Henry Wins ALMS in Borrowed Ride
Oakshade Raceway hosted its third American Late Model Series (ALMS) event of the year on Saturday night with $2,000 on the line for the feature winner. Jon Henry came into the night with a slim ALMS point lead over Brian Ruhlman and suffered engine trouble during hot laps. Luckily Henry was able to borrow a ride from Brian Koebbe and Henry wheeled that car to earn his third Oakshade Raceway feature win of the year.
Tyler Boggs started on the pole and led the first 14 laps of the 30-lap ALMS Feature event. Henry claimed the top spot on lap 15 leaving Boggs to battle with Rusty Schlenk for second.
Schlenk eventually got by Boggs and then started to challenge Henry for the lead using the outside groove. Henry took notice and switched up his line to match that of Schlenk and began to once again open up his lead.
Rich Neiser then closed in on Schlenk to battle for second and the two drivers tangled entering turn one sending both cars spinning to bring out the caution flag. Both drivers were sent to the tail for the restart with just four laps to go.
Jon Henry held off Boggs to pick up the victory and add to his ALMS point lead. Boggs held on to finish second. Dan Wallace and Casey Noonan finished third and fourth respectively after starting deep in the field. Wallace started 14th and Noonan 13th. Rick Delong finished fifth.
Brian Fisher led the first couple laps of the UMP Sportsman Feature event, but Mike Jessen quickly marched his way to the front and took command on lap three.
Mike Jessen, the defending Oakshade Raceway Sportsman track champion, was the class of the field as he went on uncontested to win his second feature of the year.
Sportsman rookie Brett Miller finished second followed by Brice Luttrell and Joe Smith. Brian Fisher slipped back to finish fifth.
Oakshade UMP Bomber point leader Jim Scout started on the pole of the UMP Bomber A Main and quickly slipped back through the field. Danny Hogrefe assumed the lead at the start.
Craig Dippman began to pressure Hogrefe for the lead and appeared to have it until a caution for a wreck involving Bob Mayer, Curt Lancaster, Dan Bleikamp, and Terry Rushlow reset the field to the order of the previous lap.
After the restart, Hogrefe, Dippman and Ron Tolles raced three-wide for the lead with Dippman eventually taking it.
Dan Plath worked his way up to third, but suffered a flat tire on lap 11 and spun.
Dippman went on to win his fourth A Main of the year with Todd Silvey getting by Hogrefe to finish second. Ron Tolles was fourth and Billy Brown finished fifth.
Adam Noonan jumped out to the early lead in the UMP Hornet Feature after starting on the pole. Derek Morris began pressuring Noonan for the lead early and finally squeezed underneath Noonan for the lead on lap six.
Fourteen-year-old Derek Morris went on to post his second feature win of the year with Noonan a close second. Drew Smith finished third followed by Dylan Herman and Dylan Gensler.
Tim Mullendore had a good run early in the UMP Bomber B Main, leading the first eight laps of the 12 lap event. A pile up on the backstretch that involved Karl Spoores, Micheal Goodman, Chuck Faller, Jeff Geis and Matt Lane slowed things down on lap two.
Dan Dippman quietly worked his way toward the front and took the lead from Mullendore on lap nine. He would go on to earn his fifth B Main win of the year.
Rick Dixon finished second as Mullendore held on to finish third. Roscoe Stetten started 18th and worked his way up to finish fourth with Bob Krumm fifth.
Jake Gamber dominated the UMP Bomber C Main, getting the lead on the first lap after starting sixth. Gamber proceeded to check out on the rest of the field and went on to take the checkered flag.
Mike Miller took second followed by Chris Tressler, Marty Bloomer and Justin Woodruff.
A full program on racing is on tap for Saturday, August 8 with UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.