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DeTray Wins Bomber Spectacular

Oakshade Raceway wrapped up the 2014 racing season with a full weekend of racing excitement. Saturday night was Season Championship for the UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Best Performance Motorsports Compact classes along with the 15th Annual Bomber Spectacular which was dominated by Gregg DeTray. Then on Sunday afternoon, Dan Dippman won the 250-lap Enduro race.

Over 70 Bombers filled the pits hoping for a shot at winning the $1,000 Bomber Spectacular sponsored by Hot Rod Welding and Engineering. Gregg DeTray from Swanton, Ohio started on the outside of the front row and took the lead from Terry Rushlow by the completion of the first lap. Jeff Foks was leading the championship points by 39 over Chris Sands at the start of the race, but had to start ninth. Sands started even further back, but was able to get by Foks and break into the top five about halfway through the 25-lap feature event.

Despite one last bid for the lead from Rushlow, DeTray was able to lead the entire distance to win his fourth feature event of the season. Rushlow ran second the entire race all the way to the checkered flag. Craig Dippman was also consistent; starting third, running third and finishing in third. Adam Noonan from Toledo, Ohio got by Sands late in the race to finish fourth. Sands’ fifth place finish wasn’t good enough to catch the unofficial Bomber point champion, Foks, who ended up in 7th.

The final UMP Sportsman feature of the year had some ugly moments. Of the 20 cars that started, less than half the field was still running at the end of the 25-laps. Bruce Stuart took advantage of starting on the pole to lead the first few laps of the Season Championship race. Tim Line had already unofficially locked up the Sportsman championship with his 10 feature wins this season and was going for his eleventh when he took the lead from Stuart on lap four. Line then proceeded to pull away. B.J. Gregory from Swanton, Ohio managed to avoid most of the carnage to get himself in to second place by lap 11. Gregory made a few attempts to take the lead from Line, but was unable to get by Line until late in the race when Line suffered some terrible luck. With Gregory right behind, Line had something break in the rear end that caused him to spin. Gregory made a great move to get by Line with only some minor contact and took over the race lead. Line’s night was over. Gregory went on to pick up the victory over Stuart, Drew Smith and Joe Smith who started 20th. Bob Krumm was fifth.

John Martis out of Toledo, Ohio passed Cory Gumm for the lead on the outside on lap number two on his way to another Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature win in his rookie season. Brandon Myers unofficially won the point championship and finished in the runner up position in the race. Brogan Rehklau ended up third followed by Aaron Barrick and Andrew Cutler.

Sunday afternoon’s Enduro had some pretty tight racing for a 250 lap event with no cautions. For a good portion of the race, three cars were all on the lead lap. Chris Williams led at the start and seemed to handle the early slick track conditions the best. By the halfway point in the race, Dan Dippman from Oregon, Ohio took over the race lead with Jeremy Grover moving into second. Dippman kept out of trouble and went on to be the first to complete all 250 laps in about an hour and forty-five minutes. Grover finished one lap behind in second. Mike Ritz had a tough go early on in the race, but soldiered on to a third place finish. Williams slipped back to finish fourth. Brad Glibert survived flying over a loose wheel and having his hood fly open to finish fifth.

The Wiener Dog Nationals presented by Paws and Remember invade Oakshade Raceway for their championship event on Saturday, October 4th. Check in for wiener dog race participants will be from 8:30am until 9:30am with the wiener dog races starting at 10am. There will also be Power Wheels Demolition Derby for kids aged 3 to 8 that will start at 12pm. Admission for these events is FREE! There is a small entry fee to participate in either of the events. For more details, visit wienerracing.com or oakshaderaceway.com.

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Jacob Poel Wins Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Race

Oakshade Raceway near Wauseon, Ohio was proud to host the first Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified event outside the state of Michigan on Saturday night with 42 of the areas best modified drivers. Jacob Poel from Spring Lake, Michigan came out on top with an impressive run in the 30-lap feature event which earned him $1,500.

