Wilson Ends Drought With Win at Oxford

It has been a long time since Alan Wilson has visited Victory Lane – six years, by his own calculation.  But persistence paid off once again, as the logger from Hebron, Maine brought home the checkers in Saturday’s Super Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway.

WATCH REPLAY: Super Late Models at Oxford Plains

Wilson put in a dominant performance, leading all 50 laps and running the fastest lap of the race.  He held off a race-long attack from Dave Farrington, Jr. to score the win in the Oxford Championship Series Super Late Model competition.

 

“I feel like I’ve got a lot of energy right now!” Wilson said in Victory Lane.  “I was just really concentrating the last few laps, trying not to lose it because Dave’s a great competitor.  He races super clean.  I love racing with him and Curtis both, I just usually cannot keep up with them at all.”

 

In addition to the excitement of returning to the top step of the podium, Wilson felt the added emotion of winning at his home track.

 

“I live seven miles from [the track], I can hear the cars racing from my house,” Wilson told Speed51.  “My father raced there before me, it’s just always been a part of my life.  I like going to other tracks as well, but there’s no place like home.  To me, Oxford is home.”

 

Runner-up Farrington and third-place finisher Curtis Gerry are several drivers of the newer generation taking the northeastern Super Late Model world by storm, and Wilson knew he’d have to outrace them both to have a shot at the victory.  But with the help of Dale Shaw’s cars and D.J. Shaw’s instruction, he knew he’d have what it took to win.

 

[Farrington and Gerry] are really good, they’re on top of their game, there’s no doubt about that.  I got a Dale Shaw car about a year and a half ago, and I guess I’m a slow learner, but Dale and Stephanie have done such a good job, and D.J. teaching me…I’m a student, let’s just say that.  I’m an old, old student, it’s never too late to go back to school.  They are just tremendous about getting me the information, getting me dialed in, and setting me straight.

 

Dave Farrington, who has been riding an incredible wave of success at the 3/8-mile Maine bullring, finished second, but couldn’t find a way to get around Wilson.

 

“Congratulations to Alan,” Farrington said after the race.  “D.J. [Shaw] must have gave him some notes there on his 150 win.  He never fell off, and we couldn’t quite get him tonight.”

 

Podium finisher Curtis Gerry came to a stop early in the race because his seatbelts had come loose, but he was able to get them re-connected and fought his way back up to third.  Longtime Oxford veteran Mike Rowe finished fourth, and newcomer Brian Whalley finished fifth.

 

Super Late Models are in action again Saturday, June 26th as part of the Oxford Championship Series.

 

Oxford Championship Series Super Late Model 50 – Full Results (Unofficial)

 

  1. Alan Wilson
  2. Dave Farrington, Jr.
  3. Curtis Gerry
  4. Mike Rowe
  5. Brian Whalley
  6. Kelly Moore
  7. Tim Brackett
  8. Scott Moore
  9. Shawn Martin
  10. Dennis Spencer, Jr.
  11. Jeremy Whorff
  12. Calvin Rose, Jr.
  13. Ryan Littlefield
  14. Richie Brown
  15. David Getchell
  16. Kyle Salemi
  17. Kyle Desouza

 

-Story by: Ian Pettigrew, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Oriana Lovell

Wilson Ends Drought With Win at Oxford