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Noonan Gets Win

Saturday night was the “Night of Wheels” at Oakshade Raceway where 60 donated bicycles, trikes and other wheeled children’s toys were given away to a bunch of very happy kids. In addition to the sea of smiling young faces, was the smile on Casey Noonan who earned his first Oakshade Raceway feature win of the season.

Jeff Babcock took the lead at the start of the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature from his outside front row starting position. Pole-sitter Casey Noonan chased him down and made the pass under Babcock after he pushed up a bit in turn two. A few laps later, Rusty Schlenk and Babcock staged a heated battle for the second position. The two drivers traded spots a couple times until Schlenk tried to dive under Babcock going in to turn three, but pushed up into him in turn four. The contact dropped Babcock back a couple positions and Schlenk received a warning for rough driving. A caution flag for Brad Eitniear’s spin on lap 18 tightened the field back up behind Noonan with Schlenk second. Once the green flag dropped again, Schlenk got shuffled back as Noonan once again pulled away and eventually picked up the victory. Chris Keller finished second with Steve Kester in third. Babcock got back by Schlenk to finish fourth with Schlenk rounding out the top five. With Brian Ruhlman finishing sixth, Schlenk was able to maintain his slim five-point advantage over him in the point standings.

Joe Derbeck started on the pole of the Sportsman feature event and held the lead until Tim Line took over on lap three. Line proceeded to pull away to a half track advantage over Derbeck in what are usually closely contested Sportsman feature events. Line went on to pick up the easy win which was his third of the year. The win also gave him a 67 point advantage over last week’s feature winner, Mike Jessen, in the standings. Derbeck held on to finish second with Jamie Grochowski finishing third after starting in tenth. Steve Meeks took fourth and Chester Fitch was fifth.

Skeet Reckner and Duane Fletcher wrecked hard on the backstretch on the first lap of the Bomber A Main. The two cars wouldn’t separate and were both dragged into the infield so that the race could restart while track workers attempted to get the two cars apart. Last week’s first-time winner, Chris Sands, started on the pole and immediately took command of the race. Sands set sail and pulled away from the rest of the competitors while Gregg Detray and Terry Rushlow had a heck of a battle for second. Those two drivers battled side by side almost the entire race. Sands easily won his second A Main in a row while Detray was able to fend off Rushlow for second. Curt Dickie finished fourth and Steve Morris ended up fifth after starting 17th. With the win, Sands made things a bit more interesting atop the Bomber point standings. Sands is now just two points behind point leader Terry Rushlow and Jeff Foks sits just 11 points back in third.

The Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature race had the most lead changes of any of the night’s main events. Aaron Barrick led the first two laps. A caution after Regan Ford got turned around on lap two would end up costing Barrick the lead. Terry Rushlow Sr. and Brandon Myers split three-wide around Barrick on the restart to take over the top two spots. Rushlow managed to finally get in front of Myers after some side by side racing, but John Martis shot around the outside and took the lead a couple laps later. Martis went on to pick up his second consecutive Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature win with Myers in second. Cody Stetten got by Rushlow to finish third and Barrick slipped back to end up fifth.

Josh Montague started on the pole of the Bomber B Main and managed to lead the entire distance despite a stiff challenge from Charles Stuckey for most of the race. The field was kept tight by multiple cautions, but during the green flag runs, Stuckey tried to use the bottom to get by Montague. Stuckey managed to get alongside Montague on several occasions, but when the checkered flag flew, it was Montague who was out front. Stuckey settled for second followed by Statch Crispen, Joe Heffner and Pete Herman.

Saturday, July 5th is Memorial Night at Oakshade Raceway. Lap sponsorships in memory of loved ones are still available for the feature events. Leaders of each sponsored lap will be awarded that money. Contact Oakshade Raceway if you are interested in purchasing a lap sponsorship. A full racing program of UMP Late Models, Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts will be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

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Moran Captures Barney Oldfield Win

Oakshade Raceway hosted the 25th Annual Barney Oldfield Race on Saturday night which doubled as an American Late Model Series event that drew in 45 UMP Late Models to compete for the $5,000 to win. Race fans packed the grandstands and were treated to some very fast racing action that was highlighted by Devin Moran’s masterful feature performance.

Moran dove to the inside of Allen Vochaska and Ryan Missler to take the lead at the start of the 40-lap Barney Oldfield feature event. Vochaska slipped up high in turn two on lap seven and faded back into the field. Moran maintained a huge lead while patiently working through lapped traffic until Missler’s top five run ended on lap 28 when he came to a stop in turn three to bring out the caution flag.

Rusty Schlenk, winner of the last three Oakshade features and the previous night’s race at Farmer City, almost didn’t make it to the track due to mechanical problems with his hauler. Schlenk’s luck didn’t improve. He got crossed up in turn four on lap 33 while running in the top five which brought out the yellow flag and knocked him out of contention.

A couple more late cautions kept the field tight, with Matt Miller in second after starting on the outside of the fourth row. Unfortunately for Miller, Moran was able to pull away on each restart. Devin Moran picked up his first ever Oakshade Raceway win in only his second start at the 3/8 mile bullring. After the race, he thanked all the great race fans at Oakshade who had come out to support him.

Miller settled for a second place finish with Dona Marcoullier finishing strong in third after starting 12th. John Henry and Brian Ruhlman were the rest of the top five finishers. Doug Drown had run in the third position much of the race, but slipped back to end up sixth.