Josh Scott and Andrew Terrill battled side by side for the lead early in the Michigan Dirt Cup Modified main event. Scott eventually cleared Terrill and stayed out front for almost half the race. A caution on lap eight tightened up the field for the restart which Jacob Poel took advantage of. He put pressure on Scott and finally took over the race lead on lap 12. Poel began to pull away as Travis Stemler from Ionia, Michigan worked his way past several cars to take over second. Stemler benefited from a couple caution periods in the final 10 laps to keep close to Poel, but was unable to mount a substantial challenge and settled for a second place finish. Mark Anderson got by Scott late in the race to finish third. Scott slipped back to wind up fourth and David Mielke finished fifth.

Swanton, Ohio’s Bob Gregory made a bold move through the middle, three-wide to move up to second behind Mike Jessen at the start of the UMP Sportsman feature race. A caution brought out by Billy Brown and Roger Weirich on the second lap slowed things down. Gregory got a good restart and took the lead from Jessen on the outside. No one could catch Gregory who went on to take the checkered flag in only his second start of the season. Jessen finished second with Bruce Stuart third. Tim Line saw his consecutive win streak come to an end after earning the previous nine straight feature wins. He finished fourth after starting 11th. Rich Ruff was fifth.

Richard Riffe and Gregg DeTray raced hard for the early lead in an eventful Bomber A Main with Riffe winning that battle. Tim Murphy tried to slide up in front of DeTray for second. He was able to make the pass but not after some contact that left DeTray’s left front a little tore up. Both drivers continued on without wrecking.

The Bomber points leader, Jeff Foks, had an off night after winning the previous two Bomber A Mains. Foks started deep in the field and spun on lap six to bring out a yellow. Foks had some damage from an earlier incident and made a brief visit to the pits before rejoining competition. Terry Rushlow who is third in points was involved in a wreck with Skeet Reckner which brought out the red flag on lap eight. Both drivers were racing in the top five at the time and ended up being done for the night. Chris Sands, second in Bomber points, stood to benefit the most with the bad luck suffered by both Foks and Rushlow. He took over second place with three laps to go and challenged Riffe for the lead the final couple of laps. Riffe, from Toledo, Ohio, was able to hold off Sands to earn his first Bomber A Main win. Sands finished a very close second and was able to make up a lot of ground in the points race with only two weeks left. Sands is now just 37 points behind Foks. Murphy finished third followed by Jake Rendel and Adam Noonan.

The first lap of the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature had a lot of action. Cody Stetten, John Martis, Jerry Hoot and Jennifer Rendel all had problems which resulted in a complete restart. Only Rendel was able to continue. Dane Arvin jumped out to the early lead over Brandon Myers, but Myers fought back and took command by the completion of the first lap. Arvin had slipped back to third when Josh Floyd got into Arvin, spinning both drivers. Myers, from Morenci, Michigan, went on to post his fourth feature win of the year with Aaron Barrick finishing second. Cole Walbolt was third followed by a couple Goodmans who started deep in the field. Jeff Goodman started 15th and ended up fourth while Devin Goodman started 19th and crossed the line fifth.

Dan Shaffer appeared to have the Bomber B Main win locked up after leading all the way to the white flag, but things fell apart for the Morenci, Michigan driver on the final lap. Multiple cautions kept Shaffer from opening up too big of a lead over Tim Hancock and Ted Hill. Hill moved into second late in the race and trailed Shaffer as they exited turn two on the final lap. As Shaffer raced down the backstretch, his car suddenly slowed as a shower of sparks came from underneath. Perrysburg, Ohio’s Ted Hill took advantage of Shaffer’s bad luck and took the checkered flag for his first feature win. Hancock finished second with Teri-Lynn Murphy third. Pete Herman started 18th and wound up fourth with Perry Cox recovering after being involved in an early caution to finish fifth. Shaffer slipped all the way back to ninth after losing his drive shaft half a lap from the checkered flag.

The UMP Late Models are going topless on Saturday, September 13, for their final appearance of the 2014 season at Oakshade Raceway. All Late Model drivers will have the roofs off of their cars. UMP Sportsman and Bomber drivers are also welcome to race “topless” but it isn’t mandatory. Also in action will be the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.