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Matt Miller Earns Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Night Win

Another great field of cars filled the pits for Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Night at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday with Matt Miller earning his first feature win of 2018 at Oakshade.

Despite threatening skies and reports of rain all around the area, the racing action rolled on with the first of the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing feature events taking the track. Matt Miller, out of Whitehouse, Ohio, started inside the second row of the UMP Late Model feature and wasted no time getting out in front of the rest competitors. Miller opened up a big lead and smoothly worked his way through lapped traffic until the yellow flag flew on lap 19. After another quick caution one lap later, last week’s feature winner Rusty Schlenk found himself in the second position after starting ninth. Schlenk and Miller battled for the lead the final five laps with Miller running the high line through the corners to hang on and pick up the victory. Devin Shiels finished third followed by Ryan Missler and Dusty Moore.

With his third place finish, Shiels extended his point lead over both Steve Kester and Ryan Missler. Kester’s championship hopes may have gone up in smoke after it appeared something terminal with the engine happened while he was leading his heat race earlier in the night. Kester borrowed a ride from another driver to make the feature and ended up finishing 15th which dropped him to 97 points behind Shiels. Only three more Oakshade UMP Late Model point events remain on the schedule for this season.

Tecumseh, Michigan’s Mathew Chapman is making a run for the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman championship at Oakshade Raceway after picking up his sixth feature win of the year. Despite skipping opening night for prom, Chapman sits just seven points behind point leader Mike Jessen. Chris Keller, piloting the 73 car, made Chapman earn the win and eventually settled for a second place finish. Jerry Signor finished third with Rusty Smith, who is third in points, ending up fourth. Jessen finished fifth. It was the third consecutive feature win for Chapman.

The Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Mains have been the Jeff Foks and Chris Henry show all yearlong as the two drivers have hogged all the feature wins. Saturday’s Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Night feature was no different. Jeff Foks Jr., from Holland, Ohio, took the lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Chris Henry started right behind Foks and eventually positioned himself in second. A lap 11 caution would tighten the field and give Henry a shot at Foks in the remaining four laps. The two drivers raced side by side, but Foks was able to hang on and win his fifth A Main of the year. Henry settled for second followed by Rich Riffe, Terry Rushlow and Dylan Hough.

A pile up on the first lap of the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Compact feature event took out point leader Eric Carr and now the top three in points are separated by less than 15 points. It was a good night, however, for Holland, Ohio’s Ken Watts who picked up his first feature win of the season. Last week’s feature winner, Cory Gumm, ended up second with Nathan Goodman finishing third. Carter Murday and Josh Proffitt were the rest of the top five finishers.

Ryder Price started on the outside of the front row in the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main and had the field covered. The Morenci, Michigan driver opened up a big lead over the rest of the field and not even a lap three caution that bunched the field back up would help any of his pursuers. Zach Stotz finished a distant second behind Price, but had his hands full in trying to hold off Chuck Stuckey and Joe Nickloy who finished third and fourth respectively. Shane Estes was fifth.

Oakshade Raceway is back in action on Saturday August 25th with another full racing program of UMP Late Models, AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.

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Schlenk Gets AmeriGas Night Win

Thirty-two UMP Late Models filled the pits at Oakshade Raceway for Saturday evening’s AmeriGas Night. Rusty Schlenk came out on top and picked up his fourth Oakshade Raceway feature win of the year.

At the start of the 25-lap AmeriGas UMP Late Model feature, outside pole-sitter Chris Sands grabbed the lead with last week’s feature winner Devin Shiels and Ryan Missler in pursuit. A caution for Matt Lindsey on lap nine tightened up the field for a restart. Shiels and Missler took advantage and both drivers got by Sands for the top two positions, racing three-wide shortly after the restart. Rusty Schlenk from McClure, Ohio, came from the ninth starting position to challenge for the lead in the final few laps. He was able to get by Missler and Shiels to take the lead away with two laps to go and went on to pick up the victory. Shiels and Missler finished second and third respectively with Dan Wallace and Brad Wade the rest of the top five finishers.

Rusty Smith was trying for his second AmeriGas UMP Sportsman feature win of the season as he led the first part of the AmeriGas feature event. Mathew Chapman marched his way to the front after starting fifth and took the lead from Smith on lap nine. The Tecumseh, Michigan driver went on to lead the final 11 laps for his second consecutive and fifth feature win on the year. Smith held on to finish second with Mike Jessen, the Oakshade AmeriGas Sportsman point leader third. That finishing order tightens up an already close point battle among those three drivers heading into the final month of competition. Josh Robertson and Satch Crispen rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

There have been only two different drivers to win a Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main all year. Jeff Foks Jr. won the first three and then Chris Henry swept the next six. Unfortunately for Henry, he scratched for the night before the feature events. That opened the door for Foks to pick up his fourth feature win and after starting on the pole, that is exactly what the Holland, Ohio did. Craig Dippman and Dylan Hough were battling in the top five early in the race when they both spun forcing them to restart at the back. Foks eventually built up a big lead over Dylan Burt who was trying to fend off Richard Riffe for second, but a late caution set up a two-lap shootout to the checkered flag and would give Burt one last shot at Foks. Foks held on to lead the entire distance with Burt settling for second followed by Riffe, Terry Rushlow and Craig Dippman recovered for a fifth place finish.

