Schlenk Wins $2,000 ALMS & Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Feature

WAUSEON, OH – Rusty Schlenk powered his way to his seventh Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model feature win of the season in the Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series and American Late Model Series (ALMS) co-sanctioned event on Saturday night.

Three-time Oakshade Raceway late model champion Devin Shiels battled side by side with Rusty Schlenk early in the 30-lap main event. Last week’s feature winner had trouble on the second lap. Colin Shipley spun and brought out the caution two forcing him to restart at the rear after running in the top five. Shiels would off Schlenk to lead the first handful of laps, but Schlenk had a great run coming off turn two and ducked under the #51 car to take the lead for good on lap six.

Casey Noonan suffered a devastating blow to his track championship hopes after cutting down a tire and spinning to bring out the yellow flag on lap eight. Noonan was running in the top five at the time of the incident and was second in track points behind Shiels heading into next week’s season championship night.

Schlenk proceeded to pull away from the rest of the field the second half of the race. He opened a straightaway advantage over Shiels running in second. Shiels’ second-place finish unofficially secured him another championship for the Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series sponsored by Dirt Nerds Podcast, Napa of Bryan, Archbold & Wauseon, Soldier Boy Productions and Das Essen Haus. Cody Bauer climbed nine positions to finish third. Colin Shipley recovered nicely after his early spin to end up fourth and Rich Bell finished fifth.

Rusty Smith out of Sylvania, Ohio, started on the outside of the front row of a caution-filled UMP Sportsman 20-lap feature and drove to his seventh feature win of the season. His win closes him to within 15 points behind Mike Jessen going into next week’s season championship. Jessen did not allow Smith to gain too many points with his second-place finish in the feature. Josh Robertson, who led the track point standings earlier in the season, finished third followed by last week’s feature winner, Carter Murday, and Jake Gamber in fifth.

In the Bomber A Main, Kolin Schilt jumped out to the early lead from his outside front row starting position. Schilt would lead all the way until the white flag lap. He pushed up going into turn two on the final lap and Jeff Foks Jr. drove by on the inside to take the lead coming to the checkered flag. It was the fourth win of the season for the Holland, Ohio, driver and now he is just eight points out of the Bomber point lead. Schilt settled for second with Adam Lantz third. Bomber point-leader Gabe Mueller finished fourth with Scott Hammer was fifth.

The Compact A Main featured some exciting racing action at the front. Eric Carr, Joe Carr and Jason Deshler were battling three-wide for the lead late in the race. Eric Carr was squeezed in the middle and ended up spinning into the infield tires in turn two which brought out the yellow flag. That set up a one-lap dash to the finish with Joe Carr managing to fend off Deshler for the win. It was the Wauseon, Ohio, driver’s third feature win of the year. Joe Elliott finished third with Todd Drewes gaining 11 positions to finish fourth. Jeff Goodman ended up fifth.

The Bomber B Main was the final event of the night. Dylan Burt, out of Toledo, Ohio, wasted no time getting out front by the completion of lap one after starting sixth. Burt went on to lead from flag to flag to win his second B Main of the year. Garry Domoe finished second with Dylan Herman climbing 10 spots to finish third. Chris Bleikamp and Ryan Clair were the rest of the top five finishers.

Oakshade Raceway Season Championship Night is this Saturday, September 4 for all four classes (UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman, Bombers & Compacts). Gates open at 4pm with hot laps & late model qualifying at 6pm. Racing starts at 7pm.


Colin Shipley Earns First Oakshade Late Model Feature Win!

WAUSEON, OH – Dippman Motorsports sponsored an exciting evening of racing action at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday that was highlighted by Colin Shipley’s first UMP Late Model feature win.  

Earlier in the night, Dippman Motorsports fast qualifier awards ($75 each) went Rusty Schlenk in the UMP Late Models with a time of 15.435 and Kolin Schilt in the Bombers with a time of 17.352.

At the start of the 25-lap Dippman Motorsports UMP Late Model feature, Steve Miller jumped out to the lead after starting on the pole. Colin Shipley from Weston, Ohio, started on the outside of the second row and snatched away the lead by lap four. Behind him, Schlenk, Miller and Casey Noonan battled three-wide for second. This allowed Shipley to pull out to a decent sized lead over the second-place battle. Schlenk eventually took the second position and began to reel in Shipley. While working through slower back markers, Schlenk was able to catch Shipley and challenge for the lead. Schlenk bounced off the front stretch wall a couple times trying to find away around the teenage driver but had to settle for second as Shipley took the checkered flag for the first time in a late model feature event at Oakshade Raceway. Point leader Devin Shiels finished in second and also won the $100 Dippman Motorsports Hard Charger award for gaining the most positions (6) from the start of the race. Dusty Moore was fourth and Noonan fell back to finish fifth.

Rusty Smith was looking for his eighth UMP Sportsman feature win of the season at Oakshade and took the lead from Karl Spoores on the second lap of the 20-lap Dippman Motorsports feature event. Another young driver, Carter Murday from Adrian, Michigan, had other plans and put on a heck of a battle with Smith for the race lead. Murday would lead lap 15, but Smith regained the lead the next lap. Murday and Smith raced side by side the final couple of laps with Murday edging out Smith for his third feature win of the year. Murday’s advance of four positions also earned him the additional $100 Dippman Motorsports Hard Charger award. Point leader Mike Jessen finished third followed by Spoores and Jake Gamber.

Wauseon, Ohio’s Adam Lantz started on the pole of the Dippman Motorsports Bomber A Main and led from flag to flag for his third A Main win of the season. Kolin Schilt was able to pressure Lantz for the lead near the finish but ended up finishing second. Jeff Foks Jr. finished third and continues to close up the points battle with Gabe Mueller who ended up fourth. Mueller leads the points by just 16 with two more point racing weekends left in the season. Donnie Ringman finished the A Main in the fifth position and Josh Corkwell gained nine positions to finish ninth to win the Dippman Motorsports Hard Charger award.

