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DeTray Wins Bomber Spectacular/Foks Wins Bomber Championship

Championships were decided, $1,000 was won, candy was distributed and some race cars had no roofs on the final Saturday night racing program of the season at Oakshade Raceway. After last week’s rain out, Season Championship Night for the UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts was rescheduled for to run along with Saturday night’s $1,000 to win Chris ‘Papa Boiler’ Howard Bomber Spectacular. Also rescheduled from the week before was the topless UMP Late Models and Trick or Treat night for kids making for a fun-filled night for all.

The main event of the night was the Bomber Spectacular/Season Championship feature. Jeff Foks Jr. nursed a 15 point advantage over Gregg DeTray entering the final event. Jerry Signor started on the pole of the 25-lap feature until Craig Dippman took over on lap four. DeTray and Foks worked through the top five and DeTray took the lead away on lap 17. Foks got by Dippman for second a couple laps later. A late caution tightened the field with just two laps to go. DeTray, from Swanton, Ohio, held on to win his fifth A Main of the year. Foks’ second place finish earned him his third Bomber Championship unofficially. Dippman finished third just barely edging out Tim Murphy. Tim Hancock was fifth.

Ryan Missler started on the outside of the front row of the topless UMP Late Model feature and got the early lead over pole-sitter Steve Kester. Kester regrouped and got by Missler on lap three and then pulled away. Rusty Schlenk closed in on Kester late in the race while working through lapped traffic. Schlenk was able to get to the inside of the Holland, Ohio, driver going into turn three with just a couple laps to remaining. The two drivers made contact a couple of times and both got out of shape, but were able to gather it back in. Kester came away from the contact with a slight lead coming to the white flag and eventually went on to pick up his first feature win of the year. Rob Anderzack was able to get by Schlenk to finish second. Missler wound up finishing fourth with Devin Shiels fifth.

Mike Jessen maintained a 26 point lead over George Lindsey headed into their Sportsman Season Championship feature event. Brian Fisher passed Billy Brown for the lead on lap three of the 20-lap feature. Ten laps later, Joe Smith closed in and took over the top spot. Fisher tried to battle back, but Smith held on. Fisher gave up second and retired to the pits with two laps to go. Just about the same time, Tim Fisher’s car came to a stop to bring out a late yellow and set up a two-lap race to the finish. Bob Gregory out of Swanton, Ohio, restarted second and immediately jumped to the outside. Gregory was able to power by Smith to earn his first feature win of the year. Joe Smith settled for a second place finish followed by Rusty Smith, Bruce Stuart and Billy Brown. George Lindsey managed to finish sixth, but Jessen’s ninth place finish was enough to unofficially claim the 2016 Sportsman Championship.

Richard Riffe’s seven Sport Compact feature wins earlier in the season were all he needed to have the championship wrapped up before the night’s competition began. Cory Gumm snatched the early lead in the Season Championship feature after starting on the pole. Waldron, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau got to the inside of Gumm on lap two to take the lead and went on to pick up his third feature win of the year. Gumm finished second with the unofficial 2016 champion, Richard Riffe, third. Matt Brazeau and Jeff Foks Sr. were the rest of the top five finishers.

Josh Proffitt got by Chris Leonard on lap three for the lead en route to the Sport Compact B Main win. Leonard ended up second followed by Nathan Goodman, Hailey Hottenstein and Jason Deshler.

A couple of make up B Main events from July 30th were also run. First was the make up Compact B Main in which Aaron Van Pelt led the first part, but Matt Brazeau tracked him down and was able to get by for the win. Van Pelt settled for a second place finish followed by Jason Deshler, Cole Walbolt and Kenny Wats.

Dave McMannamy led the first lap of the make up Bomber B Main until Jarrett Rendel from Clayton, Michigan, passed him on the inside on lap two. Rendel pulled way to pick up the easy win. Jeff Warnick got by McMannamy to finish second. Rob Price and Brian Barden were the rest of the top five finishers.

Racing will switch to the four-legged kind next week at Oakshade Raceway with the 13th Annual Wiener Dog Nationals on Saturday, October 1st. There will also be a Kid’s Power Wheels Demolition Derby. Registration for the Wiener Dog Nationals will start at 11am with racing at 12pm. Admission is free with only a $5 charge to participate in either the Wiener Dog Nationals or the Power Wheels Demo Derby.

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Schlenk And Henry Get ALMS Wins/Ruhlman Earns 2nd Consecutive Championship

After three consecutive rain outs at Oakshade Raceway, the weather finally cooperated with a perfect, bright and sunny Saturday evening for some American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco racing action which included an epic battle for the UMP Late Model track championship that was decided on the final lap by half a car length.

The evening started off with some make up A Mains from July 30th including the first of two ALMS feature events. Jon Henry from Ada, Ohio, started at the front and dominated the race. Henry survived a close call just four laps from the finish when the 23 car of Brad Wade got turned around just in front of him which brought out the final caution of the race. Henry held off track championship contender Devin Shiels to pick up the $2,000 win. Shiels’ second place finish moved him two points ahead of Brian Ruhlman going in to the final point event later in the evening. Steve Kester finished third with Casey Noonan and Rob Anderzack the rest of the top five finishers.

Another make up feature from July 30th, the Bomber A Main had quite a bit of action. Dean Taylor took the early lead. Jerry Signor flew up in the air after some contact on the first lap, but continued on and eventually took the lead from Taylor on lap seven. Within that same lap, Signor slammed into the backstretch wall just as the yellow flag came out for a separate incident involving Rick Dixon. Signor limped back to the pits turning the lead back over to Taylor. After the restart, Taylor, Gregg DeTray and Jeff Foks had a great battle for the lead even though it appeared Foks had a broken tie rod on his left front that severely hampered the handling of his car. Toward the end of the race, Taylor fell off the pace while trying to hang on to the lead. Foks and DeTray then raced side by side for the lead and had contact which opened the door for Holland, Ohio’s Tim Murphy to pass both drivers and take the lead with only a couple laps to go. Murphy went on to win his first A Main of the year. DeTray finished second followed by Tim Hancock, Ryan Gorey and Curt Dickie.

The Compact A Main was the final make up feature from July 30 to be run at the start of the evening’s racing program. Cory Gumm out of Hillsdale, Michigan, started on the pole and led the entire distance to earn his first feature win of the season. Richard Riffe put some pressure on Gumm early in the race, but Brogan Rehklau got by and then pressured Gumm himself. Coming to the white flag, Gumm, Rehklau and a lapped car were three-wide, but then the caution and eventually the red flag flew for an incident involving Carter Murday and Jeff Foks Sr. Gumm was able to fend off Rehklau on the final green flag lap. Riffe settled for a third place finish with Cody Stetten fourth. Rick McDaniel was fifth.

Later in the evening, it was time for more ALMS feature race action, which was also the final UMP Late Model track championship points race. Devin Shiels started 14th with a two point lead over defending champion Brian Ruhlman who started seventh. That meant that whoever finished ahead of the other would be the 2016 UMP Late Model track champion unofficially. Jon Henry, the winner of the evening’s first ALMS race, had problems before the drop of the green flag after losing a wheel on the warm up laps. He was towed back to the pits and came out one lap down and then got caught up in an accident at the back of the field before throwing in the towel early in the race.

ALMS point leader Rusty Schlenk from McClure, Ohio started on the outside of the front row and took the lead from pole sitter Curtis Roberts on the first lap. Quite a few yellow flags kept the field tight with Schlenk and Roberts out front. Roberts was able to get by Schlenk on a restart, but Schlenk quickly regained the top position and went on to pick up the $2,000 victory over Roberts. The drama in the track championship battle was building just a couple positions back as Devin Shiels worked had his way in to the fourth position, just behind Brian Ruhlman. Shiels did everything he could and got to the inside of Ruhlman as they approached the checkered flag, but Ruhlman held on to finish third by the length of his hood to unofficially lock up his second consecutive Oakshade Raceway track championship with Shiels’ fourth place finish in the race dropping him three points behind Ruhlman in the final point standings. Craig Vosbergen, all the way from Perth, Australia, finished fifth.

George Lindsey started on the pole and led the entire distance of the caution-free 20-lap UMP Sportsman feature. It was the Adrian, Michigan’s third feature win of the year and moves him to within 22 points of UMP Sportsman point leader Mike Jessen with two weeks left in the points chase. Jessen finished third in the race behind Bruce Stuart. Joel Morton ended up fourth with Brian Fisher fifth.

Malinta, Ohio’s Tim Hancock started on the pole of the Bomber A Main and earned his first feature win of the year. Jeff Foks was able to pass Hancock after a lap one restart after a caution for Tim Murphy, the make up A Main winner earlier in the night, and Curt Dickie. Hancock was able to get back by Foks after he slipped up high. Foks later went back to the pits while under yellow on lap six. Ryan Gorey worked his way up to second after starting eighth, but Hancock went on to finish first. Satch Crispen finished third followed by Kyle Perry and Gene Potridge.

Cory Gumm tried to make it two feature wins in a row in the Compact A Main, but stopped during a yellow flag and retired to the pits after leading early. Matt Brazeau came out on top of a three-wide battle to win his first feature of the year. Cody Stetten and Richard Riffe finished a close second and third respectively. Carter Murday was fourth with Nathan Shaffer finishing fifth.

Cody Laney and Jamie Grochowski battled most of the distance of the Bomber B Main with Laney leading at the start. Grochowski took the lead on lap eight, but Hicksville, Ohio’s Cody Laney got the outside of Grochowski on the final lap to win by a nose. Ted Hill was third with Rick Dixon and Scott Hammer rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Rick McDaniel from Toledo, Ohio took the lead of the Compact B Main after Jason Deshler and Cameron Tusing got together. McDaniel held off Brandon Paskan to pick up the victory. Josh Proffit Sr. finished third followed by Deshler and Hailey Hottenstein.

The final race of a jam-packed racing program was the Bomber C Main. Dan Shaffer started deep in the field and worked his way to the lead by lap three. Unfortunately for Shaffer, mechanical issues caused him to give up the lead on a restart to Holland, Ohio’s Gabe Mueller. Mueller held off Matt Lane to win the C Main. Shane Estes posted a third place finish with John Reichow and Brian Miller the rest of the top five finishers.

The Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds wrap up their season this Saturday, September 10 at Oakshade Raceway. UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.