Schlenk Earns 100th Career Feature Win

Working toward an unprecedented fifth UMP Late Model track championship at Oakshade Raceway, Rusty Schlenk fought hard to earn his 100th career feature win on Saturday night.

The first features of the night came under daylight with a couple of UMP Bomber features rescheduled from August 4th due to the rain-shortened program. Jeff Foks, Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. and Curt Lancaster went three abreast for the lead on the first lap of the UMP Bomber A Main with Foks gaining the lead by lap two. Numerous yellow flags kept the drivers from getting into any kind of rhythm and kept things tight. Lancaster mounted another challenge for the lead about halfway through the race, but Foks stayed in front. A late charge from Jeff Geis made for an exciting finish. Geis got to the inside of Foks in the final corner but ended up just short in a side by side finish. It was the 10th feature win of the year for Foks. Geis started 11th and had to settle for a second place finish followed by Terry Rushlow, Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. and Amy Bernard.

Next up was the rescheduled UMP Bomber B Main. Joe Heffner and Russel Nickloy had a heated battle early on for the race lead. Gregg Detray started 11th and climbed to the lead by lap four. A few laps later, Heffner and Nickloy tangled which brought out the yellow flag. That put Teri-Lynn Murphy up to second for the restart after starting last in the field. She was able to pressure Detray, but could not make the pass. Detray took the checkered flag with Murphy ending up second. Curt Dickie posted a third place finish with Mike Plotts and Duane Fletcher the rest of the top five.

Later in the night, the UMP Late Model feature took to the track. Dusty Moore ran strong at the drop of the green flag and took the initial lead. A caution flag flew on lap two for an incident involving Curtis Deisenroth, Duane Chamberlain and Casey Noonan, who is involved in the points battle with Rusty Schlenk. Noonan was able to continue, but Deisenroth and Chamberlain were both done for the night. Moore opened up his lead once again after the restart. Brian Ruhlman and Rusty Schlenk battled for second with Ruhlman winning that battle by lap 14. Ruhlman then closed up the distance on Moore and took command of the race with five laps remaining. Schlenk and Moore remained tight behind Ruhlman while working through lapped traffic. Schlenk made a move to take the lead with just two laps left on his way to his fourth feature win of the year which was career win 100 after picking up his very first feature win at Oakshade just over 10 years ago. The win also increased his point lead over Noonan who had closed within 34 points last week. The point lead is now 78 for Schlenk going into next week’s Season Championship/American Late Model Series double features.

Ruhlman stayed ahead of Moore to finish second. Devin Shiels finished fourth with Chris Keller coming home fifth. After a feature win each of the last two weeks, Casey Noonan finished a disappointing 12th.

The tightest point race at Oakshade Raceway going into the final stretch of the season is in the UMP Sportsman class. Bob Gregory held a slim three point advantage over Mike Jessen when the night began. At the start of the feature event, Tim Line took the lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Line would lead the entire distance, but it wasn’t an easy win for Line. Mike Jessen challenged Line for the lead and appeared to finally have the lead on lap 10, but a caution for Kyle Turley’s spin would revert the field back to the lap nine line up with Line back in the lead. Jessen began to fade back the second half of the race as Bruce Stuart and Bob Gregory moved into second and third. Stuart was able to get to the inside of Line on the final lap to set up another exciting finish, but Line held on to win his fourth feature of the year. Finishing fourth behind Stuart and Gregory was John Gamber. Pole-sitter Tim Fisher slipped back to finish fifth. With his third place finish, Gregory opened up his point advantage to 13 over Jessen who finished sixth with four more point racing nights left for the UMP Sportsman division.

Things got ugly in the second UMP Bomber A Main of the night with caution after caution chewing up the 15 minute time limit on the race. Jeff Geis took the lead early. The first caution came out just after the completion of the first lap for an incident involving Russel Nickloy and Chris Howard. Another caution came out for a wreck involving Richard Riffe, Joe Heffner, Russel Nickloy, Chris Sands and Chris Howard before another lap could be completed. Adam Noonan, Jeff Foks and Geis raced three-wide for the lead after the restart, but another yellow flag for Scott Robertson’s spin slowed things down. Geis maintained the lead position through a few more cautions. After at least eight caution periods in the first seven laps, the time limit had all but expired. Geis was able to hold off Foks to pick up his second feature win of the last three weeks. Tim Line, fresh off his UMP Sportsman win, was able to finish third in his UMP Bomber behind Jeff Foks. Amy Bernard and Terry Rushlow were the rest of the top five finishers.

