Eddie Carrier Jr. Wins Barney Oldfield Race

Oakshade Raceway hosted the 22nd Annual Barney Oldfield Race on Saturday night that drew competitors from all across the region to compete for the $4,700 paycheck. It was the first time Salt Rock, West Virginia’s Eddie Carrier Jr. had visited the 3/8 mile dirt oval and he came away with a last lap pass Barney Oldfield win, a lot of new fans and a great appreciation of Oakshade Raceway.

It was Casey Noonan who looked strong at the start of the 40-lap Barney Oldfield UMP Late Model feature. He darted out to a large lead over Mike Bores after starting on the outside of the front row. The only caution flag flew on lap eight after Bores and Brad Eitniear tangled on the backstretch.

That tightened up the field for a double-file restart in which Andrew Reaume from Blenheim, Ontario Canada took advantage of. Reaume proceeded to open a significant lead over the rest of the field and looked strong for most of the race. Once Reaume caught the traffic at the tail end of the lead lap, he seemed to struggle just a bit. His lead began to dwindle as Casey Noonan began to close late in the race.

Eddie Carrier Jr. smoothly worked his way toward the front, getting by Noonan for second with just a few laps left. Reaume took the white flag as the leader, but Carrier made an exciting last lap pass on the backstretch to steal the victory away. Reaume’s fantastic run ended with a second place finish. Noonan settled for third. Curtis Roberts was fourth and Steve Casebolt was fifth. Matt Miller started 18th after transferring in through one of the consolation races and ended up sixth.

Bruce Stuart took the early lead in the UMP Sportsman feature event. Tim Line and Rusty Smith made it a three-wide battle with Stuart for the lead. Smith would win that battle and took command by lap three. Line took second and pressured Smith much of the race before getting held up by a lapped car. That allowed Smith to open up a slight advantage that Line could not overcome in the caution-free race. It was Rusty Smith’s first feature win of the year. Tim Line, Bruce Stuart, Joe Derbeck and Matt Lindsey were the rest of the top five finishers.

Jeff Geis got a good start in the UMP Bomber A Main and had fend off defending Oakshade Bomber Champion Jim Scout for most of the race. Scout finally made the pass for the lead with three laps to go, but Geis re-assumed the top spot on the next lap just as the caution flew for and incident involving Danny Hogrefe and Steve Morris. Geis held on the final two laps to pick up his first Bomber A Main win of the year. Jeff Foks got by Scout to finish second. Scout slipped back to third, but regained the Bomber point lead after Terry Rushlow had an engine let go earlier in the evening. Curt Lancaster and Adam Noonan finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Sparky Marky Gillingham started on the pole of the Hornet feature event and led most of the first lap, but Drew Smith took the lead away just before they completed one lap. Brandon Myers and Derek Morris briefly closed in on Smith before Smith pulled away and went on to pick up his fourth feature win of the year. Morris got by Myers to finish second. Finishing fourth behind Myers was Gillingham with William Cundick taking fifth in a borrowed ride.

The final event of the night was the UMP Bomber B Main and it produced another exciting finish between Ron Tolles and Chris Howard. The race started off poorly after Craig Strow got turned around in the very first corner and created a big mess that involved Terry Rump, Brad Brehm, Jon Miller and Joe Heffner. Chris Howard took over the race lead from Scott Robertson on lap two and led much of the caution-filled race. Ron Tolles closed in on Howard and won the drag race off turn four as they were coming to the checkered flag to win his first feature of the year. Robertson held on to finish third with Perry Cox, who started very deep in the field, winding up fourth. Josh Sisty finished fifth.

Saturday, July 2 is Memorial Night at Oakshade Raceway featuring a full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Last Lap Pass Earns Schlenk Leupp Outdoor Equipment Night Win

For the second week in a row, some last lap heroics helped Rusty Schlenk notch another UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade Raceway on Leupp Outdoor Equipment Night.

Jon Henry started on the pole of the Leupp Outdoor Equipment American Late Model Series (ALMS) feature event and after disposing of Dusty Moore went on to open a commanding lead over the rest of the field. Schlenk got by Matt Miller and Dusty Moore to move up to second and then began to chip away at the half-lap lead Henry had built. A late race caution tightened up the field for a restart with just two laps remaining. Schlenk capitalized on the opportunity by jumping to the outside of the ALMS point leader for the race lead on the final lap. For the second time in as many weeks, Schlenk led only one lap, but it was the lap that counted. Schlenk picked up his third Oakshade feature win of the year and a $2,000 ALMS pay day. Henry, in a special coloring contest paint scheme, settled for a second place finish. Jeep Van Wormer got by Dusty Moore late in the race to finish third and Matt Miller wound up fifth.

It was family battle early in the Leupp Outdoor Equipment UMP Sportsman feature between Bob Gregory and B.J. Gregory as the two drivers battled side by side for the lead in the first part of the race. George Lindsey was quietly working his way up toward the front and took second by lap 12 and then got to the inside of B.J. Gregory for the race lead one lap later. A late caution with three laps to go for Jerry Urbanowski’s spin bunched up the field for the restart and allowed B.J. Gregory one last shot at the lead, but Lindsey’s car was just too strong and he picked up his second feature win of the year. B.J. Gregory held on to finish second with defending track champion Mike Jessen taking third. Bob Gregory slipped back to fourth and Bruce Stuart came home fifth.

