Oxford, Maine — Ryan Robbins of Dixfield drove to his second Super Late Model victory of the season, while Gabe Brown of Center Conway, New Hampshire earned his first stock car racing championship atop the Budweiser Championship Series racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday night.
Robbins, a former PASS Modified track and series champion, became the only two-time winner in points-counting races in the top class of competition at the historic Route 26 oval track this season.
Brown, 15, made history with his title, becoming the youngest-ever premiere division champion in the almost six decades of motorized competition at OPS. Brown hopes to secure his ‘highway’ driver’s license after turning 16 later this week.
Austin Teras of Gray, who won a Super Late Model race earlier this season at age 15, was the runner-up in the points finale. Tracy Gordon of Strong, a PASS Open race winner and BCS winner earlier in the season, claimed third-place hardware following the 50-lap race.
TJ Brackett of Buckfield passed a lot of cars as he tried to unseat Brown from the top of the standings, but the two-time track champion in the top class had to settle for runner-up honors in the championship battle for the second straight season. Livermore’s Scott McDaniel, another first-time winner in the top class earlier this year, rounded out the top five.
Brown crossed the finish line in sixth position, bouncing back from a mid-race altercation. Ryan Deane of Winterport, Calvin Rose, Jr. of Turner, Ivan Kaffel of Raymond and Anson’s Scott Moore rounded out the top ten. Shawn Martin of Turner led much of the race before getting shuffled out of the lead pack. He finished 11th.
Buckfield’s Kyle Treadwell outran all foes in the 30-lap Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock class, picking up his first win in the division after joining the class late in the year. Treadwell led all the way, extending his lead throughout the 30-lapper while turning in the quickest Street Stock laps of the night by a wide margin.
Nick Stanley of Oxford had his best Street Stock finish, earning runner-up honors ahead of Norway’s Jordan Russell. Last year’s champion, Billy Childs, Jr. of Leeds, was the fourth-place finisher. Matt Dufault of Turner earned a fifth-place finish, and nailed down the 2018 Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock division championship by a narrow margin over Livermore native and Gray resident Tyler King.
In a unique twist, feature winner Treadwell, who is the track announcer for Oxford Acceleration Series action on Wednesday nights during the summer, interviewed champion Dufault in victory lane following their event.
Kyle Hewins of Leeds prevailed in an unusually-clean 20-lap main event for the Budweiser Championship Series Bandits division, cruising to yet another impressive victory. Arthur ‘Junior’ Goldrup of Oakland, an occasional Oxford Plains Speedway visitor since his former home track closed, earned second-place honors. Mike McKinney of Berlin, New Hampshire worked race traffic nicely to earn a third-place finish. Cody White of South Paris and Auburn’s Jeff Libby rounded out the top five. Dustin Salley of Poland finished tenth in the race, but earned enough points to claim the 2018 track title in the four-cylinder class.
Kyle Kilgore of South Paris wrapped up his Championship season in style, winning the 20-lap Figure 8 race for the eighth time this year. Five-time 2018 winner Dale Lawrence of Lisbon completed the best season of his 30-year career with a second-place finish, and second in championship points. Poland’s Larry Lizotte, Greg Durgin of South Paris and Lisbon’s Robert Morey filled out the top five.
Auburn’s Thomas Brackett put an exclamation point on his successful first year of stock car racing competition, winning the 15-lap Rookie division race and wrapping up the first-ever championship for the new class for young racers. It was the 13th win of the year for Brackett. Brady Childs of Leeds and Owen Stuart from Naples wre second and third, respectively, ahead of points runner-up Brady Heath of Waterford.
Wade Gelinas of Limington won his second consecutive 20-lap main event in the Outlaw class. Ajay Cates of Lyman moved up to challenge Gelinas, but had to settle for a second-place race trophy to go along with his 2018 track title in the Outlaw class. Rick Thompson of Naples earned a third-place finish, ahead of Poland’s Maggie Ferland and championship runner-up Calab Emerson-Mains of Richmond.
Conrad Childs of Auburn pulled off a last-lap move that earned the top step on the podium following the 20-lap Rebel division feature race. Lovell’s Josh Straiton crossed the finish line in second position, just ahead of Waterford’s Jamie Heath, who wrapped up the Championship in the Rebels class. Heath had to walk to victory lane after his car, which had been leading the race as the final lap began, ended up against the frontstretch wall as the checkered flag waved. Oxford’s Doug Degroat and Ralph Green of Auburn closed out the top-five rundown.
Brandon Varney of Mechanic Falls prevailed in one of the tighter Oxford Acceleration Series championship battles, winning the 20-lap Cruiser main event to remain atop the season-long rankings. Luke DeCoster of Greene kept the race close, finishing in second position. The champ’s car owner and father, Kevin Varney of Mechanic Falls, earned third-place hardware. Will Dunphy of New Gloucester and Oxford’s William Barker filled out the top five.
