Ruhlman Gets First Oakshade Late Model Win Of Year

Brian Ruhlman from Clarklake, Michigan found his way back to victory lane for the first time this year at Oakshade Raceway in the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature event which highlighted a night of great racing action.

Casey Noonan started on the outside of the front row and opened up a big lead the first half of the race. Ruhlman worked his way up to second after starting inside the second row and began to close in ever so slightly as the leader worked to lap cars running at the tail end of the lead lap.

The first yellow flag flew on lap 16 after Dusty Moore’s car came to a stop in turn four which set up a double-file restart. As the leader, Noonan elected to restart on the inside putting Ruhlman to his outside. Ruhlman took the lead from Noonan on the outside twice, but a couple of quick caution flags saved the lead for Noonan both times. Still stuck on lap 16, Noonan decided to restart on the outside on the third restart. This strategy seemed to throw Ruhlman off who took off took early forcing another restart. Unfortunately for Noonan, his car rolled to a stop just as the field was preparing to take the green flag once again. After the green flag finally dropped, Ruhlman was unchallenged all the way to the checkered flag. Rusty Schlenk, sporting a “4U” tribute on the side of his car to Tom Elling who passed away earlier in the week, finished in second to gain a few points on point leader Dona Marcoullier wound up fourth. Chris Keller finished third and Steve Kester was the fifth place finisher.

The Sportsman feature produced a lot of excitement with George Lindsey and Rich Ruff battling side by side for the lead at the start. Ruff finally edged out Lindsey for the lead on lap two, but Bruce Stuart closed in on the duo and jumped to the outside to make it three-wide. Stuart’s move got him the lead on lap six and he proceeded to pull away. A caution for Drew Smith and Rick Bates tightened the field back up behind Stuart who fell way back after the restart. That put Lindsey and Ruff out front battling again for the lead.

A big wreck on lap 11 involving Eric Bradner, Jamie Grochowski, Richard Patton, Jim Scout and Shane Stuckey slowed things down once again. On the ensuing restart, Tim Line made a move similar to Stuart’s when he went around both Lindsey and Ruff on the outside to take the lead. Line went on to pick up his fourth consecutive Sportsman feature win. Lindsey got by Ruff to finish second. Mike Jessen started 16th and worked his way up for a fourth place finish while Bob Gregory ended up fifth.

Mike Grames got the early edge over Craig Dippman in the Bomber A Main. Jeff Foks took command on lap five and shortly thereafter, Grames got crossed up on the exit of turn two while running second which cost him cost him quite a few spots. Terry Rushlow took over second and hung with Foks the remainder of the race, but Foks held on to win his seventh A Main in a row and the eighth of the season. Rushlow settled for second, but took over the Bomber point lead by two over Adam Noonan with Foks still in third, only 19 points back. Dippman finished the race in third followed by Curt Lancaster and Richard Riffe.

Cody Laney was the lone Hornet competitor Saturday night and notched himself another feature win and got to race with the Sport Compacts. Corey Gumm was the leader at the start of the Sport Compact class feature, but “Sparky Marky” Gillingham took over the lead by the completion of the first lap. Gumm fell way off the pace and brought out the yellow flag on lap four. Trent Delong put the pressure on Gillingham for the lead, but Gillingham held on to pick up another feature win with Delong slipping back to a third place finish behind Nathan Shaffer. Matt Brazeau was fourth with Terry Rushlow Sr. fifth.

Action heated up early in the Bomber B Main after the yellow flag flew for Adam Lantz who rollled to a stop on the first lap. Just as the caution flag waved, Derek Zuver, who was running second, got crossed up in turn four in front of a lot of traffic. Zuver’s car got bounced around off a few other cars and then ended up rolling up and on to its side which brought out the red flag. Zuver climbed out of the car after track crews lowered it gently back onto its wheels.

Once racing resumed, Derek Morris found himself leading the pack and despite multiple cautions that kept the field tight, Morris went on to capture the checkered flag. Chris Sands and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Jr. both started near the tail of the field but managed to post second and third place finishes respectively. Ron Bloomfield Sr. was fourth and Terry Rump ended up fifth after also starting at the back of the pack.

