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Miller Wraps Up Season Championship

Brett Miller unofficially captured the Oakshade Raceway UMP Sportsman Track Championship in his very first season in the division. Championships among all three classes on Season Championship night were not determined until the final races of the night.

Brett Miller started on the outside of the front row of the 25-lap feature event with a 35 point advantage over Matt Lindsey, who started inside row four. Miller slipped back to fifth shortly after the drop of the green flag as Tim Line took command of the race.

Line led the first part of the race after starting on the pole. Brian Fisher closed in and was the leader by lap four and began to check out on the field until the yellow flag flew on lap 18.

Rob Liaeff had spun entering turn one which brought out the yellow. Just about at the same time, Joe Smith’s top five run ended as he stopped at the end of the backstretch with mechanical problems.

Fisher hugged the inside around the corners and Tim Line tried to find a way to catch the leader by using the high groove. Fisher wouldn’t be caught and won his fourth feature of the year which moved him up past Mike Jessen to third in the final point standings unofficially.

Tim Line came home second with Brett Miller finishing the race third and first in the points. Mike Jessen crossed the line fourth and B.J. Gregory was fifth.

A big pile up in turn one that involved Rick Dixon, Jamie Grochowski, Tim Mullendore, Billy Brown, Dan Shaffer, Steve Morris, Tony Tolles and Matt Lane brought out the yellow flag just after the field took the green in the Season Championship UMP Bomber A Main.

Danny Hogrefe had a slim chance of catching Jim Scout for the championship and did all he could by taking the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Scout started 21
st and gingerly marched his way up through traffic.

After the ugly incident at the start, the rest of the race ran caution-free and Hogrefe collected his second UMP Bomber A Main win of the year. Todd Silvey had another strong run finishing second followed by Joe Cordes. Jim Scout gained 17 positions to finish fourth and unofficially claimed the Oakshade Raceway UMP Bomber Championship. Jerry Signor ended up fifth after also starting deep in the field.

Derek Morris put himself behind the eight ball early in the UMP Hornet Feature as he tried to capture that point championship when he made contact with Adam Noonan while battling for the lead. Morris ended up wrecking on the first lap and had to go to the tail for the restart after bringing out the yellow flag.

Curtis Spurgeon had to give up second under the yellow to go to the pits to have a flat tire attended to.

Drew Smith held the point lead much of the season and took the race lead on lap four. Dylan Herman had jumped the restart after the caution brought out by Morris, but worked his way up to battle with Smith despite knowing the two position penalty was coming. Herman just edged out Smith at the checkered flag, but Smith was initially announced as the winner with Noonan second and Herman third after the penalty for jumping the start was enforced.

Adam Noonan was awarded his seventh feature win of the year after post-race inspection found the cars of both Drew Smith and Dylan Herman were not running the same sized tires on all four wheels resulting in both drivers being disqualified.

Unofficial Oakshade Raceway UMP Hornet Champion Derek Morris was credited with a second place finish followed by Brice Miller, Dylan Burt and Cody Stetten.

Rookie Bob Krumm led the entire distance of the UMP Bomber B Main to earn his first feature win. Jeff Geis pursued Krumm all the way to the checkered flag to end up second. Roscoe Stetten was third with Terry Rushlow moving up from his thirteenth starting position to finish fourth. Bob Mayer started fifth and ended up fifth.

The Sportsman Twin 25’s will highlight the racing action on Saturday, September 19 as well as the Celebrity Charity Race III which will raise money for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation in the fight against breast cancer. Among drivers scheduled to compete include defending champ, Norm Van Ness from NBC 24, Ryan Vetter from WTOL 11, Cliff Smithers from K100 radio, Wauseon Mayer Jerry Dehnbostel and Mr. January in the breast cancer calender Jon Eaton. Chrys Peterson from WTOL 11 will be the Grand Marshall for the event. The UMP Bombers and UMP Hornets will complete the racing action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.