No Racing This Saturday 7/9

Due to an unexpected death in the family, this weekend’s racing has been canceled. Oakshade will return to action the following Saturday (7/16) with the Birthday Race/DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Modified Nationals along with the Dominator Super Stocks. Gates will open at 10am and the pits will be open to everyone to meet and take pictures with drivers until 4pm. After 4pm you must have a pit pass to remain in the pits. Race time is TBA.


Steve Kester Back In Oakshade Raceway Winner’s Circle

WAUSEON, OH – An exciting night of racing at Oakshade Raceway was highlighted by 2020 Oakshade Raceway Late Model Track Champion Steve Kester putting his car in the Oakshade Winner’s Circle for the first time this season after leading from flag to flag in the 25-lap late model feature and Haley Dippman winning the first ever Hot Dog Race sponsored by Nickloy’s Fix & Fab and Hammer Down Racing Report.

Just before intermission, Haley Dippman and Chris Bleikamp drove out to the front stretch to compete in the first ever Hot Dog Race at Oakshade Raceway. Both drivers raced around the track for one lap with Bleikamp first to get back to the front stretch with Dippman close behind. Dippman was a little faster exiting her car as both drivers approached the wall to consume their hot dog and soda. Things were even as they returned to their cars, but Dippman got her helmet on and buckled back in faster. She took off to complete here second lap as Bleikamp appeared to struggle with his belts. Dippman came off turn four unchallenged and won the $100 courtesy of Nickloy’s Fix & Fab and an additional $84 that was donated by the night’s 50/50 winner.

After intermission, Steve Kester, out of Holland, Ohio, shot out to the lead of the Late Model feature event from his pole starting position. A couple of early yellows, including one on lap two that involved nearly half of the field, kept the field tight for the first few laps. After that, it was all green flag racing with Kester showing the way just ahead of an excellent battle for second between Casey Noonan and Devin Shiels. Eventually Brian Ruhlman would dispose of both drivers and take over the second position with five laps remaining. Despite dealing with lapped traffic, Kester was able to hang on and pick up the victory with Ruhlman settling for second. Shiels ended up third with Casey Noonan finishing fourth and remaining the track point leader by 13 points over Shiels. Hillard Miller finished in the fifth position.

Adrian, Michigan’s Carter Murday dominated the Sportsman feature event to earn his second consecutive feature win and padded his lead in the track point standings. Murday started on the pole and drove out to a huge lead the first part of the race. A few cautions would tighten up the field, but Murday drove away after each restart and picked up his third win of the season. Jake Gamber held off Mike Jessen to finish second. Jarrett Rendel and Scott Robertson were the rest of the top five finishers.

Justin Gamber and Kolin Schilt had a heck of a battle for the lead in the Dominator Super Stock A Main for pretty much the entire race. Gamber, out of Wauseon, Ohio, started on the pole and took the lead over Schilt at the start and the two drivers drove away from the rest of the field. Schilt had a close call near the finish of the race after trying to get by a couple lapped cars running side by side. Contact from one of those cars sent him sideways, but Schilt was able to gather it back in and continue on. The yellow flag did come out for Haley Dippman who ended up spinning after the contact which set up a one-lap shootout to the finish which did not disappoint. Schilt drove to the inside of Gamber for the race lead going into turn one after the restart. Schilt took the lead down the backstretch, but Gamber ducked back under Schilt going into turn three and muscled his way back to the lead at the finish line. Schilt settled for second followed by Adam Noonan, William “Bubba” Cundick and Curt Dickie.

The Compact A Main was slowed with a late caution as well that would wipe out Eric Carr’s lead and set up another one-lap race to the finish with Ryan Okuley restarting in second. Okuley tried to challenge Carr for the lead, but the Wauseon, Ohio, driver held him off to pick up his second consecutive A Main win and his third of the season. Okuley settled for a second-place finish with Jason Bailey, Jason Deshler and Brett Ireland the rest of the top five finishers.

The red flag flew on the first lap of the Dominator Super Stock B Main after a crash on the backstretch involving Jeff Wells, John Lonabarger, Harriet Callahan, Duane Fletcher and Mason Luttrell. That resulted in a complete restart that saw Herbie Haynes take command. Gregg DeTray began closing on Haynes and took the lead on lap five after Haynes slowed on the backstretch and retired to the infield. DeTray, from Swanton, Ohio, then drove away and picked up the easy victory over Wesley Fisher, Duane Fletcher, Zeke McNew and Jason Drummond.

