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Steve Kester Wins 29th Annual Barney Oldfield Race

A huge crowd braved the hot and humid weather Saturday evening at Oakshade Raceway to witness a first time Barney Oldfield Race winner. Holland, Ohio’s Steve Kester continued his success in 2018 at Oakshade with the Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) 29th Annual Barney Oldfield Race win, and his third feature win of the season at the 3/8’s mile banked dirt oval.

At the start of the 40-lap ALMS main event, Dan Wallace jumped out in front of the field after starting on the pole. Jon Henry was running second when he suddenly slowed on lap 18 which brought out the caution flag. This moved Dona Marcoullier up to second for the restart behind Wallace. A few laps later, Brad Wade spun in turn two spoiling a nice top five run for the Dundee, Michigan, driver. That brought out the yellow once more and now it was Kester restarting in second behind Wallace. One lap after the restart, Kester took the lead from Wallace.

A big crash on lap 29 brought out the red flag so that track crews could clear the cars of Ken Hahn, Steve Miller, Brad Wade and Matt Lindsey who all piled into turn one. A few laps after returning to green flag racing, Marcoullier took over second from Wallace who later slowed and retired to the pits with only three laps remaining. Marcoullier was unable to mount a challenge for the lead and settled for a second place finish following Kester who led the final 14 laps to earn the $5,400 check for the win. Devin Shiels had a great run to finish third after starting 14th and ALMS point leader Casey Noonan took fourth after racing his way into the feature through the last chance race and starting 16th. Ryan Missler gained six positions to finish fifth.

Mathew Chapman has been on a tear the past few weeks in the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman class and notched his third consecutive feature win Saturday night. Brandon Gregory started on the poll and led the first few laps, but Chapman took command on lap four and pulled away. Gregory, Tim Fisher and Mike Jessen had a good battle for second behind the Tecumseh, Michigan, driver with Gregory coming out on top for second. Fisher, who has one feature win this season, settled for third with Jessen fourth. Rusty Smith was fifth.

The Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main featured a lot of lead changes and a three-wide race for the lead at the finish. Chuck Stuckey took the lead from the pole and fended off contenders early. Last week’s B Main winner, Rich Riffe, finally took the lead away on lap nine, but last week’s A Main winner, Chris Henry, got by him on a lap 11 restart. Bomber point leader Jeff Foks Jr. joined the battle with Henry and Riffe at the finish, but in the end, Henry was able to come out ahead. It was the second consecutive A Main win for the driver from Jackson, Michigan. Riffe held on for second with Foks coming home third. Tim Hancock and Chuck Stuckey were the rest of the top five finishers.

Eric Carr took the early lead of the Compact feature event after a little contact with Cameron Tusing. Nathan Goodman moved up from his sixth starting position to challenge the Wauseon, Ohio, driver for the lead, but Carr was able to hang on and pick up his first feature win of the year. Goodman settled for second followed by Josh Proffitt and last week’s feature winner, Joe Elliott. Jason Deshler moved up eight spots to finish fifth.

Jake Gamber led at the start of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main, but fell off the pace early. Shane Estes then took command, but Toledo, Ohio’s Dylan Burt got by on lap four after starting at the back of the field. Burt went on to pick up the checkered flag over Taylor Dippman. Estes slipped back to finish third followed by Dave McMannamy and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Sr.

Oakshade Raceway returns to action this coming Saturday, June 23 with a full racing program of UMP Late Models, AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compact. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps starts at 6pm and racing begins at 7pm.

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Rusty Schlenk Gets Wallace Racing Products Night Win

Despite the threatening skies and rain all around the area, Oakshade Raceway managed to stay ahead of Mother Nature and get a complete show in for Wallace Racing Products Night which was highlighted by Rusty Schlenk’s second UMP Late Model feature win of the season.

The UMP Late Model Wallace Racing Products feature started off with a big pile up at the end of the backstretch on the first lap. The hard crash involved Brett Miller, Ryan Missler, Chris Sands and Brad Wade.

Once racing resumed after the lengthy clean up, Schlenk pulled out to a big lead from his pole starting position. Oakshade point leader Steve Kester was fighting an ill-handling car and all but lost it coming off turn four, sliding sideways down the front stretch toward the infield and somehow managed to save it after losing quite a few positions. Luckily for Kester, the yellow flag came out soon after for a Jimmie Ward Jr. spin which would preserve Kester’s top five position when they lined up for the restart.

A few more cautions kept the field somewhat tight behind Schlenk and Brian Ruhlman was able to challenge to the high side of the McClure, Ohio, driver for a couple laps before slipping up and turning second over to Devin Shiels. Schlenk went on to pick up the easy victory and Ky Harper was able to get by Shiels on a late restart to end up second. Kester maintained a fourth place finish behind Shiels and Ruhlman slipped back to finish fifth.

