Noonan Tops Competition

Casey Noonan came out on top of an extremely competitive UMP Late Model feature at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night for his second feature win of the season.

Brian Ruhlman got the advantage over pole-sitter Rusty Schlenk at the start of the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature event after starting on the outside of the front row. Schlenk regrouped and began challenging Ruhlman for the lead a few laps later. On lap nine, Schlenk had a shot to take the lead as he and Ruhlman split around Steve Miller who was fighting to stay on the lead lap. Ruhlman held on, but Schlenk got another run to the inside of Ruhlman with another slower car in front of the leaders. Ruhlman used the car as a pick which resulted in some contact while racing for the lead on the backstretch. The leaders continued to work through heavy traffic which allowed the rest of the top five to close in. Casey Noonan snuck by for the lead late in the race. A couple cars racing side by side in front of Noonan made for an exciting finish. Ruhlman got to the outside and somehow Noonan found room to the inside of the two cars at the checkered flag. Ruhlman settled for a second place finish and was able to close back to within four points of Schlenk in the point standings. Steve Kester notched another top five finish with a third just ahead of Schlenk. Chris Keller was fifth.

It was another heart breaker for Chane Stuckey in the UMP Sportsman feature. A few weeks back, Stuckey appeared as though he might pick up his first Sportsman feature win after leading the majority of the second Sportsman Twin 25, but an incredible run by Tim Line ended with a pass for the lead on the final lap of that race. This time, Stuckey took command on lap two after passing Rich Ruff for the lead. He then opened up a decent advantage over the rest of the field. Line started seventh and moved up to second by lap seven. Seven laps later, Line had caught Stuckey and began to challenge for the lead. Line finally took lead after a restart for a caution on lap 15. A couple laps later, Stuckey’s car began to smoke and he retired to the pits. Line went on to pick up his sixth consecutive feature win. Ruff wound up second with Drew Smith finishing strong in third. Mike Jessen and George Lindsey finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Gregg DeTray won his third Bomber A Main of the year in a dominating performance. DeTray started on the inside of the second row and took over the race lead by the completion of the first lap. Jeff Foks put some pressure on DeTray for most of the race, but had his run of consecutive wins snapped at four. Chris Sands entered the night with a slim points lead, but suffered rear end damage after an incident with Terry Rushlow and was unable to finish the race. Foks made one last move to the inside of DeTray in the final corner of the last lap, but it wasn’t enough. The second place finish for Foks was good enough to take over the Bomber point lead. Rick Dixon finished third followed by Mathew Chapman and Curt Dickie.

Brogan Rehklau started on the pole of the Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature and drove away from the rest of the field. A good four-car battle ensued behind him between John Martis, Brandon Myers, Cory Gumm and Cody Stetten. Rehklau earned his first ever Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature win with Gumm holding off Martis for second. Stetten finished fourth with Myers fifth.

Tim Hancock and Jacob Gamber had a great battle for the lead in a caution-filled Bomber B Main. Gamber led early with Hancock taking over the lead a few laps into the event. Gamber fought back on the outside and regained the lead, but slipped up on the final lap allowing Hancock to reclaim it and take the checkered flag. Adam Lantz also got by Gamber to finish second. Gamber crossed the line third and Scott Hammer just edged out Duane Fletcher for fourth.

Special Tom Elling Memorial Australian Pursuit Races were run for the top ten in points in the UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman and Bomber classes. Winners were Ken Hahn, Tim Line and Mathew Chapman.

The Dual Push Truck Challenge takes place Saturday, August 16th at Oakshade Raceway and will feature two complete 25-lap UMP Late Model feature events in addition to a full show of UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

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Matt Miller Takes ALMS Win

Matt Miller dominated the American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco feature at Oakshade Raceway, picking up his third feature win in the last four weeks as well as pocketing another $2,000.

Miller started on the pole and shot out to a commanding lead early in the 30-lap ALMS feature. Rusty Schlenk got by Jeff Babcock for second several laps in and tried to reel in the driver of the Rick Delong Racing number 3. Without the benefit of any caution periods, Schlenk was unable to catch Miller and had to settle for a second place finish. That finish was good enough to put Schlenk back in front of Brian Ruhlman on top of the Oakshade Raceway Late Model point standings. Steve Kester posted a third place finish with Babcock slipping back to fourth. Chris Keller finished fifth and ALMS point leader Brandon Thirlby ended up sixth.

Last week’s winner of both Sportsman Twin 25 features, Tim Line, snatched the lead at the start of this week’s feature event. A caution after Graeme Short rolled to a stop on the front stretch about halfway through the race tightened up the field behind Line for a restart. Grochowski was running second and couldn’t take advantage as Line once again pulled out to a sizable lead on his way to his sixth feature win of the year. Grochowski and Tim Fisher had a great battle for second in the final laps of the race with Fisher just edging out Grochowski at the checkered flag for second. Chane Stuckey was fourth with Rich Ruff finishing fifth after starting 16th.

Multiple cautions marred the first part of the Bomber A Main with Terry Rushlow leading. Tim Murphy’s top five run came to an end after trying to go three-wide under Jeff Foks and Gregg DeTray while racing for third. Murphy appeared to run out of room and spun after contact with Foks. Foks worked his way up to second by lap 10 and took the lead from Rushlow on a restart after a caution for debris. Chris Sands followed Foks by Rushlow to take over the second position. Sands was unable to challenge Foks for the lead as Foks went on to pick up his eighth feature win of the year. Sands’ second place finish kept him in the point lead by a single point over Foks. Rushlow held on to finish third followed by DeTray and Steve Morris.

John Martis spun on the first lap of the Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature and collected Brogan Rehklau to bring out an early caution. Cody Stetten started on the pole and led the entire distance of the race. Brandon Myers got by Cory Gumm for second and tried to challenge Stetten for the lead, but ended up finishing second with Gumm third. Last week’s feature winner Aaron Barrick finished fourth after starting at the tail of the field. Cole Walbolt was fifth.

Skeet Reckner jumped out to the lead at the start of the Bomber B Main after starting on the the pole. Chuck Stuckey raced Recker side by side for the lead early. Ray Albert was running third but bounced off the backstretch wall and retired to the pits. A short while later, Garry Domoe got into Stuckey while battling for second which sent both cars spinning. The yellow flag flew and both drivers had to restart at the back of the field. That put Dan Dippman up to second. Despite a barrage of cautions the remainder of the race, Dippman was unable to challenge Recker for the lead. It was the first feature win of the year for Recker. Dippman was second. Domoe fought his was all the way back up to a third place finish with Stuckey fourth. Duane Fletcher finished fifth.

Next weekend Oakshade Raceway will host the Tom Elling Memorial Australian Pursuit races sponsored by John Carr Rental Investments, John and Marianne Machacek, Kercher Engines, the family of Tom Elling and World Class Collision by Jeff Nulton. This event will be run in addition to a full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. The top ten in points in the UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen and Bombers will compete in the Australian pursuit races. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.