Line Sweeps Both Sportsman Twin 25s

For the second year in a row, Tim Line swept the UMP Sportsman Twin 25’s at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. A set back at the start of the second Sportsman feature put Line way back in the field and made for some very exciting racing action late in the race.

UMP Sportsman drivers competed to make it into the UMP Sportsman Twin 25’s; two 25-lap feature events with the top six or eight drivers inverted for the second race depending on what the winner of the first race draws. Joe Derbeck darted out to the lead after starting on the pole of the first feature. George Lindsey muscled his way into the lead and almost put Derbeck in the wall. Tim Line started on the outside of the second row and passed both drivers for the lead on lap five. Line set sail after that and opened up a big lead, however, Lindsey managed to close up the distance a bit while working lapped traffic. It wouldn’t be enough for Lindsey as Line picked up the easy victory over Lindsey and Derbeck. Jamie Grochowski was fourth with Chane Stuckey fifth.

The second Sportsman Twin 25 feature race was nothing like the first. Line drew for an inversion of six, putting him on the outside of the third row. On the first lap Derbeck, who was directly in front of Line, had a problem and fell way off the pace. Line had to check up and fell all the way back to 17th. Chane Stuckey followed up his fifth place run in the first race with a strong move to take the lead from Mike Jessen on the second lap. Stuckey managed to open a little lead over Jessen as Line tried to work his way back through the field. A caution on lap 17 tightened the field a final time with Line restarting in fifth. Line quickly got around Grochowski and Bruce Stuart without much incident. With laps running out, Line tried to find room on the outside of Jessen for second. Line squeezed by on the outside and managed to make the pass after smacking the backstretch wall and damaging the rear end of his car. In a heart breaker for Stuckey who lead most of the race, Line caught him and made the pass for the lead on the final lap to sweep night’s events after an incredible run. Stuckey settled for second with Jessen hanging on to finish third. Stuart and Grochowski rounded out the rest of the top five.

A crazy finish was the highlight of the UMP Late Model feature event. Five-time Track Champion Rusty Schlenk was back in championship form grabbing the lead over Brandon Thirlby at the start. A big pile up that involved Mike Miller, Mark Pifer Sr., Josh Haynes, Curtis Deisenroth and Jeff Babcock brought out the yellow flag early. Thirlby took advantage and took the lead by a nose at the completion of lap two. Thirlby and Schlenk raced side by side for the lead with Schlenk finally edging out Thirlby on lap eight to reclaim the top spot. After that, Schlenk began to open up his advantage. Steve Kester was on the move and worked his way up to second by lap 13 and set his sites on Schlenk. Schlenk seemed to have things well in hand in the final laps until Ken Hahn spun right in front of Schlenk coming off turn four on the final lap. Schlenk was hard on the brakes to keep from getting into him and made a great move to get around him just as Kester was closing in. Schlenk managed to nurse his car across the line just ahead of Kester to earn his fourth feature win of the year and close to within 17 points of Ruhlman who is on top of the point standings. Thirlby held on to finish third behind Kester with Ruhlman fourth. Casey Noonan finished fifth.

Jeff Foks tightened up the point standings in the Bomber class, just three points behind Chris Sands after Foks collected his seventh A Main win of the year. Foks took command at the start of the A Main with Gregg DeTray running second. A great battle ensued well behind Foks with DeTray trying to fend off Curt Dickie, Terry Rushlow and Chris Sands. That battle came to an abrupt halt for Detray when his transmission locked up with just two laps to go which brought out the caution flag. Foks took the checkered flag and Chris Sands picked up a couple positions at the end to finish second. Rushlow was third followed by Dickie and Derek Morris.

Aaron Barrick picked up his first feature win at Oakshade Raceway in the Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature event after starting out the outside of the front row. Brandon Myers worked his way up to a second place finish after starting near the back of the field. Last week’s feature winner, John Martis ended up finishing third with Brogan Rehklau and Cody Stetten rounding out the rest of the top five.

Scott Hammer took the lead at the start of the Bomber B main after starting on the outside of the front row. Jim Remley muscled his way into the lead on lap five with Richard Riffe following into second. Riffe then took the lead on lap six on the inside and went on to take the checkered flag. Skeet Reckner managed to edge out Remley for second at the finish. Terry Perry finished fourth and Hammer slipped back to finish fifth.

For the first time this year, a Bomber C Main was run to wrap up the night’s racing action. Scott Robertson started on the outside of the third row and drove to a feature win. Chuck Stuckey started at the very tail of the field and took home a second place finish followed by Bill Daniels, Tim McNicol and Rob Price.

Oakshade Raceway will host the American Late Model Series on Saturday, August 2nd with a $2,000 to win feature event. UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts will complete the show. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.


Miller Earns Third Birthday Race Win

The UMP Late Model Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals wrapped up their month long tours at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night. Forty-eight Late Model and forty-five Modified drivers gathered at the 3/8 mile bullring for the big finale.

Moweaqua Illinois’ Shannon Babb entered the final event with a 43 point advantage over Ryan Unzicker and 45 points on Brian Shirley. Also on the line was the $10,000 going to the winner of the 60-lap 16th Annual Birthday Race Late Model feature event. Mason Zeigler seemed like a safe bet to win after a strong showing the past two nights picking up consecutive wins at Brushcreek and Attica. Zeigler started the night off setting the fast time with a lap of 14.654. The Uniontown, Pennsylvania driver ended up on the pole of the feature and led the first part of the race. Last week’s Oakshade feature winner and last year’s Birthday Race winner, Matt Miller got by Jeep Van Wormer by lap 10 to take over second and began to reel in Zeigler. Miller caught Zeigler in lapped traffic and used it to his advantage to take over the race lead on lap 15. A couple laps later, Zeigler spun in turn one while racing with Ryan Unzicker for the second position which brought out the only caution period in the race. Miller was able to pull away from Unzicker after the restart. Later in the race, Babb made his presence known, pressuring Unzicker for second. Miller’s lead began to shrink just a bit toward the end, but it was enough to win his third Oakshade Raceway Birthday Race. He joins Babb as the only two drivers to have won this event three times. Unzicker finished .759 seconds behind Miller and Babb’s third place finish was more than enough to lock up his fourth DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals title. Last year’s Summer Nationals champion, Brandon Sheppard finished fourth with Van Wormer slipping back to fifth.

Next up was the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals 25-lap feature event. Brian Ruhlman made a daring move at the start, going three-wide with Taylor Cook and Randy Lines to take the race lead early. Ruhlman then proceeded to check out on the rest of the field. Matt Hamilton from Aurora, Indiana began to close in on Ruhlman late in the race, but ran out of laps. Hamilton ended up finishing second, .936 seconds behind Ruhlman in the caution-free race. Jeff Babcock finished third with Collin Thirlby fourth. Josh Scott started 16th and worked his way up to a fifth place finish.

The Best Performance Motorsports Compacts wrapped up a great night of racing with their feature event that started off with some three-wide racing for the lead. John Martis, Aaron Barrick and Brandon Myers battled at the front with Martis eventually settling in to the top spot by lap two. A couple laps later Barrick fell off the pace and tried to limp back to the pits, but didn’t quite make it and brought out the yellow flag. Martis continued to lead Myers all the way to the checkered flag. It was the fourth feature win of the year for Martis who was also celebrating a birthday. Last week’s feature winner, Myers, finished second. Brogan Rehklau was third followed by Cody Stetten and Matt Brazeau.

The Sportsman and Bomber classes will be back in action this Saturday, July 26 at Oakshade Raceway for the Sportsman Twin 25’s. The Sportsmen will run two full 25-lap features in addition to a full racing program of UMP Late Models, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.


Matt Miller Wins

The Vintage American Race Cars (V.A.R.C.) joined the regular racing program at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night for a little old school racing featuring mostly classic midget and sprint cars. The racing was highlighted by a couple of race wins by John Lawhorn in his 1968 sprint car.

In UMP Late Model action, Matt Miller drove an excellent race to pick up his first feature win of the year. The win gives him some momentum to build on going in to next week’s $10,000 to win Birthday Race/Summer Nationals Finale. Steve Kester started at the point and maintained the lead for the first part of the race with Miller working the inside. Finally Miller took command on lap nine and drove away from the rest of the field to the checkered flag in the caution-free race. Kester was able to fend off a late challenge from Brian Ruhlman to finish in second.

Jamie Grochowski started off strong in the Sportsman feature event, taking the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the outside of the front row. Grochowski slipped up high on the third lap opening the door for Tim Line to drive on by on the inside to take the lead away. Line led the rest of the distance and despite a close call with Joe Keebler who spun right in front of him in the final corner, Line was able to earn his fifth feature win of the year. Grochowski finished second followed by Mike Jessen and Joe Derbeck.

The Bomber A Main featured an epic battle between Chris Sands and Jeff Foks for the majority of the race. Sands started on the pole and immediately took the lead over Terry Rushlow. Rushlow had problems on lap four and dropped out of competition. Foks then began to pressure Sands for the lead, looking inside and outside. Finally, Foks was able to make the pass on the outside with just under a handful of laps remaining. Sands never gave up and took one last shot at Foks on the final lap dropping down low in the final corners, but it wasn’t enough. Foks earned win number six on the season with Sands following up in second.

Brogan Rehklau took the early lead in the Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature event after starting on the pole and led the first few laps. After an early caution for a Matt Brazeau spin, Terry Rushlow Sr. got turned around on the ensuing restart and multiple cars piled in. Rushlow was running in the top five at the time. Shortly after the next restart, Rehklau fell off the pace which turned the lead battle over to Brandon Myers and John Martis. The two drivers traded the lead and some paint. In the end, it was Myers holding off Martis to pick up his third feature win of the year.

Multiple lead changes amongst multiple drivers highlighted the final race of the night, the Bomber B Main. Scott Hammer took over the early lead after starting on the outside of the second row. Justin Gamber had worked his way up to second before slipping up high in turn one and stopping in turn two to bring out the second caution in the race. After the restart, Hammer led the field into turn one and lost it in turn two, spinning in front of the entire field. Ted Hill then inherited the lead, but Garry Domoe took over the top spot on the following lap. Hill fought back to the inside and contact going into turn three sent both drivers spinning which brought out another caution. Steven Pocock then became the leader again after starting on the pole. A couple laps later Tim McNicol took command and held off a late charge from Scott Robertson to take the checkered flag. Hammer recovered to finish third with Domoe salvaging a fourth place finish after get caught up in few incidents earlier in the race. Henry Walls Jr. finished fifth.

Oakshade Raceway hosts its biggest event of the year this coming weekend with the $10,000 to win 16th Annual Birthday Race/UMP Late Model Summer Nationals Finale along with the Summit Racing Modifieds Summer Nationals Finale and the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. Gates will be open on Friday, July 18 from 11am to 12am for those wishing to camp and/or put a blanket down to reserve your place in the grandstands. Everyone that enters on Friday must purchase a grandstand ticket or pit pass for Saturday’s event. Then on Saturday, July 19, gates will be open at 10am. The pits will be open to everyone until 4pm. After 4pm you must have a pit pass to remain in the pits. Racing will begin at 7:45pm. Admission is just $12 for ages 12 and up as it is each and every Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway. For more information visit