Hebert Gets Back to Winning Ways at Oxford

It’s been a challenging season for defending American-Canadian Tour champion Jimmy Hebert.  After starting the 2021 campaign by inheriting the checkered flag following technical inspection at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it has been nothing but bad luck for the Vermont native.

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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

  1. Jimmy Hebert
  2. D.J. Shaw
  3. Ben Rowe
  4. Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
  5. Mike Hopkins
  6. Bobby Therrien
  7. Derek Gluchacki
  8. Quinten Welch
  9. Tom Carey III
  10. Trenton Goodrow
  11. Ryan Morgan
  12. Kris Matchett
  13. Matthew Morrill
  14. Erick Sands
  15. Jesse Switser
  16. Stephen Donahue
  17. Robby Gordan Douglas
  18. Cam Huntress
  19. Bryan Mason
  20. Alby Ovitt
  21. Shawn Swallow
  22. Mike Benevides
  23. Matt Anderson
  24. David MacDonald
  25. James Linardy
  26. Reilly Lanphear
  27. Jamie Swallow, Jr.
  28. Peyton Lanphear

Hebert Gets Back to Winning Ways at Oxford