5/31/2008

Dusty Moore’s earned his second UMP Late Model Feature win of the year at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night, with a last lap pass to get by Rody Schroyer as they came to the checkered flag in one of the most exciting UMP Late Model Features ever.

Schroyer started on the pole and took the early lead after battling with Kevin Reeve at the start. Schroyer would go on to lead most of the race, but Dusty Moore and Ronnie Perrine Jr. were lurking further back in the pack on their way to eventually treating the fans to some incredible racing action for the lead.

The first caution flag flew on lap six after Devin Shiels spun at the back of the pack. This set up the first look at the new Delaware double-file restart procedure for the UMP Late Model Feature at Oakshade in which the cars lined up two by two behind the race leader.

Schroyer brought the field back to the green flag and immediately saw four-wide racing behind him for second.

Ronnie Perrine Jr. started ninth and by lap nine, began to pressure Schroyer for the lead repeatedly diving to the inside and getting ahead in the corners, but Schroyer held him off until lap 15. Perrine looked to have completed the pass, just as the caution flag flew again, this time for Chuck Hummer’s spin. That would relegate the lead back to Schroyer for the restart with Perrine second and Dusty Moore third.

Those three drivers put on quite a show with some of the most exciting racing imagineable in the final 10 laps of the race. Schroyer, Perrine and Moore continually traded the lead multiple times each lap, often racing three-wide. Schroyer battled back to be the leader on the final lap, but Dusty Moore got an incredible run coming off the high side of turn four to narrowly edge out Schroyer and Perrine at the checkered flag.

The Swanton, Ohio driver’s second feature victory moved him up from fourth to second in Oakshade’s UMP Late Model points and Schroyer’s second place finish was enough to move him past an absent Tyler Boggs into the points lead.

After the dust settled, Perrine found himself with a third place finish. Casey Noonan was fourth and Kevin Reeve fifth.

Steve Mills and Tim Fisher put on a great battle for the lead in the first few laps of the UMP Sportsman Feature. The two drivers started on the front row with Tim Fisher looking for his fourth win already this year. Unfortunately for Fisher, he would end up spinning on lap five to bring out the first caution after dropping back to the third position.

Steve Mills led the field back around to the restart and Rusty Smith jumped to his inside. One lap later, Smith took command of the lead.

The bad luck continued for UMP Sportsman points leader Tim Fisher when he spun again bringing out the yellow for a second time and ending his night after just seven laps.

Bruce Stuart, who won his heat race earlier in the night, moved up and challenged Smith for the lead in the second half of the race, which was slowed multiple times because of cautions for spins.

Rusty Smith held off Stuart who couldn’t reel in the leader on the final lap. It was Smith’s first feature win of the year.

Brian Fisher posted another top five finish ending up third ahead of Mike Jessen and Brad Mills.

Brett Miller from Metamora, Ohio started on the pole of the UMP Bomber A Main and led from flag to flag to earn his first feature victory of the year.

Miller initially opened up a big lead until Craig Dippman spun on lap seven bringing out the yellow flag.

Dave Sibberson restarted in second and was trying to pressure Miller for the lead and ended up spinning himself which created an incident that also involved Kevin Hanford, Garry Domoe and Rick Dixon.

Jim Scout then assumed second behind Miller and after a final one-lap shootout at the end, Miller was able to hold on to be the first to the checkered flag. Scout settled for second followed by last week’s feature winner Chris Henry. Dan Shaffer and Jeff Foks Jr. rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Ronnie Leonard passed Marty Bloomer for the lead on lap two of the UMP Bomber B Main. Leonard then proceeded to pull away and appeared to be on the way to an easy victory, but Jody Burton had other ideas.

Burton closed up right behind Leonard, but could not find away to get around the 16L car driven by Leonard and after some close racing, Leonard held on for the win.

Burton was second with Jamie Grochowski third. Roscoe Stetton started last and worked his way up to a respectable fourth place finish with Marty Bloomer slipping back to finish fifth.

Aaron Boyd had an impressive run going in the Bomber C Main, taking the initial lead and pulling away a couple times before losing a drive shaft that would end his night in the pits.

Brian Barden inherited the lead briefly until Walt Helsel got by one lap later. Helsel stretched his lead over the rest of the field on his way to picking up the UMP Bomber C Main victory.

