Dusty Moore Wins Thrilling ALMS

WAUSEON, OH – The final American Late Model Series (ALMS) event of the year at Oakshade Raceway showcased some spectacular racing, making for one of the most exciting feature events of the entire season which was won by Swanton, Ohio’s Dusty Moore.

Moore started on the pole for the 30-lap ALMS main event and jumped out to the early lead with Casey Noonan pressuring. Just three laps in, the red flag flew after Chad White barrel rolled on the backstretch. White, who entered the night second in ALMS points, was able to drive his car back to the pits, but did not return to the race. After the ensuing restart, both Noonan and Ryan Missler got to the inside of Moore and raced several laps three-wide for the lead. The caution flag flew just after the halfway point in the race and Noonan took advantage on the restart. Noonan was able to take the lead from Moore on lap 18, but Moore fought back regaining the lead one lap later and then pulled away from Noonan. Missler would eventually get by Noonan for second and began to chip away at Moore’s lead, catching him with just a couple laps to go. The two drivers raced side by side while working through slower traffic. An ecstatic Dusty Moore held on to prevail and took the giant $2,000 ALMS feature win check. Missler settled for the runner up position with Noonan holding on to third. ALMS point leader and last week’s feature winner, Rusty Schlenk, finished fourth with Devin Shiels rounding out the top five finishers.

In UMP Sportsman action, Jerry Signor was working toward his third consecutive feature win, taking the lead at the start of the feature event after starting on the outside of the front row. Signor built up a big lead over Joel Morton and the rest of the field, but it would not be enough. Brandon Gregory was working his way up through the field, but multiple caution periods kept setting him back. Finally, Gregory was able to get up to within striking distance of the lead and took command on lap 11. Gregory went on to pick up his third feature win of the year with Signor coming home second. Morton maintained a third place finish followed by B.J. Gregory and Mike Jessen.

Terry Rushlow added a couple points to his slim track championship point lead over Jeff Foks Jr. by picking up the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main. It was the sixth A Main win of the season for the Holland, Ohio, driver. Foks, last week’s A Main winner, pressured Rushlow early in the race for the lead, but was not able to make it two in a row and ended up finishing second. Donovan Paskan finished third followed by William Cundick and Adam Noonan.

Hillsdale, Michigan’s Cory Gumm battled side by side with Nathan Goodman for the lead early in the Napa of Swanton Compact feature event. Gumm eventually cleared Goodman and set sail on his way to his seventh feature win of the year. Goodman maintained a second place finish followed by Eric Carr, Joe Elliot and last week’s feature winner Cameron Tusing.

A crazy Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main capped off the night’s racing action. John Lonabarger led the first three laps, but then pulled to the infield just as the caution flag flew for an incident involving Ryder Price and Jeffery Jessup. Those two drivers went to the tail for the restart. Steve Reeves inherited the lead, but Jessup worked back up to the front and ran down Reeves. He took the lead away at the white flag and was first to the checkered, but ended up being disqualified for having illegal tires. That turned the win over to Sherwood, Ohio’s Steve Reeves. Chris Bleikamp finished second followed by John Lonabarger who returned to the race to finish third. Dave McMannamy and Derrick Roseman were the rest of the top five finishers.

Oakshade Raceway will host the rescheduled Bill Reckner Memorial this Saturday, September 7 and Spiess Electric is throwing in some extra money for the A Main winners in the UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and the Napa of Swanton Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is just $14.


Schlenk Racks Up Win Number Four Of The Season At Oakshade

After getting rained out the week before, Mother Nature provided the perfect racing weather backdrop Saturday night for Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Night at Oakshade Raceway in which Rusty Schlenk, Jerry Signor and Jeff Foks Jr. all picked up their fourth feature wins of the season.

It was Casey Noonan who pulled out to a big lead early in the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing UMP Late Model feature event. About halfway through the race, McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk began to close up some of the distance on Noonan while working through lapped traffic. A Ky Harper spin would bring out the first caution flag in the race on lap 14 which put Noonan and Schlenk side by side for the double file restart. Noonan got the jump on Schlenk coming back to the green flag, but Schenk fought back and took the lead shortly after. Schlenk went on to pick up his fourth win of the year at Oakshade with Chris Keller finishing second. Noonan slipped back to finish third with Steve Kester finishing fourth and tightening up the championship point battle ever so slightly with Devin Shiels 39 points ahead after finishing the race just behind Kester in fifth.

Jerry Signor picked up his first UMP Sportsman feature win last month. Since then, the first year sportsman driver has been on a tear. Signor, our of Jackson, Michigan, led the entire distance of the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing feature event to pick up his second consecutive feature win which vaulted him over Mike Jessen in to the championship point lead. Brandon Gregory made a run at Signor on the final lap, but could only get to his back bumper before settling for a second place finish. Jacob VanDeVoorde finished third with Jessen gaining nine positions to take fourth. Josh Robertson finished fifth.

