Miller Dominates ALMS Race

Matt Miller dominated the 30-lap American Late Model Series (ALMS) feature event at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night and picked up his first Oakshade feature win of the season.

Miller darted out the lead at the drop of the green flag of the ALMS feature after starting on the outside of the front row. Last week’s UMP Late Model feature winner, Dona Marcoullier, followed him into second and the two drivers separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

Miller opened up a pretty good lead over Marcoullier until late in the race. Miller had to carefully work his way through lapped traffic which allowed Marcoullier to begin to close in. Without the benefit of any caution flags, this was Marcoullier’s only chance to close the gap, in which he did. Marcoullier closed to within about a car length back when Miller had a tough time trying to put the 99 car of Frank Heckenast Jr. a lap down. Unfortunately for Marcoullier, he was unable to mount any kind of challenge as Miller went on to take the checkered flag.

Marcoullier, after winning the two previous week’s features, had to settle for second with a hard-charging Jeep Van Wormer finishing in third just as he was about to catch the leaders. Pole-sitter Rusty Schlenk slipped back to a fourth place finish with Chris Keller rounding out the top five.

Tim Line dropped down low to make it three-wide at the start of the UMP Sportsman feature and took the early lead. Roger Weirich had a good run cut short when he spun on lap two while running in the top five. Eric Bradner, Kyle Turley, Steve Mills and Dan Gehring also got caught up in the incident.

Line continued to lead while last week’s feature winner and defending track champion, Mike Jessen, marched his way up through the field and advanced into the second position by lap eight. A caution for with four laps remaining tightened up the field behind Line, but Jessen was unable to stay with him as Line went on to win his second feature of the year. Jessen finished second after starting in eighth followed by Bob Gregory, Jamie Grochowsky and Rick Bates.

In Bomber A Main action, Jeff Foks wasted no time and jumped to the outside of Adam Noonan to take the early lead. Noonan, winner of last week’s A Main, was unable to stay with Foks as he began to pull away. Late in the race, Donovan Paskan spun to bring out the yellow flag which set up a one-lap shootout to the finish. Foks managed to fend off Noonan and won his second feature of the year with Noonan settling for second. Chris Sands was third and Terry Rushlow came all the way from 17th starting position to finish fourth. Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. also started fairly deep in the field and managed a fifth place finish.

Next out was the combined four-cylinder classes of the Sport Compacts and Hornets which both ran on the track at the same time, but were scored separately. At the start of the race, Cory Gumm got bounced around in the middle of several cars in turns one and two before coming to a stop on top of turn two to bring out the yellow for a complete restart. Terry Rushlow Sr. was the early leader of the Sport Compacts, but Austin Casteneda eventually took command and Rushlow fell off the pace and retired to the pits. Cody Laney worked his way into the lead of the Hornets and both Casteneda and Laney won their respective features. Regan Ford was the only other Sport Compact competitor left on the track at the checkered flag to finish second followed by Rushlow, Don Daughtry and Cory Gumm who had all retired to the pits. All Hornet drivers that started were able to finish which included Breanna Franks in second and Brandon Leighton in third.

More Bomber action was next with the B Main with a spectacular start. Pole-sitter Maverick Wright came off turn four up high and little out of control and came down into last week’s B Main winner, Mathew Chapman, causing both cars to slam into the front stretch wall. A few other cars were caught up in the wreck which brought out the red flag so crews could clean up the mess.

Once racing resumed, Garry Domoe found himself out front with Rick Dixon pressuring him for the lead. Finally Dixon got by Domoe on the outside on lap five. Domoe battled back and both drivers made contact entering turn three which resulted in Dixon spinning and a yellow flag. Domoe was also sent to the tail along with Dixon for the incident turning the lead over to Terry Rump. Dan Dippman and Gregg Detray battled with Rump for the lead in the late stages of the race with Dippman getting alongside Rump at the white flag, but Rump was able to power his way to victory. Dippman and Detray both started very deep in the field and managed second and third place finishes respectively. Joe Heffner and Zach Tipton rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

The final feature race of the night, the Bomber C Main, also featured a lot of lead changes. Charles Stuckey held the early lead, but brought out the yellow on lap three sending him to the tail for the restart. That turned the lead over to Mike Plotts who held the lead a couple laps until Duane Fletcher took it away. Fletcher went on to pick up the victory followed by Derek Zuver, Plotts, Ron Williams and Henry Walls Jr.

Oakshade Raceway kicks off the month of June with another full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm on Saturday, June 1.

Marcoullier Gets Close Win

Hearty race fans were treated to some great Mother’s Day weekend racing action at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. After enduring a slight rain delay at the beginning of the night, Dona Marcoullier from Houghton Lake, Michigan, and defending UMP Late Model Champion Rusty Schlenk had an incredible battle for the lead in the final couple laps of the UMP Late Model feature with Marcoullier narrowly coming out on top in a photo finish.

Marcoullier started on the outside of the front row and grabbed the lead over Steve Kester on the first lap. Casey Noonan and Kester raced several laps side by side for the second position. On lap 10, the two drivers touched entering turn three sending both cars sideways. Kester was able to recover and continue on, but Noonan spun and brought out the caution flag.

Schlenk took second from Kester shortly after the restart and tried to chase down Marcoullier. It took him most of the remaining laps to get close enough to mount a challenge. Schlenk dove to the inside of Marcoullier in turn four as they were about to take the white flag. The two drivers made contact sending Marcoullier up the track just enough for Schlenk to take over the lead.