The youngsters in the Hornet division put on one of the most exciting features of the night. Taylor Dippman took the lead at the completion of the first lap after some contact with Maverick Wright. That wasn’t the end of the contact between those two drivers. Wright battled back to the inside. While those two battled each other, William Cundick drove by both drivers to take the lead. A caution for a hard crash by Cara Robinette brought out the caution a lap later. Cundick, Dippman and Wright raced three-wide for the lead immediately after the restart. Dippman came out on top and won her first feature of the year over Cundick and Wright. Brandon Myers was fourth with Drew Smith fifth.

Sparky Marky” Gillingham led the early laps of the UMP Sport Compact feature. Derek Morris and Trent Delong both got alongside Gillingham for some more three-wide racing for the lead. Delong came out on top of the battle and pulled away with the lead on his way to feature win number eight. Morris overtook Gillingham for a second place finish. Gillingham settled for third followed by Austin Casteneda and Stephanie Miller.

The final race of the night was the UMP Bomber B Main. Kyle Light darted quickly to the lead after the start. Derek Zuver got turned sideways at the end of the front stretch just after completing the first lap to bring out the first of many caution flags. Light survived the caution-riddled B Main to earn the feature win over Gary Cole Jr., Terry Rump, Mike Plotts and Steve Morris.

Oakshade Raceway will host its final American Late Model Series (ALMS) program of the season this Labor Day weekend on Saturday, September 1 with two full $2,000 to win ALMS 30-lap features. The extra feature is the rescheduled event from the rain-shortened August 4th date. It will also be UMP Late Model Season Championship night. Casey Noonan will have his work cut out for him if he is to keep Rusty Schlenk from winning this fifth Oakshade Raceway track championship. Also in action will be UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Miller & Noonan Each Win One Of Dual Push Truck Challenge Features

Race fans were treated to 50 laps worth of UMP Late Model feature race action in the Dual Push Truck Challenge at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night with two full 25-lap feature events. Matt Miller and Casey Noonan each took a checkered flag.

Curtis Roberts from Coleman, Michigan, set the pace early in the first UMP Late Model Dual Push Truck Challenge feature event. Matt Miller worked his way to second by lap three after starting sixth. Miller finally took the lead on lap nine and pulled away from the rest of the field. With no yellow flags to tighten up the field, Miller went on to win his fourth feature of the year. Devin Shiels started on the pole and finished second followed by Jeff Babcock, Zack Olger and Casey Noonan.

The start of the second UMP Late Model Dual Push Truck Challenge feature had the top ten finishers from the first race inverted and two additional cars were added for a total of 23 cars. Dusty Moore benefited most from the invert and started on the pole. He led the first lap, but Dona Marcoullier took over on lap two. Marcoullier opened up a sizable lead, but Noonan who started sixth began to close in on Marcoullier. Noonan got by Marcoullier on lap 12 for the lead and proceeded to pull away. Noonan significantly tightened up the Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model point race with his second feature win of the year. Noonan now sits 34 points behind Rusty Schlenk with only two more weekends of point racing left this season. Marcoullier held off Matt Miller to finish second. Miller started 10th and fought hard to end up third. Dusty Moore was fourth and point leader Rusty Schlenk finished fifth.

One of the most exciting races of the night was once again the UMP Sportsman feature with side by side racing for the lead most of the race. Mike Jessen and Bruce Stuart couldn’t get away from each other the first 12 laps of the race. Both drivers swapped the lead numerous times with Stuart running the outside and Jessen on the inside, lap after lap. Finally Jessen got the advantage over Stuart, but Bob Gregory took command on a few laps later. Stuart’s top three run a turn for the worse when he spun and brought out the first caution of the race with just two laps remaining. Gregory held on to win his fifth feature of the year to give him a slim three point advantage in the point standings over Jessen who finished second. Third was Jamie Grochowski with Tim Line fourth and Joe Derbeck fifth.

