Miller Nabs ALMS Win

Matt Miller snapped Casey Noonan’s string of four consecutive UMP Late Model feature wins at Oakshade Raceway by picking up the checkered flag in the American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco feature event on Saturday night. It was Miller’s fourth feature win of the season at Oakshade.

After wrapping up an unprecedented sixth UMP Late Model track championship the week before, Rusty Schlenk got the advantage over Coleman, Michigan’s Curtis Roberts at the start of the 30-lap ALMS feature. Noonan got to the inside of Schlenk a few laps later and battled side by side for the lead. Bobby Hutchins, who was running near the back of the pack, spun just in front of the lead battle to bring out the first caution flag of the race on lap six. Schlenk decided to switch things up and elected to restart on the inside lane where Noonan had been running. That put Noonan to the outside of Schlenk for the double-file restart. That strategy wasn’t enough to keep Noonan from taking over the race lead, which he did shortly after the restart. Another caution on lap 10 after Steve Kester slowed on the track with flat tire benefited Matt Miller who had worked his way into second. This allowed Miller to start alongside Noonan. After some hard racing and a bit of contact between both Miller and Noonan, Miller eventually took command and began to pull away from Noonan on his way to picking up the $2,000 win. Noonan came up on position short of making it five in a row and had to settle for a runner up finish. Schlenk finished third followed by Brian Ruhlman and Curtis Roberts.

Tim Line continued his UMP Sportsman domination at Oakshade Raceway with his ninth consecutive feature win. Line wasted no time finding the front of the pack after starting on the outside of the front row. Line opened up a sizable lead that was wiped out a few times by cautions. Bob Krumm mounted a bit of a late charge on the Monclova, Ohio driver but didn’t have enough to keep up. Krumm took second with Bruce Stuart finishing third. Jamie Grochowski was fourth with Rich Ruff fifth.

Chis Sands led the first part of the Bomber A Main after starting on the pole. Holland, Ohio’s Jeff Foks worked his way up into contention after starting seventh by lap four. Just after Foks took over second, Terry Rushlow and Curt Dickie got hooked together while battling for third. Both cars ended up in the backstretch wall. Three laps later, Foks made a nice move around Sands on the high side of turn four to take the lead. Foks pulled away and picked up his 10th A Main win of the season and put a little more distance between himself and Sands in the Bomber championship point standings. Sands held off Tim Murphy and Rick Dixon to keep from losing too much ground with a second place finish. Adam Lantz was fifth.

Brandon Myers and Brogan Rehklau pulled away from the rest of the drivers early in an exciting Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature event. Rehklau, from Waldron, Michigan, got along side Myers after a lap two restart. The two drivers raced side by side for a lap and then Rehklau ducked back in behind Myers. Following another restart one lap later, Rehklau, John Martis and Aaron Barrick fanned out four-wide for the lead under Myers. After things settled back down, Myers was able to maintain the lead with Rehklau pressuring until the final lap. As the leaders approached a slower car, Myers had to check up and Rehklau pounced to the inside to take the lead coming off of turn two. Myers got back to the inside of Rehklau on the backstretch and had the advantage entering turn three, but Rehklau stayed in the gas coming off turn four on the high side to take the win by just a few feet ahead of Myers. Martis finished a very close third. Barrick and Jeff Goodman rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Carnage ruled in the Bomber B Main that also had quite a few lead changes. Chuck Stuckey was first to lead when Ted Hill, who was running third, got crossed up in turn three and collected Ethan Gehring, Terry Rump, Tim McNicol and Tim Hancock. Gehring had escaped the first incident without stopping and got his spot back for the restart. He challenged Stuckey for the lead and then spun down the front stretch coming off turn four and once again collected Rump and McNicol. The next caution involved the leaders when Stuckey got loose with the lead and clipped second place Justin Gamber. Things stacked up behind and another caution flag flew. Gamber took over the lead next with Tim Hancock and Clayton, Michigan’s Donovan Paskan challenging. Both Hancock and Paskan got by Gamber with Paskan taking the lead. Hancock and Paskan raced hard for the lead on the final lap, but Hancock lost it in turn four and spun in front of the field causing another big pile up as Paskan took the checkered flag. Chuck Faller avoided all the incidents to finish second. Gamber slammed into Hancock’s car in the final corner but was able to finish third ahead of Taylor Dippman and Truck Robertson.

