkered flag to pick up his first feature win of the year. Henry finished second and Jeff Geis closed to within 13 points on Jim Scout in the point standings with his third place finish. Curt Lancaster was fourth with Adam Noonan finishing fifth.

The UMP Sportsman were set to battle for another 25 laps next and Chris Keller had drawn for 10 cars to be inverted for the start, which meant he would be starting in the middle of the field. The invert put Rusty Smith on the pole and he took advantage by leading the first eight laps of the race. Keller marched all the way up to second by lap six. Mike Jessen spun on lap eight to bring out the caution flag and Keller took the lead just after the restart. He began to open up his lead, but another spin by James Fox tightened up the field on lap 19. Point leader Tim Line got to restart in second right behind Keller, but Keller was able to hang on to win his second feature of the night. Line was second followed by Tim Fisher, Bruce Stuart and Bob Gregory.

Derek Morris continued his dominant streak in the Oakshade Hornet class with his third feature win in a row to close to within 29 points on Drew Smith in the point standings. Morris started on the outside of the front row and led the entire distance with Smith settling for second. Brandon Myers, “Sparky Marky” Gillingham and Logan Hough had a good battle for third with Gillingham coming out on top to finish third. Hough was fourth and Myers ended up fifth.

Great feature racing action continued with the UMP Bomber B Main that featured Karl Spoores, Chuck Leininger and Kyle Light three-wide for the lead on the first lap. Spoores eventually came out on top of that battle and Light ended up spinning on lap six to bring out a caution. Spoores held on to win his first feature of the year followed by Jim Remley, Chris Dachenhaus, Steve Morris and Chuck Leininger.

Fred Burtch held off an early challenge from Josh Sisty in the UMP Bomber C Main, but that victory was short-lived. Mark Shultz drew a caution flag on lap two after stopping on the track. Sisty took advantage and snatched the lead away from Burtch on the restart. Sisty opened up a bit of the lead, but Burtch began to chip away at it and reeled in Sisty on the final lap. Sisty was able to hang on to pick up the victory with Burtch finishing a close second. Tommy Wilhelm was third followed by Craig Holland and Tim McNicol.

Oakshade Raceway continues to be the best value for your racing dollar with the American Late Model Series event highlighting the August 6^th racing program. $2,000 will be awarded to the Late Model feature winner. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets will also be in action. Gates will open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Shlenks Sets Blistering Pace To Oakshade Feature Win

July 27th, 2011

A heavy downpour shortly before race time at Oakshade Raceway delayed the start of racing, but it didn’t dampen the smiles on at least 46 kids who went home with new wheels (bicycles, tricycles, scooters, etc.) on the “Night of Wheels.” It also made for some extremely fast racing with Rusty Schlenk finding his way to victory lane for the fourth time this year at Oakshade.

Brian Ruhlman won his heat race convincingly earlier in the night and started on the pole of the UMP Late Model feature. He darted out to the lead over Josh Scott leaving Scott to battle with Schlenk for second. Schlenk disposed of Scott and then tracked down Ruhlman making the pass for the lead on lap five. Schlenk led the rest of the way with Jon Henry trying to reel him in the last half of the race. Henry ended up in second with Ruhlman slipping back to finish third. Ryan Missler was fourth and Rick Delong was fifth.

Tim Line led early in an ugly UMP Sportsman feature event that was marred by multiple wrecks, including one that involved half the field. Tim Fisher and Brice Luttrell got together on lap three which stacked things up behind them in one of the incidents. Bruce Stuart got by Line for the lead on the restart, but the yellow would fly on lap four for an incident involving seven cars. The big wreck happened one lap later that just about blocked the entire track exiting turn two with 10 cars. Stuart survived to pick up his first feature win of the season with point leader Tim Line finishing second. The rest of the top five were Mike Jessen, Joe Derbeck and George Lindsey.

Tony Tolles passed Danny Hogrefe off turn two on the first lap to take the lead in the UMP Bomber A Main. The first yellow flag came out on lap six when Greg Whitehead spun in turn three and collected five other cars. A couple laps after the restart, Hogrefe went by Tolles on the outside to regain the lead and managed to fend off Tolles and Chris Henry to earn his first A Main feature win of the year. Henry got by Tolles for second. Finishing behind Tolles in fourth was Joe Overmyer and Jim Scout, who started back in 16^th .

The only feature race to go completely caution free was the one for drivers 18 and under. Sporting a new number, Derek Morris got by Logan Hough for the early lead in the Hornet feature race and never looked back. Morris went on to pick up his fourth feature win of the year and closed to within 31 points on point leader Drew Smith who mustered a fourth place finish after started last. Logan Hough finished second with pole-sitter Troy Schalitz winding up third. Brandon Myers was the fifth place finisher.

Joe Heffner started on the pole of the UMP Bomber B Main, but his night was cut short after spinning on the exit of turn two in front of the entire field. Most cars were able to get by, but Derek Dusseau, who was further back in the field, plowed hard into Heffner. That ended both drivers’ night. Dan Bleikamp led the entire distance of another caution-filled feature and held off Steve Morris and Josh Montague on a one-lap shootout finish after the race time limit had expired. Morris was involved in one of the earlier cautions and had to restart at the tail, but worked his way back to a second place finish followed by Montague, Fred Burtch and Shaun Sharp.

The Sportsman Twin 25′s will be the featured event on Saturday, July 30 at Oakshade Raceway with two 25-lap feature events. UMP Late Models, UMP Bombers and Hornets will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with Racing at 7pm.

Babb Wins Summer Nationals Finale at Oakshade Raceway

July 20th, 2011

Shannon Babb, from Moweaqua, Illinois, picked up his sixth consecutive DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals win in front of a jam-packed crowd at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. It was the final event of the series in which Babb was crowned champion in addition to picking up the $10,000 check from Oakshade for winning the 13^th Annual Birthday Race.

Donnie Moran out of Dresden, Ohio started on the pole and fended off the challenge from Babb the first seven laps of the 60-lap Birthday Race feature. After a few laps of side by side racing, Babb finally took command of the race on lap eight. The first and only caution flag flew on lap 13 after Casey Noonan spun coming out of turn four.

The final 47 laps were all green flag racing and Babb pulled away from Moran after the restart to a sizable lead. Jeep Van Wormer worked his way past Moran into second and began to make up ground on Babb as Babb fought through slower traffic at the tail of the field. Just past the halfway point in the race, Van Wormer had eliminated the straightaway advantage Babb had opened up to close to within a car-length. That was as close as it would get. Van Wormer faded back just a bit after Babb changed up the line he was running through the corners and went on to cap off his championship run in the 2011 “Hell Tour” with another feature victory. Van Wormer settled for second with Carpentersville, Illinois’ Dennis Erb, Jr. finishing third. Moran slipped back to finish fourth and last week’s feature winner John Henry came home fifth.

Oakshade Raceway was also host to the final event in the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. Zach Schroeder started on the outside of the front row of the 25-lap feature event and led the entire distance. Brian Ruhlman worked his way quickly up to the second position by lap four after starting 11^th . Jeff Sayles had a top five run going until he spun on lap to bring out the second yellow flag of the race. Ruhlman jumped to the outside of Schroeder to challenge for the lead after the restart, but Schroeder held him off and began to stretch his advantage while working through lapped traffic. Schroeder went on to pick up the checkered flag followed by Ruhlman and Tyler Boggs. Brent Hole finished fourth and Brad Roberts wound up fifth after starting 16^th .

Two drivers have monopolized all but one feature win in the Oakshade Hornet division this year and both drew front row starting positions for the feature on Saturday night. Derek Morris and Drew Smith immediately battled for the lead once the green flag dropped. Morris had the advantage, but Smith drove hard underneath Morris going into turn one on the second lap and slid up in front of Morris. Morris then ducked back under Smith in turn two and maintained the lead. Morris went on to pick up his third feature win of the year with Smith settling for second. Closing in on the leaders near the finish was third place finisher Brandon Myers. Dylan Gensler was fourth and Breanna Franks rounded out the top five.

Next Saturday at Oakshade Raceway, it is the “Night of Wheels.” In addition to a full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, UMP Bombers and Hornets, a bunch of lucky kids will win free bikes to take home with them. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Jeff Foks Tops Bomber Bash Competition at Oakshade

July 13th, 2011

The UMP Bomber division took center stage Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway with the 20-lap M&K Metals Bomber Bash with Jeff Foks taking the $500 pay day.

Dan Bleikamp grabbed the initial lead after starting on the outside of the front row. A spin by Tim Line brought out the yellow flag on lap six which tightened up the field for the double-file restart. Jeff Foks darted out past Bleikamp for the lead just after the restart. Chris Henry worked his way up to second before getting crossed up in turn two and collecting last week’s feature winner, Jim Scout. Henry was able to continue on without stopping and maintained his track position.

Jeff Foks continued to extend his lead until a late caution with three laps to go tightened things up for one final restart with Dan Bleikamp and Chris Henry right behind. Foks went on to pick his first Bomber A Main feature win of the year. Henry won a hard fought battle with Bleikamp for the second finishing position. Tony Tolles started 14^th and ended up fourth followed by Danny Hogrefe in fifth.

In a warm up for next week’s 13^th Annual Birthday Race, Alan Vochaska from South Haven, Michigan took the early lead in the UMP Late Model feature over Steve Kester. Last week’s feature winner Jon Henry closed in and began to put pressure on Vochaska. The two drivers fought side by side until Henry finally got by on lap nine. For the second week in a row, Henry took the easy victory. Vochaska held on to finish second followed by Brian Ruhlman, Casey Noonan and Rusty Schlenk.

The UMP Sportsman feature had a hard time getting the first lap completed and eventually after multiple attempts, the field was lined up for a single-file start. One lap was finally in the books when another yellow flag flew for a spin by James Fox. B.J. Gregory took the lead from Chris Keller on the restart and held it until Tim Fisher took command on lap four. Fisher never looked back and drove away to his first feature win of the year. Keller got back by Gregory to finish second. Rusty Smith started 21^st and roared his way up to a fourth place finish. Last week’s winner Tim Line finished fifth.

Defending Hornet Track Champion Drew Smith continued his dominance this season by picking up his fifth Hornet feature win of the year over Derek Morris, “Sparky Marky” Gillingham, Breanna Frank and Cody Stetten.

Adam Noonan had a rough time winning the UMP Bomber B Main overcoming at least one big set back which came at the beginning of the race after he jumped two positions before the start. The resulting penalty was four positions, forcing him back to fifth after a first-lap caution. Chris Dachenhaus was the initial leader until he pushed up high in turn four on the second lap, losing the lead briefly to Scott Robertson. Dachenhaus reclaimed the lead and had a great battle with Noonan who had worked his way back to the front. The two drivers battled side by side for a few laps with Noonan eventually getting the lead. Dachenhaus’s great run came to an end when he spun on lap six while running in second. Amy Clair made a late race charge on Noonan, but Noonan held on to pick up the victory. Clair finished second followed by Josh Montague, Kyle Light and Dean Taylor.

The UMP Bomber C Main produced the night’s most dramatic finish. Gabe Mueller led the majority of the race and looked strong in the beginning, but appeared to be getting a bit loose as the race progressed. That allowed Nick Fenner to pressure Mueller for the lead in the closing laps. Mueller appeared to have things locked up as they took the white flag, but had the rear end step out on him in turn four with the checkered flag in sight. Fenner took advantage and ducked to the inside of Mueller as they exited turn four and won the drag race to the finish line by just inches to pick up the exciting win. Following Mueller’s
second place finish was Dylan Hough in third, Derek Dusseau in fourth and Craig Strow in fifth.

Oakshade Raceway hosts the highly anticipated 13^th Annual Birthday Race/DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals Finale for the UMP Late Models in addition to the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Finale and Oakshade Hornets. Gates will be open from 11am to 12am on Friday, July 15 for campers and those wishing to put blankets or plastic down to save seats for Saturday’s racing. Everyone coming in Friday must purchase a ticket or pit pass for Saturday. Gates will open at 10am on Saturday morning and the pits will be open for everyone up until 4pm to meet drivers and get autographs. A pit pass will be required after 4pm to remain in the pits. Racing will begin at 7:45pm. For more information, please visit www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Jon Henry Dominates Memorial Night Competition at Oakshade Raceway

July 5th, 2011

Jon Henry put on a clinic Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway, dominating the Memorial Night UMP Late Model feature.

Henry started on the pole of the 30-lap feature and immediately opened up a large lead over Rick Delong and the drop of the green flag. The Ada, Ohio driver had and half lap advantage over the rest of the field as he began working through lapped traffic on the way to the checkered flag. Not only did Henry earn his second feature win of the year, but he pocketed all 30 laps worth of Memorial Night lap sponsorship money that went to the leader of each lap.

A great battle ensued a good distance behind Henry for the second position with Rick Delong trying to fend off all contenders. Alan Vochaska and Josh Scott mounted a late race challenge for the position and both got be Delong to finish second and third respectively. Delong slipped back to a fourth place finish followed by Casey Noonan in fifth. The Memorial Night UMP Sportsman feature was another race highlighted by a dominating performance. Tim Line started on the outside of the front row and took the lead at the start. It was a lead he would not relinquish as he led the entire distance on his way to his first feature win of the year. The only caution flag came out on lap three after Scott Mackenzie smacked the front stretch wall.

Another great battle for the second position went on for a good part of the race between Tim Fisher, B.J. Gregory and George Lindsey who were three-wide at times. In the end Gregory took the second finishing position just ahead of Fisher and Lindsey. Mike Jessen started 11^th and worked his way up to a fifth place finish.

Tim Line had to make a quick switch after winning the UMP Sportsman feature to get into his Bomber for UMP Bomber A Main where he would start on the pole. Line took advantage of the great starting position and racked up some more Memorial Night lap sponsorship money leading the first part of the race. Closing in on Line was defending track champion Jim Scout. The two drivers battled side by side for several laps with Scout edging out the lead by lap seven. Eventually Scout was able to clear Line and began to extend the lead on the way to his fourth feature win of the year. Jeff Foks got by line at the checkered flag to finish second pushing Line back to third. Tony Tolles and Jeff Geis Started 12^th and 11^th respectively and rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Brandon Myers led the first lap of the Hornet feature with Drew Smith quickly closing in. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham spun in turn three to bring out the yellow flag just after completing the first lap. Smith took advantage, snatching the lead away from Myers on the restart. Smith looked to be on his way to another feature win, but Derek Morris made a last lap pass to lock up his second feature win of the year. Smith settled for a second place finish with Brandon Myers taking third.

Danny Hogrefe grabbed the lead away from Greg Whitehead on the fifth lap of a caution-filled UMP Bomber B Main and began to pull away. Adam Noonan started deep in the field and closed on Hogrefe near the conclusion of the race, but Hogrefe was able to hang on for his third Bomber B Main victory of the year. Noonan settled for second followed by Garry Domoe, Greg Whitehead and Kyle Light.

Curt Lancaster started at the back of the UMP Bomber C Main and wasted no time getting to the front. Lancaster got into Scott Robertson and moved him out of the way for the lead coming out of turn four on the very first lap. Lancaster had the field covered and went on take the checkered flag. Mike Grames came across the finish line second but did not pass post-race inspection and was disqualified. Shaun Sharp, Dylan Hough, Tom Hannah and Dylan Herman were the rest of the top five finishers.

Oakshade Raceway will host the M&K Metals Bomber Bash on Saturday, July 9 paying $500 to the winner of the UMP Bomber A Main. UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and Hornets will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Eddie Carrier Jr. Wins Barney Oldfield Race With Last Lap Pass At Oakshade

June 28th, 2011

Oakshade Raceway hosted the 22^nd Annual Barney Oldfield Race on Saturday night that drew competitors from all across the region to compete for the $4,700 paycheck. It was the first time Salt Rock, West Virginia’s Eddie Carrier Jr. had visited the 3/8 mile dirt oval and he game away with a last lap pass Barney Oldfield win, a lot of new fans and a great appreciation of Oakshade Raceway.

It was Casey Noonan who looked strong at the start of the 40-lap Barney Oldfield UMP Late Model feature. He darted out to a large lead over Mike Bores after starting on the outside of the front row. The only caution flag flew on lap eight after Bores and Brad Eitniear tangled on the backstretch.

That tightened up the field for a double-file restart in which Andrew Reaume from Blenheim, Ontario Canada took advantage of. Reaume proceeded to open a significant lead over the rest of the field and looked strong for most of the race. Once Reaume caught the traffic at the tail end of the lead lap, he seemed to struggle just a bit. His lead began to dwindle as Casey Noonan began to close late in the race.

Eddie Carrier Jr. smoothly worked his way toward the front, getting by Noonan for second with just a few laps left. Reaume took the white flag as the leader, but Carrier made an exciting last lap pass on the backstretch to steal the victory away. Reaume’s fantastic run ended with a second place finish. Noonan settled for third. Curtis Roberts was fourth and Steve Casebolt was fifth. Matt Miller started 18^th after transferring in through one of the consolation races and ended up sixth.

Bruce Stuart took the early lead in the UMP Sportsman feature event. Tim Line and Rusty Smith made it a three-wide battle with Stuart for the lead. Smith would win that battle and took command by lap three. Line took second and pressured Smith much of the race before getting held up by a lapped car. That allowed Smith to open up a slight advantage that line could not overcome in the caution-free race. It was Rusty Smith’s first feature win of the year. Tim Line, Bruce Stuart, Joe Derbeck and
Matt Lindsey were the rest of the top five finishers.

Jeff Geis got a good start in the UMP Bomber A Main and had fend off defending Oakshade Bomber Champion Jim Scout for most of the race. Scout finally made the pass for the lead with three laps to go, but Geis re-assumed the top spot on the next lap just as the caution flew for and incident involving Danny Hogrefe and Steve Morris. Geis held on the final two laps to pick up his first Bomber A Main win of the year. Jeff Foks got by Scout to finish second. Scout slipped back to third, but regained the Bomber point lead after Terry Rushlow had an engine let go earlier in the evening. Curt Lancaster and Adam Noonan finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Sparky Marky Gillingham started on the pole of the Hornet feature event and led most of the first lap, but Drew Smith took the lead away just before they completed one lap. Brandon Myers and Derek Morris briefly closed in on Smith before Smith pulled away and went on to pick up his fourth feature win of the year. Morris got by Myers to finish second. Finishing fourth behind Myers was Gillingham with William Cundick taking fifth in a borrowed ride.

The final event of the night was the UMP Bomber B Main and it produced another exciting finish between Ron Tolles and Chris Howard. The race started off poorly after Craig Strow got turned around in the very first corner and created a big mess that involved Terry Rump, Brad Brehm, Jon Miller and Joe Heffner. Chris Howard took over the race lead from Scott Robertson on lap two and led much of the caution-filled race. Ron Tolles closed in on Howard and won the drag race off turn four as they were coming to the checkered flag to win his first feature of the year. Robertson held on to finish third with Perry Cox, who started very deep in the field, winding up fourth. Josh Sisty finished fifth.

Saturday, July 2 is Memorial Night at Oakshade Raceway featuring a full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schlenk Pockets $2,000 ALMS Pay Day at Oakshade Raceway

June 22nd, 2011

For the second week in a row, some last lap heroics helped Rusty Schlenk notch another UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade Raceway on Leupp Outdoor Equipment Night.

Jon Henry started on the pole of the Leupp Outdoor Equipment American Late Model Series (ALMS) feature event and after disposing of Dusty Moore went on to open a commanding lead over the rest of the field. Schlenk got by Matt Miller and Dusty Moore to move up to second and then began to chip away at the half-lap lead Henry had built. A late race caution tightened up the field for a restart with just two laps remaining. Schlenk capitalized on the opportunity by jumping to the outside of the ALMS point leader for the race lead on the final lap. For the second time in as many weeks, Schlenk led only one lap, but it was the lap that counted. Schlenk picked up his third Oakshade feature win of the year and a $2,000 ALMS pay day. Henry, in a special coloring contest paint scheme, settled for a second place finish. Jeep Van Wormer got by Dusty Moore late in the race to finish third and Matt Miller wound up fifth.

It was family battle early in the Leupp Outdoor Equipment UMP Sportsman feature between Bob Gregory and B.J. Gregory as the two drivers battled side by side for the lead in the first part of the race. George Lindsey was quietly working his way up toward the front and took second by lap 12 and then got to the inside of B.J. Gregory for the race lead one lap later. A late caution with three laps to go for Jerry Urbanowski’s spin bunched up the field for the restart and allowed B.J. Gregory one last shot at the lead, but Lindsey’s car was just too strong and he picked up his second feature win of the year. B.J. Gregory held on to finish second with defending track champion Mike Jessen taking third. Bob Gregory slipped back to fourth and Bruce Stuart came home fifth.

The Leupp Outdoor Equipment UMP Bomber A Main featured another great battle for the lead for much of the race. An early caution for a Chris Henry spin reset the field for a double-file restart with Jeff Geis leading. Jim Scout got by Jeff Foks for second and then moved to the outside of Geis to challenge for the lead. Scout led lap three, but Geis reclaimed the top spot two laps later as the two drivers continued racing side by side and exchanging the lead. Geis was stronger running the inside so Scout tried to move down to the bottom after regaining the lead so that Geis would have to try to pass on the high side. That move worked and earned Scout his third UMP Bomber A Main win of the year and moved him back to within six points of Bomber point leader Terry Rushlow. Jeff Foks edged out Geis at the finish to take second. Joe Overmyer ended up fourth followed by Adam Noonan in fifth.

Drew Smith dominated the Leupp Outdoor Equipment Hornet feature event to pick up his third feature win of the year. Brandon Myers appeared to have a fast car but drove a bit too deep into turn one and over-corrected into the side of Regan Ford to bring out a caution on lap two which ended Myers’ night. Ford continued on without stopping. Sharlene Reeves brought out another caution flag for a spin on lap three. From then on it was smooth sailing for Drew Smith who went on to the easy victory over Taylor Dippman, William Cundick, Breanna Franks and Cody Stetten.

Scott Robertson grabbed the early lead in the UMP Bomber B Main but fell off the pace coming off turn four just as he was about to complete the first lap. That turned the lead over to Ron Tolles. Danny Hogrefe closed in and pressured Tolles for the lead by lap four. Hogrefe took the lead on the inside of Tolles just as Tom Hough was spinning right in front of the leaders. Another late caution with Hogrefe leading allowed Tolles one last attempt to take the lead. Tolles got to the inside of Hogrefe and the two drivers were side by side as the white flag waved. Hogrefe was able to hold off Tolles for the win. Donovan Paskan finished third with John Gamber fourth. Chris Howard started 17^th and worked his way up to a fifth place finish.

Oakshade Raceway will host the 22^nd Annual Barney Oldfield Race for UMP Late Models paying $4,700 to the winner on Saturday, June 25. UMP Sportsman, UMP Bombers and Hornets will also be in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing starting at 7pm.

Schlenk and Williams Weekend Winners at Oakshade

June 14th, 2011

Rusty Schlenk made a last lap pass to win his second UMP Late Model feature at Oakshade Raceway on Wallace Racing night on Saturday and Chris Williams won the 200-lap enduro race on Sunday afternoon.

Josh Scott Started on the outside of the front row of the UMP Late Model feature and grabbed the lead at the start over Brian Ruhlman and Devin Shiels. Scott ran very strong and despite some contact with Linc Stevens as Stevens fought to stay on the lead lap, Scott appeared to have the car to beat. Rusty Schlenk was the spoiler and closed in on the final lap to make the pass off the final corner to steal the victory away by a nose. It was the second feature win of the year at Oakshade Raceway for Schlenk. Scotts strong run ended with a second place finish. Ruhlman finished third followed by Devin Shiels and Dusty Moore.

Mike Jessen picked up his third UMP Sportsman feature win after leading flag to flag. A late caution for Tim Fisher when he lost a drive shaft tightened up the field, but Jessen had the field covered. Bruce Stuart got by Rusty Smith late in the race to finish second. Smith was third with Tim Line fourth and B.J. Gregory fifth.

After a delay due to a power company failure that caused the track lights to go out, the power was restored and the UMP Bomber A Main rolled onto the track. Tim Line took the lead at the start after pole sitter Craig Dippman got out of shape in the first set of corners on the first lap. Dave Gumby and Jesse Moyer wrecked on the backstretch on lap four to bring out the yellow. Dippman snatched the lead from Line on the restart and didn’t look back as he went on to pick up his second feature win of the year. Line held on to finish second followed by Terry Rushlow and Chris Keller. Jeff Geis started 19^th and climbed all they way up to finish fifth.

In what is becoming a much more competitive class, the Hornet feature began with a couple of familiar contenders battling side by side early for the lead; Drew Smith and Derek Morris. Smith won the battle and eventually the race which was his second of the year. Taylor Dippman tried to close in on the leaders but settled for a third place finish just behind Morris. Brandon Myers and Cody Stetten rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Marty Bloomer started on the pole of the UMP Bomber B Main and led the first eight laps of the race. Josh Kehle spun on the backstretch which brought out the yellow flag on lap eight. Danny Hogrefe took the lead away from Bloomer on the ensuing restart. Hogrefe fended off a late charge from Donovan Paskan to pick up the victory. Paskan finished second with Tim McNicol third. Josh Montague ended up fourth and Karl Spoores picked off nine positions to finish fifth.

Pole sitter Devin Goodman spun on the first lap of the UMP Bomber C Main and collected Tony Tolles and Chris Henry. Both Henry and Tolles pitted, but only Tolles came back on the track just as the field was taking the green flag. Chris Howard opened up a big early lead, but Tony Tolles began to chip away at it.. Howard was able to hang on to pick up the victory with Tolles in his battered car coming across the finish line second. Justin Gamber was third followed by Satch Crispen and Josh Sisty.

On Sunday afternoon, Oakshade hosted its second 200-lap/2 hour enduro race. Rob Liaeff led most of the first half of the race, but then pitted shortly after the halfway point in the race. The second half of the race was highlighted by a great battle between Chris Williams and Brian Plotts who was the winner of the last enduro race last May. Williams and Plotts swapped the lead a couple times, but Williams was the first to complete the 200 laps with Plotts finishing about a half lap behind. Brad Gilbert was third. Liaeff slipped back to a fourth place finish with Jack Osborn in fifth.

Saturday, June 18 is Leupp Outdoor Equipment Night featuring an American Late Model Series event paying $2,000 to the feature winner. UMP Sportsman, UMP Bombers and Hornets will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Henry Tops Competition at Oakshade

June 8th, 2011

Sunday, June 4, 2011

by Scott Hammer

Jon Henry became the third different UMP Late Model feature winner of the year at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday with an impressive win over defending track champion Rusty Schlenk.

Josh Scott held the early lead in the Leo’s Metal & Wood UMP Late Model feature until Henry took command of the race on lap five. Schlenk climbed up to second on lap seven which knocked Scott back to third. Craig Dippman spun on lap eight to bring out the yellow flag which allowed Schlenk to restart alongside Henry on the double-file restart. After a few laps, Henry was able to dispose of Schlenk and went on to an impressive win. Schlenk settled for second after earning a feature win two weeks ago. Brian Ruhlman and Casey Noonan had a great battle going for third much of the race with Noonan taking the spot by the end of the race. Josh Scott held on to finish fifth.

George Lindsey from Adrian, Michigan started on the pole of the UMP Sportsman feature event and led the entire distance on his way to his first feature win of the year. Having won the previous two UMP Sportsman features, Mike Jessen moved up to second on lap four, but could not maintain pressure on Lindsey for the lead. Jessen found himself in a heated battle with Tim Line and Rusty Smith for second near the end of the race and could not hold off Line who wound up finishing second. Jessen was third followed by Rusty Smith and Rich Ruff.

The UMP Bomber A Main had some difficulty getting started, but finally the field was successful at completing a lap after the fourth attempt. Defending track champion in the UMP Bomber division Jim Scout grabbed the early lead. Josh Kehle dropped some fluid on the track on lap six that Joe Heffner ran across and spun to bring out one of the numerous caution periods of the race. Scout led Terry Rushlow back to the green flag and pulled away for his second feature win of the year. Adam Noonan worked his way up to a second place finish with Jeff Foks third. Rushlow slipped back to finish fourth and Tony Tolles was fifth.

“Sparky Marky” Mark Gillingham from Liberty Center, Ohio started on the pole of the Hornet feature race and led the early laps. Last week’s feature winner Taylor Dippman got into William Cundick while battling for second causing both drivers to push up high in turn two. Derek Morris and Drew Smith both scooted by for second and third as Cundick and Dippman continued on. Unfortunately for Dippman, the contact with Cundick cut the right front tire down ending her hopes for a second career feature win. Derek Morris caught Gillingham on lap five and Gillingham went over the turn two hill while trying to fend off Morris. Morris went on to hold off a hard-charging Drew Smith to pick up his first feature win of the year. Smith settled for second followed by Cundick, Brandon Myers and Drew Greene.

The UMP Bomber B Main was another feature event that had some issues getting going with multiple caution flags in the first few laps. Chris Dachenhaus shook out to be the early leader and held the top spot for a few laps until Jesse Moyer and Dan Bleikamp closed in and went three-wide for the lead with Dachenhaus in the middle. Contact was made and Dachenhaus got bounced around and finally spun in turn four to bring out the yellow flag. Moyer was the leader on the restart and held the lead until the white flag flew. Bleikamp made the pass and went on to pick up the checkered flag. Finishing third and fourth behind Moyer was Scott Robertson and John Gamber respectively who both gained 13 positions from their starting positions deep in the field. Donovan Paskin also started near the back and gained 10 positions to finish fifth.

Steve Morris was running second behind Marty Bloomer in the UMP Bomber C Main when he spun on the front stretch on lap two. Morris continued on, but dropped to the back of the pack. Bloomer continued to lead as Morris worked his way back up to the front and Morris took the lead away on lap five. He went on to pick up the easy victory over Bloomer, Mike Grames, Ron Travelbee and Jeff Goodman.

Another full weekend of racing is on tap at Oakshade Raceway this upcoming weekend with Wallace Racing Products sponsoring a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets on Saturday night. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm. Then on Sunday afternoon, a 200-lap/2 hour Enduro race is scheduled to start at 2pm with gates opening at 12pm. General admission for the Enduro is just $3.

Schlenk Wins On A Soggy Saturday at Oakshade; Plotts Outlasts Competition on Sunny Sunday Enduro

May 25th, 2011

Rusty Schlenk patiently waited through a couple rain delays to earn his first UMP Late Model feature win on Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway and Brian Plotts survived an early race pile up that peeled off most of the right side sheet metal from his car to win the 200-lap Enduro on a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon.

A rain shower fell shortly before hot laps were to begin on Saturday night that delayed the start of the night’s racing program. Track crews worked diligently to get the track ready for racing along with the help of many of the race car drivers. Eventually the track came around and was ready for some racing action. One UMP Sportsman heat was run and just as the first UMP Late Model heat rolled out on to the track, the rain began to fall once again. A valiant effort by Oakshade track officials brought the track back from a slick mess back to a raceable condition again. Rain held off just enough for the remainder of the evening to get the entire action-packed program completed.

Defending Late Model Track Champion Rusty Schlenk started on the pole of the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature with Ryan Missler alongside. Schlenk got the advantage over Missler at the drop of the green flag, but Missler hung in close behind Schlenk. Missler closed in on Schlenk as they negotiated through lapped traffic. One of the lapped cars, Cody Houston, got turned sideways right in front of Missler on lap 14. Missler had nowhere to go and plowed hard into the side of Houston bringing out the caution and ending both drivers’ nights.

Matt Miller wanted to win his second consecutive feature at Oakshade Raceway and battled side by side with Schlenk for a few laps after the restart. Schlenk eventually got out front and held off Miller to win his first feature of the year. Rick Delong finished third after starting 10^th in his first appearance of the season. Casey Noonan was fourth and Brandon Thirlby wound up fifth.

A slew of caution flags flew in the UMP Sportsman feature event. The first of which came out for Tim Fisher who suffered a mechanical issue after starting on the outside of the front row. That forced him out of the race and resulted in a complete restart for the rest of the field. Mike Jessen moved up to where Fisher started and took advantage of as he darted out to the lead. After a couple more cautions, Tim Line appeared to be on the move. That is until he lost control in turn two and spun in front of most of the field and caused a huge pile up. B.J. Gregory found himself in second for the restart after the mess was cleaned up. Gregory pressured Jessen for a bit, but Jessen held on to win his second consecutive feature. Finishing third behind Gregory was Bruce Stuart followed by Brice Luttrell and Scot Mills.

