Eddie MacDonald kicked off his double-duty weekend in style Saturday night by winning the American-Canadian Tour 150 on “The Night Before the Oxford 250.” MacDonald took the lead from polesitter Evan Hallstrom on Lap 52 and survived multiple restarts to complete a season sweep of ACT races at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).
“We’ve had a lot of good runs here so it’s great to get another win at Oxford,” MacDonald said in victory lane. “I was worried about Jimmy (Hebert) coming there. He was pretty quick; he came on strong towards the end there and he’s had a fast car the last couple weeks.”
Hebert’s bid for a third straight American-Canadian Tour victory came up just short as he followed MacDonald under the checkered flag.
“We went a little too aggressive on the front end,” Hebert explained. “We raced hard and I was dragging really hard. I knew we were in trouble and I needed a really long run to build up the tires. It worked and then we had all of those cautions at the end and we really didn’t have anything for him. If I tried to push a little hard to make a run for it, I’d just drag real hard and lose all I’d gain. I can’t thank my guys enough for another awesome car. It’s been a lot of fun this year. Everywhere we go we have a shot at winning and that doesn’t happen too often.”
Sixteen-year-old Evan Hallstrom completed the podium after battling up front throughout the race. After the race, Hallstrom with pleased with the finish despite tangling late in the race with the lapped car of Peyton Lanphear.
“We got tangled up there on the frontstretch. She missed a shift there I think and we got into the back of her,” Hallstrom said. “But you know, you can’t let that stuff mess with your head. You’ve just to keep on plugging and go on with a solid run.”
ACT rookie Max Dolliver and Maine native Rowland Robinson, Jr. completed the top five on the “Night Before the Oxford 250.”
ACT points leader Scott Payea had his toughest race of the season, finishing 10th after having to restart at the rear of the field on two separate occasions. The first came when ACT officials penalized Payea for contact with Chip Grenier while battling for second, and the second came late in the race when Payea made contact with Evan Hallstrom and the lapped car of Bryan Mason while racing within the top five.
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-Story by Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter:@Brandon_Paul51
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