New Hampshire Driver Wins ACT One at Oxford 250

Bryan Kruczek is beginning to take quite a liking to Oxford Plains Speedway.  The driver from Newmarket, New Hampshire came home victorious in the American-Canadian Tour portion of the “Night Before the Oxford 250,” leading almost the entire second half of the race on his way to Victory Lane.  It is Kruczek’s second ACT victory of the season at the track and his third overall at the Oxford, Maine oval.

 

Kruczek started 13th but saved his equipment and worked his way to the front over the first half of the race.  He pounced for the lead right at the halfway point and never looked back, nailing the final restarts to bring home the victory.

 

“It’s amazing, it’s definitely one of the big races I want to win if not the 250 at least,” Kruczek said in Victory Lane.  “This is a huge stage. I mean, the place is packed tonight.  It’s a Saturday night and there’s thousands of people here; it’s a good time.”

 

Kruczek survived a flurry of restarts at the end of the race to secure victory.  Other drivers gave him a run for his money, but he used the experience he gained in the ACT race in April to hold onto the lead.

 

“I learned in the spring, I got moved three-wide on a restart and I wasn’t doing that again,” Kruczek said.  “I did everything I could, even in practice I was practicing my rolling start, so it definitely worked out good for us today.”

 

Vermont driver Stephen Donahue had a strong run to finish second place, scoring yet another good finish in a big Late Model race.  He ran Kruczek down at the end and put up a good fight, but in the end finished just one spot short of the win.

 

“It’s only second but for me here it feels more like a win because we were second to last all practice all day long,” Donahue said after the race.  “We were struggling, the car just wouldn’t react, it was spinning the tires all over the place, and then we bolted the new tires on for the heat race and it took off.  We picked up eight tenths from the practice to the heat race.

 

“Finishing second is awesome and it’s Oxford. I’ve been coming here since I was a kid and I finally got to race here this year and I struggled here the first time I came, but to get second in only my second attempt I’m very happy.”

 

Defending series champion Scott Payea brought home a strong third-place finish at a track that has historically not been one of his best.

 

“I feel great, I feel like we won,” Payea said.  “We’re either really good or really bad here, there’s nothing in between, and today we were bad all day long.  It was terrible, but the team never gave up.  We changed more things today than I think we have in two years.  It’s a tough track, the outside wasn’t really there, so we’ll take what we can get and we feel good about it.”

 

Series points leader Rich Dubeau came home fourth, while Payea’s cousin Dylan Payea rounded out the top five.  Jimmy Hebert, Alexandre Tardif, Ryan Kuhn, Trent Goodrow, and Quinten Welch completed the top ten.

 

Saturday night’s ACT race leads into Sunday’s big show, the 46th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway.  Race fans can watch the race live on Speed51.com’s pay-per-view broadcast by clicking here.

 

The ACT Late Models will be back on track at Thunder Road on September 1for the Labor Day Classic, the penultimate race of the season

 

-Story by Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent - Twitter: @ian_pettigrew

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

 

American-Canadian Tour Oxford 150 Unofficial Results:

1          19NH  Bryan Kruczek

2          2VT     Stephen Donahue

3          37VT   Scott Payea

4          30NH  Rich Dubeau

5          7NH    Dylan Peyea

6          58VT   Jimmy Hebert

7          21BC   Alexandre Tardif

8          72MA  Ryan Kuhn

9          31MA  Trent Goodrow

10        78NH  Quinten Welch

11        31CT   Ryan Morgan

12        19QC   Dany Trepanier

13        28ME  Rowland Robinson, Jr.

14        5MA    Tom Carey III

15        00NH  Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

16        73ME  Dylan Turner

17        36VT   Joel Hodgdon

18        55NH  Cody LeBlanc

19        25NH  Jesse Switser

20        9QC     Mathieu Kingsbury

21        64VT   Christopher Pelkey

22        41QC   Jonathan Bouvrette

23        11QC   Claude LeClerc

24        72VT   Scott Coburn

25        50RI    Mike Benevides

26        61NH  Ryan Olsen

27        04VT   Bobby Therrien

28        04NH  Shawn Swallow

29        15VT   Craig Bushley

30        24VT   Steve Fisher

31        47NH  Brockton Davis

32        22VT   Peyton Lanphear

33        16VT   Scott Dragon

34        26VT   John Donahue

35        69ME  David MacDonald

36        21VT   Reilly Lanphear

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New Hampshire Driver Wins ACT One at Oxford 250