The Dippman Motorsports Compact A Main featured quite a few great battles for the lead. Joe Carr and last week’s feature winner Jason Deshler battled early with Carr getting out front. Eric Carr then entered the mix for the lead and got it, but the race wasn’t yet over. While Deshler and Eric Carr continued to battle for the lead, Hillsdale, Michigan’s Cory Gumm passed both drivers to take the lead at the white flag. Gumm went on to post his sixth feature win of the season with Eric Carr edging out Deshler to finish second. Joe Car finished third with Joe Elliott in fifth. John Roby Jr. finished ninth but gained six positions during the race to earn the Dippman Motorsports Hard Charger award.

The Dippman Motorsports Bomber B Main featured more exciting racing for the lead and a photo finish. Chris Bleikamp started on the pole and led the field going into the first set of turns. Shane Estes from Waterville, Ohio, ducked to the inside of Bleikamp and took the lead coming off the second corner with a little bit of contact between the two drivers. Estes would lead most of the race with Bleikamp pressuring in second. Bleikamp took advantage of a restart after a lap nine caution to move to the inside of Estes and reclaim the lead, but Estes would crossover back under Bleikamp in turns three and four to retake the lead with two laps to go. Roscoe Stetten closed in late and got up alongside Estes on the final lap coming to the checkered flag with Estes barely hanging on to pick up the victory. Cody Stetten got by Bleikamp to finish third and Josh McNicol ended up fifth. Bill Reeves Jr. was the Dippman Motorsports Hard Charger winner, gaining nine positions after starting last.

Gage Rushlow took the lead at the start of the final event of the night, the Compact B Main but then appeared to have some handling problems. Taj Mitchell would take the lead and Rushlow ended up spinning on lap four to bring out the yellow flag. Mitchell, out of Edon, Ohio, would lead the rest of the way and take the checkered flag over Todd Drewes Jr., James Davis, Jonathan Gerard and Christian Hulbert.

The final Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series event is set for this Saturday, August 28 at Oakshade Raceway. The Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts will also be in action with gates opening at 4pm, hot laps/qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm.


Schlenk Earns Sixth Feature Win Of Season

WAUSEON, OH – Rusty Schlenk convincingly picked up his sixth feature win of the season Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway in the Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series event.

Pole-sitter Dan Wallace led the field into turn one at the start of the UMP Late Model feature and then slipped up high and lost a few positions. Devin Shiels took advantage and moved into the lead. Schlenk closed in on Shiels and pressured him for the lead. The McClure, Ohio, driver finally took over the top spot by lap eight and then drove away from the rest of the field. Shiels fought with Brian Ruhlman for second with the two drivers trading the position a couple times. Shiels was able to maintain his point lead with a second-place finish ahead of Ruhlman. Dusty Moore finished fourth and Colin Shipley gained the most positions to finish fifth after starting 19th.

Jeff Robertson led the first half of the UMP Sportsman feature with Rusty Smith knocking at the door. Josh Robertson took advantage of a mid-race caution and rocketed by the top three drivers on the outside shortly after the restart. Robertson, out of Defiance, Ohio, went on to win his second feature of the year. Smith held off last week’s feature winner, Carter Murday, to finish second. Jeff Robertson slipped back to finish fourth with Jake Gamber fifth.

Curt Dickie and Adam Lantz battled for the lead the first few laps of the Bomber A Main, trading the lead back and forth several times until Lantz finally got in front. Jeff Foks Jr. was hooked up in the top groove and took the lead away from Lantz late in the race. A late caution set up a one-lap shootout to the finish. Lantz dove the inside of Foks and Gabe Mueller ducked under Lantz for a three-wide battle for the lead down the backstretch and most of the way to the checkered flag. Foks, out of Holland, Ohio, managed to edge out Lantz for the win by inches. Mueller was a very close third followed by Chane Stuckey and Curt Dickie.

The Compact A Main had a lot of excitement at the front of the pack. Joe Carr passed Kaleb Hinkley to lead the first lap. Hinkley fought back and made a three-wide move under Joe Carr and Eric Carr to get back in front of the field. Eric Carr and Hinkley got together on lap four and Jason Deshler ducked under both drivers to take the lead. Eric Carr held on to second and tried to get the lead back from Deshler with the drivers making contact at least once. In the end, the Adrian, Michigan, driver held on for his first feature win of the season. Eric Carr settled for second. Dominic Morehouse finished third. Hinkley fought back to end up fourth with Jeremy Wilber rounding out the top five finishers.

Shane Estes got in front of the pack in the Bomber B Main at the drop of the green flag with Adrian, Michigan’s Cody Stetten pressuring in second. Stetten finally took the lead on lap four after a good side by side battle and went on to pick up the checkered flag. Estes finished second followed by Roscoe Stetten, Josh Corkwell and Garry Domoe.

Lawrence Mullins and James Davis got together battling for the early lead in the final event of the night, the Compact B Main. Devin Goodman, from Wauseon, Ohio, slipped under both drivers to take the lead. Gage Rushlow got to the inside of Goodman on the final try to steal the win away, but Goodman was able to edge out Rushlow at the finish line. Eli Kolodie started at the back of the field and drove to a third-place finish with Clayton Smith and Bruce Lentz the rest of the top five finishers.

Saturday, August 21 is Dippman Motorsports Night with increased purses for all classes (UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers & Compacts) and bonus awards for fast qualifiers and hard chargers. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps/qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm.