Chapman & Jessen Sportsman Twin 25 Winners

With the feature races rained out the week prior, Oakshade Raceway hosted 10 feature races on Saturday night which were highlighted by Mathew Chapman and Mike Jessen Sportsman Twin 25s wins.

The Twin 25s are two full 25-lap features for the UMP Sportsman class with the top finishers of the first race inverted for the start of the second race based on the winner’s pill draw. Twin 25 race number one started off with Lambertville, Michigan’s Joe Derbeck taking the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the pole. Unfortunately, his lead was short-lived because Derbeck spun on lap two which brought out the caution flag and sent him to the tail. That turned the lead over to Bob Gregory with Tim Fisher second. Fisher slowed on lap three and pulled out of competition giving up the position. Oakshade UMP Sportsman point leader Bruce Stuart moved up to second by lap six and began to close in on Gregory for the lead. Stuart managed to catch Gregory and on lap 18 the two drivers tangled after contact while working through some heavy lapped traffic. Gregory was assisted back to the pits and Stuart was able to continue and restarted at the back of the field. UMP Sportsman rookie Mathew Chapman from Tecumseh, Michigan then took over the race lead and pulled away on the way to his second feature win of the season. Jamie Grochowski finished second followed by Rusty Smith, Mike Jessen and Joe Smith.

Chapman drew for an eight car inversion for the the start of the second Twin 25 feature which meant he would be starting on the outside of row four. After a couple other races were completed, the UMP Sportsman returned to the track for the second of the Twin 25s with Billy Brown starting on the pole. Berkey, Ohio’s Mike Jessen quickly climbed to the top of the running order and led the majority of the race all the way to the checkered flag despite late caution that set up a one-lap race to the finish. Jessen was able to fend off Joe Smith who finished second and Tim Fisher who had a great run to finish third after starting at the back of the field due to his problems in race number one. Bruce Stuart maintained a slim points lead with his fourth place finish and Joe Derbeck rounded out the top five finishers.

Earlier in the evening, several make up feature races were run from last week’s wash out. The UMP Late Model feature picked up where it left off on July 18 with nine laps completed and Rusty Schlenk from McClure, Ohio leading. Upon the resumption, Devin Shiels reclaimed the lead from Schlenk and appeared as though he may pick up the feature win, but Schlenk fought back. He was able to close back in on Shiels while working through lapped traffic and took the lead back with just two laps to go and won the race. It was the defending track champ’s first UMP Late Model feature win of the season at Oakshade. Shiels settled for second followed by Chris Keller, Brad Eitniear and Steve Kester.

The Bomber A Main from the July 18th rain out started off the evening’s racing action with defending Bomber track champion Jeff Foks leading the early laps. Foks, still looking for his first A Main win of the year, continued to lead with Swanton, Ohio’s Gregg DeTray closing in. DeTray took second by lap eight and took the lead from Foks on a restart after a caution. DeTray went on to pick up his third A Main win of the year with Foks taking second. Adam Noonan finished third with point leader Chris Sands fourth. Tim Murphy was fifth.

Make up feature racing continued with the Compact feature event. Cody Stetten made a move four-wide to take the lead at the start of the race, but Toledo, Ohio’s Richard Riffe took command on lap two and held the lead all the way to the checkered flag. Stetten finished second and Brogan Rehklau was third. Aaron Barrick had to start at the tail since he was in a different car this week, but still managed a fourth place finish with pole sitter John Martis ending up fifth.

More UMP Late Model feature action took to the track again after the first Twin 25 race with Devin Shiels taking the early lead after starting from the pole. Outside pole-sitter Steve Kester took the lead on lap three and continued a good battle with Shiels at the front of the pack. Shiels returned to the lead on lap 13 with a pass to the inside of Kester. Shiels survived a close brush with Steve Miller who ended up spinning while running at the tail end of the lead lap just in front of the leaders on lap 15. Three laps later, Shiels relinquished the lead once again, this time to Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman who went on to pick up his fourth Oakshade feature win of the year. Shiels second place finish moved him up to second in the points, 66 points behind Ruhlman after Casey Noonan, who came into the night second in points, failed to make the start of this second UMP Late Model feature. Rusty Schlenk moved up from his 11th starting position to finish third. He also moved up to third in the points. Kevin Reeve finished fourth in the race and Kester slipped back to wind up fifth.

Gregg DeTray continued his dominance in the second Bomber A Main of the night. He led the entire distance after starting on the outside of the front row. Despite multiple caution periods, DeTray was able to secure his fourth A Main win of the year and his third consecutive. He now sits just 7 points behind point leader Chris Sands in the point standings. Sands mustered a second place finish in the race with Adam Noonan taking third for the second time on the night. Jeff Foks was fourth and Tim Murphy was fifth once again.

Brogan Rehklau was able to add a bit of a cushion to his Oakshade Raceway Sport Compact point lead with his third feature win of the year. The Waldron, Michigan driver jumped out to the early lead and held it all the way to the checkered flag. Richard Riffe came up one position short on making it a sweep for the night and had to settle for second. John Martis took third with Cole Walbolt and Cody Stetten rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Teri-Lynn Murphy led early in the Bomber B Main with Donovan Paskan trailing. Grand Ledge, Michigan’s Rick Dixon marched his was through the field after starting 11th to take the lead and the eventual victory. Paskan maintained a second place finish followed by Jarrett Rendel and Curt Lancaster. Murphy slipped back to finish fifth.

