Former Oxford Plains Speedway Street Stock champion and 2018 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Wildcat division champion Josh Childs will debut a new Super Late Model this Saturday at Oxford Plains Speedway in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 150.
Childs, 28, of Otisfield, claimed the Street Stock crown in 2015 and advanced to the Super Late Model division in 2016. He's matured a great deal behind the wheel since that first foray into the premier class, and this time around, he'll be wheeling a state-of-the-art car around the oval.
“We had a chance to purchase a brand new Distance Racing Products car, and it's ready to roll,” Childs said. “It was built for Matt Swanson to run in this year's Oxford 250, but he landed a full-time ride on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and put it up for sale. We jumped on it, and I'm excited to run it.”
It's no secret the ongoing “chassis wars” in New England have seen several builders working hard to displace Distance Racing from the top. Like the man or not, Jeff Taylor's cars have held a significant advantage over the competition on the flat ovals of Oxford and Beech Ridge the last few years.
One review of the stats from CurtisGerry, Reid Lanpher and a host of others proves that fact beyond argument. So for Childs to say he's excited about securing this new state-of-the-art piece is expected.
“We know it has the capability of winning races, that's for sure,” Childs said. “We rented the track for two hours earlier this week, and it turned lap times right there with the top drivers. It's a fast car, but I know it will take some learning. We decided to try this Saturday's race to get a leg up on next year.”
Childs and his Walker Racing squad will run full-time in the Super Late Model division at Oxford or Pro Series at Beech Ridge in 2019. The team's decision to utilize Saturday's PASS 150 as a shakedown may seem daunting to some, yet it's a great opportunity to get acquainted with his new “oval office.”
“We figured it would help us to put some real laps on it in a race environment,” Childs added. “It came fully complete, we even bought the seat they had in it and it fits me well. I've got my number 3C on it now and a few other decals. I'm pretty excited to hit the track and see what this new hot rod can do.”
When Childs brings his new baby up to full song on Saturday, he'll have a familiar voice in his ear. Cousin and fellow racer Cody Childs will serve as spotter for Josh and has the qualifications to do so.
With an outstanding rookie season in the Outlaws this year (two wins) and the 2017 Rebel title on his resume, the Auburn native has his sights set on a career in Super Late Models at some point down the road.
-Story by: Phil Whipple, Speed51.com Northeast SLM Correspondent
-Photo credit: Josh Childs