Dan Dippman made a clean sweep this weekend winning the UMP Bomber Spectacular and the special Bomber Dash for Cash on Saturday night and then dominating the 200 lap Enduro Race on Sunday afternoon at Oakshade Raceway.

The 7th Annual Bomber Spectacular paying $1,000 to win highlighted the final Saturday night racing program of the year at Oakshade Raceway. Eighty cars battled to be one of the 24 cars to earn a starting spot in the 30-lap feature.

Dan Dippman grabbed the lead from Jim Scout at the start and began to pull away from the rest of the field early.

Chris Henry started 10th and methodically worked his way towards the front. By lap 10, Henry was up to third and appeared to have the fastest car.

Dippman began to work through lapped traffic and Henry closed in. Henry took the lead from Dippman on lap 14, but his lead was short-lived. Just three laps later, Henry abruptly dropped out of competition pulling into the infield and relinquishing the lead back to Dippman.

The final 10 laps of the race were marred by multiple incidents that brought out the caution flag. That kept the field tight and gave Jim Scout a shot at the win.

Scout managed to keep the pressure on Dippman for the lead and had a good run coming off turn four to get to the inside of Dippman with two laps remaining. At the same time, the yellow flew for the final time for Jeremy Grover who had come to a stop in turn two.

Scout couldn’t manage another bid for the lead in the final laps and Dippman went on to the victory. Scout settled for second followed by Jake Rendel, Brad Miller and Brett Miller.

Brad Mills and Joe Derbeck put on a great battle for the lead early in the final UMP Sportsman Feature of the year. Mills finally got the better of Derbeck and led the first part of the race.

Chris Smith mounted a challenge for the lead and got to the outside of Mills. Smith then got loose in turn two and spun which brought out the caution flag and ended his chances at a win.

Brian Fisher then took over second behind Mills for the restart. Fisher passed Mills on the inside on lap nine to take over the lead. It was a lead he would not give up as he went on to take the checkered flag.

Brad Mills continued his string of strong finishes settling for second. Mike Jessen was third. Joe Derbeck slipped back to finish fourth and Steve Mills was fifth.

Finally Saturday night, S. Wilson Trucking, Racers Connection, Mike Anderzack and Swanton Sports Center put up some sponsorship money for a 10-lap Dash for Cash for the top ten in Bomber points that were in attendance.

Dan Dippman was highest in the points of the drivers at the track and although he started last, it only took him only two laps to move into second behind Randy Roseman.

Roseman held off Dippman for a couple laps, but Dippman finally got by and went on to win even more money.

The Dan Dippman weekend wasn’t over yet. Sunday afternoon, Dippman fielded a car in the first of three scheduled 200-lap/2 hour Enduro Races this fall.

Tim Bernard looked strong at the start of the race as he led over Brian Prezpiora and Brad Baklund. Baklund took over the race lead by lap 25, but gave it up to Prezpiora when he made his first of many stops in the pits.

Prezpiora led for a short time and then he too made a stop in the pits and that turned the lead over to Dan Dippman. Dippman made all 200 laps without making a pit stop and went on to win again for the third time this weekend.

Prezpiora and Bernard traded the second position a few times during the race, but in the end it was Bernard taking second, 15 laps down to the race winner. Prezpiora made several quick pit stops and finished third with 179 laps completed.

Tom Roller finished 164 laps, one lap ahead of Jeff Geis, to finish fourth.

Oakshade Raceway returns to action this Sunday, October 7 with another 200-lap/2 hour Enduro Race. Gates open at 12pm with the race starting at 3pm. Country Charm Cafe will sponsor the race so fans will get $2 off adult general admission tickets.


Michigan driver David Hilliker set a blistering pace in his Outlaw Late Model on the fastest night of racing of the year at Oakshade Raceway. Hilliker turned a lap in qualifying at just over 12 seconds around the 3/8 mile track earning him quick time of the night.

The huge lexan side boards towered up from the left side of most of the Outlaw Late Models which helped produce some incredible speeds. With the field inverted for the feature based on qualifying times, Hilliker had to start at the back, but the rest of the competitors would have probably liked him to start even further back if it were at all possible.

Josh Montague started on the pole and led the first lap. Chuck Hummer then grabbed the lead very briefly until Rody Schroyer flew by and began to pull away from the rest of the field.

Schroyer was trying to put as much distance between himself and the 21 car of David Hilliker who was rocketing through traffic toward the front. Schroyer’s lead quickly evaporated and Hilliker closed in and took the lead away on lap nine.

Schroyer tried to stay close to Hilliker and got into the lapped car of George Laney. Laney spun and the yellow flag came out.