The Leupp Outdoor Equipment UMP Bomber A Main featured another great battle for the lead for much of the race. An early caution for a Chris Henry spin reset the field for a double-file restart with Jeff Geis leading. Jim Scout got by Jeff Foks for second and then moved to the outside of Geis to challenge for the lead. Scout led lap three, but Geis reclaimed the top spot two laps later as the two drivers continued racing side by side and exchanging the lead. Geis was stronger running the inside so Scout tried to move down to the bottom after regaining the lead so that Geis would have to try to pass on the high side. That move worked and earned Scout his third UMP Bomber A Main win of the year and moved him back to within six points of Bomber point leader Terry Rushlow. Jeff Foks edged out Geis at the finish to take second. Joe Overmyer ended up fourth followed by Adam Noonan in fifth.

Drew Smith dominated the Leupp Outdoor Equipment Hornet feature event to pick up his third feature win of the year. Brandon Myers appeared to have a fast car but drove a bit too deep into turn one and over-corrected into the side of Regan Ford to bring out a caution on lap two which ended Myers’ night. Ford continued on without stopping. Sharlene Reeves brought out another caution flag for a spin on lap three. From then on it was smooth sailing for Drew Smith who went on to the easy victory over Taylor Dippman, William Cundick, Breanna Franks and Cody Stetten.

Scott Robertson grabbed the early lead in the UMP Bomber B Main but fell off the pace coming off turn four just as he was about to complete the first lap. That turned the lead over to Ron Tolles. Danny Hogrefe closed in and pressured Tolles for the lead by lap four. Hogrefe took the lead on the inside of Tolles just as Tom Hough was spinning right in front of the leaders. Another late caution with Hogrefe leading allowed Tolles one last attempt to take the lead. Tolles got to the inside of Hogrefe and the two drivers were side by side as the white flag waved. Hogrefe was able to hold off Tolles for the win. Donovan Paskan finished third with John Gamber fourth. Chris Howard started 17th and worked his way up to a fifth place finish.

Oakshade Raceway will host the 22nd Annual Barney Oldfield Race for UMP Late Models paying $4,700 to the winner on Saturday, June 25. UMP Sportsman, UMP Bombers and Hornets will also be in action with gates opening at 4pm and racing starting at 7pm.

Last Lap Heroics Gives Schlenk Wallace Racing Night Win

Rusty Schlenk made a last lap pass to win his second UMP Late Model feature at Oakshade Raceway on Wallace Racing night on Saturday and Chris Williams won the 200-lap enduro race on Sunday afternoon.

Josh Scott Started on the outside of the front row of the UMP Late Model feature and grabbed the lead at the start over Brian Ruhlman and Devin Shiels. Scott ran very strong and despite some contact with Linc Stevens as Stevens fought to stay on the lead lap, Scott appeared to have the car to beat. Rusty Schlenk was the spoiler and closed in on the final lap to make the pass off the final corner to steal the victory away by a nose. It was the second feature win of the year at Oakshade Raceway for Schlenk. Scotts strong run ended with a second place finish. Ruhlman finished third followed by Devin Shiels and Dusty Moore.

Mike Jessen picked up his third UMP Sportsman feature win after leading flag to flag. A late caution for Tim Fisher when he lost a drive shaft tightened up the field, but Jessen had the field covered. Bruce Stuart got by Rusty Smith late in the race to finish second. Smith was third with Tim Line fourth and B.J. Gregory fifth.

After a delay due to a power company failure that caused the track lights to go out, the power was restored and the UMP Bomber A Main rolled onto the track. Tim Line took the lead at the start after pole sitter Craig Dippman got out of shape in the first set of corners on the first lap. Dave Gumby and Jesse Moyer wrecked on the backstretch on lap four to bring out the yellow. Dippman snatched the lead from Line on the restart and didn’t look back as he went on to pick up his second feature win of the year. Line held on to finish second followed by Terry Rushlow and Chris Keller. Jeff Geis started 19th and climbed all they way up to finish fifth.

In what is becoming a much more competitive class, the Hornet feature began with a couple of familiar contenders battling side by side early for the lead; Drew Smith and Derek Morris. Smith won the battle and eventually the race which was his second of the year. Taylor Dippman tried to close in on the leaders but settled for a third place finish just behind Morris. Brandon Myers and Cody Stetten rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Marty Bloomer started on the pole of the UMP Bomber B Main and led the first eight laps of the race. Josh Kehle spun on the backstretch which brought out the yellow flag on lap eight. Danny Hogrefe took the lead away from Bloomer on the ensuing restart. Hogrefe fended off a late charge from Donovan Paskan to pick up the victory. Paskan finished second with Tim McNicol third. Josh Montague ended up fourth and Karl Spoores picked off nine positions to finish fifth.

Pole sitter Devin Goodman spun on the first lap of the UMP Bomber C Main and collected Tony Tolles and Chris Henry. Both Henry and Tolles pitted, but only Tolles came back on the track just as the field was taking the green flag. Chris Howard opened up a big early lead, but Tony Tolles began to chip away at it.. Howard was able to hang on to pick up the victory with Tolles in his battered car coming across the finish line second. Justin Gamber was third followed by Satch Crispen and Josh Sisty.

On Sunday afternoon, Oakshade hosted its second 200-lap/2 hour enduro race. Rob Liaeff led most of the first half of the race, but then pitted shortly after the halfway point in the race. The second half of the race was highlighted by a great battle between Chris Williams and Brian Plotts who was the winner of the last enduro race last May. Williams and Plotts swapped the lead a couple times, but Williams was the first to complete the 200 laps with Plotts finishing about a half lap behind. Brad Gilbert was third. Liaeff slipped back to a fourth place finsh with Jack Osborn in fifth.

Saturday, June 18 is Leupp Outdoor Equipment Night featuring an American Late Model Series event paying $2,000 to the feature winner. UMP Sportsman, UMP Bombers and Hornets will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.