When the 2020 racing season finally got underway in the state of Maine this summer, Curtis Gerry seemed to pick up where he left off at Oxford Plains Speedway in 2019 when he won his first Super Late Model track title.
A promising beginning gave way to head scratching, with the 2017 Oxford 250 winner either finishing in the rear or runner-up, usually to the eventual 2020 Oxford champion Dave Farrington Jr.
Sunday’s 150-lap PASS event proved to by Gerry’s day to turn the tables on the rest of the top dogs both at Oxford and on the PASS tour. Starting 13th, the Waterboro, ME driver stormed to the front on the outside line for the most part. Sensing that the No. 7G Super Late Model was at its best, Gerry pounced on early leader Alan Tardiff to take over the top spot on Lap 38.
Despite surges from Farrington and 2020 Oxford 250 winner Johnny Clark, Gerry kept everyone else at arm’s length to capture his second PASS win of 2020 and ninth of his career.
“I feel like we struggled all year running the Saturday night shows, even when we pulled the PASS win in July,” Gerry said. “It feels really good, we came back with the same setup that we won that PASS race with, and the car went the same. It was good on the bottom and good on the top. We were able to get through the lapped traffic quickly.”
Even after throwing patience to the wind for his early run to the lead, Gerry had just enough to hold in reserve and play the patience game over the middle portion of the race.
“I had a car then, so I decided to go to the front. But once we got the lead I just maintained and kept pace with whoever was behind me whether it was Dave or Johnny. Save tires, because you never know how many restarts you’ll have at the end.”
Farrington would eventually cross the line in second, after a see-saw battle with Clark for the position. Even before he burned some rubber off his tires against Clark, the Jay, ME driver felt that Gerry had his number on this race day.
“I was the chaser and Curtis was the leader this time. Been that way all year with the two of us, whoever seems to get out front first. That whole clean air theory may be true here,” Farrington said.
Echoing Farrington back in August when he won four-straight races at Oxford, Gerry vowed not to lay a finger on his car once they got it back to the shop. With one race left on the 2020 PASS North series this coming Saturday at Oxford, Gerry is confident he can go out with an October sweep.
“Hope so, I don’t think I’m going to touch the car. Just put it on jack stands and not even scale it.”
Vermont’s Nick Sweet rose late in the race to finish third, while Clark settled for fourth and Josh Childs completed the top five.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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