Oxford, Maine — Dennis Spencer, Jr. of Oxford nailed down his second Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Model victory of the season in the 50-lap championship points finale Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway, while Lyman’s Alan Tardiff prevailed in a points tiebreaker to claim his first championship in the track’s premiere racing class.
Spencer, who just barely missed the cut to get into the recent Oxford 250 classic, started the race from 11th position. He quickly made his way forward through the field, had a good battle for the race lead with Scarborough’s Kelly Moore, then held off Super Late Model rookie Ryan Robbins of Dixfield to claim victory.
Alan Tardiff of Lyman raced to a third-place finish after starting the race in 12th, eight points behind two-time track champion TJ Brackett of Buckfield, who ended up in seventh position. That put Tardiff and Brackett into a points tie, and with both earning two race victories during the season, Tardiff won the title by earning one more runner-up finish than Brackett during the racing campaign.
Kelly Moore led about half of the race and was fourth across the finish line. Ellsworth’s Andy Saunders was the fifth-place finisher. Winterport’s Ryan Deane was sixth, by inches, over TJ Brackett. Timmy Brackett of Buckfield, Alan Wilson of Hebron and Minot’s Bruce Haley rounded out the top ten.
Race winner Spencer and Timmy Brackett were triumphant in a pair of 12-lap heat races for the Super Late Models.
Billy Childs, Jr. of Leeds won his seventh Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock main event of the year, wrapping up the track championship in the process. Childs took the lead at the 30-lap race’s halfway point and maintained a fairly-comfortable advantage until the checkered flag waved.
Jordan Russell of Norway had his best run of the season, leading the first fourteen laps before finishing in second position. Rick Spaulding of Lisbon earned a third-place finish. Livermore’s Tyler King just barely took fourth position away from West Poland’s David Whittier at the finish line. Whittier and Bryce Mains of Bridgton won 10-lap heat races for the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock class.
Jamie Heath of Waterford cruised to yet another victory in the 20-lap finale for the Bandits division. Heath, the 2016 Bandits champion, was chased across the finish line by last year’s championship runner-up, Tyler Green of Turner. Chad Wills of Oxford, Tyler Libby of Auburn and Jay’s Dean Jordan rounded out the top five.
Auburn’s Brandon Varney prevailed in a tight Bandits division championship battle despite a 13th-place finish earned after missing a shift while running third on a late-race restart. Varney and Green won heat races.
Eric Hodgkins of Winthrop won the 15-lap Figure 8 race again, but runner-up Tommy Tompkins of Carthage wrapped up a track title with a runner-up effort. Third-place finisher Kyle Kilgore of South Paris ended up second in Figure 8 points. David Smith of South Paris and Jon Lizotte of Lewiston filled out the top-five rundown.
Gerry Freve of Buckfield outran Lewiston’s Guy Childs to claim victory in the 25-lap Outlaw division’s points finale. Rich Mains of Naples, at 51 the youngest of the podium finishers, was chased under the checkered flag by Steve Moon of Gray and Richmond’s Caleb Emerson-Mains. Freve and Mains won the Outlaw division’s heat races.
Ron Moon of North Yarmouth, who first strapped into a racecar 50 years ago, claimed the Oxford Acceleration Series Outlaw Division Championship.
John Childs of Leeds outran his son, Cam Childs, to claim victory in the 20-lap OAS Runnin’ Rebel race. Brandon Varney of Auburn barely prevented a Childs family sweep with a third-place run. Auburn’s Cody Childs nailed down the track title in the Rebel class, racing ‘big picture’ all the way to the checkered flag en route to a fourth-place finish ahead of Oxford’s Doug Degroat. Varney and Jamie Heath of Waterford posted heat race victories.
Brandon Varney of Auburn raced to as second straight victory in the 20-lap OAS Cruiser class. Phil Knowlton of Oxford wrapped up his first Cruiser division track championship season with runner-up honors in the 20-lapper. Aubin’s John Poulin, Paul Rowe of South Paris and Will Dunphy, Jr. of New Gloucester rounded out the top five. Dunphy won the heat race.
