Foks Picks Up 10th Win Of Season/Second Consecutive Bomber Spectacular

Oakshade Raceway capped off the 2013 racing season with a huge weekend that included the 14th Annual Bomber Spectacular, Butch Hobling Memorial and a 250-lap Enduro.

Tony Tolles started on the pole of the 25-lap Bomber Spectacular feature event and led the first few laps with last year’s winner, Jeff Foks, pressuring. A fire that was quickly extinguished under the hood of Steve Reeves car brought the red flag on lap four. A few laps later the race was slowed under yellow for a spin. Tolles finally gave up the lead on the lap seven restart to Foks who shot by on the inside. Unofficial 2013 Track Champion Terry Rushlow was charging toward the front and got as high as third place when he spun on lap 14. Gregg Detray was running fifth and also got caught up in the incident which brought out another caution flag. Tolles remained running second until he retired to the pits on lap 17. Chris Sands was the next top five competitors to experience bad luck on lap 18. He was involved in a wreck with Roscoe Stetten and Gregg Detray.

Foks managed to stay ahead of trouble in the caution-filled race to win his second consecutive Bomber Spectacular and his 10th A Main of the year. Jake Rendel drove Perry Cox’s 81 car to a second place finish. Rick Dixon and Derek Morris had a late race charge to finish third and fourth after starting way in the back of the field. Rushlow climbed back through the ranks after his spin to finish fifth.

Mike Jessen dominated the Butch Hobling Memorial Sportsman feature event. He started on the outside of the front row and led from start to finish. Tim Line battled with Rich Ruff for second early on with Line taking the position on lap five. By this time, Jessen had opened up a sizable lead. Line managed to close up on Jessen in some lapped traffic, but was unable to get close enough to challenge. Line seemed to catch a break on lap 22 when the caution flag flew for debris on the track. That tightened up the field for a restart with three laps remaining. Jessen was too strong and won his seventh feature of the year. Birthday boy Rusty Smith edged out Line for a second place finish. Joe Derbeck and Rich Ruff were the rest of the top five finishers.

The final feature event on Saturday night produced the most exciting finish in the Sport Compacts. “Junior” Jerry Hoot came from the rear of the field to take the lead on the first lap. Terry Rushlow Sr. got into Matt Brazeau causing him to spin and brought out the yellow flag. Brazeau restarted at the tail and moved into second one lap after the restart. Brazeau dove to the inside of Hoot and challenged for the lead the final two laps, but Hoot carried his momentum off the final corner to pick up a narrow victory over Brazeau. Cory Gumm finished third followed by Regan Ford and Tyler Shaver.

Racers and race fans endured a damp afternoon for Sunday’s 250-lap Enduro which made for some slick conditions throughout the entire race. Ronnie Bloomfield Jr., the winner of the last Enduro a couple weeks ago, led the pack onto the track at the drop of the green flag. Jeremy Grover took the lead within the first 25 laps of the race and never gave it up. Despite an incident with one of the infield tires early and one slip up in turn one in the latter stages of the race, Grover drove to his second Enduro win of the year and unofficially capture the Enduro Championship. Mark Henderson finished second, five laps behind Grover after running in the top five most of the day. Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. finished third with heavy damage to the right front of his car after contact with Chris Williams earlier in the race. That contact caused the right front wheel to be tilted in at nearly a 45 degree angle. Brad Gilbert had a consistent run and managed a fourth place finish even with a couple of visits to the pits. John Brooks had been running third from lap 175 through lap 225, but got caught up in an accident with Chris Williams and then sat in the infield for the remainder of the race. He did complete 226 laps which was enough to earn him a fifth place finish.

The racing may have concluded for the year, but the fun continues at Oakshade Raceway during the month of October with Spooktacular Hay Rides every Friday and Saturday starting October 11th. The annual swap meet will take place on October 19th starting at 9am. There is no spot fee, just $5 admission.