Barden finished second ahead of Jeremiah Floyd, Joe Heffner and Chuck Faller.

Oakshade’s UMP Hornet class added another competitor to the swarm of young drivers. Ben Liaeff made his debut in an exciting three-car, five-lap trophy dash. Liaeff joined Tyler Line and Gab Mueller who grabbed the lead early.

Line, who is undefeated so far, slipped back at the start behind the other two drivers. Line recovered and in an attempt to take the lead from Mueller, made contact that sent Mueller to the pits. Liaeff took advantage and led for a short time until Line got back around and went on to keep his winning streak alive.

Oakshade Raceway will see the return of open-wheel racing on Saturday, June 7 with the first and only scheduled appearance of the UMP Modifieds joining the regular classes of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

5/17/2008

Swanton, Ohio’s Dusty Moore capitalized on other drivers’ bad luck Saturday night to win the Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model Feature convincingly.

It was Ronnie Perrine Jr. that appeared to have the car to beat after taking the lead early and pulling away.

Dusty Moore, with last week’s feature winner Rusty Schlenk just behind, tried to reel in Perrine Jr. until a lap 11 caution changed the entire complexion of the race. Initially the caution was thrown for Chris Keller’s spin in turn four. Just as that incident occurred, Schlenk slowed abruptly on the backstretch and went straight to the pits relinquishing the third position.

Then leader Ronnie Perrine Jr. had a mechanical problem just as the field took the green flag. His car slowly rolled to a stop up high between turns one and two to bring out another caution.

Moore inherited the lead and was pursued by Roddy Schroyer in the closing laps. Moore stretched his lead and went on to pick up the easy victory over Schroyer, Zac Davis, Zach Olger and Tyler Boggs.

Randy Franks was the early leader in UMP Sportsman Feature racing action until Rob Anderzack took over on lap two.

Tim Fisher grabbed the lead on lap 10 and Mike Jessen followed into second as Anderzack began to slip back.

Jackie Sheldrick, Trevor Butor and Joe Smith spun in turn one with seven laps to go to bring out a caution flag.

Jessen jumped to the outside of Fisher after the restart and the two drivers had a good side by side battle for the lead in the remaining laps. Jessen managed to be ahead by a nose at the line on at least one occasion, but it was Tim Fisher who was able to hang on and cross the finish line first when it counted. It was his second feature win of the year.

Jessen finished a very close second followed by Brian Fisher and last week’s feature winner Josh Steinacker. Anderzack fell back to finish fifth.

Danny Hogrefe threaded the needle between Dustin Sautter and Brett Miller to snatch the lead on the first lap of the UMP Bomber A Main.

Jim Scout then began to put the pressure on a lap later, diving to the inside of Hogrefe for the lead. Hogrefe held off the challenge for a while, but Scout finally took command of the race on lap 11 and went on to pick up the win.

Hogrefe finished second followed by Brett Miller, B.J. Gregory and Dan Shaffer.

The UMP Bomber B Main featured a great battle for the early lead between John Renchler, Brian Barden and Billy Brown with Renchler eventually winning that battle.

Roscoe Stetton had to start at the tail of the field after bringing out a caution on the first lap of the race, but worked his way nicely up to second by lap seven.

Stetton couldn’t get any further though as Renchler held on to take the checkered flag over Roscoe.

Aaron Boyd finished third and Marty Bloomer was fourth. Ronnie Leonard finished fifth after completing a 360 coming off turn four

Jim Plotts led the first half of the UMP Bomber C Main with Jerry Signor quickly moving up to challenge.

On lap seven, Plotts got held up behind a lapped car and Signor took advantage and grabbed the lead away and the eventual win. Plotts had to settle for second followed by Jeremiah Floyd, Jeff Geis and Richarde Riffe.

Thirteen year-old Tyler Line was once again uncontested in the brand new UMP Hornet division at Oakshade Raceway that features drivers 12 to 18 years old in front wheel drive, four cylinder cars.

Memorial Day Weekend marks the first of four scheduled American Late Model Series events at Oakshade Raceway this summer. The UMP Late Model Feature winner will pocket $2000. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets will also be in action with gates open at 4pm and racing at 7pm.