The Compact B Main wrapped up the night’s racing action with another exciting finish. Taj Mitchell started from the pole and led all but one lap. Aaron VanPelt pressured Mitchell for the lead, but then retired to the pits on lap five. James Stamper then took over the second position and he too would retire to the pits before the finish. Monclova, Ohio’s Gage Rushlow was next to take over the second position and got up alongside Mitchell at the white flag. Mitchell got up high in turns one and two and appeared to drop off the pace a bit as Rushlow took the lead. Mitchell got back up to speed entering the final set of corners, but Rushlow would come out of turn for with the lead and the win. Logan Streight was able to get by Mitchell on the final lap as well to finish second with Mitchell slipping back to third. Chris Rutan was fourth and Tyler Sandahl finished fifth.

The Vintage American Race Cars (VARC) will be making their annual visit to Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, July 9, with the cars on display behind the grandstands and a few exhibition races. Oakshade will also host its second Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series event in addition to racing action from the Sportsman, Dominator Super Stock and Compact racing divisions. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps/qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm.


Dusty Moore Dominates Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series Feature

WAUSEON, OH – An ecstatic Dusty Moore out of Swanton, Ohio, dominated the Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series feature event at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night picking up his first feature win of the season.

Moore started on the pole and darted out to a sizeable lead early in the 25-lap DIRTcar UMP Late Model main event, but the yellow flag would fly after a Steve Miller spin with one lap complete. Moore was able to repeat his initial start and pull away once again on the restart. With no more caution periods the remainder of the race, Moore eventually caught the tail end of the field and began to meticulously work through lapped traffic. That allowed the battle for second to close the gap behind the race leader ever so slightly. Moore would maintain a decent advantage and made it look easy picking up the win. Colin Shipley got by Drew Smith late in the race to finish in the second position. Rusty Smith finished fourth behind Drew and Terry Rushlow came home fifth.

Carter Murday became the first repeat feature winner this season in the Sportsman class at Oakshade Raceway. It was Jake Gamber gaining the lead at the start after starting on the pole. Murday tracked him down from this third starting position about halfway through the feature event. The Adrian, Michigan, driver then opened up a big lead until an incident involving Josh Corkwell, Karl Spoores, Abby Rendel and Matt Ringger brought out the yellow flag with three laps remaining. Murday pulled away again on the restart on the way to picking up the checkered flag. His second win of the season moves him to within 6 points behind track point leader Jesse Jones. Gamber held off Josh Robertson to finish second with Carter Schlenk and Mike Jessen rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Toledo, Ohio’s Dylan Burt led a caution-filled Dominator Super Stock A Main from flag to flag to earn his very first A Main feature victory. Burt started on the pole and began to open up some breathing room ahead of the battle for second. Numerous caution periods kept the field tight. The last of which came out after Kolin Schilt spun in turn two while battling for second with just four laps to go. Adam Noonan mounted a challenge on the restart, but Burt went on to pick up the checkered flag. Noonan held off Scott Hammer for a second-place finish. Last week’s A Main winner, William “Bubba” Cundick, ended up fourth behind Hammer with Roscoe Stetten in fifth.

Aaron VanPelt led the first couple laps of the Compact A Main feature event after starting on the pole. Last week’s B Main winner, Eric Carr out of Wauseon, Ohio, took command of the race on lap three and drove away to his second A Main win of the season. Ryan Okuley got by VanPelt to finish second with VanPelt settling for third. Brett Ireland took fourth and Jason Deshler wound up finishing fifth.

Dan Shaffer from Morenci, Michigan, survived a crash-filled Dominator Super Stock B Main to earn his first feature win of the season. Shaffer started on the outside of the front row and led the entire distance. A huge pile-up in front of the flag stand at the white flag involving Garry Domoe, Kyle Hickman, Haley Dippman and Harriet Callahan would bring out the red flag and set up a one-lap shootout to the finish. Shaffer would hang on to pick up the victory. Chris Bleikamp started deep in the field and got by Josh Overmyer on that final lap to finish second. Josh McNicol and Sam Estes were the rest of the top five finishers.

The evening’s racing would conclude with the Compact B Main. Drivers raced four-wide down the backstretch on the first lap for the lead and Christian Hulbert ended up getting turned around to bring out the caution. Brian Stutzman would lose a wheel while battling in the top five to bring out another caution flag a couple laps later. Dalton Mcvey led the entire event until slowing up a bit in turn two on the final lap. That allowed Chris Yockum from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to duck to the inside and take the lead coming off turn two. Mcvey would recover and drove back to the outside of Yockum in the final set of corners with Yockum just edging out the win in an exciting side by side finish. Tyler Sandahl finished third with Hulbert recovering for a fourth-place finish. Todd Drewes Jr. started deep in the field and earned a fifth-place finish.

Oakshade Raceway returns to racing action again this Saturday night with a full racing program of DIRTcar UMP Late Models, Sportsman, Dominator Super Stocks and Compacts. In addition, there will be a special “Hot Dog Race” at intermission sponsored by Nickloy’s Fix & Fab and the Hammer Down Racing Report. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps/qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm.