Tigers to Roar for the First Time at Oxford Plains

Waterbury, VT -- The first-ever visit to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Flying Tigers is coming up this Saturday, October 19. The Flying Tiger Oxford Open 75 ends the 2019 ACT season with a landmark event for the sanctioning body’s longest-running division.

 

The entry list continues to grow as the big day approaches with more than 30 cars now expected. Weekly racers from Vermont’s Thunder Road and New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) and Riverside Speedway have jumped at the chance to race on the historic 3/8-mile oval. Other former regulars from around the region have worked out one-race deals for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

 

“It’s something different,” Milton’s Robert Gordon. “A lot of the excitement is because the Tigers have never raced at Oxford in the past. It’s also the end of the year, so nobody has any other events that are depending on their car being wrecked or not. I think it’s great. Anytime you can bring attention to the Tiger division, whether it’s at home or away, is a good thing.”

 

Ever since its founding in 1986, the Flying Tigers have been a staple of ACT and its sanctioned tracks. The Tigers recently wrapped up their 38th straight year of competition at Thunder Road and have had long stints at WMMP and Riverside Speedway. They also competed for many years at New York’s Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway and the former Catamount Stadium of Vermont. The former Tiger Tour visited tracks such as Quebec’sSanair Super Speedway and New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway and Canaan Fair Speedway.

 

Names continue to be added to the entry list on an almost daily basis. Entries have been received from Barton’s Shane Sicard and Plainfield’s Michael Potter, the top two drivers in White Mountain Motorsports Park points this season.  Thunder Road regulars Gordon and Jason Pelkey have signed up for the event as have brothers Craig and Brad Bushey of Riverside Speedway. Gordon and Craig Bushey, who have significant experience at flatter tracks such as Airborne and Devil’s Bowl Speedway, might have a good starting point to work with when practice gets underway.

 

I’m hoping that experience helps,” Gordon said. “Of course, I had a whole different car and setup when I was racing at those tracks. I think Devil’s Bowl turns 3 and 4 are going to be the closest as far as the type of corners it’s going to have. I’ve never been on the track, though, so I really don’t know what to expect – and I think pretty much everyone else feels the same.”

 

The Flying Tiger Oxford Open is going international as Dave O’Blenis, a Super Late Model racer at New Brunswick’s Speedway 660, is making his first Tiger start. Multi-time former Flying Tiger winners Tucker Williams of Hyde Park and Eric Johnson of Randolph Center are returning to the division’s ranks in one-event deals. St. Johnsbury’s Kasey Beattie will make his Flying Tiger debut at Oxford after spending the last three years competing in the Street Stock ranks. ACT announcer Aaron Maynard is taking the weekend off from the microphone to pilot his Tiger car around Oxford.

 

They join some of the biggest names in Northeast auto racing making the trek to western Maine. Three-time Thunder Road Flying Tiger champion Jason Woodard, 2019 Thunder Road Rookie of the Year Stephen Martin, former North East Mini Stock Tour Champion Cody LeBlanc, and multi-time ACT Late Model winner John Donahue are just a few of the drivers getting ready for the landmark event.

 

Weekly racing stars Tyler Austin, Logan Powers, Kevin Boutin Jr., and Kyle Streeter are also among the Oxford entries. Saturday’s event will be a family affair as well with four father-child combinations – Jason and Kelsea Woodard, Mike and Stephen Martin, Kevin and Kyle Streeter, and John and Stephen Donahue — in the field along with the Bushey brothers and the uncle/nephew combo of Michael and Matthew Potter.

 

The Flying Tiger class travels to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway this Saturday, October 19 at 1:00pm for the Flying Tiger Oxford Open. The event is part of the PASS 400 Weekend season finale that includes the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, Honey Badger Street Stock Series, and Bandit Triple Crown Series. The pits open at 8:00am and the grandstands open at 10:00am. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and $45 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

 

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

 

FLYING TIGER OXFORD OPEN

OFFICIAL ENTRY LIST

As of 10/16/19

Car #     Driver                       Hometown                   Sponsor/Car

2VT       Michael Clark           Bethlehem, NH             Beech Hill Automotive Chevy Monte Carlo

4NH       Shane Sicard            Barton, VT                    Foley Oil and Propane Chevy Impala SS

5VT       Tyler Austin              East Calais, VT                    Creative Visions Chevy Monte Carlo

7VT       Cooper Bouchard     Hinesburg, VT               KAS Inc. Chevy Lumina

10NH     Christian Laflamme Whitefield, NH              Laflamme's Landscaping Chevy

12VT     Craig Bushey            Fairfax, VT                    Abba Fuels Ford Thunderbird

15VT     Dave O'Blenis           Boundary Creek, NB     O'Blenis Motorsports

17VT     Michael Martin        Craftsbury, VT              Gene Depot Pressure Washing Chevy Monte Carlo

20NC     Eric Johnson             Randolph Center, VT    Ridge Runner Restoration Chevy Monte Carlo

20VT     Robert Gordon         Milton, VT                     H20 Well Drilling Chevy Monte Carlo

21VT     Jon Boutin                Fairfax, VT                    Waste Oil Heating Systems of VT Pontiac Grand Prix

23NH     Michael Potter         Plainfield, VT                Jeff's Auto Body Chevy Monte Carlo

23VT     Matthew Potter       Marshfield, VT              Jeff Potter's Auto Body Chevy Monte Carlo

25NH     Kevin Boutin Jr.        Fairfax, VT                    Pigeon Brothers Excavating Chevy Monte Carlo

25VT     Brian Delphia           Duxbury, VT                  CDR Concrete Chevy

26VT     John Donahue          Graniteville, VT             Wells River Chevrolet Chevy Celebrity

31VT     Logan Powers           Middlesex, VT               Til Dark Roofing Chevy Monte Carlo

37VT     Kyle Streeter            Waterbury Ctr., VT       Streeter Concrete Ford Thunder Bird

44NH     Jerrad Ledger           Groveton, NH               Brians Auto Body Chevy Monte Carlo

45NH     Kasey Beattie           St. Johnsbury Ctr, VT    Creative Counters Chevy Monte Carlo

46VT     Aaron Maynard        Lyndonville, VT             Jeni's Day Care Pontiac Grand Prix

49VT     Stephen Donahue    Graniteville, VT             Duxbury Auto Chevy Monte Carlo

52VT     Brad Bushey             Vergennes, VT              802 Diesel Chevy Monte Carlo

54VT     Colin Cornell            E. Burke, VT                  Dana Young Construction Chevy Monte Carlo

55NH     Cody LeBlanc           Berlin, NH                     Potter Racing Chevy Monte Carlo

55VT     Kelsea Woodard       Waterbury Ctr., VT       Blue Flame Gas Chevy SS

57VT     Adam Maynard        Milton, VT                     Manpower Services LLC Pontiac Grand Prix

64VT     Jason M. Pelkey       Barre, VT                      Memorial Sandblast Chevy Monte Carlo

67VT     Kevin Streeter          Waitsfield, VT               Streeter Concrete Chevy Monte Carlo

68VT     Jason Woodard        Waterbury Ctr., VT       All Metals Recycling Chevy SS

71VT     Tucker Williams       Hyde Park, VT               Cancer Sucks Chevy Monte Carlo

01NH     Brian Gosselin          Whitefield, NH              Brian's Autobody Chevy Monte Carlo

01VT     Stephen Martin        Craftsbury, VT              Goodrich Maple Farms Chevy Monte Carlo

07VT     Sam Caron                Milton, VT                     Caron's Auto Body Pontiac Grand Prix

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Tigers to Roar for the First Time at Oxford Plains