With Brian Koebbe in third behind Schroyer on the restart, Koebbe and Schroyer made contact and Koebbe spun and had to restart at the tail.

Terry Sroufe took advantage and got by Schroyer for second on the next restart, but David Hilliker was by far the class of the field lapping all but just a few cars in the extremely fast Outlaw Late Model Feature.

Sroufe held on to finish second ahead of Schroyer. Koebbe was the second fast qualifier of the night and recovered to finish fourth after his spin earlier in the race. Mark Wagner was fifth.

Mike Jessen, the unofficial state of Ohio UMP Sportsman Champion started on the outside of the front row in the UMP Sportsman Feature and took command early.

Ky Harper, looking to make up for some bad luck suffered a week earlier in the Twin 25’s, moved his way up through the field after starting eighth.

Harper got by Brad Mills for second and then took the lead from Jessen on lap seven. Jessen managed to hang with Harper and keep the pressure on. Smoke began to billow from out of the back of Jessen’s car entering the corners as he continued to stay right with the leader, but soon began to fade back through the running order.

Harper pulled away and went on to pick up the easy victory over Brad Mills, Brian Fisher and Tim Bernard. Jessen wound up finishing in fifth.

Dan Dippman and Tom Ordway put on a great show in the Bomber A Main with the two drivers trading the lead back and forth for much of the race. Dippman led the most laps as the two drivers battled the entire race until Dippman got held up just a bit by a lapped car with less than two laps to go.

Ordway capitalized on Dippman’s misfortune and snatched the lead away. Ordway had just locked up his second consecutive Bomber track championship a week ago and added another Bomber A Main win to his already successful season.

Dan Dippman had to settle for second with Craig Dippman third. Jim Scout and Brad Miller rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Cody Tredway had a great run in the UMP Bomber B Main. The young driver from Berky, Ohio led most of the race with Ron Tolles putting the pressure on.

It wasn’t Tolles that Tredway needed to be concerned with as the 12 car of Garry Domoe closed in and past both drivers, taking the lead on lap nine. Tredway did all he could to stay with Domoe, but Domoe was too strong and went on to the easy victory. Tredway held on to finish second ahead of Tolles, Ron Bloomfield and Jeremy Grover.

Chris Williams led flag to flag after starting on the pole of the Bomber C Main. A big wreck right in front of the flag stand that involved Bill Vorce, Richard Riffe, Brad Brehm, Chas Sentel and Jeff Grochowski resulted in one of the multiple complete restarts.

Joe Overmyer was running third and suffered mechanical problems on lap five which brought out the caution and put an end to his night.

Williams continued to lead and held off Jeff Strock on his way to the checkered flag. John Gamber finished third followed by Jim Plotts and Corina Belcher.

The final Saturday night racing program of the 2007 racing season at Oakshade Raceway takes place on September 29 with the 7th Annual Bomber Spectacular paying $1000 to win. The UMP Sportsman will also be back in action for a final time with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm. Sunday, September 30, Oakshade will host the first of the three afternoon 200 lap/2 hour enduro races starting at 3pm with the gates opening at 12pm.


Joe Derbeck was the big winner of the UMP Sportsman Twin 25’s at Oakshade Raceway with Rusty Schlenk winning the first 25-lap segment.

The night started off with the rained out Season Championship UMP Bomber Features from the previous week. The UMP Bomber A Main picked up where it left off with five laps complete and Chris Henry leading.

Jim Scout put the pressure on Henry for the lead after the drop of the green flag and the two drivers put on a great race for the lead until the yellow came out on lap eight after Cliff Bernard spun in turn four.

Henry was leading the field back to the green flag and had something break in the rear end and drove straight back to the pits putting an end to his night.

Jim Scout assumed the lead and went on unchallenged until the end of the race. Craig Dippman worked his way up to second and began to close in quickly on Scout but ran out of laps as Scout captured the victory. Ron Bloomfield had a career best third place finish followed by the unofficial 2007 Oakshade Raceway UMP Bomber Track Champion, Tom Ordway. Dan Dippman finished fifth.

Curt Lancaster carried a large lead in the UMP Bomber B Main make up race all the way to the checkered flag over Billy Brown and Ron Leonard. Karl Spores started deep in the field and finished fourth ahead of Josh Montague.

Dan Manor was the leader of the first lap of the final make up race in the UMP Bomber C Main with Matt Henschen hot on his tail, but in the end it was Dustin Sauter who worked his way up after starting deep in the pack that got to the front to take the victory with Ron Tolles in second.

Manor held on to finish third ahead of Henschen and Cody Tredway.

The Links Zone Smackdown Challenge took to the track just before the Sportsman Twin 25 main event of the night. The race featured Cliff Smithers from K100 radio (WKKO) and Ryan Vetter from WTOL Channel 11 News in a race against Oakshade’s announcer Scott Hammer and Links Zone intermission host Dan Rice. Donation cans were set up in each of the drivers names with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network and despite a somewhat sparse crowd due to the chilly conditions, over $1000 was raised with the biggest chunk coming out of Vetter’s donation can.

Vetter started on the pole and grabbed the lead at the start with Hammer hounding him the entire distance.

Mystery driver “Water Boy” was a late edition to the race and got by Smithers who appeared to have a very loose handling car and Rice who had a close call with the front stretch wall.

In the end of the 10-lap race, it was Ryan Vetter holding off Hammer for the win.

Then it was time to get back down to business with the first half of the UMP Sportsman Twin 25’s. Joe Derbeck started on the pole and had a great battle with Tim Fisher for the lead early on. Fisher took the lead on lap three shortly after a restart from a caution for a Ky Harper spin.

Last year’s winner of both 25-lap segments Josh Steinacker suffered mechanical problems and retired from competition on lap 6 after moving up to second position.

A few laps later Derbeck got held up by a lapped car and lost two more positions to Rusty Schlenk and Brad Mills.

Schlenk got to the outside of Fisher for the race lead and the two raced side by side for several laps until the yellow flag flew for another spin. Just as the front runners were slowing, Fisher’s car let out a big plume of smoke. Fisher pulled to the infield and was done for the night after his strong showing.

Schlenk then took over the lead and went on to win the first half of the Twin 25’s over Mills, Mike Jessen, Rob Liaeff and Chris Smith.

The drivers then had some time during a couple Bomber Features to work on their cars in preparation for the final 25 laps with the inversion of the top 10 finishers putting Schlenk in the tenth starting position.

While the Sportsman drivers took a break, the UMP Bomber A Main rolled onto the track with Dan Dippman dominating early.

Ron Bloomfield spun in turn three on lap nine to bring out a caution and on the ensuing restart Cliff Bernard who was running second couldn’t turn his car as it went straight toward the wall coming off turn four.

Once back under green, Dippman proceeded to pull away again with the lead.

Jody Burton climbed up on the back end of Dustin Sauter as the white flag flew. The cars separated and continued on with Dan Dippman picking up the easy victory over Jim Scout, Tom Ordway, Brice Luttrell and Wade Rick.

Next out was the UMP Bomber B Main with Jeff Strock getting by Billy Brown for the early lead.

Curt Lancaster and Jeff Geis started in the middle of the pack and made an impressive charge to the front with Lancaster getting by Strock for the lead on lap seven.

Lancaster went on to pick up his second UMP Bomber B Main Feature win of the night with Geis taking second. Strock held on to a respectable third place finish ahead of Toxic Moe and Bill Vorce.

The Sportsmen then made their way back out with the top ten inverted for the final 25 laps. Joe Smith, Rusty Smith and Rob Anderzack raced three wide for the lead with Anderzack finally taking command by lap two.

Anderzack had opened up a good lead, but Joe Derbeck began to close. Derbeck went to the outside of Anderzack after a restart for a caution and took the lead a pulled away.

Ky Harper had a very fast car and got by the race leader, but started the second segment seven laps in arrears after suffering problems in the first segment of the race and getting towed back to the pits on lap 18.

With Derbeck continuing to lead, Mike Jessen began to make up ground in the closing laps. Jessen made a final bid for the lead on the last lap with Derbeck just holding him off for the win. Just behind them, Rusty Schlenk had spun in the final corner giving up a top five finishing position.

Chris Smith took third with Anderzack falling back to fourth. Brian Fisher finished fifth.

The racing wasn’t over yet as the final event of the night took center stage after the Sportsman trophy presentations. Trevor Reed took advantage of starting on the pole to take the lead at the start of the UMP Bomber C Main.

Jake Gamber started putting pressure on Reed for the lead just as the yellow flag came out for Brian Drewes’ spin.

Todd Smitley, Jesse Burgett, Walt Helsel, Greg Detray and Matt Rose were all involved in a big crash coming off turn four on the restart forcing another yellow flag.

Gamber got by Reed for the lead in the final three laps of the race to pick up the checkered flag. Donovan Paskin was third followed by Corina Belcher and Brad Brehm.

Oakshade Raceway will host an Outlaw Late Model show on Saturday, September 22 with the UMP Sportsman and UMP Bomber divisions back in competition. Gate open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.