8/27/2005

Rusty Schlenk carried a 34 point advantage over Aaron Scott entering the Oakshade Raceway Late Model Season Championship Night on Saturday.

On the line for the points champion was a Rayburn chassis, a Bert transmission, $500 worth of vinyls and $10,500 in cash.

The drama for the championship increased early on in Late Model Heat One. Both Schlenk and Scott were in the event. Schlenk was running well but slid up high in turns one and two and fell back which cost him a transfer position to make it into the feature. Schlenk went on to win the Late Model Consolation to earn the 17th starting spot in the feature.

Aaron Scott meanwhile, won the heat event and drew the pole position for the 30-lap Season Championship Late Model Feature.

Schlenk needed to finish sixth or better in the feature to solidify the championship and Scott needed a decent finish and a little bit of luck.

Scott grabbed the lead at the start and was hounded by Kris Patterson early on.

Multiple cautions kept the field tight which benefited Rusty Schlenk’s cause. Schlenk had worked his way up to eighth by the midway point in the race. Three laps later, Schlenk had the fifth position.

The final caution flag flew on lap 27 and wiped out the lead Aaron Scott had built over Kris Patterson and Rusty Schlenk who was now third.

Scott went on to win his fourth Late Model Feature of the year, capping off a dominant performance on evening. Nineteen year old Rusty Schlenk got by Patterson to finish second and unofficially claimed the Oakshade Raceway Late Model Track Championship. Tony Marks and Hillard Miller rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Things heated up early in the Sportsman Feature with some three wide racing for the lead on the first lap. Bruce Stuart came out on top of that battle with Ray Klawitter continuing to put the pressure on in second.

Josh Steinacker lost a wheel on lap three to bring out the first caution. Steinacker was second in Sportsman points behind Klawitter when the night began and took a hit in the points with his early retirement from the race.

Klawitter assumed the lead by lap four shuffling Stuart back to second.

Rusty Schlenk, on an emotional high after clinching the Late Model Championship, started 16th and worked his way up to second by lap eight. Two laps later, Schlenk took command and went on to an impressive win over Ray Klawitter who held off hard charging Tim Fisher and Bruce Stuart for second. Mike Jessen finished fifth.

Billy Ruff took control of the Bomber A Main with Kevin Hanford in close pursuit early on.

Chris Howard got crossed up coming off turn four on lap five and ended up collecting Ron Leonard, Roger Davenport and Randy Roseman to bring out the yellow flag.

Billy Ruff led Bob Gregory on the restart with Hanford third and Craig Dippman fourth. Two laps later, Dippman drove to the lead using the inside groove just as Bob Gregory tapped the back of Billy Ruff resulting in both drivers having to check up just enough for Dippman to get by both drivers.

Kevin Hanford spun with one lap to go to set up a one lap dash to the finish much to the chagrin of Dippman who had opened up a substantial lead.

Craig Dippman held off Bob Gregory to win his second Bomber A Main of the year. Chuck Leininger took third with Billy Ruff falling back to finish fourth. Jake Rendel was fifth.

Matt Shipley and Curt Lancaster pulled away with the top two positions in the Bomber B Main at the start.

A caution for an accident involving Joe Heffner and Josh Kehle allowed Jeff Foks to tighten back up behind the two front runners for the restart.

Shipley and Lancaster once again pulled away once the green flag flew again.

Shipley held off Lancaster to pick up the victory. Karl Spoores finished a distant third followed by Jeff Foks and Ted Goetz.

Wade Rick battled with Scott Mills for the lead in the first part of the Bomber C Main until Mills got involved in an accident that also collected Rob Anderzack and Terry Dempewolf.

Nick Fenner and Andy Borton made it a three wide battle for the lead with Wade Rick on the restart. Both Borton and Fenner got by Rick and battled side by side to the checkered flag with Fenner managing to edge out his first feature win of the year.

Rich Noonan III finished fourth behind Rick and Steve Dempewolf was fifth.

The great racing action continues at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, September 3 with the final visit from the Sunoco American Late Model Series that will pay $2000 to the feature winner. The Sportsman and Bomber divisions will also be back in action. Check out www.oakshaderaceway.com for more details.

8/20/2005

Greg Martin held off a late charge from Aaron Scott and Kris Patterson to win his first Late Model Feature of the year at Oakshade Raceway.

Martin started on the outside of the front row for the 25-lap feature that was sponsored by B&P Wrecking Co. of Toledo and opened up a substantial lead in the early running.

Zac Davis fell off the pace on lap six and retired to the pits giving up the second position.

Aaron Scott bounced off the backstretch wall early in the race and got by Kris Patterson for the second spot on lap 11. By that time, Martin’s lead was a little more than a straightaway ahead of Scott.

Scott, with Patterson about a car length behind, began to chip away at the advantage Martin had built up.

In the end, Martin’s lead proved insurmountable as he took the checkered flag in the caution free event. Scott closed to within three car lengths of Martin on the final lap and settled for second with Patterson a close third. Todd Schroyer who was back in competition for the first time this year finished fourth and Hillard Miller took fifth.

