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Schlenk Makes It Two In A Row

WAUSEON, OH – Rusty Schlenk became the season’s first repeat UMP Late Model feature winner, notching his second consecutive win Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway.

Colin Shipley, who is third in the track point standings, slowed on the track shortly after the drop of the green flag in the UMP Late Model feature and brought out the only caution flag of the race. Shipley would retire to the pits to finish 23rd. Once the field returned to racing, Weston, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk and Adrian, Michigan’s Chris Keller put on a great battle for the lead. The two drivers battled side by side and exchanged the lead a few times. Finally, Schlenk in his Domination Race Car #91 was able to clear Keller and open some breathing room on his way to the checkered flag. Keller fended off point leader Devin Shiels to finish second. Dona Marcoullier had worked his way up to third at one point during the race but slipped back to finish fourth behind Shiels. Casey Noonan finished fifth.

Mike Jessen from Berkey, Ohio, closed the point gap between himself and point leader Josh Robertson just a bit after picking up the victory in the UMP Sportsman feature event. It was the first feature win of the year for the four-time track champion. Josh Robertson minimized the amount of points Jessen was able to gain with a second-place finish. Last week’s feature winner, Rusty Smith, finished third followed by George Lindsey and Ian Palmer.

Adam Lantz charged to the lead on the outside early in the Bomber A Main but would begin to fade halfway through the event. Jeff Foks Jr. from Holland, Ohio, would take over the race lead and go on to pick up his first feature win of the season. Point leader Gabe Mueller held off Brad Eitniear to finish second for the second consecutive week. Donnie Ringman and Justin Gamber were the rest of the top five finishers.

It was the battle of Carrs in the Compact feature event. Wauseon, Ohio’s Joe Carr started on the pole of the feature and went on to pick up his first feature win of the season over point leader Eric Carr.  Eric Carr got to the inside of Joe Car the final few laps, but Joe was able to hang on and pick up the victory in a close finish. Jason Deshler finished third with Ryan Okuley and Jeff Goodman rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Bobby Swagger opened a big lead early in the Bomber B Main which was the final race of the evening. Chane Stuckey, out of Toledo, Ohio, quickly ran down Swagger after starting 12th and took the lead by lap three. The red flag would fly on lap six after Ron Hulbert’s machine caught fire while racing. The fire was quickly extinguished, and Stuckey went on to pick up the easy B Main victory. Swagger finished second followed by Chris Bleikamp and last week’s B Main winner, Jeff Wells. Pole-sitter Ryan Clair slipped back to finish fifth.

The American Late Model Series returns to Oakshade Raceway for the first time since 2019 this weekend along with UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm this Saturday.

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Rusty Schlenk Back In Oakshade Winner’s Circle

WAUSEON, OH – Six-time Oakshade Raceway Late Model Champion Rusty Schlenk became the third different UMP Late Model feature winner in as many weeks after picking up the victory Saturday night at Oakshade.

Current point leader and three-time track champion Devin Shiels launched the lead on the first lap of the UMP Late Model feature after starting on the outside of the second row. A big pile up involving Chad Doxsee, Bill Reeves Sr. and Scott Moyer brought out the red flag on lap four to give track crews a little more room to work to clear the nearly blocked track.

McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk had worked his way up to second by the time of the incident and put on a heck of a battle with Shiels after the restart. The two driver’s battled door to door with Schlenk getting the advantage on lap five. Shiels fought back and regained the lead by a nose the following lap. Finally, after more than a handful of side-by-side racing for the lead, Schlenk was able to clear Shiels on lap 11. Schlenk stretched his lead and went on to take the checkered flag. Shiels was able to close the gap just a bit a couple times while working through slower traffic but had to settle for a second-place finish with Casey Noonan finishing third. Pole-sitter Colin Shipley slipped back to end up fourth with Dusty Moore rounding out the top five.

Rusty Smith out of Sylvania, Ohio, started on the pole of the UMP Sportsman feature and after a couple early race cautions he began to pull away with the lead. Late in the race, Anthony Voyles and Steve Mills got together with Mills slamming hard into the front stretch wall bringing out the red flag with four laps remaining. After the restart, Smith once again pulled away from the field and went on to pick up his first feature win of the season. Carter Murday finished second followed by Mike Jessen and last week’s feature winner, Josh Robertson, who had to start in the back of the field. George Lindsey was fifth.

Things got messy at the start of the Bomber A Main with a multi-car incident on the first lap that brought out the yellow and necessitated a complete restart. Stryker, Ohio’s Kolin Schilt started on the pole and jumped out in front of the field and opened up a decent lead. A late caution wiped out Schilt’s advantage and set up a three-lap dash to the finish with last week’s A Main winner Gabe Mueller and Adam Lantz right behind. Schilt was able to hang on and pick up his first feature win of the season with Mueller and Lantz finishing second and third respectively. Jeff Foks Jr. gained six positions from the start to finish fourth with Donnie Ringman ending up fifth.