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Tim Line Earns Second Championship With Ninth Feature Win Of Year

Months of hard work and dedication finally payed off for several drivers who wrapped up season championships at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. 2011 Sportsman Champion Tim Line finished his second championship run in style with his ninth feature win of the year.

Line started the Season Championship Night UMP Sportsman feature event on the outside of the second row. He tracked down race leader Rich Ruff by lap seven and made a nice move to take the lead to the inside when Ruff got held up behind a slower car. Later in the race, Steve Meeks got crossed up on the front stretch right in front of Roger Weirich who slammed into him, bringing out the final caution flag with nine laps remaining. Line went on to pick up the feature win. Ruff managed to hold off Rusty Smith for a second place finish. Bob Gregory finished fourth and defending champion Mike Jessen, who started the night with an outside shot at another Sportsman title, wound up fifth.

Roscoe Stetten started on the pole of the Season Championship Night Bomber A Main and led Chris Sands the first few laps of the race. A hard-charging Jeff Foks quickly closed in and began to challenge Stetten after getting by Sands. Foks made a move to the inside of Stetten coming off turn four on the fourth lap of the race. The two drivers touched as they raced down the front stretch and it appeared as though Foks may have damaged something in the right-front from the contact. Foks slowed and stopped in turn two which brought out the caution signaling the end of his night. Adam Noonan got by Richard Riffe, Sands and Stetten two laps after the restart to take the lead. A late caution for Terry Rump’s spin set up a two lap race to the checkers and gave Sands another chance at Noonan. Sands got to the inside of Noonan and raced him hard all the way to the finish, but Noonan was able to hang on for his second Bomber A Main win of the season. Sands settled for second ahead of Riffe. Despite finishing fourth, Terry Rushlow became the unofficial 2013 Bomber Track Champion by 35 points over Noonan. Greg Detray finished the race in fifth.

Cody Laney already had the Oakshade Hornet Championship unofficially wrapped up several weeks ago and led the first part of the feature event. Brandon Myers and last week’s feature winner, Amanda Shammo, both got by for the top two positions and battled for the lead all the way to the finish with Myers coming out on top. Shammo was second followed by Breanna Franks, Nathan Shammo and Laney who slipped back to finish fifth.

“Sparky Marky” Gillingham Jr. entered Season Championship Night just a single point behind Austin Casteneda in the Sport Compact class. Some bad luck in his heat event cost Gillingham a few more points to Casteneda by feature time. Gillingham did all he could do, getting to the front of the feature race early and hoping for a bad finish from Casteneda who peaked in the second position. After the white flag, Casteneda’s car lost power and began to slow on the backstretch. Gillingham went on to win followed by Matt Brazeau who passed Casteneda’s ailing car. Luckily for Casteneda, he was able to limp to a third place finish ahead of Cory Gumm and Terry Rushlow Sr. That third place finish was enough to keep him three points ahead of Gillingham and to be crowned the unofficial 2013 Sport Compact Champion.

A dominating performance by Derek Morris in the Bomber B Main earned him the feature win despite a late caution with two laps remaining. That wiped out a big lead Morris had over Amy Clair and Mathew Chapman, but neither could get by Morris in the final couple laps. Clair and Chapman finished second and third respectively followed by Colin Walker and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr.

Gabe Mueller led the first three laps of the Bomber C Main until Tony Tolles took over on lap four. Pole-sitter Jerry Fulton slowed after going a lap down and was trying to exit the track off turn one, but a couple cars running in the top five were caught up in the incident including Joe Overmyer. That brought out the yellow flag which then changed to red when fire erupted under the hood of Anthony Petrey’s car. The fire was quickly extinguished and once racing resumed, it was all Tony Tolles who went on to the easy win over Shaun Sharp, Mueller, Nathan Goodman and Joe Elliot.

The final weekend in September is the final weekend of racing at Oakshade Raceway this year. A big show on Saturday night will feature the 14th Annual Bomber Spectacular and the Butch Hobling Memorial, each paying $500 to win. Hornets and Sport Compacts will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm. Sunday afternoon will feature the final Enduro race of the season with a distance of 250 laps or two and a half hours, whichever comes first. Gates open at noon on Sunday with the race at 2pm.