Chris Henry won his UMP Bomber heat race earlier in the night and led the first part of the UMP Bomber A Main. Henry got a bad restart after a caution period which allowed Jamie Grochowski and Terry Rushlow to get by. Henry then spun to the infield a short time later ending his good run. Grochowski led for a while until Rushlow took command after another restart.

Craig Dippman made his presence known near the end of the race. After starting ninth, he worked his way up to second behind Rushlow and after racing side by side out of the final corner, Dippman was first to the checkered flag. Grochowski took third with Tony Tolles moving up eight spots to finish fourth. The feature winner two weeks ago, Jim Scout, wound up fifth.

Another Dippman stole the show in the Hornet feature race. Taylor Dippman, Craig Dippman’s daughter, led the entire distance, but had to fend off some strong challenges throughout. Drew Smith and Derek Morris closed in early and raced each other hard for second, less than a car length behind Dippman. Smith fell back eventually and the battle for the lead continued all the way to the checkered flag as Morris did all he could to try to get by Dippman, but Dippman held on to win her first Hornet feature event ever. Morris and Smith settled for second and third respectively. Brandon Myers and Logan Hough rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Jeff Foks took the lead from Brad Brehm on the third lap of the UMP Bomber B Main and later survived a close call with Mike Draper as contact was made when Foks attempted to put the 33 car of Draper a lap down. Tim McNicol closed in late on the final lap, but Foks was able to hang on to the victory. McNicol ended up second followed by Marty Bloomer, Josh Montague and Brad Brehm.

Scott Barnhart led a four-car battle with Rick Dixon, Karl Spoores and Chris Dachenhaus early in the UMP Bomber C Main. Dixon and Dachenhaus worked their way to the front and battled hard all the way to the checkered flag with Dachenhaus edging out Dixon at the finish. Karl Spoores finished third followed by Brian Plotts and Jarrett Rendel.

On Sunday afternoon a group of dirt oval gladiators gathered to see who could be the first to complete 200 revolutions around the Oakshade Raceway in the first Enduro race of the season. Shawn Stamm led the first few laps, but youngster Lamar Eby took command by lap 25. Eby wouldn’t be able to maintain that position after some lengthy stays in the pits. Chad Zuver was the leader by lap 50, but Brian Plotts, fresh off his top five Bomber C Main finish, took the lead by the halfway point of the race. Plotts had steadily worked his way from fifth early in the race up to lead the entire second half of the race. Zuver was a close second for a while but could not make up any ground on Plotts and had to settle for a second place finish. Mark Henderson ran in the top five most of the race and finished third followed by Rob Liaeff and Jack Osborn.

The American Late Model Series returns to Oakshade Raceway on Memorial Day weekend with a $2,000 to win show on Saturday night. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Jon Henry Earns American Late Model Series Win at Oakshade

September 9th, 2010

A cool and breezy evening greeted fans and racers for the final American Late Model Series (ALMS) event of the season at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. Finding his way back to victory land for the second time this season was defending ALMS Champion John Henry.

At the start of the 30-lap ALMS feature, Ryan Vanderveen from Six Lakes, Michigan jumped out to a big lead early, but a caution on lap two for Scott Baker tightened the field back up with the double-file restart. Jeff Babcock pulled up alongside Vanderveen for the restart and snatched the lead away after racing resumed. Babcock proceeded to open up his advantage and appeared as though he may finally earn that elusive first feature victory at Oakshade Raceway, but Jon Henry from Ada, Ohio, closed in quickly after starting on the outside of row two. Babcock, in the car Henry had driven in 2009, couldn’t fend off the card-charging Jon Henry. After a couple of laps of side by side racing, Henry finally took command for good. Even though he was held up slightly while working through slower traffic, Henry went on to win impressively and was presented with a check for $2,000 for his victory. Babcock had to settle for second with Curtis Roberts taking third after a hearty battle with Rusty Schlenk. Schlenk finished fourth with Dona Marcoullier ending up fifth.

Bruce Stuart started on the pole of the UMP Sportsman feature and quickly slipped back a few positions on the first lap allowing Brad Mills to get out front after starting on the outside of the front row. Joe Smith applied the pressure for the lead early as Mills and Smith raced side by side for a few laps. Smith eventually gained the lead. The first yellow flag of the race flew on lap 12 after Tim Fisher rolled to a stop in turn two. Again, the double-file restarts were a factor. Smith dropped down to the inside for the restart which put Bruce Stuart to his outside after Stuart charged back up to the second position. After the restart, Stuart continued to look strong on the outside and took the lead on lap 14. He went on to pick up his second feature win of the year
with Joe Smith in second. Brice Luttrell’s third place finish moved him up to second in points, 90 in arrears to Mike Jessen. George Lindsey started 14^th and worked his way up to finish fourth with B.J. Gregory ending up fifth.

Tim Line slipped from second to third in Oakshade UMP Sportsman points while pulling double duty, racing in both his Sportsman car and his son’s UMP Bomber. Line started on the pole of the UMP Bomber A Main and led the first lap, but slipped up too high in turns three and four on the second lap allowing Craig Dippman to get by for the lead. Adam Noonan was running third on lap eight, but spun in front of most of the field shortly after a restart for a caution and collected Chip Freshcorn and Joe Overmyer. Dippman went on to pick up his first A Main win of the year with Tim Line finishing second. Unofficially, Jim Scout pretty much
wrapped up a second consecutive UMP Bomber point championship with his third place finish after starting 13^th . Jeff Foks and Billy Brown finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The Hornet division will enter next week’s Season Championship Night with the closest point battle that is yet to be decided. Derek Morris and Drew Smith have had a tight battle all year long, but it was Curtis Spurgeon grabbing the early lead in the feature event after starting on the pole. Morris and Smith fought hard behind Spurgeon for second for the first half of the race, but Morris took the lead on lap five with Smith following him by into second. Despite having won his sixth Hornet feature in a row, fifteen-year-old Derek Morris holds a slim four point advantage over Drew Smith who finished second in the race. Spurgeon held
on to finish third with Taylor Dippman looking strong in fourth. Troy Schalitz finished fifth.

In UMP Bomber B Main action, Bob Krumm from Sylvania, Ohio, jumped out to the early lead after starting on the pole, but with three laps remaining, Joe Cordes got by Krumm and went on to pick up his second B Main win of the year. Garry Domoe finished second after starting near the back of the field followed by Gregg Detray in third. Krumm slipped back to wind up fourth with Karl Spoores posting a fifth place finish. A big wreck at the start of the UMP Bomber C Main involving Dave “Gumby” Goliembewski Jr., Dean Taylor, Cody Walls, Josh Sisty and Shaun Sharp brought out an early caution flag. Once the mess was finally cleaned up,
Greg Whitehead grabbed the lead after staring on the pole and never looked back. He led from flag to flag to pick up the feature win over Brad Brehm.

Saturday, September 11 is Season Championship Night at Oakshade Raceway for the UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber and Hornet divisions. The UMP Late Models will also be in action with an extra $300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for third in addition to the regular payout for the feature event. This special bonus event was made possible by Jerry’s Speed Shop, Performance Machining, Racer’s Connection, Ron Miller Race Cars, Ruhlman Race Cars, Wallace Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Hartford Speedway, Rod Stanley, Ted Goetz and family, New Glass Bowl Lanes, Red and Blue push trucks, Mike Anderzack, Zeller Automotive, Winston Speedway and VP Race Fuels. Gates open 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schlenk Claims Seventh Oakshade Feature Win of Year

July 30th, 2010

Rusty Schlenk, Rich Ruff, Curt Lancaster and most of all a whole bunch of kids were the big winners on a rain shortened Night of Wheels at Oakshade Raceway.

The smiles on the winners faces were wide as over 30 bicycles, scooters and wagons that were donated by drivers, crews, fans, etc. were randomly given away to the children in attendance during the weekly Links Zone intermission segment organized by Dan Rice.

Once the Night of Wheels festivities concluded, it was UMP Late Model feature race time. 2008 Late Model Track Champion Rody Schroyer took command early in his first appearance of the year on the 3/8 mile dirt oval. Schroyer hadn’t missed a beat as he held the lead while fending off a couple challenges from Brian Ruhlman. Last week’s Birthday Race winner, Rusty Schlenk, began to charge to the front late in the race taking the second position on lap 14 and then went by Schroyer on the outside one lap later to take the lead. A lead he would not relinquish as he went on to win his seventh Oakshade feature win of the year in the
caution-free event. Schroyer and Ruhlman held on to finish second and third respectively while Frank Heckenast Jr. from Frankfort, Illinois was fourth. Pole-sitter Brad Eitniear ended up fifth.

The most exciting race of the night was by far the UMP Sportsman feature race. Brice Luttrell started on the pole and grabbed the early lead. After a caution for Bruce Stuart who spun on lap four, Luttrell had his hands full trying to hold off Rich Ruff and Mike Jessen who went to his inside and outside, three-wide for the lead. Jessen got the lead, but could not shake Ruff who continued to race to his inside. Ruff had the lead on lap seven, but Jessen regained the lead on lap 11 and the two drivers raced the remaining nine laps side by side. Ruff edged back ahead for the lead on lap 14 and Jessen once again got enough progress
on the outside to claim the top spot on lap 17. Ruff fought back and on the final lap, it was Rich Ruff claiming his first feature win of the year narrowly beating out Mike Jessen. Rusty Smith climbed nine positions in the race to finish third followed by Brice Luttrell and Joe Derbeck. Brett Miller finished sixth, but won the Racer’s Connection/JT’s Automotive Dash for Cash earlier in the night where he earned $200 for the victory.

Curt Lancaster was the story of the UMP Bomber A Main. He started on the outside of the front row and went on to lead the entire distance of a caution-free race to pick his first A Main win of the year and an additional $100 in memory of Bob Holbrook. Terry Rushlow finished strong in second while Billy Brown closed to within 33 points of the UMP Bomber point lead with his third place finish. Last week’s feature winner Jeff Foks came home fourth with Craig Dippman rounding out the top five finishers.

Right at the conclusion of the UMP Bomber A Main, the skies began to open up with a light, but persistent rain. The track officials tried to wait it out, but the rain picked up and with the threat of even more rain on the way, it forced the postponement of the last three races of the night. Those races, the Hornet feature, UMP Bomber B Main and C Main will be run next week. The makeup B and C Mains will still pay an extra $100 to each winner in memory of Bob Holbrook. These races will be in addtion to a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets with an exhibition by the Vintage American Race Cars. It is also Scout Night so all scouts in uniform will receive free grandstand admission. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schlenk Tops Tough Competition for $10,000 Win at Oakshade

July 23rd, 2010

The month long “Hell Tour” UMP Summer Nationals series wrapped up at Oakshade Raceway With Rusty Schlenk earning his first ever Birthday Race win after a third place a year ago. He beat 57 other competitors representing three countries and some of the fastest dirt late model drivers around.

Fast qualifier Doug Drown out of Wooster, Ohio, started on the pole of the 60-lap feature event, but Dennis Erb out of Carpentersville, Illinois, launched out the lead at the start from outside the front row. Rusty Schlenk started fourth and quickly positioned himself in second. Schlenk dropped to the inside of Erb to challenge for the lead by lap three, but after several laps, could not pass the leader. By lap 25, Schlenk closed back in for another shot at taking the lead from Erb and finally took command on lap 29.

The only yellow flag came out after Jon Henry’s strong run came to an end when he went over the banking of turns one and two.

After the restart, Schlenk began to turn things up as he marched away from some of the country’s best drivers. A great battle ensued for second through fifth about a straightaway behind the race leader. Dennis Erb, Ryan Unzicker, Donnie Moran and Jack Sullivan from Greenbrier, Arkansas all battled in a tight pack.

In the end, Rusty Schlenk picked up the check for $10,000 and finally added his name to the elite list of drivers that have won this prestigious event. Sullivan was on a late race tear that earned him a second place finish. Ryan Unzicker started 14^th and picked off 11 positions to finish third. Dennis Erb slipped back to wind up fourth with Donnie Moran fifth. Jeep Van Wormer gained the most positions having to take a provisional to start 19^th and he ended up sixth. Doug Drown, Matt Miller, Jason Feger and Russ King were the rest of the top 10 finishers. Feger was crowned the 2010 UMP Summer Nationals series champion.

The UMP Bomber A Main kicked off with a big wreck on the backstretch on the first lap that involved Danny Hogrefe, Matt Lane, Billy Brown, Bob Krumm and Dan Shaffer. A nice three-wide battle took place after the restart between Jeff Foks, Chris Henry and Terry Rushlow. Foks eventually got the advantage and Henry spun on lap two forcing him to restart at the rear of the field. Foks continued to lead the entire distance of the caution-plagued race. Curt Lancaster got by Rushlow for second by lap four and wound up finishing there. Jeff Geis finished fourth just behind Rushlow with Jim Scout rounding out the top five after starting 15^th .

Joe Smith picked up his second Hornet feature win of the year after holding off challenges from the defending champion Derek Morris. Morris pressured Smith the entire distance, but could not get by Smith’s 71 car. William Cundick and Dylan Herman had a heated battle for third all the way to the checkered flag with Cundick taking the position. Dylan Gensler was fifth.

Jesse Moyer led the entire distance of the UMP Bomber B Main, but not without a close call. Joe Cordes was putting the pressure on for the lead as the two drivers came up on a lapped car that held up Moyer allowing Cordes to make the pass. Moyer caught a break as a wreck involving Dean Taylor, Allen Tolles and Jack Garland brought out the caution flag saving Moyer’s lead. Moyer went on to pick up the easy victory while Dan Bleikamp won a hard fought battle with Cordes for second. Josh Montague finished fourth with Kevin Cole working his way to up to finish fifth after starting 22^nd .

Jim Remley led much of the UMP Bomber C Main, the final event of the night. Jake Gamber started deep in the field and closed on Remley late in the race. Gamber took the lead with two laps to go. Gamber went on to pick up the victory with Remley having to settle for second. Ron Travelbee, Nathan Goodman and Tim Zuver were the rest of the top five finishers.

The “Night of Wheels” returns as part of a full racing program on Saturday, July 24 at Oakshade Raceway. Bicycles donated by drivers, crews, fans, etc. will be given away to a bunch of lucky kids at intermission. There will also be a “Dash for Cash” sponsored by Racer’s Connection for the UMP Sportsman division in addition to the regular racing action. Gate open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Scout Wins Bomber Bash/Ruhlman Dominates Late Models at Oakshade Raceway

July 16th, 2010

Jim Scout padded what was a narrow Oakshade Raceway UMP Bomber point lead by picking up his third A Main win of the year in the M&K Metals $500 to win Bomber Bash while Brian Ruhlman had a dominating performance in the UMP Late Model feature for his first win of the year.

The UMP Bomber A Main kicked off the night’s feature events. Jim Plotts darted to the lead after starting on the outside of the front row, but Scout quickly closed in and took command on lap two.

In only his second time behind the wheel of his son’s Bomber, Tim Line flew out to the lead on lap three and appeared to have the car to beat early in the race. Line picked up a feature win the first time driving that car a few weeks back.

Scout came back and started to pressure Line for the lead with Jeff Foks running a close third. Scout and Line ran many laps side by side for the lead, but Scout eventually reclaimed the top spot by getting by on the inside on lap 14. Scout held on to lead the remaining six laps of the M&K Metals Bomber Bash and picked up the check for $500 for winning. Craig Dippman got by Line to finish second. Jeff Foks finished fourth and Todd Silvey gained the most positions after starting 14^th to finish fifth.

Next to take to the track was the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature that had Zach Olger and Josh Scott starting on the front row. Neither driver had anything for Brian Ruhlman who started on the outside of the second row and wasted no time getting the lead by the completion of lap one. Rusty Schlenk moved up to second by lap four, but Ruhlman had already opened up a commanding lead. Schlenk caught a break after Mike Miller slammed the front stretch wall to bring out the only caution in the race on lap six. That put Schlenk right to the inside of Ruhlman who elected to start on the outside for the double-file restart. Schlenk couldn’t
capitalize on the opportunity as Ruhlman once again rocketed out front and opened up his advantage to capture his first Oakshade feature win of the year. Schlenk held on to finish second with Casey Noonan taking third. Dona Marcoullier was on a late race charge moving up to finish fourth after starting 12^th . Curtis Roberts ended up fifth.

B.J. Gregory has had several strong runs in the past few weeks and finally was able to earn his very first UMP Sportsman feature win on Saturday night. He started on the pole and never looked back. Brice Luttrell was running in the top five and brought out a caution on lap three sending him to the tail. Luttrell then brought out another caution on lap 12 that ended the night for the driver that already has two UMP Sportsman feature wins this season.

No one was able to catch Gregory who was the first to the checkered flag with Rusty Smith moving up nicely to finish second ahead of Tim Line, Mike Jessen and Rich Ruff.

In Oakshade Hornet action, sixteen-year-old Dylan Herman picked up an impressive sixth feature win of the year. Despite some early pressure from Drew Smith, Herman was able to take a relatively easy victory. Smith finished second while Derek Morris was able to fend off William Cundick for third after the two drivers battled for much of the race. Ben Finch III was fifth.

Gabe Mueller made a good run in the UMP Bomber B Main sponsored by M&K Metals to try to win his very first Bomber feature. He started on the pole and led the first few laps, but Joe Cordes from Napoleon, Ohio, had other plans and took over the lead on lap five. Things went from bad to worse for Mueller when he was involved in an accident with Ron Bloomfield Jr. on lap eight that ended his night.

Cordes went on to pick up his second B Main win of the year. Steve Morris was second followed by Joe Overmyer, Gregg Detray and Josh Montague.

The early leaders of the UMP Bomber C Main took each other out of contention just after completing the first lap. It happened with Tim McNicol leading and Donovan Paskin challenging. The two drivers had contact entering turn one. Both drivers spun which brought out the caution flag. That allowed Nathan Goodman to inherit the lead. A lead he would not relinquish on his way to his first feature win. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski finished a close second with Shaun Sharp in third. Tim McNicol recovered after the early caution to finish fourth with Dean Taylor rounding out the top five.

The biggest event of the season takes place on Saturday, July 17 with the 12^th Annual Birthday Race/UMP Summer Nationals Finale paying $10,000 to win. Gates will open at 10am on Saturday and fans will be allowed in the pits without a pit pass until 4pm to meet drivers and get autographs. Racing will begin at 7:45pm with UMP Late Models, UMP Bombers and Hornets in action. For more information, visit www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Schlenk Tops Barney Oldfield Race Competition at Oakshade

July 3rd, 2010

Rusty Schlenk added his name to the prestigious list of Barney Oldfield Race winners on Saturday night that includes the likes of Matt Miller, Jeep Van Wormer, Duane Chamberlain, Kris Patterson, Shane Yoder and many more. It was his fourth UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade Raceway this year in the 21^st Annual Barney Oldfield Race which added to his Oakshade point lead and will help pad his UMP National point lead.

2008 Oldfield winner Casey Noonan started on the pole, but got a little sideways in the first set of corners which allowed Schlenk to take the lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Brian Ruhlman applied some early pressure on the leader, but Schlenk began to pull away until a spin by Hillard Miller brought out the only yellow flag of the race on lap six. Schlenk fended off another challenge from Ruhlman for the lead on the restart and then set sail.

Houghton Lake, Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier was the biggest mover of the race. He started 13^th and by lap 11 was up to third. Just four laps later, Marcoullier took over second and began to slowly reel in the 91 car of Rusty Schlenk. Marcoullier only managed to close in to about a half straightaway behind Schlenk and then began to lose ground later in the race as Schlenk went on to win the $4,600 Barney Oldfield Race. Marcoullier had to settle for second followed by Brian Ruhlman and Rick Delong who gained ten positions to finish fourth. Pole-sitter and last week’s feature winner Casey Noonan wound up finishing fifth.

The UMP Sportsman feature produced one of the more exciting finishes of the night. Brice Luttrell took the lead from Tim Fisher on a lap two on a restart after an early caution. Luttrell was trying to earn his third UMP Sportsman feature win of the year, but got held up behind some lapped traffic which allowed Rusty Smith to close in and challenge him for the lead. Smith pulled alongside Luttrell as the two drivers took the white flag. Luttrell had the lead entering turn three for the final time. His car then pushed up severely in turn four as Smith dove to the inside. Luttrell smacked the wall coming off turn four and Smith snuck by on the inside to take the checkered flag with Luttrell limping across the line close behind him for second. Rich Ruff started eleventh and ended up third. B.J. Gregory finished fourth with Oakshade’s UMP Sportsman point leader Mike Jessen ending up fifth.

It took five tries to get the UMP Bomber A Main going as a full moon rose over the horizon. Once things got going, Tony Tolles, Jesse Moyer and Jim Plotts battled for the early lead. Billy Brown quickly closed in and snatched the lead away from Tolles by lap three and despite a late charge from Jeff Foks, Brown held on to pick up his first feature win of the year which catapulted him into the Bomber point lead. Foks who started 12^th , worked his way to finish second followed by Curt Lancaster, Tony Tolles and Jim Plotts.

Dylan Herman earned his fifth Hornet feature win of the year, holding off a late charge from defending track champion Derek Morris. Drew Smith came across the finish line third, but was penalized two positions for jumping a restart so he ended up fifth. William Cundick took third with Josh Froelich finishing fourth.

Joe Cordes fought off heavy challenges to win the UMP Bomber B Main. Dan Shaffer followed Cordes most of the race trying everything he could to find a way around him. Danny Hogrefe joined the fray for the race lead late after he made contact with Chane Stuckey that sent him spinning down the backstretch. Hogrefe, Shaffer and Cordes came off the final corner three-wide with Cordes hanging on to pick up his first feature win of the year. Shaffer edged out Hogrefe for third. Karl Spoores and Jon Miller finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Gabe Mueller shot out to the early lead in the UMP Bomber C Main, but Rick Dixon and Bob Krumm chased him down quickly. Krumm took the lead on lap five and didn’t look back on his way to his first feature win of the year. Dixon finished second. Tim McNicol got by Mueller to finish third and Nathan Goodman finished fifth.

Saturday, July 3 is Memorial Night at Oakshade Raceway featuring action from the UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and the Hornets while remembering fallen members of the extended Oakshade Raceway family that includes drivers, crews, track personnel and even fans. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Rob Liaeff Wins $1000 Oakshade Enduro Race

June 17th, 2010

Race fans were greeted to a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon 200-lap enduro race at Oakshade Raceway that was won by Rob Liaeff.

Shawn Stamm from Archbold, Ohio, set a blistering pace early and led the first hundred laps of the event. Unfortunately for Stamm, mechanical issues would force him to the pits for an extended stay. Jim Sayler also succumbed to mechanical issues after running second the for quarter of the race.

By lap 125, Rob Liaeff took command of the race and soldiered on to the finish. He managed to keep his car out of trouble avoiding other drivers and debris, and he made his equipment last to the end to earn the $1,000 for the victory. Brad Gilbert finished second followed by last year’s Oakshade enduro series champion, Chris Williams. Chris Osborn was fourth and Neil Shaw survived to finish fifth.

The next 200-lap/2 hour enduro race at Oakshade Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, September 19, 2010.

Rusty Schlenk Wins Third On Rain-Shortened Night at Oakshade

June 17th, 2010

Severe weather forced Oakshade Raceway officials to suspend the Wallace Racing Products Night racing program immediately following an exciting UMP Late Model feature in which Rusty Schlenk earned his second consecutive feature win after a hard fought battle with Houghton Lake, Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier.

Mike Miller started on the outside of the front row of the UMP Late Model feature and ran strong early leading the first couple laps. Marcoullier took command on lap three after moving around the outside of Miller and then began to pull away from the rest of the field.

The only caution flag flew on lap 11 for a tangle involving Ron Miller, Donnie Marcoullier (Dona’s father) and another driver. That wiped out Dona Marcoullier’s large lead with Rusty Schlenk lurking in fourth on the restart. Schlenk worked his way up alongside Marcoullier and the two drivers battled side by side for the lead for most of the second half of the race. Schlenk finally edged into the lead on lap 20 while Marcoullier reclaimed the top spot one lap later. Then Schlenk took over for good on lap 22 while working through lapped traffic and went on to lead the final three laps. It was the third Oakshade feature win for the national UMP Late Model point leader. Dona Marcoullier had to settle for second with pole-sitter Devin Sheils taking third. Rick Delong and Brian Fisher finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Local weather observers reported severe weather with possible tornadic activity approaching Oakshade Raceway at the conclusion of the UMP Late Model feature. With darkening skies and lightening lighting up the skies to the west, Oakshade officials decided to suspend the remaining feature events so that race fans and crews could seek shelter. Those remaining
features will be made up next week as part of the Leupp Outdoor Equipment Night American Late Model Series $2,000 to win show. Sportsmen, Bombers and Hornets will have double features. Gate open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schlenk Tops ALMS Contenders at Oakshade

June 4th, 2010

The regions top Late Model drivers gathered at Oakshade Raceway for the American Late Model Series (ALMS) event on Saturday night. The UMP national point leader and Oakshade Raceway point leader, Rusty Schlenk, added to his point leads with his second Oakshade feature win of the year.

Last weeks feature winner, Jon Henry, started on the pole and held the early lead while Rusty Schlenk and Matt Miller battled for second. Miller eventully got the position and then worked the outside around Henry for the lead on lap eight. A few laps later, Schlenk disposed of Henry for second.

Schlenk closed in on Miller for the race lead and on lap 20, the two drivers were racing side by side and came up on Kevin Reeve who was at the tail end of the lead lap. The leaders split to the inside and outside of Reeve. There was a little contact and Reeve spun around to bring out the first yellow flag of the race.

A couple laps later, Schlenk finally worked his way around Miller to take over the lead for good. Schlenk was presented with the $2,000 ALMS check for the victory. The 1991 Late Model track champion, Matt Miller, settled for a second place finish with Jon Henry ending up third. ALMS point leader Jeep Van Wormer finished fourth with Brian Ruhlman rounding out the top five.

The 2008 Oakshade Raceway UMP Sportsman champion was back in championship form in the UMP Sportsman feature. Mike Jessen took the lead from Brice Luttrell on lap four and didn’t look back. If he did, he would have seen the 71 of Rusty Smith trying to close in. A caution on lap 14 set up a double-file restart in which Smith tried to cut down to the inside and got hooked together with Brett Miller. The two drivers then spun in turn two, giving up the second and third positions and bringing out the yellow flag again.

Jessen went on to pick up his first feature win of the year and put himself just one point behind Tim Line for the Sportsman point lead. Brian Fisher got by Brice Luttrell to finish second with Luttrell crossing the finish line third. Scot Mills and Joe Smith finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The UMP Bomber A Main produced some of the most exciting racing of the night with multiple lead changes. Jeff Foks led the first lap while battling three-wide for the lead. By lap two, Terry Rushlow took command. Shortly after that, Foks spun and collected last week’s feature winner Danny Hogrefe. Curt Lancaster then showed his hand and pressured Rushlow for the lead. After a couple more cautions, Jeff Geis finally took over the lead on lap six. One lap later, Lancaster took his turn in the lead for a single lap. Rushlow battled back to the lead on lap eight. Geis challenged Rushlow for the top spot and eventually took over the lead. Rushlow came back to pressure for the lead again late in the race, but Geis held on to win his first Bomber A Main. Terry Rushlow
wound up second and Jim Scout worked his way to a third place finish after starting 19^th . Billy Brown was fourth and Danny Hogrefe recovered to finish fifth and maintains his Bomber point lead.

Derek Morris led from flag to flag in a caution-free Hornet feature event fending off the challenge from Drew Smith to pick up his second feature win of the year. William Cundick finished third behind Smith with Cody Stetten and Josh Froelich rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Todd Silvey won the Bomber C Main last week. This week he led the entire distance of the Bomber B Main to pick up another feature win. Kevin Cole had a top five run going, but spun on lap five, putting a damper on his strong run. In the end, Tony Tolles wound up second behind Silvey after starting way back in 17^th . Joe Cordes was third followed by Josh Montague and Jim Remley.

The final event of the night, the Bomber C Main, started off with a wreck in turn one with Terry Rump, Skyler Plotts, Joe Foks and Jamie Faller in the pile up. Chris Tressler led the first lap once racing resumed and Adam Noonan took over the lead on lap two. Noonan held on to the lead all the way to the finish to earn his first UMP Bomber win after moving up to Bombers from the Hornet division this year. Chane Stuckey moved up to finish second with Ron Todd taking third. Chris Tressler slipped back to finish fourth with Jesse Burgett finishing fifth.

On Saturday, June 5, race fans will be treated to two full Late Model features for the price of one. It is the UMP Late Model Push Truck Dual Features along with action from the UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber and Hornet divisions. Gate open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Dippman Blows Away Enduro Competition at Oakshade

May 21st, 2010

The first of four 200 lap/two hour enduro races in 2010 took place on a breezy Sunday afternoon at Oakshade Raceway with Dan Dippman winning the $1000 grand prize.

Dippman started near the back of the field and had worked his way into the top ten after 25 laps while Jim Brazeau held the top position for most of the first quarter of the race. Brazeau would end up not finishing the race.

Dippman gained the lead by lap 75 with Jeremy Grover in second. Those top two positions remained locked in for the remainder of the race although, Dippman did suffer a scare toward the end of the race after he was spun in turn four. Dippman sat at the inside of the corner for a little while until he got the car restarted and continued on to take the checkered flag. Ron Bloomfield Jr. finished third followed by Shawn Stamm and Neil Shaw.

The next enduro race is scheduled for Sunday, June 13. For a the complete Oakshade Raceway schedule, check out http://www.oakshaderaceway.com/

Brad Gilbert Wins Final Enduro of Year at Oakshade Raceway

October 9th, 2009

Oakshade Raceway capped off the 2009 racing season with a final 200-lap enduro race on Sunday afternoon that was won by Brad Gilbert.

The object of the enduro race is to be the first to complete 200 laps or have the most laps completed in a two hour time period. Drivers take to a slick track that has been wet down at the start of the event and continue to the finish with very limited breaks in the action that only occur if a dangerous situation exists on the track.

Joe Cordes, an Oakshade UMP Bomber rookie in 2009, was in command of the first 75 laps until mechanical issues forced him for a lengthy stay in the pits that knocked him out contention.

Jeremy Grover and Eric Rohrs traded the lead a couple times between the halfway and 125-lap mark. Both drivers eventually had to make stops in the pits dropping them out of the top five.

Brad Gilbert steadily worked his way up through the running order from 13^th on lap 25 to the lead on lap 150. Besides a close call with Terry Rump when the two cars got together exiting turn four, Gilbert kept out of trouble and went on to lead the final 50 laps all the way to the checkered flag.

Chris Williams, winner of the last enduro race at Oakshade, overcame a flat tire to claim second with 191 laps completed. Neil Dopp went 185 laps to finish third, two laps ahead of Ron Bloomfield Jr. who ended up fourth. Terry Rump was fifth.

Robert Meinen was amongst the front-runners before losing his left rear wheel and axle which dropped him to a sixth place finish with Eric Rohrs, John Brooks, Jeremy Grover and Joe Essman rounding out the rest of the top ten finishers.

Fisher Wins 4th Feature of the Year

September 16th, 2009

Brett Miller unofficially captured the Oakshade Raceway UMP Sportsman Track Championship in his very first season in the division. Championships among all three classes on Season Championship night were not determined until the final races of the night.

Brett Miller started on the outside of the front row of the 25-lap feature event with a 35 point advantage over Matt Lindsey, who started inside row four. Miller slipped back to fifth shortly after the drop of the green flag as Tim Line took command of the race.

Line led the first part of the race after starting on the pole. Brian Fisher closed in and was the leader by lap four and began to check out on the field until the yellow flag flew on lap 18.

Rob Liaeff had spun entering turn one which brought out the yellow. Just about at the same time, Joe Smith’s top five run ended as he stopped at the end of the backstretch with mechanical problems.

Fisher hugged the inside around the corners and Tim Line tried to find a way to catch the leader by using the high groove. Fisher wouldn’t be caught and won his fourth feature of the year which moved him up past Mike Jessen to third in the final point standings unofficially.

