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Topless Steve Kester Wins Final UMP Late Model Feature Of Year

Oakshade Raceway wrapped up the 2018 race season with a memorable night that even included outhouse racing. It turned out to be a pretty good night for UMP Late Model driver Steve Kester who won an exciting feature race shortly after crashing and rolling over in the outhouse races which his team managed to win.

After outlasting the competition in some destructive outhouse racing just before intermission, Kester, out of Holland, Ohio, started on the pole of the 25-lap topless (no roofs) UMP Late Model feature and opened up a big lead early in the race. Casey Noonan started fifth and quickly worked his way up to second by lap three. Once Kester started working through slower traffic at the back of the field, Noonan was able to reel him in. The two drivers put on a great show racing side by side and three-wide at times while lapping cars for multiple laps. With Noonan applying the pressure, Kester couldn’t let up and when they came up to lap the car driven by Chester Fitch, Kester got into the rear of him causing Fitch to spin in turn two which brought out the yellow flag on lap 14. With clear track ahead, Kester was able to open up a little breathing room over Noonan and went on to win his fourth feature of the year. Brad Eitniear finished third followed by unofficial 2018 track champion Devin Shiels. Dan Wallace started 11th and came home fifth.

Mathew Chapman wrapped up his championship season with AmeriGas UMP Sportsman win number nine, fittingly the same as his car number. The Tecumseh, Michigan driver started fourth and eventually worked his way up into the lead with last week’s feature winner Brandon Gregory in tow. Gregory could not mount a challenge on Chapman, who was sporting a “mohawk” on his helmet, and settled for a second place finish. Rusty Smith finished third followed by Josh Robertson and Jerry Signor.

Holland, Ohio’s Jeff Foks Jr. put a bow on his Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber track championship season with another A Main feature win, his sixth of the year. Last week’s Bomber Spectacular winner, Rich Riffe, came up one spot short this week and finished second. Chris Henry finished third followed by Terry Rushlow and Adam Lantz.

The final Compact feature of the year went caution-free with Cory Gumm picking up his second consecutive feature win after starting on the pole. It was the fifth feature win of the season for the Hillsdale, Michigan driver. The top four starters ended up finishing in the same order they started in with Devin Goodman, Cameron Tusing and Ken Watts finishing second through fourth respectively. Jason Deshler cracked the top five after starting seventh.

The very last race of the 2018 race season at Oakshade Raceway was the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main. There was some issues getting the race going initially with multiple cautions on the first lap resulting in complete restarts. Once things did get going, Lyons, Ohio’s Curt Dickie found himself out front. Dickie went on to lead the entire distance and after picking up his first ever feature win back in July of this year, he was able to notch his third Bomber B Main win of the year. Jacob Rothenberger got by Shane Estes to finish second. Justin Gamber finished fourth after starting 13th and Joe Nickloy ended up fifth.

The Oakshade swap meet is coming up on Saturday, October 20. Keep an eye of oakshaderaceway.com or @oakshaderaceway on Twitter for more details.

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Rich Riffe Wins Bomber Spectacular

The Bomber class took center stage Saturday night at Oakshade for the $1,000 to win Papa Boiler Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber Spectacular.

As the night’s main event, the Bomber Spectacular A Main was first to roll out on to the track after intermission. Toledo, Ohio’s Rich Riffe started on the outside of the second row and it didn’t take him long to get the lead of the 25-lap event. Cody Houston spun on lap nine to bring out the first caution of the race forcing him to restart at the tail. Riffe, Jeff Foks Jr. and Chris Henry began to check out on the rest of the field in the top three positions. In the end, Riffe was able to hold off both Foks and Henry to claim the $1,000 for winning the Papa Boiler Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber Spectacular. Adam Noon finished in the fourth position with Cody Houston recovering nicely to end up fifth after his lap nine spin.

A big pile up at the start of the UMP Late Model feature that involved Ryan Missler, Brad Wade and Ken Hahn brought a quick stop to the racing action and set up a complete restart. After that, Steve Kester and Devin Shiels battled for the lead much of the race with Kester leading the first half. Both drivers were working through some heavy lapped traffic with about 10 laps to go when Shiels made the right lane choice to take the lead away while Kester had to check up for a lapped car. The Britton, Michigan driver went on to open up his advantage in the closing laps on the way to the checkered flag. It was Shiels’ second consecutive feature win. Kester held off a hard-charging Casey Noonan, who was sporting a new ride this weekend, to finish second. Dan Wallace and Brad Eitniear were the rest of the top five finishers.