Terry Rushlow, Jeff Foks Jr. and Adam Noonan entered the night separated by just 12 points in the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers points. The three drivers were battling in the top three spots in the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Bomber A Main until Noonan dropped out late in the race, giving up the third position on the track. Foks and Rushlow put on a great battle for the lead for most of the race with Foks coming out on top in the end. The Holland, Ohio, driver was also celebrating his sixth wedding anniversary. Rushlow finished second and still maintains a slim four-point advantage over Foks in the point standings. Amy Clair ended a nice run in third after starting ninth. Gabe Mueller and Cody Stetten were the rest of the top five finishers.

Oakshade Raceway Napa of Swanton Compact point leader had some bad luck after spinning while battling three-wide for the lead in the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing feature event. This opened up the door for just the fourth different Compact feature winner of the year. Randy Murday led early, but Toledo, Ohio’s Cameron Tusing found his way to victory lane for the first time this year. Joe Elliot finished second followed by Ryan Okuley, Eric Carr and Murday.

Finally, the Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main wrapped up the night’s racing action. Scott Hammer led early after starting on the pole, but quickly faded leaving Dylan Burt and Lyons, Ohio’s Curt Dickie to battle for the lead. Dickie went on to hold off Burt for his first feature win of the season. Terry Bowers finished third followed by Derrick Roseman and Haley Dippman.

A big night of racing is scheduled for Saturday, August 31 with Cricket Wireless Authorized Dealer Night featuring the final $2,000 to win American Late Model Series event of the year at Oakshade Raceway. UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and the Napa of Swanton Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is just $14!


Dallas Hewitt Wins BOSS Non-wing Sprints

WAUSEON, OH – Sprint car racing returned to Oakshade Raceway for the first time in almost 20 years at Oakshade Racway. Twenty-eight Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) non-wing sprints were on hand with Troy, Ohio’s Dallas Hewitt picking up the Central Collision Night BOSS 25-lap feature win after leading all but one lap.

Tyler Gunn shot out to the lead after starting on the outside of the front row of the Central Collision Night BOSS non-wing sprint feature. He would lead the first lap, but Hewitt took command by lap two. Hewitt proceeded to open up a huge lead over Gunn and the rest of the field, but a red flag for a Ryan Barr flip on lap 15 would wipe that lead out. Barr was uninjured. On the restart, Gunn applied the pressure, getting up alongside Hewitt for the lead. The two drivers battle for several laps, but Hewitt eventually was able to drive away once again and capture the first sprint car checkered flag at Oakshade since 2001. Tyler Gunn settled for a second place finish with BOSS point leader Matt Westfall ending up third. Kory Crabtree and Steve Irwin were the rest of the top five finishers.

The 25-lap Central Collision Night UMP Late Model ran caution free. Mathew Chapman started on the pole and looked strong at the start. Chapman would lead the first eight laps, but McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk tracked him down and made the pass for the lead on lap nine while working through slower traffic. Schlenk continued to masterfully work through lapped traffic on his way to career late model win number 203 and his third of the year at Oakshade. Chapman would fend off last week’s feature winner, Devin Shiels, to finish second. Shiels’ third place finish keeps him atop the track championship point standings with Steve Kester just 42 points behind after his fourth place finish. Dusty Moore started fifth and finished fifth.

Bob Gregory won last week’s UMP Sportsman feature event and earned a pole starting position after winning his heat race earlier in the night. Gregory led the first eight laps of the Central Collision Night UMP Sportsman feature, but Jackson, Michigan’s Jerry Signor was hungry for another feature win after picking up his first two sportsman feature win within the past month. Signor and Gregory race side by side a couple laps with Signor taking the lead on lap nine. Signor credited his recent success to former track champion Mike Jessen who gave him some pointers on his sportsman. Jessen would end up finishing third and hangs on to a slim five point advantage over Signor in the track championship point standings. Brandon Gregory started eighth and made a late charge end up finishing second, just ahead of Jessen. Joe Smith and B.J. Gregory were the rest of the top five finishers.

The top three in points battled at the front of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Central Collision Night Bomber A Main. Terry Rushlow, the bomber point leader, led the entire distance with Jeff Foks Jr. hounding him for the lead late in the race. Rushlow, from Holland, Ohio, held on for the win with Foks settling for second after winning last week’s A Main. Adam Noonan finished third and remains third in the points with all three drivers within 12 points of each other. Dan Dippman gained six positions to finish fourth and Justin Gamber climbed seven spots to end up fifth.

Saturday’s racing program ended with a first time Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main winnner. Shane Estes out of Waterville, Ohio, started on the pole and held off a heated challenge from John Lonabarger to win his first ever Bomber B Main. Multiple cautions kept the field tight and the race ended in a one-lap shootout after the time limit had expired during the last caution period. Estes used some strategy and restarted very late in the restart zone to try to get the advantage and it worked. Lonabarger had to fight off Dave McMannamy to finish second. Chris Bleikamp finshed fourth behind McMannamy and Cameron Tusing, who is a regular competitor in the Napa of Swanton Compact class, stayed out of trouble and drove his way to a fifth place finish.

Oakshade Raceway will host the Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series finale on Saturday, August 17, as part full racing program that also includes UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Napa of Swanton Compacts. Devin Shiels, Casey Noonan, Steve Kester and Dan Wallace are all within three points of each other in the Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series heading into this weekend’s final events at both tracks. Gates open on Saturday at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is just $14.