Ada, Ohio’s Jon Henry has finally found his groove at Oakshade Raceway, winning his third consecutive UMP Late Model Feature at the 3/8 mile oval on Saturday night. At the same time, Tyler Boggs closed up the UMP Late Model point battle moving to within 58 points behind Rusty Schlenk with only two weeks left in their season.
Tyler Boggs and Eric Spangler started on the front row and battled hard for the lead on the first lap, but Jon Henry snuck by both drivers to take the lead before the completion of lap one.
Henry went on to open up a large lead over Boggs. Boggs found himself trying to fight off a hard-charging Casey Noonan for second place by lap 10. Noonan finally passed Boggs on lap 14 and began to close in on Henry.
Noonan could only get to with a few car lengths of Henry and then began to fade a bit toward the end of the race allowing Jon Henry to capture his fourth UMP Late Model Feature victory of the year.
Tyler Boggs was able to edge out Noonan by just a few inches for second at the checkered flag. Ronnie Perrine Jr. and Kevin Reeve both moved up after starting deep in the field to finish fourth and fifth respectively.
Scot Mills tried to fend off Joe Smith early in the UMP Sportsman Feature with Smith eventually taking command. Scot then fell back through the running order.
Brian Fisher and Brad Mills were battling side by side for second when Mills suddenly fell off the pace as the field scrambled around his ailing car. Mills limped back to the pits as the race continued under green.
Scot Mills then lost a drive shaft on the front stretch that did bring out the caution on lap 16.
Joe Smith went on to pick up his third UMP Sportsman Feature win of the year over Amy Bernard who got by Brian Fisher to post a strong second place finish after starting seventh. Rich Ruff and Mike Jessen rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.
Matt Lane lost a wheel on the first lap of the UMP Bomber A Main bringing out the yellow flag and resulting in a complete restart. Craig Dippman started on the pole and led the entire distance on his way to his fifth feature win of the year.
Point leader Jim Scout retired to the pits early in the race allowing Danny Hogrefe to close to 26 points behind him in the standings.
Craig Dippman’s win moved him to within 100 points of Scout as he sits fourth in Oakshade Bomber points. Joe Overmyer finished second followed by Billy Brown and Dan Shaffer. Todd Silvey started 15th and finished fifth.
Things got exciting at the start of the UMP Hornet Feature as Derek Morris got turned hard into the front stretch wall. The rest of the field did a great job avoiding Morris as he spun down the straightaway.
Oakshade UMP Hornet point leader Drew Smith got the early lead and held on to finally picked up his very first feature win. Cody Stetten finished second followed by Dylan Gensler, Tyler Line and Dylan Burt.
Jim Guinn grabbed the early lead of the UMP Bomber B Main, but Doug Miller gave him a run for his money after getting under Guinn for the lead late in the race.
A caution for debris set up a two-lap shootout to the finish that featured Miller and Guinn battling hard with Guinn reassuming the lead at the end to pick up his second B Main win of the year. Miller had to settle for second followed by Dan Dippman in a borrowed ride, Rick Dixon and Chris Williams.
Jeremiah Floyd led from flag to flag in the UMP Bomber C Main. A spin by Josh Overmyer while he was running third added a little excitement as the field scattered to avoid him. The red flag flew on lap three as fire erupted under the hood of Chris Osborn’s machine.
Marty Bloomer was closing on Floyd near the finish, but ran out of laps to catch him as Floyd took the checkered flag. Bloomer settled for second. Michael Goodman was third followed by Justin Gamber and Robert Meinen.
Saturday, August 22 is Don William’s Excavating Night featuring a full program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gate open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.