Marcoullier Wins Second Consecutive
Dona Marcoullier racked up his second consecutive Oakshade Raceway feature win of the year on Saturday’s Leupp Outdoor Equipment Night. The win also netted him a $2,000 pay out as it was an American Late Model Series (ALMS) race.
Curtis Roberts from Coleman, Michigan took the early lead in the 30-lap ALMS feature until Casey Noonan took over on lap four. Roberts would retire to the pits with mechanical issues before the finish of the race.
Marcoullier charged to the front and became the leader by lap nine and never looked back. A couple caution periods kept Marcoullier from getting too far away from ALMS point leader Brian Ruhlman who was running second. It was the second win in as many weeks for the Houghton Lake, Michigan driver. Ruhlman maintained his ALMS point lead with a second place finish with Rusty Schlenk taking third. Dan Wallace had a strong run to end up fourth after starting ninth. Noonan slipped back to finish fifth.
Bruce Stuart started on the pole of the Leupp Outdoor Equipment UMP Sportsman feature event and led the entire distance. Stuart, usually running the high line around the Oakshade Raceway, stuck to the low groove and it paid off despite a slew of caution flags that kept the field tight. Matt Lindsey couldn’t take advantage of late caution that set up a one lap dash to the finish and had to settle for a second place finish. It was Stuart’s first feature win of the year. Bob Gregory started eighth and was one of the few drivers to work the high side which resulted in a third place finish for him. James Fox and last week’s feature winner, Mike Jessen, finished fourth and fifth respectively.
A couple cautions on the first lap of the Leupp Outdoor Equipment UMP Bomber A Main resulted in a couple of complete restarts before Amy Bernard took the lead with Terry Rushlow in tow. Rushlow eventually got by Bernard for the lead and pulled away just a bit. Rushlow changes the line he was running just a bit late in the race which seemed to allow Bernard to close back in to pressure Rushlow. Rushlow held on to pick up his first checkered flag of the race. He thanked Bernard for racing him clean in his post race interview. Bernard had another strong run with her second place finish. Curt Lancaster took third followed by Jeff Geis and Adam Noonan.
“Sparky Marky” Gillingham wasted no time in obtaining the lead in the Leupp Outdoor Equipment Hornet feature race as he dropped down low to make it three-wide at the start. Gillingham would gain the lead by turn one of the first lap. Brandon Myer’s top five run came to an end after losing the right rear wheel on lap four. Gillingham went on to pick up his third consecutive feature win of the year.
Trent Delong opened up a commanding lead in the Leupp Outdoor Equipment UMP Sport Compact feature and looked to have the win locked up in a seemingly uneventful race. That all changed with two laps remaining when Regan Ford spun to bring out the caution with two laps to go. Derek Morris had been a good distance behind Delong in second and took advantage of the restart to take the lead away. Morris went on to win his fifth of the year. Delong settled for a disappointing second after dominating most of the race. Rich Fowler took third followed by Drew Greene and Regan Ford.
Charles Stuckey led the first lap of an action-packed UMP Bomber B Main to cap off the evening’s racing. Roscoe Stetten then took command on lap two. Multiple cautions kept the field tight. Curt Dickie got to the outside of Stetten and took the lead away on lap eight. Stetten battled back and after a bit of contact reassumed the lead. Meanwhile, Garry Domoe had worked his way toward the front and contact with Dickie sent Domoe spinning down the backstretch late in the race. Domoe did a 360 and continued on only losing one position. Stetten picked up the checkered flag with Donovan Paskan second. Richard Riffe got by Domoe for third and Shaun Sharp finished fifth.
Oakshade Raceway will host the Barney Oldfield Race on Saturday, June 23 which will pay the UMP Late Model feature winner $4,800. A full show of UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers , Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.