Lap leaders: Morgan 1-25
Lap leaders: Greenleaf 1-30
Lap leaders: K. Hewins 1-30
Lap leaders: T.J. Brackett 1-21, Shaw 22-40
Dale Shaw Scores Pro Late Model Win in Oxford Plains Speedway Championship Series Opener
Oxford, Maine – Dale Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire outgunned Buckfield’s T.J. Brackett on a mid-race restart, then held off both Brackett and Tommy Ricker of Poland on a couple of subsequent restarts to win the 40-lap Pro Late Model main event in the Championship Series points opener at Oxford Plains Speedway Sunday afternoon. Kurt Hewins of Leeds, Rob Greenleaf of Bath and Corey Morgan of Lewiston were also triumphant in feature events on the program’s undercard.
Brackett led the top-tier main event for more than half the distance, holding off Shaw and Ricker until the eventual winner made a bold, three-wide move pay off entering turn one. Ricker and, especially, Brackett kept the pressure on the former NASCAR Busch North Series champion until the checkered flag waved, but couldn’t get by the wily veteran once he was in command.
Brackett managed to hold on to second position, with Ricker third under the checkered flag. The runner-up’s father, Tim Brackett of Buckfield, was the fourth-place finisher, with rookie Scott Farrington of Minot rounding out the top five. Chris Coolidge, Adam Polvinen, Kevin Douglass, Donnie Wentworth and Bill Penfold rounded out the top ten.
Veteran stock car racer Kurt Hewins of Leeds led wire-to-wire in the 30-lap lid-lifter for the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock division.
“It’s pretty easy when you start in the front,” Hewins said in victory lane. “We’ll see how it goes next week.”
Hewins battled with eventual third-place finisher Zach Emerson of Sabattus in the early going, with Brownfield’s Matt Williams charging from deep on the starting grid to provide the final challenge. Ryan Robbins of Dixfield was the fourth-place finisher, with Auburn veteran Mike Short rounding out the top-five.
Rob Greenleaf of West Bath prevailed in a tight, race-long battle in the 30-lap Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Mini Stock main event, watching a whale of a battle for second position in his mirror over the entire distance.
Calvin Rose, Jr. of Turner won that war for runner-up honors over Readfield’s Pete McCollett. Rookie Justin Larsen of Peru ran an impressive race and claimed fourth-place honors, in front of Jay’s Shane Kaherl.
The new Ripley & Fletcher Ford Outlaw Sportsman division saw one of Maine’s busiest racers, Corey Morgan of Lewiston, romp to victory. Kyle Hewins of Leeds was the best of the rest in that 25-lapper, with Kyle Treadwell of Auburn claiming the final podium position. Mike Haynes of Livermore Falls and Buckfield’s Fred Clavet rounded out the top-five.
Oxford Plains Speedway’s Championship Series continues Sunday May 5 and Sunday May 12 at 2:00 p.m. before switching to the Friday night weekly summer schedule beginning May 17. For more information call (207) 539-8865 or visit oxfordplains.com