OH – The 2020 race season at Oakshade Raceway started a few weeks
late due to the pandemic. No spectators were allowed in the
grandstands the first couple of weeks. Restrictions were eased a bit
and limited spectators were then allowed for the rest of an exciting,
action-packed race season which wrapped up Saturday night with some
extra money on the line for both the UMP DIRTcar Sportsman and Hot
Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers.
sponsors stepped up including Kester Mowing, LLC and Bruce Stuart
Racing to increase the Sportsman payout throughout the field. That
$700 to win feature ran as the night’s main event and provided for an
exciting finish. Josh Robertson darted out to a commanding lead early
in the race. Several cautions would tighten the field back up, but
Robertson would pull away after each of the restarts. Unofficial 2020
track champion Rusty Smith would work his way up to second about
halfway through the 25-lap many event and began to reel in
Robertson’s P33 car. The two drivers race side by side with Smith
getting the advantage with just two laps remaining. The Sylvania,
Ohio, driver powered on to his sixth feature win of the season with
Robertson settling for a disappointing second after leading all but
the last two laps. Trever Miller finished third with Matt Lindsey
moving up from his 10th starting position to finish
fourth. B.J. Gregory ended up fifth.
Geis started on the pole of the topless UMP DIRTcar Late Model
feature event and battled early with Garrett McClain for the lead.
Late model drivers removed the roofs for this special “topless”
event. Geis would lead the majority of the 25-lap feature event with
lots of action just behind. Multiple caution periods kept the field
tight which helped another Sylvania, Ohio, driver, Casey Noonan, who
started 19th. Noonan worked his way up to third by lap 18
and three laps later drove to the outside of Geis to take the lead.
He went on to pick up his first win of the season. Geis finished
second with Dusty Moore beating Cody Bauer for third. The youngster,
Colin Shipley, finished fifth.
Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers had a special Australian
Pursuit Race sponsored by Dippman Motorsports before their main
events. Toledo, Ohio’s Amy Clair started at the front of the 10 lap
race where if you get passed, you are eliminated. Clair led all 10
laps to claim the $200 and a Hoosier tire. Cody Stetten held on to
second and Gabe Mueller passed three cars to finish third.
Lantz picked up right where he left off after winning last week’s
Papa Boiler Bomber Spectacular by leading the entire distance of the
15-lap Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main. A generous
fan put up an extra $60 to the winners of each the A and B Mains
which sweetened the pot just a little bit more for the Wauseon, Ohio,
driver’s third A Main win of the season. Rich Riffe, Jeff Foks Jr.
and Gabe Mueller battled three-wide for second just a couple of laps
from the checkered flag. Riffe came out on top of that battle and
finished second to Lantz with Mueller third and Foks fourth.
Pole-sitter Donnie Ringman slipped back to a fifth place finish.
Gumm out of Hillsdale, Michigan, captured his second consecutive
Compact feature win and his seventh of the season. The 2019 track
champion started on the outside the front row and kept the rest of
the field at bay. The unofficial 2020 champ, Eric Carr, was unable to
reel in the #1 of Gumm and settled for a second place finish. Jeremy
Wilbur, Kaleb Hinkley and Jason Wert were the rest of the top five
Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main was the very last race of
the 2020 season and had a lot of action throughout the field. Chane
Stuckey and Dan Dippman occupied the first two positions for much of
the race. Dippman appeared to lose the handle on his car late in the
race and slipped back a couple positions in the final laps as Toledo,
Ohio’s Chane Stuckey went on to win his second B Main of the year.
Roscoe Stetten worked his way up from his 17th starting
position to finish second and Shane Estes had a bit of a wild race to
finish third narrowly avoiding a slower lapped car that crossed down
in front of him coming to the checkered flag. Dippman ended up fourth
with Burt Sharp rounding out the top five finishers.
though there is no more racing scheduled this season at Oakshade
Raceway, the facility will host a couple of events next month
including the Dirt Roads Flea Market on Friday and Saturday October
16th and 17th and the Oakshade Raceway Swap
Meet on Saturday October 17th. More details available at