Scout Picks Up Third A Main Win In M&K Metals Bomber Bash

Jim Scout padded what was a narrow Oakshade Raceway UMP Bomber point lead by picking up his third A Main win of the year in the M&K Metals $500 to win Bomber Bash while Brian Ruhlman had a dominating performance in the UMP Late Model feature for his first win of the year.

The UMP Bomber A Main kicked off the night’s feature events. Jim Plotts darted to the lead after starting on the outside of the front row, but Scout quickly closed in and took command on lap two.

In only his second time behind the wheel of his son’s Bomber, Tim Line flew out to the lead on lap three and appeared to have the car to beat early in the race. Line picked up a feature win the first time driving that car a few weeks back.

Scout came back and started to pressure Line for the lead with Jeff Foks running a close third. Scout and Line ran many laps side by side for the lead, but Scout eventually reclaimed the top spot by getting by on the inside on lap 14. Scout held on to lead the remaining six laps of the M&K Metals Bomber Bash and picked up the check for $500 for winning. Craig Dippman got by Line to finish second. Jeff Foks finished fourth and Todd Silvey gained the most positions after starting 14th to finish fifth.

Next to take to the track was the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature that had Zach Olger and Josh Scott starting on the front row. Neither driver had anything for Brian Ruhlman who started on the outside of the second row and wasted no time getting the lead by the completion of lap one. Rusty Schlenk moved up to second by lap four, but Ruhlman had already opened up a commanding lead. Schlenk caught a break after Mike Miller slammed the front stretch wall to bring out the only caution in the race on lap six. That put Schlenk right to the inside of Ruhlman who elected to start on the outside for the double-file restart. Schlenk couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity as Ruhlman once again rocketed out front and opened up his advantage to capture his first Oakshade feature win of the year. Schlenk held on to finish second with Casey Noonan taking third. Dona Marcoullier was on a late race charge moving up to finish fourth after starting 12th. Curtis Roberts ended up fifth.

B.J. Gregory has had several strong runs in the past few weeks and finally was able to earn his very first UMP Sportsman feature win on Saturday night. He started on the pole and never looked back. Brice Luttrell was running in the top five and brought out a caution on lap three sending him to the tail. Luttrell then brought out another caution on lap 12 that ended the night for the driver that already has two UMP Sportsman feature wins this season.

No one was able to catch Gregory who was the first to the checkered flag with Rusty Smith moving up nicely to finish second ahead of Tim Line, Mike Jessen and Rich Ruff.

In Oakshade Hornet action, sixteen-year-old Dylan Herman picked up an impressive sixth feature win of the year. Despite some early pressure from Drew Smith, Herman was able to take a relatively easy victory. Smith finished second while Derek Morris was able to fend off William Cundick for third after the two drivers battled for much of the race. Ben Finch III was fifth.

Gabe Mueller made a good run in the UMP Bomber B Main sponsored by M&K Metals to try to win his very first Bomber feature. He started on the pole and led the first few laps, but Joe Cordes from Napoleon, Ohio, had other plans and took over the lead on lap five. Things went from bad to worse for Mueller when he was involved in an accident with Ron Bloomfield Jr. on lap eight that ended his night.

Cordes went on to pick up his second B Main win of the year. Steve Morris was second followed by Joe Overmyer, Gregg Detray and Josh Montague.

The early leaders of the UMP Bomber C Main took each other out of contention just after completing the first lap. It happened with Tim McNicol leading and Donovan Paskin challenging. The two drivers had contact entering turn one. Both drivers spun which brought out the caution flag. That allowed Nathan Goodman to inherit the lead. A lead he would not relinquish on his way to his first feature win. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski finished a close second with Shaun Sharp in third. Tim McNicol recovered after the early caution to finish fourth with Dean Taylor rounding out the top five.

The biggest event of the season takes place on Saturday, July 17 with the 12th Annual Birthday Race/UMP Summer Nationals Finale paying $10,000 to win. Gates will open at 10am on Saturday and fans will be allowed in the pits without a pit pass until 4pm to meet drivers and get autographs. Racing will begin at 7:45pm with UMP Late Models, UMP Bombers and Hornets in action. For more information, visit www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Schlenk Chalks Up Another Victory

The 2005 and 2006 Track Champion, Rusty Schlenk, continued his march toward a third track championship and a possible UMP national point championship with his fifth feature win of the season at Oakshade Raceway on a night in which fans, crews and drivers remembered those who have passed away over the years that have made an impact in making Oakshade Raceway what it is today.

