Oxford, Maine — Tim Brackett of Buckfield topped the card of winners in Oxford Championship Series competition Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway. Brackett scored his victory in the 50-lap main event for Budweiser Pro Late Models, wheeling his NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored car into victory lane on Dave’s Small Engines / Walker Mowers Night.
Brackett’s win snapped a two-race win streak posted by his son, TJ Brackett. The elder Brackett, a former champion in the top class at OPS, worked his way into contention and took the lead away from Quinny Welch of Lancaster, New Hampshire late in the headline event on the card. Welch managed to outrun the balance of the field to the checkered flag to post a well-earned second-place finish.
While Buckfield’s TJ Brackett saw his two-race Pro Late Model win streak halted, he managed gained ground in his quest for the 2014 track title with a third-place finish, two spots better than his chief title rival, Shawn Martin of Turner. Unofficially, Martin hold a two-point advantage over the junior Brackett, with two scheduled events remaining on the OCS schedule.
Chris Coolidge of Bryant Pond claimed fourth-place honors in the top class finale. Shane Green of South Paris, the elder Brackett and Kyle DeSouza of East Providence, Rhode Island were heat race winners in the premier weekly class at OPS.
Kurt Hewins of Leeds prevailed in the 35-lap Allen’s Coffee-Flavored Brandy Street Stock division main event, earning his trip to victory lane from only a row shy of dead last on the starting grid.
“It’s good to be back home,” Hewins said from victory lane, in his third race since rejoining the division after a disappointing effort in the top-tier Pro Late Model class. Admitting that he needed to drop back in order to have fun racing again, Hewins said “I’ve got to thank everyone who helped me with the Pro Stock. We were struggling.”
BJ Chapman of Bridgton led the vast majority of the headlining event for the top Oxford Championship Series support division, which performed spectacularly for the enthusiastic crowd, appreciative of frequent three-wide attempts throughout the running order. Chapman was the best of the rest, with the podium filled out by the previous week’s winner, Ryan Hewins of Oxford.
Zach Emerson of Sabattus raced among the leaders throughout the race, just missing out on a trophy. Corey Morgan of Lewiston logged the most miles in the outside grooves to earn the final top-five position. Spencer Morse of Waterford and Chapman were heat race winners.
Neil Martin of Freeport charged from the back of the pack to score a popular victory aboard his number 1 car replicating championship-winning cars for multi-time Oxford Plains Speedway champion and Maine Hall of Famer Al Hammond, who passed away prior to this season. Martin’s triumph came in a 20-lap race for Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association competitiors.
“It’s a real tribute to Albert” said Martin, referring to his winning mount, reminiscent of Hammond’s championship-winning Chevrolets from the early seventies. “I’m proud to carry his colors tonight.”
Hal Clark of Bridgton romped to heat race and main event victories in Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association Late Model/Modified/Hobby action. Nate Symonds of Casco, Mike Willette of Winslow, Greg Inman of South Paris and George Harding of Fairfield rounded out the top-five.
Troy Jordan of Turner certainly didn’t hurt his championship hopes in Ripley & Fletcher Ford Outlaw Sportsman competition. Jordan scored an impressive victory in the 30-lap main event, and maintains a healthy advantage in the title bout.
Guy Childs, Sr. of Sabattus was the best of the rest, claiming runner-up honors in front of Dale Lawrence, who led the early portion of the race before Jordan took command for good. Auburn’s Steve Moon and Gerry Freve of Buckfield rounded out the top-five. Lawrence and Moon won 10-lap heats earlier in the evening.
-Oxford Plains Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: Lindsay Ellison Photography
Oxford Championship Series results from Dave’s Small Engine & Walker Mowers Night; Saturday, August 23; at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Budweiser Pro Late Model (50 laps) 1 60 Tim Brackett, Buckfield; 2 78 Quinny Welch, Lancaster, NH; 3 61 TJ Brackett, Buckfield; 4 72 Chris Coolidge, Bryant Pond; 5 94 Shawn Martin, Turner; 6 88 Kyle DeSouza, East Providence, RI; 7 01 Scott Moore, Anson; 8 11 Billy Childs, Jr., Leeds; 9 3 Vanna Brackett, Buckfield; 10 53 Alan Wilson, Hebron; 11 44 Kyle Treadwell, Auburn; 12 16 Travis Stearns, Auburn; 13 71 Gary Chiasson, Peru; 14 24 Gunnar Rowe, Turner; 15 54 Shane Green, South Paris; 16 25 Shawn Knight, South Paris; 17 28 Mark Lundblad, Jr., Conway, NH; 18 09 Jeremy Davis, Tamworth, NH; 19 6 Tommy Ricker, Poland; 20 63 Donnie Wentworth, Otisfield.
Allen’s Coffee-Flavored Brandy Street Stock (35 laps) 1 55 Kurt Hewins, Leeds; 2 81 BJ Chapman, Bridgton; 3 5 Ryan Hewins, Oxford; 4 23 Zach Emerson, Sabattus; 5 26 Corey Morgan, Lewiston; 6 48 Curtis Rolando, Newport, RI; 7 3 Josh Childs, Oxford; 8 51 Kyle Hewins, Leeds; 9 08 Richard Wentworth, Conway, NH; 10 777 Mike St. Germain, Auburn; 11 05 Glen Reynolds, Greene; 12 04x Zach Bowie, Sabattus; 13 34 Spencer Morse, Waterford; 14 33 Andrew Breton, Sabattus; 15 8 Keith Stuart, Naples; 16 36 Rick Spaulding, Lisbon.
Ripley & Fletcher Ford Outlaw Sportsman (30 laps) 1 73 Troy Jordan, Turner; 2 5 Guy Childs, Sr., Sabattus; 3 2 Dale Lawrence, hometown unavailable; 4 19 Steve Moon, Auburn; 5 39 Gerry Freve, Buckfield; 6 67 Mike Haynes, Livermore Falls; 7 33 Jonah Farrington, Hebron; 8 99 George Haskell, Casco; 9 6 Todd Bisbee, South Paris; 10 77 Bryce Mains, Naples.
Wicked Good Late Model/Modified/Hobby (20 laps) 22 Hal Clark, Bridgton; 2 22x Nate Symonds, Casco; 3 D5 Mike Willette, Winslow; 4 59 Greg Inman, South Paris; 5 48 George Harding, Fairfield; 6 25 Mark Hughes, Milton Mills, NH; 7 128 Aaron Heath, South Paris; 8 97 Brian Hughes, West Paris.
Wicked Good Sportsman/Outlaw (20 laps) 1 1 Neil Martin, Freeport; 2 82 Bobby Symonds, Casco; 3 13 Bobby Guyon, Monmouth; 4 64 Scott Tucker, Winthrop; 5 2 Kevin Waterhouse, West Paris; 6 8 Norris Willette, Winslow; 7 0 Dean Grant, Detroit.