Kester Goes Topless For First Win Of Season

Topless UMP Late Models sporting open cockpits with no roofs highlighted the final night of racing for the 2017 season at Oakshade Raceway with Steve Kester picking up the exciting feature win.

Dusty Moore darted out to the lead at the drop of the green flag in the topless UMP Late Model feature event. With no caution flags in the race, lapped traffic played a role in the battle for the lead. Kester, from Holland, Ohio, caught Moore and was able to get to the inside of him on lap 15 of the 25-lap race. Ryan Missler made an incredible move to get by both Moore and Kester to take the lead on lap 19 while in heavy lapped traffic. Kester fought back and snatched the lead away two laps later and went on to pick up his first feature win of the year. Missler settled for a second place finish with Rusty Schlenk ending up third. Moore slipped back to finish fourth and last week’s UMP Late Model feature winner, Casey Noonan, was fifth.

Swanton, Ohio’s B.J. Gregory rocketed to his fourth UMP Sportsman feature win of the year. Last week’s Sportsman Dirty 30 feature winner, Mike Jessen, led the first three laps until the only caution flag of the race waved for Rich Bentley’s spin. Gregory launched past Jessen shortly after the restart and drove out to a huge lead. Despite a couple of close calls while working through lapped traffic, Gregory was able pick up the easy victory. Jessen finished a distant second followed by Rusty Smith, Brian Fisher and Skeet Reckner.

Chris Henry from Jackson, Michigan, earned his third Bomber A Main feature win of the season after leading flag to flag. Tim Hancock worked his way up to second which was as far as he would advance after starting fourth. He was unable to catch Henry who navigated through lapped traffic without any problems. Dean Taylor, Adam Noonan and Donovan Paskan were the rest of the top five finishers.

In the final Compact feature event of the season, Jason Deshler took the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Shortly after going three-wide for second, Carter Murday retired to the pits on lap four. Deshler, out of Adrian, Michigan, went on to post his second Compact feature this year. Nathan Goodman was the second place finisher followed by Cameron Tusing, Devin Goodman and Eric Carr.

Dan Shaffer and Jarrett Rendel battled down to the wire in the final race of 2017 at Oakshade Raceway, the Bomber B Main. Morenci, Michigan’s Dan Shaffer started on the pole and fended off an early challenge for the lead from Dylan Burt. Rendel worked his way through the field and fought with Shaffer the final couple laps for the lead. Shaffer held on for the win with Rendel settling for second. Burt ended up third followed by Ryder Price and Gabe Mueller.

With racing season now over, Oakshade Raceway will host its annual Swap Meet on Saturday, October 14 starting at 8am. Admission is just $5 and there is no spot fee.


Jeff Foks Jr. Wins Bomber Spectacular/Mike Jessen Wins Dirty 30

Oakshade Raceway hosted two special events on Saturday night, the Papa Boiler Bomber Spectacular and the Sportsman Dirty 30. Jeff Foks Jr. came out on top of an epic battle with Craig Dippman to win the $1,000 Bomber Spectacular and Mike Jessen claimed the $1,200 for winning a caution-free Dirty 30.

Rich Riffe started on the outside of the front row for the night’s main event, the Bomber Spectacular, and took the early lead. Craig Dippman came charging by both Jeff Foks Jr. and Rich Riffe to take the lead after making it three-wide for the top spot. Foks, out of Holland, Ohio, began to battle with Dippman once again with about 10 laps to go. The two drivers raced door to door for several laps with Foks finally taking over on lap 20 of the 25-lap race. Foks pulled away after a late race caution to pick up the Bomber Spectacular win. It was the fifth feature win of the season for the unofficial 2017 Bomber track champion. Dippman settled for a second place finish with Riffe holding on for third. Adam Noonan started 15th and managed a fourth place finish with Tim Hancock rounding out the top five finishers.

