Ryan Desgrange outlasted the competition in Sunday afternoon’s 200 Lap Enduro race at Oakshade Raceway.

Jim Sayler and Josh Siebenaler were early leaders in the race with Dan Dippman finally taking command well before the midway point of the race. Dippman appeared to be the car to beat as the earlier leaders suffered bad luck and fell way back in the running order.

Dippman went on to open up at least a 10-lap lead over Ryan Desgrange toward the end of the race. Dippman had completed 199 laps with no real issues and just as it appeared the race was over, Dippman slowed down the backstretch. He went into turn tree and spun around off the high side of the track as he lost a rear wheel. Dippman tried to nurse the car the final quarter lap back to the checkered flag but could only get as far as the middle of turns three and four where he sat up high in his disabled car and watched his victory slip away.

Ryan Desgrange soldiered on for about ten more laps and his car survived the entire 200 lap race to take the checkered flag. Dippman’s 199 laps complete were enough for a second place finish with Jeremy Grover third, finishing 192 laps even after a hard head-on collision earlier in the race.

Neil Shaw went 177 laps to finish fourth and Chris Williams was an early contender until his right front wheel gave out after 155 laps which resulted in a fifth place finish.


Oakshade Raceway’s 9th Annual Bomber Spectacular lived up to it’s name with an exciting final lap in which Craig Dippman went from third to the lead to earn the $1,000 check for the win.

It is the only night of the season the UMP Bombers are the featured division in the Saturday night racing program and they did not disappoint. Seventy-five cars competed for one of the 24 starting positions in the 30-lap Bomber Spectacular feature event.

Last week’s UMP Bomber A Main winner Jim Scout found himself starting on the pole. Scout would lead the first lap, but Chris Henry quickly charged to the front after starting fifth to challenge for the lead by the end of the first lap and took command on lap two.

Henry led much of the race with Scout closely pursuing in second as has been a common occurrence during the 2008 season.

Todd Silvey was running third but spun on lap four and brought out the yellow flag. Silvey would battle back through the field up to fourth before spinning again and ending his night.

After a caution on lap 23, Scout was able to get alongside Henry for the lead after the restart. Scout muscled his way to the front as Henry slid back to third.

Silvey’s second spin near the end of the race set up a two lap dash to the finish with $1,000 on the line. Scout led the field back to the green flag followed by Craig Dippman and Chris Henry. Henry immediately went to work on the high side around Dippman to take second as the white flag flew. Henry barreled into turn one on the final lap and plowed into the left rear of Scout. Both cars spun with the entire field scattering to get by. Dippman dove to the inside as the race continued to the checkered flag.

After the smoke cleared, Craig Dippman from Northwood, Ohio added his name to the list of Bomber Spectacular winners with Billy Brown claiming second and Jeff Foks Jr. finishing third after starting 15th. Brad Miller was fourth and Dustin Sautter fifth.

George Lindsey picked up his first feature win of the year in the final UMP Sportsman Feature. Lindsey started on the outside of the front row and managed to lead the entire distance of the race.

An incident involving Amy Bernard, Joe Smith, Billy Ruff and Steve Mills on the first lap brought out the first caution of the race. James Louy spun on lap four for another caution. Mills, Louy and Pete Dotson had an incident on lap eight that brought out the yellow flag once again, with all three drivers retiring to the pits. The final caution flag flew on lap 15 after Bruce Stuart spun and made contact with Joe Derbeck while battling for fourth.

Mike Jessen tried to put the pressure on Lindsey for most of the race with the cautions keeping the field somewhat close. Brian Fisher ran third most of the race but finally got by Jessen in the final handful of laps to take second.

Fisher was unable to do anything with Adrian, Michigan’s George Lindsey as he pulled away for the easy win. Jessen finished third behind Brian Fisher with Brad Mills and Joe Derbeck rounding out the rest of the top five.

Dylan Herman led flag to flag in the UMP Hornet Feature event. Tyler Line put on the early pressure as the two raced door to door for several laps until Herman finally won the battle. Line then had his hands full with Derek Morris as he tried to hang on to second. The two drivers made contact coming off turn two which turned Line’s car down toward the infield and collected Derek Morris to bring out the yellow flag.

Line was able to continue, but Morris remained in the infield as the rest of the pack went back to green flag racing.

Dylan Herman from Bowling Green, Ohio captured his fifth feature win of the inaugural season of the UMP Hornets with Nick Schalitz finishing second. Line worked back up to finish third ahead of Drew Smith. Morris was scored with a fifth place finish as only four cars remained on the track at the finish.


Zack Olger was the fastest of the fast in Saturday night’s Outlaw Late Model show at Oakshade Raceway that featured exciting racing action in each of the classes including the Racing for the Cure celebrity charity race.

Lambertville, Michigan’s Ron Miller had the lead at the start of the Outlaw Late Model feature, but Zack Olger quickly moved in from his sixth place starting position.

After a pair of cautions for Mark Pollack’s spins, Olger began to set sail and pull away from the rest of the field. Setting the fast time of the night at just under 13.5 seconds, Olger was to be the class of the field.

Rody Schroyer out of Ottawa Lake, Michigan managed to hang with Olger for a few laps while running second, but the St. Johns, Michigan driver opened up his lead over Schroyer while working through lapped traffic on his way to his first Oakshade Raceway feature win of the year.

Schroyer finished second with Ron Miller third after recovering from being involved in an earlier incident. Bryan Koebbe and Chris Keller were the rest of the top five finishers.

Several Toledo area media personalities took part in the rescheduled Racing for the Cure charity race which raised over $1,100 for the Northwest Ohio Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to help in the fight against breast cancer.

Defending champion Ryan Vetter of WTOL Channel 11 News had the most donations and got to start on the pole. He grabbed the early lead over NBC 24 weatherman Norm Van Ness.

Oakshade Raceway announcer Scott Hammer started at the tail and worked his way up to second, challenging for the lead, before spinning exiting turn four to bring out the only caution. Electrical problems kept Hammer from getting the car restarted forcing an early exit from the race.

Van Ness got his car figured out and started a charge to the front and went on to win. Oakshade’s Dan Rice took second and Vetter slid back to finish third. WIOT’s afternoon drive DJ Pyke finished fourth.

In UMP Sportsman feature action, Tim Fisher from Blissfield, Michigan started on the outside of the front row and proceeded to lead the entire distance.

Mike Jessen was the pole sitter and applied pressure to Fisher the entire race, but could not find a way to get around him with George Lindsey making it a tight three car battle for the lead.

Fisher hung on to pick up his eighth feature win of the season with Jessen and Lindsey maintaining second and third. Rusty Smith got by Brian Fisher to finish fourth.

One of the most exciting races of the night was the UMP Bomber A Main which was a prelude to next week’s $1,000 to win Bomber Spectacular. Things started off with Curt Lancaster taking the early lead.

Danny Hogrefe was running fourth when he dropped a drive shaft on lap five which ended his night.

Lancaster, Billy Brown and Brice Luttrell had a heated battle for the lead for much of the race. While under a late debris caution, Luttrell retired to the pits giving up the second position which moved Jim Scout into striking distance with just two laps remaining.

Scout got alongside Lancaster on the final lap and was able to snatch the win away. It was the Addison, Michigan driver’s second A Main win of the year.

Lancaster finished a close second followed by Brett Miller who started dead last in 23rd. Billy Brown fell back to finish fourth with Jeff Geis claiming fifth.

Adam Noonan earned his second consecutive UMP Hornet feature win after trailing Derek Morris for a majority of the race. Noonan finally got by Morris in the second half of the race after putting on the pressure much of the first half.

Dylan Herman from Bowling Green, Ohio finished second followed by Tyler Line, Dylan Burt and Curtis Spurgeon. Line and Burt got together racing for the third position as they crossed the finish line and Line spun into the concrete barrier on the inside of the track after the checkered flag.

Next was the UMP Bomber B Main. Last year’s UMP Sportsman track champion Josh Steinacker got by Kyle Light on lap three to take the lead. Steinacker opened up a large margin over second place until Adam Bailer spun with just two laps to go.

Garry Domoe got to close up behind Steinacker in second for the restart. Steinacker went on to cross the finish line first, but after post-race inspection, his car was deemed illegal. Steinacker was disqualified and Domoe got credit for his second feature win of the year.

Dustin Sautter started 18th and earned an impressive second place finish with Ron Leonard taking third in a borrowed car. Jamie Grochowski also had an impressive run finishing fourth after starting 22nd. Steve Morris was fifth.

The UMP Bomber C Main featured three different leaders with Brian McKenzie leading at the start. Fred Birch took command on lap four and three laps later, Chris Williams took over as the final leader of the race on his way to his first feature win of the year.

Fred Birch held on to finish second with Tony Tolles marching through the field from 21st to finish third. Ron Bloomfield and Chris Sands rounded out the rest of the top five.

Saturday, September 27 will be the final Saturday night racing program of the 2008 season which will feature the Ninth Annual Bomber Spectacular paying $1,000 to the winner. UMP Sportsmen and UMP Hornets will also be in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm. Then on Sunday afternoon, Oakshade Raceway will host the first of two scheduled 200-lap/Two Hour Enduro races. Gates open at 11am with the race starting at 2pm.

Events will continue throughout the month of October at Oakshade Raceway with another Enduro scheduled for the afternoon of October 11, a swap meet on October 18 and Haunted Hay Rides every weekend. See www.oakshaderaceway.com for more details.