Danny Wear of Buxton won the battle, but a second-place run was all that Oxford’s Ryan Farrar needed to earn the track championship in the OAS Truck class. Mark Grantham of Casco joined Wear and Farrar in victory lane. Nick Calvert of Steep Falls and New Gloucester’s Chuck Estes rounded out the top five. Wear won the heat race.
Maggie Ferland of Auburn cruised into victory lane after her 20-lap triumph nailed down the track title in the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies race. Kathryn Childs of Auburn was second in the race and third in the championship bout. Bridgton’s Shelby Shurtleff was the championship runner-up, finishing third in the final points race. Chloe Kiley of South Paris won the heat race.
Jake Matheson of Hillsboro, New Hampshire got by points leader and defending OPS champion Austin Teras of Windham en route to victory on the 20-lap Legends Cars main event. Trenton Goodrow of Carver, Massachusetts was third across the finish line. Buxton’s Colby Meserve and Thomas Everson of Gilmanton, New Hampshire filled out the top-five rundown. Teras won the heat race.
Legends Cars will wrap up their Oxford Plains Speedway championship season with a pair of events on the Speedway’s final race weekend of the year, scheduled for October 14-15. Pro All Stars Series Championship Day, with PASS Super Late Models, Mods and three other events is set for Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m. Armegeddon of Destruction with the five OAS classes and other regular Motor Mayhem events will close out the Oxford Plains Speedway season on Sunday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m. for more information please visit oxfordplains.com or call (207) 539-8865.
Unofficial finishes from Championship Night, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Oxford Plains Speedway; Oxford, Maine showing finishing position, car number, driver name, driver hometown:
Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Model (50 laps) 1 46 Dennis Spencer, Jr., Oxford; 2 36 Ryan Robbins, Dixfield; 3 9 Alan Tardiff, Lyman; 4 47 Kelly Moore, Scarborough; 5 01 Andy Saunders, Ellsworth; 6 54 Ryan Deane, Winterport; 7 61 TJ Brackett, Buckfield; 8 60 Tim Brackett, Buckfield; 9 53 Alan Wilson, Hebron; 10 52 Bruce Haley, Minot; 11 71 Gary Chiasson, Peru; 12 03 Scott Moore, Anson; 13 21 Shane Clark, Winterport; 14 75 Gray Smith, Bangor; 15 44 Trevor Sanborn, East Parsonsfield; 16 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH; 17 0 Scott Luce, Strong; 18 8 Calvin Rose, Jr., Turner.
2017 Oxford Plains Speedway Super Late Model Champion: 9 Alan Tardiff, Lyman.
Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock (30 laps) 1 1 Billy Childs, Jr., Leeds; 2 4 Jordan Russell, Norway; 3 36 Rick Spaulding, Lisbon; 4 11 Tyler King, Livermore; 5 58 David Whittier, West Paris; 6 51 Kyle Hewins, Leeds; 7 77 Bryce Mains, Bridgton; 8 14 Anthony Constantino, Sumner; 9 33 Andrew Breton, Greene; 10 61 Matt Dufault, Turner; 11 09 Mark Turner, Norway; 12 02 Jason Curtis, Hollis; 13 27 Patrick Thorne, Standish; 14 38 Matt Gain, Standish.
2017 Oxford Plains Speedway Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock Champion: 1 Billy Childs, Jr., Leeds.
Bandits (20 laps) 1 91 Jamie Heath, Waterford; 2 26 Tyler, Green, Turner; 3 52 Chad Wills, Oxford; 3 44 Tyler Libby, Auburn; 5 55 Dean Jordan, Jay; 6 5 Jacob Hall, Oxford; 7 53 Travis Verrill, South Paris; 8 23 Chachy Hall, Oxford; 9 12 Daryl Quinlan, Westbrook; 10 71 Chris Foster, Lisbon; 11 18 Brian Hiscock, Turner; 12 00 Larry Lizotte, Poland; 13 1 Brandon Varney, Auburn; 14 56 Adie McDaniel, Bridgton; 15 33 Matt Hiscock, Turner; 16 08 Brandon Blood, Bryant Pond; 17 51 Adam Sanborn, West Paris; 18 77 Rob Crepeau, Minot; 19 76 Shawn Hood, Berlin, NH; 20 8 Josh Knoll, Mechanic Falls; 21 13 Bill Grover, Waterford; 22 04 Tyler Jalbert, Auburn.
