Rain Cuts Racing Action Short

Ominous clouds surrounded Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night, but did not put a damper on some early heat race action for the $2,000 to win American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco racing program.

After the ALMS, Sportsman and a few Bomber heat events had concluded, a light rain began falling as the first of two ALMS consolation events rolled onto track. Cars continued to circulate around the track until the rain finally ceased. More drivers were called to the track to help run it back in. After a short time, racing was ready to resume. Just as the cars were starting to line back up for the start of the race, the skies opened up and a downpour forced race officials to cancel the rest of the evening’s action.

The ALMS consolations and feature will be made up on the September 3rd ALMS event.

The remaining Bomber heat races, Compact heats and Sportsman feature event will be run at the start of next week’s (8/6) program with the remaining features to made up in the following weeks. For updates, follow Oakshade Raceway on Twitter @OakshadeRaceway or visit oakshaderaceway.com.

Shiels Makes Last Lap Pass For Win

Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Night was a wild night of racing action at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday evening which was highlighted by Devin Shiels’ exciting UMP Late Model feature win.

Steve Kester and Devin Shiels both started on the front row of Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing UMP Late Model feature event and the two drivers spent the first five laps racing side by side, trading the lead back and forth. Kester eventually was able to get the best of the Britton, Michigan, driver and open up a little bit of a lead. A little later in the race, Rusty Schlenk began to bear down on the leaders, taking the second position from Shiels on lap 14. Four laps later, Schlenk took the race lead away from Kester and appeared to be on his way to his second Oakshade feature win of the season.

Everything changed just as the leader was about to take the white flag. Schlenk attempted to dive to the inside of Matt Shipley who was running at the tail end of the lead lap going into turn three and got into the side of him. The two drivers got hooked together and brought out the only caution flag of the race. Schlenk had to restart at the rear which meant Kester was back out front and set to lead the field back to a two-lap shootout to the finish. Restarting in the second position was Shiels who got a great restart and dropped to the inside of Kester to take the lead and the checkered flag. His win moved him up in the point standings to second, just 18 points in arrears to Brian Ruhlman. Kester settled for a second place finish in the race with Casey Noonan capping off an impressive run to finish third after having to transfer in from the last chance race and then starting deep in 16th. Brad Wade and Brad Eitniear were the rest of the top five finishers.

Veteran driver George Lindsey from Adrian, Michigan, led from flag to flag in the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing UMP Sportsman feature event to pick up his second win of the year. Multiple caution flags kept the field tight behind Lindsey with Mike Jessen trailing most of the race. While Jessen was trying to pressure for the race lead, he had his hands full with trying to fend off Tim Fisher for second. Lindsey was able to hold off Jessen and his win tightens up the points battle in the Sportsman class. Lindsey is now second in points, just 15 behind leader Rusty Smith. Jessen held on to finish second ahead of Tim Fisher. Brian Fisher had a nice run to finish fourth with Bob Gregory finishing fifth.

Jeff Foks Jr. and Gregg DeTray had an epic battle for the lead in a caution-filled Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Bomber A Main. Foks started on the outside of the front row and gained the lead over pole-sitter Tim Murphy. DeTray quickly worked his way up past Murphy for second on lap number two. Foks and DeTray raced side by side lap after lap with Foks running the high line and DeTray hugging the inside. DeTray managed to edge out Foks for the lead on lap 10 after Foks appeared to slip up a little higher than he wanted in turn two, but Foks fought back and regained the lead on lap 11. DeTray led Foks back to the line the very next lap, but caution flag flew for Brandon Clark’s spin which reverted the field back to the lap 11 line up for the restart. In the end, The Holland, Ohio, driver was able to hang on and pick up his fourth feature win of the year with DeTray settling for second. Both drivers are also atop the Bomber points with Foks leading DeTray by 25. Craig Dippman finished third followed by Tim Hancock and Curt Lancaster.

