Noonan Victorious For Second Time This Season

Rusty Schlenk had already unofficially sewn up his third Oakshade Raceway Late Model track championship, but the competition remained fast and furious on the final night of track point competition at Oakshade Raceway with Casey Noonan finding his second feature win of the season.

The defending track champion, Casey Noonan, got the lead at the start of the Season Championship Night feature after starting on the outside of the front row. Shortly after a restart for a caution on lap seven, Devin Shiels tried to get underneath Noonan to challenge for the lead as the duo dove into turn three. Shiels ran out of race track and spun as Noonan held his line not leaving much room to the inside.

Jeff Babcock and Chris Keller had a great battle for second for much of the race. The two drivers kept trading positions until Brian Ruhlman caught them and moved by both drivers for second. No one was able to catch Noonan who said he finally got things figured out with his car and it showed. Ruhlman secured second in the final point standings with his second place finish. Babcock got by Keller to finish third with Josh Scott ending up fifth.

The UMP Sportsman feature once again produced some exciting racing for the lead as it has for most of the season. Mike Jessen took command early, but Bruce Stuart quickly closed in and took the lead away on lap five. Jessen regrouped and eventually got back to the inside of Stuart to battle again for the lead. After a couple laps of side by side racing, Jessen reassumed the lead with four laps to go and went on to pick up his third feature win of the year which also added to his point lead in the Sportsman division with two weeks of point competition left. Rusty Smith finished second after getting by Stuart who slipped back to third. Tim Line started 10th and finished fourth with Rich Ruff ending up fifth after starting even deeper in the field in 15th.

Terry Rushlow took the lead from Danny Hogrefe on the third lap of an exciting UMP Bomber A Main feature event. Hogrefe didn’t give up and fought back to regain the lead just as a caution flag came out that put Rushlow back in the lead for the restart. Shortly after the restart, Jeff Foks from Holland, Ohio got alongside Rushlow and made the pass on lap six. The two drivers traded the lead a few times, but Foks finally got control for good and put some distance on Rushlow on his way to his second A Main win of the year. Rushlow then had his hands full fending off Jim Scout to finish third. Following Scout was Billy Brown in fourth and Craig Dippman fifth.

Derek Morris increased his Hornet feature win streak to five with his seventh win of the year. The win also put him into the point lead by just two points over Drew Smith. Drew Smith once again posted a second place finish in the feature race with Ben Finch III coming home third after an incident earlier in the race with Breanna Franks. William Cundick and Troy Schalitz rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Garry Domoe made a four-wide move to get the lead at the start of the UMP Bomber B Main and after a series of caution periods during the race, went on to an easy win over Josh Montague, Gregg Detray, Karl Spoores and Dean Taylor who recovered from a spin earlier in the race.

A huge mess in the first set of corners of the UMP Bomber C Main resulted in a complete restart. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski took the lead on that restart over pole sitter Matt Rose. Ron Bloomfield and Perry Cox moved around Gumby for the top two positions on lap three. Tim McNicol cut down a left rear tire after he moved up to third and retired to the pits. Bloomfield went on to pick up the easy victory over Perry Cox, Nathan Goodman, Dave “Gumby,” and Josh Curtis who started 16th.

Labor Day weekend marks the final American Late Model Series event of the season at Oakshade Raceway paying $2,000 to win this Saturday night. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets will complete the evening’s racing program with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7pm.

Ruhlman Makes It Two In A Row

The American Late Model Series rolled into Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night attracting over 40 UMP Late Model competitors. Topping the competition for the second week in a row was Brian Ruhlman from Clark Lake, Michigan with an exciting feature win.

Ruhlman started on the outside of the front row and disposed of pole-sitter Ryan Missler on the first lap to gain the lead. Rusty Schlenk began to reel in Ruhlman after starting fifth and took the lead as Ruhlman get held up by slower traffic halfway through the 30 lap race. The first caution flag came out on lap 19 that tightened the field for the double-file restart in which Schlenk elected to start on the inside. Two laps later, Ruhlman, running on soft tires, regained the lead and began to put some distance on Schlenk. As the finish grew near and with Jeep Van Wormer hot on his tail, Schlenk began to close in again on Ruhlman. A spin by Ryan Missler with just two laps to go set up an exciting finish with Ruhlman leading Schlenk and Van Wormer. Ruhlman held on to win the $2,000 American Late Model Series feature and increased his point lead slightly over Schlenk in that series. Schlenk’s second place finish moves him one step closer to securing his third Oakshade Raceway track championship. Van Wormer started seventh and could not get by Schlenk at the end to finish third. Jon Henry started 11th and capped off a decent run to finish fourth with Curtis Roberts ending up fifth which will keep him in third in the American Late Model Series point standings.

