Trevor Sanborn dominated the 50-lap feature, leading every lap to finish just ahead of a charging Curtis Gerry. Meanwhile, Dave Farrington, Jr. wrapped up his fourth SLM track title in seven seasons with a solid sixth-place finish
Sanborn, along with 47-year racing veteran Mike Rowe, won their respective heat races, and led the field out of the pits flying American flags out the drivers’ side windows to honor all the lives lost in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. Sanborn jumped Rowe off the initial start, and even though Rowe was able to stick with him, Sanborn eventually checked out. A late charge from Curtis Gerry had Sanborn feeling the pressure, but he held off Gerry to take the feature win.
“We’ve had some struggles, but tonight was the night,” Sanbornd said. “I just got lucky tonight, it looked like the 7G [of Gerry] had more than me”
Gerry charged through the field to finish second, but didn’t have enough time to catch Sanborn for the lead. Calvin Rose, Jr. backed up his impressive run in the Oxford 250 two weeks ago with a third-place finish.
In the broader picture, Dave Farrington, Jr. entered Saturday’s feature racing with a healthy point lead over Kyle Desouza and Curtis Gerry. While Desouza and Gerry squabbled over second place, Farrington just had to keep his nose clean, and used a sixth-place finish to wrap up the track title.
“Yeah, unfortunately we took the drama out of it for you there, I know that’s always interesting,” Farrington said in Victory Lane. “We had this conversation back in April or May, about Curtis and I and how it was going to go neck-and-neck all the way through. Unfortunately, Curtis had a few hiccups on the way and we never hiccupped once, and my father and I have done it again!”
Even though Gerry finished second in the race, Desouza finished high enough up the order to hold on to second place in the championship.
Oxford Plains Speedway has just one more even on the cards for its 2021 program. The Pro All Stars Series and the American-Canadian Tour will return on Saturday, 10/16, and the Oxford Acceleration Series (Ladies, Sport Trucks, 4 Cyl. Figure 8s, Rebels, Cruisers, and Outlaws) will make their final appearance on Sunday, October 17.
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Story by Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent
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