The tenth and final feature event of the night was the Bomber C Main in which only six of the 12 drivers in the line up actually started. Morenci, Michigan’s Brenem Mellon pulled away and won his first feature race ever. Wil Garland was second followed by Taylor Dippman, Ryder Price and Henry Walls Jr.

Racing action heats up once again on Saturday, August 1st with the return of the American Late Model Series and a $2,000 to win show. The UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Compact classes will also be back in action including some double features. The UMP Sportsman feature and Bomber B Main from July 18 will be added to this show. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

Rain Halts Late Model Feature

A heavy downpour stopped the Saturday night racing action at Oakshade Raceway prematurely, nine laps into the UMP Late Model feature.

With threatening clouds looming over the area, track officials decided to skip intermission and bring out the UMP Late Model feature race instead. Devin Shiels took off into the lead from his pole starting position. After suffering more motor problems, Rusty Schlenk out of McClure, Ohio was in a car borrowed from Ken Hahn and driving hard. Schlenk took over the lead on lap four. Shiels continued to run second while the leaders began to lap some of the slower cars at the back of the field. A close call for Shiels ended up in a caution flag on lap nine. Shiels ducked low under a couple lapped cars and Troy Catterene didn’t realize Shiels was there. Catterene almost got into the side of Shiels, but corrected at the last second that resulted in him spinning into turn one to bring out the final caution of the night. That is when the rain began to increase and eventually became a wind driven downpour that put a damper on the rest of the night’s racing.

The UMP Late Model feature will pick up where it left off with 16 laps remaining on Saturday, July 25 as part of the Sportsman Twin 25’s racing program. A regular night of racing for the UMP Late Models, Bombers and Compacts will also be part of that program that will feature two complete 25-lap features for the Sportsman class. The make-up features from the 7/18 rain out for the Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts will be determined at a future date.


Billy Moyer Jr. Wins Birthday Race/Bobby Pierce Hangs On To Hell Tour Championship

Billy Moyer Jr. from Batesville, Arkansas came to town to try and steal the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Championship at the series finale event which is Oakshade Raceway’s $10,000 to win Birthday Race. Despite doing everything in his power on this final night including winning the $10,000 finale, Moyer came up just 10 points short as Bobby Pierce’s fifth place finish was enough to sew up the Summer Nationals Championship.

Moyer split between Dona Marcoullier and Jeep Van Wormer on the first lap of the Birthday Race feature event, going three-wide to take the lead. After opening up a bit of an early lead, Marcoullier and Casey Noonan began to chip away at Moyer’s advantage. Once the lead pack hit lapped traffic though, Moyer was once again able to lengthen his lead as he masterfully worked through the slower traffic. Noonan was able to take second from Marcoullier on lap 27 of the 60-lap main event, but was unable to mount a challenge for the lead. Billy Moyer Jr. picked up his first Birthday Race victory and a nice check for $10,000. Sylvania, Ohio’s Casey Noonan finished a strong second. Jason Feger, from Bloomfield, Illinois, had a strong run during the middle portion of the race passing quite a few cars on the high side, but third place was as high as he would get. Houghton Lake, Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier slipped back to finish fourth and the 2015 UMP Summer Nationals Champion Bobby Pierce from Oakwood, Illinois was fifth.

The Summit Modified Nationals 25-lap feature event was dominated by David Mielke from Gladwin, Michigan. He started on the pole and led the entire distance. Jacob Poel, Collin Thirlby and Brian Ruhlman had a pretty heated battle for the second through fourth positions much of the race. Ruhlman continually tried to work the high side and Thirlby looked low and high to try to get by Anderson while fending off Ruhlman. In the end, Poel out of Spring Lake, Michigan held on to finish in second, a good distance behind race winner David Mielke. Traverse City, Michigan’s Collin Thirlby finished third and Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman slipped back a bit, but managed a fourth place finish. Matt Hamilton out of Aurora, Indiana took fifth.

The Sport Compact feature event was the final race of the night and produced the most exciting finish out of all three features. Richard Riffe out of Toledo, Ohio started on the outside of the front row and after some four-wide racing on the first lap, managed to take over the race lead. While under a caution period, Riffe’s car lost power and was coasting down the front stretch very slowly. Luckily for Riffe, he was able to get the car refired and maintained his position as the leader. Jerry “Bubba” Gibsom kept looking to the inside of Riffe for the lead and actually took the lead on the final lap, but Riffe fought back to the inside and the two drivers came off turn four coming to the checkered flag side by side with Riffe narrowly edging out Gibsom at the line for the win. Waldon, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau took third and Josh Floyd from Neapolis, Ohio ended up fourth after starting 14th. Clayton, Michigan’s Jarrett Rendel finished fifth.

The UMP Sportsman and Bomber classes will be back in action along with the UMP Late Models and Sport Compacts on Saturday, July 18 for a full racing program starting at 7pm. Gates will open at 4pm.