Steve Morris got by Nathan Goodman for the lead early in the Bomber C Main. Unfortunately for Morris, things went from bad to worse. He pushed up high coming off turn four and lost the lead back to Goodman and then proceeded to do a complete 360 in turns one and turn and again the same lap in turn four which eventually brought out the yellow flag for some other cars that got stacked up behind. Goodman, out of Waterloo, Indiana, went on to pick up the feature. Dylan Hough was running right behind Goodman on the final lap, but spun coming off turn four. That allowed Dave McMannamy to take second followed by Robert Meinen, Henry Walls Jr. and Jarrett Rendel.

Oakshade Raceway is set to host the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds on Saturday, September 6th. The 30-lap feature will pay $1,500 to win and $200 to start. UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts will also be in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.


Noonan Wins Fourth In A Row

Casey Noonan topped off another impressive run with his fourth consecutive UMP Late Model feature win, while Rusty Schlenk unofficially wrapped up an unprecedented sixth track championship.

Noonan from Sylvania, Ohio started on the pole of the 30-lap UMP Late Model Season Championship feature event and drove out to a big lead early. An incident involving Steve Kester and Chris Keller brought out the first caution on lap seven. Championship contender Brian Ruhlman, who started the feature 18 points in arrears to Schlenk, moved into second place on the track after the restart. A hard crash between Dusty Moore and Josh Haynes brought out the only other caution on lap eight. After that, it was smooth sailing for Noonan who cruised to another feature victory. The battle for second between Schlenk and Ruhlman was the one to watch. Both drivers raced hard and continued swapping positions. In the end, Schlenk took second and unofficially the $7,500 2014 Oakshade Raceway Championship. Ruhlman finished third in the race and second in points which will earn him a new Rocket Chassis. Keller recovered nicely after restarting at the tail following the first caution on lap seven to finish fourth. Devin Shiels was fifth.

Joe Derbeck out of Lambertville, Michigan started on the pole and opened up a big lead in the UMP Sportsman feature race. His lead was wiped out after Christopher Whitlock spun on lap six to bring out the caution flag. Bruce Stuart took the lead from Derbeck just after the restart and had an epic battle for the lead with Monclova, Ohio’s Tim Line for about 10 laps. No one had been able to snap Line’s string of consecutive feature wins that dated back to the end of June. Stuart and Line raced side by side with Line looking high and low trying to find a way to get by Stuart. Finally, Line took a stab to the inside of Stuart as both drivers dove low into turn three. Stuart lost the rear end and spun, collecting Jamie Grochowski in the process and ending both drivers’ night. Line took over the lead with three laps remaining and went on to post his 11th UMP Sportsman feature win of the year. Derbeck wound up second with Mike Jessen third. Rich Ruff moved up from his 11th place starting position to finish fourth. Billy Brown was fifth.

Jeff Foks out of Holland, Ohio increased his point lead in the Bomber class with his ninth Bomber A Main win of the year after leading the entire distance. Chris Sands who is second in points, finished second in the race. Sands tried to reel Foks in late in the race, but without the aid of caution flags he was unable to get within striking distance. Rick Dixon capped off a decent night with a third place finish followed by Mathew Chapman and Craig Dippman.

Cory Gumm had a bit of a wild ride in the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature event bringing out the red flag when he rolled over on the backstretch after contact with last week’s feature winner, Aaron Barrick. John Martis from Toledo, Ohio finally found his way back to victory circle after a bit of a dry spell. His last feature win was just over a month ago, but he took command at the drop of the green flag. Brandon Myers started deep in the field and was able to work his way to second. He was able to pressure Martis for the lead, but could not find a way around and ended up finishing in the runner up position. Barrick, finished third followed by Cody Stetten, and Cole Walbolt.

Ethan Gehring started third in the Bomber B Main and was able to get by Tim Hancock and Derek Morris to earn his first feature win of the season. Hancock started on the pole and ended up second with Morris third. Angola, Indiana’s Jeff Hinkley finished fourth after starting 11th and Duane Fletcher was fifth.

The final race of the night was the Bomber C Main which brought another new face to victory lane. Chuck Stuckey from Sylvania, Ohio started sixth and finished ahead of Pete Herman to pick up his first feature win of the year. Herman started way back in ninth and settled for a second place finish. Kyle Light was third followed by Taylor Dippman and Dylan Hough.