Great racing action continued into the UMP Bomber A Main in which Gregg Detray led early with Curt Lancaster and Terry Rushlow challenging. Rushlow took advantage of a restart after a caution to grab the lead away from Detray by lap three. Jeff Foks started knocking at the door for the lead behind Rushlow and also took the lead on a restart on lap eight. Rushlow battled back with Adam Noonan thrown into the mix to race three-wide for the lead in the late stages of the race. Foks proved too strong for the competition and won for the ninth time this season. Noonan got around Rushlow to finish second. Lancaster slipped back to finish fourth and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. wound up fifth.

William Cundick from Toledo, Ohio, has come on strong the past few weeks in Oakshade’s Hornet class. Cundick fended off Brandon Myers who was glued to his rear bumper for much of the race to win his third feature in as many weeks. Myers settled for third followed by Taylor Dippman, Drew Smith and Maverick Wright.

Trent Delong continued his domination in the new UMP Sport Compacts with another feature victory. Delong started last and took the lead from Steve Morris by the completion of lap one after some slight contact. Derek Morris moved into second and started challenging Delong for the lead until about halfway through the race. Then Delong stretched his advantage en route to feature win number seven for the Monclova, Ohio, driver. Derek Morris finished second with Regan Ford, Stephanie Miller and Cory Gumm the rest of the top five finishers.

Last week’s M&K Metals Bomber Bash winner Jeff Geis led from flag to flag in the UMP Bomber B Main. Geis started on the outside of the front row and got the lead at the start over Ted Hill. A few cautions kept the field somewhat tight, but Geis was able to open his advantage under green and picked up the easy victory. Chris Sands got by Kyle Light to finish second. Hill ended up fourth and Randy Murday worked his way up to finish fifth after starting 15th.

Chris Howard was the class of the UMP Bomber C Main field. He took the lead at the start and despite a few slips in the corners, went on to lead the entire distance for the feature win. Pole sitter Dylan Hough maintained a second place finish followed by Jack Garland, Ron Williams and Mike Elliott.

Tight point battles atop the UMP Late Model and UMP Sportsman divisions will highlight the racing action on Saturday, August 25. All five classes will be in action with double features for the UMP Bombers to make up the postponed races from August 4. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.


Jeff Geis Dominates M&K Metals Bomber Bash

Oakshade Raceway hosted a jam-packed weekend of racing highlighted by Jeff Geis leading the entire distance of the Second Annual M&K Metals Bomber Bash on Saturday night, and then John Brooks earning his second 200-lap enduro win of the year on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday evenings racing started off with some make-up races from last weekend’s rain-shortened event. The first feature of the night was the UMP Sportsman. Joe Derbeck started on the outside of the front row and led all 20 laps. Jamie Grochowski, Bruce Stuart, Bob Gregory and Tim Line had a heated battle for second early in the race with Stuart eventually taking the position. A long green flag run allowed Derbeck to begin lapping cars running near the tail of the field. Stuart began to close in as both drivers raced hard through the slower traffic, but Derbeck held on to pick up his first feature win of the season. Bruce Stuart settled for second followed by Matt Lindsey, Tim Line and Bob Gregory.

Next up, seventeen-year-old William Cundick held off Drew Smith while maneuvering around a slower car in the final corner to earn his second consecutive Hornet feature event win in a make-up feature from last week. Finishing third behind Smith was Maverick Wright. Josh Froelich finished fourth and Cody Laney was fifth.

The UMP Sport Compact was the final make-up feature event. Trent Delong wasted no time in grabbing the lead and then dominating to pick up his fifth feature win of the year. Derek Morris was running second most of the race and began to fade as his car began smoking. Regan Ford caught Morris and was just about to complete the pass for second when Morris got into her causing Ford to spin. That allowed Jeff Girdham to finish second. Ford got going and finished third with Stephanie Miller fourth. Morris received the black flag and was credited with a fifth place finish.

Later in the night after all the heat races, consolation events and intermission, it was time for the M&K Metals $500 to win Bomber Bash. Jeff Geis started on the pole of the 20-lap feature and immediately took the lead. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. spun in turn one to bring out the first caution flag of the race. Craig Dippman and Tim Line were running second and third just behind the race leader when the two made contact with each other on lap seven and both suffered flat tires forcing them to the pits under green.

One lap later Randy Murday got together with Amy Bernard sending her car spinning to bring out another caution. Both drivers were racing in the top five. Bernard was charged with the caution and sent to the tail, as was Murday for rough driving. Murday retired to the pits instead.

