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DeTray Wins 16th Annual Bomber Spectacular & Bomber Championship

A couple of season championships came right down to the wire on Oakshade Raceway’s Season Championship Night. Mathew Chapman maintained an extremely slim lead in the UMP Sportsman class and Bomber track championship wasn’t decided until the final lap of the 16th Annual Bomber Spectacular that was dominated by Gregg DeTray.

DeTray, from Swanton, Ohio, came into the night tied for second in the point standings with Adam Noonan. Both drivers were just a single point behind Chris Sands. DeTray started on the pole of the 25-lap $1,000 to win Bomber Spectacular feature event and led the entire distance. Sands ran second the first part of the race, but couldn’t challenge DeTray for the lead.

Detray had opened up a big lead, but almost had his championship hopes erased on lap 17. At least four cars wrecked going into turn three just in front of DeTray who turned right at the last moment to avoid getting caught up in the incident. That move allowed DeTray to go on and pick up the victory as well as become the unofficial 2015 Bomber track champion by just five points over Sands who finished fourth. Chris Henry and Craig Dippman finished second and third respectively with Dylan Hough ending up fifth. Adam Noonan got caught up in an incident earlier in the race that took him out of competition and ended up 16th.

The UMP Late Models were also in action with the roofs removed for some topless racing action. Dusty Moore took the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the outside of the front row. 2014 Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model Track Champion Rusty Schlenk took over the lead on lap two and went on to pick up the easy victory. It was the fourth Oakshade feature win of the year for the McClure, Ohio driver. Traverse City, Michigan’s Brandon Thirlby finished second with the unofficial 2015 Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model track champion, Brian Ruhlman, ending up third. Ryan Vanderveen and Dusty Moore were the rest of the top five finishers.

Rich Ruff started on the pole of the Season Championship UMP Sportsman feature and led the first six laps before slowing on the backstretch and retiring to the pits. That turned the lead over to championship contender Jamie Grochowski. His championship competition, Mathew Chapman, took the lead one lap later. The rookie driver from Tecumseh, Michigan, maintained his advantage through multiple caution periods before finally picking up his sixth feature win of the season. The win also earned him the unofficial UMP Sportsman track championship over Grochowski by just 10 points who finished the race in second. Bob Gregory finished third followed by Drew Smith and Rusty Smith.

Brogan Rehklau from Waldron, Michigan, had already unofficially locked in the Oakshade Raceway Sport Compact track championship and finished up the season in championship form by picking up his sixth feature win of the year. Richard Riffe worked his way up to second late in the race and would finish in that position. Jason Deshler was third with Kyle Light and Josh Martis the rest of the top five finishers.

A different kind of racing action will take over Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, October 3rd with the Wiener Dog Nationals wiener dog races and a Power Wheels Demolition Derby for kids aged 3 to 8. Wiener dog registration will be from 9:30am until 10:30am with racing starting at 11am. The Power Wheels Demo Derby will immediately follow at approximately 12:30pm. Admission is free to watch and there is just a $5 charge to enter either the wiener dog races or the demolition derby. Visit www.oakshaderaceway.com for more information.

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Travis Stemler Wins Michigan Dirt Cup Event

Persistent wind-driven rain showers delayed the start of the Michigan Dirt Cup Modified finale at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night, but those who braved the less than ideal racing conditions were treated to a great 35-lap Modified feature event.

Ionia, Michigan’s Travis Stemler had a great battle with Collin Thirlby at the front of the Michigan Dirt Cup feature as the two drivers traded the lead on multiple occasions. Thirlby led much of the race with Stemler pressuring. Stemler took the lead for the final time at the white flag and picked up his first Michigan Dirt Cup Modified feature win of the year. Thirlby settled for a second place finish. David Mielke finished third and wrapped up the 2015 Michigan Dirt Cup Championship. Aaron Morey and Shawn Valenti were the rest of the top five finishers.

A huge pile up at the start of the UMP Sportsman feature brought out the red flag when at least five cars ended up in a wad with one getting airborne. Once the mess was cleaned up, Mike Jessen from Berkey, Ohio, led most of the race after starting on the pole. Graeme Short was able to get within striking distance of Jessen and took the lead away on lap six, but Jessen regrouped and took the lead back one lap later. Jessen held on to win his third feature of the year. Short ended up second with points championship contenders, Jamie Grochowski and Mathew Chapman, finishing third and fourth respectively. Scot Mills was fifth.

Swanton, Ohio’s Gregg DeTray earned his seventh Bomber A Main win of the season in his bid for the 2015 Bomber Championship. Defending track champion Jeff Foks kept his slim championship hopes alive with a second place finish. Curt Lancaster finished third and Chris Sands’ fourth place finish was enough to retake the point lead. Chris Henry wound up fifth.

Next week’s season championship will be an exciting one in the Bombers. A Champion will be determined after a season long tight points race on Saturday, September 19. Sands has a single point advantage over Adam Noonan and Gregg DeTray who are both tied for second. Skeet Reckner is still in the hunt 24 points back in fourth and Foks still has an outside shot, 64 points behind in fifth.

After starting mid-pack in the Sport Compact feature event, Richard Riffe out of Toledo, Ohio, worked his way up to the front to pick up his second consecutive Sport Compact feature win and his seventh of the season. Jason Deshler started on the pole and managed a second place finish followed by Jeff Goodman, Nathan Goodman and Cody Stetten.

Multiple crashes slowed the start of the Bomber B Main, but once things got going, Satch Crispen shot out to a big lead. Crispen led the entire distance to pick up the victory. Dylan Hough made a late race pass on Donvan Paskan to finish second. Jarrett Rendel finished fourth with Matt Koerner fifth.

A sparse field rolled on to the raceway for the Bomber C Main which had a lot of cars not making the start. Jake Rendel from Adrian, Michigan, dominated the race and picked up the victory over Jeff Strock, Robert Meinen, Adam Garland and Chris Yockman who were the only cars still running at the end of the race.

Some exciting point championships will be decided this coming Saturday, September 19. Find out if UMP Sportsman rookie driver Mathew Chapman can maintain his 3 point lead over rival Jamie Grochowski and the Bomber championship is up for grabs among five different drivers. Topless UMP Late Models will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm and the racing begins at 7pm.

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Schlenk Picks Up Exciting ALMS Win

UMP Late Model National Point leader Rusty Schlenk picked up an exciting American Late Model Series (ALMS) win after some late race heroics at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Matt Miller got the advantage over J.R. Hotovy at the start of the 30-lap ALMS feature event. Miller, who has the most all-time ALMS feature wins at Oakshade with 12, led much of the race that was slowed multiple times for cautions. Ryan Unzicker came into the night with the ALMS lead, but rolled to a stop on lap three and was done for the night. Brandon Thirlby entered the night second in ALMS points and had to take a provisional to even make the starting field. After starting in the very last row, Thirlby seized the opportunity make up a lot of ground on Unzicker in the ALMS point standings. He drove all the way up to the third position by lap 20. The two cars in front of him had a great battle for the lead. Matt Miller was able to keep McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk behind him until there were only a couple laps to go. Schlenk finally got by and then pulled away to win the $2,000 prize. It was Schlenk’s third Oakshade Raceway feature win of the year. Miller settled for second with Thirlby passing the most cars to finish third. Last week’s UMP Late Model feature winner and unofficial 2015 Oakshade Raceway Track Champion Brian Ruhlman got by Curtis Roberts to finish fourth.

The great racing action continued with the UMP Sportsman feature event. Bob Gregory and Rich Ruff challenged each other for the lead the entire race. Gregory took the lead over Ruff on lap two and held it until the caution came out on lap eight. Ruff restarted on the inside of Gregory and the two drivers battled side by side for the next eight laps. Ruff edged ahead on lap 12, but two laps later it was Gregory back out front. Ruff took the lead for good on lap 15 and the caution slowed things down one lap later for an incident with Karl Spoores and Dennis Laney. Ruff, from Adrian, Michigan, led the final four laps with Gregory trying to keep second from Mathew Chapman. Chapman took the position with two to go, but Gregory fought back to finish in that position. Chapman, last week’s feature winner, finished third, but managed to solely take over the Sportsman point lead with only two weeks left. Mike Jessen and Jamie Grochowski were the rest of the top five finishers.

Garry Domoe took the lead at the start of the Bomber A Main, but Chris Henry took command by lap number two. Adam Noonan closed in and started pressuring Henry just before the caution flag flew on lap 11. Championship points contender Gregg DeTray was running third, but started to slow after the restart, eventually retiring to the pits. Craig Dippman made it three-wide for the lead on the final lap with Noonan and Henry, but Henry held on to take the checkered flag. Dippman was able to get by Noonan for second, as was Chris Sands who ended up third. Noonan slipped back a couple spots on that final lap to end up fourth, but now finds himself on top of a very unstable and competitive bomber points championship. Tim Murphy started very deep in the field and ended up fifth.

Randy Murday started on the pole of the Sport Compact feature race and despite getting a great start to lead the field through turns one and two, he did not complete a lap. Murday spun at the end of the backstretch and was hit hard by another car. This resulted in a complete restart. Jeff Rehklau took over the lead after the restart and held it for a few laps until Richard Riffe took advantage of Rehklau slipping way high in turn four to take the lead. Riffe, out of Toledo, Ohio, went on to pick up his sixth Sport Compact feature win of the year. Nathan Goodman finished second, followed closely by Brogan Rehklau, Brandon Myers and Jeff Foks Sr.

Holland, Ohio’s Jeff Foks led from flag to flag in the Bomber B Main. William Cundick was able to provide a little competition early in the race, but eventually faded back and spun later in the race. Foks went on to pick up his first feature win of the year over Amy Clair and Dean Taylor. Steve Morris worked his way back up to finish fourth just in front of Dave McMannamy after getting caught up in an earlier wreck.

Tyler James jumped the start of the Bomber C Main to get out in front of the field and then slowed a couple laps later. Brenem Mellon from Morenci, Michigan, then took command and dominated the rest of the race to earn his second C Main victory of the year. James recovered for a second place finish. Chris Yockman, Jeff Strock and Gabe Goens were the rest of the top five finishers.

The Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds invade Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, September 12 along with the UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.