Tim Fisher grabbed the lead after starting on the pole of the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman feature race, but some bad luck would cost him a decent finish. Fisher gave the lead up to Brandon Gregory on lap five and then one lap later fell off the pace while running second with most of the field behind him. Joel Morton had no where to go and slammed into the rear of Fisher on the front stretch bringing out the yellow flag. Both drivers were done for the night. That turned second over the Mike Jessen, but he was unable to mount a challenge on Swanton, Ohio’s Brandon Gregory who had the 66 car hooked up on the high side. Gregory collected his second feature win of the season with Jessen settling for second. Last week’s feature winner, Rusty Smith, finished third with Mathew Chapman ending up third after slipping way back in the running order earlier in the race due to some damage. Josh Robertson made a nice run to finish fifth after starting way back in the field.

Hillsdale, Michigan’s Cory Gumm started on the pole and led every lap of the final event of the night, the Compact feature race. A late race caution allowed Eric Carr and Carter Murday to tighten up behind Gumm for the restart, but Gumm was too strong and went on to pick up the checkered flag. Carr and Murday finished second and third respectively with Justin Seirra and Jeff Goodman rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

The final race of the 2018 season at Oakshade Raceway is set for this coming weekend featuring topless (no roofs) UMP Late Models. In additional to the topless UMP Late Models, the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compacts will also be in action this Saturday, September 29. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps are at 6pm and racing begins at 7pm sharp.

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Shiels Wraps Up Second Consecutive Late Model Track Championship With Win

Several championships weren’t decided until the final checkered flag of the night in each class on Saturday’s Oakshade Raceway’s Season Championship Night. The only championship that wasn’t close was in the UMP Late Model class that saw Devin Shiels cap off his second consecutive track championship unofficially with a feature win.

It only took Devin Shiels two laps to gain the lead in the Season Championship Night UMP Late Model feature. Shortly after Shiels got by Chris Sands on lap two, the Britton, Michigan, driver had to deal with slower traffic running at the tail end of the lead lap. Casey Noonan began to close in on Shiels who was being held up behind a couple of slower cars racing side by side. Finally, Shiels made a bold move through the middle of those cars to get away from Noonan who fell to third as Ryan Missler went three-wide to take second. Missler tried to close on Shiels as the two worked through lapped traffic, but Missler could only get to within a few car lengths on the final lap and had to settle for a second place finish. Noonan ended up third with Steve Kester, who led the points the first half of the season, finishing fourth in the race. Chris Keller, in Devin Shiels’ backup car, finished fifth.

Mathew Chapman nursed a slim six-point advantage in the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman class coming into the night. He would end up finishing fifth to unofficially claim his second AmeriGas UMP Sportsman championship at Oakshade Raceway.

Rusty Smith out of Sylvania, Ohio, ended Chapman’s feature win streak, that dated back to the beginning of August, with his second feature win of the season. Karl Spoores posted a season best second place finish in the feature followed by Brandon Gregory and Joel Morton.

Jeff Foks Jr. had some bad luck last weekend that forced him out of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main early and took a big chunk out of his point lead over last week’s feature winner Rich Riffe. Foks bounced back this week with a second place finish to lock up his fifth Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber track championship unofficially.

Chris Henry was leading much of the Hot Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main before getting caught up in an incident late in the race forcing him to restart at the rear. That turned the lead over to Sylvania, Ohio’s Adam Noonan who went on to pick up his second feature win of the year. Finishing third behind Foks was Craig Dippman who started mid-pack. Justin Gamber came home fourth with Terry Rushlow rounding out the top five finishers.

Three drivers entered the night with a shot at the Compact championship with Joe Elliot leading. Elliot ended up finishing second to one of those drivers in contention, Nathan Goodman. It was the fourth win of the year for the Wauseon, Ohio, driver who ended up finishing second in the points to the unofficial 2018 champion, Joe Elliot.

Goodman opened up a big lead at the start of the Compact feature. A caution for a crash involving Todd Drewes and Brogan Rehklau late in the race set up a two-lap shootout to the checkered flag with Elliot restarting in second behind Goodman. Those positions wouldn’t change in the final couple laps. Jason Deshler, Devin Goodman and Jeff Metdepenningen were the rest of the top five finishers.

Joe Nickloy led the first half of the night’s final race, the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main. Drew Smith from Sylvania, Ohio, took the lead away on lap six and went on to pick up his first Bomber win of the season. Nickloy held on to finish second over Cody Stetten, Dave McMannamy and Matt Koerner.

There is a lot going on this coming weekend at Oakshade Raceway. The Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers will take center stage with the $1,000 to win Papa Boiler Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber Spectacular. It will also be Trick Or Treat Night, so bring lots of candy to hand out and dress up the kids in costumes. UMP Late Models, Amerigas UMP Sportsman and Compacts will also be back in action. Gates will open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and the racing begins at 7pm sharp.