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Kester Gets First Win

Steve Kester survived a late charge from Ryan Missler to narrowly earn his first ever Oakshade Raceway feature win during Saturday night’s Topless UMP Late Model racing program.

The roofs were off of the UMP Late Models on their final night of competition this season at Oakshade Raceway to allow race fans a better view into the drivers compartment. Steve Kester started on the pole of the season’s final 25-lap UMP Late Model feature event, but slid up high in turn three allowing Ryan Missler to take the lead. Kester fought back to the inside and regained the lead on the second lap. Several cautions kept the field tight the first half of the race, but Kester managed to open up a decent advantage over Missler during a long green-flag run during the second half of the race. Missler quickly closed back in on Kester in the final few laps and got a run on him coming off the final corner on the last lap. With the checkered flag in sight, both drivers shot down the front stretch, side by side, with Kester just edging out Missler by inches at the line. Devin Shiels finished third followed by Brian Ruhlman and Chris Keller.

Defending Sportsman Track Champion Mike Jessen took a small chunk out of Tim Line’s point lead going into next week’s Season Championship Night with his sixth feature win of the year. After a couple early cautions, Jessen had to fend off Jim Scout to maintain the lead after starting on the pole. Shortly after halfway, Scout slipped back a couple spots when his hood folded back obstructing his view. Scout then retired to the pits. Jessen went on to pick up the easy win and cut Line’s point lead from 68 down to 55. Bob Gregory barely held off Rusty Smith for a second place finish. Line finished fourth and Jeff Geis was fifth.

Terry Rushlow hung on to win his third Bomber A Main win of the year to increase his point lead to 43 over Adam Noonan. Rushlow started on the pole and led from flag to flag, despite pressure from defending champion Jeff Foks who dove to the inside of Rushlow racing to the checkered flag. Foks came up just a bit short and settled for a second place finish. Championship contender Noonan was third followed by Steve Morris and Chris Sands.

Amanda Shammo picked up her first Hornet feature win after leading the entire distance of the race and holding off Brandon Myers. Cody Laney, who maintains and insurmountable 328 point lead, ended up third. Brandon Leighton and Breanna Franks were the rest of the top five finishers.

Terry Rushlow Sr. was the early leader in Sport Compact feature racing action until Cory Gumm took command on lap two. “Sparky Marky” Gillingham closed in late and got by Gumm with just two laps remaining. Gillingham’s victory got him within a single point of Austin Casteneda’s championship points lead. Five Sport Compact drivers are still mathematically in contention for the track championship that will be decided next weekend. “Junior” Jerry Hoot took second in the race followed by Gumm, Rushlow, and Regan Ford.

Garry Domoe earned his first feature win of the season in the Bomber B Main after leading from flag to flag. Second-place finisher Tim McNicol was unable to reel in Domoe for any kind of challenge for the lead. Curt Lancaster, Skeet Reckner and Roscoe Stetten were the rest of the top five finishers.

The final race of the night, the Bomber C Main, featured the most lead changes of the evening’s feature events. Maverick Wright led at the start with Colin Walker all over him. Walker got into Wright causing him to spin in turn two on the second lap which brought out the caution. Walker was penalized for rough driving and joined Wright at the tail of the field for the restart. That incident turned the lead over to Derek Zuver who held it until Nathan Goodman got by on a restart after another caution. Goodman fell off the pace the very next lap and Henry Walls Jr. became the final leader of the race. Shawn Sharp was running second on the final lap and spun in turn two allowing Maverick Wright to take over second. Wright spun on the same lap in turn four bringing out the caution which jumbled up the top five for a one-lap dash to the finish. John Gamber ended up finishing second behind Walls followed by Zuver, Walker and Derek Morris.

2013 Champions will be determined on Season Championship Night for Sportmen, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts Saturday, September 21. Gates will open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.