Last week’s Compact A Main feature winner, Cory Gumm, started on the pole but steering issues would cut his night short. After an early caution at the start of the race, things got interesting with a four-wide battle for the lead going into turn three. Joe Elliott, Jason Deshler, Charles Hargett and Eric Carr from Wauseon, Ohio, all fought for the top spot with just about each driver leading at least one lap. Carr would fall off the pace after dropping a cylinder. Somehow Carr would persevere and came back to pick up his second win of the season in a close one over Deshler. Hargett would come home third with Todd Drewes and Joe Elliott rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Aaron Barrick led the first couple laps of the Bomber B Main until Toledo, Ohio’s Dylan Burt took command on lap three. Craig Turner was running in the top five but contact with Cody Stetten would end up bringing out the yellow flag sending both drivers to the tail. Logan Hough had worked his way up to second despite some early race damage and ended up falling off the pace and retiring to the pits just past the halfway point of the race. More trouble for top five cars came on lap nine when Barrick spun while running in the third position. In the end, Burt was able to fend off Stetten who had worked his way back up to second after his earlier caution. It was Burt’s first feature win of the season. Following Stetten was Ryan Clair in third and Dave McMannamy in fourth. Jason Drummond finished fifth.

In Compact B Main action, Todd Drewes Jr. got by John Hart to lead the first lap and then proceeded to pull away with the lead. Mid race, Drewes slipped up high and then fell off the pace which allowed Chariti Roby from Butler, Indiana, to get by and pick up her second consecutive B Main victory. Matt Stratton finished second followed by Vanessa Goodman and John Hart. Drewes held on to finish fifth.

The Bomber C Main was the final race of the night with former asphalt racer Jeff Wells out of Toledo, Ohio, leading from flag to flag to pick up his first feature win. David Ellis finished second followed by Jeff Clark, Bradley Goad and Seth Baker.

Action continues next Saturday, May 22, with more UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Compact racing at Oakshade Raceway. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.

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Chad Finley Takes Checkers At Oakshade

WAUSEON, OH – Former NASCAR Truck Series driver Chad Finley scored his first dirt late model feature win of the year Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway.

Jim Plotts started on the pole and looked strong leading the first half of the UMP Late Model feature event. Plotts fended off an early challenge from Colin Shipley. Dewitt, Michigan’s Chad Finley worked his way past Shipley and took the lead from Plotts on lap 14 of the 25-lap main event. Casey Noonan moved up to second late in the race after starting sixth but could not close in on Finley who took the checkered flag easily in the caution-free race. Noonan settled for a second-place finish with Rusty Schlenk taking third. Plotts faded back to fourth with last week’s feature winner, Devin Shiels, finishing fifth.

In just his second start in the UMP Sportsman class, Donovan Paskan drove out in front of the feature after starting on the pole. Unfortunately, that lead was short-lived as Ian Palmer powered by to lead by the completion of lap number one. Palmer led the first handful of laps with Defiance, Ohio’s Josh Robertson knocking on the door. Robertson was able to Palmer for the lead and never looked back. A late caution would tighten up the field and give second place runner Carter Murday a shot at the lead, but Robertson was too strong and picked up the victory. Murday settled for second with Mike Jessen third. Palmer slipped back to finish fourth with Paskan rounding out the top five finishers.

Gabe Mueller, from Holland, Ohio, started on the pole of the Bomber A Main and led the entire distance to pick up the win. Multiple cautions kept the field tight, including one for last week’s A Main winner, Adam Lantz which ended his night early. Jeff Foks Jr. started 12th and worked his way all the up to a second-place finish with Justin Gamber, Kolin Schilt and Donnie Ringman the rest of the top five finishers.

Last week’s Compact A Main feature winner, Eric Carr, took the early lead in this week’s feature event. Cory Gumm, out of Hillsdale, Michigan, had battled with Carr for the lead last week before falling off the pace. This week, however, Gumm was able to take the lead from Carr on lap five. Despite his motor running at over 300 degrees, Gumm held off Carr to pick up the checkered flag. Carr finished second followed by Ryan Okuley, Charles Hargett and Todd Drewes.

A spectacular crash brought the Bomber B Main to an immediate halt on the very first lap. Dylan Wittes got in front of the field and got turned sideways entering turn three and barrel rolled several times. Wittes was uninjured but was done for the night. Once racing resumed, Burt Sharp paced the field with Taylor Dippman following in second. A car length or two separated Sharp and Dippman for most of the race. On the final lap, Dippman drove hard under Sharp going into the final set of turns. Somehow Dippman’s car stuck and the Oregon, Ohio driver came off the final corner with the lead and was first to cross the finish line. Sharp came across second with Alex Stoudinger recovering after an earlier caution to finish third. John Lonabarger and Scott Forrest finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Oakshade Raceway capped off the night with a Compact B Main that saw only half the grid make it out on to the track. Butler, Indiana’s Chariti Roby led the entire distance and picked up the easy win over Todd Drewes Jr. and Vanessa Goodman.

Action continues next Saturday, May 15, with more UMP Late Model, UMP Sportsman, Bomber and Compact racing at Oakshade Raceway. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.