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West Virginia’s Zach Dohm Sweeps Weekend Summer Nationals Action

Zack Dohm definitely made the six-hour trek from Cross Lanes, West Virginia, a worthwhile one, winning a combined $15,000 at Oakshade Raceway over the weekend by sweeping both DIRTcar Summer Nationals events including the $10,000 to win 20th Annual Birthday Race on Saturday night.

Last year’s Birthday Race winner, Kent Robinson, started on the pole and led the first 10 laps of the 60-lap Birthday Race main event. Zack Dohm made a charge to the front to the inside of Robinson on lap 11 and never looked back. Dohm ran numerous laps behind Jon Henry who was running at the tail of the lead lap cars trying not to get lapped. This kept Robinson and Frank Heckenast Jr. in a tight pack behind Dohm. Robinson made a bid for the lead on lap 35 by sticking his nose to the inside of Dohm, but Dohm was able to fend off the challenge. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, Henry slipped up from the bottom and allowed Dohm and the rest of the front runners to get by. Shortly thereafter, Henry abruptly slowed in turn two which brought out the caution flag on lap 46. With clear track ahead, Dohm went on to add his name to the elite list of Oakshade Birthday Race winners with Robinson settling for the runner up position. Heckenast Jr. finished third and the 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion, Brian Shirley from Chatham, Illinois, ended up fourth. Ryan Unzicker wound up finishing fifth.

Mike McKinney out of Plainfield, Illinois, started on the pole of the Summit Racing Modified Nationals feature event and led the entire 25-lap distance. Last year’s winner, Brian Ruhlman positioned himself into second early with Friday night’s winner, Taylor Cook, running third. A caution flag on lap 21 slowed the field a final time, but McKinney had the field covered and went on to take the checkered flag with Ruhlman and Cook finishing second and third. Bobby Stremme ended up fourth with Brad Eitniear finishing fifth. NASCAR Camping World Truck driver Matt Crafton could only muster a seventh place finish just behind Josh Scott.

Cory Gumm started in the second row of the compact feature event and immediately got to the front at the drop of the green flag. Several drivers running in the top five including Eric Carr and Ken Watts had issues that brought out cautions and sent them to the tail of the field for the restarts. Waldron, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau took advantage of a restart after an early caution to get by Gumm for the race lead and went on to pick up the feature win over Gumm. Joe Elliot finished third after starting 10th and Matt Brazeau climbed up through the field to end up fourth after starting 12th.

The final leg of the Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series takes place this weekend at Attica Raceway Park on Friday night and then wrapping up Saturday at Oakshade Raceway. Steve Kester has a slim 3 point lead over Ryan Missler and Devin Shiels is only three back from him so it will be a tight battle going into the final two nights of competition. In addition to the UMP Late Models, the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman and Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers will be back in action at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night along with compacts. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps start at 6pm and racing at 7pm

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Zack Dohm & Taylor Cook Friday Night Winners

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals rolled into town for the first of two great nights of racing at Oakshade Raceway Friday evening which saw Zack Dohm capture the 40-lap late model feature win and Taylor Cook repeated his performance from one year ago with the modified win.

It was Rusty Schlenk and Matt Miller duking it out early in the $5,000 to win late model feature with Miller taking command by lap three. Australian Paul Stubber spun just after going a lap down on lap 14 causing the second and third place cars to take evasive action. Once back under green, Schlenk closed back up on Miller and recaptured the lead on lap 25 with Zack Dohm following him into second. Dohm got to the inside of Schlenk and took the lead on lap 29. the Cross Lanes, West Virginia driver went on to lead the final 11 laps and pick up the victory in his first ever visit to Oakshade Raceway. Schlenk held off Summer Nationals point leader Brian Shirley to finish second. Frank Heckenast Jr. and Billy Moyer were the rest of the top five finishers.

Bobby Stremme started off the 25-lap modified feature strong and opened up a big lead. A couple of cautions on lap nine tightened up the field with Stanley, North Carolina’s Taylor Cook restarting in second. It didn’t take long for the third generation driver to get by Stremme for the lead. Cook went on to take the checkered flag just as he did a year ago in the Friday Summit Racing Modified Nationals feature event at Oakshade Raceway. Stremme held on to finish second followed by Jamie Lomax, Zachary Schroeder and Collin Thirlby.