Tim Line came home second with Brett Miller finishing the race third and first in the points. Mike Jessen crossed the line fourth and B.J. Gregory was fifth.

A big pile up in turn one that involved Rick Dixon, Jamie Grochowski, Tim Mullendore, Billy Brown, Dan Shaffer, Steve Morris, Tony Tolles and Matt Lane brought out the yellow flag just after the field took the green in the Season Championship UMP Bomber A Main.

Danny Hogrefe had a slim chance of catching Jim Scout for the championship and did all he could by taking the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Scout started 21st and gingerly marched his way up through traffic.

After the ugly incident at the start, the rest of the race ran caution-free and Hogrefe collected his second UMP Bomber A Main win of the year. Todd Silvey had another strong run finishing second followed by Joe Cordes. Jim Scout gained 17 positions to finish fourth and unofficially claimed the Oakshade Raceway UMP Bomber Championship. Jerry Signor ended up fifth after also starting deep in the field.

Derek Morris put himself behind the eight ball early in the UMP Hornet Feature as he tried to capture that point championship when he made contact with Adam Noonan while battling for the lead. Morris ended up wrecking on the first lap and had to go to the tail for the restart after bringing out the yellow flag.

Curtis Spurgeon had to give up second under the yellow to go to the pits to have a flat tire attended to.

Drew Smith held the point lead much of the season and took the race lead on lap four. Dylan Herman had jumped the restart after the caution brought out by Morris, but worked his way up to battle with Smith despite knowing the two position penalty was coming. Herman just edged out Smith at the checkered flag, but Smith was initially announced as the winner with Noonan second and Herman third after the penalty for jumping the start was enforced.

Adam Noonan was awarded his seventh feature win of the year after post-race inspection found the cars of both Drew Smith and Dylan Herman were not running the same sized tires on all four wheels resulting in both drivers being disqualified.

Unofficial Oakshade Raceway UMP Hornet Champion Derek Morris was credited with a second place finish followed by Brice Miller, Dylan Burt and Cody Stetten.

Rookie Bob Krumm led the entire distance of the UMP Bomber B Main to earn his first feature win. Jeff Geis pursued Krumm all the way to the checkered flag to end up second. Roscoe Stetten was third with Terry Rushlow moving up from his thirteenth starting position to finish fourth. Bob Mayer started fifth and ended up fifth.

The Sportsman Twin 25′s will highlight the racing action on Saturday, September 19 as well as the Celebrity Charity Race III which will raise money for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation in the fight against breast cancer. Among drivers scheduled to compete include defending champ, Norm Van Ness from NBC 24, Ryan Vetter from WTOL 11, Cliff Smithers from K100 radio, Wauseon Mayer Jerry Dehnbostel and Mr. January in the breast cancer calender Jon Eaton. Chrys Peterson from WTOL 11 will be the Grand Marshall for the event. The UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets will complete the racing action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Casey Noonan Earns Oakshade Late Model Championship With Third Win of Year

September 3rd, 2009

With his third UMP Late Model Feature win of the season, Casey Noonan captured the unofficial UMP Late Model track championship at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. Noonan trailed Tyler Boggs by just two points in as they began the final
night of point competition. After the night’s heat events, the two drivers found themselves tied for the point lead going into the feature event.

Brad Eitniear led the first four laps of that 30-lap Season Championship UMP Late Model Feature and then fell off the pace on the backstretch, retiring to the pits and turning the lead over to Casey Noonan. Noonan went on to lead the rest of the caution-free event all the way to the checkered flag. Tyler Boggs, meanwhile, had worked up into the top five but then coasted to a stop in the infield as he took the white flag ending his championship hopes.

Dona Marcoullier from Houghton Lake, Michigan narrowly edged out Rick Delong for a second place finish. Phil Ausra finished fourth and Rusty Schlenk ended up fifth after transferring in to the feature by winning his consi in a borrowed ride. Matt Lindsey led the entire distance of an exciting UMP Sportsman Feature to earn his fifth win of the year.

Brett Miller, Mike Jessen and Tim Line made things interesting for second as they exchanged positions often in the closing laps just behind Lindsey. Tim Line won the battle for second, beating Brett Miller and Mike Jessen back to the line for second. Brian Fisher finished fifth. Since Lindsey had Hoosier tires on all four wheels and won the feature, he was awarded the Ruhlman Race Cars Hoosier Tire Bonus $50 gift certificate.

Danny Hogrefe and Jeff Foks battled hard for the lead early in the UMP Bomber A Main with Hogrefe eventually getting the advantage. Hogrefe then would retire to the pits under a lap six caution for a spin by Craig Dippman. That turned the lead over to Todd Silvey who held on to win his first feature of the year. Joe Overmyer was closing in on Silvey late in the race but ran out of laps and had to settle for second. Jeff Foks slipped back to finish third ahead of Tony Tolles and Curt Lancaster. Dylan Herman, Drew Smith and Derek Morris battled for the lead in the first half of the UMP Hornet Feature event with Morris eventually getting by both drivers.

The fourteen-year-old driver, Derek Morris, went on to win his third feature of the year. Drew Smith finished second with Dylan Herman ending up third. Josh Froelich and Dylan Burt rounded out the rest of the top five finishers. Kyle Light led the first part of the UMP Bomber B Main until Dan Plath caught him and passed him on the high side to take the lead on lap eight. A spin by Jeremiah Floyd late in the race set up a two lap shootout to the checkered flag. Plath held off Light to win his first feature of the year. Rick Dixon finished third behind Kyle Light. Bob Krumm and Bob Mayer finished out the rest of the top five.

Justin Gamber ended up with Justin Woodruff attached to his driver side door while battling for the lead just after completing the first lap of the UMP Bomber C Main which brought out the yellow flag early. Wade Rick inherited the lead for a short time until Joe Cordes took command on lap two. Cordes went on to earn his second Bomber C Main win of the year. Chuck Faller finished second with Joe Heffner third. Chris Tressler ended up fourth and Justin Woodruff recovered to finish fifth.

Oakshade Raceway will host its final American Late Model Series event this Labor Day weekend with $2,000 on the line for the feature winner. In addition to the UMP Late Models, the UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets will fill out the rest of the Saturday night racing program. Gate open at 4pm and racing starts at 7pm.

Henry Captures Third Consecutive Oakshade Raceway Late Model Win

August 20th, 2009

Ada, Ohio’s Jon Henry has finally found his groove at Oakshade Raceway, winning his third consecutive UMP Late Model Feature at the 3/8 mile oval on Saturday night. At the same time, Tyler Boggs closed up the UMP Late Model point battle moving to within 58 points behind Rusty Schlenk with only two weeks left in their season.

Tyler Boggs and Eric Spangler started on the front row and battled hard for the lead on the first lap, but Jon Henry snuck by both drivers to take the lead before the completion of lap one.

Henry went on to open up a large lead over Boggs. Boggs found himself trying to fight off a hard-charging Casey Noonan for second place by lap 10. Noonan finally passed Boggs on lap 14 and began to close in on Henry. Noonan could only get to with a few car lengths of Henry and then began to fade a bit toward the end of the race allowing Jon Henry to capture his fourth UMP Late Model Feature victory of the year.

Tyler Boggs was able to edge out Noonan by just a few inches for second at the checkered flag. Ronnie Perrine Jr. and Kevin Reeve both moved up after starting deep in the field to finish fourth and fifth respectively. Scot Mills tried to fend off Joe Smith early in the UMP Sportsman Feature with Smith eventually taking command. Scot then fell back through the running order.

Brian Fisher and Brad Mills were battling side by side for second when Mills suddenly fell off the pace as the field scrambled around his ailing car. Mills limped back to the pits as the race continued under green. Scot Mills then lost a drive shaft on the front stretch that did bring out the caution on lap 16.

Joe Smith went on to pick up his third UMP Sportsman Feature win of the year over Amy Bernard who got by Brian Fisher to post a strong second place finish after starting seventh. Rich Ruff and Mike Jessen rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Matt Lane lost a wheel on the first lap of the UMP Bomber A Main bringing out the yellow flag and resulting in a complete restart. Craig Dippman started on the pole and led the entire distance on his way to his fifth feature win of the year. Point leader Jim Scout retired to the pits early in the race allowing Danny Hogrefe to close to 26 points behind him in the standings.

Craig Dippman’s win moved him to within 100 points of Scout as he sits fourth in Oakshade Bomber points. Joe Overmyer finished second followed by Billy Brown and Dan Shaffer. Todd Silvey started 15^th and finished fifth.

Things got exciting at the start of the UMP Hornet Feature as Derek Morris got turned hard into the front stretch wall. The rest of the field did a great job avoiding Morris as he spun down the straightaway. Oakshade UMP Hornet point leader Drew Smith got the early lead and held on to finally picked up his very first feature win. Cody Stetten finished second followed by Dylan Gensler, Tyler Line and Dylan Burt.

Jim Guinn grabbed the early lead of the UMP Bomber B Main, but Doug Miller gave him a run for his money after getting under Guinn for the lead late in the race. A caution for debris set up a two-lap shootout to the finish that featured Miller and Guinn battling hard with Guinn reassuming the lead at the end to pick up his second B Main win of the year. Miller had to settle for second followed by Dan Dippman in a borrowed ride, Rick Dixon and Chris Williams.

Jeremiah Floyd led from flag to flag in the UMP Bomber C Main. A spin by Josh Overmyer while he was running third added a little excitement as the field scattered to avoid him. The red flag flew on lap three as fire erupted under the hood of Chris Osborn’s machine.

Marty Bloomer was closing on Floyd near the finish, but ran out of laps to catch him as Floyd took the checkered flag. Bloomer settled for second. Michael Goodman was third followed by Justin Gamber and Robert Meinen.

Saturday, August 22 is Don William’s Excavating Night featuring a full program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gate open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

T-Mac Wins Oakshade Raceway $10,000 Birthday Race As Dennis Erb Crowned UMP Summer Nationals Champion

July 15th, 2009

Oakshade Raceway lived up to its name on Saturday as 58 of the fastest UMP Late Model drivers met to race in the 11^th Annual $10,000 to win Birthday Race. The event was also the finale of the grueling UMP Summer Nationals series which entered the final event with Randy Korte and Dennis Erb Jr. in a tight battle atop the Summer Nationals point standings.

Jackson Michigan’s Rusty Schlenk started alongside Dennis Erb on the front row of the 60-lap feature event and got the early jump for the lead. Schlenk stretched his advantage over the rest of the field early in the race while Tim McCreadie battled hard with Erb for second.

McCreadie eventually took over second position and began to chip away at Schlenk’s lead as both drivers worked through lapped traffic. On lap 33, McCreadie made the pass for the lead and then proceeded to open up a big lead of his own.

The only caution flag of the race flew with just two laps to go and tightened the field for a two-lap shootout. McCreadie led Erb, who had taken over second from Schlenk, back to the green flag.

No one in the top five was able to advance their position as McCreadie held on to take the checkered flag and the check for $10,000. Dennis Erb Jr.’s second place finish was enough to catapult him ahead of Korte in the UMP Summer Nationals point chase to win his third consecutive UMP Summer Nationals title. Schlenk held off Shannon Babb for a third place finish with Brian Shirley ending up fifth.

Craig Dippman’s luck has taken a turn for the better in recent weeks as he captured his second UMP Bomber A Main feature win of the year.

The top two drivers in UMP Bomber points, Jim Scout and Danny Hogrefe, battled for the lead early in the race, but Dippman quickly marched to the front in the caution-filled race. Finishing second behind Dippman was Jim Scout followed by Danny Hogrefe, Tony Tolles and last week’s Bomber C Main winner Joe Cordes. Next on the track were the youngsters of the UMP Hornet Feature event in which Dylan Herman would lead the most laps.

Fourteen-year-old Derek Morris picked up his first ever UMP Hornet Feature win with a late pass over Herman which moved him up to second in UMP Hornet points. Herman held on to finish second in the race over Adam Noonan, Tyler Line and Cody Stetton.
Jeff Geis was the first to lead an exciting UMP Bomber B Main. Josh Overmyer took command by lap two and held the lead for a few laps until Dan Dippman made the pass for the lead on lap nine.

Overmyer wasn’t done as he continued to pressure Dippman for the lead all the way to the checkered flag. Overmyer got back alongside for the lead and the two drivers crossed the finishline side by side with Dippman just edging out the victory. His third B Main win in the last four weeks.

Josh Montague finished third followed by Jim Guinn and Joe Overmyer. Dean Taylor led the entire distance of the UMP Bomber C Main to cap off a great night of racing action at Oakshade Raceway. It was Taylor’s second UMP Bomber C Main win of the year. The rest of the top five finishers were Chane Stuckey, Dan Bleikamp, Brad Brehm and Justin Gamber.

Oakshade Raceway will feature the second UMP Late Model Push Truck Dual Features with two UMP Late Model Features each paying $1500 to win. UMP Sportsmen will be back in action after the week off along with the UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

/by Scott Hammer/

Miller and Noonan Each Top Push Truck Dual Feature Event at Oakshade

June 4th, 2009

The first ever Push Truck Dual UMP Late Model Features at Oakshade Raceway treated the fans to some spectacular racing action on Saturday evening with Matt Miller and Casey Noonan each picking up a $1500 feature victory.

Matt Miller, the 1991 Oakshade Raceway Late Model Track Champion, started on the pole for the first 25 lap feature and immediately took the lead over Dan Wallace. Wallace maintained second until lap 21 when Noonan took over that position.

The first of the push truck sponsored dual feature events went entirely caution free with Matt Miller taking the checkered flag over Noonan and Wallace. Rusty Schlenk finished fourth and Ronnie Perrine Jr. was fifth.

The second UMP Late Model Feature started 23 cars with John Gamber, George Lindsey and Cody Houston added to the line up. Gamber was highest in points not to race in to the feature and Lindsey and Houston were the next highest finishers in the consolation race.

The top six finishers from the first feature were inverted for the start of the second and unlike the first feature, the second feature was marred by many caution periods.

Rusty Schlenk took command at the start. It didn’t take long for Matt Miller to start knocking on the door for the lead as he worked his way up to second behind Schlenk.

One of the numerous cautions came out after Ronnie Perrine Jr. fell off the pace on the front stretch while running in the top five. This caused a melee behind him as the field stacked up. Chris Ross, Chris Keller and Mike Miller were among some of the cars involved.

Just after the restart, Matt Miller looked to the outside of Schlenk going into to turn one. Miller got up too high and spun around and brought out another caution. Miller had to drop to the tail with 22 laps remaining to try to work his way back into contention and that is exactly what he did.

Schlenk had opened up a lead over Casey Noonan who was running second until Noonan took advantage of a restart after a caution to get to the inside of Schlenk and take over the lead. Noonan then began to stretch his advantage in the closing laps.

Miller worked all the way back up to third and got into the rear of Mike Harger a lapped car, on lap 22 that sent Harger spinning to bring out the final caution of the race. Miller restarted in third right on the tail of second place Schlenk.

Miller and Schlenk battled hard for second the final few laps allowing Noonan to go on and pick up another UMP Late Model Feature win after winning the ALMS Feature last week at Oakshade Raceway. Matt Miller came up one position short of passing the entire field and had to settle for second followed by Schlenk, Curtis Roberts and Curtis Deisenroth.

Joe Derbeck snatched the early lead of the UMP Sportsman Feature after starting on the pole, but could not hold on to it as Brice Luttrell muscled by on the inside to take over on lap two.

Jeff Grochowski spun in turn four to bring out one of the caution flags in the race. Matt Lindsey restarted fourth after the caution and jumped to the outside and began picking off positions, taking the lead on lap eight.

Lindsey went on to capture his first feature win of the year with Derbeck getting back around Brice Luttrell to finish second. Amy Bernard finished fourth and defending Oakshade Raceway UMP Sportsman Track Champion Mike Jessen ended up fifth.

Curt Lancaster started on the outside of the front row of the UMP Bomber A Main and grabbed the lead early with Jerry Signor pressuring him in second. Signor won the previous two week’s A Mains.

Lancaster was able to pull away from Signor on his way to pick up his first feature win of the year. Signor held on to finish second followed by Danny Hogrefe in third after starting 11^th . Rick Dixon was fourth and Dustin Sautter came home fifth.

Dylan Herman looked to be headed to his third UMP Hornet Feature win until slipping up high in turn two with a flat tire while leading. Adam Noonan, also looking for his third feature win slipped underneath Herman’s ailing car to take over the lead and didn’t look back. The sixteen-year-old driver held on to pick up the victory.

Derek Morris finished second followed by Gabe Mueller and Drew Smith who finally broke his string of second place finishes, ending up fourth. Nate Meinka posted a fifth place finish.

Terry Rushlow and Jim Guinn had a heated lead battle for much of the UMP Bomber B Main that was slowed multiple times by cautions. The two drivers kept trading the lead back and forth.

A late caution set up a two-lap shootout to the finish. With Guinn leading, Rushlow and Karl Spoores got hooked together in turns one and two on the final lap, knocking both drivers out of the top five and allowing Guinn to pick up his first feature win of the year.

Jack Waldfogel survived to finish second followed by Rick Dippman, Bob Krumm and Kevin Cole.

The UMP Bomber C Main started off with a three wide battle for the lead between Bob Mayer, Chuck Faller and Ron Bloomfield Jr. Bob Mayer eventually came out on top of that deal, but would suffer some bad luck on lap six that would cost him the lead. Mayer got loose in turn four and had to let off the gas and gather it back up. Meanwhile, Chuck Faller and a host of others took advantage, moving by Mayer who fell back to fifth.

In the end, it was Temperance Michigan’s, Chuck Faller who ended up victorious with Cody Walls finishing second. Ron Bloomfield Jr. slipped back to finish third. Josh Overmyer moved up to finish fourth after starting 10^th . Bob Mayer held on to finish fifth.

Oakshade Raceway will host Wallace Racing Products Night on Saturday, June 6 that will feature a full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Noonan Wins ALMS at Oakshade

May 28th, 2009

Sylvania Ohio’s Casey Noonan meticulously worked through slower traffic to earn the American Late Model Series $2000 Feature win at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night.

Ky Harper began the night five points behind Jon Henry in the ALMS points standings and started on the pole of the feature alongside Casey Noonan. The two drivers battled early for the lead in the 30-lap event.

The defending Oakshade Late Model track champion, Rody Schroyer, transferred into the feature after winning one of the two consolation races. Schroyer feel off the pace running at the tail of the field as the leaders were approaching. That held up Harper and Noonan took advantage, slipping under Harper as he had to check up for Schroyer.

Noonan began to open up his lead as the race continued without any cautions with the exception of an incident on the first lap that resulted in a complete restart. Noonan seemed calm and collected as he navigated through the lapped traffic he encountered while trying to maintain his lead.

Jon Henry got by Harper for second after those two raced side by side for many laps. Jon Henry, from Ada, Ohio, began to slowly close on Noonan in the final laps but was too far behind to catch him.

Casey Noonan drove his Noonan Performance Racing Engines & Dyno Service Late Model to his first victory of the year. Henry maintained his ALMS points lead with a second place finish with Harper hanging on to finish third. Brian Ruhlman came in to the night third in ALMS points behind Harper and Henry and finished fourth in the race ahead of Rick Delong.

Brett Miller made a bold move on the first lap of the UMP Sportsman Feature going three wide between Rob Liaeff and Joe Derbeck for the lead.

Brian Fisher closed in on Miller and got to the inside of him by lap eight. The two drivers battled for a few laps with Brian Fisher taking of the lead by a nose on lap 10.

Fisher maintained his lead the remainder of the race on his way to his second feature win of the year despite a late charge by Miller. Miller, with one feature win a few weeks ago, settled for a second place finish. Matt Lindsey, Tim Line and Rob Liaeff rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

The start of the UMP Bomber A Main featured some great three wide racing action for the lead among Jim Scout, Dustin Sautter and Jerry Signor. The battle for the lead then continued side by side between Scout and Signor after they disposed of Sautter and remained tight most of the race.

The slight advantage for the lead belonged to Scout for most of the race, but Signor from Jackson, Michigan dropped to the inside of Scout with just two laps remaining and stole the lead away. Signor went on to pick up his second consecutive UMP Bomber A Main Feature win. Scout finished in the runner up position followed by Curt Lancaster, Ron Tolles and Billy Brown.

Fifteen-year-old Dylan Herman led the UMP Hornet Feature from flag to flag to earn his second feature win of the year.

Things got ugly on lap two as Drew Smith, Adam Noonan and Derek Morris spun coming off turn two. Morris’ car ended up stopped facing oncoming traffic right in the groove. Bill Reeves Jr. who was running near the tail of the field rammed head on into Morris after the caution flag had flown putting an end to both drivers’ night.

Finishing second behind Herman was Drew Smith who has finished second in every UMP Hornet Feature so far this year. Gabe Mueller took third followed by last week’s winner Adam Noonan. Pole sitter Dylan Burt finished fifth.

Chris Williams and Joe Heffner got hooked together on the first lap of the UMP Bomber B Main after starting on the front row. That brought out a caution and forced the two drivers to start at the tail for a complete restart.

Roscoe Stetten then became the pole sitter and maintained the lead for the first part of the race until a restart after a caution for Joe Cordes stopped automobile. Stetten led the field back to the green flag but had apparently cut a tire as he stepped on the gas. The rest of the field took evasive action to get by as Stetten limped back to the pits.

Ron Leonard suddenly found himself with the lead in which he held all the way to the checkered flag for his first feature win of the year after starting 11th. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski was second followed by Kevin Cole, Karl Spoores and Tim Mullendore.

John Dryer was the early leader in the UMP Bomber C Main until getting held up slightly by the lapped car of Devin Goodman. Chris Sands took advantage and moved by into the lead.

Tony Tolles started deep in the field and got into Dryer while trying to get to his inside battling for second. Dryer spun collecting Richard Riffe and Jamie Faller. Tolles continued his march to the front going to the inside of Sands for the lead on the final lap. Sands slipped up the banking in turn four as they came to the checkered flag, allowing Tolles to pick up the victory. Matt Lane finished second as Sands slipped back to finish third. Nathan Goodman and Brian McKenzie finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The first ever UMP Late Model Push Truck Dual Features event is scheduled for Saturday, May 30 and will feature two complete UMP Late Model Features each paying $1500 to win. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets will fill out the rest of the night’s racing line up. Regular admission prices will be in effect as they are each and every Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

/by Scott Hammer/

Marcoullier Edges Schlenk for UMP Model Feature Win at Oakshade

May 12th, 2009

Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Michigan held off a hard charging Rusty Schlenk to capture the UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night.

Marcoullier started on the outside of the front row and got the jump on pole sitter Tyler Boggs. Boggs and Marcoullier pulled away from the rest of the field early until Schlenk moved up to third and began to close in.

A caution for an incident involving Steve Kester, Chris Ross, Dan Wallace and Mike Miller tightened the field on lap six. Schlenk took advantage of the restart and took second away from Boggs shortly after the green flag flew once again.

Ky Harper had a top five run going but retired to the pits on lap 10. One lap later, Tyler Boggs spun in turn two while running second, forcing him to restart at the tail of the field. Jon Henry assumed the third position and he along with Schlenk began to pressure Marcoullier for the lead. Schlenk went to the high side and Henry hugged the inside with Marcoullier holding the lead in the middle.

Eventually things settled down and Marcoullier had a little cushion over second place Rusty Schlenk, but in the final laps Schlenk closed up right on his rear bumper once again. Schlenk had a good run coming off turn four on the final lap, but Marcoullier was able to edge him out for his second feature win in his last two visits to Oakshade Raceway.

The rest of the top five finishers started deep in the field. Jon Henry started 15^th and finished third. Last week’s feature winner, Wayne Chinn, passed the most cars after starting 19^th and ended up fourth with Dusty Moore moving up from starting 17^th to finish fifth.

Brian Fisher and Brett Miller each have one UMP Sportsman Feature win this year and both drivers started in the front row. Fisher took the early lead in the feature with Josh Steinacker going around the outside of Fisher for the lead on lap four.

After a lap five caution, Fisher reclaimed the lead from Steinacker for one lap, but then Steinacker regained command and began to pull away.

Miller eventually took second from Fisher and began to pressure Steinacker for the top spot. Just as they were about to take white flag, Miller spun in turn three while challenging for the lead and brought out the yellow flag.

Steinacker went on to become the third different UMP Sportsman Feature of the year with Fisher taking second. Tim Line was third with Matt Lindsey fourth. Tim Fisher started 15^th and ended up fifth.

Last week Jerry Signor ended his night upside down at the start of the Bomber A Main, but he kept all four wheels on the ground this week and led the A Main from flag to flag.

Jim Scout started 10^th and worked his way up to second by lap eight. Signor had built up a big lead, but a spin by Dan Plath brought out the caution on lap 10 which nullified Signor’s advantage.

Signor held off Jim Scout to earn the feature win. Ron Tolles took third followed by Danny Hogrefe and Craig Dippman.

Josh Froelich spun on the first lap of the UMP Hornet Feature in turn two and Curtis Spurgeon plowed into him hard ending both drivers’ night.

Adam Noonan started on the pole and easily picked up his second consecutive feature win of the year. Drew Smith finished second for the third consecutive week. Gabe Mueller, Tyler Line and Derek Morris were the rest of the top five finishers.

Jamie Grochowski won the UMP Bomber A Main a week ago, but could only muster earning a UMP Bomber B Main starting spot this week through his heat event. Grochowski started on the pole and led the entire distance for the UMP Bomber B Main feature victory.

Tim Mullendore finished second followed by last week’s C Main winner, Matt Lane, who started deep in the field. Jim Plotts finished fourth and Bob Krumm was fifth.

The Bomber C Main was the final event of the night. Dustin Sautter wasted no time getting to the front, taking the lead by the end of the first lap. Sautter never looked back opening a commanding lead and went on to pick of the victory. Rick Dixon started to slowly reel in Sautter, but had to settle for a distance second. Bob Mayer, Randy Murday and Robert Meinen rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

The fastest will meet to race once again at Oakshade Raceway in the UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber and UMP Hornet divisions on Saturday night with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Fisher, Scout, Herman, Dixon, Lancaster and Bloomfield Are Oakshade Opening Weekend Winners

May 1st, 2009

Oakshade Raceway kicked off its 33^rd year of top notch dirt track racing with a weekend full of racing excitement. Brian Fisher, Jim Scout and Dylan Herman were Bill Reckner Memorial trophy winners on Saturday night and Ron Bloomfield took the checkered flag on Sunday afternoon’s 200-lap enduro race.

The Bill Reckner Memorial UMP Sportsman feature was the featured event Saturday on the 3/8 mile high banked dirt oval. Twenty-four cars took the green flag with Rusty Smith jumping out to lead lap one after starting on the pole.

Brian Fisher wasted no time getting to the front by making a three-wide pass for the lead under Amy Bernard and Rusty Smith on lap two after starting inside the third row.

Fisher tried to open a lead over the rest of the field, but multiple cautions for spins kept the field tight.

Bruce Stuart appeared to be on the move, having worked up to third, but spun shortly after a restart for a late caution knocking him out of contention.

Fisher proved to be the class of the field holding off Tim Line to win the first feature event of the season. Defending Oakshade UMP Sportsman Champion Mike Jessen finished third followed by Brett Miller in his first Sportsman feature after moving up from the UMP Bombers this year. Steve Mills was fifth.

Ron Tolles held off Danny Hogrefe to win an exciting heat race earlier in the night and found himself starting on the pole for the Bill Reckner Memorial UMP Bomber A Main. Tolles jumped out to open up a big lead early, but Jim Scout began to close in.

Jerry Signor, Brad Miller and Rick Dippman tangled on the backstretch on lap seven ending their night earlier than anticipated. The yellow flag for the incident allowed Scout to close right up to Tolles’ rear bumper for the restart. Addison, Michigan’s Jim Scout made short work of Tolles, taking over the lead one lap later and went on to pick up the easy victory.

Tolles fell off the pace shortly after losing the lead and retired to the pits ending up 14^th .

Danny Hogrefe started 12^th and worked his way up to finish second ahead of Dan Shaffer, Jamie Grochowski and Ron Bloomfield.

The night marked the beginning of the sophomore season for the brand new UMP Hornet four-cyclinder division for younger drivers aged 12 to 18. The Bill Reckner Memorial Hornet feature event produced one of the most exciting finishes of the night.

Drew Smith started from the pole and assumed the early lead. Bowling Green, Ohio’s Dylan Herman closed in and went around the high side to take the race lead on the second lap.

Smith managed to hang with Herman, not letting him open up too much of a lead. Meanwhile, Casey Noonan who had spun on the first lap with a little help, worked himself back up to third.

Smith closed in and dove to the inside of race leader Dylan Herman in the final set of corners with the checkered flag in sight. The two drivers were side by side in turn four, but Herman managed to edge out Smith for the victory coming off turn four up high.

Adam Noonan, Curtis Spurgeon and Derek Morris rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

The Bill Recker Memorial Night was capped off with the UMP Bomber B and C Mains. Karl Spoores, Rick Dixon and Ron Leonard heated things up in the B Main, mixing it up early for the lead. Once things shook out, Dixon found himself in the lead and never looked back.

Rick Dixon won easily over Ron Leonard, Bob Mayer, Karl Spoores and Chris Sands.

Tony Tolles took command early in the UMP Bomber C Main with Fred Burtch running second. Curt Lancaster squeezed by Burtch to take second, but had made a bit of contact with Burtch trying to avoid a lapped car. The contact cut down a tire on Burtch’s car, ending his good run.

Lancaster proceeded to catch Tolles and made an exciting last lap pass to the inside of Tolles in turn four as they came to the checkered flag earning him the victory. Tolles had to settle for second with Dan Plath third and Josh Overmyer fourth. Craig Turner finished fifth.

Sunday afternoon marked the first of four scheduled enduro events of the season with a newly announced point series for the enduro drives. Trophies will be awarded at the end of the season for the top three in points.

Ryan Desgrange was the early leader of the 200 lap event, but quickly fell back through the running order after the 25 lap mark. Chris Williams then took over with consistent laps and managed to stay out of trouble. Trouble found him though shortly after completing 75 laps when his right rear wheel came off as he exited turn four. That prompted the only stoppage of the race as his car sat right near the groove facing oncoming traffic. Williams spent many laps in the infield and somehow managed to get his wheel back on enough to allow him to drive back to the pits to make more permanent repairs.

Brad Gilbert then assumed the lead by the halfway point and continued to lead a close race over Ron Bloomfield until he got within the final 50 laps. An apparent fuel line issue caused Gilbert to lose power forcing him to the pits while Bloomfield took the lead.

Gilbert got his car going again and came back out on to the track at least 10 laps behind the race leader. Bloomfield’s equipment held together and made it the distance to win the Sunday afternoon enduro race. Gilbert had completed enough laps to finish a distant second followed by Chris Osborn, Jeremy Grover, and Chris Williams who salvaged a fifth place finish. The next enduro race is scheduled for June 7, 2009.

Racing resumes Saturday at Oakshade Raceway with the 2009 debut of UMP Late Model action, along with the UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Consistency Pays Off For Grover With Oakshade Enduro Win

October 13th, 2008
Jeremy Grover didn't have the fastest car in Saturday's 200 lap enduro
race at Oakshade Raceway, but it was the most consistent and that paid
off for him with a win.

Jim Scout jumped out front to an early lead, but only a few laps after
the start, he made the first of many visits to the pits which took him
out of contention.

Craig Dippman led most of the race and appeared to have the car to beat
with Ryan Desgrange, the winner two weeks ago, running second.
Desgrange's chances of a repeat came to an end after completing 75 laps
when he smacked the wall exiting turn four which broke the steering on
the car making it nearly impossible for him to get back to the pits.

Dippman relinquished the lead briefly between lap 100 and 125 for a
visit to the pits turning things over to Jeremy Grover. Dippman came
back out and made up time on the track to regain the lead by lap 150.
 From that point on, Dippman began to open up his lead by a couple laps
over second place Grover.