Mike Jessen moved under Bruce Stuart to lead the first lap of the UMP Sportsman feature race, but Stuart battled back and took the lead on lap two. Jessen finally took command for good on lap three with Tim Line eventually moving into second. Line tried to get alongside Jessen for the remainder of the race, but couldn’t get it done as Jessen took the checkered flag for the fourth time this season. Line’s second place finish was good enough for him to maintain the Sportsman points lead. Jamie Grochowski finished off another great run in third after starting 14th. Chester Fitch posted a fourth place finish with Bob Krumm fifth.

Terry Rushlow started on the pole of the Bomber A Main and had to contend with Chris Sands in the first part of the race. Rushlow fought off the challenge and then point leader Jeff Foks got by Sands for second. Soon after, Sands got into the rear of Foks turning him around in traffic. Foks suffered some damage and fell way back in the running order, but was able to continue without a yellow flag. After a caution for Brandon Leighton’s spin on lap four, Rushlow and Sands battled side by side for the lead. The two drivers traded the lead until Sands got by for good on lap seven. A couple laps later, Rushlow slipped up high in turn two and rolled to a stop on the backstretch. Sands went on to pick up his first Bomber A Main win with Jeff Foks rebounding to finish second and taking the points lead by a single point over Rushlow. Chris Henry was third followed by Tim Murphy and Curt Dickie who started 20th.

Junior” Jerry Hoot led most of the Sport Compact feature and had opened a up a big lead. Unfortunately for him, he retired to the pits with just two laps to go. That turned the lead over to John Martis. Martis managed to hold off Terry Rushlow Sr. who had gotten along side Martis on the final lap. Martis just barely had enough and won in a side by side finish with Rushlow. Brandon Myers finished third with “Sparky Marky” Gillingham fourth followed by father Mark Gillingham Sr. in fifth.

Steven Pocock put a stop to the Bomber B Main after rolling over in turn two which brought out the red flag with one lap complete. Tim Hancock was the leader, but Teri-Lynn Murphy took the lead away on lap two and went on to pick up the victory with Chuck Stuckey finishing second. Hancock slipped back to finish third with Dan Shaffer and Terry Rump round out the rest of the top five finishers.

It is the “Night of Wheels” at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, June 28. A large number of bicycles will be given away at intermission which will put smiles on a bunch of kids faces. A full racing program feature UMP Late Models, Sportsmen, Bombers and Sport Compacts will also entertain the entire family with exciting racing action. Gates open at 4pm with racing starting at 7pm.

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Three Straight For Schlenk

Rusty Schlenk held off a late charge from Brian Ruhlman to pick up his third consecutive UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Schlenk took the lead over pole-sitter Jeff Babcock at the start of the race and proceeded to open up a straightaway advantage. Larry Kingseed’s spin on lap 14 tightened the field back up for a restart. Ruhlman was outside the top five on the restart and worked his way up to second near the finish of the race. He pulled to within a car-length of Schlenk, but ran out of laps to catch him. Schlenk managed to increase his points lead with his third win of the season. Ruhlman finished second for the second week in a row. Babcock slipped back to end up third followed by Steve Kester and Chris Keller who started 14th.

Last week’s UMP Sportsman feature winner Bruce Stuart got sideways on the first lap of this week’s feature and collected Tim Line and Jamie Grochowski which resulted in a complete restart. George Lindsey led the first five laps until the caution came out for Christopher Whitlock’s spin. On the restart, Tim Line and Mike Jessen got up alongside Lindsey to race three-wide for the lead. Both Line and Jessen got by to take the top two positions. With Line leading, Jessen continued to pressure him on the inside and took the lead on lap 13 of the 20-lap event. Line continued to fight back on the outside for the remainder of the race, but Jessen held on to win his third feature of the year. Grochowski took third with George Lindsey ending up fourth. Roger Weirich was fifth.

A hard crash slowed things on the first lap of the Bomber A Main after Richard Riffe got into Rick Dixon sending him into the wall. Steve Morris and Tim Hancock piled in hard. Another caution resulted in a second complete restart and once things got going, Jeff Foks was the man to beat. Mathew Chapman was running second and tried to challenge Foks, but lost it coming off of turn four and spun out. That turned second place over to Chris Sands who managed to mount quite a battle with Foks for the lead. In the end, Foks was able to pick up his third consecutive win and an extra $100 courtesy of Racers Connection and Complete Auto Repair Service. Sands wound up second for the second consecutive week followed by Terry Rushlow, Richard Riffe and Curt Dickie who started 23rd.

Best Performance Motorsports from St. Mary’s Ohio added some extra money to the first five finishers in the Sport Compact feature event. Nathan Shaffer took the lead at the start, but was quickly overcome by John Martis and Brandon Meyers who raced three-wide for the lead. Meyers took the lead on the outside and soon after “Sparky Marky” Gillingham began to challenge Meyers. Meyers went on to pick up his second feature win of the year with Gillingham finishing second. Brogan Rehklau was third with Cody Stetten fourth and Cory Gumm rounding out the top five.

Scott Hammer led from the pole at the start of a caution-filled Bomber B Main. Jim Remley took command by the second lap and tried to hold off a hard-charging Chris Henry. Despite pumping out a great deal of smoke, Henry battled to the inside of Remley for the lead for much of the race, but a few well-timed cautions managed to briefly save Remley’s lead. Finally, Henry was able to take the lead away with two laps remaining to claim his first feature victory of the year with Remley in second. Terry Rump wound up third with Dan Shaffer fourth and Ted Hill surviving to finish fifth after starting at the back of the field. Henry also pocketed an extra $50 from Racers Connection for the win.

The 25th Annual Barney Oldfield Race paying $5,000 to win will take place this Saturday, June 21 at Oakshade Raceway. It is also an American Late Model Series presented by Sunoco event. The Sportsman, Bomber and Sport Compact classes will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing starting at 7pm.