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.


Brad Eitniear Earns Modified Win

The UMP Modifieds made their third and final visit of the season to Oakshade Raceway under gloomy skies on Saturday night. The rain held off and Wauseon Ohio’s Brad Eitniear drove his way to the feature win.

The night started off with the make up Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main that was washed out at the end of last week’s action due to rain. Curt Dickie out of Lyons, Ohio, was the class of the field. Dickie grabbed the lead early and led all the way to the checkered flag. Zach Stotz started second and finished second with Gabe Mueller moving up from deep in the field to end up third. Justin Gamber and Scott Robertson were the rest of the top five finishers.

A little later in the night, the UMP Modifieds took to the track for their main event. Brandon Vaughan took the lead at the drop of the green flag, but Brad Eitniear quickly worked his way up into contention. After Eitniear moved up to second, the yellow flew on lap four for an incident involving Brian Przepioria and Ray Jackson. Once the green flag came back out, Eitniear took command of the race lead and Brian Ruhlman moved up to second. Despite several more cautions that kept the field tight, Eitniear went on to the easy victory over Ruhlman. Troy Catterene finished third with Vaughan slipping back to fourth. Bill Griffin finished fifth.

Mathew Chapman has really come on strong late in the season in the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman class at Oakshade. Chapman took over the point lead after last week’s feature win and was able to add to that lead slightly after earning his fifth consecutive feature win. Brandon Gregory led the first few laps, but Chapman got by on lap four and never looked back. It was the eighth feature win of the year for the Tecumseh, Michigan driver. Mike Jessen’s second place finish minimized the points he lost to Chapman as he now trails by six heading in to next weekend’s season championship. Gregory held on to finish third followed by Brian Fisher and Rusty Smith.

Cody Houston started on the pole of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main and led at the start. Toledo, Ohio’s Richard Riffe took advantage of a restart after an early caution to snatch the lead away from Houston. Bomber point leader Jeff Foks Jr. began pressuring Riffe late in the race, but a late race caution would foil his bid for a sixth feature win of the season. Foks ended up coming to a stop on the track after the caution flag flew and would have to restart at the tail of the field. Instead Foks took the 70 car to the pits as the rest the field prepared for a two-lap shootout to the finish. With Chris Henry restarting second, Riffe was able to hang on to pick up his first feature win of the season and closed to within 18 points of Foks. Henry settled for a second place finish followed by Cody Houston, Adam Noonan and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Sr.

The point lead in the Compact class changed hands for the second time in as many weeks. Nathan Goodman took over the point lead after winning the feature last week, but with Goodman finishing 13th and Joe Elliot picking up his second feature win of the season, the Osseo, Michigan driver now find himself atop the points. Devin Goodman finished second followed by Brogan Rehklau and Arron Barrick. Eric Carr remains a point contender as well with his fifth place finish. The top three in points are separated by less than 25 points.

Sylvania, Ohio’s Scott Hammer took command at the start of the final event of the night, the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main, and led the entire distance. Hammer was able to fend off a challenge about midway through from Dylan Burt to earn his first feature win of the year. Drew Smith was able to get by Burt to finish second.

Devin Shiels has all but wrapped up a second consecutive UMP Late Model track championship at Oakshade Raceway, but there is much left to be determined in the other three regular classes’ point races. It will all be decided Saturday, September 15 as Oakshade Raceway hosts Season Championship Night for the UMP Late Models, AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and the Compacts. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps begin at 6pm and racing starts at 7pm.


Schlenk Overcomes Adversity For $2,000 ALMS Win

The final American Late Model Series (ALMS) event of the season at Oakshade Raceway produced some incredible racing action in which Rusty Schlenk had to overcome adversity to earn the $2,000 pay day.