With the finish in sight, Dippman had a problem and headed to the pits
after completing 192 laps. Grover continued making circuits around
Oakshade Raceway and regained the lead as Dippman's crew worked
diligently in the pits. Shortly thereafter, Dippman rejoined competition
but was a couple laps down. Dippman fought to get one of his laps back
in the closing moments but could not recover enough as Jeremy Grover
soldiered on to take the checkered flag. Dippman settled for second with
Chris Williams finishing third. Brian Joy was another driver that was
not the fastest on the track, but continued making laps when others had
problems earning him a fourth place finish with Joe Cordes coming home
fifth.

by Scott Hammer

Ryan Desgrange outlasted the competition in Sunday afternoon’s 200 Lap Enduro race at Oakshade Raceway.

September 30th, 2008
Jim Sayler and Josh Siebenaler were early leaders in the race with Dan
Dippman finally taking command well before the midway point of the race.
Dippman appeared to be the car to beat as the earlier leaders suffered
bad luck and fell way back in the running order.

Dippman went on to open up at least a 10-lap lead over Ryan Desgrange
toward the end of the race. Dippman had completed 199 laps with no real
issues and just as it appeared the race was over, Dippman slowed down
the backstretch. He went into turn tree and spun around off the high
side of the track as he lost a rear wheel. Dippman tried to nurse the
car the final quarter lap back to the checkered flag but could only get
as far as the middle of turns three and four where he sat up high in his
disabled car and watched his victory slip away.

Ryan Desgrange soldiered on for about ten more laps and his car survived
the entire 200 lap race to take the checkered flag. Dippman's 199 laps
complete were enough for a second place finish with Jeremy Grover third,
finishing 192 laps even after a hard head-on collision earlier in the race.

Neil Shaw went 177 laps to finish fourth and Chris Williams was an early
contender until his right front wheel gave out after 155 laps which
resulted in a fifth place finish.

by Scott Hammer

Oakshade’s Ninth Annual Bomber Spectacular Produces Spectacular Finish

September 29th, 2008
Oakshade Raceway's 9^th Annual Bomber Spectacular lived up to it's name
with an exciting final lap in which Craig Dippman went from third to the
lead to earn the $1,000 check for the win.

It is the only night of the season the UMP Bombers are the featured
division in the Saturday night racing program and they did not
disappoint. Seventy-five cars competed for one of the 24 starting
positions in the 30-lap Bomber Spectacular feature event.

Last week's UMP Bomber A Main winner Jim Scout found himself starting on
the pole. Scout would lead the first lap, but Chris Henry quickly
charged to the front after starting fifth to challenge for the lead by
the end of the first lap and took command on lap two.

Henry led much of the race with Scout closely pursuing in second as has
been a common occurrence during the 2008 season.

Todd Silvey was running third but spun on lap four and brought out the
yellow flag. Silvey would battle back through the field up to fourth
before spinning again and ending his night.

After a caution on lap 23, Scout was able to get alongside Henry for the
lead after the restart. Scout muscled his way to the front as Henry slid
back to third.

Silvey's second spin near the end of the race set up a two lap dash to
the finish with $1,000 on the line. Scout led the field back to the
green flag followed by Craig Dippman and Chris Henry. Henry immediately
went to work on the high side around Dippman to take second as the white
flag flew. Henry barreled into turn one on the final lap and plowed into
the left rear of Scout. Both cars spun with the entire field scattering
to get by. Dippman dove to the inside as the race continued to the
checkered flag.

After the smoke cleared, Craig Dippman from Northwood, Ohio added his
name to the list of Bomber Spectacular winners with Billy Brown claiming
second and Jeff Foks Jr. finishing third after starting 15^th . Brad
Miller was fourth and Dustin Sautter fifth.

George Lindsey picked up his first feature win of the year in the final
UMP Sportsman Feature. Lindsey started on the outside of the front row
and managed to lead the entire distance of the race.

An incident involving Amy Bernard, Joe Smith, Billy Ruff and Steve Mills
on the first lap brought out the first caution of the race. James Louy
spun on lap four for another caution. Mills, Louy and Pete Dotson had an
incident on lap eight that brought out the yellow flag once again, with
all three drivers retiring to the pits. The final caution flag flew on
lap 15 after Bruce Stuart spun and made contact with Joe Derbeck while
battling for fourth.

Mike Jessen tried to put the pressure on Lindsey for most of the race
with the cautions keeping the field somewhat close. Brian Fisher ran
third most of the race but finally got by Jessen in the final handful of
laps to take second.

Fisher was unable to do anything with Adrian, Michigan's George Lindsey
as he pulled away for the easy win. Jessen finished third behind Brian
Fisher with Brad Mills and Joe Derbeck rounding out the rest of the top
five.

Dylan Herman led flag to flag in the UMP Hornet Feature event. Tyler
Line put on the early pressure as the two raced door to door for several
laps until Herman finally won the battle. Line then had his hands full
with Derek Morris as he tried to hang on to second. The two drivers made
contact coming off turn two which turned Line's car down toward the
infield and collected Derek Morris to bring out the yellow flag.

Line was able to continue, but Morris remained in the infield as the
rest of the pack went back to green flag racing.

Dylan Herman from Bowling Green, Ohio captured his fifth feature win of
the inaugural season of the UMP Hornets with Nick Schalitz finishing
second. Line worked back up to finish third ahead of Drew Smith. Morris
was scored with a fifth place finish as only four cars remained on the
track at the finish.

by Scott Hammer

Oakshade Raceway

September 24th, 2008

 

(Saturday, September 20, 2008) Zack Olger was the fastest of the fast in Saturday night's Outlaw Late Model show at Oakshade Raceway that featured exciting racing action in each of the classes including the Racing for the Cure celebrity charity race. Lambertville, Michigan's Ron Miller had the lead at the start of the Outlaw Late Model feature, but Zack Olger quickly moved in from his sixth place starting position.  After a pair of cautions for Mark Pollack's spins, Olger began to set sail and pull away from the rest of the field. Setting the fast time of the night at just under 13.5 seconds, Olger was to be the class of the field.  Rody Schroyer out of Ottawa Lake, Michigan managed to hang with Olger for a few laps while running second, but the St. Johns, Michigan driver opened up his lead over Schroyer while working through lapped traffic on his way to his first Oakshade Raceway feature win of the year. Schroyer finished second with Ron Miller third after recovering from being involved in an earlier incident. Bryan Koebbe and Chris Keller were the rest of the top five finishers.  Several Toledo area media personalities took part in the rescheduled Racing for the Cure charity race which raised over $1,100 for the Northwest Ohio Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to help in the fight against breast cancer.

Defending champion Ryan Vetter of WTOL Channel 11 News had the most donations and got to start on the pole. He grabbed the early lead over NBC 24 weatherman Norm Van Ness.  Oakshade Raceway announcer Scott Hammer started at the tail and worked his way up to second, challenging for the lead, before spinning exiting turn four to bring out the only caution. Electrical problems kept Hammer from getting the car restarted forcing an early exit from the race.  Van Ness got his car figured out and started a charge to the front and went on to win. Oakshade's Dan Rice took second and Vetter slid back to finish third. WIOT's afternoon drive DJ Pyke finished fourth.

In UMP Sportsman feature action, Tim Fisher from Blissfield, Michigan started on the outside of the front row and proceeded to lead the entire distance.  Mike Jessen was the pole sitter and applied pressure to Fisher the entire race, but could not find a way to get around him with George Lindsey making it a tight three car battle for the lead.  Fisher hung on to pick up his eighth feature win of the season with Jessen and Lindsey maintaining second and third. Rusty Smith got by Brian Fisher to finish fourth.

One of the most exciting races of the night was the UMP Bomber A Main which was a prelude to next week's $1,000 to win Bomber Spectacular. Things started off with Curt Lancaster taking the early lead.  Danny Hogrefe was running fourth when he dropped a drive shaft on lap five which ended his night.  Lancaster, Billy Brown and Brice Luttrell had a heated battle for the lead for much of the race. While under a late debris caution, Luttrell retired to the pits giving up the second position which moved Jim Scout into striking distance with just two laps remaining.  Scout got alongside Lancaster on the final lap and was able to snatch the win away. It was the Addison, Michigan driver's second A Main win of the year.  Lancaster finished a close second followed by Brett Miller who started dead last in 23rd. Billy Brown fell back to finish fourth with Jeff Geis claiming fifth.

Adam Noonan earned his second consecutive UMP Hornet feature win after trailing Derek Morris for a majority of the race. Noonan finally got by Morris in the second half of the race after putting on the pressure much of the first half.  Dylan Herman from Bowling Green, Ohio finished second followed by Tyler Line, Dylan Burt and Curtis Spurgeon. Line and Burt got together racing for the third position as they crossed the finish line and Line spun into the concrete barrier on the inside of the track after the checkered flag.  Next was the UMP Bomber B Main. Last year's UMP Sportsman track champion Josh Steinacker got by Kyle Light on lap three to take the lead. Steinacker opened up a large margin over second place until Adam Bailer spun with just two laps to go.  Garry Domoe got to close up behind Steinacker in second for the restart. Steinacker went on to cross the finish line first, but after post-race inspection, his car was deemed illegal. Steinacker was disqualified and Domoe got credit for his second feature win of the year.

Dustin Sautter started 18th and earned an impressive second place finish with Ron Leonard taking third in a borrowed car. Jamie Grochowski also had an impressive run finishing fourth after starting 22nd. Steve Morris was fifth.  The UMP Bomber C Main featured three different leaders with Brian McKenzie leading at the start. Fred Birch took command on lap four and three laps later, Chris Williams took over as the final leader of the race on his way to his first feature win of the year.  Fred Birch held on to finish second with Tony Tolles marching through the field from 21st to finish third. Ron Bloomfield and Chris Sands rounded out the rest of the top five.

Saturday, September 27 will be the final Saturday night racing program of the 2008 season which will feature the Ninth Annual Bomber Spectacular paying $1,000 to the winner. UMP Sportsmen and UMP Hornets will also be in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm. Then on Sunday afternoon, Oakshade Raceway will host the first of two scheduled 200-lap/Two Hour Enduro races. Gates open at 11am with the race starting at 2pm.

Events will continue throughout the month of October at Oakshade Raceway with another Enduro scheduled for the afternoon of October 11, a swap meet on October 18 and Haunted Hay Rides every weekend. See www.oakshaderaceway.com for more details.

by Scott Hammer

Lindsey Gets First Feature Win, Jessen, Henry and Line Are Oakshade Track Champions

September 9th, 2008

Mike Jessen entered the night just 34 points ahead of Brian Fisher in the UMP Sportsman battle and Chris Henry led an even closer UMP Bomber point chase, ahead of Jim Scout by only three points as the night began. In the end, Jessen and Scout were crowned unofficial track champions along with Tyler Line in the UMP Hornets.

Along with the exciting point battles, Season Championship Night featured some great racing action on the track as well. Brian Fisher started third in the UMP Sportsman Feature with Mike Jessen starting way back in 14th, but it was Matt Lindsey that took command at the start after starting on the outside of the front row.

With Lindsey continuing to lead, Jessen had worked his way up into the top five by lap nine with Fisher still running in third.

A caution for a Richard Patton spin tightened the field up behind Lindsey. After the restart, Joe Derbeck, Brian Fisher and Brad Mills battled three abreast for second.

By lap 18, Fisher and Mills caught Lindsey and once again went three wide, this time for the race lead. Lindsey changed up his line running low through turns three and four and high in turns one and two and began to pull away again from the Fisher and Mills.

Trouble for Pete Dotson brought out the yellow with just two laps remaining giving Fisher and Mills one last shot at keeping Lindsey from capturing his first ever UMP Sportsman Feature win.

Rookie driver Matt Lindsey was able to hold off Fisher and went on to win. Fisher finished a strong second in front of Brad Mills, but it wasn’t enough to catch Mike Jessen in the final point standings. Jessen’s fourth place finish earned him the unofficial 2008 Oakshade Raceway Sportsman Track Champion title by just 16 points over Fisher earning him $1,100 courtesy of Harold & Sue Holland, Fisher Motorsports, Bill Ersham Concrete, Country Charm Cafe, Don Williams Excavating, Leo’s Metal & Wood and Ron Miller Race Cars.

One other notable was Rusty Smith’s fifth place finish which netted him the Ruhlman Race Cars Hard Charger award for gaining the most positions which was officially 12 spots scored from his 17th starting position. Smith actually had to start the race dead last after having to pit for a missing gas cap before the race started.

By the time of the start of the UMP Bomber A Main, Chris Henry had increased his point lead over Jim Scout by two for a total of a five point advantage entering the final event.

Last week’s UMP Bomber A Main winner Danny Hogrefe grabbed the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Jim Scout and Chris Henry worked through traffic and each had a close call in the first few laps.

Ron Leonard smacked the backstretch wall and then spun entering turn three to bring out the first caution period in the race on lap four.

Brice Luttrell was running third, but gave up that position after retiring to the pits on lap 7. That put Chris Henry up to third, just behind Jim Scout and Danny Hogrefe. Those three drivers then battled three wide for the lead. Jim Scout led the three wide racing on lap 11 until Chris Henry finally got the advantage on lap 13.

Henry went on to pick up his eighth A Main win of the year which gave him the unofficial Bomber Track Championship by just seven points over a very disappointed Jim Scout who finished second. Brett Miller had an outside shot of winning the point title, but ended up third in the standing and third in the race finishing just ahead of Danny Hogrefe and Craig Dippman who gained 15 positions after starting 20th.

Chris Henry will receive $800 for the championship courtesy of Harold & Sue Holland, Bill Ersham Concrete, Country Charm Cafe, Don Williams Excavating, Leo’s Metal & Wood, Ron Miller Race Cars and Raceway Energy’s.

Thirteen-year-old Tyler Line had the first ever UMP Hornet point championship wrapped up week ago after being the first competitor to field a vehicle in this brand new four-cylinder division at Oakshade Raceway.

Derek Morris looked strong at the very start of the UMP Hornet Feature after winning his heat event earlier in the night, but some contact with Dylan Burt on the backstretch turned Morris into the infield and put him well back in the running order.

Burt then held the lead until Adam Noonan got by on lap three. Noonan didn’t look back and went on to win his very first feature event. Dylan Burt held on to finish second with Tyler Line a close third. Dylan Herman finished fourth and Derek Morris recovered to finish fifth without the assistance of any yellow flags to tighten up the field.

Chris Howard and Ron Bloomfield Sr. put on some great racing action for the lead in the UMP Bomber B Main. Howard led the first six laps of the race, but Bloomfield finally got by on the inside on lap seven. The two race side by side for several laps with Bloomfield eventually taking command for good.

A late caution involving several cars including Terry Rushlow and Joe Hefner set up a two-lap shootout to the finish.

Bloomfield held off Howard to pick up his second B Main win of the year. Dave Sibberson, Jeff Geis and Josh Montague were the rest of the top five finishers. Jeff Strock was running fifth, but spun on the final lap and collected Fred Birch putting them well outside the top ten.

The most exciting finish of the night was in the UMP Bomber C Main. Bobby Hutchins got the lead after battling with Nate Goodman early. Hutchins then proceeded to open up a big lead that Chris Williams began to chip away at after he started deep in the field.

The leaders were in some heavy lapped traffic as Williams took the lead when the white flag waved. Williams attempted to go under a couple of slower cars battling side by side at the back of the field. Those two cars got together and clipped the right rear of Williams’ car sending him spinning down the backstretch on the final lap. Hutchins, who was just behind, made it through the melee and won his second consecutive UMP Bomber C Main.

Nate Goodman finished second followed by Cody Houston and Jack Garland. Chris Williams got his car going after having almost the entire right side sheet metal stripped off to salvage a fifth place finish.

On Saturday, September 13, Oakshade Raceway will host the Seventh Annual Sportsman Twin 25′s as well as the Racing for the Cure Celebrity Race. Among the participants will be competing are Norm Van Ness from NBC 24, Ryan Vetter from WTOL 11, Frank Corsoe from the Toledo Blade and BCSN, Murphy from 106.5 The Zone, Pyke from FM 104 WIOT, Cliff Smithers from K100, Jimmy Vegas from Star 105.5 and Nick Vitucci, the Toledo Walleye hockey coach. All proceeds will go to the Northwest Ohio Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to fight breast cancer. UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets will round out the bill for a full night of racing action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schoyer Edges Out ALMS Win At Oakshade

September 2nd, 2008

Kevin Reeve jumped out to the early lead in the 30-lap feature event
after starting on the outside of the front row.

Devin Shiels spin on lap four was the first of a series of caution flags
that held the race on that lap. Herb Reich’s spin while running second
and Rick Delong and Ronnie Perrine Jr. making contact while both drivers
were in the top five were just a couple of those numerous cautions.

Ky Harper found himself in second once the green flag flew for another
lap, but that was all that could be completed before another yellow when
Harper smacked the backstretch wall and broke something in the car
resulting in a spin at the end of the backstretch.

That moved Brian Ruhlman, the ALMS point leader up to second behind
Reeve. Ruhlman made an initial charge on Reeve for the lead after the
restart, but Reeve fought him off. A few laps later Ruhlman once again
pressured for the lead on the outside and took command on lap 13. One
lap later, Reeve’s hopes of a decent finish were dashed after he spun
and brought out another yellow forcing him to restart at the rear.

Finally, after a whole slew of cautions early in the race, a long green
flag run began. Rody Schroyer started 16^th and worked his way up to
second by the second half of the race. Ruhlman had opened up a pretty
sizable lead, but Schroyer chipped away at it lap after lap until
finally catching him with just a couple laps remaining. Also sneaking up
on the leaders was the 18 car of Rusty Seaver who quickly closed in to
make it a three-car battle for the lead on the final lap.

Ruhlman, Schroyer and Seaver battled three abreast on that final lap as
they came up on some slower traffic coming out of the final corner.
Schroyer went down low. Ruhlman found room up high and Seaver was in the
middle just looking for a spot to go with the slower traffic ahead. At
the line, Schroyer and Ruhlman were almost dead even with Seaver back
just a bit, but it was Schroyer finally picking up his first win of the
season by no more than an inch or two after starting deep in the field.

A very humble Brian Ruhlman settled for second which will increase his
point lead in the ALMS standings with just a couple races remaining over
Rusty Schlenk who finished fourth.

Rusty Seaver was a close third with Schlenk and Curtis Roberts rounding
out the rest off the top five finishers.

After the race, Schroyer was presented with a check for $2000 for the
ALMS Feature win and he announced his possible retirement after this
season as he will be without a ride next year even after winning the
Oakshade point championship.

A couple other noteworthy UMP Late Model veterans also announced that
they were hanging up their racing helmets after this season. No longer
will fans see the likes of Kris Patterson and Hillard Miller on a
regular basis marking an end of an era at Oakshade Raceway after many
great years of racing.

Brian Fisher tried to make it two UMP Sportsman Feature wins in a row on
Saturday night after taking the lead from Randy Franks on the second lap.

Oakshade UMP Sportsman point leader Mike Jessen closed in on Fisher and
the two drivers put on a heck of a side by side battle for the lead with
Jessen finally closing the deal on lap 11.

A late spin by Trevor Buter set up a two-lap race to the finish giving
Fisher one last shot at retaking the lead.

Jessen held on to pick the win which slightly padded his point lead over
Fisher who finished second.

Matt Lindsey earned the Ruhlman Race Cars Hard Charger Award, gaining
nine positions to finish third ahead of Rusty Smith and Bruce Stuart.

A huge pile up marred the start of the UMP Bomber A Main and resulted in
a complete restart. Among the cars involved were Billy Brown, Karl
Spoores, Ron Bloomfield Jr., Rick Dixon, Jamie Grochowski and Oakshade
UMP Bomber point leader Jim Scout.

Once things got going, Danny Hogrefe became the leader after starting on
the pole, but had Chris Henry applying some heavy pressure. Henry
entered the night just four points behind Scout in the point standings.

Henry tried to get to the inside of Hogrefe coming off turn four and the
two drivers made contact. Hogrefe continued on with the lead, but Henry
began to fall back.

Henry’s bid to take over the point lead suffered a major set back after
he spun and brought a yellow flag that sent him to the rear for the restart.

Hogrefe went on to lead the entire distance and picked up his first UMP
Bomber A Main win of the year over Brett Miller, Dustin Sautter, Dan
Shaffer and Curt Lancaster.

Three drivers remain alive for the Oakshade UMP Bomber Championship with
Chris Henry recovering enough after his spin to take an extremely slim
three point lead over Jim Scout into the final weekend of point
competition. Brett Miller sits just 38 points back in third.

A terrifying incident in the UMP Hornet Feature brought out a lengthy
red flag period on lap seven after 12-year-old Austin Peters’ car got
turned toward the infield on the backstretch and then flipped over a
couple times landing on its wheels. Peters appeared to be OK, but rescue
crews took their time extricating him from the car and took him to a
local hospital for further evaluation.

Once racing resumed, Dylan Herman was the leader with Gabe Mueller in
second. Mueller appeared to be a little slower coming up to speed on the
restart which allowed Herman to open up a big enough advantage to pick
up his fourth feature win of the year.

Mueller hung on to finish second followed by Adam Noonan, Curtis
Spurgeon and Tyler Line.

Jeff Geis got his first feature win of the year in the UMP Bomber B Main
after Jeff Grochowski led much of the race.

Grochowski had opened up a lead over the rest of the field early but a
couple of cautions kept the field tight with Geis eventually taking the
lead after making the pass on the outside of Grochowski on lap seven.

Grochowski finished second with Matt Rose third. Roscoe Stetton was
fourth and Josh Scott who usually runs modifieds found his way to finish
fifth.

Tony Tolles led early in the UMP Bomber C Main until Bobby Hutchins took
the lead a few laps later and began to pull away. Tolles eventually
retired to the pits after falling back through the running order.

Wauseon, Ohio’s Bobby Hutchins went on to the easy victory over Terry
Rushlow, Jake Recker, Gregg Detray and Adam Lantz.

Exciting point battles will be decided Saturday, September 6 which will
be Season Championship night for the UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber and UMP
Hornet divisions at Oakshade Raceway. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Marcoullier Wins Feature In Second Ever Visit To Oakshade/Schroyer Earns Championship

August 27th, 2008

Rody Schroyer finished third and wrapped up his third Oakshade Raceway Late Model Track Championship title.

The main storyline entering the night was whether or not Schroyer would maintain his very slim 12-point lead over Dusty Moore in the final night
of point competition for the UMP Late Model division at Oakshade Raceway. Both drivers faired well in their heats with each driver getting the win to earn starting positions in the Season Championship Feature.

Schroyer started three rows ahead of Moore in the feature and suffered a slight scare early on. A few cars bounced off each other on the first lap down the backstretch including Hillard Miller getting into the rear of Schroyer’s. That resulted in a complete restart with a few cars suffering damage, including that of Schroyer.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. gained the initial lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Ky Harper, who was celebrating his 18^th birthday, closed up to the second position and the top two drivers pulled away.

Schroyer fell back through the field early in the race with Dusty Moore getting ahead of him by a few positions, but Schroyer would fight back up through traffic before the end of the race.

Dona Marcoullier made his presence known on lap 19 after getting by Harper for second as he began his impressive march to the front.

A top three finish for Herb Reich was negated by getting too early of a restart after a lap 23 caution. Reich’s jump knocked him back to an eighth place finish.

Meanwhile, Marcoullier got by Perrine for the lead late in the race and went on to post his first ever win at Oakshade Raceway. Perrine took second and Schroyer got credit for a third place finish that put him ahead of Dusty Moore by 34 points in the final Oakshade Raceway Late Model point standings. Ky Harper finished fourth and Zac Davis was fifth.

At the awards banquet in December, Schroyer will be presented with a Rocket Chassis and $7,000 courtesy of Ruhlman Race Cars, Wyse Excavating, Matt Mahnke Concrete, Raceway Energy’s, Harold & Sue Holland, Bill Ersham Concrete, Don Williams Excavating, Leo’s Metal & Wood and Oakshade Raceway.

Rusty Smith looked to have the car to beat in the UMP Sportsman Feature event after gaining the early lead over Brad Mills.

A series of caution periods kept the field tight in the first 10 laps of the race, including a pair of Bruce Stuart spins and a spin by Ky Harper after running up in the top five.

Smith lost the lead on a lap eight restart after spinning in turn one in front of the entire field.

Brian Fisher inherited the lead and went on to get his second UMP Sportsman Feature win of the year. Mike Jessen maintained his points lead over Brian and Tim Fisher with his second place finish. Tim Fisher finished third ahead of Brad Mills and Rusty Smith who recovered nicely to finish fifth.

Craig Dippman started on the pole of the UMP Bomber A Main and spun early in turn two and collected the cars of Curt Lancaster and Chuck Leininger.

Chris Henry was celebrating his 22^nd birthday and appeared to have the car to beat, leading most of the race by a large margin until just before the white flag. Henry abruptly slowed coming off turn two and limped back to the pits.

B.J. Gregory took over the lead as the white flag waved over the field and went on to earn his first UMP Bomber A Main win of the year. Jeff Foks Jr., Dustin Sautter, Jim Scout and Danny Hogrefe rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Jim Scout reclaimed the Oakshade Bomber point lead after Henry’s trouble socked him with a 15^th place finish. Scout now leads Henry by just four points with two more weeks of point racing remaining.

Tyler Line led much of the UMP Hornet Feature. Adam Noonan and Dylan Burt tangled behind the leader in turn two, but both drivers managed to sort things out and continued on after dropping back a few positions.

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Herman kept out of trouble and got to the inside of Line on the final lap and won a close one over Line, Gabe Mueller, Derek Morris and Curtis Spurgeon.

Randy Roseman and Rick Dippman duked it out for the early lead in the UMP Bomber B Main. Roseman won that battle until Ron Bloomfield Sr. got by on lap three. Ron Leonard then began to apply the pressure on Bloomfield for the lead.

A wreck with two laps to go involving Marty Bloomer, Jake Reckner and Cody Houston tightened up the field one last time.

Bloomfield went on to capture his second B Main win of the year. Leonard held of Dippman to finish second with Kevin Cole and Terry Rushlow finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Randy Roseman might have had a top five finish, but wrecked in the final corner dropping him to 16^th .

Rick McDaniel led at the start of the UMP Bomber C Main until Jon Miller got by in the first couple laps. Miller went on to pick up his first feature win of the year with Chris Howard closing in near the end of the race. Howard had to settle for second with Nate Goodman, Ron Bloomfield Jr. and Jeff Strock the rest of the top five finishers.

The Oakshade UMP Late Model point battle may be over, but those drivers will return next weekend for the final American Late Model Series event of the year which will pay $2000 to the feature winner. The Labor Day weekend action will also feature the UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing starting promptly at 7pm.

Moore Tightens Oakshade’s Point Battle With Third Feature Win of Year

August 20th, 2008

A full moon shined down on a great night of racing that included an
eventful UMP Late Model Feature. Veteran driver Hillard Miller started
on the pole and held several leads throughout the race.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. got into Kevin Reeve while battling for second place
behind Miller sending Reeve spinning and bringing out the first caution
flag early in the race.

Perrine then got by Miller for the lead a couple laps after the restart
despite some right front fender damage.

Schroyer all but saw his championship lead evaporate after he lost it
off of turns one and two on lap six to bring out another caution.
Schroyer had to restart at the tail of the field.

Miller was hungry for the lead once again and began to pressure Perrine.
By lap 10, Miller was back out front. A short time later, Zach Olger
joined the fray and began to pressure Miller for the lead.

About the same time, Kevin Reeve had worked all the way back to fifth
after his early caution but hit the wall and tried to limp back to the
pits. That brought out the yellow flag and ended his night and dropped
him back from fifth to sixth in championship points.

Olger got around Miller for the lead a lap after the restart, but Miller
wasn’t done yet. Following another caution, Miller drove it in hard into
turn one trying to get under Olger on the restart. Miller made contact
with the left rear of Olger sending his car spinning in front of the
entire field which brought out the yellow and forced Olger to restart at
the tail.

Now it was Moore’s turn to try to get by the 53 car of Hillard Miller.
Moore did make the pass, but a spin by Chris Keller brought out another
caution flag before a full lap could be complete with Moore leading. So
Miller re-inherited the lead once again briefly.

Swanton, Ohio’s Dusty Moore got around Miller on the outside and went on
to pick up his third Oakshade Raceway feature win of the year.

Hillard Miller held on to finish second with Rody Schroyer recovering
after his caution to finish in third and limiting the amount of points
gained by Moore. Zac Davis finished fourth and Ronnie Perrine Jr.
slipped back to end up fifth.

After spinning with the lead, Zach Olger’s title hopes ended with his
eighth place finish which was good enough to move him to third in points
ahead of an absent Casey Noonan, but with strong finishes by Moore and
Schoyer, it is likely that Olger will be racing to maintain third in
points in next weekend’s UMP Late Model Season Championship Night.

Tim Fisher got the jump over Joe Smith after starting on the pole of the
UMP Sportsman Feature and went on to lead the entire distance. Fisher is
third in the Oakshade UMP Sportsman point standings and tightened things
up among a great three car battle at the top with Brian Fisher and point
leader Mike Jessen.

Joe Smith trailed Fisher most of the race, but a late debris caution set
up a two lap race to the finish which Brian Fisher took advantage of to
take second from Smith near the finish.

Tim Fisher, out of Blissfield, Michigan, made it a clean sweep on the
night winning his heat, the Racer’s Connection/TJ’s Automotive Dash for
Cash and his seventh UMP Sportsman Feature of the year.

Brian Fisher was second followed by Joe Smith, Mike Jessen and Brad
Mills. Billy Ruff earned the Ruhlman Race Cars Harder Charger award,
gaining seven positions to finish ninth.

Garry Domoe and Brett Miller put on a show in the UMP Bomber A Main with
Domoe gaining the initial lead after both drivers started on the front row.

Rick Dixon spun on the second lap to bring out the caution flag.

Brett Miller took advantage and claimed the lead one lap after the
restart. Domoe wasn’t done and got back alongside Miller and the two
raced side by side lap after lap. Domoe finally got the advantage on lap
nine and went on to pick up his first UMP Bomber A Main win of the year.

Miller finished second holding off Curt Lancaster who finished third.
Chris Henry took over the Bomber point lead with his fourth place finish
after Jim Scout had a bad night finishing well back in the field. Josh
Steinacker was fifth.

Gabe Mueller picked up his third feature win in a row in the UMP Hornet
division. Mueller led most of the race but second place finisher Dylan
Herman held the lead momentarily after a restart. Herman slid up in turn
two and Mueller got back around for good.

Tyler Line finished third followed by Curtis Spurgeon and Dylan Burt.

Rookie Matt Rose picked up his first feature win in the UMP Bomber B
Main after starting on the outside of the front row and leading the
entire distance.

Ron Leonard mounted a few challenges for the lead while running second
after a couple restarts due to cautions but Rose held strong.

Dustin Sautter started dead last and managed a third place finish ahead
of Rick Dippman and Toxic Moe.

Walt Helsel led from flag to flag in the UMP Bomber C Main after
starting on the pole. Nate Goodman was running second before getting
into the backstretch wall which ended his night on lap five. Then it was
Donovan Paskin, winner of last week’s C Main, who was running second and
then spun out with two laps to go.

Helsel then held off Brian Barden to pick up the victory. Bobby Hutchins
finished third followed by Satch Crispen and Joe Heffner.

Find out who will claim the 2008 Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model Track
Championship on Saturday, August 23 for their final point race of the
season. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets will also be in
action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Noonan Earns Third Win of Year at Oakshade

August 12th, 2008

With just two weeks remaining, the points championship is up in the air
with seven drivers still mathematically having a shot at the title.
Casey Noonan closed to within 51 points of the point lead with his
feature win Saturday night after starting deep in the field. Noonan
remains third in the tight points race behind Rody Schroyer and Dusty Moore.

Noonan earned his third feature win of the year the hard way,
transferring in to the UMP Late Model Feature through the consolation
race. That put Noonan back deep in the field for the start of the race.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. started on the pole and looked to be the man to beat
early in the race with Curtis Roberts chasing him in second until he
retired to the pits before the 10-lap mark of the 25-lap event.

Chris Ross inherited second and had a good battle with Tyler Boggs,
before the Warsaw, Indiana driver took it away.

As all this action was going on and with Perrine leading the way, Casey
Noonan quietly worked his way up to the front and got alongside Perrine
for the lead. The two drivers battled side by side for a while before
Noonan took command on lap 17.

Perrine stayed right on Noonan’s back bumper the remainder of the race
and did everything he could to try to mount a challenge, but Noonan held
on for the win with Perrine finishing a close second.

Tyler Boggs finished third followed by Chris Ross and Zach Olger.

Mike Jessen followed up last week’s UMP Sportsman Feature win with a
photo finish victory over Brian Fisher to slightly increase his
advantage in the point standings as they are the top two in points.

Jessen led from the start and managed to open up a lead the first half
of the race despite multiple cautions keeping the field tight.

Brian Fisher restarted second behind Jessen after a lap 13 caution and
Jessen could not pull away. Fisher remained glued to the rear of
Jessen’s car the remainder of the race with a few challenges to inside
of Jessen which Jessen was able to fend off.

Fisher once again dove to the inside of Jessen going into turn three on
the final lap and Fisher made contact with the left rear of Jessen
sending the back of his car sliding up the track. Jessen hung on as
Fisher got alongside and the drivers were door to door coming off turn
four and all the way to the checkered flag with Jessen claiming the
victory by mere inches over Fisher in one of the most exciting finishes
of the night.

Tim Fisher is third in points behind Brian Fisher and Mike Jessen and
ended up with a third place finish in the race. Joe Derbeck and Matt
Lindsey rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Brad Mills started 20^th and finished 12^th earning him the Ruhlman Race
Cars Hard Charger $50 gift certificate for gaining eight positions in
the race.

It was a bad night for most of the drivers in the top five of Oakshade’s
UMP Bomber points with the exception of Chris Henry. Henry continues to
trail Jim Scout in points despite posting his seventh feature win of the
year.

Scout’s night ended with just two laps completed after being involved in
a crash with Adam Bailer and Brett Miller, who is third in points.
Miller pitted and rejoined competition after the incident after winning
the UMP Bomber A Main the previous two weeks.

Craig Dippman is fourth in UMP Bomber points and worked his way up to
third before suffering a cut tire on lap six. Dippman spun and brought
out the yellow flag and then went to the pits to change the tire.
Dippman made it back out on the track just as the field was taking the
green flag and spun again as he tried to catch the pack. That brought
out his second caution flag which ended his night due to Oakshade’s “two
cautions and you’re out” rule.

Chris Henry went on to the easy victory and closed to just 11 points
behind Scout. Curt Lancaster had another good finish in second ahead of
Brice Luttrell, Rick Dixon and B.J. Gregory.

Gabe Mueller picked up his second consecutive UMP Hornet Feature win of
the year after a great battle with Dylan Burt. Burt led early in the
race and tried to hold off Mueller, but Mueller eventually got by Burt.
Burt finished a close second with Tyler Line finishing third. Michel
Triplehorn finished fourth with Dylan Herman fifth.

Kyle Light led from flag to flag in the UMP Bomber B Main, which was
next to take to the track.

Dan Shaffer moved in on the leader after starting 15^th and got to the
inside of Light on the final lap as Ron Bloomfield Sr. also closed in.
Light held off the challenge to pick up the victory. Bloomfield just
edged out Shaffer for second in a close finish for the top three
positions. Rick Dippman took fourth with Gene Potridge fifth.

Marty Bloomer led much of the final even of the night, the UMP Bomber C
Main, until incidental contact with Donovan Paskin sent Bloomer
spinning. Paskin was putting the pressure on for the lead and dove to
the inside of Bloomer entering turn three. Bloomer’s back end broke
loose and at the same time, Terry Rushlow dove to the inside of Paskin.
Bloomer and Paskin touched sending Bloomer spinning in front of Paskin
and Rushlow.

Everyone was able to get by as Bloomer grabbed a gear and continued on
after falling back in the running order.

Paskin went on to pick up the victory over Rushlow, Bobby Hutchins, Walt
Helsel and Satch Crispen. Bloomer finished seventh.

Only two weeks of remain in the UMP Late Model point chase at Oakshade
Raceway. Competition is sure to be fierce on Saturday, August 16,
featuring the UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP
Hornets. In addition to the regular racing program it is the Links Zone
Night of Wheels and children’s bicycles will be given away to some lucky
kids at intermission. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schlenk Wins Butch Wildermuth Memorial ALMS at Oakshade

August 8th, 2008

Schlenk entered the night second in ALMS points, 47 points behind Ruhlman, and started eighth in the main event.

The caution flag flew only once in the 30-lap Butch Wildermuth Memorial ALMS Feature and that was on the first lap after Bill Hahn and Ky Harper spun in the first set of corners resulting in a complete restart. After that, the race went 30 green flag laps straight.

Ruhlman from Clark Lake, Michigan, started on the pole and had a great battle with Kevin Reeve racing side by side for the lead much of the first third of the race. Finally, just before the midway point in the race, Reeve took command.

Lapped traffic soon became a factor and Rusty Schlenk took advantage, closing in on the race leader. Schlenk took the lead on lap 23 and began to pull away while he continued to navigate through lapped traffic.

It was the third win of the year for Schlenk at Oakshade Raceway. He was presented with the Butch Wildermuth Memorial trophy and a check for $3,000.

Kevin Reeve capped off his impressive run holding on to a second place finish with Curtis Deisenroth posting a strong third place finish. Tyler Boggs from Warsaw, Indiana finished fourth which will move him ahead of Jerry Bowersock to fourth in ALMS points. Rusty Seaver who is third in ALMS points, finished the race in fifth.

Ky Harper darted out to a big lead at the start of the Butch Wildermuth Memorial UMP Sportsman Feature after starting on the pole.

A series of caution flags kept the field somewhat tight early on allowing Billy Ruff to put pressure on Harper for the race lead.

By lap eight, Mike Jessen moved up to second and began to try to close the distance on Harper. Three laps later, Jessen acquired the lead after Harper’s run ended in disappointment when he retired to the pits on lap 11.

Jessen, from Berkey, Ohio, went on to pick up his first feature win of the season and added to his Oakshade UMP Sportsman point lead over Brian Fisher and Tim Fisher.

George Lindsey came flying around the outside of a bunch of cars near the finish, but ran out of laps to see if he could catch Jessen and had to settle for second place. Brian Fisher started that the tail of the field and got as high as second, but ended up a respectable third finishing ahead of Tim Line and Rusty Smith.

Brett Miller found his way back to victory lane for the second week in a row in the Butch Wildermuth Memorial UMP Bomber A Main. Miller started
on the outside of the front row and led the entire distance.

Curt Lancaster pursued Miller most of the race but didn’t have enough motor to mount a challenge on Miller. Lancaster settled for second.

Jim Scout, the Oakshade UMP Bomber point leader, was third with Chris Henry and Rick Dixon rounding out the rest of the top five.

The UMP Hornet division took to the track next for their feature event. Gabe Mueller battled with Dylan Herman, last week’s winner, early. Mueller was able to separate himself by a few car lengths from Herman and went on to his first feature victory. Herman finished second and Dylan Burt was third for the second consecutive week. Curtis Spurgeon was fourth with Derek Morris fifth.

The action heated up early in the UMP Bomber B Main. Dustin Sautter started on the pole in a car he doesn’t normally drive and grabbed the lead at the start.

Chuck Leininger was running second and putting the pressure on. Leininger’s right front made contact with the left rear of Sautter as they entered the corner. The contact sent Sautter spinning and out of the race as Leininger continued on.

With Leininger leading, Wade Rick was moving toward the front after starting near the tail of the field. He was battling with Rick Dippman for third when the two tangled in turns three and four. Wade Rick spun and brought out the yellow flag relegating him back to the tail.

Leininger out of Delta, Ohio, went on to the victory over Ron Leonard, Rick Dippman, Donovan Paskin and Jake Gamber.

Jim Remley opened up a large lead at the start of the final event of the night, the UMP Bomber C Main. That lead was negated by a caution that flew on lap four for Ron Bloomfield Jr. who slowed on the front stretch.

Nate Goodman was second on the restart and momentariy took the lead from Remley one lap later. Remley battled back as just as Brice Luttrell joined the fray, racing three wide for the lead at one point.

Luttrell took command for good a few laps later and managed to hold off Nate Goodman who finished a close second. Brian Barden got by Remley to finish third and Joe Heffner was fifth.

Save $2.00 off adult general admission tickets on Saturday, August 9 at Oakshade Raceway courtesy of Leo’s Metal and Wood. Racing action will feature UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Noonan Impressive With Second Feature Win at Oakshade

August 2nd, 2008

Dusty Moore began the evening with a one point advantage over Rody Schroyer and caught a bad break early in the UMP Late Model Feature. Moore spun in between turns one and two just after completing the second lap to bring out the only caution of the race.

Noonan, meanwhile, took the lead after starting on the pole and began to
distance himself from the rest of the field.

Rusty Schlenk and Justin Paxton had a great battle going most of the race for the second position, about a straightaway behind the race leader.

Noonan masterfully worked through some heavy lapped traffic on his way to picking up the checkered flag. Paxton made a last lap pass to narrowly edge out Schlenk for second.

Rody Schroyer took over the point lead from Dusty Moore with his fourth place finish after starting 14^th . Zac Davis slipped back to finish fifth after starting on the outside of the front row. Moore ended up 12th .

Rookie UMP Sportsman driver Matt Lindsey started on the pole and looked strong in the early laps of what turned out to be a very eventful UMP Sportsman Feature.

Bruce Stuart was challenging Lindsey for the lead in the first couple laps until he spun and collected Joe Smith to bring out the first yellow flag.

Jerry Urbanowski finally took the lead from Lindsey on lap five, but a few laps later, Urbanowski got held up behind a lapped car and Brian Fisher took advantage and snatched the lead away as Ky Harper followed him into second.

Shortly after attaining the lead, Brian Fisher’s car slowed which brought out another caution. While under the caution, a fire broke out under the rear of Kerry Rouse’s automobile. The fire was quickly extinguished, but Rouse’s night was over.

Ky Harper found himself with the lead as the field went back to green flag racing. Urbanowski reclaimed the top spot by lap 14 and one lap later, Harper retired to the pits turning over the second position to Tim Fisher.

Fisher was unable to catch Urbanowski before the checkered flag flew, but after Urbanowski went across the scales for the post-race inspection, it was found that his car was 20 pounds under weight. Urbanowski was disqualified and Tim Fisher was presented with the Swanton Sports Center UMP Sportsman Feature winner trophy.

Rusty Smith start 17^th and had a great run to finish second. Matt Lindsey held on to finish third followed by Joe Derbeck and Oakshade’s UMP Sportsman point leader Mike Jessen.

B.J. Gregory was the benefactor of a few well-timed caution flags in the UMP Bomber A Main, but it wasn’t enough to get him to the checkered flag. Gregory darted out into the lead at the start and was quickly pursued by Garry Domoe.

Oakshade UMP Bomber point contender Chris Henry had quite a scare after he and Ron Leonard and Dave Sibberson came together on lap three to bring out a yellow. Henry’s car suffered damage, but was able to continue. Henry is second in points behind Jim Scout.

Domoe continued his bid for the lead and passed Gregory on a few occasions and each time the caution flag would fly soon after allowing Gregory to retain the lead.

Domoe then had his hand full with a hard-charging Brett Miller late in the race who got by Domoe and then got alongside Gregory for the lead as the white flag waved. Miller made the pass and went on to pick up the victory with Gregory and Domoe finishing close behind. Craig Dippman was fourth with Danny Hogrefe ending up fifth after starting deep in the field.

Once again, the brand new UMP Hornet class featuring front-wheel drive four-cylinder cars for drivers 12 to 18 years old fielded the largest field to date which allowed for their first feature event under the lights.

Tyler Line and Ben Liaeff battled for the lead early with Line eventually taking command.

Dylan Burt and Dylan Herman tangled to bring out the first caution of the race. Both drivers continued on.

Liaeff took advantage of Line’s car being slow as he came back up to speed on the restart and took the lead away. Line finally got back up to speed and drove way too hard under Liaeff as they entered turn three. The two drivers hit and spun. Brett Shaw and Curtis Spurgeon were also collected in the incident that took all four drivers out of the race.

Gabe Mueller assumed the lead for the restart, but missed a shift when the green flag flew. Dylan Herman and Dylan Burt both passed Mueller for the top two spots.

Fourteen year old Herman went on to pick up his second consecutive UMP Hornet Feature win. Mueller was able to get back by Burt to finish second. Kyle Nowicki and Derek Morris rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Next to take the track was the UMP Bomber B Main. Brice Luttrell got by Ray Klawitter on the first lap and went on to lead the entire distance of a caution filled race.

Jeff Strock had a pair of spins. Jeff Browns came to sudden stop exiting turn four while running in third. Klawitter and Matt Rose got together on lap five. Joe Heffner spun in front of a lot of traffic on the backstretch a lap later. Jeremiah Floyd brought out the final caution after he spun in turn one to set up a one lap shootout to the finish.

Luttrell went on to hold off Roscoe Stetten to pick up his first feature win of the year. Curt Lancaster finished third followed by Dan Plath and Nate Goodman.

The carnage continued in the UMP Bomber C Main after a big pile up on the backstretch on the first lap brought out the red flag. Some of the drivers involved included Brian McKenzie, Jason Doty, Chris Sands and Kevin Cole.

Wade Rick of Delta, Ohio got the early lead after the complete restart and tried to pull away from the rest of the field, but a few more cautions kept things somewhat tight.

Rick went on to pick up his second feature win of the year. Jake Reckner finished second with Steve Reeves taking third. Josh Overmyer started last and worked his way up to finish fourth even with all of the caution periods. Cody Houston started on the pole and slipped back to finish fifth.

The rescheduled Butch Wildermuth Memorial takes place Saturday, August 2 at Oakshade Raceway as part of the American Late Model Series event that will pay $3000 to the feature winner. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets will also be in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Matt Miller Wins $10,000 Birthday Race And Dennis Erb Crowned Summer Nationals Champion

July 17th, 2008

Dennis Erb entered the night with just a four point advantage over Brian Shirley in the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals point standings. Shirley had his work cut out for himself after having to take a provisional just to make the 60-lap Oakshade Raceway Birthday Race UMP Late Model Feature event. Erb started near the front on the inside of the second row while Shirley started 20th.

Wes Steidinger finished second in last year’s Birthday Race and snatched the lead at the start after starting on the pole. Steidinger then began to pull away from second place Kris Patterson in the early laps.

Dennis Erb, with the UMP Summer Nationals title on the line, suffered a close call shortly after the start as he and Jason Feger got together on the backstretch with both drivers almost ending up in the wall. They checked up and continued on only losing a few positions and getting minor damage to each car.

Last year’s Birthday Race winner Jeep Van Wormer took second from Patterson and then began to make up ground on race leader Wes Steidinger. Van Wormer got up to the rear bumper of Steidinger at one point while working lapped traffic, but Steidinger turned on the afterburners and once again pulled away with the lead.

Steidinger suddenly slowed off the pace on lap 33 after losing his drive shaft which brought out the yellow flag and ended his night. That turned the race lead over to Pinconning, Michigan’s Jeep Van Wormer.

Zac Davis had a strong run going in the third position, but a few laps after Steidinger’s misfortune, Davis spun in turn two to bring out another caution flag and sent him to the tail of the field.

Matt Miller then got up alongside Van Wormer and battled for the lead with Miller eventually taking it around lap 38.

Brian Shirley’s hopes of winning the UMP Summer Nationals title were dashed on lap 39 as his car rolled to a stop on the backstretch. Shirley had fought his way up through the field to sixth before suffering mechanical problems that took him out of competition.

Matt Miller went on to dominate the final stages of the race by opening up a big lead over Van Wormer and the rest of the competitors won the 11^th Annual Birthday Race/UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Finale. Matt Miller was presented with a check for $10,000 for the victory.

Jeep Van Wormer finished second with Dennis Erb third. Erb was also crowned the 2008 Summer Nationals Champion, his second consecutive Summer Nationals Championship.

Doug Drown finished fourth with Casey Noonan fifth.

Craig Dippman and Brice Luttrell came together at the start of the UMP Bomber A Main and both drivers went head on into the backstretch wall as they came off turn two. Danny Hogrefe was also collected in the incident that resulted in a complete restart.

Chris Henry took advantage of the restart and led the entire distance on his way to capture his sixth A Main win of the year. Despite all of his feature victories this year, Henry is still second in Oakshade Bomber points to Jim Scout who finished a close second in the feature.

Ron Bloomfield Sr. and Randy Roseman battled hard for the early lead in the UMP Bomber B Main. Bloomfield assumed the lead over Roseman by the end of the second lap.

Dan Shaffer then began to pressure Bloomfield for the race lead, racing side by side for a few laps until finally taking command on lap seven.

Shaffer went on to pick up his first feature win of the year with Randy Roseman finishing second. Chris Howard, Dustin Sautter and Matt Rose rounded out the rest of the top five finishers with Bloomfield dropping back to finish eighth.

Jerry Signor fought off a heavy challenge from Ron Leonard early in the UMP Bomber C Main.

Jeff Strock spun and collected Jeff Grochowski and Jesse Moyer to bring out the yellow flag on lap two. Leonard relinquished second on the track as he retired to the pits while the field was under the yellow flag.

That moved Karl Spoores up to second and he and Signor traded paint and the lead shortly after the restart. Spoores eventually got the lead and then Signor slowed on the backstretch and went to the pits. That turned second over to Chuck Faller who then proceeded to spin in turn one bringing out another caution.

Spoores went on to pick up the victory. It was his first of the year as well. Tim Line was second and Jeff Strock recovered after his earlier caution to finish third. Kevin Cole finished fourth and Josh Overmyer was fifth.

The UMP Hornet class of front-wheel drive four-cylinder cars for 12 to 18 year olds continues to grow each week and produce fun racing action. Fourteen year old Dylan Herman fought off last week’s winner, Ben Liaeff, to earn his first win of the year after a close call on the final lap with the lapped automobile of Stephanie Miller.

The Vintage American Race Cars will join the UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber and UMP Hornet show at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, July 19. Gates will open at 4pm with racing action beginning at 7pm.

Aaron Scott Dominates Howard Miller Memorial at Oakshade Raceway

July 8th, 2008

The first six laps of the UMP Late Model Feature were slowed due to multiple caution periods including one that involved Steve Kester, Brad Eitniear, Hillard Miller and Kris Patterson on lap number two.

Brian Ruhlman led the first part of the race after starting on the pole and held off challenges from Rusty Schlenk and Dusty Moore.

Once things finally settled down, Aaron Scott charged his way toward the front and took the lead from Ruhlman on lap eight. Scott proceeded to open up a sizable lead over Ruhlman as there were no more cautions the remainder of the race to slow things down.

Aaron Scott from Newark, Ohio went on to the easy victory and was presented with the Howard Miller Memorial gas jug trophy, as was all of the night’s feature winners. Ruhlman maintained a second place finish with Oakshade’s UMP Late Model point leader Dusty Moore finishing in third. Casey Noonan finished fourth followed by Rody Schroyer in fifth.

Bruce Stuart jumped out to the lead in the UMP Sportsman Feature after starting on the pole and led the first seven laps of the race. A couple early cautions kept the field tight and eventually Tim Fisher took command on lap eight.

Stuart stayed up in the high line through the corners to keep the pressure on Fisher who was hugging the inside.

A late caution came out for Harold Heisler who rolled to a stop on the front stretch. After the yellow flag had been thrown, Bruce Stuart’s car came to a stop on the backstretch while running in second and had to receive a tow to the pits. Brad Mills took over the second spot for the restart.

After leading the Oakshade UMP Sportsman points earlier this season, Tim Fisher had a string of bad luck the past few events posting a couple DNF’s due to mechanical issues. This week though, Fisher appeared to finally shake that monkey off his back as the veteran driver found his way back to victory lane for the fifth time this year.

Brad Mills finished second followed by the UMP Sportsman points leader Mike Jessen who was third. Ky Harper finished fourth and Matt Lindsey was an impressive fifth after starting at the tail of the field.

Chris Henry has had a spectacular year in the UMP Bombers at Oakshade as he earned his fifth Bomber A Main win on Saturday night, but is still chasing Jim Scout in the point standings.

Henry took the lead from the start over Dave Sibberson after starting on the outside of the front row. Jim Scout started directly behind Henry and hounded him much of the race.

Chris Henry held off Scout to take the checkered flag and took another small chunk out of Scout’s point lead as Scout finished second in the race.

Brett Miller was third followed by B.J. Gregory and Rick Dixon.

The UMP Bomber B Main produced one of the most exciting finishes of the night.

Dustin Sautter led most of the race and held off an early challenge from Ron Leonard and then from Curt Lancaster.

With Sautter continuing to lead, Todd Silvey closed in and made it a three car battle for the lead along with Lancaster. They were three wide for the lead as the white flag flew. Lancaster got shuffled back with the battle continuing between Silvey and Sautter on the final lap.

It was Jackson, Michigan’s Todd Silvey that was first to cross the line earning him his first feature win of the year. Lancaster managed to get by Sautter to take second with Ron Leonard and Rick Dippman rounding out the rest of the top five.

Walt Helsel led early on in a caution-filled UMP Bomber C Main until Jeff Strock took control on lap five. An ecstatic Jeff Strock went on to pick up the easy victory and his first feature win of the year.

Helsel held on to finish second ahead of Cody Houston, Jake Reckner and Jamie Grochowski.

The largest field of UMP Hornets to date put on an exciting trophy race. Ben Liaeff held off points leader Tyler Line early as Line suffered mechanical issues later in the race that put him out of competition.

Liaeff went on to drive his orange Dodge Neon to victory lane for the first time. Dylan Herman held off Brett Shaw in a good battle for second with Curtis Spurgeon and Jake Alcock rounding out the top five.

Oakshade Raceway will be hosting the biggest event of the 2008 season this coming weekend with the 10^th Annual Birthday Race/UMP Summer Nationals Finale which will pay $10,000 to the winner of the 60-lap UMP Late Model Feature. UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets will also be in action with the UMP Sportsman taking the night off.

The front gate will open on Friday, July 11 from 11am until midnight for fans wishing to come in and reserve their seats and for campers planning to stay the night. Everyone that comes in on Friday, must purchase tickets for Saturday’s race. Blankets or plastic may be taped around the bleachers to reserve your seats, but no tape or markings will be permitted directly on the bleachers.

Gates will open at 10am or earlier on Saturday, July 12 and the pits will be open to everyone until 4pm to meet drivers and get autographs. After 4pm, a pit pass will be required to remain in the pits. Group qualifying will begin approximately at 6pm with racing starting at 7:45pm. Visit www.oakshaderaceway.com for more information.

Rusty Schlenk won the UMP Late Model Feature for the second time this year at Oakshade Raceway.

July 4th, 2008

The two battled hard and spun in front of the entire pack, stacking things up behind them and bringing out the only caution flag of the race. The result was a complete restart which was a lucky break for Miller and Schlenk as they both got their starting positions back.

Schlenk wasted no time getting the lead. By the time they got to the backstretch, Schlenk was in command.

Brian Ruhlman moved up to second and began to make up just a little bit of ground on Schlenk’s large lead in the latter stages of the race as they worked through lapped traffic.

Schlenk went uncontested to the checkered flag with Ruhlman finishing in second. Dusty Moore assumed the Oakshade UMP Late Model points lead with his third place finish. Zach Olger was fourth and Rody Schroyer finished fifth and falls three points behind Moore in the point standings.

Veteran driver George Lindsey sat on the UMP Sportsman Feature pole and proceeded to open up a lead over the rest of the field until a debris caution on lap eight tightened everyone back up behind him.

Brian Fisher took advantage of the opportunity and got to the inside of Lindsey and after a few laps of side by side racing, Fisher took the lead.

Shortly after Fisher took command of the race, Rob Anderzack brought out the red flag after a scary incident in which he slammed the front stretch wall extremely hard coming off turn four. The car got slightly airborne and burst into flames as it came to rest. Anderzack quickly climbed out of the car under his own power.

The excitement continued back under the green flag. With Fisher leading the way, Ky Harper was picking off positions using the high groove through the corners and eventually worked his way up to the lead on lap 17, just as another caution came out. That turned the lead back over to Fisher and set up a great race to the finish.

The two drivers battled side by side all the way to turn four on the final lap. Harper slipped up a bit in that corner which was just enough to allow Fisher to pick up the victory. Harper finished a close second with Lindsey falling back to finish third.

Mike Jessen came home fourth and maintains a 21 point advantage over Brian Fisher for top spot in the Oakshade’s UMP Sportsman point standings. Rusty Smith finished fifth.

Todd Silvey jumped out to the early lead in the UMP Bomber A Main. Craig Dippman closed in and took the lead on lap nine.

Two laps later, Brad Miller took the lead and went on to hold off the Oakshade UMP Bomber point leader Jim Scout for the win. Brett Miller got by Dippman to finish third as Dippman fell back to end up fourth with Curt Lancaster fifth.

Dave Sibberson took the lead from Aaron Boyd on the second lap of the UMP Bomber B Main and went on to post the win. Boyd held on to finish second followed by Jeff Grochowski, Kevin Hanford and Terry Rushlow.

Joe Heffner got by Jake Recker to take the lead on the second lap of the UMP Bomber C Main. Jerry Signor quickly closed in and had a heated battle with Heffner before finally taking command of the race for good on lap five.

Signor went on to capture his second C Main win of the year with Heffner
settling for second. Chuck Faller finished third with Jake Reckner and Matt Rose rounding out the rest of the top five.

It was another exciting night for the four-cylinder UMP Hornet division with Dylan Burt picking up his second win of the year.

Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with the Howard Miller Memorial at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, July 5^th . In addition to the great UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber and UMP Hornet racing, there will be a fireworks display courtesy of Crazy Joe’s. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Noonan Drives to Barney Oldfield Win at Oakshade

June 18th, 2008

An outstanding field of drivers, including NHRA drag racer Cruz Pedregon, was on hand to compete for the coveted Oakshade Raceway Barney Oldfield Trophy. Unfortunately the competition proved to be too stiff as Pedregon failed to make it in to the feature.

Kevin Reeve started on the outside of the front row after winning his heat event earlier in the night and snatched the early lead from pole sitter Mike Bores. Defending Barney Oldfield Race Champion Ronnie Perrine Jr. from Lima, Ohio, pressured Reeve for the lead during the first quarter of the race. The first yellow flag flew on lap 11 after Ky Harper’s car rolled to a stop in turn number two. Mike Bores, Mike Miller and last week’s feature winner Bill Hahn all piled up on the ensuing restart to bring out second caution.

Casey Noonan started ninth and worked his way up to take the lead from Reeve at the midway point of the race and then pulled away from the rest of the field. Rusty Schlenk worked his way up to second and began to reel in the race leader, but didn’t have enough laps to close the distance on Noonan. Noonan went on to a convincing win picking up the check for $4400 for winning the 19th Annual Barney Oldfield Race. Former UMP Late Model Track Champion Rusty Schlenk finished second with Kevin Reeve slipping back to finish third. Last year’s Barney Oldfield winner Ronnie Perrine Jr. finished fourth with Dusty Moore fifth. Rusty Smith took advantage of starting on the pole of the UMP Sportsman Feature event and he captured his second feature win of the year.

Mike Jessen challenged Smith for the lead for most of the race getting alongside the 71 car on a few occasions, but Smith was able to hold him off.
Brian Fisher finished third followed by Scott Mills and Brad Mills. Oakshade’s UMP Sportsman points leader fell out of competition before the finish of the race with mechanical problems. Chris Henry took another small bite out of Jim Scout’s UMP Bomber points lead by winning his fourth A Main of the year with Scout finishing in second.

Brett Miller made his way to the front past Henry near the end of the race as a late race caution set up a two lap shootout to the finish. Miller led the field back to the green flag and appeared to suffer a flat tire as he spun down the backstretch returning the lead back to Chris Henry. Garry Domoe finished third with Craig Dippman and Jeff Foks Jr. rounding out the rest of the top five finishers. Dan Shaffer looked strong in the UMP Bomber B Main, grabbing the lead early after starting on the outside of the second row. Shaffer then proceeded to open up his lead over the rest of the field until late in the race.

George Laney took the lead after a restart for a caution and then lost it as he slipped up high in turn four as the leaders were coming to the white flag. Shaffer reclaimed the lead briefly, but Laney got back by Shaffer for the lead and went on to pick up the victory with Shaffer settling for second. B.J. Gregory was third with Dustin Sautter and Terry Rushlow fourth and fifth respectably.

Ron Leonard held off Billy Brown in the UMP Bomber C Main to earn his second feature win of the year. Marty Bloomer finished third followed by Brice Luttrell and Jerry Signor. The American Late Model Series returns this coming Saturday night for the Butch Wildermuth Memorial paying $3000 to the Late Model Feature winner. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and the exciting UMP Hornets will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Hahn Goes Flag To Flag At Oakshade

June 11th, 2008

Zack Olger moved into second by lap three and closed in on Hahn. Olger caught him by lap 11 and got alongside for the lead. Olger’s progress was thwarted by a lapped car that he had to check up for. Olger was unable to recover to mount another challenge and fell back to third after Rody Schroyer, Oakshade’s UMP Late Model points leader, passed him on lap 16. Schroyer was unable to get close to Hahn as Hahn held on to take the victory after lapping a good portion of the field. Olger finished third followed by last week’s feature winner Dusty Moore and Ronnie Perrine Jr.

Tim Fisher took the lead from Tim Line on lap two of the UMP Sportsman Feature and went on to pick up his fourth win of the season to add to his points lead.
Multiple cautions kept the field tight with Mike Jessen working his way up through the field to second. Jessen tried to work the high groove to mount some kind of challenge on Fisher for the lead, but just was unable to catch him. Jessen settled for second with young driver Matt Lindsey finishing third. Joe Derbeck was fourth with Brian Fisher fifth.

The UMP Modifieds made their only appearance of the year with an exciting feature event. Darryl Banks grabbed the lead at the start from the pole and led most of the race. This race would also be plagued by a slew of cautions that kept shuffling the running order behind Banks. Terry Hull marched his way toward the front and got by Banks late in the race, but Banks made a final bid for the lead on the final lap. He dove to the inside of Hull as they entered turn three and muscled his way by to take the checkered flag. Josh Scott finished third behind Hull followed by John Brooks and last year’s UMP Bomber Champion Tom Ordway.

The UMP Bomber A Main was dominated by Chris Henry, leading the entire distance. Jim Scout managed to get to second but couldn’t challenge Henry who won his third UMP Bomber A Main of the year. Craig Dippman finished third followed by Dan Shaffer and Jeff Foks Jr. Another dominating performance was displayed in the UMP Bomber B Main, this time by Curt Lancaster. Lancaster started on the outside of the front row and took command early en route to pick up the victory. Kevin Hanford followed for second with Jake Gamber third and Zach Tipton fourth. Ron Leonard finished fifth.

Rick Dippman and Chuck Faller traded the lead early and often in the UMP
Bomber C Main. Dippman got control of the race early until he slid up high in turn three on lap five allowing Faller to get by. Dippman regained his composure and the lead on lap seven and never looked back. Dippman held off Faller to pick up the victory. Cody Houston, Walt Helsel and Ron Bloomfield rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Tyler Line continued his undefeated streak in the UMP Hornet division once again taking the checkered flag after Gab Mueller cut a tire while battling with Line.

On Saturday, June 14, Oakshade Raceway will host the 19^th Annual Barney
Oldfield Race for the UMP Late Models paying $4400 to the winner. UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers will also be in action with gates opening at
4pm and racing at 7pm.

Moore Wins With Exciting Last Lap Pass at Oakshade

June 4th, 2008

Schroyer started on the pole and took the early lead after battling with Kevin Reeve at the start. Schroyer would go on to lead most of the race, but Dusty Moore and Ronnie Perrine Jr. were lurking further back in the pack on their way to eventually treating the fans to some incredible racing action for the lead.

The first caution flag flew on lap six after Devin Shiels spun at the back of the pack. This set up the first look at the new Delaware double-file restart procedure for the UMP Late Model Feature at Oakshade in which the cars lined up two by two behind the race leader.

Schroyer brought the field back to the green flag and immediately saw four-wide racing behind him for second.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. started ninth and by lap nine, began to pressure Schroyer for the lead repeatedly diving to the inside and getting ahead in the corners, but Schroyer held him off until lap 15. Perrine looked to have completed the pass, just as the caution flag flew again, this time for Chuck Hummer’s spin. That would relegate the lead back to Schroyer for the restart with Perrine second and Dusty Moore third.

Those three drivers put on quite a show with some of the most exciting racing imagineable in the final 10 laps of the race. Schroyer, Perrine and Moore continually traded the lead multiple times each lap, often racing three-wide. Schroyer battled back to be the leader on the final lap, but Dusty Moore got an incredible run coming off the high side of turn four to narrowly edge out Schroyer and Perrine at the checkered flag.

The Swanton, Ohio driver’s second feature victory moved him up from fourth to second in Oakshade’s UMP Late Model points and Schroyer’s second place finish was enough to move him past an absent Tyler Boggs into the points lead.

After the dust settled, Perrine found himself with a third place finish. Casey Noonan was fourth and Kevin Reeve fifth.

Steve Mills and Tim Fisher put on a great battle for the lead in the first few laps of the UMP Sportsman Feature. The two drivers started on the front row with Tim Fisher looking for his fourth win already this year. Unfortunately for Fisher, he would end up spinning on lap five to bring out the first caution after dropping back to the third position.

Steve Mills led the field back around to the restart and Rusty Smith jumped to his inside. One lap later, Smith took command of the lead.

The bad luck continued for UMP Sportsman points leader Tim Fisher when he spun again bringing out the yellow for a second time and ending his night after just seven laps.

Bruce Stuart, who won his heat race earlier in the night, moved up and challenged Smith for the lead in the second half of the race, which was
slowed multiple times because of cautions for spins.

Rusty Smith held off Stuart who couldn’t reel in the leader on the final lap. It was Smith’s first feature win of the year.

Brian Fisher posted another top five finish ending up third ahead of Mike Jessen and Brad Mills.

Brett Miller from Metamora, Ohio started on the pole of the UMP Bomber A Main and led from flag to flag to earn his first feature victory of the year.

Miller initially opened up a big lead until Craig Dippman spun on lap seven bringing out the yellow flag.

Dave Sibberson restarted in second and was trying to pressure Miller for the lead and ended up spinning himself which created an incident that also involved Kevin Hanford, Garry Domoe and Rick Dixon.

Jim Scout then assumed second behind Miller and after a final one-lap shootout at the end, Miller was able to hold on to be the first to the checkered flag. Scout settled for second followed by last week’s feature winner Chris Henry. Dan Shaffer and Jeff Foks Jr. rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Ronnie Leonard passed Marty Bloomer for the lead on lap two of the UMP Bomber B Main. Leonard then proceeded to pull away and appeared to be on the way to an easy victory, but Jody Burton had other ideas.

Burton closed up right behind Leonard, but could not find away to get around the 16L car driven by Leonard and after some close racing, Leonard held on for the win. Burton was second with Jamie Grochowski third. Roscoe Stetton started
last and worked his way up to a respectable fourth place finish with Marty Bloomer slipping back to finish fifth.

Aaron Boyd had an impressive run going in the Bomber C Main, taking the initial lead and pulling away a couple times before losing a drive shaft
that would end his night in the pits.

Brian Barden inherited the lead briefly until Walt Helsel got by one lap later. Helsel stretched his lead over the rest of the field on his way to picking up the UMP Bomber C Main victory.

Barden finished second ahead of Jeremiah Floyd, Joe Heffner and Chuck Faller.

Oakshade’s UMP Hornet class added another competitor to the swarm of young drivers. Ben Liaeff made his debut in an exciting three-car, five-lap trophy dash. Liaeff joined Tyler Line and Gab Mueller who grabbed the lead early.

Line, who is undefeated so far, slipped back at the start behind the other two drivers. Line recovered and in an attempt to take the lead from Mueller, made contact that sent Mueller to the pits. Liaeff took advantage and led for a short time until Line got back around and went on to keep his winning streak alive.

Oakshade Raceway will see the return of open-wheel racing on Saturday, June 7 with the first and only scheduled appearance of the UMP Modifieds joining the regular classes of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Matt Miller Returns to Oakshade to Win ALMS

May 28th, 2008

The 30-lap ALMS Feature event ran the entire distance caution free. Ronnie Perrine Jr. and Tyler Boggs started on the front row and battled side by side for the lead the first couple laps until Boggs finally took control.

Boggs then began to pull away from Perrine and the rest of the field. Meanwhile, Matt Miller was working his way toward the front and began to close the distance on Boggs just past halfway point of the race.

Boggs continued to work through slower traffic which allowed Miller to close in even more and on lap 23, Miller got to the inside and took over the lead.

Matt Miller went on to pick up the easy victory with Tyler Boggs hanging on to second over a closing Jeep Van Wormer. Ronnie Perrine Jr. fell back to finish fourth with Zack Olger from St. Johns, Michigan finishing fifth.

The UMP Sportsman Feature race began with some three-wide racing on the first lap for the lead between Bill Stuttz, Bruce Stuart and Tim Fisher with Fisher taking command on lap two.

Stuttz slipped back after his early battle for the lead and on lap nine spun in turn four to bring out the first caution.

Ky Harper restarted in second behind Fisher, but was slow coming back up to speed and fell back a few positions when the green flag flew.

A couple laps later, Rob Anderzack and Brad Mills tangled while exiting turn four to bring out another caution.

Tim Fisher continued to lead with Brian Fisher in second in the final nine laps that were marred with multiple caution periods, the last of which came out after Rick Heath’s second spin that set up a two-lap shootout to the finish.

Brian Fisher tried to make a challenge for the lead, but then found himself under attack from Bruce Stuart as the two drivers battled for second.

Tim Fisher added to his UMP Sportsman points lead at Oakshade with his third feature win of the year. Brian Fisher just edged out Stuart for second at the line. Rusty Smith started tenth and ended up fourth with Ky Harper rounding out the top five.

UMP Bomber Points leader Jim Scout and Chris Henry put on a great battle in the second half of the UMP Bomber A Main, but it was Danny Nighswander leading from the pole at the start.

Chris Henry took over the lead on lap two and began to pull away from the rest of the field after a few early caution periods.

Jim Scout started ninth and began challenging Henry for the lead halfway through the race. The two drivers traded the lead several times until B.J. Gregory and Chris Howard got together in turn four to bring out the yellow with just two laps remaining.

Chris Henry was the leader when the caution came out and led Jim Scout back to the green flag for the restart. Henry got a great jump on the restart and opened a few car lengths advantage over Scout. Scout could not recover from the distance Henry opened up on the restart and Chris Henry went on to win his second A Main of the year.

Garry Domoe finished third behind Scout, followed by Brett Miller and Brad Miller.

Jody Burton led the first lap of the UMP Bomber B Main until a melee in turns three and four involving Jeff Strock, Jerry Signor, Brad Brehm, Matt Rose and Marty Bloomer brought out the first caution.

Ron Bloomfield Sr. grabbed the lead by lap two and never looked back. He went on to win his first feature of the year. Dave Sibberson started deep in the field and worked his way all the way up to finish second with Karl Spoores Jr. taking third. Jody Burton fell back to finish fourth with Josh Montague fifth.

Jamie Grochowski drove his hot rod past Chris Williams for the lead on lap four of the UMP Bomber C Main and began to pull away en route to his first feature win of the year.

A late caution for Brad Kuszmaul’s spin allowed Williams to close up on the rear bumper of Grochowski for the restart with two laps to go. Williams couldn’t do anything with Grochowski and actually fell back a spot as Dan Plath got by Williams to finish second. Zach Tipton finished fourth and Brian Barden was fifth.

Tyler Line got his first taste of competition in the brand new UMP Hornet four-cylinder front-wheel drive division for 12 to 18 year olds at Oakshade Raceway as Gabe Mueller made it a two-car field to race for the trophy. Line had several weeks more experience than Mueller and once again took the checkered flag.

Exciting racing action continues this Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway with UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Dusty Moore Triumphs at Oakshade

May 20th, 2008

It was Ronnie Perrine Jr. that appeared to have the car to beat after
taking the lead early and pulling away.

Dusty Moore, with last week’s feature winner Rusty Schlenk just behind,
tried to reel in Perrine Jr. until a lap 11 caution changed the entire
complexion of the race. Initially the caution was thrown for Chris
Keller’s spin in turn four. Just as that incident occurred, Schlenk
slowed abruptly on the backstretch and went straight to the pits
relinquishing the third position.

Then leader Ronnie Perrine Jr. had a mechanical problem just as the
field took the green flag. His car slowly rolled to a stop up high
between turns one and two to bring out another caution.

Moore inherited the lead and was pursued by Roddy Schroyer in the
closing laps. Moore stretched his lead and went on to pick up the easy
victory over Schroyer, Zac Davis, Zach Olger and Tyler Boggs.

Randy Franks was the early leader in UMP Sportsman Feature racing action
until Rob Anderzack took over on lap two.

Tim Fisher grabbed the lead on lap 10 and Mike Jessen followed into
second as Anderzack began to slip back.

Jackie Sheldrick, Trevor Butor and Joe Smith spun in turn one with seven
laps to go to bring out a caution flag.

Jessen jumped to the outside of Fisher after the restart and the two
drivers had a good side by side battle for the lead in the remaining
laps. Jessen managed to be ahead by a nose at the line on at least one
occasion, but it was Tim Fisher who was able to hang on and cross the
finish line first when it counted. It was his second feature win of the
year.

Jessen finished a very close second followed by Brian Fisher and last
week’s feature winner Josh Steinacker. Anderzack fell back to finish fifth.

Danny Hogrefe threaded the needle between Dustin Sautter and Brett
Miller to snatch the lead on the first lap of the UMP Bomber A Main.

Jim Scout then began to put the pressure on a lap later, diving to the
inside of Hogrefe for the lead. Hogrefe held off the challenge for a
while, but Scout finally took command of the race on lap 11 and went on
to pick up the win.

Hogrefe finished second followed by Brett Miller, B.J. Gregory and Dan
Shaffer.

The UMP Bomber B Main featured a great battle for the early lead between
John Renchler, Brian Barden and Billy Brown with Renchler eventually
winning that battle.

Roscoe Stetton had to start at the tail of the field after bringing out
a caution on the first lap of the race, but worked his way nicely up to
second by lap seven.

Stetton couldn’t get any further though as Renchler held on to take the
checkered flag over Roscoe.

Aaron Boyd finished third and Marty Bloomer was fourth. Ronnie Leonard
finished fifth after completing a 360 coming off turn four

Jim Plotts led the first half of the UMP Bomber C Main with Jerry Signor
quickly moving up to challenge.

On lap seven, Plotts got held up behind a lapped car and Signor took
advantage and grabbed the lead away and the eventual win. Plotts had to
settle for second followed by Jeremiah Floyd, Jeff Geis and Richarde Riffe.

Thirteen year-old Tyler Line was once again uncontested in the brand new
UMP Hornet division at Oakshade Raceway that features drivers 12 to 18
years old in front wheel drive, four cylinder cars.

Memorial Day Weekend marks the first of four scheduled American Late
Model Series events at Oakshade Raceway this summer. The UMP Late Model
Feature winner will pocket $2000. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP
Hornets will also be in action with gates open at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Schlenk Wins at Oakshade

May 13th, 2008

Rody Schroyer and Casey Noonan battled for the lead initially after
starting on the front row. Schroyer had just gotten by Noonan when the
first yellow flag of the race flew after Ronnie Perrine Jr. and Brandon
Thirlby got together coming off turn two.

Rusty Schlenk was third for the restart and quickly disposed of Noonan for second. Schlenk then began to reel in Schroyer for the lead.

Ken Hahn, Herb Reich and Ryan Missler piled up coming off turn four on lap four to bring out another caution.

Once racing resumed, Schlenk began to put the pressure on Schroyer diving to the inside in the corners and getting alongside, but was unable find the grip to stay alongside Schroyer coming off the corners to complete the pass.

Tyler Boggs closed in from third on the race leaders as they continued their heated battle out front and started to close in on slower traffic.

Schroyer maintained his line up high and was stymied just a bit by a slower car at the back of the field as they were coming to the white flag. Schlenk took advantage of his misfortune and finally was able to complete the pass for the lead and to take the victory in the first UMP Late Model Feature of the year at Oakshade Raceway.

Schroyer held off Boggs to hang on to a second place finish. Noonan took fourth with Dusty Moore rounding out the top five finishers.

The UMP Sportsman Feature started off with another great front row battle between Rob Liaeff and Josh Steinacker. Liaeff initially won the battle, but Steinacker fought back on the outside and grabbed the lead by lap two.

Ky Harper was on the move and got has high as second before coming to a stop with mechanical issues on lap seven. Rob Liaeff also experienced problems on lap 10 and came to a stop on the backstretch after having been running in the top five.

Tim Fisher worked his way into second after winning the feature two weeks ago and applied the pressure for the lead, but Steinacker held on to capture the checkered flag in a close finish over Fisher. Mike Jessen finished third with Rob Anderzack fourth and Joe Derbeck fifth.

Rick Dixon got by Jerry Signor for the early lead in the UMP Bomber A Main after a few early cautions.

Craig Dippman started ninth and finally passed Signor and Dixon to take command of the race on lap five. Dippman then had to hold off both Danny
Hogrefe and Jim Scout to earn the his first feature victory of the year.

Hogrefe finished second followed by Scout, Dixon and BJ Gregory.

A big pile up at the start of the Bomber B Main involving Jeff Geis, Jeremiah Floyd, Dan Plath and Brad Kuszmahl resulted in a complete restart.

Jamie Grochowski grabbed the lead from the pole with Brett Miller quickly closing in early in the race. Miller took over the lead on lap five and seemed to be the class of the field until a late caution.

That caution meant the race would finish with a one lap shootout. Miller took the green flag on the restart with Jody Burton hot on his tail going into turn one. Burton made contact sending the 10 car of Brett Miller spinning. Burton then slipped up the track, slowed and headed back to the pits. Miller, meanwhile, did a 360 and continued on after only losing several positions.

Billy Brown was third on the restart and inherited the lead after the incident by diving low underneath Miller’s spinning car. Brown went on to capture the win with Josh Montague taking second.

Brett Miller recovered nicely to edge out a third place finish over Jamie Grochowski and Brad Brehm.

Aaron Boyd led early in the UMP Bomber C Main with Chris Howard moving up to second when the caution flag flew after Ted Powell spun on the front stretch and got a piece of Richard Riffe who was running fourth but continued on.

Howard got around Boyd for the lead one lap after the restart and pulled away from the field to pick up the win over Boyd, Zach Tipton, Richard Riffe and Jim Guinn.

Great racing action continues next Saturday, May 17 at Oakshade Raceway featuring UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Tim Fisher Edges Out Bill Reckner Memorial Win

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Harper started on the pole of the 25-lap event with Fisher just behind, starting inside row two. The two drivers battled hard for the lead early
with Harper eventually prevailing.

Harper began to stretch his advantage until the first caution flag flew for the stopped car of Stephen Britton on lap five.

Oakshade Raceway changed the restart after cautions rule this year by restarting the race at the exit of turn four as opposed to the end of the backstretch as was done in previous years. Veteran driver Tim Fisher caught on quick and had the restarts figured out. He got by Harper for the lead once the green flag waved again, but Harper would battle back and regain the lead just one lap later.

Mike Jessen fought back to second position as Fisher slipped back.

Trevor Buter spun coming off turn two just in front of the leaders to bring out the caution flag again on lap 14. Everyone got by without any contact.

Harper caught a break one lap after the restart as Rusty Smith spun to bring out the yellow just as Harper slipped up high in turn two and was about to lose a couple positions. Harper maintained the lead with the help of the caution and Fisher had worked his way back up to second.

After one more caution for a spin by Randy Frank, the Harper/Fisher show began to heat things up at the front of the pack. Fisher took the lead on lap 18, but Harper would battle back on the high side and the two drivers continued to exchange the lead several times.

Harper appeared to have things in control in the final few laps, but Fisher closed in once more. The two drivers were door to door as they took the white flag with Fisher continuing to hug the inside while Harper stayed up high.

Tim Fisher from Blissfield, Michigan got by Harper to take the first checkered flag of the season in a close finish. Brian Fisher moved up to finish third while Mike Jessen slipped back to fourth ahead of George Lindsey.

Jim Scout, Brad Miller and Brett Miller went three wide for the lead at the start of the Bill Reckner Memorial UMP Bomber A Main. Brad Miller found himself out front once things shook out from that early battle.

Brad Miller continued to lead with Brett Miller in pursuit until the first caution came out on lap 11 after Jeff Foks Jr. lost a wheel.

After the ensuing restart, Brett Miller gave up second and drove to the pits. Chris Henry then took over the runner-up position behind Brad until another caution three laps later in which the leader would suffer a flat tire.

Brad Miller limped back to the pits under yellow and made it back out for the restart, but had to start at the tail of the field.

Chris Henry then set sail as the leader with Jim Scout and Craig Dippman trying to catch him in the closing laps.

Henry went on to pick up the victory with Jim Scout, Craig Dippman, B.J. Gregory and Kyle Light rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Wade Rick took command of the UMP Bomber B Main early on and never looked back.

Dustin Sautter started tenth and looked to be one of the few cars that might be able to challenge Rick if he could catch him. Sautter worked his way up to third by lap five, but went to the pits after a spin for Joe Heffner brought out the yellow.

After the caution, John Rentchler appeared to be the man on the move, gaining the second position very briefly. As soon as he took over the second spot, Rentchler spun and came to a stop in turn four to bring out the second caution of the race. Rentchler’s car didn’t suffer any damage until Joe Heffner plowed into the rear of his stopped automobile ending both drivers’ night.

Wade Rick soldiered on to the checkered flag and the win with Marty Bloomer finishing a strong second. Matt Rose held on to third with Brad Kuszmaul and Josh Montague finishing fourth and fifth.

The UMP Late Model season at Oakshade Raceway was not scheduled to begin until next weekend, but several cars were in the pits to do some testing/practice after the night’s events were complete. Instead, the fans got a special treat with a little preview of what to expect from the UMP Late Models this season. John Yoder put up $200 for the winner of a 10-lap race for the five cars that were on hand. Country Charm Cafe then added a $100 for second and another $100 for the third place finisher. Raceway Energy’s and Montague Motorsports threw in a little extra cash for the rest of the field.

Most fans stuck around for the exhibition race and they were rewarded with a great show. The only caution came out on lap two after a spin by Dan Wallace. After that it was Chuck Hummer showing the way with Chris Keller putting on the pressure.

Casey Noonan pulled out of competition in the middle of the race leaving the four remaining cars to battle in a tight pack.

Keller took the lead away from Hummer but Hummer made one last valiant attempt for the win diving to the inside of Keller on the final lap coming off of turn four, but he could not make it stick and had to settle for second with Chris Keller earning the hard fought victory.

Steve Kester finished third followed by Dan Wallace.

The excitement continues next weekend at Oakshade Raceway with the first official appearance of the year for the UMP Late Models along with the UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm. Check out the new www.oakshaderaceway.com for more details.

Williams Survives Final Enduro

October 23rd, 2007

Brad Baklund who had won the last enduro race took command early and set
a fast pace in the first 50 laps.

This week, luck was not on Baklund’s side. Mike Kimpel got turned around
in turn one in front of a pack of cars that included the leader. Baklund
ended up hooked together with Kimpel’s car and sat in the corner for
many laps.

Jake Rendel was also caught up in the incident making heavy contact with
Kimpel. Rendel was running in the top three, but the accident ended his
afternoon early.

Baklund finally got separated and continued on, but not until after
Jeremy Grover took the lead. Grover maintained the lead until shortly
after the halfway point in the race when the right rear wheel came off
and almost caused Grover to roll over, but luckily for him the car came
back down on the three remaining wheels.

Grover dragged his car back to the pits and made a quick stop to add a
fourth wheel to his car. He appeared to maintain the lead after the fast
stop, but a few laps later the right rear wheel fell off and again
almost sent Grover’s car rolling over. Grover’s car came back down hard
right side up, but his day was over.

Mike Lauharn was next to lead and held on to it for over 50 laps with
Craig Dippman closing in. Just as Dippman was about to catch Lauharn,
Lauharn dove into the pits.

Dippman took over the lead within the final 25 laps and appeared to have
the win locked up with at least a five lap lead over his nearest
competitor. Then bad luck struck again with less than two laps to go.
Dippman limped down the backstretch and into the pits a lap and a half
shy of the checkered flag.

Eventually Chris Williams completed enough laps to take the lead with
Brad Baklund behind him on the same lap.

Williams held on to take the checkered flag with Baklund settling for
second. Craig Dippman maintained a third place finish with Chris Joy
fourth. Both drivers completed 198 laps. Mike Lauharn fell back to
finish fifth after completing 188 laps.

Brad Baklund Goes The Distance

October 9th, 2007

The heat did not stop the action on the track as the field took the
green flag shortly after 3pm. Craig Dippman had to be an early favorite
driving the car that Dan Dippman had dominated in a week ago. But Craig
was not as fortunate, suffering mechanical problems with a broken rear
end finally ending his afternoon before he could complete 75 laps.

Brad Baklund on the other hand had a good run early in last week’s
enduro until he had to make several lengthy pit stops that took him out
of contention. This week, Baklund had the 39 car looking stout, taking
the lead early and running the entire distance without making a stop.

Baklund had a few close calls. The first one happened when he got hooked
together with a lapped car coming off turn four and both cars spun. They
got unhooked and both drivers continued on. There were a couple other
incidents where Baklund had contact with other cars, but not enough to
keep him from taking the checkered flag well ahead of his nearest
competitor.

Ryan Desgrange had a strong run in second most of the afternoon and
seemed to be the only competition for Baklund though he was several laps
down. Desgrange’s luck ran out shortly after the 150 lap mark as a
lapped car shot out from the inside and directly into his path.
Desgrange could not get slowed up in time and plowed into the car and
broke the steering on his vehicle ending his day.

That allowed Jacob Dick to overtake second before the end of the race.
Dick finished over 30 laps behind Baklund. Desgrange completed enough
laps to hand on to a third place finish with Nate Goodman’s car holding
together just enough to finish fourth. Jacob Lazier survived to finish
fifth.

The final race of the season happens on Saturday, October 20 with
another 200-lap/2 hour enduro race starting at 3pm. The Oakshade Raceway
Swap Meet takes place that morning. Also, the haunted hay rides continue
every Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of October at the
track. Check out www.oakshaderaceway.info for more information.

David Hilliker Sets Blistering Pace At Oakshade

September 24th, 2007

The huge lexan side boards towered up from the left side of most of the Outlaw Late Models which helped produce some incredible speeds. With the field inverted for the feature based on qualifying times, Hilliker had to start at the back, but the rest of the competitors would have probably liked him to start even further back if it were at all possible.

Josh Montague started on the pole and led the first lap. Chuck Hummer then grabbed the lead very briefly until Rody Schroyer flew by and began to pull away from the rest of the field.

Schroyer was trying to put as much distance between himself and the 21 car of David Hilliker who was rocketing through traffic toward the front. Schroyer’s lead quickly evaporated and Hilliker closed in and took the lead away on lap nine.

Schroyer tried to stay close to Hilliker and got into the lapped car of George Laney. Laney spun and the yellow flag came out.

With Brian Koebbe in third behind Schroyer on the restart, Koebbe and Schroyer made contact and Koebbe spun and had to restart at the tail.

Terry Sroufe took advantage and got by Schroyer for second on the next restart, but David Hilliker was by far the class of the field lapping all but just a few cars in the extremely fast Outlaw Late Model Feature.

Sroufe held on to finish second ahead of Schroyer. Koebbe was the second fast qualifier of the night and recovered to finish fourth after his spin earlier in the race. Mark Wagner was fifth.

Mike Jessen, the unofficial state of Ohio UMP Sportsman Champion started on the outside of the front row in the UMP Sportsman Feature and took command early.

Ky Harper, looking to make up for some bad luck suffered a week earlier in the Twin 25′s, moved his way up through the field after starting eighth.

Harper got by Brad Mills for second and then took the lead from Jessen on lap seven. Jessen managed to hang with Harper and keep the pressure on. Smoke began to billow from out of the back of Jessen’s car entering the corners as he continued to stay right with the leader, but soon began to fade back through the running order.

Harper pulled away and went on to pick up the easy victory over Brad Mills, Brian Fisher and Tim Bernard. Jessen wound up finishing in fifth.

Dan Dippman and Tom Ordway put on a great show in the Bomber A Main with the two drivers trading the lead back and forth for much of the race. Dippman led the most laps as the two drivers battled the entire race until Dippman got held up just a bit by a lapped car with less than two laps to go.

Ordway capitalized on Dippman’s misfortune and snatched the lead away. Ordway had just locked up his second consecutive Bomber track championship a week ago and added another Bomber A Main win to his already successful season.

Dan Dippman had to settle for second with Craig Dippman third. Jim Scout and Brad Miller rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Cody Tredway had a great run in the UMP Bomber B Main. The young driver from Berky, Ohio led most of the race with Ron Tolles putting the pressure on.

It wasn’t Tolles that Tredway needed to be concerned with as the 12 car of Garry Domoe closed in and past both drivers, taking the lead on lap nine. Tredway did all he could to stay with Domoe, but Domoe was too strong and went on to the easy victory. Tredway held on to finish second ahead of Tolles, Ron Bloomfield and Jeremy Grover.

Chris Williams led flag to flag after starting on the pole of the Bomber C Main. A big wreck right in front of the flag stand that involved Bill Vorce, Richard Riffe, Brad Brehm, Chas Sentel and Jeff Grochowski resulted in one of the multiple complete restarts.

Joe Overmyer was running third and suffered mechanical problems on lap five which brought out the caution and put an end to his night.

Williams continued to lead and held off Jeff Strock on his way to the checkered flag. John Gamber finished third followed by Jim Plotts and Corina Belcher.

The final Saturday night racing program of the 2007 racing season at Oakshade Raceway takes place on September 29 with the 7^th Annual Bomber Spectacular paying $1000 to win. The UMP Sportsman will also be back in action for a final time with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm. Sunday, September 30, Oakshade will host the first of the three afternoon 200 lap/2 hour enduro races starting at 3pm with the gates opening at 12pm.

Derbeck and Schlenk Oakshade Twin 25 Winners

September 16th, 2007

The night started off with the rained out Season Championship UMP Bomber Features from the previous week. The UMP Bomber A Main picked up where it left off with five laps complete and Chris Henry leading.

Jim Scout put the pressure on Henry for the lead after the drop of the green flag and the two drivers put on a great race for the lead until the yellow came out on lap eight after Cliff Bernard spun in turn four.

Henry was leading the field back to the green flag and had something break in the rear end and drove straight back to the pits putting an end to his night.

Jim Scout assumed the lead and went on unchallenged until the end of the race. Craig Dippman worked his way up to second and began to close in quickly on Scout but ran out of laps as Scout captured the victory. Ron Bloomfield had a career best third place finish followed by the unofficial 2007 Oakshade Raceway UMP Bomber Track Champion, Tom Ordway. Dan Dippman finished fifth.

Curt Lancaster carried a large lead in the UMP Bomber B Main make up race all the way to the checkered flag over Billy Brown and Ron Leonard. Karl Spores started deep in the field and finished fourth ahead of Josh Montague.

Dan Manor was the leader of the first lap of the final make up race in the UMP Bomber C Main with Matt Henschen hot on his tail, but in the end it was Dustin Sauter who worked his way up after starting deep in the pack that got to the front to take the victory with Ron Tolles in second.

Manor held on to finish third ahead of Henschen and Cody Tredway.

The Links Zone Smackdown Challenge took to the track just before the Sportsman Twin 25 main event of the night. The race featured Cliff Smithers from K100 radio (WKKO) and Ryan Vetter from WTOL Channel 11 News in a race against Oakshade’s announcer Scott Hammer and Links Zone intermission host Dan Rice. Donation cans were set up in each of the drivers names with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network and despite a somewhat sparse crowd due to the chilly conditions, over $1000 was raised with the biggest chunk coming out of Vetter’s donation can.

Vetter started on the pole and grabbed the lead at the start with Hammer
hounding him the entire distance.

Mystery driver “Water Boy” was a late edition to the race and got by Smithers who appeared to have a very loose handling car and Rice who had a close call with the front stretch wall.

In the end of the 10-lap race, it was Ryan Vetter holding off Hammer for the win.

Then it was time to get back down to business with the first half of the UMP Sportsman Twin 25′s. Joe Derbeck started on the pole and had a great battle with Tim Fisher for the lead early on. Fisher took the lead on lap three shortly after a restart from a caution for a Ky Harper spin.

Last year’s winner of both 25-lap segments Josh Steinacker suffered mechanical problems and retired from competition on lap 6 after moving up to second position.

A few laps later Derbeck got held up by a lapped car and lost two more
positions to Rusty Schlenk and Brad Mills.

Schlenk got to the outside of Fisher for the race lead and the two raced side by side for several laps until the yellow flag flew for another spin. Just as the front runners were slowing, Fisher’s car let out a big plume of smoke. Fisher pulled to the infield and was done for the night after his strong showing.

Schlenk then took over the lead and went on to win the first half of the Twin 25′s over Mills, Mike Jessen, Rob Liaeff and Chris Smith.

The drivers then had some time during a couple Bomber Features to work on their cars in preparation for the final 25 laps with the inversion of the top 10 finishers putting Schlenk in the tenth starting position.

While the Sportsman drivers took a break, the UMP Bomber A Main rolled onto the track with Dan Dippman dominating early.

Ron Bloomfield spun in turn three on lap nine to bring out a caution and on the ensuing restart Cliff Bernard who was running second couldn’t turn his car as it went straight toward the wall coming off turn four.

Once back under green, Dippman proceeded to pull away again with the lead.

Jody Burton climbed up on the back end of Dustin Sauter as the white flag flew. The cars separated and continued on with Dan Dippman picking up the easy victory over Jim Scout, Tom Ordway, Brice Luttrell and Wade Rick.

Next out was the UMP Bomber B Main with Jeff Strock getting by Billy Brown for the early lead.

Curt Lancaster and Jeff Geis started in the middle of the pack and made an impressive charge to the front with Lancaster getting by Strock for the lead on lap seven.

Lancaster went on to pick up his second UMP Bomber B Main Feature win of the night with Geis taking second. Strock held on to a respectable third place finish ahead of Toxic Moe and Bill Vorce.

The Sportsmen then made their way back out with the top ten inverted for the final 25 laps. Joe Smith, Rusty Smith and Rob Anderzack raced three wide for the lead with Anderzack finally taking command by lap two.

Anderzack had opened up a good lead, but Joe Derbeck began to close. Derbeck went to the outside of Anderzack after a restart for a caution and took the lead a pulled away.

Ky Harper had a very fast car and got by the race leader, but started the second segment seven laps in arrears after suffering problems in the first segment of the race and getting towed back to the pits on lap 18.

With Derbeck continuing to lead, Mike Jessen began to make up ground in the closing laps. Jessen made a final bid for the lead on the last lap with Derbeck just holding him off for the win. Just behind them, Rusty Schlenk had spun in the final corner giving up a top five finishing position.

Chris Smith took third with Anderzack falling back to fourth. Brian Fisher finished fifth.

The racing wasn’t over yet as the final event of the night took center stage after the Sportsman trophy presentations. Trevor Reed took advantage of starting on the pole to take the lead at the start of the UMP Bomber C Main.

Jake Gamber started putting pressure on Reed for the lead just as the yellow flag came out for Brian Drewes’ spin.

Todd Smitley, Jesse Burgett, Walt Helsel, Greg Detray and Matt Rose were all involved in a big crash coming off turn four on the restart forcing another yellow flag.

Gamber got by Reed for the lead in the final three laps of the race to pick up the checkered flag. Donovan Paskin was third followed by Corina Belcher and Brad Brehm.

Oakshade Raceway will host an Outlaw Late Model show on Saturday, September 22 with the UMP Sportsman and UMP Bomber divisions back in competition. Gate open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Fisher and Steinacker Feature Winners at Oakshade

September 10th, 2007

Josh Steinacker began the night with a huge lead in the UMP Sportsman points at Oakshade thanks in part to his previous eight feature wins this year as the night began. Unfortunately, Steinacker suffered some bad luck early and had to borrow a car from Jackie Sheldrick for the first race of the night which was a make up feature from August 18. Steinacker was late making it onto the track as the rest of the field had already taken the green flag.

Joe Smith started on the pole and led the pack into turn one and then slid up high in turn two allowing a bunch of cars to get by.

Billy Ruff and Tim Fisher then battled for the lead with Fisher eventually getting the upper hand. Fisher then began to pull away.