Oakshade Raceway will host its final American Late Model Series (ALMS) presented by Sunoco event Labor Day weekend. Gates will open at 4pm with racing starting at 7pm. In addition to the $2,000 to win ALMS, the UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Best Performance Motorsports Compact classes will also be in action.


Noonan Wins Both Dual Push Truck Challenge Features

Oakshade Raceway hosted the Dual Push Truck Challenge on Saturday night featuring two 25-lap UMP Late Model feature races which were dominated by Casey Noonan who swept both events.

Sylvania Ohio’s Casey Noonan took the lead at the start of the first UMP Late Model feature over pole-sitter Brandon Thirlby from Traverse City, Michigan. The only caution flag came out on lap five when Hillard Miller, who was running near the back of the field, spun just in front of the leaders. Noonan got a decent restart and went on to pick up the easy win. Thirlby was second followed by Rusty Schlenk, Brian Ruhlman and Steve Kester.

Noonan then drew a four for the inversion for the start of the second of the Dual Push Truck Challenge features, putting him on the outside of the second row in the line up. Clarklake Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman started on the pole, but point leader Rusty Schlenk took the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row. The first caution flag came out on lap three for a Ron Miller spin. Noonan restarted third behind Schlenk and Ruhlman but made a bold move three-wide through the middle to take the lead just after the restart. Schlenk fought back and regained the lead briefly. After some more great side by side racing, Noonan finally took over the top spot for good on lap 11. After last week’s dramatic feature win, Noonan made it three feature wins in a row by sweeping the Dual Push Truck Challenge. Schlenk barely edged out Ruhlman in a near photo finish for second and increased his point lead to 20 over Ruhlman heading into next week’s UMP Late Model Season Championships. The 2013 Oakshade Late Model Champion, Dona Marcoullier, finished fourth and Thirlby wound up fifth.

Joe Derbeck took command of the UMP Sportsman feature at the drop of the green flag. Derbeck led with Rusty Smith in second most of the race, but a late race charge by Monclova, Ohio’s Tim Line shook things up. Line got by Smith and then made the pass for the lead over Derbeck on the final lap to increase his string of consecutive wins to seven. Derbeck would end up finishing second with Smith third. Bruce Stuart and Mike Jessen rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

With Curt Dickie leading the Bomber A Main, Chris Henry spun on lap two while running in the top five to bring out the first caution flag of the race. Shortly after the restart, Terry Rushlow from Holland, Ohio began to challenge Dickie for the lead. On lap five, Rushlow finally took the lead and began to pull away. A few laps later, last week’s feature winner brought out another yellow flag after stopping on the the track. Gregg DeTray then headed back to the pits. A late caution for a wreck involving Donovan Paskan, Chuck Stuckey and Satch Crispen set up a two-lap race to the checkers with Jeff Foks restarting in second. Foks was unable to get by Rushlow who went on to pick up his second A Main win of the year. Dickie held on to finish third followed by Mathew Chapman and Skeet Reckner.

Onsted, Michigan’s Aaron Barrick led from flag to flag in the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature event to earn his second career feature win. Barrick fended off an early challenge from Cody Stetten and then never looked back. Stetten had his hands full with Brandon Myers and Cory Gumm but was able to hang on to a second place finish with Myers and Gumm ending up third and fourth respectively. John Martis was fifth.

Steve Morris took advantage of starting on the pole of the Bomber B Main to grab the early lead. The Sylvania, Ohio driver led the entire distance despite having to survive and one-lap race to the finish after a late caution. Terry Perry did all he could, but ended up finishing second just behind Morris. Ted Hill was third followed by Nick Fenner and Dan Shaffer.

The final race of the night was the Bomber C Main. Sylvania, Ohio’s Scott Hammer took the early lead over Chris Sawinksi who suffered some bad luck. Sawinski had a couple of spins during the race. The second of which collected the 81 of Tim McNicol who was running third at the time. Ethan Gehring took some shots at the lead on the restarts after a couple of the cautions, but Hammer held on to pick up his first ever feature win. Gehring settled for second with Dylan Hough third. Sawinski survived at least one more close call to salvage a fourth place finish with Abby Burton scored in fifth.

Saturday, August 23 will be Season Championship Night for the UMP Late Models with Rusty Schlenk nursing that slim lead over Brian Ruhlman going into that final night. UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.