Aaron Scott’s second place finish greatly tightens the points race in the Late Model division at Oakshade Raceway and sets up an exciting showdown in next week’s Late Model Season Championship Night. Rusty Schlenk hangs on to a very narrow points lead over Scott with his tenth place finish in the feature in his bid to capture his first track championship.

The Sportsman Feature produced a lot of lead changes with Ray Klawitter the initial leader. Josh Steinacker closed in to the back bumper of Klawitter by lap three and after some hard racing, took the lead on lap seven.

The yellow flag flew on lap eight for a spin by Jason Smith that collected John Laney and Steve Kester.

Klawitter briefly reassumed the lead after the restart, but the 83 car of Steinacker got back by.

Klawitter wasn’t done challenging for the lead. On lap 14, Steinacker got held up by slower traffic and Klawitter snuck by on the inside to take the lead once again.

Rusty Schlenk closed in on Klawitter late in the race and took the lead with two laps remaining to win an exciting Sportsman Feature. It was his fifth Sportsman Feature victory of the year.

Klawitter led the race on three different occasions, but had to settle for second. Dan Wallace finished third with Tim Fisher fourth. Steinacker fell back to finish fifth.

The evening of racing at Oakshade started off with the remaining eight laps of a Bomber C Main that was supposed to be run back on July 16 but was postponed due to rain.

Ian Lewis was the leader when the race resumed. Jarrett Rendel closed on Lewis and took the lead on lap six and went on to win the race. Lewis was second and Bob Rendel, who had some significant contact with the car driven by Jack Garland earlier in the race, took third.

Adam Bokor and Rick Dippman rounded out the rest of the top five.

Todd Silvey finally got his 007 car in victory lane in the Dempewolf Construction Bomber A Main. He took the lead after starting on the pole and the only challenge he had to deal with was from Jake Rendel who got to his inside in the final corner, but Silvey was able to hold him off coming to the checkered flag.

Brett Miller finished third ahead of Joe Smith and Kevin Hanford.

Karl Spores and Jeff Foks put on a good show for the lead in the Dempewolf Construction Bomber B Main trading the top spot back and forth.

Ted Goetz, Jr. closed in on the lead duo and tried to dive way low to make it three wide for the lead in turn four. Unfortunately for Goetz, the move caused him to lose the back of his car and he spun around bringing out the caution flag forcing him to restart at the tail of the field.

Jeff Foks held the lead in the closing laps and Karl Spores made a final run on the last lap, diving to the inside of Foks in the final set of corners. The two came off turn four side by side and bouncing off the side of each other as they came to the checkered flag.

Foks held on to win by just the nose of his car over Spores and Chris Howard finished a very close third. Jarrett Rendel was fourth and Jim Guinn finished fifth.

The Dempewolf Construction Bomber C Main started off in bizarre fashion. Ian Lewis dropped his full fuel cell on the track during the parade laps before the drop of the green flag. A lot of fuel was spilled on the track and the red flag waved before the race could even begin.

Once the fuel was burned off the track, a multitude of cautions slowed the event. A final caution set up a one lap shootout to the finish with Chris Dotson holding off Adam Bokor for the win. Scott Mills was third followed by Jeff Potridge and Steve Dempewolf.

Find out who will win the $10,500.00 Late Model Points Championship on Saturday, August 27 at Oakshade Raceway. Rusty Schlenk will take his slim points lead over Aaron Scott into the night’s events. The Sportsman and Bomber divisions will also be in action.

8/13/2005

B&P Wrecking Night at Oakshade Raceway ended early Saturday as soaking rains came and washed out most of the night’s racing.

An evening that was supposed to feature double features for the Bombers only got two races completed before the skies opened up on the second lap of the Bomber C Main.

In the evening’s first event, the Bomber A Main, Joe Smith was the man to beat grabbing the lead on the first lap after starting on the outside of the front row.

The first yellow flag waved on lap two after Matt Shipley spun in turn two and then retired to the pits.

BJ Gregory’s car suffered mechanical problems and came to a stop in turn four on lap eight to bring out the second and final caution of the race.

Tom Ordway ran second the entire race and could not take advantage of restarting right on the back bumper or race leader Joe Smith after the cautions.

Smith pulled away to win his second Bomber A Main of the year. Ordway held off Jake Rendel for second. Jim Scout and Rich Risner also finished in the top five.

Nick Fenner took control early in the Bomber B Main with Brad Blonde quickly closing in from the second position.

Lap seven featured lots of action. Kevin Hanford got a flat tire and spun into the infield coming off turn four. Just behind him, Eric Potridge lost control and slammed into the barrier surrounding a light pole and brought the red flag as Potridge appeared to be shaken up. He did emerge from his car and walk to the ambulance.

Once racing resumed, Ted Goetz, Jr. moved up from deep in the field to take the lead from Fenner on lap nine.

Goetz went on to pick of the victory over Fenner, Billy Ruff and Brad Blonde. Chris Williams finished fifth.

Racing ceased after only two laps were run of the Bomber C Main with Ian Lewis leading the way. That is where that action will pick up next week.

Rain checks will be honored at any one of the rest of the season’s races at Oakshade Raceway. Saturday, August 20 will be UMP Late Models, Sportsman and Bombers and the completion of the Bomber C Main.