WAUSEON, OH – For the second time in his career, Adam Lantz from Wauseon, Ohio, has won the Papa Boiler Dominator Super Stock Spectacular. Lantz last Papa Boiler Dominator Super Stock Spectacular win came back in the 2020 season.
After setting fast time earlier in the night, Lantz started inside the third row in the 25-lap main event. It took Lantz nine laps to work his way to the front and take lead away from John Lonabarger who had started on the pole.
Gabe Mueller took second from Lonabarger a couple laps later, however, Mueller would not finish. Mueller ended up retiring from the race on lap 21 which moved Craig Dippman up to the second position.
A late caution set up a three-lap shootout to the finish. On the restart, Lonabarger was running third and got sideways in turn two. Everyone took evasive action and Lonabarger was able take a detour through the infield and continue on but he fell outside the top 10.
Lantz went on to take the checkered flag and pocketed $1,000 for his efforts. Dippman finished second a few car lengths back followed by Dylan Burt, Scott Hammer and Ryan Missler who earned the Hard Charger award for gaining 12 positions to finish fifth.
Several early cautions slowed the action in the UMP Late Model feature. 2020 track champion Steve Kester led the first part of the 25-lap event with Carter Murday trailing. Murday closed in on Kester and began pressuring him for the race lead on lap 12.
The two drivers had to sort their way through some lapped traffic. On lap 18, Murday would take the lead on the backstretch, but Kester reclaimed the top spot going into turn three. Finally on lap 21, The Adrian, Michigan, driver took advantage of Kester getting held up behind a lapped car and took the lead for good.
Murday went on to pick up his third feature win of the season with Kester settling for a second-place finish. Rich Ruff finished third with Jake Rendel and Rusty Smith the rest of the top five finishers.
Kolin Schilt was looking for his first UMP Sportsman feature win and things looked good for him early in the 20-lap feature event after taking the initial lead from starting on the pole.
Unfortunately for Schilt, his lead was short-lived. The unofficial 2023 Sportsman track champion, Josh Robertson from Defiance, Ohio, took the lead from Schilt on lap three.
Robertson went on to pick up feature win number six on the year. Schilt was able to close in late in the race in lapped traffic, but ended up settling for a second-place finish. Donnie Ringman held off Rusty Smith for third and last week’s feature winner, Jake Gamber, ended up fifth.
The final race of the night, the Compact A Main, had a rough time getting going. Multiple caution flags resulted in a couple complete restarts. Once things got going, it was all Wauseon, Ohio’s Eric Carr. Carr started on the pole and pulled away from the field to lead all the way to the checkered flag. It was the fifth feature win of the season for the unofficial 2023 track champion.
Gavin Stambaugh had a decent night, winning his heat race and finishing second in the feature. James Stamper was able hold off Brandon Paskan for third and Geoff Wasnick climbed 10 positions to end up fifth.
This Saturday night, Oakshade Raceway will host Trick or Treat Night feature a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Dominator Super Stocks and Compacts. Kids are encouraged to come in costume and candy will be handed out at intermission. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps/qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is just $14, ages 6-11 are $5 and kids 5 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $25.