Joe Derbeck took the early lead in a caution-plagued UMP Sportsman feature event with Brett Miller pressuring early. Rich Ruff got into Brice Luttrell and turned him around in turn four on the fourth lap to bring out the second caution of the race. Ruff went to the pits under the yellow and came back out before the race resumed to join Luttrell at the tail of the field. Both drivers were running in the top five at the time of the incident.

After a few more caution periods, Bruce Stuart from Adrian, Michigan moved by the inside of Derbeck to take the lead with two laps remaining on his way to his first feature win of the year. Derbeck finished second followed by Brett Miller, B.J. Gregory and point leader Mike Jessen who started deep in the pack after making it into the feature by winning the UMP Sportsman consolation race.

Dan Dippman had a great start in the UMP Bomber A Main and lead the field into turn one, but Curt Lancaster took command by the end of the first lap and then began to pull away. Jeff Foks spun on lap four to bring out the yellow flag which eliminated Lancaster’s advantage. Chris Henry snatched the lead away on lap five and never looked back as he went on to capture his first feature win of the year over Lancaster and UMP Bomber point leader Jim Scout. Jeff Foks recovered after his earlier spin to post a fourth place finish with Terry Rushlow fifth.

Billy Brown earned the Extreme Chassis Hard Charger award for gaining the most positions in the race. He started 19th and picked up 13 positions to end up sixth.

Fifteen-year-old Derek Morris earned his third consecutive Hornet feature win and the fifth of the year. Morris got by Josh Froelich at the start for the lead and set sail. Froelich’s night was cut short after his car lost power and slowly rolled to a stop at the end of the backstretch on lap six. Drew Smith maintains a slim six point advantage in the Hornet point standings over Morris with another second place finish. Logan Hough celebrated his fifteenth birthday with a third place finish followed by Regan Ford and Drew Greene.

Danny Hogrefe rocketed to the lead on the first lap of the UMP Bomber B Main and caught a couple of lucky breaks during the race to maintain the top spot all the way to the finish. While working lap two, Hogrefe slipped up a bit coming off turn two. Jim Plotts took advantage and appeared to take the lead, but Josh Curtis backed into the wall coming off turn two which resulted in a caution flag and put Hogrefe back at the point for the restart. A few laps later, Dan Plath was fighting Hogrefe for the lead and got to his inside, but another caution for Terry Rump’s spin put an end to that battle. Next in line to try to take the lead from Hogrefe was Jeff Geis who worked his way up to second with two laps remaining. Hogrefe held him off on the way to pick up the checkered flag. Geis settled for second followed by Dan Plath, Jim Plotts and Ron Bloomfield Jr. who started 15th.

The UMP Bomber C Main capped off another great night of racing with a high attrition rate amongst leaders. It started off with pole-sitter Skyler Plotts getting turned sideways and collecting Donovan Paskan in turn four on the first lap. Kevin Cole then took the early lead in the race with Dean Taylor pressuring. The two drivers got together coming off turn two as they raced side by side. Taylor took the lead on lap three but would not finish the race. Taylor retired to the pits under a lap seven caution period turning the lead back over to Cole. Chris Sands then took a shot at Cole for the lead and again there was contact. Sands fell off the pace and shortly thereafter, Keven Cole slowed with two laps to go and headed to the pits. That turned the lead over to Steve Reeves who survived to pick up the feature win after starting 18th. Ron Todd started even deeper in the field and ended up second followed by Shaun Sharp, Nathan Goodman and Kenny Fiig.

The UMP Late Model Push Trucks Dual Features are back on Saturday, August 14, featuring two complete Late Model feature events in addition to a full program of UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.