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Chris Keller Edges Out Rusty Schlenk In Exciting Finish

WAUSEON, OH – Saturday night’s UMP Late Model feature event at Oakshade Raceway had just about everything, including a three-wide race at the checkered flag. It was Chris Keller who narrowly edged out the win over Rusty Schlenk while both drivers split around a lapped car.

A couple of big wrecks marred the early parts of the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature. The first happened on lap three and involved Bob Mayer, Hillard Miller, Mike Bores and B.J. Gregory. On the ensuing restart, the red flag flew shortly after going green when at least nine cars piled up in turn two completely blocking the track.

Oakshade Late Model point leader Casey Noonan did not have a good night. He pulled off the track earlier in the evening during his heat race with an issue which forced him to start at the tail of the feature. Noonan wouldn’t make it to the finish and retired to the infield only a handful of laps into the event.

Dusty Moore had stayed in front of the early wrecks, leading the race after starting on the pole. Unfortunately for Moore, his car would erupt into a fireball coming off turn four while leading on lap 11. Moore got his car slowed down and stopped in the infield where track crews quickly extinguished the fire. Moore climbed out uninjured, but he was done for the night.

That turned the lead over to Adrian, Michigan’s Chris Keller with Rusty Schlenk running second. After the lap 11 restart, Keller was able to open a gap between himself and Schlenk and seemed to be on cruise control to an easy win. That was until Keller caught some of the back markers who were trying to stay on the lead lap. Keller got stuck behind Doug Baird who was running the same line as Keller. Keller kept trying to get to the inside of Baird, but Baird hung tough and continued to run the low groove. Schlenk saw what was happening in the last few laps and closed in. On the final lap, Schlenk jumped to the outside going down the backstretch while Keller squeezed to the inside of Baird as they entered turn three. Keller and Schlenk came off the final corner in a dead heat with the lapped car in the middle between them. Keller somehow managed to keep Schlenk from picking up his fourth Oakshade feature win by the nose of his car. Defending track champion Steve Kester finished third followed by Colin Shipley and Steve Miller. Devin Shiels sixth-place finish was good enough to regain the point lead after Noonan’s troubles.

A wreck just after the start in the UMP Sportsman feature brought out the only yellow flag of the race which resulted in a complete restart. When the green flag flew once again, Rusty Smith out of Sylvania, Ohio, jumped out in front and drove away from the field. Smith went on to pick up his third consecutive feature win and the fourth on the season. Carter Murday drove up through the field to finish second after starting 11th. Mike Jessen finished third and Josh Robertson maintains a slim point lead after ending up fourth. Trevor Miller finished fifth.

Gabe Mueller and Kolin Schilt put on an exciting show in the Bomber A Main. Mueller got out in front of the Bomber A Main after battling with Schilt the first couple of laps. Schilt would regroup and take the lead on a restart just past halfway, but Mueller wasn’t done. Mueller snatched the lead away from the Stryker, Ohio, driver after a late race restart. The two would then battle side by side on the final lap with Schilt narrowly edging out Mueller for the win. Mueller’s fifth consecutive second-place finish keeps him atop the Bomber point standings. Jeff Foks Jr. drove to a third-place finish after starting 12th with Chane Stuckey and Justin Gamber rounding out the rest of the top five finishers.

Joe Elliott got the lead early in the Compact feature event after battling with Eli Kolodie. Elliott maintained the top spot until an incident while battling with Jason Deshler for the lead took him out of contention. Deshler then took over as race leader until Eric Carr got by a couple laps later. Eric Carr would lead until the final lap. Joe Carr, out of Wauseon, Ohio, made a last lap pass for the win. It was his second win of the season. Eric Carr settled for second followed by Todd Drewes, Jason Deshler and Eli Kolodie.

Logan Hough was in command of the final race of the night, the Bomber B Main. Under a lap four caution, Hough’s car rolled to a stop on the track and his night ended early. Ronnie Bloomfield took over as the race leader and went on to pick up the win over Jeff Wells who just barely held off John Lonabarger at the finish for second. Dalton Iffland and Aaron Barrick were the rest of the top five finishers.

Oakshade Raceway hosts a big night of racing this Saturday, June 19th with the $5,000-to-win Barney Oldfield Race. The event is also an American Late Model Series race. UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.

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DeTray Wins First DTTS Feature/Schlenk Notches Third Feature Win Of Year

WAUSEON, OH – Oakshade Raceway hosted its first ever Dirt Track Truck Series (DTTS) event Saturday night which ended up with a familiar name taking the checkered flag, 2015 Bomber Track Champion Gregg DeTray. Rusty Schlenk also had a good night, picking up his third UMP Late Model feature win of the year at Oakshade as he continues to lead the national UMP DIRTcar point standings.

Last week’s UMP Late Model feature winner, Casey Noonan, started on the pole of the 25-lap main event and jumped out to an early lead. Hillard Miller moved passed Terry Rushlow for second shortly after a restart for a lap seven caution. McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk methodically marched his way toward the front after starting on the outside of the third row. By lap 11, Schlenk moved into third and a few laps later, he passed Miller for second. Schlenk closed in on Noonan and took the lead away with six laps remaining to pick up victory. Noonan ended up finishing second which was enough to take over the Oakshade Late Model point lead. Colin Shipley got by Hillard Miller for third right at the finish and Devin Shiels’ fifth place finish knocked him back to second in the points standings.

Donovan Paskan grabbed the early lead of the UMP Sportsman feature over Chris Williams after starting on the outside of the front row. Track point leader Josh Robertson took the lead away a few laps into the event while at the same time trying to fend off last week’s feature winner Rusty Smith. Smith, out of Sylvania, Ohio, finally took the lead away on lap seven of the 20-lap event. A few more caution periods in the second half of the race kept the field somewhat tight, but Smith was able come away with his second feature win in a row. Robertson finished second with Mike Jessen finishing third. Drew Smith started 10th and ended up finishing fourth with Chris Williams slipping back to end up fifth.

Swanton, Ohio’s Gregg DeTray started fifth in the DTTS feature event and used his familiarity with the track to drive to the front to win the first ever DTTS feature event at Oakshade Raceway. Rolly Heyder gained two positions from the start to finish second with Dwayne Powell finishing third. Kevin Knittle and Vincent Wagoner were the rest of the top five finishers.

It was an all-female front row to start the Bomber A Main with Amy Clair and Taylor Dippman. Taylor Dippman would get the early advantage with her father, Craig Dippman, putting on the pressure in second. Craig eventually took the lead away from Taylor and led a good deal of the race. Kolin Schilt and Gabe Mueller would get by Dippman for the top two positions late in the race with Schilt going on to pick up the win. It was the second A Main win of the season for the Stryker, Ohio, driver. Mueller finished second with Craig Dippman slipping back to finish third. Jeff Foks Jr. and Scott Hammer rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

The Bomber B Main capped off a great night of racing action at Oakshade Raceway. Curt Dickie out of Lyons, Ohio, had to work hard to fend off Donnie Ringman to take the checkered flag. Scott Barnhart started at the back of the field and climbed to a third-place finish with Logan Hough ending up fourth. Dave McMannamy finished fifth.

The Compacts will be back in action along with a full show of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman and Bombers this Saturday, June 12. Gates will open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.