Dennis Spencer wins Championship Series Super Late Model finale, Alan Tardiff gets track title on tiebreaker at Oxford Plains Speedway
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.
story by Amy Harrop
Written By: Amy Harrop
Coming out of a successful 2016 racing season where he earned “Rookie of the Year” honors at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in the Wildcats division, Zach Nicholson still had many goals in mind as he entered his sophomore season in 2017. Although 2016 was a good year for the young driver, he still wanted more. What was the top goal on his list? A feature victory in 2017. After an entire season full of ups and downs, Zach Nicholson finally captured his first feature victory in an accident-ridden 30-lap feature on Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine.
Coming into the night, Zach had clearly made his mark at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, earning himself 9 top-5 finishes in 13 weeks of competition. The orange and blue #21 was a consistent figure at the front of the pack each and every week, fighting for position. Like all drivers do, Zach did have some tough weeks, including being caught up in a frightening wreck in turn 3 on July 22nd, a wreck that led to him being transported to Maine Medical Center with a sprained ankle. No matter what happens to him out on the track, Zach never gives up. After his wreck, he brushed himself off and returned to competition the very next week; only to take home yet another top-5 finish in his division. Due to his many qualifying heat race victories over the course of the season, people started to deem Zach as the “Heat Race Hero”. This motivated him to work harder to finally secure that first career victory he had been longing for for two years.
photo by Norm Marx
By: Dick Casey
Eddie MacDonald fought his way through a day wrought with obstacles to take fourth place honors in the 44th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday. True success in any endeavor is the ability to face and overcome challenges in pursuit of the desired outcome. Eddie Mac may have fallen short of the desire to win his third Oxford 250 title but his finish is nothing short of spectacular.
With only 13 laps to go, Eddie Mac rode in second place before tires and handling slowed the second place Dave Lemieux owned Chevy for the fourth place run. The roller coaster day began on a high note with Eddie Mac starting second in the second heat then powering to an easy win for a guaranteed outside pole position for the main event. However, the 17Ma entry failed tech negating the win and forced Eddie Mac into the first scheduled consi race. Starting 14th, Eddie Mac ran three wide on the outside hoping to finish in the top two in the 20 lap shootout to gain entry into the feature. Disaster struck again when a flat tire forced him to the pits. Eddie Mac returned but could only muster a sixth place finish.
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Oxford, ME — Curtis Gerry of Waterboro dominated when go time came, scoring the biggest racing victory of his career Sunday in the 44th annual Oxford 250 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. With lap leader bonuses included, Gerry’s win should be worth over $35,000.
Gerry, who lined up 21st on the starting grid, needed 123 laps to chase down early race leader Cassius Clark in Rollie MacDonald’s 13. A round of pit stops saw Scott McDaniel earn some lap leader bonus cash for 26 laps before Gerry took command for good with just over 50 laps to go.
Garrett Hall & Crew in Victory Lane (Troy Bregy Photo)
Oxford, ME- The first Granite State Pro Stock Series race at Oxford Plains Speedway saw Locals Bobby Timmons of Windham, ME on the pole and Derek Kneeland of Sebago, ME on the outside. At the start of the race Kneeland and Hall were in tight competition for the lead, until the middle of the race when Hall held the lead for much of the remaining laps.
In third place for much of the race and showing the patience of a veteran racer, fourteen-year-old Gabe Brown ran impressive race. Series regular and the current point leader Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield MA, was consistent all night and moved from thirteenth position to tenth by the end of the race. This granted him a provisional position in the Oxford 250 on Sunday. Former series champion Derek Griffith also ran consistently throughout the race starting eleventh and finishing seventh in the race.
Oxford Top 3 from L to R 3rd Bryan Kruczek, 1st Garret Hall, 2nd Gabe Brown (Troy Bregy Photo)
Oxford, Maine – Garrett Hall of Scarborough earned the final guaranteed starting position up for grabs in this year’s 44th Annual Scott’s Recreation Oxford 250 with a 100-lap victory in the first-ever Granite State Pro Stock Series event contested at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Hall, a multi-race Pro All Stars Series winner last season, battled Windham’s Bobby Timmons and Sebago’s Derek Kneeland for the early lead, and then held off popular Super Late Model rookie Gabe Brown of Center Conway, New Hampshire to claim victory.