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Schlenk Wins Attica/Oakshade Late Model Challenge Series Event

WAUSEON, OH – Rusty Schlenk claimed his fourth UMP DIRTcar Late Model feature win of the season Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway in the second of three Attica/Oakshade Late Model Challenge Series events at the 3/8 mile bullring. The series offers a separate point fund sponsored by Napa of Bryan, Stryker and Archbold, Dirt Nerds Podcast and Soldierboy Productions.

Casey Noonan started on the pole of the 25-lap UMP DIRTcar Late Model main event and snatched the early lead. Schlenk appeared to take the lead away on lap two, but a caution flag saved Noonan. It was the first of many caution periods in the event. A huge pile up on one of the restarts brought out the red flag early in the race. At least seven cars were involved. By lap five, Schlenk was able to finally get by Noonan for the race lead. A few more cautions kept the field somewhat tight with Jake Rendel eventually moving up to second. Jon Henry was running in the top five when his car suddenly slowed coming off turn two and collected last week’s feature winner Devin Shiels as well as Dusty Moore to bring out another yellow flag on lap 12. Schlenk, out of McClure, Ohio, went on to take the checkered flag and increased his lead in the Attica/Oakshade Late Model Challenge Series point standings. Rendel finished second and opened a little gap over Noonan in the Oakshade track point standings. Devin Shiels finished off a rough night with a third place finish after starting 10th, getting caught up in a caution and working his way back up from the tail of the field. Noonan slipped back to fourth with Steve Kester finishing fifth.

Joe Smith got around Bruce Stuart for the lead on the first lap of the UMP DIRTcar Sportsman feature event. Point leader Rusty Smith pursued him in second until something broke in the rear end of Joe Smith’s car on lap 12. Rusty Smith then assumed the lead and was looking for his fifth feature win of the season. Last week’s UMP DIRTcar Sportsman feature winner, Brandon Gregory, had other plans. Gregory, out of Swanton, Ohio, got to the outside of Smith and took the lead as the white flag flew on his way to his second consecutive feature win. Rusty Smith settled for second followed by Josh Robertson, Jake Gamber and Billy Brown.

Justin Gamber got the jump at the start of the Hot Rod Welding and Engineering Bomber A Main. Gabe Mueller, who started on the pole, was running second when he retired to the pits. Last week’s feature winner, Rich Riffe, took the lead from Gamber on lap six and pulled away. It was the Toledo, Ohio, driver’s third A Main win of the year. Five-time Bomber track champion Jeff Foks Jr. finished second. Adam Noonan started 12th and drove to a third place finish. Gamber slipped back to end up fourth with William “Bubba” Cundick rounding out the top five.

Cory Gumm and Eric Carr led the early going in the Compact feature event. Carr fell off the pace while running in second and ended up dropping to bottom of the running order. Gumm, out of Hillsdale, Michigan, went on to claim his fourth straight feature win which along with Carr’s bad luck, vaulted him into the Compact point lead. Joe Elliott finished second followed by Kevin Murday, Aaron VanPelt and Mark Barrick.

Clayton, Michigan’s Jarrett Rendel came out on top of a four-wide race for the lead at the start of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B. Multiple cautions kept the field relatively tight behind Rendel who went on to take the checkered flag. Scott Hammer finished second followed by Shane Estes and Josh Corkwell who recovered to finish fourth after being in an earlier caution. Derrick Roseman ended up fifth.

Also in action at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night were the Vintage American Race Cars (VARC) who put on a show with some old-time racing machines. “Hurryin’” Hank Lower from Angola, Indiana, came out on top of the VARC feature event.

Oakshade Raceway will host another full racing program this Saturday, July 18 with a little more incentive for the UMP DIRTcar Late Models thanks to Cleveland Clinic. The winner of the late model feature will receive $1,750. UMP DIRTcar Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compacts will also be in action. Gates are scheduled to open at 4pm with racing at 7pm, but times may be adjusted back if the temperatures are extreme. Make sure to follow Oakshade Raceway on Twitter and Facebook and check OakshadeRaceway.com for the latest information.