Oxford’s own Ryan Farrar completed a season-long sweep of Truck division main event racing action with yet another 20-lap score putting the exclamation point on his second straight championship season. It was the fourth Truck title for Farrrar. Kolby Morrell of Sebago made a late charge into second position, with third-place hardware earned by Chuck Estes of New Gloucester. After battling for the race lead, a late incident dropped Arundel’s Jared Kimball to fourth in the finishing order, ahead of Norway’s Randy Green.
Kyle Hewins of Leeds was triumphant in the 15-lap four-cylinder Figure 8 race. Brandon Varney of Mechanic Falls was the best of the rest, in front of Travis ‘The Tornado’ Verrill, from South Paris. Dustin Salley of Mechanic Falls and Buckfield’s Chad Wills completed the top five rundown. Kevin Varney of Mechanic Falls claimed the track championship in the first-year racing class.
Maggie Ferland of Poland won for the second time in two attempts this year in Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies division competition. Lisbon’s Breanna Spaulding earned runner-up honors and wrapped up the 2018 Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies Championship. Spaulding dedicated her championship to the late Rachel Dubois, a former competitor in the division who passed away in 2016 following a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Kathryn Childs of Auburn, Chloe Kiley of South Paris and Greene’s Susan Veinott rounded out the top five.
Following a few weekends off a doubleheader weekend of automotive competition closes out the Oxford Plains Speedway season on October 13-14. On Saturday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models make their final Northern New England appearance, topping a racing card including championship-deciding races for the PASS Mods and Bandits Triple Crown Series. On Sunday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. the Speedway hosts the annual Armageddon of Destruction, with the regular Motor Mayhem events plus all six Oxford Acceleration Series divisions.
Unofficial results from the Sunday, September 8 “Championship Night” Oxford Championship Series and Oxford Acceleration Series stock car racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway; Oxford, Maine; showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:
Budweiser Super Late Model (50 laps) 1 36 Ryan Robbins, Dixfield; 2 29 Austin Teras, Gray; 3 41 Tracy Gordon, Strong; 4 61 TJ Brackett, Buckfield; 5 14 Scott McDaniel, Livermore; 6 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH; 7 54 Ryan Deane, Winterport; 8 8 Calvin Rose, Jr., Turner; 9 78 Ivan Kaffel, Raymond; 10 03 Scott Moore, Anson; 11 94 Shawn Martin, Turner; 12 60 Tim Brackett, Buckfield; 13 77 Bryce Mains, Bridgton; 14 28 Mark Lundblad, Jr., Conway, NH.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Model Champion: 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH.
Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock (50 laps) 1 44 Kyle Treadwell, Buckfield; 2 62 Nick Stanley, Oxford; 3 4 Jordan Russell, Norway; 4 1 Billy Childs, Jr., Leeds; 5 61 Matt Dufault, Turner; 6 77 Jon Brill, Bridgton; 7 36 Richard Spaulding, Lisbon; 8 22 Joe Hutter, Hebron; 9 11 Tyler King, Gray; 10 99 George Haskell, Casco; 11 12 John White, Auburn; 12 21 Zach Bowie, Turner; 13 5 Guy Childs, Lewiston; 14 56 Addie McDaniel, Bridgton; 15 97 Jason Cummings, Fryeburg; 16 47 Brian Caswell, Buxton; 17 52 Mike Nichols, Livermore Falls.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway BCS Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock Champion: 61 Matt Dufault, Turner.
Bandits (20 laps) 1 54 Kyle Hewins, Leeds; 2 74 Arthur ‘Junior’ Goldrup, Oakland; 3 08 Mike McKinney, Berlin, NH; 4 6 Cody White, South Paris; 5 44 Jeff Libby, Auburn; 6 91 Jamie Heath, Waterford; 7 12 Adam Sanborn, West Paris; 8 52 Chad Wills, Buckfield; 9 55 Dean Jordan, Jay; 10 18 Dustin Salley, Poland; 11 1x Kevin Varney, Mechanic Falls; 12 77 Rob Crepeau, Minot; 13 24 Travis ‘Tornado’ Verrill, South Paris; 14 04 Caleb Proctor, Casco; 15 33 Mike Hiscock, Turner; 16 8 Jeremy Lauzier, Rumford; 17 68 Mike Rand, Bridgton; 18 1 Brandon Varney, Mechanic Falls.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway BCS Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock Champion: 18 Dustin Salley, Poland.
