WAUSEON, OH – Rusty Schlenk picked another Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model feature win in Saturday night’s Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series main event. It was his second consecutive feature win and the third of the season for the McClure, Ohio, driver.
Schlenk started inside the second row of the 25-lap UMP Late Model feature event. At the drop of the green flag, he dove under Devin Shiels to take the race lead by the end of the first lap.
Schlenk pulled away from Shiels until he caught the tail end of the field about halfway through the race. Drivers were running two and three wide in front of the race leader and Shiels was able to close back to the rear bumper of Schlenk. Just as Shield caught him, the yellow flag flew for a third time in the race which reset the field and gave Schlenk a clear track ahead.
Shiels was able to stay within a few car lengths of Schlenk and settled for a second-place finish. Colin Shipley finished third and took over the point lead from Dusty Moore who pulled into the infield on lap 15 and did not finish. Chase Burda came down from Lapeer, Michigan, and posted a fourth-place finish with Casey Noonan coming home fifth.
Weston, Michigan’s Ryan Davis has had some strong runs the past few weeks at Oakshade in the Sportsman class. This week he was able to break Josh Robertson’s win streak and earned his first Sportsman feature victory. Early in the event, Carter Schlenk and Davis both pulled away from the rest of the pack. Schlenk had some issues trying to put a car a lap down and Davis capitalized on the opportunity and took the lead. He was able to hang on to the top spot all the way to the checkered flag. Josh Robertson settled for a second-place finish after posting the last three consecutive Sportsman feature wins with Schlenk taking third. Scott Robertson ended up fourth with Jake Gamber rounding out the top five finishers.
The Dominator Super Stock A Main ran caution-free and featured a great battle for the race lead during the first half of the race. Dylan Burt started on the pole and took the early lead. Wauseon, Ohio’s Adam Lantz charged to the outside of Burt and the two drivers battled side by side, lap after lap. Finally, Lantz was able to take over the race lead on lap seven and went on to pick up his third win of the season. Burt held on to finish second followed by Adam Noonan, Dan Shaffer and William “Bubba” Cundick.
Cory Gumm out of Hillsdale, Michigan, took early command of the Compact A Main feature event and went on to pick up his fourth win of the season with a dominating performance. Jason Deshler won his heat race earlier in the night and climbed four positions in the feature to end up second. Nathan Goodman, Brandon Paskan and Megan Elliott were the rest of the top five finishers.
Not to be outdone by the caution-free Dominator Super Stock A Main, the Dominator Super Stock B Main also ran through with no yellow flags. Curt Dickie from Lyons, Ohio, looked to have last week’s B Main well in hand until a late race caution wiped out his lead. Dickie fell back after leading the majority of that race. This week, Dickie got out front again at the start and held off a couple of challenges from Bill Reeves Sr., including one on the final lap as Reeves closed right to the rear bumper for Dickie at the checkered flag. Sam Estes finished third followed by Charles Stuckey and Jason Drummond.
Jeff Goodman started on the pole of the Compact B Main and took the early lead. Toledo, Ohio’s Brett Ireland charged his way quickly up to second. With two laps remaining, Goodman got held up by a lapped car. That was all Ireland needed as he drove around the outside for the race lead on his way to his first B Main win of the season. Josh Beaver got by Goodman for second. Goodman nursed his car that appeared to have something broken under the rearend to a third-place finish. Eli Kolodie and Dalton McVey rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.
This Saturday night, Oakshade Raceway hosts a full racing program of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Dominator Super Stocks and Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps/qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is just $14, ages 6-11 are $5 and kids 5 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $25.