5/24/2003

May 24, 2003
By Scott Hammer

Kris Patterson added to his slim American Late Model Series points lead by winning his second late model feature in a row at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night.

Fifty-four late models filled the pits for the first of four ALMS events this year at Oakshade Raceway with Kris Patterson coming into the night just 3 points ahead of Jeep Van Wormer.

The red flag flew before a single lap could be scored in the 30-lap ALMS feature after a huge pile up in turn two completely blocked the track. Among the cars caught up in the wreck were those of Hillard Miller, Rick Delong, Jeep Van Wormer, Justin Paxton and Greg Martin. Van Wormer and Martin were both finished for the night. Miller and Paxton made quick repairs and returned before the restart and Delong rejoined the race later many laps down.

Once racing resumed, Patterson found himself out front with a large lead over Aaron Scott and Brian Ruhlman.

Ruhlman took over the second position on lap 24 and began to eliminate Patterson’s lead in the final stages of the race.

Ruhlman closed right in on the back bumper of Patterson with a couple laps to go and on the final lap; Ruhlman drove hard into turn three under Patterson to take the lead momentarily, but Ruhlman slipped up the racetrack and Patterson ducked back under Ruhlman coming out of turn four to take the checkered flag and $2000 for the win.

Ruhlman settled for second followed by Aaron Scott, Shane Yoder and Todd Schroyer.

Tim Fisher took control of the sportsman A Main early on with Ray Klaywitter all over his back bumper. Six laps into the race, Fisher’s car started smoking and a lap later he drove off to the pits turning the lead over to Klaywitter.

Klaywitter went on to claim his third sportsman feature win of the year with Rob Liaeff second, Devin Shiels third, and Joe Derbek fourth.

Brice Luttrell and Rob Price started on the front row in the bomber A Main and put on a pretty good battle for the lead for much of the race.

At the conclusion of the race that was marred by many cautions, it was the Adrian, Michigan driver, Brice Luttrell the first to cross the line. Price finished second with Brad Miller third.

Jody Burton led one lap in the bomber B Main and then drove too high into turns three and four which allowed Chuck Leininger to grab the lead and the eventual victory over Gary Cole, Bob Rendel and Josh Caudill.

Danny Hogrefe rocketed to the front of the pack in the bomber C Main to claim the victory over Ben Thomas and Tim Streight Jr.

This coming Saturday will feature a regular racing program at Oakshade Raceway featuring late models, sportsman and bombers.

5/17/2003

After being rained out the week before, Oakshade Raceway was back in action with another exciting night of racing highlighted by the 2000 Late Model Track Champion, Kris Patterson, winning the late model feature.

A spectacular accident brought things to a halt early in the night in the second late model heat event after contact with Rusty Schlenk sent Todd Nuding’s 07 flying into a series of wild barrel rolls before coming to rest upside down against the turn four retaining wall. Nuding climb out of the car under his own power with no serious injuries, but his car was destroyed.

Once the field of 50 late models was narrowed down to the 21 starters in the feature, 1998 Late Model track Champion, Rody Schroyer, found himself out front with the lead early with Kris Patterson glued to his back bumper. Those two drivers pulled away from the rest of the field and started catch the back of the field.

Jeep Van Wormer and Justin Paxton, running third and fourth respectively, started to close in the two leaders as they worked through traffic.

A caution on lap 15 tightened up the front-runners even more and on the following lap, Patterson made the move around Schroyer to take the lead and then began to pull away to the victory.

Schroyer held off Paxton for a second place finish. Rick Delong finished fourth followed by Patrick Barney and Hillard Miller.

Joe Derbeck commanded the sportsman feature leading from start to finish. Tim Fisher was the only driver to be able to mount a little challenge for the lead but ended up second.

Brad Kendall finished third followed by Ray Klaywitter who was the winner of the two previous sportsman features.

Next up, the bombers took center stage with the Bomber A Main, the first of four bomber features. Kevin Cole jumped out to a big lead over Ron Tolles and Dale Cole at the start of the event.

George Laney and Brice Luttrell, who both started in the eighth row, worked their way to the front with Luttrell taking the lead on lap 10.

The defending bomber champion, Brice Luttrell, went on to win his first bomber feature of the year. Second went to George Laney who was followed by Rob Price and Kevin Cole who ended up fourth.

Bill Toedter had a string of bad luck in his heat event but turned things around in the Bomber B Main. Toedter was leading his heat event when he had to take evasive action to avoid a car that was leaving the track for the pits. Later in the same event, Toedter was closing back in on the leaders, but again had to jam on the brakes after a lapped car was spun around directly in front of him.

Toedter’s faired much better in his feature, leading the entire event, holding off Dan Bleikamp, Jim Scout and Tom Ordway for the victory.

Randy Grohowski spun early in the Bomber C Main while leading the race turning the lead over to David Goben. Ted Goetz Jr. took the lead away from Goben on the restart and pulled away.

Despite a challenge from Chris Howard who spun after catching the leader, Goetz won the event easily with Tim Streight Jr. finishing second and Bob Rendel third.

Gary Cole made it three wide to take the lead away from Andy Borton early on in the Bomber D Main. Borton tried to battle back, but lost it and spun while running in second.

Cole went on to hold off Robert Gregory for the win.

This coming Saturday will mark the first of four American Late Model Series events at Oakshade Raceway this Summer.

5/3/2003

The always very competitive late model division made their debut Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway, this year competing for $10,000 for the point champion.

A big pile up in the first two corners involving Bruce Stuart, Chuck Merritt and Rob Mitchell slowed the late model feature event before it could get going. Once accident scene was cleaned up, Bill Hahn and Patrick Barney found themselves battling for the top spot.

Eventually Hahn pulled away with the lead, but Todd Schroyer and Justin Paxton had taken over the second and third positions and started to close in.

While weaving through lapped traffic, Schroyer took the lead away from Hahn on lap 11.

After slipping back a couple more positions, Hahn eventually fell off the pace and retired from the event leaving Schroyer, Paxton and Rick Delong to battle at the front.

A few more cautions slowed things down toward the end of the race, but when the checkered flag flew the 15 car of Todd Schroyer was the first to cross the line. Paxton finished second followed by Delong and Casey Noonan.

The sportsman feature also suffered a first lap incident after Tim Shelley and John Bailey got together and then collected the 80x driven by Ron Shultz.

Tim Fisher was the early leader after things got going, but surrendered it to Devin Shiels a couple laps later.

Joe Derbeck , who was running in the top five, had his night cut short when he spun in turn one after receiving a tap in the rear from Jeremy Grover. Jeff Brown had nowhere to go and plowed into Derbeck’s stopped automobile.

Last week’s feature winner, Ray Klaywitter closed in on Shiels in lapped traffic and made the pass for the lead. Shortly after that, the third place car of Jeremy Grover got tangled up with a lapped car bringing out the yellow with just two laps to go.

Grover went on to finish ninth while Klaywitter held off Shiels, Rob Liaeff and Brad Kendall to win his second consecutive sportsman feature.

Taking center stage next was the bomber A main and for the second week in a row, the 2002 Oakshade Bomber Track Champion Brice Luttrell suffered mechanical problems, this week slowing before completing the very first lap.
Delta, OH’s Brad Miller owned the race, leading from start to finish. A good battle for second ensued between Bill Toedter, Jacob Rendel and Kevin Cole, but at the checkered flag it was Toedter who followed Miller across in second with Cole taking third.

The bomber B main started off with another big pile up, literally. The 88 car of Brian George came to rest on top of the overturned 42 car driven by Mark Leach with several other cars also involved. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident.

Dan Bleikamp took off at the drop of the green flag after racing resumed and opened up a sizeable lead. Last week’s B main winner, Rich Risner suffered a flat tire while battling for the second spot and headed to the pits.

On the final lap, Bleikamp lost his drive shaft and coasted slowly across the finish line just in front of the quickly closing in Danny Nighswander and Scott Robertson.

Finally, in bomber C main racing action, Josh Scott lost the lead to Randy Murday on lap four. Murday went on to the easy victory over Jeff Potridge and Tim Streight Jr.

This coming Saturday, the late models, sportsmen and bombers will once again invade Oakshade Raceway with gates opening at 4pm and racing beginning promptly at 7pm.