In a sport where so much can go wrong to knock a driver out of contention, luck is a major factor that goes hand in hand with skill and equipment. Luck was once again on Schlenk’s side as he drew a starting position on the pole for the UMP Late Model feature. Schlenk took advantage of the situation and took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Brian Ruhlman not far behind in second.

Only two cautions slowed the race, both on lap four. The first came out when Steve Kester spun coming off turn two. Then, just after the restart, Kevin Reeve spun in turn two and collected the 53 car of Hillard Miller.

The remainder of the race went caution-free as Schlenk opened up a large advantage over the rest of the field while working through lapped traffic on his way to his second consecutive feature win. Ruhlman held off a hard-charging Casey Noonan for second. Devin Shiels finished fourth behind Noonan with Dusty Moore slipping back to finish fifth after starting on the outside of the front row.

Another driver to take advantage of a pole starting position was George Lindsey in the UMP Sportsman feature, although Lindsey had to fight off a lot more pressure to pick up his first feature win of the year. Lindsey took the lead at the start, but a caution on lap three set up a double-file restart with Brice Luttrell restarting second on the outside of the front row. Luttrell had a great restart and assumed the lead on lap four, but Lindsey fought back to regain the lead the next lap. The two drivers raced hard, side by side for the lead for a few laps. Lindsey eventually began to pull away. A few more cautions kept allowing Luttrell a shot at the lead. Luttrell appeared to be better on the restarts while Lindsey needed a few laps to get back up to speed. Luttrell took the lead on lap 15, but Lindsey reclaimed the lead again on the next lap and went on to earn the victory. Luttrell had to settle for a second place finish followed by Mike Jessen, B.J. Gregory and Rich Ruff who started dead last.

Jim Scout started on the pole of the UMP Bomber A Main and opened up a commanding lead on a long green flag run that ended when Craig Dippman brought out the yellow flag after he had something break in the rear end of his car. Curt Lancaster was third on the restart and made a late charge for the lead that Scout was able to fend off on his way to his second A Main win of the year that put him back in the Bomber point lead by two points over Billy Brown. Curt Lancaster finished the race second followed by Danny Hogrefe, Todd Silvey and Jeff Geis.

Derek Morris and Dylan Herman have been very greedy with Oakshade Hornet features wins this season, having all the feature wins among them. Drew Smith, another pole-starter, had plans to become only the third different Hornet driver to pick up a feature win this year. Dylan Herman was the winner of the previous three features, but rolled to a stop in turn four on lap two which brought out the caution flag and relegated him back to the pits. Smith went on to lead the entire distance, but a close call with the lapped car of Austin Finch that almost sent Smith spinning, allowed Morris to close while Smith gathered control of his car. Smith held on to win his first feature of the year while Morris finished a close second. Drew Green ended up third with Dylan Burt and Ben Finch III rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Josh Montague held the early lead in the UMP Bomber B Main, but was pressured by Dan Plath. Plath finally took command of the lead on lap five. Plath survived a near miss with three laps to go when Tim McNicol who was running near the tail of the field spun right in front of the leader. Plath dove to the inside and just got by. He went on to pick up his first feature win of the season. Montague held on to finish second with Marty Bloomer third. Terry Rushlow and Karl Spoores started very deep in the field and ended up fourth and fifth respectively.

Joe Cordes was leading the UMP Bomber C Main until he got held up by a lapped car that allowed rookie Bomber driver Adam Noonan to take the lead. Cordes had slipped back a few positions after the incident with the lapped car, but worked his way back up to second to challenge for the lead once again. Noonan had enough to hang on for his second C Main win of the year with Cordes a close second. Jesse Moyer started 12th and worked his way up to finish third. Craig Turner ended up fourth with Jamie Faller fifth.

Oakshade Raceway will host the M&K Metals Bomber Bash that will pay $500 to the UMP Bomber A Main winner in addition to a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets on July 10. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.