Nick Sweet has impressed many with his success in the last two years with victories away from his home track of Thunder Road, checking off different New England tracks on the Pro All Stars Series schedule, including Oxford where he won once in both 2019 and 2020 in PASS competition.
With no track time since last fall on the No. 40 Super Late Model, the team decided early Saturday afternoon to participate in the day’s 50-lapper, rather than calling it day after practice like most of the teams in the house strictly for Sunday’s 150-lap PASS event. It was a chance that paid off big time heading into Sunday’s show.
“No. We haven’t had a plan all week,” Sweet said. “It was nice to come out and race against all the guys again and see all of my friends. It’s nice to be running good and hopefully tomorrow we show up and we can have decent car and hopefully run in the top 10 again.”
After starting second alongside defending Oxford track champion Dave Farrington Jr., Sweet looked back to his time running 50 laps weekly at Thunder Road. In the end, the same ‘you gotta go’ mentality paid off.
All those 50-lap races I grew up racing, there’s no saving there. You go out and run it hard, when 50 is up we still had a little tire left, and that’s all that counts. Tomorrow will be a different story. – Nick Sweet
Originally, Farrington held the top spot on the initial start, but a quick yellow in the opening laps put the two next to each other a second time. That time, Sweet got the roll on the outside, got in front, and never looked back. In the end, Sweet was highly complimentary to his main competition of the day.
“Dave ran well, he’s always fun to race against. It’s great to race guys you can trust, side by side without putting a mark on your racecars. At the end of the day you come away with still fast race cars. It’s nice to do that here against really a bunch of professionals.”
For Farrington, there may have been some bruising of the home track pride. But, he was still pleased to have finished ahead of main 2020 title rival Curtis Gerry who finished third.
“He came and spoiled the party today, I guess. I’m sure he gave it all he had and certainly gave it all we had, without driving the thing sideways. We’re running here all year and he’s just testing and tuning for tomorrow’s race. I don’t know, we might have left a little out there, but we gave it what we had, he had a little more than us, and we had a little more than Curtis. See how it plays out tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Curtis Gerry held off a hard charging Joey Doiron who finished fourth, who in turn stayed ahead of Kyle DeSouza who rounded the top five. Mike Rowe, Scott Moore, Calvin Rose Jr, TJ Brackett, and Alan Wilson complete the Top 10.
Oxford Plains Speedway is back Sunday afternoon with the PASS Super Late Model Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150, plus the season opener for the PASS Modifieds and the second race of 2020 for the Northeast Mini Stock Tour.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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