Fresh off his feature win last week, Mathew Chapman wasted no time in grabbing the lead right after the drop of the green flag in the Wallace Racing Products AmeriGas UMP Sportsman feature after starting inside the second row. Mike Jessen was chasing Chapman most of the race, but was unable to catch the driver out of Tecumseh, Michigan. Despite no feature wins yet this season, Jessen remains atop the point standings with his second place finish. Rusty Smith finished fourth followed by Tim Fisher and Scott Mills.

Chris Henry’s first feature start of the season resulted in a win. Out of Jackson, Michigan, Henry started on the pole and never looked back in the Wallace Racing Products Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main. Tim Hancock started on the outside of the front row and was able to maintain position for a second place finish. Adam Noonan ended up third and Jeff Foks Jr., who had won all the previous A Mains this season, wound up finishing fourth. Justin Gamber was fifth.

Joe Elliott drove from the outside of the front row to a Wallace Racing Products Compact feature win. It was a successful night for the Osseo, Michigan, driver who also won his heat event earlier in the night. Eric Carr earned a second place finish and after winning the previous two compact features, Cory Gumm settled for third but remains the point leader. Mark Barrick and Cameron Tusing were the rest of the top five finishers.

Rich Riffe was involved in a vicious crash at the start of last week’s Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main that resulted in a red flag and a visit with the ambulance staff. Riffe was able to put that behind him this week, picking up the Wallace Racing Products Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main feature win. Jake Gamber trailed the Toledo, Ohio, driver most of the race and settled for a second place finish. Cody Stetten started on the pole and slipped back to finish third. Chris Bleikamp and Nathan Hutchison were the rest of the top five finishers.

The annual Barney Oldfield Race takes place this Saturday, June 16 at Oakshade Raceway. The event is a Sunoco American Late Model Series event paying $5,400 to win. The AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing begins at 7pm.

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Steve Kester Earns Second Feature Win Of Season

Steve Kester led flag to flag to earn his second UMP Late Model feature win of the season at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Kester, out of Holland, Ohio, started on the pole of the 25-lap feature event and immediately took the lead over outside pole-sitter Matt Lindsey. Last week’s feature winner, Rusty Schlenk, had worked his way up to the top five when he suffered a flat right rear and slowed on the track on lap 10 which brought out the yellow flag. Schlenk retired to the pits and did not return.

Defending track champion Devin Shiels restarted in second and challenged Kester for the lead after the restart. The two drivers raced side by side, lap after lap until Rich Ruff slammed the backstretch wall bringing out the yellow flag again on lap 17. Shiels would slip back after the next restart as Kester went on to pick up the easy victory. Casey Noonan climbed all the way from 13th starting position to finish second. Ryan Missler took third while Shiels and Lindsey ended up fourth and fifth respectively.

Tecumseh, Michigan’s Mathew Chapman won an exciting Bill Reckner Memorial AmeriGas UMP Sportsman feature race after starting on the pole. Like Kester, Chapman led from start to finish, but was raced hard by former track champion Mike Jessen for much of the race. Jessen kept trying to get up alongside Chapman for the race lead, but was unable to do so and settled for a second place finish, but with three top five finishes, Jessen is on top of the point standings. Josh Robertson ran a close third most of the race and finished in that position followed by Rusty Smith and Tim Fisher.

The Bill Reckner Memorial Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main was halted by a red flag soon after the start for Rich Riffe’s hard crash into the backstretch wall. Ryan Gorey started on the pole and led the first couple laps, but Holland, Ohio’s Jeff Foks powered by on lap three and never looked back. Foks went on to pick up his third consecutive Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main win. Donovan Paskan edged out Adam Noonan for a second place finish. Last week’s B Main winner, Justin Gamber, finished fourth behind Noonan and Dylan Burt ended up fifth.

Jason Deshler didn’t come up to speed at the start of the Bill Reckner Memorial Compact feature event after starting on the pole. Last week’s feature winner, Cory Gumm, took advantage and darted out to the lead. Gumm, from Hillsdale, Michigan, was the class of the field and went on to pick up his second consecutive feature win. Joe Elliot finished second followed by Rick Monohan, Cameron Tusing and Nathan Goodman.

Scott Hammer led the first lap of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main, but slipped up high in turn four on the second lap which turned the lead over to Holland, Ohio’s Gabe Mueller. Mueller went on to pick up the feature win over Hammer, Brandon Paskan, Taylor Dippman and Brian Miller.

Exciting racing action at Oakshade Raceway continues this weekend with Wallace Racing Products night on Saturday, June 9, featuring a full show of UMP Late Models, AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps start at 6pm and racing begins at 7pm.