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6/30/2007

Oakshade Raceway honored long-time fuel man Howard Miller on Saturday night, along with all the fallen members of Oakshade Raceway’s extended family that consists of drivers, crews, fans and staff. Todd Schroyer highlighted the evening with an exciting Howard Miller Memorial UMP Late Model Feature win after stepping into a race car for the first time in a couple years.

Todd Schroyer started on the outside of the front row in the car his brother Rody had won in the previous week and immediately took command of the 25-lap feature event.

Justin Paxton took a hit in the points after coming in to the night fifth in Oakshade’s UMP Late Model point standings. Paxton spun on the first lap of the feature forcing a complete restart and retired to the pits later in the race .

Once again under green with Schroyer leading, Rusty Schlenk spun in turn one while running third just three laps into the race bringing out the yellow and forcing him to the tail for the restart. While still under the same caution period, Ronnie Perrine Jr. was running fourth but gave up that position when he went to the pits with a flat tire.

Unofficial Oakshade points leader Rick Delong mounted a challenge for the lead getting to the inside of Schroyer for a few laps on restarts after a couple cautions. Schroyer held off the challenges and continued to lead.

Chris Keller brought out the red flag on lap 20 after sliding up and over the turn one banking for a second time. Keller ended up rolling his car this time ending up on his roof. Keller was OK.

Schlenk worked back through the field all the way to second on lap 21 after his spin earlier in the race and began to pressure Schroyer for the lead. Schroyer kept his car running the high groove while Schlenk ran to his inside the final two laps of the race. Schlenk came up just short as Schroyer held on to pick the Howard Miller Memorial Feature victory. After the race, Todd Schroyer announced he is retiring from racing. His brother Rody will be back piloting the 70 car next week.

Delong was the third place finisher ahead of Aaron Scott and Dusty Moore.

The Howard Miller Memorial UMP Sportsman Feature produced some more exciting racing action with Josh Steinacker and Tim Fisher battling all the way to the the wire.

Bruce Stuart was running second to Steinacker early on and spun in turn two to bring out the yellow flag on lap three.

A few laps later Tim Fisher moved into second and then began to attack Steinacker for the lead. Fisher actually had the lead for a moment, but a caution for debris came out at the same time which saved Steinacker as the field was lined up by the way they were running the last completed green-flag lap.

Steinacker continued to try to find a way to hold off Fisher in the final stages of the race by changing his line in the corners a couple times, but Fisher got alongside on the final lap and came up just short as Steinacker held on to win his fifth feature of the year.

Rusty Smith posted a third place finish with Mike Jessen and Chris Smith rounding out the rest of the top five.

Craig Dippman celebrated his 33rd birthday with a Bomber heat race win and then went on to win the Howard Miller Memorial UMP Bomber A Main in the closest finish of the night.

Dippman took advantage of starting on the pole by opening up a big lead at the start.

The first caution came out on lap 12 for Kyle Light’s car that had rolled to a stop on the backstretch. That allowed Dan Dippman to close right up on Craig Dippman with Tom Ordway lurking in third.

Ordway got by Dan Dippman and then tried to take the lead from Craig Dippman on the final lap getting to his inside in the final set of corners. They came off turn four side by side with Craig Dippman edging out Ordway by the nose of his car at the checkered flag. It was Craig Dippman’s first feature win of the year.

Dan Dippman fell back to finish third followed by Chris Henry and Chris Joy who added an extra $50 to all Bomber Feature winners in memory of his father and Howard Miller.

Tony Tolles led the first part of the Bomber B Main until Randy Roseman got by on the inside on a restart after one of the many cautions.

Tolles retired to the pits while under caution on lap six relinquishing the second position to Jeff Geis.

Geis made a bid for the lead to the inside of Roseman near the end of the race, but then Geis fell back as Roseman pulled away en route to his first feature win of the year.

Jody Burton finished third followed by Jamie Grochowski and Billy Brown.

Justin Woodruff led the first eight laps of the Howard Miller Memorial UMP Bomber C Main until Jeff Krotzer got by on a restart.

Chris Tressler brought out another yellow just after the restart and reverted the lead back to Woodruff.