Figure 8 (20 laps) 1 4 Kyle Kilgore, South Paris; 2 2 Dale Lawrence, Lisbon; 3 00 Larry Lizotte, Poland; 4 41 Greg Durgin, South Paris; 5 40 Robert Morey, Lisbon; 6 3 Charlie ‘Chachy’ Hall, Oxford; 7 54 Jon LIzotte, Lewiston; 8 07 Kyle Glover, Oxford.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway BCS Figure 8 Champion: 4 Kyle Kilgore, South Paris.
Rookie (15 laps) 1 3 Thomas Brackett, Auburn; 2 1 Brady Childs, Leeds; 3 8 Owen Stuart, Naples; 4 91 Brady Heath, Waterford.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway BCS Rookie Champion: 3 Thomas Brackett, Auburn.
Outlaws (20 laps) 1 37 Wade Gelinas, Limington; 2 2 Ajay Cates, Lyman; 3 74 Rick Thompson, Naples; 4 77 Maggie Ferland, Poland; 5 4 Calab Emerson-Mains, Richmond; 6 26 Richard Kimball, Casco; 7 39 Gerry Freve, Buckfield; 8 8 Jimmy Duguay, Lewiston; 9 29 Dean Hanscom, Gray; 10 5 Jason Gammon, Hollis; 11 94 Cody Childs, Auburn; 12 85 Derrick Burnham, Gorham; 13 28x John Burnham, Buxton; 14 19 Steve Moon, Gray; 15 28 Matthew Veinott, Greene; DQ 53 Matthew Brill, Bridgton.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway OAS Outlaw Champion: 2 2 Ajay Cates, Lyman.
Rebels (20 laps) 1 95 Conrad Childs, Auburn; 2 02 Josh Straiton, Lovell; 3 91 Jamie Heath, Waterford; 4 84 Doug Degroat, Oxford; 5 21 Ralph Green, Auburn; 6 44x Rick Montminy, Auburn; 7 10 Corey Roussel, South Paris; 8 1 Brandon Varney, Mechanic Falls; 9 04 Caleb Proctor, Casco; 10 50 AJ Smith III, South Paris; 11 148 Don Smith, Oxford; 12 44 David Cook, Livermore Falls; 13 08 Mike McKinney, Berlin, NH; 14 1x Kevin Varney, Mechanic Falls; 15 14x Adam O’Neil, Lewiston; 16 12 Chris Lavanway, Poland; 17 56 Chris Foster, Lisbon; 18 69 John Childs, Leeds.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway OAS Rebels Champion: 91 Jamie Heath, Waterford.
Cruisers (20 laps) 1 1 Brandon Varney, Mechanic Falls; 2 26x Luke DeCoster, Greene; 3 1x Kevin Varney, Mechanic Falls; 4 4 Will Dunphy, New Gloucester; 5 28 William Barker, Oxford; 6 12 Skip Tripp, Norway; 7 74 Richard Thompson, Jr., Bridgton; 8 121 Anthony Giggey, Auburn; 9 50 Gerard Cote, Oxford; 10 41 Dean Hayward, Gray; 11 72 Phil Knowlton, Oxford.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway OAS Cruisers Champion: 1 Brandon Varney, Mechanic Falls.
Trucks (20 laps) 1 12 Ryan Farrar, Oxford; 2 5 Kolby Morrell, Sebago; 3 17 Chuck Este3s, New Gloucester; 4 4 Jared Kimball, Arundel; 5 2 Randy Green, Norway; 6 48 Will Potter, Windham; 7 69 Jon Curtis, Portland; 8 00 John Lizotte, Lewiston; 9 45 Mike Mayberry, Greene.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway OAS Trucks Champion: 12 Ryan Farrar, Oxford.
4-cylinder Figure 8 (15 laps) 1 54 Kyle Hewins, Leeds; 2 1 Brandon Varney, Mechanic Falls; 3 24 Travis ‘Tornado’ Verrill, South Paris; 4 66 Dustin Salley, Mechanic Falls; 5 55 Chad Wills, Buckfield; 6 1x Kevin Varney, Mechanic Falls; 7 121 Kevin Bishop, South Paris; 8 6 Greg Durgin, South Paris; 9 21 Ralph Green, Auburn; 10 12 Skip Tripp, Norway.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway OAS 4-cylinder Figure 8 Champion: 1x Kevin Varney, Mechanic Falls.
Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies (20 laps) 1 77 Maggie Ferland, Poland; 2 21 Breeanna Spaulding, Lisbon; 3 17 Kathryn Childs, Auburn; 4 16 Chloe Kiley, South Paris; 5 28 Susan Veinott, Greene; 6 44 Anne Chartier, Mexico.
2018 Oxford Plains Speedway OAS Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies Champion: 21 Breeanna Spaulding, Lisbon.
-Oxford Plains Speedway Press Release
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