One week after winning race one of what was supposed to be a PASS North doubleheader, Curtis Gerry returned to Oxford Plains Speedway and finished what he started last Sunday, sweeping both PASS races at Oxford to end the season.
The local favorite and former Oxford 250 winner started 16th after finishing fifth in his heat race, but Gerry wasted zero time finding his way to the front. He passed Travis Benjamin to take the lead on lap 66 and led the rest of the way, holding off the likes of Joey Doiron and reigning Oxford 250 winner Johnny Clark over a series of restarts in the final 50 laps to claim his tenth PASS North win.
“The car was phenomenal in practice, we started 16th but we felt confident in the car. We were a little tight in the beginning of the race, we started up on the outside and the car just came to and we started marching to the front,” Gerry told Speed51. “The car was amazing.”
Most of those passes were made on the outside on a day where most drivers tried making the bottom line work. He was one of perhaps only a few who could go on the outside, but Gerry said it was done out of necessity more than anything.
“It was freer up there for me than it was on the bottom. I could make passes on the bottom but I couldn’t putt around down there. At the top I could really roll the center good and roll right out, and was just able to make all the passes up there.”
After his win last Sunday at Oxford, Gerry mentioned that little work was done on the car between races.
“It was the first time in its four years of life it’s never been scaled. I put it on jackstands, we cleaned it, we maintained it, that’s it. What the heck, why touch it?”
DJ Shaw had a day he’d like to forget. His race ended with 45 laps to go after an incident and a mechanical issue in turn four. However, it was still enough to earn him another PASS North title.
“It couldn’t have gone much worse. We’re glad we had a comfortable cushion. It was just a bad day, we had some parts failures and I probably got a little aggressive with the curb on my end,” said Shaw. “It was a stupid mistake that shouldn’t have ever happened, but it is what it is.”
The 2020 series championship marks Shaw’s third-straight PASS North title and his fifth in the last seven years. He moves into second all-time in the series, just one championship behind Johnny Clark’s six.
“It’s pretty special to be just one behind Johnny (Clark) and have sole possession of second on that list is pretty incredible. I never thought I’d be there when I started and I’m just fortunate to have had a lot of success in the past and in this year, and to have a lot of people behind me to make it possible.”
Joey Doiron also made a charge through the field to finish second. Clark, Travis Benjamin and Nick Sweet rounded out the top-five.
Click here to watch a replay of Saturday’s PASS North finale at Oxford Plains Speedway.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51/Mojo Photos
Oxford Plains Speedway – PASS North Results:
- Curtis Gerry
- Joey Doiron
- Johnny Clark
- Travis Benjamin
- Nick Sweet
- Scott Robbins
- Roland Robinson
- Dave Farrington Jr
- Garrett Hall
- Kyle Desouza
- Tim Brackett
- Alan Wilson
- TJ Brackett
- Brian Whalley
- Calvin Rose Jr
- Logan Melcher
- Ryan Robbins
- Kate Re
- Ben Ashline
- Jeff White
- Mike Rowe
- Anthony Constantino
- John Salemi
- Alan Tardiff
- Ivan Kaffe
- Josh Childs
- Scott McDaniel
- DJ Shaw
- Scott Moore
- Ben Rowe