6/25/2005

Aaron Scott lead all 40 laps of the $3,000 to win American Late Model Series Feature at Oakshade Raceway Saturday at the Butch Wildermuth Memorial.

Aaron Scott started on the pole and began to pull away with the lead from Rusty Schlenk and Rody Schroyer early in the race.

Only one caution flag flew during the Butch Wildermuth Memorial ALMS Feature. That occurred on lap four when Josh Steinacker backed his late model into the outside retaining wall off turn four.

With Scott continuing to lead, Casey Noonan worked his way toward the front. Noonan passed Schroyer for third on lap five and by lap eight he had taken second away from Schlenk.

Noonan began to close in on race leader Aaron Scott while working through lapped traffic. At one point Noonan had caught Scott, but Scott negotiated the heavy lapped traffic more successfully than Noonan and began to pull away in the closing laps.

Scott went on to pick up the victory and the check for $3,000. He also received the Butch Wildermuth Memorial Trophy sponsored by Integrity Automotive Group in Defiance, OH. Casey Noonan finished second with Rusty Schlenk, Wayne Maffett Jr. and Rick Delong filling out the rest of the top five finishers.

Rich Noonan took command of the Sportsman feature at the start and began to pull away from second place Chris Keller early.

Once again there was only one caution for Ron Shultz who spun in turn four on lap four.

With Rich Noonan continuing to lead, Rusty Schlenk took second away from Keller and one lap later took the lead from Noonan.

Mike Jessen started seventh and by lap nine had worked his way up to second and was closing in on Schlenk. Schlenk, who had been running the high line, switched racing grooves and began to run down low in the turns and once again began to pull away from Jessen.

Schlenk went on to pick up his second Sportsman feature win pulling double duty in both the Late Model and Sportsman divisions. Jessen finished second followed by Josh Steinacker (another driver pulling double duty), Rich Noonan and Brian Fisher.

The Bomber A Main turned out to one of the most exciting features of the night. The action started early when Todd Silvey lost control going into turn three bringing out he yellow on the first lap.

Once the green flag flew again, Joe Smith, Danny Hogrefe and Josh Montague found themselves battling three abreast for the lead. The three drivers traded the lead several times as Chuck Leininger and Dan Bleikamp joined the fray. Leininger made it four wide to eventually take the lead.

Todd Silvey once again had troubles and spun in turn four with one lap to go. Josh Montague was collected in the incident bringing out the yellow flag and setting up a one lap shoot out.

Chuck Leininger, Dan Dippman and Jim Scout went three wide battling for the lead coming off of turn four on the final lap. Chuck Leininger managed to hold off the challenge to win the Bomber A Main. Dan Dippman and Jim Scout finished a close second and third respectively. Jake Rendel finished fourth with Dan Bleikamp settling for fifth.

Craig Dippman led flag to flag in the Bomber B Main. Several minor cautions slowed the event. With Dippman continuing to lead, Kevin Hanford and Shane Stuckey put on a heated battle for the second position. The two drivers swapped positions several times.

In the end Kevin Hanford finished ahead of Shane Stuckey for the second position behind Craig Dippman. Dave Sibberson finished fourth and B.J. Gregory was fifth.

Nick Fenner was the early race leader in the Bomber C Main until Randy Murday took the lead from him on lap five. Matt Shipley followed the 79 car of Murday dropping Fenner back to third.

Shipley, last weeks Bomber A Main winner, eventually got by Murday and went on to claim the Bomber C victory. John Gamber finished third behind second place Randy Murday. Nick Fenner fell back to finish fourth just ahead of Wade Rick.

Saturday, July 2 is Howard Miller Memorial night featuring UMP Late Models and the Sportsman and Bomber divisions.

6/18/2005

Jeep Van Wormer only led five of the 40-lap Barney Oldfield Race at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night, but it was enough to earn him the victory and a check for $4,100.

Scott Fisk started on the outside of the front row for the 16th Annual Barney Oldfield Race and led the first 35 laps. Fisk pulled away from the rest of the field until Tony Marks got by Rick Delong for the second position and began to close in.

Brian Ruhlman and Rusty Schlenk also worked their way toward the front of the field and eventually caught the second place automobile driven by Marks. The three battled three wide for second just behind leader Scott Fisk.

Schlenk, who already has two Late Model feature wins under his belt this year, caught Fisk and the two raced side by side for the lead around lap 26. Fisk and Schlenk tried to split the slower car of Rusty Seaver with Fisk going high and Schlenk on the inside. Schlenk spun and brought out the caution on lap 31 which ended his chances for another feature win.

That turned the second position over to Jeep Van Wormer. Fisk was able to hold off the challenge from Van Wormer until lap 35 when he got into turn four a little too high and slipped back to fourth.

Fisk worked his way back to second in the closing laps but couldn’t reel in the 55 car of Jeep Van Wormer. It was Jeep’s first Late Model feature win of the year at Oakshade and along with the $4,100, he was also presented with the Raceway Energy’s and Wyse Excavating Barney Oldfield Trophy.

Tony Marks ended up finishing third with Rody Schroyer and Rick Delong completing the top five finishers.

The Sportsman feature started off with a couple of hard crashes. The first of which occurred after Tim Bernard spun and collected the cars driven by Ray Klawitter and Chris Keller. Only Klawitter would continue after his car received some work in the pits. The second yellow happened on lap two after Brian Roop lost control of his car in turn two while battling for the lead. Bruce Stuart drilled Roop head on. Tim Fisher and Brian Fisher also got caught up in the wreck.

