Marcoullier Edges Out Schlenk For UMP Late Model Win

Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Michigan held off a hard charging Rusty Schlenk to capture the UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night.

Marcoullier started on the outside of the front row and got the jump on pole sitter Tyler Boggs. Boggs and Marcoullier pulled away from the rest of the field early until Schlenk moved up to third and began to close in.

A caution for an incident involving Steve Kester, Chris Ross, Dan Wallace and Mike Miller tightened the field on lap six. Schlenk took advantage of the restart and took second away from Boggs shortly after the green flag flew once again.

Ky Harper had a top five run going but retired to the pits on lap 10. One lap later, Tyler Boggs spun in turn two while running second, forcing him to restart at the tail of the field. Jon Henry assumed the third position and he along with Schlenk began to pressure Marcoullier for the lead. Schlenk went to the high side and Henry hugged the inside with Marcoullier holding the lead in the middle.

Eventually things settled down and Marcoullier had a little cushion over second place Rusty Schlenk, but in the final laps Schlenk closed up right on his rear bumper once again. Schlenk had a good run coming off turn four on the final lap, but Marcoullier was able to edge him out for his second feature win in his last two visits to Oakshade Raceway.

The rest of the top five finishers started deep in the field. Jon Henry started 15th and finished third. Last week’s feature winner, Wayne Chinn, passed the most cars after starting 19th and ended up fourth with Dusty Moore moving up from starting 17th to finish fifth.

Brian Fisher and Brett Miller each have one UMP Sportsman Feature win this year and both drivers started in the front row. Fisher took the early lead in the feature with Josh Steinacker going around the outside of Fisher for the lead on lap four.

After a lap five caution, Fisher reclaimed the lead from Steinacker for one lap, but then Steinacker regained command and began to pull away.
Miller eventually took second from Fisher and began to pressure Steinacker for the top spot. Just as they were about to take white flag, Miller spun in turn three while challenging for the lead and brought out the yellow flag.

Steinacker went on to become the third different UMP Sportsman Feature of the year with Fisher taking second. Tim Line was third with Matt Lindsey fourth. Tim Fisher started 15th and ended up fifth.

Last week Jerry Signor ended his night upside down at the start of the Bomber A Main, but he kept all four wheels on the ground this week and led the A Main from flag to flag.

Jim Scout started 10th and worked his way up to second by lap eight. Signor had built up a big lead, but a spin by Dan Plath brought out the caution on lap 10 which nullified Signor’s advantage.

Signor held off Jim Scout to earn the feature win. Ron Tolles took third followed by Danny Hogrefe and Craig Dippman.

Josh Froelich spun on the first lap of the UMP Hornet Feature in turn two and Curtis Spurgeon plowed into him hard ending both drivers’ night.
Adam Noonan started on the pole and easily picked up his second consecutive feature win of the year. Drew Smith finished second for the third consecutive week. Gabe Mueller, Tyler Line and Derek Morris were the rest of the top five finishers.

Jamie Grochowski won the UMP Bomber A Main a week ago, but could only muster earning a UMP Bomber B Main starting spot this week through his heat event. Grochowski started on the pole and led the entire distance for the UMP Bomber B Main feature victory.

Tim Mullendore finished second followed by last week’s C Main winner, Matt Lane, who started deep in the field. Jim Plotts finished fourth and Bob Krumm was fifth.

The Bomber C Main was the final event of the night. Dustin Sautter wasted no time getting to the front, taking the lead by the end of the first lap. Sautter never looked back opening a commanding lead and went on to pick of the victory. Rick Dixon started to slowly reel in Sautter, but had to settle for a distance second. Bob Mayer, Randy Murday and Robert Meinen rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

The fastest will meet to race once again at Oakshade Raceway in the UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman, UMP Bomber and UMP Hornet divisions on Saturday night with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Chinn Wins In Late Model Opener

Wayne Chinn topped an impressive 50-car UMP Late Model field at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night.

The UMP Late Models took to the track for the first time in 2009 and the competition was once again fierce. Even defending track champion Rody Schroyer was unable to transfer in to the 21-car feature event.

Two-time Oakshade UMP Late Model Track Champion Rusty Schlenk grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the outside of the front row.