Just as Fisher closed in on the tail end of the field, Rusty Schlenk closed in on the rear bumper of Fisher. Schlenk dove to the inside coming off the final corner to try to steal the victory away, but Fisher held on to win by just a couple feet over Schlenk.

Chris Smith finished third with Amy Bernard taking fourth. Billy Ruff slipped back to finish fifth in the caution-free event.

Next on to the track was the make up UMP Bomber A Main in which Chris Henry elected to take the Racers Connection Tail Start Challenge, giving up his starting position to start at the rear for a chance at an extra $900 if he could get the win.

Craig Dippman started on the outside of the front row and led much of the race.

Henry had weaved through traffic to work his way up to fifth by the halfway point.

Dustin Sautter and Jeff Foks Jr. brought out the first caution flag of the night after a hard crash. That tightened up the field behind Dippman for the restart.

On lap 16 of the 20-lap race, Chris Henry got by Dippman to take the lead.

A caution for last week’s feature winner Brett Miller one lap later would give Dippman one last shot to reclaim the top spot, but Henry was the class of the field and went on to become the first Bomber driver to win the Racers Connection Tail Start Challenge and an extra $900 for his efforts.

Dippman settled for a second place finish followed by B.J. Gregory, Brian Przepiora and Tom Ordway.

Cliff Bernard led flag to flag in the make up UMP Bomber B Main. He opened up a big lead at the start and never looked back. If he did he would have seen Chris Howard put on a heck of a run working his way up to fourth after starting at the tail with three laps remaining.

Bob Rendel and Jody Burton were battling for second and bounced off each other near the end of the race allowing Howard to duck underneath and take the second position which is where he would finish.

Bob Rendel managed to get by Burton for the third position with Jarrett Rendel rounding out the top five finishers.

Ted Goetz Jr. copied off Cliff Bernard and also led from flag to flag after starting on the pole of the UMP Bomber C Main.

Joe Flower, Roscoe Stetton and Steve Morris bounced off each other down the front stretch as they race three wide which resulted in Chuck Faller sliding to a stop in turn one to bring out the caution flag.

With Morris maintaining his position in second, Goetz pulled away with the lead after the restart and went on to pick up the win over Marty Bloomer, Bill Vorce, Jesse Burgett and Roscoe Stetton.

With the make up features out of the way, the Season Championship Night preliminary events began and about halfway through, a light but persistent drizzle began to fall making the track a bit slippery. The show continued on with a few short delays for the light rain.

The 25-lap UMP Sportsman Season Championship Feature took to the track and the unofficial 2007 Oakshade Raceway UMP Sportsman Champion Josh Steinacker passed Bob Gregory on lap three for the lead.

Steinacker opened up a big lead and began to work through slower traffic until Mike Sudeth slid to a stop down the inside of the backstretch. Once the green flag waved for the restart, Steinacker shot out to a big lead once again.

A few more cautions for spins kept wiping out Steinacker’s leads, but Gregory who was running second, could not mount a challenge.

Steve Mills’ good run came to an end a bit early after losing a drive shaft on a restart while running in third.

Steinacker went on to the easy victory, his ninth of the year solidifying the championship for the Grass Lake, Michigan driver.

Bob Gregory finished a distant second and Brian Fisher held off Rusty Schlenk in a great battle for third that lasted much of the race. Mike Jessen was fifth.

Chris Henry fresh off this Tail Start Challenge UMP Bomber A Main win from earlier in the night drew to start on the pole of the Bomber Season Championship A Main. Henry got the jump on Jim Scout to take the lead at the start, but the rain began to fall a bit heavier and the yellow flag waved on lap five of the 20-lap race.

The cars continued to circulate around the track, but the rain didn’t let up and the track became too wet to continue and the rest of the Bomber Features were postponed until next week.

In addition to the 6^th Annual Sportsman Twin 25′s, there will be double features for the Bombers picking up with lap five of the Bomber A Main to kick off the night. Also, the Links Zone Smackdown Challenge will take place at intermission as Cliff Smithers from K100 radio and Ryan Vetter from WTOL Channel 11 will strap into a couple cars in a race against Oakshade’s announcer Scott Hammer and Links Zone host Dan Rice to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Gates will open at
4pm for this event-filled evening with racing starting at 7pm.

Perrine and Van Wormer Winners at Oakshade

September 4th, 2007

Things started off with the rained out UMP Late Model Feature from two
weeks ago with Brian Ruhlman taking the early advantage in a car usually
driven by Herb Reich. Second in the early running was Rick Delong who
entered the night with a commanding lead in the points, but had to at
least start to secure the championship.

The first yellow flag flew on lap four after Joel Wildermuth spun in
turn three.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. was third on the restart behind Ruhlman and Delong.
Perrine dove to the inside and took over the lead by the completion of
lap five.

Ruhlman tried to battle back and the two leaders put on a side by side
battle for a few laps. Perrine held off the challenge and Dusty Moore,
who had an outside shot at the points title coming into the night, took
over second on the track.

After a caution for debris, Moore suffered a flat right rear on the
restart and tried to get out of the way as the entire pack scattered
around him. Moore couldn’t limp the car back to the pits and spun in
turn two to bring out another caution which also gave him time to pit
and get the tire changed.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. went on to pick up the victory over Ruhlman, Rusty
Schlenk, Rick Delong and Tyler Boggs.

Later in the night, the 30-lap American Late Model Series Feature began
with Kevin Reeve looking strong at the start.

Rick Delong had carburetor problems in his heat event and didn’t make
the start forcing him to take an ALMS provisional to make the feature
and unofficially securing his first Oakshade Raceway Late Model
Championship.

The only caution came out on lap two after Herb Reich spun in turn four.
The final 28 laps all ran green.

Reeve continued to lead with Jeep Van Wormer in pursuit. Reeve caught
the tail end of the field just as Van Wormer had closed in on him. Van
Wormer dove to the inside and took the lead on lap 11 and never looked back.

Van Wormer went on to smoke the competition taking the checkered flag
well ahead of the rest of the field.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. had to borrow a back up car from Kris Patterson
because of engine problems after his earlier feature win. Perrine
started in the middle of the field and worked his way up to finish
second, just ahead of Zack Olger. Kevin Reeve slipped back to finish
fourth with Casey Noonan fifth.

Rusty Schlenk switched rides out of his UMP Late Model and into his 28Z
UMP Sportsman to start on the pole of the UMP Sportsman Feature event.

Bruce Stuart was near the front of the pack when he lost control and did
a 360 coming off turn four in the middle of heavy traffic. Everyone got
by and the race continued green until Tim Fisher suffered a flat tire
and came to a stop to draw the caution flag on lap two.

Schlenk continued to lead the way until UMP Sportsman points leader Josh
Steinacker got to the outside and took the lead on lap seven.

Ky Harper closed in on the front runners as Schlenk began to fade back.
Mike Jessen then joined the group and hounded Harper for second just
behind Steinacker.

A late caution set up a two-lap shootout to the finish. Jessen had
gotten by Harper and got to the inside of Steinacker for those final two
laps.

Steinacker held on to win by a nose at the checkered flag over Jessen
who came up just a few inches short.

Brian Fisher finished third and knocked Harper back to finish fourth.
Schlenk held on to a fifth place finish.

Brian Przepiora once again elected to give up his starting spot to take
the Racers Connection Tail Start Challenge and a chance to take home an
extra $800 if he could get to the front and win the UMP Bomber A Main.

A couple of heavyweights started in the front row and put on a heck of a
battle for the lead early. Chris Henry and Tom Ordway were side by side
the first few laps of the race with Henry eventually getting the advantage.

Brett Miller worked his way to the front getting by Ordway for second
and then took the lead from Henry on lap 15. Miller then went on to the
easy win over Dan Dippman, Tom Ordway, Chris Henry and Craig Dippman.

Ron Tolles was the early leader in a crash-filled Bomber B Main with Dan
Bleikamp hot on his tail.

After a couple of cautions, Bleikamp took the lead from Tolles on lap
seven and went on to pick up the victory. Tolles held on to finish
second ahead of Curt Lancaster, Jarrett Rendel and Jeff Grochowski.

The Bomber C Main also had a hard time getting laps in with multiple
caution periods.

Joe Overmyer survived the shortened race due to the time limit running
out and held off Matt Henschen at the finish to take the checkered flag.
Chuck Faller finished third with Cliff Bernard and Ron Bloomfield
rounding out the rest of the top five.

Saturday, September 8 is Season Championship Night for the both the UMP
Sportsman and UMP Bomber divisions at Oakshade Raceway and there will
also be double features run in each division to make up for the races
from August 18. Gates will open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Rain Washes Out Features at Oakshade

August 23rd, 2007

Persistent light rain earlier in the evening finally intensified as the
UMP Late Model Feature was about to go green. The green flag did wave
once with Brian Ruhlman and Oakshade points leader Rick Delong on the
front row.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. spun on the high side of turn one to bring out the
yellow setting up a complete restart that would never happen. The track
began to become too slick for racing and the field continued to run
caution laps to try to keep the track from getting worse.

Eventually the cars were sent to the pits and with no end in sight for
the rain, the rest of the evening’s features were canceled.

The UMP Late Model and UMP Sportsman Features will be made up on
Saturday, August 25 in addition to the entire Season Championship Night
program for the UMP Late Models. Bombers Features will be made up at a
later date yet to be determined. Please visit www.oakshaderaceway.info
for more information.

Ruhlman Wins Jack MacKenzie Memorial at Oakshade

August 14th, 2007

Oakshade’s UMP Late Model points leader Rick Delong assumed the lead at
the start of the feature and led just the first three laps.

Brian Ruhlman closed in after starting inside the third row. Ruhlman
looked to the inside of Delong and then darted to the outside to took
the lead and began to pull away.

The only caution of the race came out on lap nine for Ronnie Perrine Jr.
That negated the advantage Ruhlman had opened up over Delong, but once
the green flag waved again, Ruhlman took off and no one could catch him.

After suffering engine problems that knocked him out of the race while
leading last week, Ruhlman shook the monkey off his back this week and
captured the easy victory.

Kris Patterson and Delong put on a great show for the second position in
the closing laps as the two kept trading positions, but in the end
Patterson began to fade allowing Delong to finish second. Rody Schroyer
took third as Patterson slipped back to finish fourth. Zac Davis started
on the pole and finished fifth.

A few cars made contact in the middle of the UMP Sportsman Feature field
on the first lap that caused some drivers to check up and Rusty Smith
ended up spinning out on the backstretch. That brought out the yellow
flag and a complete restart.

Once things got going the caution flag never flew again. Joe Derbeck and
Ky Harper both started on the front row and battled early for the lead.
Harper won the battle and began to pull away.

Harper who is just 16 never looked back and the went on to win his first
UMP Sportsman Feature win at Oakshade Raceway.

Once again the most exciting racing was for second as Joe Derbeck tried
to hold off Tim Fisher and Josh Steinacker. Fisher got by Derbeck to
finish second with Steinacker settling for fourth. Rusty Schlenk
finished fifth.

Brett Miller was trying to make up some of the points he lost after
taking last week off in the UMP Bomber division. Miller was in the top
five in points but fell to sixth after last week’s hiatus.

Miller started on the outside of the front row and grabbed the lead at
the start over Chris Henry who was going for his third consecutive
Bomber A Main win.

Rick Dixon got sideways in turn two on lap three. Craig Dippman and Jim
Scout, both in the top five in points, piled in and brought out the
first yellow flag.

A lap after the restart, Henry moved to the inside of Miller to take the
lead. Henry then began to pull away and looked to have that third
feature win well in hand.

A late caution with three laps to go would give Miller one last shot at
Henry for the lead. Miller didn’t let Henry get away after the restart
and stayed glued to his rear bumper. The two drivers made contact that
sent Henry spinning and brought out the yellow flag with one lap remaining.

A frustrated Chris Henry had to restart at the tail of the field as
Brett Miller went on to victory over Wade Rick and Bomber points leader
Tom Ordway. Kevin Hanford was fourth and B.J. Gregory came home fifth.

Dustin Sautter led the most of the UMP Bomber B Main with Jody Burton
following right in his tire tracks.

Dan Bleikamp temporarily took second from Burton, but some damage due to
contact forced Bleikamp to retire to the pits and turn second back over
to Burton.

Rusty Schlenk had driving duties in all three classes and had his best
finish of the night in his Bomber as he battled with Burton, Sautter and
Danny Nighswander on the final lap to be first to the checkered flag.

Nighswander finished second followed by Burton, Sautter and Cody Tredway.

Ron Bloomfield held on to win a crash filled UMP Bomber C Main that had
less then half the field left running at the finish.

Bloomfield had an early challenge from Bill Vorce, but managed to fend
him off and pull away en route to his first UMP Bomber Feature win of
the year. Vorce finished second followed by Jarrett Rendel, Matt Rose
and Brian Plotts.

The exciting racing action continues Saturday, August 18 with UMP Late
Models, UMP Sportsman and UMP Bombers. Gates open at 4pm with racing at
7pm. Check out www.oakshaderaceway.info for more information.

Noonan Wins Oakshade’s ALMS

August 9th, 2007

Ronnie Perrine Jr. started on the pole and held off Rick Delong to lead the first lap, but Delong managed to get by to take the lead by lap two.

Brian Ruhlman closed in and got by Delong on the outside on lap six of the 30-lap event. He then proceeded to open up his lead until Rick Green and Justin Paxton spun just in front of Ruhlman bringing out the third yellow flag of the race.

Ruhlman seemed to have the car to beat as he continued to open up big leads even after a couple caution periods tightened up the field behind him. That is until lap 20 when Ruhlman appeared to have a motor let go as he exited turn four.

That turned the lead back over to Rick Delong with Casey Noonan hot on his heels. Noonan jumped to the inside of Delong and two laps later took the lead for good.

Noonan continued to hug the inside through the corners and went on to the checkered flag uncontested.

Rusty Schlenk and Dusty Moore got by Delong and had a pretty heated battle for second that wasn’t settled until the final lap with Schlenk taking the position.

Todd Schroyer came out of retirement to finish fourth ahead of Rick Delong who fell back to finish fifth.

Ryan Gorey made things exciting on the first lap of the UMP Sportsman Feature as he got loose coming off turn four and spun in front of a bunch of cars causing a big crash on the front stretch. Ky Harper, Rob Anderzack and Bob Gregory were also involved, but Gorey’s car suffered the most damage and could not continue.

Joe Derbeck tried to hold off Josh Steinacker and last week’s feature winner Tim Fisher for the lead early on. The three drivers raced three-wide with Fisher leading by lap three. Steinacker took over the lead for good one lap later.

Steinacker went on to add to his UMP Sportsman points lead with another feature victory over Tim Fisher who fended off Brian Fisher for second. Rob Liaeff and Chris Smith were the rest of the top five finishers.

Last week’s UMP Bomber A Main winner Chris Henry took advantage of starting on the pole this week and led the entire distance to pick up his second consecutive A Main victory.

Behind him Chris Howard slid up in front of B.J. Gregory in a battle for second coming off turn four which began an interesting chain of events. Gregory checked up to keep from getting into the rear of Howard and Dan Dippman who was directly behind Gregory got into the rear of Gregory and
lifted the rear of his car off the ground. That contact sheered the hood
pins off the front of Dippman’s car causing his hood to fold back blocking his view from inside the car. Dippman slowed and the caution eventually came out.

Henry went on to the easy victory over Oakshade Raceway Bomber points leader Tom Ordway, Jim Scout and Garry Domoe. Chris Howard fell back to finish fifth.
The UMP Bomber B Main got off to an ugly start after Ron Bloomfield got turned around on the first lap in turn two after starting on the pole. Bloomfield’s spin caused a big wreck involving Todd Smitley, Chuck Faller, and Ron Tolles that resulted in a complete restart.

Bob Rendel took command of the race and opened up a big lead early, but multiple cautions kept tightening up the field. Rendel went on to pick up the victory with Joe Overymyer and Rob Kast finishing second and third respectively. Ron Leonard blew out a left rear tire that took him out of his heat race earlier in the night, but managed a fourth place finish in the B Main. Jody Burton was fifth.

Paul Leonard was the early leader in a caution filled UMP Bomber C Main with Gregg Detray close in pursuit. Eric Potridge got loose in turn two and almost had it saved, but eventually lost it coming off the corner and ended up facing oncoming traffic. Justin Gamber had nowhere to go and smacked Potridge head on
ending both drivers nights. Detray took the lead from Leonard on lap five and held off Leonard in a one-lap shoot out at the finish to win his first feature of the year. Jason Deshler wound up third followed by Brad Brehm and Roscoe Stetton.

Get $2 off adult general admission tickets to Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, August 11 thanks to Leo’s Metal and Wood and check out some great UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman and UMP Bomber racing. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schroyer Wins With Late Race Pass at Oakshade

July 30th, 2007

Swanton Sports Center sponsored a great night of racing action at the wide, 3/8 mile high-banked dirt oval with Rick Delong assuming the lead of the UMP Late Model Feature on the first lap as the outside pole sitter Kevin Reeve bounced off the backstretch wall. Reeve gathered up his car, but fell back through the field.

Kris Patterson ran second and didn’t let Delong get away the first ten laps of the race even as the leaders began to lap slower cars.

The caution flag flew for the first time on lap 10 for a spin which would tighten up the leaders for the restart. Delong went on to open up some room between himself and the rest of the field until Ronnie Perrine Jr. spun and brought out the only other yellow flag in the race.

Schroyer had been closing in on Delong just before the caution and had his sights set on the lead once the green flag waved again. Schroyer looked high and then dove under Delong to take the lead with just two laps to go.

Rody Schroyer went on to pick up his second feature win of the year with Rick Delong settling for second. Last week’s feature winner Brian Ruhlman started 10^th and worked his way up to finish third ahead of Dusty Moore and Rusty Schlenk.

Tim Fisher dominated the UMP Sportsman Feature leading every lap after starting on the outside of the front row. Fisher hugged the inside around the turns and went on to pick the easy victory and his first UMP Sportsman Feature win of the year.

A great battle for second on back ensued behind Tim Fisher with Brian Fisher just holding off Ky Harper for second at the finish. Oakshade’s Sportsman points leader Josh Steinacker was also in that battle and ended up fourth. Bruce Stuart ran second most of the race, but fell back to finish fifth.

Brian Przepiora took the Racer’s Connection Tail Start Challenge in the UMP Bomber A Main and elected to give up his starting position to start at the tail and had a chance at a lot of extra bonus money if he could win the race.

Brett Miller led the first half of the race with Jeff Foks Jr. and Chris
Henry racing side by side for second for quite a few laps with Henry
eventually completing the pass.

Henry then began to pressure Miller for the lead and those two then raced side by side for a number of laps with Henry finally completing the pass and taking the lead for good.

A late caution tightened the field for a two lap shootout and gave Miller a final shot and Henry to try to reclaim the lead. Miller got alongside Henry, but Henry held him off at the finish.

It was Chris Henry’s second feature win and will help him in the Bomber points chase after entering the night in fifth. Bret Miller had to settle for second with Josh Montague, Jim Scout and Dan Dippman rounding out the rest of the top five finishers. Brian Przepiora only managed to work his way up to finish eighth.

Brent Hartsworm led the first lap of the UMP Bomber B Main, but spun into the infield coming off turn four just before completing lap two turning the race lead over to Joe Overmyer.

Overmyer’s lead didn’t last too long as Wade Rick forced his way to the point and then began to pull away.

Wade Rick never looked back and won his first feature of the year over Jody Burton, Joe Overmyer, Karl Spoores and Ronnie Leonard.

The UMP Bomber C Main had trouble getting going early with two complete
restarts.

Chris Howard had a very fast car and was a little two quick at the start and passed before the start cone once the race finally got going. Howard led the field, but the penalty for jumping the start is to be docked two positions which is enforced at the next caution or the conclusion of the race, which ever comes first. Unfortunately for Howard, there would be no more cautions.

Howard was the first to take the checkered flag, but Jim Plotts and Cliff Bernard had a great race going on behind him with the two drivers side by side at the white flag with lapped traffic directly in front of the them.

Bernard was able to get by and was scored as the winner with Jim Plotts taking second. Chris Howard received credit for a third place finish followed by Cody Walls and Jeff Strock.

Saturday, August 4 will mark the third American Late Model Series event of the year at Oakshade Raceway paying $2,000 to win. UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Ruhlman Rules Oakshade

July 24th, 2007

Two-time Late Model Feature winner Ronnie Perrine Jr. suffered from some bad luck with a spin on lap five to bring out the only caution period of the race. Then later Perrine Jr. spun again but kept going without a yellow, but not before going a lap down to the leaders.

Ruhlman started on the outside of the front row in the Zeller’s Towing number one car and led the entire distance and was uncontested at the checkered flag.

Casey Noonan got by points leader Rick Delong to finish second. Rusty Schlenk borrowed a car from Dusty Moore for the second week in a row and finished fourth with Rusty Seaver taking fifth in his first appearance of the year.

Mike Sudeth had trouble on the first lap of the UMP Sportsman Feature when he spun in turn two and collected six other cars just about blocking the track which resulted in a complete restart with the cars involved in the incident going to the tail.

With Josh Steinacker leading, Scot Mills spun on the second lap and Rob Liaeff had significant contact with his car bringing out another yellow and causing a little fire under the hood of Liaeff’s car. Liaeff later rejoined the race 12 laps down.

Back under the green, Steinacker pulled away with the lead, but Ky Harper soon began to close in.

Another caution on lap 13 tightened up the field behind Steinacker for a final time. After the restart, Steinacker and Harper pulled away from the rest of the pack with Harper pressuring for the lead.

Oakshade’s UMP Sportsman points leader Josh Steinacker fended off the challenge en route to his sixth feature win of the year relegating Harper to a second place finish.

Rusty Schlenk recovered to finish third after being involved in the pile up on the first lap of the race and having to restart at the tail. Mike Jessen and Brad Mills rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Brett Miller got by Wade Rick for the the lead early in the UMP Bomber A Main with Garry Domoe and Tom Ordway close behind. By lap three, it was Domoe at the front of the field and eventually Ordway took second from Miller and then closed in on Domoe for the lead.

Josh Montague started 12^th and worked his way up to third by lap 17, but Brett Miller got into the back of Montague going into turn three sending Montague spinning which brought out the yellow flag.

Ordway got up alongside Domoe on the final lap, but could not make the pass as Domoe went on to post his second consecutive Bomber A Main win with Ordway settling for second again as he did a week ago.

Brett Miller held on to finish third and Craig Dippman took the Racer’s Connection Tail Start Challenge, but came up a few positions shy in fourth. Jeff Geis was fifth.

Jake Rendel started on the pole of the UMP Bomber B Main and went on to pick up the victory over Brian Przepiora who started deep in the field. Dan Bleikamp also started deep in the field and finished third ahead of
Toxic Moe, Bob Rendel and Dave Sibberson.

Jerry Signor took the lead at the white flag in the UMP Bomber C Main and held off Kyle Light at the checkers to win his second feature of the year. Dustin Sauter led much of the race, but had to settle for a third place finish ahead of Chris Tressler and Trevor Reed.

Saturday, July 28 will be Swanton Sports Center Night at Oakshade Raceway featuring more great racing action with UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Van Wormer Wins Summer Nationals Finale at Oakshade

July 16th, 2007

Track crews and drivers worked diligently to get the moisture out of the track after the rain mucked things up. The track drying process was hindered by the lack of wind after the rain and the dampness in the air, but Oakshade officials were determined to give the packed house a show and to let the drivers race.

Van Wormer started on the pole of the 60-lap feature and led much of the race.

Matt Miller was the first to apply pressure to Van Wormer, but later fell back through the running order and retired to the pits just past the midway point in the race.

Steve Sheppard worked his way up to second by lap 10 and briefly challenged Van Wormer for the lead on a lap 12 restart, but A.J. Diemel was the man on the move picking off a bunch of positions and eventually took away second from Sheppard. Sheppard soon slowed on the track and stopped after falling back to fourth behind Brian Ruhlman which brought out the yellow flag. Sheppard pitted under the yellow and restarted at the tail end of the field.

Justin Paxton started 21^st and worked the outside groove to work his way up to sixth, but on a lap 37 restart, Paxton took it a little too high and lost a ton of positions.

A few laps later, Diemel made a bid to the inside of Van Wormer for the lead and succeeded to take over the top spot on lap 44. Van Wormer then slipped up high in turn two which opened the door for Wes Steidinger to move into second.

Steidinger then closed in on Diemel and the two raced side by side on lap 54 with Steidinger assuming the lead with just five laps to go.

Jeep Van Wormer made a final charge back to the front in the final handful of laps staying in the high groove while Steidinger battled with lapped traffic down low in the corners. Van Wormer reclaimed the lead as the white flag flew and Steidinger tried to battle back alongside, but Van Wormer shot off turn four with the advantage in an exciting finish at the checkered flag. Van Wormer was presented with the Birthday Race check for $10,000 for the win.

Steidinger had to settle for second. A win would have put him in a tie with Don O’Neal for second in UMP Summer National points after both O’Neal and Dennis Erb opted not to race and packed up their cars early. Dennis Erb will claim the 2007 UMP Summer Nationals Championship.

Diemel from Navareno, Wisconson slipped back to finish third followed by Casey Noonan, Brian Ruhlman and Aaron Scott. Steve Sheppard worked all the way back to finish seventh after restarting at the tail earlier in the race and Paxton recovered back to eighth. Eddie Kirchoff and Hillard Miller were the rest of the top ten finishers.

Randy Roseman, Tony Tolles and Tom Ordway battled three wide for the lead early in the Bomber A Main with Tolles and Ordway getting by Roseman who slowed to a stop on the track which brought out the caution flag.

Ordway appeared to be on the way to another victory to add to his Bomber points lead, but Garry Domoe came out of nowhere and closed in on Ordway after starting back in 12th. Domoe got around Ordway with two laps to go and went on to pick up his first Bomber A Main win of the year.

Brian Przepiora finished third behind Ordway followed by last week’s A Main winner Dan Dippman. Tony Tolles fell back to finish fifth.

Dan Bleikamp took the lead from Danny Nighswander on the first lap of the Bomber B Main. It was the first night of competition for both of these familiar names this year at Oakshade.

The two drivers worked through lapped traffic much of the race and ended up finishing in that order. Bob Rendel finished third behind Nighswander followed by Jerry Signor and Jody Burton.

The final event, the Bomber C Main was marred by multiple caution periods.

Ron Bloomfield and Craig Turner got together on lap one and Curt Lancaster took advantage of the situation to take the lead and he never looked back. Lancaster went on to pick up the easy victory in the wee hours of the morning with Jim Plotts, Chris Tressler, Brad Brehm and Dawaine Slater filling out the rest of the top five finishers.

On Saturday, July 21, Oakshade Raceway will host another action packed racing program with UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman and UMP Bombers in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. Wins With Last Lap Pass at Oakshade

July 9th, 2007

The only caution flag flew on lap two for a Bryan Koebbe spin in turn two. Brian Ruhlman took advantage of the restart and got by Noonan for second then began to pressure Perrine for the lead.

With Perrine and Ruhlman duking it out for the lead, Noonan had a great run and shot right though the middle between both cars to grab the lead on lap six. Noonan then began to pull away until he caught traffic at the tail end of the field.

Noonan got held up just enough behind Kris Patterson who was struggling to stay on the lead lap to allow Ruhlman to scoot by to the inside for the lead.

Perrine fought back past Noonan and then to the inside of Ruhlman on the final lap and took the lead on the backstretch. Ruhlman made one last desperate attempt to reclaim the point as he tried to dive back under Perrine in the final set of corners. There was not enough room and contact threw both cars sideways in the last turn. Perrine saved his car and maintained the lead to give the Lima, Ohio driver his second UMP Late Model feature win ever at Oakshade Raceway just three weeks after picking up his first.

Ruhlman ended up spinning after the contact, but kept going to finish back in seventh.

Noonan took advantage of Ruhlman’s misfortune to finish third. Dusty Moore posted another top five finish in third followed by points leader Rick Delong and Rody Schroyer. Josh Steinacker also posted an impressive sixth place finish in one of Ky Harper’s cars after starting 18th in the 20 car field.

Mike Jessen won his first UMP Sportsman Feature of the year in one of the most exciting races of the season.

Jessen started on the pole and immediately took command, but by lap two, Josh Steinacker got to his outside and the two drivers raced side by side for the lead for almost the entire race distance.

Steinacker nosed ahead of Jessen by lap five for the lead, but two laps later Jessen forged his way back to the lead as they continued the side by side racing.

Steinacker once again had the advantage on lap 10 and Jessen regained the lead on lap 14 as both drivers fought hard leading each lap by just inches.

Rusty Smith tore the front end off his car after a restart from a late caution when he got a little too close to the inside barriers. Smith was running fourth before the accident.

Jessen continued to hug the inside with the lead after the next restart with Steinacker pouncing back to the outside where he likes to run, but Jessen kept Steinacker from winning his fourth consecutive Sportsman Feature by holding him off at the checkered flag.

After a slew of strong finishes this year, Jessen from Berkey, Ohio, finally found his way to victory lane. Steinacker took second and still holds on to a commanding points lead in the Sportsman division at Oakshade.

Brad Mills posted a third place finish followed by Brian Fisher and Tim Fisher.

The UMP Bomber A Main featured another winner that started on the pole with Dan Dippman leading from flag to flag.

Bill Vorce lost a wheel on lap nine that tightened the field up behind Dippman with Chris Henry in second.

Last week’s feature winner Craig Dippman started dead last and worked his way up to eighth by lap eight and then spun in turn two to bring out the yellow flag forcing him to restart at the tail again.

Dan Dippman went on to win his third Bomber A Main of the year with points leader Tom Ordway getting by Henry for second. Jeff Foks Jr. was fourth and Jim Scout ended up fifth.

Dan’s brother Craig Dippman had to have passed the most cars in the race working back up to an eighth place finish.

The start of the Bomber B Main proved that Oakshade Raceway is indeed wide enough for some five-wide racing, but it is not always advisable on the first lap as it resulted in a pile up on the first turn after the drop of the green flag that involved Tim Zuver, Jeff Geis and Dennis Briegel among others.

Curt Lancaster opened up a big lead after the restart over David Goben and the rest of the field.

Kyle Light slid up just in front of Goben to take over second in turn two. Goben stuck his nose back to the inside when they exited the corner and contact sent Light spinning at the end of the backstretch. Light did a 360 and continued on without a caution, but lost about 5 positions on the track.

With Lancaster continuing to lead, Light closed back in on Goben and once again the two drivers made contact this time sending the 08 of Goben spinning in turn two setting up a one lap dash to the finish.

Kevin Hanford made things even more interesting than they already were by getting alongside of Lancaster on the final lap in a borrowed car. Lancaster managed to hang on by the nose of his car to capture his second Bomber B Main win of the year.

Brian Przepiora finished third after starting deep in the pack followed by Kyle Light and Billy Brown.

Lee Buck tried to hold off Jackson, Michigan’s Jerry Signor early in the
UMP Bomber C Main, but lost the lead on lap three. Signor then checked out on the rest of the competitors and went on to his first feature of the year.

Jamie Grochowski was second followed by Robert Page, Ron Leonard and Craig Turner.

The biggest event of the year takes place this Saturday, July 14th with the 9^th Annual Birthday Race. It is also the UMP Late Model Summer Nationals Finale wrapping up 30 consecutive nights of racing with only two days off. $10,000 will be up for grabs going to the winner of the UMP Late Model Feature. UMP Bombers will also be running with the UMP Sportsman division taking the night off.

The front gate will be open on Friday, July 13th from 11am until 9pm for campers and to reserve seats by putting blankets down on the bleachers. Everyone coming in Friday must purchase a ticket and/or a pit pass for Saturday’s event. Gates will then be open Saturday morning by 10am and the pits will be open for everyone to meet drivers and get autographs until 4pm. After 4pm, you must have a pit pass to remain in the pits. Racing will begin a little later than normal at 7:45pm on Saturday night. Please visit www.oakshaderaceway.info for more information on the highly anticipated Birthday Race event.

Todd Schroyer Retires With Howard Miller Memorial Win

July 2nd, 2007

Todd Schroyer started on the outside of the front row in the car his brother Rody had won in the previous week and immediately took command of the 25-lap feature event.