Once again his lead would be short lived as Krotzer went on to pick up his first feature win. Woodruff held on to finish second with Tim Fisher driving Duane Slater’s Bomber to a third place finish. Trevor Reed and Lee Buck were the rest of the top five finishers.

The great racing action continues Saturday, July 7 at Oakshade Raceway with UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers back in action on Don Williams Excavating Night. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

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6/23/2007

Race fans enjoyed an action packed night at the Butch Wildermuth Memorial American Late Model Series (ALMS) event at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night that featured Rody Schroyer in victory lane for the first time in just over a year.

Emotions were high after a frightening incident earlier in the night in which contact sent Chuck Desgrange’s Late Model out of control at the end of the backstretch and then clipped Oakshade’s pit steward, “Billy Bob,” during the first lap of the third Wynn’s Auto Parts Late Model Heat. Word came back from the hospital during intermission that, thankfully, the worst of his injuries turned out to be a broken ankle.

After a collective sigh of relief, it was time for the 30-lap Butch Wildermuth Memorial ALMS Feature event with a check for $3,000 up for grabs.

Rody Schroyer from Toledo, Ohio started on the pole and immediately charged to the lead over Duane Chamberlain who had won the previous night’s ALMS event.

After a caution for Brad Eitniear’s spin on lap seven, Schroyer began to open up a commanding lead as Chamberlain started to fall back. Last week’s feature winner Ronnie Perrine Jr. and Brian Ruhlman both got by Chamberlain and set their sights on Schroyer.

Hillard Miller positioned himself to challenge the leaders after passing Perrine Jr. for third with a little contact between the two drivers in some very tight racing.

Ruhlman began to close on Schroyer in the closing laps as Miller was putting the pressure on for second, but Schroyer held on to win earning his first Oakshade UMP Late Model Feature win of the year.

Hillard Miller got held up slightly behind a lapped car on the final lap that kept him from challenging Ruhlman for second. Ronnie Perrine Jr. finished fourth with Chamberlain hanging on to finish fifth.

The UMP Sportsman Feature had some great racing action with Brian Fisher taking charge early on followed closely by Billy Ruff and Tim Fisher.

Ruff went to the lead on lap nine and then tried to fend off Tim Fisher who took over on lap 13.

Tim Fisher looked strong but Josh Steinacker closed in and with the help from a lapped car just in front of Tim Fisher, Steinacker took the lead with two laps to go and went on to post his fourth feature win of the year and increased his already impressive points lead in the UMP Sportsman division at Oakshade.

Tim Fisher finished second followed by Ruff, Mike Jessen and Even Myers.

Chris Henry was attempting to win his second UMP Bomber A Main and took the lead after starting on the pole. Dan Dippman made it three-wide just behind him going through the middle to take over second early in the race.

Dippman made a move around Henry for the lead on lap 10 and never looked back as he went on to pick up his second UMP Bomber A Main win of the year. Henry finished second and Brett Miller just beat Jake Rendel for third.

Oakshade’s UMP Bomber points leader Tom Ordway finished fifth.

Josh Montague was leading the UMP Bomber B Main until he spun all by himself in turn four on the third lap of the race turning the lead over to Jody Burton.

Burton then had his hands full as Karl Spores Jr. and Curt Lancaster made it three deep for the lead. Spores eventually came out on top, but Lancaster battled back and took the lead as the white flag flew.

Spores got back alongside Lancaster on the final lap, but Lancaster held on to win the B Main. John Roads took third followed by Burton, and Matt Henschen.

Toxic Moe grabbed the lead in the Bomber C Main on the first lap with Chris Tressler in tow until Tressler fell off the pace and retired to the pits.

Toxic Moe then had to contend with Chris Joy who overtook Moe on lap four and went on to pick up the victory. Toxic Moe held on to finish second with Donovan Paskin, Cliff Bernard and Trevor Reed rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

On tap for Saturday, June 30 at Oakshade Raceway is the Howard Miller Memorial featuring UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

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6/16/2007

A packed house for the 18th Annual Barney Oldfield Race was treated to 40 laps of nonstop racing action without any caution periods and at the end, a new name was added to the prestigious list of winners of Oakshade Raceway’s Barney Oldfield Race as Ronnie Perrine Jr. picked up his first ever UMP Late Model Feature victory.