2017 Oxford Plains Speedway Bandits Champion: 1 Brandon Varney, Auburn.
Figure 8 (15 laps) 1 97 Eric Hodgkins, Winthrop; 2 113 Tommy Tompkins, Carthage; 3 4 Kyle Kilgore, South Paris; 4 54 David Smith, South Paris; 5 27 Jon Lizotte, Lewiston; 6 154 Devon Smith, Norway; 7 2 Dale Lawrence, Lisbon; 8 41 Greg Durgin, South Paris; 9 07 Kyle Glover, Oxford.
2017 Oxford Plains Speedway Figure 8 Champion: 113 Tommy Tompkins, Carthage.
Outlaw (25 laps) 1 39 Gerry Freve, Buckfield; 2 73 Guy Childs, Lewiston; 3 02 Rich Mains, Naples; 4 19 Steve Moon, Gray; 5 4 Caleb Emerson-Mains, Richmond; 6 8 Jimmy Duguay, Lewiston; 7 2 Ajay Cates, Lyman; 8 9 Ron Moon, North Yarmouth; 9 74 Rick Thompson, Naples; 10 77 Maggie Ferland, Auburn; 11 17 Kathryn Childs, Auburn; 12 29 Dean Hanscom, Gray; 13 36 Tim Gagnon, Sabattus; 14 99 George Haskell, Casco; 15 32 Jacob Hethcoat, South Paris; 16 1 Andy King, Scarborough.
2017 Oxford Plains Speedway Outlaw Champion: 9 Ron Moon, North Yarmouth.
Runnin’ Rebel (20 laps) 1 69 John Childs, Leeds, 2 11 Cam Childs, Leeds; 3 1 Brandon Varney, Auburn; 4 94 Cody Childs, Auburn; 5 84 Doug Degroat, Oxford; 6 12 Chris Lavanway, Auburn; 7 14 Adam O’Neil, Turner; 8 52 Adam Wornock, Buxton; 9 21 Ralph Green, Auburn; 10 50 AJ Smith III, South Paris; 11 95 Mark Childs, Jr., Mechanic Falls; 12 17 Dan Wade, New Gloucester; 13 04 Caleb Proctor, Casco; 14 31 Cade Chapman, Auburn; 15 44 Rick Montminy, Auburn.
2017 Oxford Plains Speedway Runnin’ Rebel Champion: 94 Cody Childs, Auburn.
Cruisers (20 laps) 1 1 Brandon Varney, Auburn; 2 72 Phil Knowlton, Oxford; 3 20 John Poulin, Auburn; 4 48 Paul Rowe, South Paris; 5 4 Will Dunphy, Jr., New Gloucester; 6 21 Jeremy Lauzier, Rumford; 7 21 Ryan Palmer, Rumford.
2017 Oxford Plains Speedway Cruisers Champion: 72 Phil Knowlton, Oxford.
Trucks (20 laps) 1 51 Danny Wear, Buxton; 2 2 Ryan Farrar, Oxford; 3 07 Mark Grantham, Casco; 4 33 Nick Calvert, Steep Falls; 5 03 Chuck Estes, New Gloucester; 6 20 Wade Gelinas, Buxton; 7 12 Randy Green, Norway; 8 79 Seth Jordan, Windham.
2017 Oxford Plains Speedway Truck Champion: 2 Ryan Farrar, Oxford.
Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies (20 laps) 1 77 Maggie Ferland, Auburn; 2 17 Kathryn Childs, Auburn; 3 3 Shelby Shurtleff, Bridgton; 4 16 Chloe Kiley, South Paris; 5 44 Annie Chartier, Mexico.
2017 Oxford Plains Speedway Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies Champion: 77 Maggie Ferland, Auburn.