The Sportsman Dirty 30 was supported by a bunch of sponsors that included DK Products, Steve Mills, Wallace Racing Products, Performance Machining, Ron Miller Race Cars, Affordable Towing, Keith’s Automotive, John Morton, E & B Salvage, Ben’s Bump Shop, C&J Pallets, Magic Fountain, Kester Mowing, Central Collision, Cedar Downs Construction, Ambrosia’s Automotive, Wauseon Machine, Larry’s Muffler Shop, Chris Keller, Mark Gilbert Construction, Rusty Schlenk Racing, Bailey’s Body Shop/Racer’s Connection and Concrete Saw Cutter. Together they brought the Sportsman Dirty 30 race payout to start at $125 just to make the starting line up.

Billy Brown started on the pole of the 30-lap Dirty 30 and led the first lap before unofficial 2017 Sportsman Track Champion Drew Smith took command on lap two. Defending 2016 Sportsman Track Champion Mike Jessen from Berkey, Ohio, tracked Smith down and took the lead away on lap nine and then navigated lapped traffic to win his second feature of the year. Smith held off Mathew Chapman for a second place finish. Brian Fisher finished fourth with Matt Lindsey finishing fifth.

The UMP Late Models were also in action and put on quite a show in their main event. Rob Anderzack darted out to the early lead while being pursued by Brian Ruhlman. A caution on lap four slowed things down and on the restart, Anderzack, Ruhlman and Brett Miller fanned out three-wide to race for the lead. Ruhlman came out on top and took the lead by the completion of lap five. Ruhlman led a majority of the race, but Sylvania, Ohio’s Casey Noonan closed in and drove by Ruhlman to take the lead on lap 17. Noonan went on to open up a pretty big lead, but Ruhlman closed back in late in the race after Noonan got held up by some lapped cars. Noonan was able to hang on and pick up his first feature win of the year. Ruhlman settled for a second place finish.

Randy Murday from Adrian, Michigan, led from flag to flag in the final event of the night, the Compact feature event. Murday wasted no time getting to the front after starting outside the second row. The only caution flag flew on lap two after Ken Watts got turned into the front stretch wall. Josh Proffit tried to pressure Murday for the lead, but Murday was too strong and went on to post his first feature win of the year. Jason Deshler got by Proffit to finish second. Mark Barrick and Jeff Goodman were the rest of the top five finishers.

Oakshade Raceway’s final night of racing of the season takes place this coming Saturday, September 30 with topless UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts. All UMP Late Models will have their roofs removed for the night’s competition. Gates will open at 4pm, hot laps start at 6pm and racing begins promptly at 7pm.


$1,000 To Win Bomber Spectacular + $1,200 To Win Sportsman Dirty 30 This Saturday!

This Saturday will be an action packed night with the Papa Boiler Bomber Spectacular sponsored by Hot Rod Welding paying $1,000 to win! Plus the UMP Sportsman Dirty 30 paying $1200 to win & $125.00 to start. Plus UMP Late Models & Compacts. Gates open at 4pm. Hot Laps 6pm. Race at 7pm. General admission is $12.00 ages 12 & up. 6-11 $5.00. All pit passes $20.00.

Sportsman Dirty 30 sponsors include:
DK Products- Adrian, MI
Steve Mills- Adrian MI
Wallace Racing Products- Toledo, OH
Performance Machining- Ottawa Lake, MI
Ron Miller Race Cars- Lambertville, MI
Ruhlman Race Cars- Clark Lake, MI
Affordable Towing- Adrian, MI
Keith’s Automotive- Adrian, MI
John Morton- Adrian, MI
E & B Salvage- Adrian, MI
Ben’s Bump Shop- Adrian, MI
C&J Pallets- Adrian, MI
Magic Fountain- Adrian, MI
Kester Mowing- Holland, OH
Central Collision- Toledo, OH
Cedar Downs Construction
Ambrosia’s Automotive- Toledo, OH
Wauseon Machine- Wauseon, OH
Larry’s Muffler Shop- Adrian, MI
Chris Keller
Mark Gilbert Construction
Rusty Schlenk Racing- McClure, OH
Bailey’s Body Shop/Racers Connection- Adrian, MI
Concrete Saw Cutters- Dundee, MI