Hillsdale, Michigan’s Cory Gumm started on the pole of the AmeriGas Compact feature event and went on to pick up his third feature win of the season. Ken Watts finished second with last week’s feature winner, Nathan Goodman, ending up third. Joe Elliott and Jason Deshler were the rest of the top five finishers.

Roscoe Stetten from Adrian, Michigan, won the final event of the night, The AmeriGas Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main after starting on the pole. Chuck Stuckey started deep in the field and finished in the second position. Zach Stotz started second and slipped back one spot to finish third. Dave McMannamy also started deep in the field and ended up fourth with Shane Estes rounding out the top five.

Saturday, August 18th is Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Night at Oakshade Raceway featuring a full show of UMP Late Models, AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.

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Shiels Picks Up First Feature Win Of Season

Saturday night was Evergreen FFA/Alumni Night at Oakshade Raceway in which defending Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model track champion Devin Shiels found his way to victory lane for the first time in 2018. The win increased his lead in a very tight point battle going into the final stretch of races.

Shiels, out of Britton, Michigan, stared on the outside of the front row and led the entire distance. Other than a yellow for a big wreck on the initial start, the race ran 25-laps caution-free which made for a lot of lapped traffic. Steve Kester was running second and tried to fend off Ryan Missler to no avail. Missler was a straightaway behind Shiels when he assumed the second position. Missler was unable to close up much on the race leader despite the heavy lapped traffic. Shiels was back in championship form, picking up the win after lapping more than half the field. Missler had to settle for a second place finish with Kester hanging on to finish third ahead of Casey Noonan and Brad Wade. The gap between Shiels and Kester in the point standings may have increase, but it is still close at only 28 points separating the two drivers. Missler is third, 99 points behind Shiels with just five point events left this season.

Garrett McClain and Tim Fisher put on a good battle for the lead early in the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman feature. McClain led the first three laps until Fisher got by on lap four. Tecumseh, Michigan’s Mathew Chapman had things working on the high side and took the lead from Fisher on lap 12 and then pulled away for his fourth win of the year. Point leader Mike Jessen finished second followed by a hard charging Drew Smith. Fisher slipped back to finish fourth with Rusty Smith fifth. The top three in points (Mike Jessen, Rusty Smith and Mathew Chapman) are all separated by less than 30 points.

Familiar faces were battling at the front of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main once again this week. Chris Henry took the lead at the start with Jeff Foks Jr. hot on his tail. That was the case until a spin just in front of the leaders caused Foks to lock it up and spin to avoid the car that had spun in front of them. Henry was able to get by without incident, but since Foks stopped on the track he was forced to restart at the back of the field. Henry went on to capture an incredible sixth Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main win in a row. Adam Noonan made up some ground in the points with a second place finish. Noonan is second in points, 31 behind Foks who remains atop the standings despite posting a disappointing 12th place finish. Rich Riffe, Terry Rushlow and Ryder Price were the rest of the top five finishers.

A lengthy red flag period interrupted the Compact feature event after a scary incident involving Paul Miller. Miller had to be extricated from his car and Life Flight attempted to land at the track. After an aborted landing by Life Flight because of the dust, Miller was transported away by ambulance. As of Sunday morning, Miller was sore and would be released from the hospital soon and would be ready to race next weekend according to a Tweet from Oakshade Raceway. After a delay of just over an hour, the final laps of the Compact feature were completed with Nathan Goodman from Wauseon, Ohio, posting his second consecutive feature win. Ken Watts took second followed by Jason Deshler and Devin Goodman who started deep in the field. Compact point leader Eric Carr ended up finishing fifth.

Adrian, Michigan’s Cody Stetten started on the pole of the final race of the night, the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main, and went on to lead the entire distance. Scott Barnhart made and attempt to get to the inside of Stetten going into turn one and ended up spinning out to bring out the caution and sent him to the rear for the restart. Stetten went on to pick up the win with Scott Hammer finishing in the second position. Shane Estes, Bill Reeves Sr. and Dave McMannamy were the rest of the top five finishers.

Saturday, August 11th will be AmeriGas Night feature a full show of UMP Late Models, AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.