Greg Martin held off a late charge from Aaron Scott and Kris Patterson to win his first Late Model Feature of the year at Oakshade Raceway.
Martin started on the outside of the front row for the 25-lap feature that was sponsored by B&P Wrecking Co. of Toledo and opened up a substantial lead in the early running.
Zac Davis fell off the pace on lap six and retired to the pits giving up the second position.
Aaron Scott bounced off the backstretch wall early in the race and got by Kris Patterson for the second spot on lap 11. By that time, Martin’s lead was a little more than a straightaway ahead of Scott.
Scott, with Patterson about a car length behind, began to chip away at the advantage Martin had built up.
In the end, Martin’s lead proved insurmountable as he took the checkered flag in the caution free event. Scott closed to within three car lengths of Martin on the final lap and settled for second with Patterson a close third. Todd Schroyer who was back in competition for the first time this year finished fourth and Hillard Miller took fifth.
Aaron Scott’s second place finish greatly tightens the points race in the Late Model division at Oakshade Raceway and sets up an exciting showdown in next week’s Late Model Season Championship Night. Rusty Schlenk hangs on to a very narrow points lead over Scott with his tenth place finish in the feature in his bid to capture his first track championship.
The Sportsman Feature produced a lot of lead changes with Ray Klawitter the initial leader. Josh Steinacker closed in to the back bumper of Klawitter by lap three and after some hard racing, took the lead on lap seven.
The yellow flag flew on lap eight for a spin by Jason Smith that collected John Laney and Steve Kester.
Klawitter briefly reassumed the lead after the restart, but the 83 car of Steinacker got back by.
Klawitter wasn’t done challenging for the lead. On lap 14, Steinacker got held up by slower traffic and Klawitter snuck by on the inside to take the lead once again.
Rusty Schlenk closed in on Klawitter late in the race and took the lead with two laps remaining to win an exciting Sportsman Feature. It was his fifth Sportsman Feature victory of the year.
Klawitter led the race on three different occasions, but had to settle for second. Dan Wallace finished third with Tim Fisher fourth. Steinacker fell back to finish fifth.
The evening of racing at Oakshade started off with the remaining eight laps of a Bomber C Main that was supposed to be run back on July 16 but was postponed due to rain.
Ian Lewis was the leader when the race resumed. Jarrett Rendel closed on Lewis and took the lead on lap six and went on to win the race. Lewis was second and Bob Rendel, who had some significant contact with the car driven by Jack Garland earlier in the race, took third.
Adam Bokor and Rick Dippman rounded out the rest of the top five.
Todd Silvey finally got his 007 car in victory lane in the Dempewolf Construction Bomber A Main. He took the lead after starting on the pole and the only challenge he had to deal with was from Jake Rendel who got to his inside in the final corner, but Silvey was able to hold him off coming to the checkered flag.
Brett Miller finished third ahead of Joe Smith and Kevin Hanford.
Karl Spores and Jeff Foks put on a good show for the lead in the Dempewolf Construction Bomber B Main trading the top spot back and forth.
Ted Goetz, Jr. closed in on the lead duo and tried to dive way low to make it three wide for the lead in turn four. Unfortunately for Goetz, the move caused him to lose the back of his car and he spun around bringing out the caution flag forcing him to restart at the tail of the field.
Jeff Foks held the lead in the closing laps and Karl Spores made a final run on the last lap, diving to the inside of Foks in the final set of corners. The two came off turn four side by side and bouncing off the side of each other as they came to the checkered flag.
Foks held on to win by just the nose of his car over Spores and Chris Howard finished a very close third. Jarrett Rendel was fourth and Jim Guinn finished fifth.
The Dempewolf Construction Bomber C Main started off in bizarre fashion. Ian Lewis dropped his full fuel cell on the track during the parade laps before the drop of the green flag. A lot of fuel was spilled on the track and the red flag waved before the race could even begin.
Once the fuel was burned off the track, a multitude of cautions slowed the event. A final caution set up a one lap shootout to the finish with Chris Dotson holding off Adam Bokor for the win. Scott Mills was third followed by Jeff Potridge and Steve Dempewolf.
Find out who will win the $10,500.00 Late Model Points Championship on Saturday, August 27 at Oakshade Raceway. Rusty Schlenk will take his slim points lead over Aaron Scott into the night’s events. The Sportsman and Bomber divisions will also be in action.