Foks Wins M&K Metals Bomber Bash

The UMP Bomber division took center stage Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway with the 20-lap M&K Metals Bomber Bash with Jeff Foks taking the $500 pay day.

Dan Bleikamp grabbed the initial lead after starting on the outside of the front row. A spin by Tim Line brought out the yellow flag on lap six which tightened up the field for the double-file restart. Jeff Foks darted out past Bleikamp for the lead just after the restart. Chris Henry worked his way up to second before getting crossed up in turn two and collecting last week’s feature winner, Jim Scout. Henry was able to continue on without stopping and maintained his track position.

Jeff Foks continued to extend his lead until a late caution with three laps to go tightened things up for one final restart with Dan Bleikamp and Chris Henry right behind. Foks went on to pick his first Bomber A Main feature win of the year. Henry won a hard fought battle with Bleikamp for the second finishing position. Tony Tolles started 14th and ended up fourth followed by Danny Hogrefe in fifth.

In a warm up for next week’s 13th Annual Birthday Race, Alan Vochaska from South Haven, Michigan took the early lead in the UMP Late Model feature over Steve Kester. Last week’s feature winner Jon Henry closed in and began to put pressure on Vochaska. The two drivers fought side by side until Henry finally got by on lap nine. For the second week in a row, Henry took the easy victory. Vochaska held on to finish second followed by Brian Ruhlman, Casey Noonan and Rusty Schlenk.

The UMP Sportsman feature had a hard time getting the first lap completed and eventually after multiple attempts, the field was lined up for a single-file start. One lap was finally in the books when another yellow flag flew for a spin by James Fox. B.J. Gregory took the lead from Chris Keller on the restart and held it until Tim Fisher took command on lap four. Fisher never looked back and drove away to his first feature win of the year. Keller got back by Gregory to finish second. Rusty Smith started 21st and roared his way up to a fourth place finish. Last week’s winner Tim Line finished fifth.

Defending Hornet Track Champion Drew Smith continued his dominance this season by picking up his fifth Hornet feature win of the year over Derek Morris, “Sparky Marky” Gillingham, Breanna Frank and Cody Stetten.

Adam Noonan had a rough time winning the UMP Bomber B Main overcoming at least one big set back which came at the beginning of the race after he jumped two positions before the start. The resulting penalty was four positions, forcing him back to fifth after a first-lap caution. Chris Dachenhaus was the initial leader until he pushed up high in turn four on the second lap, losing the lead briefly to Scott Robertson. Dachenhaus reclaimed the lead and had a great battle with Noonan who had worked his way back to the front. The two drivers battled side by side for a few laps with Noonan eventually getting the lead. Dachenhaus’s great run came to an end when he spun on lap six while running in second. Amy Clair made a late race charge on Noonan, but Noonan held on to pick up the victory. Clair finished second followed by Josh Montague, Kyle Light and Dean Taylor.

The UMP Bomber C Main produced the night’s most dramatic finish. Gabe Mueller led the majority of the race and looked strong in the beginning, but appeared to be getting a bit loose as the race progressed. That allowed Nick Fenner to pressure Mueller for the lead in the closing laps. Mueller appeared to have things locked up as they took the white flag, but had the rear end step out on him in turn four with the checkered flag in sight. Fenner took advantage and ducked to the inside of Mueller as they exited turn four and won the drag race to the finish line by just inches to pick up the exciting win. Following Mueller’s second place finish was Dylan Hough in third, Derek Dusseau in fourth and Craig Strow in fifth.

Oakshade Raceway hosts the highly anticipated 13th Annual Birthday Race/DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals Finale for the UMP Late Models in addition to the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Finale and Oakshade Hornets. Gates will be open from 11am to 12am on Friday, July 15 for campers and those wishing to put blankets or plastic down to save seats for Saturday’s racing. Everyone coming in Friday must purchase a ticket or pit pass for Saturday. Gates will open at 10am on Saturday morning and the pits will be open for everyone up until 4pm to meet drivers and get autographs. A pit pass will be required after 4pm to remain in the pits. Racing will begin at 7:45pm. For more information, please visit www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Henry Dominates

Jon Henry put on a clinic Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway, dominating the Memorial Night UMP Late Model feature.

Henry started on the pole of the 30-lap feature and immediately opened up a large lead over Rick Delong and the drop of the green flag. The Ada, Ohio driver had and half lap advantage over the rest of the field as he began working through lapped traffic on the way to the checkered flag. Not only did Henry earn his second feature win of the year, but he pocketed all 30 laps worth of Memorial Night lap sponsorship money that went to the leader of each lap.

A great battle ensued a good distance behind Henry for the second position with Rick Delong trying to fend off all contenders. Alan Vochaska and Josh Scott mounted a late race challenge for the position and both got be Delong to finish second and third respectively. Delong slipped back to a fourth place finish followed by Casey Noonan in fifth.

The Memorial Night UMP Sportsman feature was another race highlighted by a dominating performance. Tim Line started on the outside of the front row and took the lead at the start. It was a lead he would not relinquish as he led the entire distance on his way to his first feature win of the year. The only caution flag came out on lap three after Scott Mackenzie smacked the front stretch wall.

Another great battle for the second position went on for a good part of the race between Tim Fisher, B.J. Gregory and George Lindsey who were three-wide at times. In the end Gregory took the second finishing position just ahead of Fisher and Lindsey. Mike Jessen started 11th and worked his way up to a fifth place finish.

Tim Line had to make a quick switch after winning the UMP Sportsman feature to get into his Bomber for UMP Bomber A Main where he would start on the pole. Line took advantage of the great starting position and racked up some more Memorial Night lap sponsorship money leading the first part of the race. Closing in on Line was defending track champion Jim Scout. The two drivers battled side by side for several laps with Scout edging out the lead by lap seven. Eventually Scout was able to clear Line and began to extend the lead on the way to his fourth feature win of the year. Jeff Foks got by line at the checkered flag to finish second pushing Line back to third. Tony Tolles and Jeff Geis Started 12th and 11th respectively and rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Brandon Myers led the first lap of the Hornet feature with Drew Smith quickly closing in. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham spun in turn three to bring out the yellow flag just after completing the first lap. Smith took advantage, snatching the lead away from Myers on the restart. Smith looked to be on his way to another feature win, but Derek Morris made a last lap pass to lock up his second feature win of the year. Smith settled for a second place finish with Brandon Myers taking third.

Danny Hogrefe grabbed the lead away from Greg Whitehead on the fifth lap of a caution-filled UMP Bomber B Main and began to pull away. Adam Noonan started deep in the field and closed on Hogrefe near the conclusion of the race, but Hogrefe was able to hang on for his third Bomber B Main victory of the year. Noonan settled for second followed by Garry Domoe, Greg Whitehead and Kyle Light.

Curt Lancaster started at the back of the UMP Bomber C Main and wasted no time getting to the front. Lancaster got into Scott Robertson and moved him out of the way for the lead coming out of turn four on the very first lap. Lancaster had the field covered and went on take the checkered flag. Mike Grames came across the finish line second but did not pass post-race inspection and was disqualified. Shaun Sharp, Dylan Hough, Tom Hannah and Dylan Herman were the rest of the top five finishers.

Oakshade Raceway will host the M&K Metals Bomber Bash on Saturday, July 9 paying $500 to the winner of the UMP Bomber A Main. UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and Hornets will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.