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Miller grabs first ever at Oakshade in UMP late
By Rick Eshelman
WAUSEON, OH (June 26, 1999) - After years oF near misses and close calls,
Defiance Ohio native Hillard Miller finally broke the drought by capturing the
25 lap UMP late Model feature by less than a foot at the finish line over
Toledo’s Rody Schroyer Saturday night at the Oakshade Raceway. Miller started
his Quality Cars # 53 in fifth and chased race leader Schroyer right up until
the final corner when he caught Schroyer at the checkered flag. Shane Yoder
again for the umpteenth time had to start way in the back and as is Yoder’s
season, the J&H Industries #8 finished a very close third. Polesitter George
Lindsey held on for a fourth place tally while Tony Marks who went off from the
seventeenth spot, finished fifth. It was the most exciting feature for the fans
Lyons Ohio pilot Aaron call notched his first 360 feature event as the #17A
started from the pole but relinquished the lead to Todd Heller. Heller looked to
be in control until mechanical woes forced the #14H out of competition. Call
regained the lead and sailed to victory in the 20 lap main. Older brother
Grayling Call hauled in second for his best finish of the 1999 campaign. Willie
Keegan came home third ahead of Dan Short and Scott Krayleck.
Chris Smith earned his second Sportsman feature event of the year as the Federal
Five Co./ Fertile Lawn Service #94 took the lead late and held off Brad Kendall
for the victory. Mike Sudith had his best finish of the year placing third over
Casey Noonan and Bill Clapp.
Kurk Lancaster kept his hot streak in tack by winning the Bomber a Main event
over Tony Tolles, Brice Luttrell, Josh Caudill and Jim Chapman. Kevin Cole
bagged the B main win over Billy McNight and Devin Shiells. John Thompson
collected the C main ahead of Dan Bleidamp and Bill Stoner. Danny Hogrefe put
his Quality Cars #18th in victory circle for the D main over Bill Reeves Sr.
Oakshade will host the American Late Model series by Sunoco next Saturday with
Sportsman/Trucks and Bombers in action with racing a 7pm.