Kris Patterson continued his winning ways at Oakshade Raceway by posting his fifth late model feature win of the year. An exciting finish to the sportsman feature also highlighted a spectacular night of racing.

In the late model feature, Patterson took that lead at the drop of the green flag after staring alongside Justin Paxton on the front row. Jerry Bowersock moved into second with Paxton third and Rick Delong fourth and they would continue in that order for much of the race.

Around lap six, Greg Martin got loose coming off turn two in front of a crowd of cars and stacked things up behind him with Tim Wright on the short end of things, ending up in the backstretch wall. Wright was able to continue.

Then on lap seven, the red flag flew after rookie late model driver, Devin Shiels, rolled his car over in turn two. He was uninjured.

The top four of Patterson, Bowersock, Paxton and Delong broke away from the rest of the pack and remained in that order until the final few laps. That’s when Johnson’s car began to suffer mechanical problems and started to slow.

Paxton and Delong got by to move up to second and third respectively, but Kris Patterson went on to pick up the victory uncontested. Paxton finished second, Delong third and Casey Noonan came across the finish line in fourth.

The sportsman feature produced one of the most exciting finishes of the night. It started out with Ray Klaywitter opening up a large lead early on, with a lot of three wide racing behind him back in the pack.

Devin Shiels, who was doing double duty racing in the late models and sportsman divisions, got by Tim Bernard for second and began to reel in Klaywitter.

Shiels kept trying to get to the outside of Klaywitter but could not get alongside. While they battled for the lead, Brad Kendall closed in to make it a three-car battle out front.

Then, as the leaders took the white flag, Shiels got up alongside Klaywitter to take the lead. Klaywitter did not give up and took the lead back in turn two on the final lap, and then coming off of turn four, Devin Shiels, who rolled his late model over in the previous race, got by Klaywitter again to win his second sportsman feature of the year.

Brad Kendall held on to a third place finish followed by Evan Myers and Joe Derbeck.
Troy Wickman appeared to be the man to beat in the bomber A Main taking the lead after starting on the pole.

Just behind him was a lot of jockeying for position. Tom Ordway was all over Wickman’s back bumper for much of the race but could not find a way around.

Then with just three laps to go, Wickman’s car broke and came to a stop in turn two, turning the lead over to Ordway.

Ordway held off Brad Miller and Ted Goetz Jr. to win his first bomber A Main of the year.

Danny Hogrefe led most of the bomber B Main with Billy Ruff running second.

Ruff spun in turn two with just five laps to go ending his run amongst the leaders and then Danny Hogrefe suffered even worse luck when he took the white flag and his engine let go.

That turned the lead and the victory over to Curtis Lancaster. Josh Steinacker finished second and Chuck Leininger was third.

There was a lot of good four wide battles early on in bomber C Main. Out in front of all that action was the 68 of Rich Risner, but Risner retired to the pits just four laps into the event.

That turned the lead over to Russell Nickoloy. Nickoloy held off a challenge from Jody Burton for the lead and then Burton got loose and slipped back to third behind Jeff Proffet. Burton eventually got back around Proffet for second.

Nickoloy had built up a huge lead and on the final lap in turn four with the checkered flag in sight; Nickoloy got crossed up and came to a stop. Burton drove by the stopped car of Nickoloy and won the bomber C Main.

Proffet finish second, Jeff Potridge was third and Gene Potridge came home fourth.

More great late model, sportsman and bomber racing will be on tap for this coming Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway.


Don O’Neal proved he was “the real deal” Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway winning the $10,000 Birthday Race late model feature.

It was also the final event in the UMP Summer Nationals points series that Billy Moyer, the two-time defending champion of the Birthday Race, was the leader of coming into the night.

O’Neal was the fifth fast qualifier of the night, which earned him a spot in the dash that he proceeded to win, securing him the pole starting position in the 65 lap Brithday Race late model feature.

At the start of the feature, Steve Casebolt and defending track champion Shane Yoder both found themselves in the backstretch wall. Casebolt was able to drive his machine back to the pits and Yoder’s tore up racecar had to be towed. Both drivers were done for the night.

After a complete restart, Don O’Neal drove out in front of the field and would never relinquish his lead for the next 65 laps. He opened up a straight away lead over the second place battle between Terry English, Jeep Van Wormer, Billy Moyer and Justin Paxton.

The second yellow came out after a long green flag run on lap 41 for Greg Martin who ended up going to the pits. The caution wiped out the large lead O’Neal had built up over English and Moyer, who had gotten by Van Wormer for third.

The third and final caution came out on lap 56 after Todd Schroyer and Justin Paxton tangled in turns one and two setting up a nine lap dash to the finish.

On the restart, Don O’Neal once again powered away from the second place car of Terry English, while English had his hands full trying to hold off Billy Moyer in a great battle for second.

In the end, O’Neal was the first to the checkered flag leading all 65 laps and picking up the check for $10,000. English held off Moyer for second, although third was good enough to secure the UMP Summer Nationals points championship for Billy Moyer.

Matt Miller started 12th and ended up finishing fourth ahead of Jeep Van Wormer and Brian Ruhlman.

Robert Gregory was in command of the bomber A Main early, but on the move after starting 10th was the 7L of Brice Luttrell who was up to third after three laps.

Brad Miller who was running third had some trouble and slipped off the pace and retired to the pits. Meanwhile, Luttrell moved by Adam Bokor for second on lap four.

One lap later, Luttrell moved by on the outside of Gregory to take the lead for good and went on to win his fifth bomber A Main feature win of the year. Gregory finished a close second with Bokor holding on to third.

Rich Risner and Bob Rendel had a two car break away out in front of the bomber B Main.

Mark Labean got turned around early in the race and collected Brad Blonde. Both cars kept going so there was no caution flag, although Labean fell way back in the pack after running in the top five.

Risner went on to win his second B Main in a row with Bob Rendel holding off Danny Hogrefe for second. Joe Wohlgamuth finish fourth with Brad Blonde coming home fifth.

Josh Steinacker threaded the needle, splitting between two cars at the start of the bomber C Main to grab the lead.

An incident on lap seven took out Pernell Hyde and Brian Manley after they got together in turn four.

Steinacker went on to win his first bomber feature of the year with Gary Shaffer finishing second and Evan Myers third.

Randy Murday had the early lead in the final event of the night, the bomber D Main, with the 51J of Curtis Lancaster closing in.

Finally, with just two laps to go, Lancaster made the pass on Murday to take the lead and the win. Murday was second followed by John Laney, Bill Reeves and Joseph Nickloy.

This coming Saturday, Oakshade Raceway will once again host the extremely competitive late model division as well as the sportsman/trucks and bombers for more great racing action.


Skeet Reckner slid across the line to take the checkered flag in the late model feature Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway.

The late model feature started off a little ugly when Kevin Mack and Brad Eitniear got together hard in turn two on the first lap. Two laps later the second caution came out for Kris Patterson and Rick Delong.

Ken Hahn became the early leader after starting on the front row. Mike Marteney assumed the lead on lap seven.

Hillard Miller started towards the back of the field and worked his way up to second just ten laps into the 25-lap event. Miller finally took away the top spot from Marteney on lap 17, but he would only lead for three laps.

Skeet Reckner, who had slid back behind Marteney and Miller, came charging back by taking the lead with five laps to go. Reckner held off a late charge from Miller to win his first late model feature of the year as he slid across the finish line out of control and backed his winning car into the water barrels in front of a light pole in the infield.

Miller finished second, Casey Noonan was third and Justin Paxton who started in the last row moved up to finish fourth.

The sportsman feature started off much the same way as the late model feature with Roger Inks and Tommy Bryan making hard contact with each other on the first lap.

Jeff Brown was the leader at the start until Rob Liaeff got by on the second lap. Brown put up a fight to try and get the lead back, but eventually fell back behind Joe Derbeck to third.

The water barrels that Skeet Reckner hit in the previous race saw some more action after Jeremy Gover lost his steering on the front stretch and hit the barrels bringing out another yellow flag. Joe Derbeck also lost his steering as the yellow came out taking him out of competition while running second.

Liaeff went on to win his first sportsman feature of the year ahead of Devin Shiels, Jeff Brown and Ray Klaywitter.

Gary Domoe took control of the bomber A Main early on and Josh Steinacker closed in running second. Brice Luttrell was working his way through the field but retired to the pits on lap seven.

Domoe and Steinacker continued to put on a great battle for the lead with Steinacker diving to the inside of Domoe, but he could not make the pass and kept settling in behind Domoe.

Steinacker made one last charge for the lead on the final lap as Domoe almost lost it coming off the final turn allowing Steinacker to get alongside coming to the line. Domoe held on to win by the nose of his car to claim his first A Main win of the year.

A scary incident in the bomber B Main brought out the red flag after Brad Blonde bounced off the frontstretch wall and tapped the 67R of Scott Robertson sending him head on into the concrete barrier in front of the light pole in the infield. He bounced off of concrete and collected a few other cars. Robertson was conscious and alert, but was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Rich Risner led from the start of the bomber B Main straight through to the checkered flag to win his second B Main of the year. Jeremy Grover, who was doing doulbe duty driving in both the sportsman and bomber divisions, finished second followed by Jeff Foks and Tom Ordway.

Chad Zuver made a last lap pass on Ted Goetz Jr. in the bomber C Main to pick up the victory. Rick Dixon finished third with Karl Spoores fourth.

This coming Saturday gates will open early at 12 noon and the pits will be open for anyone to come in and meet their favorite drivers and get autographs until 4pm. Racing will begin at the normal 7pm start time with the late models racing for $10,000 in the 65 lap late model feature Birthday Race which is also the finale for the UMP Summer Nationals points series. The bombers will also be in action Saturday.