Just making the 30-lap ALMS feature proved to be quite a feat. Ryan Missler and Rusty Schlenk had an epic battle for the lead in their heat race, racing side by side and swapping the lead a couple times with slide jobs and crossovers. Unfortunately for Schlenk, he was spun out after sliding up right in front of Missler in turn one on the final lap of the heat race which gave Missler the heat race win and forced Rusty to the last chance race which he would win.

Missler then started on the pole of the ALMS feature with Schlenk starting 16th. Missler, still looking for his first Oakshade feature win of the year after being close a couple times, darted out to a big lead early and appeared to be poised to make it to victory lane. Oakshade points contender Steve Kester got caught up in a accident with a lapped car while running in third, bringing out the yellow flag on lap 16 and forcing him to the pits. Kester would return to the race one lap down. McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk had worked his way up to fourth by this time and would restart in the second row of the double-file restart behind Missler and Chad Finley. One lap after the restart, Schlenk moved up to second and then another caution period would put Missler and Schlenk side by side for the restart in front of the field. The two drivers then continued their epic battle for the lead, just as they had in the heat race. Schlenk was able to finally gain the lead on lap 22 after multiple laps of door to door racing. Schlenk went on to pick up his fifth feature win of the year at Oakshade Raceway. Point leader Devin Shiels looks to have all but sewn up a second consecutive late model point championship at Oakshade with a second place finish with only one more night of UMP Late Model points racing left on the schedule. Ryan Missler slipped back to finish third, but with Kester’s misfortune earlier in the race, the Bellevue, Ohio driver moved up to second in the points. Chad Finley finished fourth and ALMS point leader Casey Noonan took fifth.

Mathew Chapman racked up his fourth consecutive AmeriGas UMP Sportsman feature win, which earned him the point lead for the first time this season with only two weeks until season championship night. Tim Fisher suffered a blown engine a couple weeks back and announced he was done for the season even though he was sitting fourth in points. Another racer stepped up and helped get a new power plant into the 4 car and that powered Fisher to a second place finish in the feature. Mike Jessen entered the night with the points lead, but after finishing third, he now trails Chapman by three points. Jerry Signor and Josh Robertson were the rest of the top five finishers.

Up until Saturday night, only two drivers had won the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Mains all season long. One of those drivers, Jeff Foks Jr., started on the pole appeared to be on his way to win number six after leading much of the first part of the race. Multiple cautions kept the field tight and after one of the restarts, Foks’ car fell off the pace and dropped through the field. That turned the lead over to Sylvania, Ohio’s Adam Noonan who went on to become only the third different Bomber A Main winner this season. Cody Houston capped off a nice run with a second place finish with Chris Henry, who has six A Main wins, finishing in third. Ryder Price, winner of last week’s B Main, started outside the top 10 and managed a fourth place finish. Rich Riffe finished fifth.

The Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber point battle tightened up after Jeff Foks’ mechanical issues knocked him back to a 15th place finish. Foks remains atop the points with Rich Riffe and Adam Noonan within 60 points.

The Compact class has a new point leader after Saturday night’s action. Nathan Goodman out of Wauseon, Ohio, posted his third feature win out of the last five events which catapulted him to the top of the point standings in an incredibly tight point battle with Eric Carr and Joe Elliot. Those three drivers are separated by less than 10 points. Last week’s feature winner, Ken Watts came up one spot short this week and ended up finishing second with Joe Elliot and Eric Carr third and fourth respectively. Jason Deshler started on the pole and ended up fifth.

Rain put a halt to the night’s final event, the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main. Zach Stotz took the early lead, but only one lap could be officially completed before a light rain started to fall and made the track too slick to race on. Officials tried to wait out the brief shower and it appeared as though the field was just a couple of laps away from going back to green when bigger drops began falling once again. Driver’s were then sent to the pits after it was decided the race would be made up next week.

So now in addition to the special $800 to win UMP Modifieds, AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compacts show, there will be an extra Bomber B Main run this coming Saturday, September 8. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps starting at 6pm. Racing will begin at 7pm sharp!