Duane Chamberlain, last year’s winner, drew a pole starting position and led early in the race. Rick Delong started on the outside of the front row and reeled Chamberlain back in and took the lead on lap five with Ronnie Perrine Jr. following into second.

Delong, Oakshade’s UMP Late Model point leader, and Perrine Jr. pulled away from Chamberlain and the rest of the field. Perrine Jr. rode right on Delong’s back bumper until lap 15 when he got to the inside and took the lead while they were working through lapped traffic.

Lima, Ohio’s Ronnie Perrine Jr. continued to hug the inside groove and drove away from the rest of the field to post his first ever Late Model victory as well as earning the Barney Oldfield Cup trophy sponsored by Country Charm Cafe and a check for $4300.

Dan Wallace had a strong second place finish with Dusty Moore moving up to finish third. Delong slipped back to finish fourth with Duane Chamberlain rounding out the top five finishers.

Mike Jessen had another good run going in the UMP Sportsman Feature, leading the first half of the race after starting on the pole.

Josh Steinacker closed in and passed Jessen for the lead, but the caution flag would fly for debris at the same time which would give the lead back to Jessen.

Jessen then had something break in the rear end and fell off the pace just after the restart and the rest of the field scrambled around the limping 52 car. Jessen got his car to the infield out of harm’s way and the race stayed green with Steinacker taking over the top position.

Steinacker went on to post his third UMP Sportsman Feature win of the year and added to his already large point lead.

Brian Fisher followed for a second place finish with Billy Ruff and Chris Smith taking third and fourth respectively. Amy Bernard was fifth.

One of the most exciting races of the night turned out to be the UMP Bomber A Main which featured five different leaders and more lead changes.
Dan Shaffer was the first to lead with heavy pressure from Tom Ordway, Brian Przepiora and Chris Henry just behind.

Przepiora was next to lead when he got by Shaffer on a restart on lap three after a caution for Jeff Geis’ spin.

Chris Henry took his turn out front taking the lead on lap five, but his lead would be brief. Tom Ordway looked to the outside and Przepiora tucked back to the inside of Henry, making it three deep for the lead. Przepiora and Henry made contact sending the 68 car of Henry spinning which brought out the caution and ended Henry’s hopes of capturing his second A Main win of the year.

Przepiora was back in the lead for the restart, but Ordway got by on lap seven.

Dan Dippman quietly worked his way up to the front and took the lead away from Ordway on lap eight and those two drivers would battle all the way to the checkered flag with Ordway getting it by a nose over Dippman at the finish.

Randy Roseman, Jim Scout and Tim Murphy got by Przepiora for the third through fifth finishing positions.

After an exciting and hugely entertaining A Main, the Bomber B and C Main were marred by multiple caution periods.

Tim Shelley led from flag to flag in the UMP Bomber B Main and stayed in front of all the incidents that brought out yellows that happened behind him. One of which cause a big pile up on lap three after Curt Lancaster and Danny Hogrefe got together while battling for second.

Shelley went on to take the checkered flag and Garry Domoe got by Lancaster to finish second. Brad Brehm was fourth and Karl Spores Jr. finished fifth after starting way back in the 11th row.

David Goben was in command of the UMP Bomber C Main early on until he slipped up high in turn four and then Tevor Reed, Chris Tressler and Jerry Signor battled three-wide for the lead until Reed spun in turn two to bring out a caution.

With Tressler leading, Jerry Signor gave up the second position when his car began to slow and eventually came to a stop on the track bringing out another yellow.

Tressler, Billy Brown and David Goben made it three-wide again for the lead with just two laps remaining. Goben slipped back from that battle leaving Tressler and Brown to duke it out to the finish.

Tressler over drove his car into turn four giving Billy Brown from Adrian, Michigan the victory. Goben took second followed by Justin Woodruff in third. Tressler recovered enough to finish fourth and Walt Helsel finished fifth.

The racing excitement continues Saturday, June 23rd at Oakshade Raceway with the Butch Wildermuth Memorial/American Late Model Series event paying $3000 to win. UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers will also be back in action and the Donnie Moran Race Simulator will be set up so that race fans can experience what it is like to drive a Late Model. Gates will open at a special time for this event at 3pm with races starting at 7pm. Check out www.oakshaderaceway.info for more information.