Craig Strow led the first part of the final event of the night, the Bomber C Main. Duane Fletcher took the lead away while working through slower traffic with three laps remaining and went on to win his second C Main of the year. Dan Plath started 16th and worked for a second place finish ahead of Jody Burton, Taylor Dippman and Ron Williams.

Watch two UMP Late Model features for the price of one on Saturday, August 17th at Oakshade Raceway’s Dual Push Truck Challenge. Two complete 25-lap UMP Late Model feature events will be run in addition to a full show of Sportsmen, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.


Babcock Wins 24th Annual Barney Oldfield Race

Jeff Babcock pocketed $4,900 after winning the 24th Annual Barney Oldfield Race/American Late Model Series (ALMS) feature event at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night.

Babcock started on the pole of the 40-lap ALMS feature and opened up a big lead early. Andrew Reaume, Brandon Thirlby and Dona Marcoullier battled hard for the second position the first part of the race. Marcoullier finally cleared Thirlby and Reaume and set his site on trying to reel in Babcock. Without the help of any caution flags, Marcoullier was able to chip away at Babcock’s lead while working through slower traffic at the back of the field. Just as fast as Marcoullier would begin to close in, Babcock would again open up his advantage. He went on to post his second UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade this year. Marcoullier maintained his point lead with his second place finish. Reaume finished third followed by Steve Kester and Brian Ruhlman who started 14th.

Mike Jessen and Tim Line put on a great show for the lead in the Sportsman feature as the two drivers raced side by side lap after lap and continually traded the lead. Line led the first lap, while Jessen took over on lap two. Line fought back and reclaimed the lead on lap nine shortly after a caution for Drew Smith’s spin. A big wreck on lap 11 that involved Ryan Kimball, Chane Stuckey, Kyle Turley and Bob Krumm slowed things down and gave Jessen one final shot at Line for the lead. Line managed to pull away after the restart and raced his way to his third straight feature win after sweeping last week’s Sportsman Twin 25’s. Jessen settled for second with Rich Ruff finishing third. Joe Derbeck was fourth followed by Jim Scout who earned another top five finish.

Jeff Foks continued his string of dominating runs in the Bomber A Mains with his sixth consecutive feature win. Foks took the lead from Adam Noonan on lap five and led the rest of the way to the finish. Noonan’s second place finish was enough to keep him on top of a tightening point battle over Terry Rushlow, who finished third, and Jeff Foks who is third in points despite his seven feature wins. Gregg Detray and Chris Sands rounded out the rest of the top five finishers in Saturday night’s A Main.

Breanna Franks earned her first Hornet feature win of the year with Cody Laney second. Laney remains atop the Hornet points with Franks trailing in second.

Despite “Sparky Marky” Gillingham Jr. picking up his fifth Sport Compact feature win of the year, Austin Casteneda remains the point leader in that class. Gillingham won over Junior Jerry Hoot, Terry Rushlow Sr., Cory Gumm and Nathan Shaffer.

After a couple of cautions at the start of the Bomber B Main, Perry Cox, Dave “Gumby” Golembieski Jr., Jim Remly and Curt Dickie battled for the lead early. Curt Lancaster started last and worked his way up to fifth by lap five and then spun, costing him a top five finish. At the end, Dave “Gumby” Golembieski Jr. earned his second B Main feature win of the year with Cox finishing second. Remly and Dickie finished third and fourth respectively with Amy Clair finishing fifth after starting in the last row.

Scott Hammer grabbed the early lead in the Bomber C Main before driving too hard into turn three and opening the door for the Mike Plotts, Bill Reeves Sr. and Nathan Goodman to get by. Reeves eventually took command and pulled away with the lead on his way to the feature win. Plotts finished second followed by Mike Poland, Goodman and Collin Walker.

Oakshade Raceway will host a full racing program of UMP Late Models, Sportsmen, Bombers, Hornets and Sport Compacts on Saturday, August 10. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.