7/28/2007

Rody Schroyer made a late race pass to capture his second UMP Late Model Feature win at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night.

Swanton Sports Center sponsored a great night of racing action at the wide, 3/8 mile high-banked dirt oval with Rick Delong assuming the lead of the UMP Late Model Feature on the first lap as the outside pole sitter Kevin Reeve bounced off the backstretch wall. Reeve gathered up his car, but fell back through the field.

Kris Patterson ran second and didn’t let Delong get away the first ten laps of the race even as the leaders began to lap slower cars.

The caution flag flew for the first time on lap 10 for a spin which would tighten up the leaders for the restart. Delong went on to open up some room between himself and the rest of the field until Ronnie Perrine Jr. spun and brought out the only other yellow flag in the race.

Schroyer had been closing in on Delong just before the caution and had his sights set on the lead once the green flag waved again. Schroyer looked high and then dove under Delong to take the lead with just two laps to go.

Rody Schroyer went on to pick up his second feature win of the year with Rick Delong settling for second. Last week’s feature winner Brian Ruhlman started 10th and worked his way up to finish third ahead of Dusty Moore and Rusty Schlenk.

Tim Fisher dominated the UMP Sportsman Feature leading every lap after starting on the outside of the front row. Fisher hugged the inside around the turns and went on to pick the easy victory and his first UMP Sportsman Feature win of the year.

A great battle for second on back ensued behind Tim Fisher with Brian Fisher just holding off Ky Harper for second at the finish. Oakshade’s Sportsman points leader Josh Steinacker was also in that battle and ended up fourth. Bruce Stuart ran second most of the race, but fell back to finish fifth.

Brian Przepiora took the Racer’s Connection Tail Start Challenge in the UMP Bomber A Main and elected to give up his starting position to start at the tail and had a chance at a lot of extra bonus money if he could win the race.

Brett Miller led the first half of the race with Jeff Foks Jr. and Chris Henry racing side by side for second for quite a few laps with Henry eventually completing the pass.

Henry then began to pressure Miller for the lead and those two then raced side by side for a number of laps with Henry finally completing the pass and taking the lead for good.

A late caution tightened the field for a two lap shootout and gave Miller a final shot and Henry to try to reclaim the lead. Miller got alongside Henry, but Henry held him off at the finish.

It was Chris Henry’s second feature win and will help him in the Bomber points chase after entering the night in fifth. Bret Miller had to settle for second with Josh Montague, Jim Scout and Dan Dippman rounding out the rest of the top five finishers. Brian Przepiora only managed to work his way up to finish eighth.

Brent Hartsworm led the first lap of the UMP Bomber B Main, but spun into the infield coming off turn four just before completing lap two turning the race lead over to Joe Overmyer.

Overmyer’s lead didn’t last too long as Wade Rick forced his way to the point and then began to pull away.

Wade Rick never looked back and won his first feature of the year over Jody Burton, Joe Overmyer, Karl Spoores and Ronnie Leonard.

The UMP Bomber C Main had trouble getting going early with two complete restarts.

Chris Howard had a very fast car and was a little two quick at the start and passed before the start cone once the race finally got going. Howard led the field, but the penalty for jumping the start is to be docked two positions which is enforced at the next caution or the conclusion of the race, which ever comes first. Unfortunately for Howard, there would be no more cautions.

Howard was the first to take the checkered flag, but Jim Plotts and Cliff Bernard had a great race going on behind him with the two drivers side by side at the white flag with lapped traffic directly in front of the them.

Bernard was able to get by and was scored as the winner with Jim Plotts taking second. Chris Howard received credit for a third place finish followed by Cody Walls and Jeff Strock.

Saturday, August 4 will mark the third American Late Model Series event of the year at Oakshade Raceway paying $2,000 to win. UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

7/21/2007

Brian Ruhlman finally found his way back to victory lane for the first time this year in the UMP Late Model Feature at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Two-time Late Model Feature winner Ronnie Perrine Jr. suffered from some bad luck with a spin on lap five to bring out the only caution period of the race. Then later Perrine Jr. spun again but kept going without a yellow, but not before going a lap down to the leaders.

Ruhlman started on the outside of the front row in the Zeller’s Towing number one car and led the entire distance and was uncontested at the checkered flag.

Casey Noonan got by points leader Rick Delong to finish second. Rusty Schlenk borrowed a car from Dusty Moore for the second week in a row and finished fourth with Rusty Seaver taking fifth in his first appearance of the year.

Mike Sudeth had trouble on the first lap of the UMP Sportsman Feature when he spun in turn two and collected six other cars just about blocking the track which resulted in a complete restart with the cars involved in the incident going to the tail.

With Josh Steinacker leading, Scot Mills spun on the second lap and Rob Liaeff had significant contact with his car bringing out another yellow and causing a little fire under the hood of Liaeff’s car. Liaeff later rejoined the race 12 laps down.

Back under the green, Steinacker pulled away with the lead, but Ky Harper soon began to close in.

Another caution on lap 13 tightened up the field behind Steinacker for a final time. After the restart, Steinacker and Harper pulled away from the rest of the pack with Harper pressuring for the lead.

Oakshade’s UMP Sportsman points leader Josh Steinacker fended off the challenge en route to his sixth feature win of the year relegating Harper to a second place finish.

Rusty Schlenk recovered to finish third after being involved in the pile up on the first lap of the race and having to restart at the tail. Mike Jessen and Brad Mills rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Brett Miller got by Wade Rick for the the lead early in the UMP Bomber A Main with Garry Domoe and Tom Ordway close behind. By lap three, it was Domoe at the front of the field and eventually Ordway took second from Miller and then closed in on Domoe for the lead.

Josh Montague started 12th and worked his way up to third by lap 17, but Brett Miller got into the back of Montague going into turn three sending Montague spinning which brought out the yellow flag.

Ordway got up alongside Domoe on the final lap, but could not make the pass as Domoe went on to post his second consecutive Bomber A Main win with Ordway settling for second again as he did a week ago.

Brett Miller held on to finish third and Craig Dippman took the Racer’s Connection Tail Start Challenge, but came up a few positions shy in fourth. Jeff Geis was fifth.

Jake Rendel started on the pole of the UMP Bomber B Main and went on to pick up the victory over Brian Przepiora who started deep in the field. Dan Bleikamp also started deep in the field and finished third ahead of Toxic Moe, Bob Rendel and Dave Sibberson.

Jerry Signor took the lead at the white flag in the UMP Bomber C Main and held off Kyle Light at the checkers to win his second feature of the year. Dustin Sauter led much of the race, but had to settle for a third place finish ahead of Chris Tressler and Trevor Reed.

Saturday, July 28 will be Swanton Sports Center Night at Oakshade Raceway featuring more great racing action with UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and UMP Bombers. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

7/14/2007

A rain shower just after time trials delayed the start of Oakshade Raceway’s 10th Annual Birthday Race and UMP Summer Nationals Finale by about three hours, but made for some very fast and very exciting UMP Late Model Feature race action with Jeep Van Wormer victorious.

Track crews and drivers worked diligently to get the moisture out of the track after the rain mucked things up. The track drying process was hindered by the lack of wind after the rain and the dampness in the air, but Oakshade officials were determined to give the packed house a show and to let the drivers race.

Van Wormer started on the pole of the 60-lap feature and led much of the race.

Matt Miller was the first to apply pressure to Van Wormer, but later fell back through the running order and retired to the pits just past the midway point in the race.

Steve Sheppard worked his way up to second by lap 10 and briefly challenged Van Wormer for the lead on a lap 12 restart, but A.J. Diemel was the man on the move picking off a bunch of positions and eventually took away second from Sheppard. Sheppard soon slowed on the track and stopped after falling back to fourth behind Brian Ruhlman which brought out the yellow flag. Sheppard pitted under the yellow and restarted at the tail end of the field.

Justin Paxton started 21st and worked the outside groove to work his way up to sixth, but on a lap 37 restart, Paxton took it a little too high and lost a ton of positions.

A few laps later, Diemel made a bid to the inside of Van Wormer for the lead and succeeded to take over the top spot on lap 44. Van Wormer then slipped up high in turn two which opened the door for Wes Steidinger to move into second.

Steidinger then closed in on Diemel and the two raced side by side on lap 54 with Steidinger assuming the lead with just five laps to go.

Jeep Van Wormer made a final charge back to the front in the final handful of laps staying in the high groove while Steidinger battled with lapped traffic down low in the corners. Van Wormer reclaimed the lead as the white flag flew and Steidinger tried to battle back alongside, but Van Wormer shot off turn four with the advantage in an exciting finish at the checkered flag. Van Wormer was presented with the Birthday Race check for $10,000 for the win.

Steidinger had to settle for second. A win would have put him in a tie with Don O’Neal for second in UMP Summer National points after both O’Neal and Dennis Erb opted not to race and packed up their cars early. Dennis Erb will claim the 2007 UMP Summer Nationals Championship.

Diemel from Navareno, Wisconson slipped back to finish third followed by Casey Noonan, Brian Ruhlman and Aaron Scott. Steve Sheppard worked all the way back to finish seventh after restarting at the tail earlier in the race and Paxton recovered back to eighth. Eddie Kirchoff and Hillard Miller were the rest of the top ten finishers.

Randy Roseman, Tony Tolles and Tom Ordway battled three wide for the lead early in the Bomber A Main with Tolles and Ordway getting by Roseman who slowed to a stop on the track which brought out the caution flag.

Ordway appeared to be on the way to another victory to add to his Bomber points lead, but Garry Domoe came out of nowhere and closed in on Ordway after starting back in 12th.

Domoe got around Ordway with two laps to go and went on to pick up his first Bomber A Main win of the year.

Brian Przepiora finished third behind Ordway followed by last week’s A Main winner Dan Dippman. Tony Tolles fell back to finish fifth.

Dan Bleikamp took the lead from Danny Nighswander on the first lap of the Bomber B Main. It was the first night of competition for both of these familiar names this year at Oakshade.

The two drivers worked through lapped traffic much of the race and ended up finishing in that order. Bob Rendel finished third behind Nighswander followed by Jerry Signor and Jody Burton.

The final event, the Bomber C Main was marred by multiple caution periods.

Ron Bloomfield and Craig Turner got together on lap one and Curt Lancaster took advantage of the situation to take the lead and he never looked back. Lancaster went on to pick up the easy victory in the wee hours of the morning with Jim Plotts, Chris Tressler, Brad Brehm and Dawaine Slater filling out the rest of the top five finishers.

On Saturday, July 21, Oakshade Raceway will host another action packed racing program with UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman and UMP Bombers in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.