WATCH LIVE: 48th Annual Oxford 250
Hebert finally got back to victory lane Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway, scoring a win on the eve of the Oxford 250 as the ACT Late Models did battle for 125 laps at the Maine bullring.
“I can’t thank my guys enough. We’ve had a tough season,” said Hebert in victory lane. “We’ve built cars and rebuilt them from scratch after wrecks, fluke malfunctions. They’ve stuck with it and given me a hell of a car.”
Hebert scored the win from the 10th starting position, running a methodical race, taking the lead on lap 99 and maintaining the top spot over the final 26 circuits. Hungry for a victory during a disappointing season, Hebert was not to be denied Saturday night.
I told the guys if the car stays together, I’m not finishing second. I drove like a man possessed the first half to get myself position, and then I laid back for a while.
The victory was a popular one among competitors. Second-place finisher D.J. Shaw enjoyed a strong points night, but felt the better car won the race.
“A solid points day, and seeing Jimmy be that good, they’ve had a tough year and needed this shot in the arm. They brought a piece tonight, they were really good. They were definitely the class of the field at the end there.”
Like Shaw, Ben Rowe is in the hunt for the ACT championship while also competing in Sunday’s Oxford 250. Rowe finished third in Saturday’s event, and also spoke highly of the win for Hebert.
“Hats off to Jimmy, he followed me for lap after lap. I blocked the bottom and he never touched me and drove by me. He’s one hell of a race car driver and he’s fun to race with.”
Rowe admitted he hoped to hold off Shaw in the closing laps to help his own title hopes, but an ill-handling car prevented that.
“We didn’t want him by, but we didn’t need that last yellow. Me and him were about equal. We took off really, really well and just got too slick at the end. I was holding the bottom the best I can. These things, right on the curb is where you want to be and everyone fights for that.”
Race fans will be able to watch the 48th Annual Oxford 250 featuring the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models live on Speed51.TV by clicking here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Director of Digital Content – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo / Will Sweatt
Unofficial Results – ACT Late Model Tour at Oxford Plains
- Jimmy Hebert
- D.J. Shaw
- Ben Rowe
- Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
- Mike Hopkins
- Bobby Therrien
- Derek Gluchacki
- Quinten Welch
- Tom Carey III
- Trenton Goodrow
- Ryan Morgan
- Kris Matchett
- Matthew Morrill
- Erick Sands
- Jesse Switser
- Stephen Donahue
- Robby Gordan Douglas
- Cam Huntress
- Bryan Mason
- Alby Ovitt
- Shawn Swallow
- Mike Benevides
- Matt Anderson
- David MacDonald
- James Linardy
- Reilly Lanphear
- Jamie Swallow, Jr.
- Peyton Lanphear