Racing action heats up even more Saturday with the $10,000 to win 20th Annual Birthday Race/DIRTcar Summer Nationals finale and the Summit Modified Nationals plus Compacts. Gates open at 10am and the pits will be open for everyone until 4pm. After 4pm a pit pass will be required to remain pit side. Hot laps and qualifying will begin at 6pm with racing starting at 7:30pm.

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Dan Wallace Gets First Ever Oakshade Late Model Feature Win

An emotional Dan Wallace captured his first ever UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade Raceway which highlighted a spectacular night of racing on Saturday. The Vintage American Race Cars (V.A.R.C.) also made an appearance with one of their biggest classic race car counts which necessitated two separate feature events for some fun old-time racing action.

Once the V.A.R.C. features were complete, it was time to get down to business with the 25-lap UMP Late Model Feature. Last week’s feature winner, Casey Noonan, pulled out to a big lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Once Noonan caught slower traffic at the tail of the field, Dan Wallace and Devin Shiels began to close in. Just in front of the leader, a couple of cars got together in turn four which brought out the caution. Shiels had to make a quick right hand turn to avoid the incident, but he and the rest of the front runners got by without getting collected. A couple laps after the restart, Wallace, from Toledo, Ohio, got by Noonan to take the lead on the high side and never looked back on his way to pick up the easy victory. Shiels was able to get by Noonan as well to finish second after Noonan slipped back to wind up third. Steve Kester maintains a small lead in the Oakshade late model point standings after posting a fourth place finish and Matt Miller finished the race fifth.

Defending AmeriGas UMP Sportsman track champion Drew Smith made his first start of the season at Oakshade Raceway and started off his night by picking up his heat race win. The Sylvania, Ohio driver found himself chasing race leader Mathew Chapman the first part of the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman feature event. Chapman was working for his fourth feature win of the year, but Smith played the spoiler and took the lead away on lap eight of the 20-lap race. Several cautions kept the field tight, including one with just two laps to go. Chapman made every effort he could, but could not stop Drew Smith from taking the checkered flag a second time that night. Chapman settled for a second place finish with Josh Robertson capping off a nice run in third. Jerry Signor started on the pole and slipped back to finish fourth and last week’s feature winner, Rusty Smith ended up fifth.

Next out was the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main which was marred by multiple caution flags including one red flag for a brief fire early in the race. Chris Henry has been dominant over the past few weeks and this week was no different. The Jackson, Michigan driver quickly drove to the front and was pursued much of the race by last week’s B Main winner, Donovan Paskan. Henry went on to post his fourth consecutive A Main win. Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber point leader Jeff Foks Jr. finished second followed by Rich Riffe and Adam Noonan. Paskan faded late in the race and ended up fifth.

Jeff Goodman started deep in the Compact class feature race, but was able to get to the front and pick up his first feature win of the year. Goodman, out of Wauseon, Ohio, currently sits third in the point standings. Aaron Van Pelt started on the pole and held on to finish second followed by Aaron Barrick, Todd Drewes and Joe Elliot.

The final race of the night was the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main. Gabe Mueller led much of the race after starting on the pole, but a jumping the start penalty would relegate him to restart third after a late race caution. Tim Hancock from Malinta, Ohio, went on to pick up the victory with Curt Dickie finishing second. Mueller settled for third followed by Roscoe Stetten and Scott Hammer.
The biggest weekend of the race season at Oakshade Raceway is coming up this Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals rolling into town for two evenings of racing. It is the final two nights of competition for the month-long DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models, otherwise known as “The Hell Tour” and the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds will also be in action both nights. The late models will be racing for $5,000 to win on Friday and $10,000 to win in Saturday’s annual Oakshade Raceway Birthday Race. Compacts will also be in action on Saturday night only.

Gates will open at 10am on Friday morning with racing slated to start at 7:30pm. Gates will be open by 10am on Saturday as well and the pits will be open for everyone up until 4pm. After that a pit pass will be required to remain in the pits. Racing will once again start at 7:30pm. Camping will be permitted this weekend as long as posted rules are followed.