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Bubba Cundick Wins Bomber Spectacular/Matt Shipley Notches First Ever Late Model Feature Win

WAUSEON, OH – William “Bubba” Cundick topped 46 other Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers to win The Papa Boiler Bomber Spectacular, earning a nice $1,000 payday at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Early in the 25-lap Bomber Spectacular, Craig Dippman pulled out to a big lead. It was the first time Dippman has been in competition this year after an off-season injury had him sidelined until Saturday. Cundick worked his way up to second with Adam Noonan close behind and then the two drivers started to slowly chip away at Dippman’s lead. Finally Cundick was able to catch Dippman and the Wauseon, Ohio, driver took over the race lead with seven laps remaining. Adam Noonan followed into second and was right on Cundick’s back bumper late in the race until getting slowed up behind a lapped car just before the finish which cost him any shot at challenging for the lead. Noonan did hang on to finish second followed by unofficial 2019 track champ, Terry Rushlow. Dippman slid back to a respectable fourth place finish with Jeff Foks Jr. ending up fifth in the caution-free race.

A wild UMP Late Model feature event followed which saw multiple lead changes and a huge wreck. Weston, Ohio’s Matt Shipley was caught up in that wreck, but survived for his first ever late model feature win. A good field of 35 late models were whittled down to a 20-car starting line up for the feature event with Shipley starting inside the fourth row. Brad Wade started on the pole and led the first two laps. Mike Bores took his turn out front, leading laps three and four. David Mielke then took over on lap five. A lap eight caution would tighten up the field and then the big one happened on the restart. Bores, restarting second behind Mielke, spun in turn two in front of just about the entire field. The majority of the competitors ended up in a huge pile up in turn two which resulted in the red flag since the track was all but blocked. Because more than half the field was in the incident, no individual driver was charged with the caution and those that were able to continue got their positions back. That allowed Shipley to restart in second since Bores had retired to the pits. Despite being part of the big wreck, Shipley was able to drive past Mielke for the lead on lap 10. Other than a close call with a lapped car late in the race, Shipley made the win look easy. Mielke finished second with Garrett Wiles moving from his 11th starting position to finish third. Mathew Chapman gained six positions to end up fourth and Nick Kurtz rounded out the top five finishers.

Last week’s UMP Sportsman feature winner and the unofficial 2019 track champion put on quite the show in this week’s feature event, swapping the lead back and forth several times. Brandon Gregory started on the pole, but Jackson, Michigan’s Jerry Signor got to his inside to lead by a nose at the completion of lap one. Gregory would fight back on the high side and take the top spot on lap five. A lap six caution would restack the field with Gregory leading and trying to fend off Signor after the restart. Signor worked his way back to the lead on lap 11 after Gregory had to check up for a lapper. Gregory regrouped and took the lead back away one lap later. Another caution with five laps to go would tighten the field back up. Signor would get by for good one lap after the restart. Gregory was running second until slipping up way high in turn four on the final lap which knocked him out of a top five finishing position. Second place went to Mike Jessen followed by Joel Morton, Josh Robertson and Jake Gamber who started 17th.

Cameron Tusing took the lead early in the Napa of Swanton Compacts feature event, trying for his fourth win in the last five weeks. Hillsdale, Michigan’s Cory Gumm had other plans. After surviving a bump that got him completely sideways, Gumm was able to take the lead from Tusing on lap six of the 10-lap main event. Gumm went on to earn his eighth feature win of the year. Tusing had to settle for second. Jeff Rehklau finished third followedy by Joe Elliott and Eric Carr.

The final racing event of the season at Oakshade Raceway takes place Saturday, September 28th featuring topless UMP Late Models. The late model competitors will have no roofs on their cars allowing fans to see right down into the cockpits. UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and the Napa of Swanton Compacts will also be in action for the final night of racing. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is just $14!

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Devin Shiels Wins Season Championship Night Feature For Third Consecutive Track Championship

WAUSEON, OH – Several close track championship point battles weren’t decided until their class’s final race Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway. One of those was for the UMP Late Models in which Devin Shiels won the Season Championship Night feature and unofficially clinched his third consecutive track championship at the same time.

Dusty Moore started from the pole in the 25-lap UMP Late Model Season Championship feature and seemed to pick up where he left off two weeks ago after winning the American Late Model Series event. Moore opened up a decent lead early, but Britton, Michigan’s Devin Shiels had worked his way up to second after starting seventh and was closing in on Moore. Shiels caught Moore and the two drivers battled side by side for the lead. Shiels took the lead by the halfway point of the race, but Moore would battle back one lap later and regain the lead. Shiels finally took the lead for good the following lap and went on to pick up his third feature win of the year to secure the points championship over second place finisher Steve Kester. Moore slid back to a third place finish just ahead of Mathew Chapman and Dan Wallace.

Brandon Gregory of Swanton, Ohio, took advantage of a lap four restart after a caution to get by Jake Gamber for the lead in the Season Championship UMP Sportsman feature. Gregory was able to open up a huge lead, but a caution on the final lap would tighten up the field for a one-lap shootout to the finish with Gregory’s father, Bob Gregory, restarting just behind him in second. Brandon was able to hold off his father for his fourth feature win of the season. That was good enough for third in the final point standings. Another championship contender, Mike Jessen, finished third in the race, but it was not enough to catch Jerry Signor in the championship points. Signor ended up fourth, but unofficially earned the Oakshade UMP Sportsman track championship. Joel Morton finished the race in fifth.