Waldron, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau made a bold move at the start of the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Sport Compact A Main to gain the early lead. Rehklau jumped to the outside of Nathan Shaffer and Richard Riffe to race three-wide for the lead the first lap and a half. Finally Rehklau came out ahead by the completion of lap two. Despite Riffe continually pressuring for the lead, Rehklau was able to hang on and pick up his second feature win of the year. Riffe, who has won seven Sport Compact features this season, came up one position short to finish second. Cory Gumm posted a third place finish with Josh Proffitt and Brandon Paskan finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

A scary incident marred the start of the Bomber B Main after Steve Reeves crashed just before making it to the starting line as the field was taking the green flag. The red flag had to be thrown so that Reeves could receive medical attention. He was transported from the track in an ambulance and there is no word on his condition. After racing was able to resume, Dylan Burt jumped out to what appeared to be the lead, but officials penalized him for starting a little too early when the green flag waved. Burt would serve his penalty after the caution flag came out early which put him behind Cody Laney and Ted Hill. Those two drivers battled for the lead with Laney coming out on top. Dean Taylor closed in late in the race after started at the tail of the field. After an onslaught of caution periods, the time limit for the event expired which set up a one-lap race to the finish. Laney was the leader ahead of Taylor as they came to the green flag. Taylor looked high in turns one and two and then dove low underneath Laney in turns three and four. Taylor, out of Sylvania, Ohio, just managed to edge out Laney by a nose for the win. Ted Hill held on to finish third followed by Dylan Hough and Matt Lane.

The final event of the night was the Sport Compact B Main which had some pretty intense racing action. Paul Miller got the early lead with Rick McDaniel, Clinton Urban and Cameron Tusing racing three-wide for second. McDaniel and Tusing came together in the front stretch which just about stacked up the entire field, but somehow everyone continued on. That is until Tusing got crossed up in turn four and McDaniel also became involved late to bring out the caution flag on lap three. Toledo, Ohio’s Clinton Urban got to the outside of Miller to challenge for the race lead late. The two drivers touched on the final lap in turn two. Urban dropped to the inside of Miller in the final corners and made the last lap pass to earn his first feature win of the season. Miller settled for second with Jeff Goodman, Brianna Ruby and Regan Ford rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

The American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco returns to Oakshade Raceway, home of the Contingency Connection $100,000 Racer Rewards Program, on Saturday, July 30 for a $2,000 to win show. The UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Sport Compact classes will also be back in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

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Jon Henry Dominates 18th Annual Birthday Race

Oakshade Raceway wrapped up a two day racing weekend Saturday night with the 18th Annual Birthday Race/Summer Nationals Finale which was dominated by Jon Henry from Ada, Ohio.

Henry started on the outside of the front row and immediately took command at the drop of the green flag in the 60-lap late model feature event. Henry then opened up his advantage over Friday night’s winner Jason Feger. The first yellow flag flew on lap eight when Mason Zeigler slowed on the track. Henry continued to maintain about a three second lead over Feger until lap 47. Feger attemtped to get by Zeigler who had made repairs and rejoined the race and was running a lap down when the two drivers made contact. That brought out the yellow flag and ended the night for Feger with damage to his right front. After another caution on the ensuing restart, Henry darted back out to a big lead on his way to the $10,000 Birthday Race win. The 2016 Summer Nationals Champion Bobby Pierce from Oakwood, Illinois, finished a distant second in the race followed by Rusty Schlenk and Matt Miller.

Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman jumped out to a big lead in the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals 25-lap feature event after starting on the pole. A Jon Horner spin on lap nine would tighten the field with Friday night’s winner, Nick Hoffman, in second. It only took Hoffman two laps to work by Ruhlman on the outside for the race lead. Once in the lead, the Mooresville, North Carolina driver went on to the easy win making it a clean sweep for the weekend at Oakshade. Ruhlman settled for second.

Jeff Foks Sr. started on the pole of the Sport Compact A Main and led all the way until entering turn three on the final lap. Seven time feature winner Richard Riffe had been trying to get around Foks the entire race and found his chance as the leaders came upon the slower car of Paul Miller running at the back of the pack. Foks backed off at the end of the backstretch and Riffe flew on by, taking the lead on the inside. Riffe made contact with Miller turning his car sideways in front of Riffe which allowed Foks to squeeze on by back to the lead coming off turn four. Foks became only the third different Compact A Main winner of the year. Riffe was able to power through to a second place finish.

Aaron Barrick out of Onsted, Michigan started on the pole and led the entire distance of a caution free Sport Compact B Main. Rick McDaniel trailed Barrick the entire race and made one last ditch effort to catch him in the final corners but came up short and settled for a second place finish.

Saturday, July 23 is Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing Night at Oakshade Raceway featuring a full racing program that includes UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm and racing begins at 7pm.