Jeff Foks, with eight UMP Bomber A Main feature wins this season, began to pressure Geis for the lead shortly after the halfway point of the race. Foks was glued to his rear bumper and looked high and low to try to find a way to get by Geis, but couldn’t make the pass. It was the first feature win of the year for Geis. Foks settled for second followed by Adam Noonan and Justin Gamber who started 17th. Also having a nice run was Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. who ended up fifth after restarting last after his early caution.

A good field of UMP Late Model drivers fought to make the 20-car feature starting lineup. Steve Kester started on the pole and led the first lap. Devin Shiels took a turn at leading starting on lap two. He held on to the top spot until just after halfway when Casey Noonan charged to the front. Shiels began to slip back which allowed Dona Marcoullier and eventually Rusty Schlenk to get by. Marcoullier, hungry for his fourth feature win of the year, began to pressure Noonan for the lead. He made one last attempt for the lead, diving the inside of Noonan in turn one on the final lap. Noonan held tough and earned his first feature win of the year with Marcoullier finishing second. Oakshade Late Model point leader Rusty Schlenk finished third followed by Shiels and Zack Olger.

The UMP Sportsmen hit the track for their second feature of the night. Mike Jessen got by Joe Smith on lap three and then pulled away with the lead. Matt Lindsey began to close in Jessen the second half of the race and eventually caught him, but Jessen was too strong and held on to win his first feature of the year. Following Lindsey in second was Richard Patton who posted a strong third place finish after starting 11th. Bob Gregory and Tim Line were the rest of the top five finishers.

Thirteen-year-old Maverick Wright led the entire distance of the second Hornet feature race. Cody Laney got turned hard into the backstretch wall after contact with Josh Froelich on lap four which brought out the only yellow flag of the race. Wright became another first time winner after holding off William Cundick for the win. Drew Smith was third followed by Brandon Myers and Taylor Dippman.

There was a little more excitement in the second UMP Sport Compact feature. Trent Delong got the lead from Derek Morris on the second lap of the race and then pulled away. Delong seemed to fall off the pace which allowed Morris to close back in. Morris got back to the inside and the two raced side by side for the lead. Jeff Girdham was running off the pace when the leaders caught him in turn four. Neither Morris nor Delong backed off and turned Girdham sideways across the front of both of their cars. They pushed him halfway down the front straight and continued on leaving Girdham stopped which brought out the yellow flag with two laps to go. Delong went on to post his sixth UMP Sport Compact feature win of the year with Morris a close second. Regan Ford finished third and Girdham continued on to finish fourth. Stephanie Miller was fifth.

Garry Domoe gave himself a win for a birthday present in the M&K Metals Bomber B Main. Domoe got by Scott Robertson for the lead on lap eight and didn’t look back on his way to the checkered flag. Terry Rushlow finished second and Roscoe Stetten took third after starting back in 14th. Robertson slipped back to finish fourth with Donovan Paskan fifth.

John Kulikowski led the first part of the UMP Bomber C Main until he and Jamie Faller made contact while racing for the lead. Greg Whitehead took advantage and drove by both on the outside. Whitehead went on to pick up the victory over Shaun Sharp, Jon Bates, John Kulikowski and Gene Potridge.

After all that racing Saturday night, fans, drivers and crews came back on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for another of the 200-lap enduro races.

Mark Henderson led the field on to the heavily watered track at the start, but Nick Katerhenry was quick to grab the early lead by lap 25. He maintained that position the first quarter of the race, but a flat tire would put him back in the running order.

John Brooks wasn’t the fastest car all afternoon, but was the most consistent and took the lead by the 75 lap mark. He kept out of trouble and continued to lead the rest of the distance. Brooks opened up a five lap lead over his nearest competitor and won his second 200-lap enduro of the year. Brian Plotts finished just ahead of Ronnie Bloomfield Jr. for second. Both drivers completed 195 laps. Shawn Valenti had been as high as second early in the race and then slipped back to sixth just past halfway. He recovered to finish fourth, completing 193 laps. Jeremy Grover was fifth with 190 laps complete.

Oakshade Raceway will host the Dual Push Truck Challenge featuring two full 25-lap UMP Late Model feature events on Saturday, August 18. UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.