Mike Jessen shook out as the leader once some green flag laps were run. Josh Steinacker worked his way up to second and then began to fade back before getting turned around in turn three on lap 12.

Jessen fell back to fourth after the restart. Rich Noonan held the lead for a short while until the eventual winner Joe Derbeck took over.

Mike Jessen closed back in on the leader, Joe Derbeck, but could not reassume the lead and settled for a second place finish. Rob Liaeff finished third ahead of Rich Noonan and Ron Schultz.

It was Joe Derbeck’s first Sportsman feature win of the year.

The Bomber A Main produced one of the most exciting finishes of the evening. Last week’s C Main winner, Matt Shipley, took the lead on the first lap from Scott Mills.

Mills was involved in a multi-car accident on lap two to bring out the first yellow of the race. Bob Rendel, Brett Miller and Keven Hanford were also involved.

Caution flags continued to keep the field tight throughout the race which allowed Bob Gregory to put the pressure on Matt Shipley for the lead for most of the race.

Shipley held on to win by three quarters of a car over Gregory. Jeff Foks Jr. finished third and Jim Scout was fourth.

Tony Mapes got loose in turn two on the first lap of the Bomber B Main and collected at least seven cars in a huge pile up that resulted in a complete restart.

Gary Domoe led Nick Fenner for much of the race and ended up finishing in that order when the checkered flag flew. Chris Williams was third while Dave Sibberson and Josh Montague were fourth and fifth respectively.

Ron Leonard was the race leader early in the Bomber C Main until the left rear wheel came off sending his car spinning down the backstretch. Karl Spores assumed the lead as the caution came out but his lead was short lived as he retired to the pits just after taking the lead. Josh Overmeir became the next leader.

After a series of cautions early, the field that started with 19 cars only had eight running and only one lap of green flag racing officially scored.

Todd Silvey, Jeff Foks and Overmeir went three wide for the lead on lap two with Silvey coming out of it with the lead.

Silvey went on to pick up the victory over Jeff Foks, Jim Guinn and Josh Overmeir.

Saturday, June 25th, Oakshade Raceway will host the Butch Wildermuth Memorial in conjunction with the second American Late Model Series event of the year. $3,000 will go to the winner of the Butch Wildermuth Memorial ALMS Late Model feature. The Sportsman and Bomber divisions will complete the night’s racing program.

6/11/2005

Rick Delong from Whitehouse, OH captured his first Late Model feature win of the year at Oakshade Raceway holding off Greg Martin and Rusty Schlenk.

Delong started on the pole and immediately assumed the lead at the drop of the green flag. Greg Martin started directly behind Delong on the inside of row two and began to put heavy pressure on the leader early in the race.

Rusty Schlenk, the unofficial Oakshade Raceway Late Model points leader, started 11th and worked his way up to third by lap 14 just behind Delong and Martin.

Delong pulled away from Martin during the middle portion of the race, but Martin and Schlenk closed back in near the end. Delong held off the late challenge and went on to win the caution free race. Martin held off Schlenk for second and Rick Green finished fourth.

Sportsman rookie driver, Josh Steinacker grabbed the lead after starting on the pole on his way to his second Sportsman feature win of the year.

The first yellow flag came out on lap five after Brian Fisher spun in turn two. Chris Keller and Ray Klawitter also had troubles just as the caution came out and both left the race.

Another caution on lap 11 for a spin for Rich Noonan would slow the field a final time, but Joe Derbeck who ran second the entire race could not reel in Steinacker’s hot rod.

Steinacker stopped on the front stretch after the race for the presentation of the Bill Reckner Memorial trophy and after climbing out of his car, he did a couple of back flips much to the crowds delight. Derbeck finished second followed by Tim Fisher and Mike Jessen.

Dan Dippman and Todd Silvey ran close together in the top two positions for most of the Bomber A Main.

Just as Dippman would open up a lead, the caution flag would fly. It waved four times during the race, but it was not enough to help out Silvey.

Dippman picked up his second Bomber A Main win of the year with Silvey settling for second. Dan Bleikamp, Jim Scout and Bob Gregory were the rest of the top five finishers.

Richard Patton and Ben Thomas were the front runners early in the Bomber B Main, but luck was not on their side. Tony Mapes’ car came to a stop on turn two on lap four and the second place automobile of Ben Thomas crashed into the stopped car.

After a later caution, Bob Rendel shot around the high side of Patton to take the lead. A few laps later, Kevin Cole slid up into Patton while trying to make a pass on the inside of turn three taking both cars out.

Rendel went on to the easy victory with Brad Blonde finishing second. Ted Goetz Jr. started 18th and ended up third ahead of Jeff Foks and Jeff Potridge.

Jacob Gamber led the Bomber C Main until a restart after a caution on lap five. Chris Williams and Matt Shipley got beside Gamber going three wide for a moment. A caution for Ron Leonard’s stopped car allowed Gamber to retain the lead for the restart, but Shipley was too strong.

Once in the lead, Shipley pulled away from the rest of the field and took the easy victory. Gamber held off Williams to finish second. Tim Zuver and Eric Potridge rounded out the top five finishers.

The 16th Annual Barney Oldfield Race paying $4100 to the UMP Late Model feature winner will be held Saturday, June 18th at Oakshade Raceway. Sportsman and Bombers will complete the evening’s racing program.