Dippman Bomber Spectacular Winner…Again

Craig Dippman had to come from deep in the field to claim his second consecutive Bomber Spectacular victory over some very stout competition at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Dan Plath took the initial lead of the Bomber Spectacular feature event after starting on the outside of the front row over Gregg Detray. The first caution flag flew for Adam Noonan who slowed on the backstretch on the second lap. After the restart, Tim Line was pressuring Plath for the lead when he spun in turn two. Previous Bomber Spectacular winner Jim Scout got caught up in the incident and was done for the night. Back under green flag racing, Dan Plath had to fight off a three-wide battle with Chris Henry and Kyle Light. Henry fell off the pace and came to a stop on the track on lap five to bring out another caution period. With Plath still leading, Light suffered a flat tire and had to pit. Plath then had to contend with Craig Dippman, who started 15th, and Tony Tolles. Dippman and Tolles finally got by Plath to take over the top two positions on lap eight. Tolles pressured Dippman for the lead for a few laps but after a few more cautions, slipped back to third when Plath got back by. Dippman held on to win with an overheating car. Plath finished second just ahead of Tolles. Jeff Foks started 18th and climbed up to finish fourth with Dan Bleikamp taking fifth after starting dead last in the 21-car starting line-up.

Rich Ruff had some problems at the start of the UMP Sportsman feature. Ruff got into the rear of B.J. Gregory on the backstretch on the first lap and then ended up in the wall resulting in a complete restart. Joe Derbeck took the initial lead with Tim Fisher trailing behind in second. Bob Krumm lost a right rear wheel on lap three which brought out another caution flag.

Matt Lindsey worked his way up to second by lap six and began to challenge Derbeck for the lead late in the race. Derbeck held on and picked up his first feature win of the year with Lindsey having to settle for second. Tim Line was third followed by Tim Fisher and Bruce Stuart who started in 13th.

Sparky Marky” Gillingham became only the fourth different driver of the year pick up a Hornet feature victory in what was his very first feature win ever. Twelve-year-old Gillingham took that lead at the start and never looked back, leading the entire distance. Drew Smith and Taylor Dippman had a great battle for second most of the race which Smith was able to win. Dippman finished third followed by Logan Hough and Brandon Myers.

This weekend is the final weekend of racing for 2011 and Oakshade Raceway is ending it with a full weekend of exciting racing action. Saturday, October 1st will feature the Fifth Annual Celebrity Charity Race, Topless UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets. It will also be an autograph night with the pits open from 3pm to 5:45pm for fans to meet drivers and get autographs. Come dressed in your Halloween costumes because it is also going to be a Trick-or-Treat night with plenty candy for the kids. Gates open at 3pm with racing at 7pm. Then on Sunday, October 2nd, there will be a 250 lap or 2.5 hour Enduro Race paying the winner $2,000! Gates open at 12pm with the race starting at 2pm on Sunday. Grandstand tickets are just $3 for the Enduro. For more information, visit www.oakshaderaceway.com.

Keller Works For Sixth Consecutive Sportsman Victory

After rain outs the past couple weeks, Oakshade Raceway was finally host to a full weekend of racing. Three champions were crowned on Butch Hobling Season Championship Night on Saturday and 31 cars took to the track on Sunday afternoon for an exciting 200-Lap Enduro race.

On Saturday, Matt Lindsey appeared to have the car to beat winning his heat convincingly and then opening up a substantial lead in the UMP Sportsman feature over Brice Luttrell. Chris Keller had won the previous five Sportsman features, but had some bad luck earlier in the night and had to race his way into the feature through the last chance race. Although Keller started deep in the field, he worked his way up to third by lap eight. A caution for Rich Ruff’s slowing car on lap 14 tightened up the field and set up a double-file restart with Chris Keller, who was now second, starting beside race leader Matt Lindsey. Lindsey had a great restart and pulled away from Keller who seemed a bit sluggish getting up to speed. Another caution a couple laps later for debris once again slowed the field and Lindsey surrendered the lead to Keller after mechanical problems forced him to retire to the infield. Keller was able to fend off Tim Line to pick up an incredible sixth consecutive feature win. Line’s second place finish was more than enough to secure his first track championship in the Sportsman division. Bob Gregory finished third followed by Tim Fisher and Rusty Smith.

Todd Silvey started on the pole of the Butch Hobling Season Championship Bomber A Main and led early until Chris Henry took command on lap five. Jim Scout had just gotten by Silvey for second when Terry Rushlow made contact with Silvey, turning Silvey around as they exited turn two which brought out the yellow flag. Scout, who had a comfortable point lead before the race started, pulled up alongside Henry for the double-file restart. The two drivers battled hard for the lead and traded the top spot a couple times until Scout took the position for good after Henry spun while trying to stay with the leader. Scout went on to win his fifth A Main of the year and earned an impressive third straight Bomber Track Champion title. Rushlow finished second with Garry Domoe and Jeff Foks finishing third and fourth respectively. Tony Tolles recovered after an early spin to finish fifth.

The Hornet class had the tightest point battle going into their final event with Derek Morris leading the defending champion Drew Smith by 21 points. Smith did everything he could to try to make up the point differential, leading the entire distance of the feature, but ended up just 17 points short of defending his title. Morris was battling hard with Brandon Myers for second early in the race, but then settled in behind Myers knowing that a third place finish would be enough to win the championship. Myers ended up second with Morris becoming the only two-time champion in the Hornets four year history with his third-place finish. Dylan Gensler was fourth and Breanna Franks finished fifth in the race.

Curt Lancaster was the early leader in the UMP Bomber B Main with Kyle Light putting the pressure on. The two drivers battled most of the race. After a late caution with only two laps remaining, Light jumped to the outside of Lancaster and got the lead. Light took the checkered flag with Lancaster close behind in second. Josh Sisty was third and Craig Dippman fought his was up to a fourth place finish after starting 19th. Greg Whitehead ended up fifth.

The racing action continued with the final event of Saturday evening, the UMP Bomber C Main. Craig Strow led the first lap, but Josh McNicol took over the lead on lap two and didn’t look back. McNicol went on to pick up the victory followed by Tim Murphy, Bill Reeves, Wayne Frymire and Rob Kime at the finish.

On Sunday afternoon, Kelsey Stamm led the 200-Lap Enduro competitors onto the track at the start of the event. Chad Zuver quickly took over the lead and Lamar Eby was at the point by lap 25. Rob Liaeff worked his way into the lead by lap 50, but a lengthy stay in the pits would take him out of contention. Shawn Stamm took the lead by lap 75 and held it for at least 50 laps. Matt Koerner was running second at the halfway point of the race, but a fire underneath his car brought out the only red flag of the race and ended his day. Mark Henderson finally got the lead by lap 150, just ahead of Shawn Stamm. Both drivers remained on the same lap the final quarter of the race and battled all the way to the checkered flag. Henderson held on to take the victory with Stamm ending up second. Brad Gilbert climbed his way up through the race from as low as 18th on lap 25 to finish third. Lamar Eby slipped back to finish fourth with Colin Walker winding up fifth.

There are still some great racing events left for 2011 at Oakshade Raceway with only two weekends of racing left. Saturday, September 24 is the 12th Annual Bomber Spectacular along with UMP Sportsmen and Hornets in action. Then on Saturday, October 1st, it is the Fifth Annual Celebrity Charity Race plus topless UMP Late Models, UMP Sportmen, UMP Bombers and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm for those Saturday night events. Finally, the Sunday, October 2nd 200-Lap or 2 Hour Enduro will be now be paying $2,000 to win with race time at 2pm. Check out www.oakshaderaceway.com for more information.