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Attica/Oakshade Late Model Series Event Added For This Saturday (July 11)

Oakshade Raceway will host the another installment of the Attica/Oakshade Late Model Challenge Series this Saturday, July 11th. Also in action will be the UMP DIRTcar Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers, Compacts and Vintage American Race Cars (VARC). Gates open at 4pm. Hot laps 6pm. Racing at 7pm. Draw ends at 5:45pm. General admission is $14.00 ages 12 & up. 6-11 $5.00. All pit passes $25.00.



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Defending Champ Devin Shiels Notches First Oakshade Win Of Season

WAUSEON, OH – Three-time defending UMP DIRTcar Late Model Oakshade Raceway track champion Devin Shiels found his way back to victory lane for the first time this season after a dominant performance Saturday night.

Shiels, from Britton, Michigan, started on the pole of the 25-lap feature event and led flag to flag. It was already a warm summer night, but things heated up just a few laps in with a big pile up that involved Hillard Miller, Matt Lindsey, Ron Miller, Wayne Miller and the Oakshade point leader at the beginning of the night, Casey Noonan. With the backstretch blocked, the red flag was thrown. Noonan would not continue. Back under green, Chris Keller worked his way past Jon Henry for second and then tried to reel in the race leader. Steve Kester was running in the top five when he spun to bring out the caution with just four laps to go. Keller could not capitalize on the opportunity as Shiels went on to take the checkered flag. Henry held off Dusty Moore to finish third with Jake Rendel finishing fifth which vaulted him into the point lead, just one point ahead of Noonan.

Carter Murday slowed coming off turn four which stacked things up in the UMP DIRTcar Sportsman feature on lap three. Josh Robertson, Matt Ringer and Trever Miller were among those caught up in the incident. In the end, Brandon Gregory accomplished what only one other driver has done so far this season; beat Rusty Smith. The Swanton, Ohio, driver became just the third different sportsman feature winner this year. Smith’s second place finish keeps him atop the points chase. Josh Robertson recovered nicely after being involved in that early caution to finish third with Joel Morton and Jake Gamber rounding out the rest of the top five.

A big pile up marred the start of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main and brought out a red flag after William “Bubba” Cundick and Jarrett Rendel came together at the drop of the green flag. Drivers also collected in the incident included Tim Fisher, Scott Barnhart, Chad Ingram and Amy Clair. After a complete restart, the rest of the race went caution free. Gabe Mueller worked his way up to third place before dropping out of competition before the finish. In the end, Toledo, Ohio’s Rich Riffe drove to his second A Main win of the season after starting on the pole. Jeff Foks Jr. finished second with last week’s winner, Kolin Schilt, ending up third. Justin Gamber and William “Bubba” Cundick were the rest of the top five finishers.

The defending Compact track champion, Cory Gumm, earned his third straight feature win and tightened up the point standings. The Hillsdale, Michigan, driver is now third in points, just 16 behind leader Eric Carr who finished the feature race in second. Joe Elliott had worked his way up to third early in the race, but pulled out of competition a few laps later. That turned third over to Mark Barrick who went on to finish in that position ahead of Charles Hargett and Joe Carr.

Burt Sharp darted out to the early lead in the evening’s final event, the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main. Sharp started on the outside of the front row and got the advantage over pole-sitter Ron Hulbert. Five laps in, Clayton, Michigan’s Donovan Paskan muscled his way into the lead and didn’t look back. It was his first feature win of the season. Curt Dickie gained four positions to finish second followed by John Lonabarger and Chris Bleikamp. Sharp slipped back to finish fifth.

Oakshade Raceway will host the annual visit from the Vintage American Race Cars (VARC) this Saturday, July 11. This will be in addition to a full racing program of UMP DIRTcar Late Models, UMP DIRTcar Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.