Justin Paxton took a hit in the points after coming in to the night fifth in Oakshade’s UMP Late Model point standings. Paxton spun on the first lap of the feature forcing a complete restart and retired to the pits later in the race .

Once again under green with Schroyer leading, Rusty Schlenk spun in turn one while running third just three laps into the race bringing out the yellow and forcing him to the tail for the restart. While still under the same caution period, Ronnie Perrine Jr. was running fourth but gave up that position when he went to the pits with a flat tire.

Unofficial Oakshade points leader Rick Delong mounted a challenge for the lead getting to the inside of Schroyer for a few laps on restarts after a couple cautions. Schroyer held off the challenges and continued to lead.

Chris Keller brought out the red flag on lap 20 after sliding up and over the turn one banking for a second time. Keller ended up rolling his car this time ending up on his roof. Keller was OK.

Schlenk worked back through the field all the way to second on lap 21 after his spin earlier in the race and began to pressure Schroyer for the lead. Schroyer kept his car running the high groove while Schlenk ran to his inside the final two laps of the race. Schlenk came up just short as Schroyer held on to pick the Howard Miller Memorial Feature victory. After the race, Todd Schroyer announced he is retiring from racing. His brother Rody will be back piloting the 70 car next week.

Delong was the third place finisher ahead of Aaron Scott and Dusty Moore.

The Howard Miller Memorial UMP Sportsman Feature produced some more exciting racing action with Josh Steinacker and Tim Fisher battling all the way to the the wire.

Bruce Stuart was running second to Steinacker early on and spun in turn two to bring out the yellow flag on lap three.

A few laps later Tim Fisher moved into second and then began to attack Steinacker for the lead. Fisher actually had the lead for a moment, but a caution for debris came out at the same time which saved Steinacker as the field was lined up by the way they were running the last completed green-flag lap.

Steinacker continued to try to find a way to hold off Fisher in the final stages of the race by changing his line in the corners a couple times, but Fisher got alongside on the final lap and came up just short as Steinacker held on to win his fifth feature of the year.

Rusty Smith posted a third place finish with Mike Jessen and Chris Smith
rounding out the rest of the top five.

Craig Dippman celebrated his 33^rd birthday with a Bomber heat race win and then went on to win the Howard Miller Memorial UMP Bomber A Main in the closest finish of the night.

Dippman took advantage of starting on the pole by opening up a big lead at the start.

The first caution came out on lap 12 for Kyle Light’s car that had rolled to a stop on the backstretch. That allowed Dan Dippman to close right up on Craig Dippman with Tom Ordway lurking in third.

Ordway got by Dan Dippman and then tried to take the lead from Craig Dippman on the final lap getting to his inside in the final set of corners. They came off turn four side by side with Craig Dippman edging out Ordway by the nose of his car at the checkered flag. It was Craig Dippman’s first feature win of the year.

Dan Dippman fell back to finish third followed by Chris Henry and Chris Joy who added an extra $50 to all Bomber Feature winners in memory of his father and Howard Miller.

Tony Tolles led the first part of the Bomber B Main until Randy Roseman got by on the inside on a restart after one of the many cautions.

Tolles retired to the pits while under caution on lap six relinquishing the second position to Jeff Geis.

Geis made a bid for the lead to the inside of Roseman near the end of the race, but then Geis fell back as Roseman pulled away en route to his first feature win of the year.

Jody Burton finished third followed by Jamie Grochowski and Billy Brown.

Justin Woodruff led the first eight laps of the Howard Miller Memorial UMP Bomber C Main until Jeff Krotzer got by on a restart.

Chris Tressler brought out another yellow just after the restart and reverted the lead back to Woodruff.

Once again his lead would be short lived as Krotzer went on to pick up his first feature win. Woodruff held on to finish second with Tim Fisher driving Duane Slater’s Bomber to a third place finish. Trevor Reed and Lee Buck were the rest of the top five finishers.

The great racing action continues Saturday, July 7 at Oakshade Raceway with UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers back in action on Don Williams Excavating Night. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Schroyer Wins Butch Wildermuth ALMS at Oakshade

June 26th, 2007

Emotions were high after a frightening incident earlier in the night in which contact sent Chuck Desgrange’s Late Model out of control at the end of the backstretch and then clipped Oakshade’s pit steward, “Billy Bob,” during the first lap of the third Wynn’s Auto Parts Late Model Heat. Word came back from the hospital during intermission that, thankfully, the worst of his injuries turned out to be a broken ankle.

After a collective sigh of relief, it was time for the 30-lap Butch
Wildermuth Memorial ALMS Feature event with a check for $3,000 up for grabs.

Rody Schroyer from Toledo, Ohio started on the pole and immediately charged to the lead over Duane Chamberlain who had won the previous night’s ALMS event.

After a caution for Brad Eitniear’s spin on lap seven, Schroyer began to open up a commanding lead as Chamberlain started to fall back. Last week’s feature winner Ronnie Perrine Jr. and Brian Ruhlman both got by Chamberlain and set their sights on Schroyer.

Hillard Miller positioned himself to challenge the leaders after passing Perrine Jr. for third with a little contact between the two drivers in some very tight racing.

Ruhlman began to close on Schroyer in the closing laps as Miller was putting the pressure on for second, but Schroyer held on to win earning his first Oakshade UMP Late Model Feature win of the year.

Hillard Miller got held up slightly behind a lapped car on the final lap that kept him from challenging Ruhlman for second. Ronnie Perrine Jr. finished fourth with Chamberlain hanging on to finish fifth.

The UMP Sportsman Feature had some great racing action with Brian Fisher taking charge early on followed closely by Billy Ruff and Tim Fisher.
Ruff went to the lead on lap nine and then tried to fend off Tim Fisher
who took over on lap 13.

Tim Fisher looked strong but Josh Steinacker closed in and with the help from a lapped car just in front of Tim Fisher, Steinacker took the lead with two laps to go and went on to post his fourth feature win of the year and increased his already impressive points lead in the UMP Sportsman division at Oakshade.

Tim Fisher finished second followed by Ruff, Mike Jessen and Even Myers. Chris Henry was attempting to win his second UMP Bomber A Main and took the lead after starting on the pole. Dan Dippman made it three-wide just behind him going through the middle to take over second early in the race.

Dippman made a move around Henry for the lead on lap 10 and never looked back as he went on to pick up his second UMP Bomber A Main win of the year. Henry finished second and Brett Miller just beat Jake Rendel for third.

Oakshade’s UMP Bomber points leader Tom Ordway finished fifth. Josh Montague was leading the UMP Bomber B Main until he spun all by himself in turn four on the third lap of the race turning the lead over to Jody Burton.

Burton then had his hands full as Karl Spores Jr. and Curt Lancaster made it three deep for the lead. Spores eventually came out on top, but Lancaster battled back and took the lead as the white flag flew.

Spores got back alongside Lancaster on the final lap, but Lancaster held on to win the B Main. John Roads took third followed by Burton, and Matt Henschen.

Toxic Moe grabbed the lead in the Bomber C Main on the first lap with Chris Tressler in tow until Tressler fell off the pace and retired to the pits. Toxic Moe then had to contend with Chris Joy who overtook Moe on lap four and went on to pick up the victory. Toxic Moe held on to finish second with Donovan Paskin, Cliff Bernard and Trevor Reed rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

On tap for Saturday, June 30 at Oakshade Raceway is the Howard Miller Memorial featuring UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. Wins Barney Oldfield Race at Oakshade

June 19th, 2007

Duane Chamberlain, last year’s winner, drew a pole starting position and led early in the race. Rick Delong started on the outside of the front row and reeled Chamberlain back in and took the lead on lap five with Ronnie Perrine Jr. following into second.

Delong, Oakshade’s UMP Late Model point leader, and Perrine Jr. pulled away from Chamberlain and the rest of the field. Perrine Jr. rode right on Delong’s back bumper until lap 15 when he got to the inside and took the lead while they were working through lapped traffic.

Lima, Ohio’s Ronnie Perrine Jr. continued to hug the inside groove and drove away from the rest of the field to post his first ever Late Model victory as well as earning the Barney Oldfield Cup trophy sponsored by Country Charm Cafe and a check for $4300.

Dan Wallace had a strong second place finish with Dusty Moore moving up to finish third. Delong slipped back to finish fourth with Duane Chamberlain rounding out the top five finishers.

Mike Jessen had another good run going in the UMP Sportsman Feature, leading the first half of the race after starting on the pole.

Josh Steinacker closed in and passed Jessen for the lead, but the caution flag would fly for debris at the same time which would give the lead back to Jessen.

Jessen then had something break in the rear end and fell off the pace just after the restart and the rest of the field scrambled around the limping 52 car. Jessen got his car to the infield out of harm’s way and the race stayed green with Steinacker taking over the top position.

Steinacker went on to post his third UMP Sportsman Feature win of the year and added to his already large point lead.

Brian Fisher followed for a second place finish with Billy Ruff and Chris Smith taking third and fourth respectively. Amy Bernard was fifth.

One of the most exciting races of the night turned out to be the UMP Bomber A Main which featured five different leaders and more lead changes.

Dan Shaffer was the first to lead with heavy pressure from Tom Ordway, Brian Przepiora and Chris Henry just behind.

Przepiora was next to lead when he got by Shaffer on a restart on lap three after a caution for Jeff Geis’ spin.

Chris Henry took his turn out front taking the lead on lap five, but his lead would be brief. Tom Ordway looked to the outside and Przepiora tucked back to the inside of Henry, making it three deep for the lead. Przepiora and Henry made contact sending the 68 car of Henry spinning which brought out the caution and ended Henry’s hopes of capturing his second A Main win of the year.

Przepiora was back in the lead for the restart, but Ordway got by on lap seven.

Dan Dippman quietly worked his way up to the front and took the lead away from Ordway on lap eight and those two drivers would battle all the way to the checkered flag with Ordway getting it by a nose over Dippman at the finish.

Randy Roseman, Jim Scout and Tim Murphy got by Przepiora for the third through fifth finishing positions.

After an exciting and hugely entertaining A Main, the Bomber B and C Main were marred by multiple caution periods.

Tim Shelley led from flag to flag in the UMP Bomber B Main and stayed in front of all the incidents that brought out yellows that happened behind him. One of which cause a big pile up on lap three after Curt Lancaster and Danny Hogrefe got together while battling for second.

Shelley went on to take the checkered flag and Garry Domoe got by Lancaster to finish second. Brad Brehm was fourth and Karl Spores Jr. finished fifth after starting way back in the 11^th row.

David Goben was in command of the UMP Bomber C Main early on until he slipped up high in turn four and then Tevor Reed, Chris Tressler and Jerry Signor battled three-wide for the lead until Reed spun in turn two to bring out a caution.

With Tressler leading, Jerry Signor gave up the second position when his car began to slow and eventually came to a stop on the track bringing out another yellow.

Tressler, Billy Brown and David Goben made it three-wide again for the lead with just two laps remaining. Goben slipped back from that battle leaving Tressler and Brown to duke it out to the finish.

Tressler over drove his car into turn four giving Billy Brown from Adrian, Michigan the victory. Goben took second followed by Justin Woodruff in third. Tressler recovered enough to finish fourth and Walt Helsel finished fifth.

The racing excitement continues Saturday, June 23^rd at Oakshade Raceway with the Butch Wildermuth Memorial/American Late Model Series event paying $3000 to win. UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers will also be back in action and the Donnie Moran Race Simulator will be set up so that race fans can experience what it is like to drive a Late Model. Gates will open at a special time for this event at 3pm with races starting at 7pm. Check out www.oakshaderaceway.info for more information.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. Wins Barney Oldfield Race at Oakshade

June 19th, 2007

Duane Chamberlain, last year’s winner, drew a pole starting position and led early in the race. Rick Delong started on the outside of the front row and reeled Chamberlain back in and took the lead on lap five with Ronnie Perrine Jr. following into second.

Delong, Oakshade’s UMP Late Model point leader, and Perrine Jr. pulled away from Chamberlain and the rest of the field. Perrine Jr. rode right on Delong’s back bumper until lap 15 when he got to the inside and took the lead while they were working through lapped traffic.

Lima, Ohio’s Ronnie Perrine Jr. continued to hug the inside groove and drove away from the rest of the field to post his first ever Late Model victory as well as earning the Barney Oldfield Cup trophy sponsored by Country Charm Cafe and a check for $4300.

Dan Wallace had a strong second place finish with Dusty Moore moving up to finish third. Delong slipped back to finish fourth with Duane Chamberlain rounding out the top five finishers.

Mike Jessen had another good run going in the UMP Sportsman Feature, leading the first half of the race after starting on the pole.

Josh Steinacker closed in and passed Jessen for the lead, but the caution flag would fly for debris at the same time which would give the lead back to Jessen.

Jessen then had something break in the rear end and fell off the pace just after the restart and the rest of the field scrambled around the limping 52 car. Jessen got his car to the infield out of harm’s way and the race stayed green with Steinacker taking over the top position.

Steinacker went on to post his third UMP Sportsman Feature win of the year and added to his already large point lead.

Brian Fisher followed for a second place finish with Billy Ruff and Chris Smith taking third and fourth respectively. Amy Bernard was fifth.

One of the most exciting races of the night turned out to be the UMP Bomber A Main which featured five different leaders and more lead changes.

Dan Shaffer was the first to lead with heavy pressure from Tom Ordway, Brian Przepiora and Chris Henry just behind.

Przepiora was next to lead when he got by Shaffer on a restart on lap three after a caution for Jeff Geis’ spin.

Chris Henry took his turn out front taking the lead on lap five, but his lead would be brief. Tom Ordway looked to the outside and Przepiora tucked back to the inside of Henry, making it three deep for the lead. Przepiora and Henry made contact sending the 68 car of Henry spinning which brought out the caution and ended Henry’s hopes of capturing his second A Main win of the year.

Przepiora was back in the lead for the restart, but Ordway got by on lap seven.

Dan Dippman quietly worked his way up to the front and took the lead away from Ordway on lap eight and those two drivers would battle all the way to the checkered flag with Ordway getting it by a nose over Dippman at the finish.

Randy Roseman, Jim Scout and Tim Murphy got by Przepiora for the third through fifth finishing positions.

After an exciting and hugely entertaining A Main, the Bomber B and C Main were marred by multiple caution periods.

Tim Shelley led from flag to flag in the UMP Bomber B Main and stayed in front of all the incidents that brought out yellows that happened behind him. One of which cause a big pile up on lap three after Curt Lancaster and Danny Hogrefe got together while battling for second.

Shelley went on to take the checkered flag and Garry Domoe got by Lancaster to finish second. Brad Brehm was fourth and Karl Spores Jr. finished fifth after starting way back in the 11^th row. David Goben was in command of the UMP Bomber C Main early on until he slipped up high in turn four and then Tevor Reed, Chris Tressler and Jerry Signor battled three-wide for the lead until Reed spun in turn two to bring out a caution.

With Tressler leading, Jerry Signor gave up the second position when his car began to slow and eventually came to a stop on the track bringing out another yellow.

Tressler, Billy Brown and David Goben made it three-wide again for the lead with just two laps remaining. Goben slipped back from that battle leaving Tressler and Brown to duke it out to the finish.

Tressler over drove his car into turn four giving Billy Brown from Adrian, Michigan the victory. Goben took second followed by Justin Woodruff in third. Tressler recovered enough to finish fourth and Walt Helsel finished fifth.

The racing excitement continues Saturday, June 23^rd at Oakshade Raceway with the Butch Wildermuth Memorial/American Late Model Series event paying $3000 to win. UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers will also be back in action and the Donnie Moran Race Simulator will be set up so that race fans can experience what it is like to drive a Late Model. Gates will open at a special time for this event at 3pm with races starting at 7pm. Check out www.oakshaderaceway.info for more information.

Paxton Dominates at Oakshade

June 12th, 2007

Fans from as far away as London, England and Phoenix, Arizona packed the stands for Valvoline Instant Oil Change Night at Oakshade and action heated up early in the UMP Late Model Feature after Chris Keller spun on the first lap to bring out the caution flag. Dean Anderson and Bill Toedter were also involved.

Another incident occurred just after one lap was completed when Mike Miller got crossed up down the front straight and Ron Miller had no where to go and plowed into him ending the night for both drivers.

Justin Paxton, who started on the outside of the front row, began to open up a big lead once some green flag laps were run.

Rick Delong who was the unofficial Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model points leader when the night began, got by Kevin Reeve for second but could not make up the distance between himself and the race leader Justin Paxton.

Paxton worked his way patiently through lapped traffic on his way to the checkered flag with Delong finishing a distant second.

Kevin Reeve, Ronnie Perrine Jr., Dusty Moore and Rusty Schlenk crossed the line in that order for the third through sixth finishing positions. Those drivers put on a tight battle the final half of the race with positions being swapped around each lap.

The exciting racing action continued into the UMP Sportsman Feature with
Brian Fisher opening up a big lead early until Joe Smith spun on lap
three to bring out the yellow flag.

Chris Smith got by John Laney on the restart to take over second behind Fisher. Josh Steinacker and Rusty Schlenk closed in on Smith to battle for the second spot.

A lap 12 caution for Tim Line would once again tighten up the field and Chris Smith got a good jump on the restart and took the lead from Brian Fisher.

A short time later, Schlenk moved to the outside of Smith as Tim Fisher went low to the inside making a three-wide race for the lead. Smith was shuffled back as Schlenk and Tim Fisher continued to vie for the top spot.

Schlenk was able to hold off Tim Fisher to earn his second UMP Sportsman
Feature win of the year. Chris Smith held on to finish third ahead of Josh Steinacker who had his worst feature finish so far this year in fourth. Brian Fisher slipped back to end up fifth.

Dan Dippman took advantage of starting on the pole of the UMP Bomber A Main by leading the entire distance to claim his first A Main win of the year but he did have competition.

Tim Shelley looked to be a contender until he spun in turn two while running in the fourth position.

Dippman continued to lead with Jeff Foks Jr. right on his rear bumper for most of the race, but Foks lost second to Tom Ordway who finish second a few car lengths behind Dippman.

Craig Dippman once again had a great finish in fourth after starting deep in the field in the 15^th starting position. Chris Henry was fifth.

Bob Rendel, Jody Burton and Curt Lancaster battled three-wide for the lead early in the UMP Bomber B Main with Rendel eventually coming out on top.

Danny Hogrefe, the winner of the B Main last week, closed in on Rendel and was able to get alongside the 06 car of Rendel in the corners, but could not complete the pass coming off the turns. Rendel continued to ride the high groove through the turns and the Adrian, Michigan driver went on to pick up his first feature win of the year.

Hogrefe had to settle for second followed by Lancaster, Burton and Jeff Grochowski.

Jamie Grochowski had a great start in the Bomber C Main working past a bunch of cars in turn one on the first lap, but then spun in turn two to bring out the caution resulting in a complete restart.

Rick Dixon was on the point until Roger Davenport took advantage of a restart to get by Dixon for the lead and then Davenport drove away from the rest of the field to earn his first feature win of the year.

Dixon held on to second ahead of Richard Riffe, Dan Mannor and Chris Breckel.

Oakshade Raceway hosts the 18^th Annual Barney Oldfield Race paying $4300 for the UMP Late Models this coming Saturday, June 16. UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

For the second week in a row, rain has cut short the racing program at

June 5th, 2007

The fans were treated to some feature racing with the rained out UMP Bomber Features from the previous week kicking off the night’s action. Brian Przepiora took advantage of starting on the pole of the Bomber A Main to lead the entire distance and picked up his first feature win of the year.

Dan Dippman had a strong run going. after starting 19^th , he worked his way up to sixth by lap eight, but then experienced mechanical problems and slowed to a stop on the track.

Chris Henry, trying for his second consecutive A Main win, also marched toward the front after starting deep in 18^th and moved up to sixth when the entire rear end came out from under his car on lap 10 ending his night.

Przepiora went on to the easy victory over Brett Miller, Tom Ordway and Craig Dippman who gained the most positions to finish fourth after starting dead last. Jeff Foks Jr. was fifth.

The Bomber B Main featured a slew of lead changes with Dustin Sautter taking it away from Jamie Grochowski early on.

Jeff Geis took his turn out front passing Sautter on lap six. Two laps later, Geis was overtaken by Kevin Hanford who led for two laps until Danny Hogrefe took command and held off Hanford to win the Bomber B Main.

Geis finished third followed by Sautter and Grochowski.

The Bomber C Main exhibited a lot of excitement with Rick Dixon leading the first five laps. Jody Burton took the lead away on lap six until Josh Montague passed him one lap later.

Montague held on to win with parts coming off other cars and action all over the track in the final few laps. Burton held on to finish second ahead of Jarrett Rendel, Rick Dixon and Justin Gamber.

Mike Miller and Justin Paxton won the only UMP Late Model heat events that were completed and Mike Jessen, Tim Fisher and Josh Steinacker were the UMP Sportsman heat winners.

Rain checks will be honored for those who attended the rained out show and will be valid for any one night the rest of the season.

Saturday, June 9^th is Valvoline Instant Oil Change Night and will feature UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Jeep Van Wormer Fends Off Late Race Challenge in ALMS Feature at Oakshade

May 28th, 2007

Shortly after the conclusion of the Late Model and Sportsman heat events, the rain began to come down in buckets, delaying the rest of the night’s events. The Oakshade crew worked diligently to get the greasy track back in racing condition once the race had past.

During the delay, Dan Rice and his intermission program aimed at the younger race fans called the Links Zone kept the crowd entertained by giving away 26 brand new donated bicycles making a bunch of kids very happy that night even with the soggy weather conditions.

The track had changed significantly after the rain shower by narrowing the racing groove up to the outside with the inside of the track still a bit slippery, but by feature time, the inside had begun to get worked back in.

Duane Chamberlain from Richmond, Indiana started on the pole led the first lap of the 30-lap ALMS Feature, but the yellow flag flew early for Dusty Moore.

Jeep Van Wormer was second behind Chamberlain for the restart and tried to get to the inside. Jeep’s car jumped sideways and he had to check up allowing Rusty Schlenk to take away second.

With Chamberlain continuing to lead after a couple more cautions in the first few laps, Van Wormer reclaimed second getting by Schlenk on a restart.

Van Wormer took advantage of another caution after Hillard Miller spun on lap four by passing Chamberlain for the lead on the ensuing restart.

Van Wormer began to pull away during a long green flag run with Justin Paxton working his way up to second by lap 13. Paxton began to close in as Van Wormer worked through lapped traffic.

Chris Keller brought out the final caution on lap 26 after getting into the front stretch wall which set up a four-lap dash to the finish with clear track ahead of the race leaders.

Van Wormer got a good jump on the restart, but Paxton didn’t let the 55 car get away. Paxton took one final shot at the lead as he dove to his inside going into turn three on the final lap. Paxton and Van Wormer were side by side through the corners, but Van Wormer had the momentum coming off turn four on the outside to pull ahead and win the $2000 ALMS Feature.

Aaron Scott got by Chamberlain to finish third and Rusty Schlenk fell back to finish in the fifth position.

With some more weather approaching the area, the UMP Sportsman Feature took to the raceway with John Hadley starting on the pole. Hadley lost it in turn two on the first lap and spun in front of the entire field causing a huge pile up and a complete restart.

The unofficial Sportsman points leader, Josh Steinacker, failed to make his heat event earlier in the evening and had to race his way in to the feature through the consolation race which he won after starting at the back of the field. Steinacker, last week’s feature winner, had his work cut out for him once again starting deep in the field for the feature.

Former Sportsman Track Champion Chris Smith took over the pole starting position and quickly took command of the race. He pulled out to a big lead over the rest of the field with Steinacker working his way up to fifth by lap six.

Terry Stratton spun after going a lap down just past the halfway point of the race to bring out the yellow flag which tightened the field back up behind Chris Smith.

Steinacker jumped to the outside of Brian Fisher on the restart to battle for second. Steinacker completed the pass and then reeled in Smith.

Smith had to check up for a lapped car which allowed Steinacker to take the lead with just two laps remaining.

It was the second consecutive feature win for Josh Steinacker whose worst feature finish this year has been a couple of second place finishes the first two weeks of the season.

Smith settled for second followed by Brian Fisher, Tim Fisher and Mike Jessen with another top five finish.

Immediately following the conclusion of the UMP Sportsman Feature, the skies opened up once again raining out the final three races (Bomber Features) of the night. Those will be made up on Saturday, June 2 with double features for the UMP Bombers. It will be a regular show for the UMP Late Models and UMP Sportsman with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Delong, Steinacker and Henry Earn First Wins of Year

May 22nd, 2007

Delong entered the night just seven points behind Schlenk unofficially in the UMP Late Model point standings at Oakshade and it didn’t take long for the 3D car to get to the front in the Late Model Feature after starting on the outside of the third row.

Kevin Reeve got the jump on Rody Schroyer at the start and led the first three laps until Delong ran him down and made the pass. Delong then began to pull away until the first and only caution flag flew on lap six after Ky Harper spun in turn two.

Delong opened up a big advantage on the rest of the field once again after the restart and appeared to be the class of the field. Rusty Schlenk started 14^th and positioned himself in the top three with just a handful of laps left. Schlenk got by Reeve for second but ran out of time before he could try to reel in Delong.

Kevin Reeve held on to finish third ahead of Curtis Roberts and Chris Keller.
In UMP Sportsman action, Mike Jessen grabbed the lead from outside the front row early in the feature event with Josh Steinacker pressuring.

Steinacker had two second place finishes in the previous two events and was looking for his first win of the year. Steinacker took the lead from Jessen on lap three and finally looked like he was on his way to victory.

Rusty Schlenk was once again trying to play the role of the spoiler after starting deep in the field and working up to second a good distance back from race leader Josh Steinacker until a debris caution tightened the field with just two laps remaining.

Schlenk got to the inside of Steinacker for the lead on the restart and kept the pressure on in the final two laps, but Steinacker finally got his first win of the season and added to his UMP Sportsman points lead at Oakshade.

Mike Jessen had another respectable finish in third. The veteran Tim Fisher was fourth and Brian Fisher finished fifth.

Tom Ordway has been dominant in the UMP Bomber division at Oakshade this year with two consecutive A Main wins, but he would have his work cut out for him if he were to make it three in a row with having to start 12^th .

Tim Shelley, Garry Domoe and Chris Henry put on a great show for the lead with Henry eventually getting by Domoe and Shelley by lap six. Domoe didn’t give up too easily and battled back along the outside of Henry, but Henry fended off the challenge.

Shelley, who led early, was involved in a wreck in turn one with Kyle Light which brought out the caution on lap 10. Jim Scout had worked up to the third spot on the track, but retired to the pits under the caution period.

Another late caution set up a one-lap dash to the finish with Chris Henry leading Domoe and Tom Ordway, who was now third.

Chris Henry, a Jackson, Michigan native, held on to take the checkered flag and his first A Main win of the year. Domoe took second and Ordway had to settle for third. Craig Dippman and Dan Dippman filled out the rest of the top five finishers.

A crash-filled Bomber B Main was up next that saw Jeff Geis jump to the lead at the start, but a yellow for Dave Sibberson, Mark Pollack and Billy Brown set up a complete restart in which Hugh Snell got the jump to the early lead.

Karl Spores Jr. assumed a short-lived lead on lap five. Spores got by Snell on the inside and thought he had him cleared. Spores moved up the track and clipped the nose of Snell which resulted in Spores spinning into turn one and he then got collected by Brad Blonde who managed to continued on.

During another caution period a couple laps later, race leader Hugh Snell retired from competition turning the lead back over to Jeff Geis with Rob Price in second. Those two drivers put on a heck of a race in the final laps with Price getting by Geis for the lead, but Geis dove back to the inside and won by the nose of his car at the finish line.

Danny Hogrefe finished third followed by Brad Blonde and Ronnie Leonard.

Kaleb Eck and Kenny Fiig made the start of the Bomber C Main interesting as Eck grabbed the lead at the start and then lost a wheel down the backstretch that Fiig found as he ran it over ending both drivers nights.

That allowed Jeff Krotzer to take over the lead on the restart until Rick Dixon got by on lap seven. Krotzer and Dixon traded some paint as Krotzer forced his way back into the lead, but Dixon fought back and took the lead for good on the next lap.

Craig Turner got by Krotzer to finish second behind Dixon. Jeff Strock finished fourth and Justin Woodruff came home fifth.

Make sure to include Oakshade Raceway in your Memorial Day weekend plans for the first $2,000 to win American Late Model Series show along with the UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers. It will be a fun night for the entire family as it is also the Links Zone Night of Wheels where a good number of kid’s bicycles will be given away. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm. For more nformation, visit www.oakshaderaceway.info

Paxton Back in Championship Form at Oakshade

May 14th, 2007

Aaron Scott closed in on Brad Eitniear for the lead early in the 25-lap UMP Late Model Feature until Scott slipped up high in turns one and two and fell back to fifth on lap seven.

Paxton started on the outside of the third row and just after Scott’s slip up, Paxton darted to the outside of Eitniear for the lead and then drove away.

Eitniear, Ronnie Perrine, Jr., Rick Delong, Casey Noonan and Aaron Scott then engaged in a great battle for the second through sixth positions as Paxton continued to pull away with the lead. Eventually Perrine and Delong emerged as the two drivers vying for the second position almost a half track behind Paxton.

Paxton put the bad luck from the previous week behind him by picking up the victory uncontested in the caution-free feature.

Rick Delong fended off Ronnie Perrine, Jr. for second. Sylvania, Ohio’s Casey Noonan finished fourth with last week’s feature winner Rusty Schlenk taking fifth after starting mid-pack with just behind Noonan.

Chris Smith had a run of five consecutive Sportsman track championships from 1998 to 2002 and was also back in championship form leading the UMP Sportsman Feature from start to finish.

Mike Jessen ran second most of the race and was able to mount a challenge on Smith just before the halfway point in the race. Jessen got to the inside and actually led lap nine by a nose before settling back behind the 94 car of Chris Smith.

Josh Steinacker moved up to third by lap 13 and then pressured Jessen for second in the remaining laps of the race right behind Smith.

Smith went on to pick up the victory with an exciting race for second
just behind him with Steinacker edging out Jessen at the line to finish
second for the second week in a row.

Joe Derbeck finished fourth behind Jessen with Tim Line ending up fifth.

With Chris Henry leading early in the UMP Bomber A Main, Harold Rieger was in second and then spun in turn two on the second lap collecting the 74D of Craig Dippman. Both cars were able to continue but had to restart at the tail of the field.

Gary Cole was flying up through the field taking second by lap three after starting in the seventh position. Just behind him was Toxic Moe who got crossed up on the backstretch and collected Randy Roseman ending both drivers’ night.

Cole became a non-factor in the race after he spun on lap five and brought out another yellow flag.

Meanwhile, defending Bomber Champ Tom Ordway quietly moved into second position and took over the top spot from Henry one lap after the restart. Henry battled back to the outside of Ordway, but Ordway held him off and went on to pick up his second consecutive UMP Bomber A Main win.

Chris Henry fell off the pace and came to a stop on lap 10 giving up a
possible second place finish.

Brian Przepiora was second at the finish followed by Brett Miller (who
started last), B.J. Gregory and Jeff Foks, Jr.

Garry Domoe put on an exciting finish in the UMP Bomber B Main winning
by just a nose.

Domoe took the lead at the start with some good battling just behind him. Wade Rick was trying to get to the inside of Cliff Bernard for second but didn’t know Jim Scout had gotten a nose just to his inside. Rick clipped the front of Scout’s car and both drivers went spinning into turn one bringing out the caution flag.

Curt Lancaster got up to second with two laps to go and then got by Domoe on the final lap for the lead, but Domoe battled back to the inside in the final set of corners and just beat Lancaster to the line.

Bob Rendel finished third with Cliff Bernard and Josh Montague fourth and fifth respectively.

The UMP Bomber C Main was marred by a slew of caution periods. The first
of which came out when the leader Craig Turner spun in turn three turning over the top spot to Justin Woodruff.

Donovan Paskin and Richard Riffe were battling hard for second and made contact which broke the steering on the 53 of Paskin ending his night early.

Riffe continued on and eventually took the lead from Woodruff briefly.

Jim Plotts from Holgate, Ohio assumed the lead on lap four and went on to win ahead of Billy Brown and Dewaine Slater. Richard Riffe fell back to finish fourth and Ron Bloomfield was fifth.

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