Marcoullier would fight back as they worked through slower traffic on the final lap. He stayed up high as Schlenk continued in the inside lane. Herb Reich was fighting to stay on the lead lap as both Schlenk and Marcoullier closed in while racing hard for the lead. Schlenk went low and Marcoullier stayed high in the final corner as they attempted to split around Reich. Schlenk made of bit of contact with Reich as he forced his way by with the checkered flag in sight. Marcoullier, meanwhile, shot off the high side of turn four to get alongside Schlenk as they exited the corner bringing the fans to their feet once again. Marcoullier had just enough momentum to carry him past Schlenk by just inches as the two drivers made contact again at the finish line sending both spinning into turn one after the checkers.

Kester maintained a third place run with Canada’s Andrew Reaume ending up fourth. Devin Shiels took fifth.

Tim Line survived several close calls to win his first UMP Sportsman feature race of the year. Line got by Bob Krumm on the second lap to take over the lead and began to pull away from the rest of the field. While trying to lap Rick Bates and Steve Mills who racing side by side, Line went to the outside to make it three-wide. Bates and Mills bounced off each other a bit forcing Line to take evasive action. Then, as Line was coming to the checkered flag, Dan Gehring spun coming off of turn four just in front of him. Line narrowly missed Gehring’s spinning car and took the checkered flag. Mike Jessen got by Rich Ruff to finish second. Bruce Stuart finished fourth and Jamie Grochowski finished fifth after starting 15th.

Last week’s UMP Bomber B Main winner, Gregg Detray, led early in this week’s A Main. Jeff Foks and Curt Lancaster battled hard for second just behind the leader with Foks eventually besting both Lancaster and Detray to take the lead on lap six. Foks began to pull away and went on to pick of the victory over Adam Noonan. Detray slipped back to finish third with Lancaster and Chris Sands rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

In Hornet feature race action, Cody Laney took the lead at the start and held off William Cundick who kept the pressure on for most of the race. Cundick settled for second with Breanna Franks third.

Adrian, Michigan’s Roscoe Stetten got by Teri-Lynn Murphy for the lead early in the UMP Bomber B Main. Derek Zuver quickly closed in and it appeared as though Zuver and Stetten had some contact entering turn three on lap eight sending Stetten up the track and stopping in turn three which brought out the yellow flag. After the next restart, Murphy got into Perry Cox while battling in the top five. Cox spun and another caution flag flew. Terry Rump didn’t waste much time after the next restart and got by Zuver to take the lead and the eventual victory. Zuver settled for second and Ron Bloomfield Sr. had a good run to finish third after starting 15th. Rick Dixon also start very deep in the field and wound up fourth with Mike Plotts finishing fifth.

Sparky Marky” Gillingham jumped out to the early lead of the UMP Sport Compact feature as Terry Rushlow Sr. and Cory Gumm got together just behind him. Both drivers continued on without a caution. Last weeks feature winner Austin Casteneda ran second to Gillingham and was not able to mount a significant challenge for the lead. Gillingham went on to his first win of the year with Casteneda coming home second. Regan Ford finished third with Gumm and Rushlow rounding out the rest of the top five.

Oakshade Raceway will host two days of racing on the weekend of May 18 and 19 with a full racing program featuring UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Bombers, Hornets and UMP Sport Compacts on Saturday night and a two-hour/200-lap Enduro race on Sunday afternoon. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm on Saturday and Sunday’s Enduro will begin at 2pm with gates opening at noon.

Missler Edges Out Season Opener Win

Oakshade Raceway kicked off the 2013 season with night of exciting racing action highlighted by Ryan Missler edging out Brian Ruhlman at the checkered flag to win the first UMP Late Model feature of the year.

Ruhlman and Missler started on the front row and traded the lead throughout the 25-lap feature event. Ruhlman set the pace early with Missler working the high side. After several laps of side by side racing, Missler finally took over the lead on lap 10.

Other than a caution at the start of the race for Devin Shiels that resulted in a complete restart, there were no other breaks in the action. The leaders eventually started to work through slower lapped traffic. Rusty Schlenk was running third, but was unable take advantage and close the gap on the leaders.

Missler had built up a several car length cushion over Ruhlman, but Ruhlman closed back in late to get back alongside the 50Y of Missler. The two drivers were in a dead heat as they crossed the line at the white flag and stayed door to door the entire final lap. With the crowd on their feet, Missler got just enough of a run off the final corner on the high side to beat Ruhlman to the checkered flag by just the nose of his car.

Schlenk held off Dona Marcoullier to finish third while Matt Miller finished fifth.

The UMP Sportsman feature ran a little less clean with multiple caution flags slowing the racing action. The first yellow flag flew on lap one when Bob Krumm spun in turn three.

Jamie Grochowski led the first lap, but couldn’t hold off Mike Jessen and Tim Line who both got by on lap two. Another caution flag waved on lap six for an incident involving Josh Sisty and Drew Smith. A few more caution flags kept Jessen from trying to open up some distance over second-place Line. Finally the time limit expired and Jessen led Line back to the checkered flag. James Fox finished third followed by Bruce Stuart and Bob Gregory who started back in 10th.

Curt Lancaster led the entire distance of the Bomber A Main. Terry Rushlow and Jeff Foks pursued Lancaster, running second and third respectively, but neither driver was able to mount a significant charge at the lead. Foks eventually fell off the pace on lap 11 and headed to the pits.

Lancaster picked up the A Main victory with Rushlow settling for second. Adam Noonan moved up nicely to finish third after starting 13th. Donovan Paskan and Dave “Gumby” Golembieski Jr. rounded out the rest of the top five.