Multiple incidents marred the start of the Season Championship Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main. One of which brought out a lengthy red flag after Roscoe Stetten’s throttle hung open going into turn three, sending him barrelling into the barrier off the corner. His car ended up nose up in the catch fence. Thankfully Stetten was not seriously injured. After at least four attempts to complete one lap, things finally got going with championship contender Jeff Foks Jr. darting out to the lead over point leader Terry Rushlow. Foks, out of Holland, Ohio, went on to his fifth A Main win of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the track championship which unofficially went to second place finisher Terry Rushlow. Rushlow’s margin of victory was four points over Foks in the final point standings. William “Bubba” Cundick got caught up in one of the first lap incidents and made repairs in the pits forcing him to start at the back of the field and still managed a third place finish. Adam Noonan had an outside shot at the point championship at the beginning of the night and ended up finishing fourth in the race which should lock him into third in the final point standings. Amy Clair stayed out of trouble and had a nice run finishing fifth after starting 13th.

Toledo, Ohio’s Cameron Tusing has been on a roll the past few weeks in the Napa of Swanton Compacts, winning his third feature in the last four weeks. Tusing led from flag to flag for that third feature win of the year. Cory Gumm elected to start dead last in the feature and drove to a second place finish. Gumm had already unofficially secured the track championship before the night’s competition began. Joe Elliott made a nice save after his car got completely sideways earlier in the race to finish third ahead of Eric Carr and Aaron Barrick.

Haley Dippman started on the pole of the Season Championship Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main and led the field into turn one. Dippman spun and fell back through the running order as the race remained green. An elated Ron Bloomfield Sr. would inherit the lead and go on to pick up the victory. Dippman recovered nicely, working her way back through the field to finish second ahead of Steve Reeves, Brian Miller and Dave McMannamy.

The Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers will take center stage at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, September 21 with the $1,000 to win Papa Boiler Bomber Spectacular. Joining the Bombers in racing action will be the UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman and the Napa of Swanton Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is just $14.

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Keller Earns Bill Reckner Memorial Sportsman Win

WAUSEON, OH – Spiess Electric sweetened the pot at Oakshade Raceway for Saturday night’s Bill Reckner Memorial A Mains with an extra $100 for the winners of the UMP Sportsman and Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers winners and an extra $50 for the Napa of Swanton Compacts winner. Chris Keller stepped into Joe Keebler’s ride and won the extra $100 in an exciting Bill Reckner Memorial UMP Sportsman feature event.

Keller’s night didn’t start off on a good note. The Adrian, Michigan, driver got into a barrier during hot laps, damaging the front end of the 73 car. Despite the damage, Keller was able to work by Roger Weirich for the race lead on lap six of the 25-lap UMP Sportsman main event. Brandon Gregory closed in on Keller and began pressuring him for the lead, just as a car running at the tail of the field got crossed up right in front of the lead battle on lap nine. Both drivers made it by. Gregory got the inside of Keller on the ensuing restart and took the lead. Keller fought back and regained the lead. Shortly after, the lead battle caught the tail end of the lead lap cars once again and Gregory spun in turn three while trying to pass a back marker which brought out the yellow flag and ended Gregory’s night. Keller went on to open up a big lead, but heavy lapped traffic allowed Joel Morton to chip away at Keller’s lead late. Morton couldn’t catch Keller and had to settle for a second place finish. Jerry Signor added to his point lead going into next week’s season championships with a third place finish. B.J. Gregory finished fourth with Weirich ending up fifth.

Cody Laney started on the pole of the Bill Reckner Memorial Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main and led the first lap. Jeff Foks Jr. made it three-wide with Laney and William “Bubba” Cundick to take the lead on lap two. Holland, Ohio’s Terry Rushlow closed in on Foks in the second half of the 20-lap race. After a restart on lap 15, Rushlow got alongside Foks and after some great side by side racing, took the lead for good two laps later. With the win, Rushlow extended his Bomber point lead to six over second place finisher Jeff Foks Jr. Cundick finished third followed by Adam Noonan and Gabe Mueller who started 12th.

Cameron Tusing from Toledo, Ohio, took the lead from pole-sitter Joe Elliott by lap two of the Bill Reckner Memorial Napa of Swanton Compact feature event after making a three-wide move through the middle the lap before. Point-leader Cory Gumm worked his way into second, but could not catch Tusing who went on to win his second feature of the season. Elliott held on to finish third followed by Eric Carr and Jeff Goodman.

Bill Reckner Memorial night was capped off with a dominating performance from Dylan Burt in the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main. Burt led from flag to flag for his second B Main win of the year. John Lonabarger finished second with Shane Estes third. Roscoe Stetten and Dave McMannamy were the rest of the top five finishers.

Season Championship Night for all classes (UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Napa of Swanton Compacts) is up next this Saturday, September 14th at Oakshade Raceway. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing begins at 7pm. Adult general admission is just $14.