A spin by Dusty brought out the yellow flag on lap two. Moore pitted with a flat tire and rejoined the field before racing resumed.

Once back under green, Schlenk pulled away with the lead, but Wayne Chinn quickly worked his way to up to second after starting tenth.

Ky Harper had a great run going gaining ten positions to sixth before bringing out the yellow with a broken left front on lap nine. That negated the sizeable lead Schlenk had and allowed Chinn to restart right on his rear bumper.

Schlenk and Chinn duked it out at the front of the field for the next nine laps, but “The Sniper” took over the lead on lap 18. Chinn, from Bradford, Ohio, went on to pick of the victory with Schlenk settling for second. Tyler Boggs took third with Kevin Reeve and Curtis Robert rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

The UMP Sportsman division at Oakshade Raceway has had some new additions this year with drivers moving up from the UMP Bombers. One of those drivers earned his first UMP Sportsman Feature victory.

Action heated up early when BJ Gregory was on the outside of a four-wide battle and got squeeze up into the backstretch wall and Bruce Stuart had a full head of steam just behind him with nowhere to go and the two got together and brought out the yellow flag. The incident ended Stuart’s night, but Gregory was able to continue after a brief visit to the pits.

New father Matt Lindsey built up a big lead in the first half of the race with Brett Miller taking second from defending champion Mike Jessen on lap eight. Miller then began to cut into Lindsey’s lead.

After a yellow for Josh Steinacker and Brad Mills on lap 11, Lindsey and Miller raced door to door for a couple laps for the lead. A couple more late cautions cancelled out that battle, but Miller finally got by Lindsey with two laps remaining. The Metamora, Ohio driver went on to win his first UMP Sportsman Feature after competing in the UMP Bomber division in past years. Matt Lindsey finished second.

Tim Fisher moved up ten positions to end up third with last week’s feature winner, Brian Fisher, taking fourth. Scott Mills beat out 2008 Oakshade UMP Bomber Champion Chris Henry for fifth.

Jerry Signor’s night was turned upside down at the start of the UMP Bomber A Main. After a complete restart for a spin by Billy Brown, Signor went into turn one and spun around facing oncoming traffic and gently rolled over on to his roof bringing out the red flag. Signor climbed out and appeared uninjured. Once his car was back on its wheels, Signor climbed back in and drove it back to the pits, but was done for the night.

Jamie Grochowski started on the pole and opened a big lead during a long green flag run. Ron Tolles and Jim Scout worked up to second and third and tried to close in on Grochowski. A yellow flag with two laps to go tightened the field and set up a great finish with Grochowski edging out both Scout and Tolles to pick up the victory. Ron Leonard and Tony Tolles finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Three lead changes highlighted the UMP Hornet Feature with Cody Stetten leading until Gabe Mueller took control on lap two.

Adam Noonan took advantage of a restart after a lap seven caution for Ben Finch. Noonan got back up to speed quicker than Mueller and took the lead right after the green flag flew. Noonan went on to pick up the victory with Drew Smith taking second for the second week in a row. Mueller slipped back to finish third followed by last week’s feature winner Dylan Herman and Derek Morris.

The UMP Bomber C Main featured a lot of excitement at the front of the field. Dippman led early with Danny Hogrefe pressuring in second. In the span of a single lap, Hogrefe went low under Dippman for the lead and then Tim Mullendore briefly took the lead. Mullendore spun coming off turn four as Hogrefe got back by for the lead to bring out the caution flag. Dippman slid into Mullendore’s stopped car with the rearend, but kept going without stopping on the track. The caution saved the lead for Dippman as the field lined up the way they completed the last green flag lap.

Dippman and Hogrefe raced side by side for lap after lap until they came up on a slower car. Dippman had to check up and Hogrefe got the advantage and went on to take the checkered flag. Dippman settled for second followed by Curt Lancaster, Chris Sands and Jon Bates.

Numerous cars scratched from starting the UMP Bomber C Main making for a small field for the final race of the night. Despite having fewer cars, the racing heated up early with Karl Spoores, Randy Murday and Matt Lane racing three wide for the lead.

Matt Lane eventually gained control and went on to pick up an easy victory. Karl Spoores beat out Murday for second with Bob Krumm and Warren Mullendore rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

The great racing action continues Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway with UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with Racing at 7pm.