Oakshade Raceway will be back in action this Saturday, 8/7/2021 with a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm!
WAUSEON, OH – Oakshade Raceway’s Night of Wheels put smiles on the faces of the many kids who got to take home a new bike on Saturday night. A total of 78 new bikes weregiven away plus some monetary prizes as well. The racing action was also exciting with Britton, Michigan’s Devin Shiels winning his third Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model feature of the season after taking the lead late in the feature race.
Dusty Moore started on the pole of the UMP Late Model feature event and took the early lead. Rusty Schlenk started eighth and had moved into second place by lap five of the 25-lap race. Schlenk caught Moore and started challenging for the lead by lap 11. The two drivers would continue to battle while working through lapped traffic. Three-time track champion Devin Shiels finally closed in on the leaders with only a handful of laps remaining. Shiels made quick work of both Schlenk and Moore going three-wide to take the lead with two laps remaining and went on to pick up the victory in the caution-free event. With the win, Shiels continues to lead the Oakshade point standings. Schlenk finally got by Moore and finished second which also moved him into second in the points ahead of Casey Noonan. Moore ended up finishing the race third with Chris Keller and Brad Wade rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.
Mike Jessen from Berkey, Ohio, got out to the early lead in the UMP Sportsman feature event. Multiple caution flags kept slowing things down and set up a one-lap shootout to the finish. Smith looked high and low to try to get around Jessen, but the four-time track champion held on to win his second feature of the year which also moved him up to first in the Sportsman point standings. Smith, who has won seven features this year, settled for a second-place finish followed by Jesse Jones, Josh Robertson and Jake Gamber.
Jeff Foks Jr. got by Jarrett Rendel for the lead on the second lap of the Bomber A Main. Point-leader Gabe Mueller moved up to second and then challenged Foks for the lead after an early caution. The two drivers battled side by side for several laps. Kolin Schilt closed in and spoiled their fun, splitting between both Foks and Mueller to take the lead. Schilt went on to post his seventh A Main win of the season. Foks held off Mueller for second. Chane Stuckey finished fourth with Justin Gamber fifth.
Current point leader in the Compact class, Eric Carr, earned himself his fourth Compact feature win of the season, which further increases the Wauseon, Ohio, driver’s points advantage over Jason Deshler who finished second in the feature. Dylan Iffland finished third and pole sitter Joe Carr ended up fourth. Jeff Goodman started 12th and finished in the fifth position.
The Bomber B Main featured one of the night’s most exciting finishes. Adam Lantz worked his way up through the field to take the lead on lap six after starting near the back. The race was plagued with multiple caution periods and the 12-minute time limit expired leading to another one-lap shootout to the finish with Lantz leading the field back to the green flag. Third-place in line was Wauseon, Ohio’s Dylan Hough who darted to the inside of Dalton Iffland to take second. Hough then drove deep into turn three and made an incredible move around the outside of turn four to get alongside Lantz and beat him back to the checkered flag. Lantz finished second and had something break in his steering and slammed hard into the tire barrier in front of a light pole along the backstretch. Lantz was able to walk away from the hard impact. Iffland, Josh McNicol and Ryan Clair were the rest of the top five finishers.
Megan Elliott from Waldron, Michigan, led from flag to flag in the final event of the night, the Compact B Main. Shelby Hulbert finished second followed by James Davis, Lawrence Mullins and Dalton McVey.
The Saturday night racing action continues this coming weekend with full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts on August 7. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps/qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm.
WAUSEON, OH – Persistent rain throughout the week and all day and night before the 23rd Annual Birthday Race left the grounds of Oakshade Raceway a bit soggy, but track crews were determined in working in the racing surface to get the show in. Fans and race crews packed the house with 53 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models competitors all vying for the $10,000 winner’s check. It was Senoia, Georgia’s Ashton Winger who pocketed the money after earning his second consecutive “Hell Tour” victory.
Dona Marcoullier started on the outside of the front row next to Tanner English and was able to secure the early lead of the 50-lap Birthday Race/DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model feature event. A big pile up involving almost half the field brought out the yellow flag just after completing the first lap. Jeep Van Wormer passed Marcoullier for the lead on a lap nine restart after the second caution of the race. Ashton Winger and Bobby Pierce began to close in on Van Wormer as the leaders approached slower traffic. Winger got by Van Wormer on lap 22 and then started to drive away from the rest of the field. The defending Birthday Race champion Chris Keller was running in the top five and spun on lap 37 ending his chances of a repeat. One lap later, Marcoullier was running fourth when he spun to bring out another caution flag. Winger was able to pull away from Pierce the final 12 laps for the win. Tanner English finished third and Rusty Schlenk gained nine positions to finish fourth. Van Wormer slipped back to end up fifth.
Sixteen-year-old Hunt Gossum out of Mayfield, Kentucky, started on the outside of the front row of the Summer Racing Equipment Modified Nationals feature and beat polesitter Chad Bauer back to the line to lead lap one. Gossum opened up a big lead, but a caution with 10 laps to go wiped out his advantage. Gossum pulled away from Curt Spalding after the restart and went on to pick up his second Oakshade Raceway Modified feature win. Dylan Woodling held off Brian Ruhlman to finish third. Chad Bauer fell back to finish fifth.
Oakshade Raceway Bomber point leader Gabe Mueller got out to a big lead early in the Bomber A Main. Only one caution flag flew about halfway through the race which eliminated Mueller’s lead. Stryker Ohio’s Kolin Schilt took advantage and looked to the outside of Mueller after the restart. He was able to take the lead away and drove to his sixth feature win of the season. Mueller settled for second followed by Jeff Foks Jr., Chane Stuckey and Donnie Ringman.
Donovan Paskan got the early lead in the Bomber B Main. Dan Dippman closed in on Paskan late and looked to the outside for the lead at the white flag, but a spin would bring out the caution and set up a one-lap shootout to the finish. Paskan, out of Fayette, Ohio, would go on to pick up the victory. Scott Barnhart was able to get by Dippman to finish second. Jeff Wells and Aaron Barrick were the rest of the top five finishers.
The Bomber C Main wrapped up an exciting night of racing with Adrian, Michigan’s Cody Stetten leading the entire distance to pick up his first feature win of the season. Jeff Strock was running second and spun halfway through the race sending him to the tail for the restart. Dave McMannamy finished second with Strock recovering with a third-place finish. Brian Stutzman and Jeremiah Gilbert were the rest of the top five finishers.
Oakshade Raceway will host the Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge series on Saturday July 24. The Sportsman and Compacts will be back in action along with the Bombers. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.