7/30/2005

Racing fans at Oakshade Raceway were treated to some extra feature racing action on Saturday with a couple make-up features from July 16 for the Late Model and Sportsman divisions.

The first of two Late Model Features took to the track as the evening’s first event under the bright sunlight.

Dusty Moore assumed the lead at the start after starting on the pole. Kris Patterson and Rusty Schlenk put the pressure on Moore for the lead in the first few laps with Moore rising to the challenge.

The first caution flag came out on lap four for a spin involving Brad Eitniear and Mike Miller. Moore had to fend off Patterson for the lead once again after the restart with Josh Steinacker and Schlenk trading the third position momentarily.

Schlenk eventually disposed of Steinacker and briefly took second away from Patterson on lap eight. With Moore continuing to lead, Patterson got back around Schlenk for second, but that would only be a temporary set back for the 91 car of Schlenk.

Schlenk eventually got the inside of Moore to battle for the lead. The two raced side by side for a while with Schlenk taking the lead by the nose of his car on lap 14.

Schlenk went on to pick up his third Late Model Feature win of the year at Oakshade Raceway with Moore finishing a respectable second. Rody Schroyer and Brian Ruhlman started in the sixth row and ended up finishing third and fourth respectively. Hillard Miller started even deeper in the field in the 16th position and came away with a top five finish.

Next to take the track was the first of two Sportsman Features.

Things got a little hectic before one lap could be finished. Steve Kester, who started on the pole, spun in front of just about the entire field and brought out the caution. At least five other cars spun or stopped to avoid Kester. The result was a complete restart.

Joe Derbeck led the first lap, but Ray Klawitter got by to take the lead by lap two and began to pull away.

Derbeck was able to get to the inside of Klawitter on the restart after a couple cautions, but Klawitter held him off.

Tim Fisher started 11th and worked his way up to second by lap 11, but could not reel in the race leader.

Klawitter picked up the Sportsman Feature win over Tim Fisher, Joe Derbeck, Josh Steinacker and Mike Jessen.

Later on in the evening, the fans were treated to some more great feature racing with the Late Model Feature first to take to the track once again.

The second Late Model Feature was marred by numerous cautions. The first of couple came out before a single lap could be completed. Rob Mitchell spun and collect Ryan Gorey who ended up with a flat tire and Aaron Scott and Rick Delong made contact resulting in debris on the track and sent Delong to the pits.

Rusty Schlenk was running third but retired to the pits under a lap three caution, ending his bid to make it two feature wins in a row on the night.

Greg Martin took the lead from the start, but could not open up his lead as the field was kept tight with the many cautions.

After a caution for Scott Fisk who came to a stop on the front stretch on lap 14, Greg Martin held off a three wide challenge from Casey Noonan and Hillard Miller for the lead.

A few laps later Martin opened up his lead just a little over Noonan and Miller.

Another caution with five laps to go allowed Noonan to close back up to the rear bumper of Martin for the restart and one lap later under the green, Noonan took the lead and drove away to his first Late Model Feature win of the year.

Martin finished a strong second ahead of Miller. Dusty Moore finished fourth and Tony Marks was fifth.

Brad Kendall, Chris Keller and Rusty Schlenk made the first handful of laps of the Sportsman Feature exciting with the three going three abreast on lap five. Keller squeezed out into the lead and Schlenk took second shuffling Kendall back to third.

Two laps later, Schlenk once again retired to the pits giving up the second position.

Keller opened up a huge lead on the rest of the field until the first caution flag flew with only three laps to go. Pete Dotson spun right in front of the race leader, but luckily Keller got by unscathed. Unfortunately his lead he built up was erased.

Keller held off Tim Fisher and Brian Fisher to win the Sportsman Feature. Jessen finished fourth and the night’s earlier winner, Ray Klawitter, finished fifth.

Finally the Bomber Features took to the track to close out the night with some of the night’s most exciting race finishes.

Jake Rendel led most of the Bomber A Main with Craig Dippman glued to his rear bumper. Dippman began to challenge Rendel to the inside when the first caution flag came out for Todd Silvey’s spin with two laps to go.

Dippman waited until the final two corners on the final lap to dive to the inside of Rendel again. Dippman came off turn four with a slight advantage on Rendel which turned out to be just enough. Craig Dippman won his first Bomber A Main of the year ahead of Rendel, Rich Risner and Gary Domoe. Jeff Foks, Jr. finished fifth.

The Bomber B Main also produced an exciting finish. Chris Williams grabbed the lead from the start.

A late caution set up another two-lap shootout to the finish. Williams had been battling with Curt Lancaster just before the caution and could not hold off the 51 car of Lancaster who took the lead on the final lap. And just to make things a little more exciting, Ted Goetz drove hard to the inside of Lancaster in the final corner in a last ditch attempt for the lead.

Lancaster held him off to pick up his first Bomber Feature win of the year. Williams ended up third behind Goetz. Shane Stuckey who started in 21st, finished fourth and Bob Rendel ended up fifth.

Hugh Snell, Ron Leonard and Ted Hill battled three wide for the lead early in the Bomber C Main. Snell was able to fend off the challenge until John Brooks closed in after starting in the middle of the pack and forced his way into the lead on lap six.

Snell fell off the pace while running second and retired to the pits with only two laps to go.

Brooks went on to pick up the victory with Ron Leonard finishing second. Bobby Hutchins was third, followed by Ted Hill and Eric Potridge.

This Saturday Oakshade Raceway will host another American Late Model Series present by Sunoco program paying $2000 to the winner of the ALMS Feature. Sportsman and Bomber division will also be back in action. A week later, the Bomber division will run its make up double on August 13.

7/23/2005

Oakshade Raceway hosted the Eight Annual Birthday Race on Saturday night, which also was the finale of the UMP Late Model Summer Nationals. For the sixth straight year, Oakshade drew the highest car count of any track that hosts a Summer Nationals event with seven different states being represented.

Fifty-seven Late Models were checked in but only 21 would start the 60-lap Birthday Race Late Model Feature that would pay the winner $10,000.

Jeep Van Wormer started on the pole of the Birthday Race and quickly grabbed the lead over Brian Shirley and Aaron Scott.

The first caution flag flew on lap four after Scott Fisk spun in turn four while running near the back of the field.

Shirley put some pressure on Van Wormer on the restart, but could not take the lead until Van Wormer got caught up behind slower traffic on lap 16. Shirley then ducked to the inside to get by as the slower traffic ran the high groove in front of Van Wormer.

Three laps later the second caution came out after Mike Marler’s car came to a stop in turn two.

Once back under the green flag, Shirley began to pull away with the lead from Van Wormer while once again negotiating through slower traffic at the back of the field.

Rusty Schlenk brought out the third caution on lap 41after he had troubles in turn two forcing him to restart at the back of the pack.

Van Wormer, who had been running second most of the race, brought out the final yellow flag of the race on lap 53 after experiencing mechanical problems and coming to a stop in turn one. That gave second place to Aaron Scott with just seven laps to go.

Scott could not mount a charge on race leader Brian Shirley in those final laps, but did find himself battling three wide with Jimmie Mars and Dennis Erb to try to hang on to second.

Shirley went on to win the final UMP Late Model Summer Nationals Feature also known as the Birthday Race at Oakshade Raceway and he received the check for $10,000. Aaron Scott, a regular weekly competitor at Oakshade, held on to finish second. Jimmie Mars was third and Dennis Erb, who had to take a provisional just to make the starting lineup and started at the very back of the field, ended up fourth.
Finishing in the fifth position was UMP Summer Nationals Champion Shannon Babb. Babb dominated this year’s Summer Nationals with 15 wins. Babb was also presented with a check for $30,000 for the winning the series points race.

Most of the huge crowd of spectators that had gathered at Oakshade Raceway, stuck around to watch the Bombers put on some exciting racing action in their feature races.

With Bob Gregory leading the Bomber A Main, Rob Anderzack was running second and spun coming off turn four and created a pile up that included Jeff Foks, Tom Ordway and Matt Shipley.

Joe Smith began to turn up the heat on race leader Bob Gregory after Anderzack’s caution. Another caution for Craig Dippman’s spin would cool that battle down on lap three.

After racing side by side a few laps, Smith finally took over the lead on lap six and went on to make it a clean sweep for the 71 car, winning both his heat race and the feature. Gregory settled for second with Kevin Hanford, Brett Miller and Dan Dippman as the rest of the top five finishers.

Rich Risner assumed the lead in the Bomber B Main and never looked back.

A few caution flags kept the field tight with Brad Blonde mounting a slight charge for the lead after the last caution, but Risner held him off and then pulled away to an easy win. Josh Montague got by Blonde to finish second. Billy Ruff finished fourth and Ron Leonard was fifth.

Shane Stuckey led the entire distance of the Bomber C Main, although it wasn’t an easy win. Dan Bleikamp worked his way up to second by lap four after starting in the middle of the field to challenge for the lead.

Jeff Potridge was running third and spun out on the front stretch on a restart, but did not get hit and ended up doing a 360 and continuing on. Although he did slip back a few positions.

Shane Stuckey, meanwhile, held off Dan Bleikamp in the closing laps to pick up the feature win. Richard Patton took a third place finish and Drew Shindler was fourth. Jeff Potridge recovered to a fifth place finish after his spin.

Saturday, July 30, Oakshade Raceway will give you even more bang for your buck with double features for the Late Model and Sportsman division. In addition, the Bombers will be running a regular program so there will be plenty of racing action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm and as always, adult tickets are just $10.

7/16/2005

Oakshade Raceway braved the weather and made a valiant attempt to get an entire racing program completed on Saturday night, but just as the Late Model feature took to the track, the rain drops began falling a little harder forcing the track officials to call it a night a little early.

A rain shower that came down shortly after the gates opened delayed the start of the evening’s events, but made for an extremely fast track for all the preliminary races.

Rusty Schlenk took over the Oakshade points lead after Aaron Scott’s troubles on the first lap of the Late Model feature a week ago.

Scott failed to transfer in to the feature this week through his heat event, but managed to dominate one of the two Late Model consolation races to make the starting line up for the feature. Skeet Reckner was the winner of the other consi.

Brian Ruhlman, Mike Miller, Brad Eitniear, and Ron Perrine, Jr. were all Late Model heat race winners.

Josh Steinacker came into the night leading the Sportsman points. Once again, Steinacker was behind the wheel of a Late Model and a Sportsman. Unfortunately for Steinacker, he was late getting into the line up for his Sportsman heat after transferring his Late Model into the feature since the two heats were back to back. Steinacker ended up starting near the tail of the Sportsman consi and secured a starting spot in the feature by working his way up to finish third.

Sportsman heat race winners were Amy Bernard, Brad Kendall and Rusty Schlenk who would be trying for his fourth Sportsman feature win in a row.

Due to the rain, the Late Model and Sportsman features will be made up on Saturday, July 30 with double features on that night.

Jim Scout took a hard hit on the track the previous week in the Bomber division in his heat event and that knocked him out of first place in points at Oakshade coming into the night’s events. He fell to third behind Jeff Foks, Jr. and Chuck Leininger.

Scout had his car back together this week and took a Bomber heat race win along with Gary Domoe, Rich Risner, Joe Smith, Matt Shippley and John Brooks who was driving the 18H usually driven by Danny Hogrefe.

The Bomber features will be made up on B&P Wrecking night which is Saturday, August 13.
This coming Saturday (July 23), Oakshade Raceway will host the Eighth Annual Birthday Race which is also the UMP Summer Nationals Finale. The winner of the 60 lap UMP Late Model feature will receive $10,000 and the winner of the Summer Nationals points chase will also be crowned. Bombers will also be in action that night as well.

In anticipation of this huge event, Oakshade Raceway will allow spectators to come in on Thursday, July 21 from 4pm until 8pm and reserve seats by taping down blankets. Then on Friday, July 22, the gates will be open from noon until 9pm for campers and for spectators to reserve seats. Everyone that comes through the gate on Friday must purchase a ticket and/or a pit pass for Saturday’s race.

Gates will open early on Saturday, July 23, by noon at the latest. Everyone will be allowed in the pits to meet the drivers until 4pm. After 4pm, you must have a pit pass to remain in the pits. Due to the qualifying procedures of the Summer Nationals series, the races will begin a little later than normal at 7:45pm Saturday night.

Large coolers will not be permitted and small coolers must be placed in front of you by your feet. Also, lawn chairs will not be permitted in the grandstands.

And again, Oakshade will run double features for the Late Models and Sportsman divisions on Saturday, July 30, the week after the Birthday Race and double features for Bombers on Saturday, August 13.