This Saturday, September 19th, Oakshade Raceway will host the Papa Boiler Bomber Spectacular paying $1,000 to win! The winner of the Spectacular will also get a new MAGA LIFT complete with battery. That is a $2100 value!! There is an additional bonus available thanks to Get-It-Done Auto Parts. If a driver wins who has raced 80% of the 2020 season they will get an extra $500! Late Models, Sportsman & Compacts will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.
WAUSEON, OH – Season Championship Night at Oakshade Raceway produced four first-time champions among all four divisions. Steve Kester was the first to claim a title after a definitive win in the UMP DIRTcar Late Model feature.
Four drivers were mathematically vying for the Oakshade Raceway late model championship with Steve Kester leading the points as the night began. Kester finished second in his heat to one of those championship contenders, Casey Noonan. Unfortunately for Noonan, he would not make the call to start the main event.
Holland, Ohio’s Steve Kester, started on the pole of the 25-lap feature event, but trailed three-time and defending track Champion Devin Shiels for the first part of the race. Shiels was trying for his fourth consecutive track championship. Kester made the pass for the lead on lap 11 and never looked back. It was his third feature win of the season and his first ever track championship. Shiels finished in the runner up position in the race and in the point standings. Dusty Moore got back around Collin Shipley late to finish third with Shipley fourth. Jamie Grochowski climbed eight positions to finish fifth.
Bruce Stuart out of Adrian, Michigan, took advantage of bad luck for the top two drivers in the Oakshade UMP DIRTcar Sportsman point standings and earned his third win of the season. Point leader Rusty Smith started on the pole of the 20-lap feature event and Brandon Gregory, who was Smith’s only competition for the championship, didn’t make it out for the start. Smith led the first 16 laps but ran into trouble with a lapped car. The race leader ducked to the inside of Tino Perez going into turn three and Perez did not leave much room and the two drivers made contact as Bruce Stuart took the lead on the outside. Smith would fade back through the running order and ended up in the 10th position, but with the track championship. Stuart’s win leap-frogged him over Brandon Gregory to end up second in points. Josh Robertson finished the race in second followed by Jake Gamber, B.J. Gregory and George Lindsey.
Pole-sitter Adam Lantz pulled off to the pits on lap three of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main. Gabe Mueller and Jordan Conover from Forest, Ohio, battled for the lead with Craig Dippman closing in. Dippman and Conover made contact cutting down a tire on Dippman’s machine forcing him to the pits. With three laps to go, Conover took over the race lead to earn his second A Main win of the year. Mueller had to settle for a second place finish with last week’s winner, William “Bubba” Cundick, finishing third. Jeff Foks Jr. gained eight positions to finish fourth with Tim Fisher rounding out the top five. Rich Riffe started deep in the pack and finished in 7th to earn his very first track championship.
Eric Carr came into the night with the Compact point lead and started on the pole of the main event. Cory Gumm, who has five feature wins this year, battled with the Wauseon, Ohio, driver early for the lead. Gage Allen made it a three-car battle at the front as he joined both Carr and Gumm out front. Contact between Carr and Gumm sent Gumm spinning on the backstretch, but Carr held on to win by a bumper over Allen in an exciting Compact feature event. It was Carr’s second feature win of the year and he earns the 2020 Compact track championship. Aaron VanPelt finshed third followed by Joe Elliott and Mark Barrick.
The Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main wrapped up the night’s racing featuring a few lead changes. Dylan Hough led the first few laps after starting on the pole. Dan Shaffer took command on lap four, but would roll to a stop under a lap seven caution. That put Hough back out front until he slipped up high with two laps remaining allowing Stryker, Ohio’s Josh Corkwell to get by and take the checkered flag. Hough settled for second followed by Jarrett Rendel, Josh McNicol and Duane Fletcher.
The Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber class take center stage on Saturday, September 19 with the Papa Boiler Bomber Spectacular. UMP DIRTcar Late Models, UMP DIRTcar Sportsman and Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.
WAUSEON, OH – It was an exciting night of racing with 115 competitors filling the pits at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night. Devin Shiels greatly increased his chances of fourth straight UMP DIRTcar Late Model championship at Oakshade by claiming his second feature win of the season.
The Britton, Michigan, driver started on the pole and led the entire 25-lap UMP DIRTcar Late Model feature. He also pocketed an extra $100 thanks to Childress Collision in Delta, Ohio for leading at the halfway point. Childress also added another $300 to be spread out through the payout of the feature race. Jake Rendel’s track championship hopes suffered a setback on lap eight after he spun while running just outside the top five sending him to the tail. Dusty Moore got by point leader Steve Kester and Herb Reich to try to challenge Shiels for the lead but had to settle for a second place finish. Kester maintains a 25 point cushion over Shiels going into next week’s Season Championship Night after posting a third place finish. Reich slipped back to finish fourth with Mike Bores getting by Casey Noonan to finish fifth.
Adrian, Michigan’s Bruce Stuart started on the pole of the UMP DIRTcar Sportsman feature and stayed ahead of trouble to earn his second feature win of the year. Point leader Rusty Smith did not have a good night. Smith was running in the top five and spun on lap nine to bring out one of the many caution periods in the race. B.J. Gregory came charging up toward the front on the outside after starting fifth. Gregory put the pressure on Stuart and tried to duck under him coming off turn two. Unfortunately Gregory lost it and spun collecting most of the rest of the top five runners including Rusty Smith. Besides the leader, Brandon Gregory was the only top five runner to make it through. Brandon Gregory came into the night trailing Smith by 71 points. His second place finish coupled with Smith’s bad luck chopped that point lead down to 44 going in to next weekend’s Season Championship Night. Chris Williams, Trever Miller and Ian Palmer were the rest of the top five finishers after the time limit expired.
The Hot Rod Welding Bomber A Main ran without much trouble. The 2019 Papa Boiler Bomber Spectacular winner, William “Bubba” Cundick, got his first feature victory since that big win last season. The Wauseon, Ohio, driver started on the pole and broke Rich Riffe’s string of two consecutive A Main wins. Riffe managed to top Gabe Mueller to finish second which helped maintain a decent advantage in the point standings. Craig Dippman finished fourth with Jeff Foks Jr. fifth.
Kevin Murday out of Tecumseh, Michigan, started on the pole the Compact feature event and fended off point leader Eric Carr to earn his first feature win of the year. He also claimed an extra $100 that Cory Gumm Racing put up for the winner of the race. Joe Elliot finished third ahead of Jason Deshler who started deep in the field and ended up fourth. Aaron VanPelt picked up five positions to end up finishing fifth.
The red flag flew early in the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main. John Lonabarger got crossed up coming off turn four and collected Brian Miller, Scott Hammer Jeff Strock and Ron Hulbert. Miller was assisted by the medical staff after some very heavy impacts. Adam Lantz was charged up through the field but had something break just before the finish. In the end, Lyons, Ohio’s Curt Dickie earned his second B Main feature win of the season with Dan Bleikamp finishing second. Pole-sitter Scott Barnhart slipped back to finish third followed by Shaun Sharp and Duane Fletcher.
With such a large car count, a Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber C Main was run for the first time this year. A late caution for a spin by Chad Ingram would tighten the field for a short run to the finish in which Josh Overmeir was able to hold off Joe Overmeir to pick up the victory. Derrick Roseman started at the back and came home with a third place finish. Ingram recovered for fourth with Brandon Goad fifth.
Oakshade Raceway’s Season Championship Night for the UMP DIRTcar Late Models, UMP DIRTcar Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and the Compacts will be this coming Saturday, September 12th. Gates will open at 4pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.