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.