June 10, 2009
Oliver, Grover win first OPS features
on caution-free Acceleration Series card
OXFORD, Maine - The cars and even the technology have changed since
Jim Davis Jr. last competed in the Acceleration Series at Oxford
Plains Speedway. Getting to victory lane in the Chimney Tech Outlaw
division where Davis was a champion six years ago still isn't a
Driving a car he once built and
pronounced a little bit outdated, Davis nevertheless held off Chris
Burgess to capture the first of two 20-lap features in the headline
division on a cool, misty Wednesday night.
In what is believed to be a first for
the 11-year old midweek series, all seven features (130 green-flag
laps) were completed without a caution flag.
Dan Brown, Zach Bowie and Addison Bowie chased Davis and Burgess
across the line in the hotly contested Outlaw 'B' feature.
Outlaw 'A' produced the closest finish of the night when Jim Drake
and rookie Ryan Robbins ran side-by-side through the entire final
lap, bumping in the fourth turn before Drake crossed the line first.
That result was soured when both cars
failed the post-race technical inspection, however, handing the
victory to Jerry "The Shoe" Goss. David Childs moved up to
second, maintaining his streak of five races to start the season
without a finish worse than runner-up.
Fred Clavet, Chris Coolidge and Bubba
Collins rounded our the top five.
Kevin Oliver highlighted other action
with his first OPS victory in six years of trying in the Call of the
Wild RV Center Sport Truck division.
"Flyin'" Ryan Farrar
settled for his third straight second-place finish, while Ross
"The Boss" Spurling saw his winning streak end with a
third-place trophy. John Lizotte edged Jeff Schmidt for fifth.
John Childs and early-season
dominator Kyle Hewins took the two Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel
Childs spent most of his 20-lap race
with Derek Cook as a shadow. Cook didn't get through the tech
inspection line unscathed, vaulting Charlie Webster and Craig
Bartlett to second and third, respectively. Nate Dubuc was fourth
and Roger Bourgoin fifth, the best career finish for each in the
Hewins needed less than half the
event to charge from his mid-pack starting position to the lead. He
cruised to his third win in four 2009 starts.
Early leader Brady Romano faced no
challenges for second. Troy Jordan landed third for the second
straight Wednesday, followed by teammate and opening-night winner
Matt Dufault and Gerard Cote.
Cathy Manchester nearly lapped the
field in the Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies feature, although
she had some help when the 2-3-4 battle of Christina Spaulding,
Vanna Brackett and Dottie Patria briefly ventured off the track in
turn one around the halfway point.
The trio straightened it out without
any damage. Brackett steered through the near-disaster to run
second. Patria finally wheeled around Spaulding on the final lap to
claim third, with Missy Blash fifth.
Bill Grover joined Oliver as a
first-time Oxford winner by ruling the 10-lap Goulet Home
Inspections Renegade sprint. Division champion Jason Hannigan was a
close second throughout after following Grover past early leader
Cote kept Bob Morey at bay for third.
OPS returns to action Saturday with
Sun Journal Night. Five divisions of racing hit the track at 6:30
The Acceleration Series continues
Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
CHIMNEY TECH OUTLAW #1 (20 laps): 1. Jim Davis Jr., Sabattus;
2. Chris Burgess, Sabattus; 3. Dan Brown, Peru; 4. Zach Bowie,
Lisbon; 5. Addison Bowie, Auburn; 6. Clint Sherwood, Poland; 7. Jay
Wilkins, Gray; 8. Shannon Judd, Jay; 9. David Brown, Gray; 10. Scott
Ellis, Lewiston; 11. Kyle Curtis, Oxford; 12. Josh Paradis, Sumner;
13. Dennis Morang, South Paris; 14. Rob Lowe, Auburn; 15. Scott
Hethcoat, Danville Junction; 16. Randy Desmarais, Auburn; 17. Chad
Truman, South Paris; 18. Todd Hall, Auburn; 19. Ron Parker, New
CHIMNEY TECH OUTLAW #2 (20 laps): 1. Jerry Goss, Mechanic
Falls; 2. David Childs, Leeds; 3. Fred Clavet, Buckfield; 4. Chris
Coolidge, Norway; 5. Bubba Collins, New Gloucester; 6. Guy Childs,
Turner; 7. Tyler Belanger, Sumner; 8. Doug Degroat, Oxford; 9. John
Patria, Turner; 10. Jerry Freve, Buckfield; 11. Steve Moon, Gray;
12. Ron Abbott Jr., Sabattus; 13. Michael Haynes, Livermore Falls;
14. Kevin Lawrence, South Paris; 15. Steve Brill, Bridgton; 16.
Jonathan Baldwin, Auburn; 17. John Spencer Jr., Farmington; 18. Bob
Ferguson, New Gloucester; 19. Gerry Richard, Leeds. DQ: Jim Drake,
Hebron; Ryan Robbins, Dixfield.
MACDONALD MOTORS RUNNIN' REBEL (20 laps): 1. John Childs,
Leeds; 2. Charlie Webster, Auburn; 3. Craig Bartlett, Denmark; 4.
Nate Dubuc, Auburn; 5. Roger Bourgoin, Mechanic Falls; 6. Michael
Carver, Durham; 7. Eric Rowles, Lewiston; 8. Bob Lucas, Peru; 9.
John Mason, Bethel; 10. Charlie Hall, Oxford; 11. Troy Gamrat,
Lisbon Falls; 12. Ryan Philbrick, Greenwood; 13. Mark Childs Sr.,
Mechanic Falls; 15. Ellery Phillips Jr., Turner. DQ: Derek Cook,
MACDONALD MOTORS RUNNIN' REBEL #2 (20 laps): 1. Kyle Hewins,
Leeds; 2. Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 3. Troy Jordan, Turner; 4.
Matt Dufault, Turner; 5. Gerard Cote, Oxford; 6. Jason Berry,
Turner; 7. Ryan Hewins, Leeds; 8. Craig Farrington, Hebron; 9. Mike
Ward, Harrison; 10. Scott Farrington, Minot; 11. Zach Audet,
Chesterville; 12. Dustin Salley, Auburn; 13. Randy Desmarais,
Auburn; 14. Martin Krauter, Raymond; 15. Jamie Leavitt, Minot; 16.
Corey Beaulieu, Oxford; 17. Jamie Heath, Waterford.
CALL OF THE WILD RV CENTER SPORT TRUCK (20 laps): 1. Kevin
Oliver, Gray; 2. Ryan Farrar, Oxford; 3. Ross Spurling, New
Gloucester; 4. John Lizotte, Mechanic Falls; 5. Jeff Schmidt,
Mechanic Falls; 6. Opie Allard, Harpswell; 7. Corey Williams,
Sumner; 8. Peter Green, Poland; 9. Brent Westberry, Buckfield; 10.
Jeremy Wagner, Bryant Pond; 11. Laurette Theriault, Casco.
ALLEN'S COFFEE FLAVORED BRANDY LADIES (20 laps): 1. Cathy
Manchester, Gray; 2. Vanna Brackett, Buckfield; 3. Dottie Patria,
Turner; 4. Christina Spaulding, Lisbon; 5. Missy Blash, Oxford; 6.
Missy Morgan, Lewiston; 7. Kristen Brown, Gray; 8. Tori Burgess,
Sabattus; 9. Jodie Truman, South Paris; 10. Annie Chartier, Mexico;
11. Tricia Thomas, Farmington.
GOULET HOME INSPECTIONS RENEGADE (10 laps): 1. Bill Grover,
Topsham; 2. Jason Hannigan, Greene; 3. Gerard Cote, Oxford; 4. Bob
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