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WAR96

photo by RPM Photography

Story by Chris Roy

The 2014 Amsoil NELCAR race season gets underway this weekend at Lee Speedway, in Lee NH, and after the winter months Wyatt is all ready to declare WAR (Wyatt Alexander Racing).  “In the off season I have been focusing on school. I play soccer and just started playing tennis. I also spend some time on iracing, using it as a training tool. I have worked on getting both cars ready, attending a few motorsports shows as well. I have a Pro Late Model that I have added to the team. Getting both ready for 2014 has kept us busy.”

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photo by Kyle Treadwell

story by Chris Roy

Kyle Treadwell of Auburn, Maine will be racing in the Pro Late Model Series at Oxford Plains Speedway this race season. Over the winter months Kyle, like most race car drivers has kept busy, “The off season has been pretty wild so far. It started off by building a wildcat for Beech Ridge, and midway through the build we got the idea to make the jump to Pro Late Models. My car owner presented the money and we purchased a ACT car to convert over. And of course, just as big of news, I won the light weight feature of the DT100. That event is absolutely amazing. The dedication and hard work Dave Thomas and his team have put in is unbelievable. The event this year was able to raise just over $30,000 for Make-A-Wish. The list of drivers Dave has been able to get to compete is great, a lot of talent from 10+ states. We are all in equally prepared karts so it’s all bragging rights.”

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story by Chris Roy

Dan Winter of Windham, NH will be doing double duty this race season. Dan is going to be doing a limited schedule with the NELCAR Legends Tour and testing the breaking new ice with his new super late model. “This year we are planning on running the 10 race Thursday Thunder series, as well as select NELCAR tour and NHMS road course races.  In addition, we are going to be testing a Super Late Model at the beginning of the season and running some races mid to end of the 2014 year.” 

 

While waiting for the snow to melt, Dan has kept busy will classes and find getting ready for the 2014 season. “This off season has been especially busy for us.  Back in January we went down to Charlotte, North Carolina for the INEX banquet.  While down there I also raced one of Bob Weymouth’s legend cars in the Winter Heat Series. Also, this winter we’ve been busy building a new legend car for the 2014 season as well as working on preparing a super late model for this year.”      

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The 2014 NAPA Auto Parts Show, Shine, & Drag at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine is sure to be another exciting event this year that will feature some amazing show cars, as well as some fast and fun drag racing. This event that was dormant for many years is now on the comeback trail to be restored to its former glory days as the elite car show and drag racing event in New England. After a very successful re-launch of the event in 2013, Oxford Plains Speedway is very excited for our 2014 partnership with NAPA Auto Parts this year as we are building the event to be even bigger and better than last year.
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MB38

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story by Chris Roy

Defending Amsoil NELCAR Champion Mathew Bourgoine is all set for the 2014 race season. NELCAR has a double header race weekend to start off the 2014 race season, on April 12th at Oxford Plains Speedway and on April 13th at Lee Speedway. Mathew has been working on and displaying the race car in the off season as they get gear up for the season opener. “I have it ready for the Bangor Mall show this Friday-Sunday. After that I’ll go right through it and make sure everything is where it needs to be.”

Mathew driving the #38 legend car has won the last 2 Amsoil NELCAR Championships, so what is it like to win back to back championships, “Awesome!! It makes for a great off season because we know we left off at the top of our game!”
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photo by Mike Fowler

story by Chris Roy

Race car driver Alex Lacognata of Scarbrough, ME. Is teaming up with Naughty Racing this season to compete in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Sportsman.

Though the 1st race of the PASS Sportsman series is almost here Alex has kept busy during the off season. “This off season has probably been the busiest winter of my life. We had to prepare the car for two shows, as well as setting it up for the upcoming season. On top of that, I’ve been wrapping up my High School career as I am still a senior and I’ll be graduating from Scarborough High this June. I’ve also been preparing for the upcoming baseball season, while working 15-20 hours a week delivering pizza at Portland Pie Company.”

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CM26story by Chris Roy

Corey Morgan of Lewiston, ME. has spent the off season busy getting ready for the 2014 race season.  “Spending time with my kids, building race cars and working. We built a nice Outlaw for Melissa Ferland, got Mitchell a new go kart gave his old one to his sister Grace. I Have also been working to get the new Mustang PRO-Late Model together, and just finished wrapping the Strictly for Wiscasset, also just made a deal to buy back one of the Outlaws I sold so Missy can race the Ladies Division at Oxford on Wednesdays, it’s a nice car that I built for Pat Maloy, and right I have been lettering cars like crazy for the Auburn Mall Show.”

The 2014 race season looks to be a busy with 4 different drivers in the family in 6 different series.  “Win races right! Well Missy will be racing the Ladies Division at Oxford on Wednesdays. Mitchell will try a few races Thursday at Oxford in the kart series. I will be racing Fridays at OPS and Saturdays at Wiscasset, then we take Mitchell and Grace to Richmond to race karts on Sundays.”

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ENTRIES POURING IN FOR OXFORD 250Advanced Oxford 250 entries are pouring in to the PASS North headquarters in Naples, Maine, and the entry list is certainly going to be a who’s who in Super Late Model racing from throughout the Northeast, Southeast and Canada.

Northern driver, Tim Brackett from Buckfield, Maine filed the first entry earlier this month, and since then entries have been coming in almost daily. 2013 PASS North champion Cassius Clark has filed entry for the Hight Chevrolet team. Former multi-time PASS champion, Johnny Clark, along with 2012 PASS North champ, Travis Benjamin have sent in their entries. 2013 PASS North runner-up Joey Doiron is entered as well as Turner, Maine’s Glen Luce. Other PASS notables include David Oliver and Reid Lanpher.

Oxford Plains Speedway is well represented with early entries as Shane Green, Chris Coolidge, Mark Lundblad Jr., Justin Gibbons, and Adam Polivinen have all thrown their hats into the ring.
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With the 2014 edition of the Oxford 250 lurking just over the horizon on July 20, 2014, the first entrant has filed his application for the crown jewel event. Buckfield, Maine’s, Tim Brackett has filed the number one entry and is very proud to be the first entrant of this year’s edition.

“We have been in the sport of auto racing since 1978, the 52 year old racer explained. We love racing as a family here at the Track, and always look forward to the Oxford 250. We had a great run in 2013, and can’t wait for the big race in 2014. I finished sixth last year, and can hopefully crack at least a top five this year!”
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Oxford Plains Speedway’s Marketing and Promotions Manager, Dick Therrien, is pleased to announce that NAPA Auto Parts Stores have joined OPS as a marketing partner for the 2014 race season here at Oxford Plains Speedway.

“We are very excited to have NAPA Auto Parts on board with us for 2014. They will be the primary sponsor for the 2nd Annual Show, Shine and Drags event scheduled for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014 stated Therrien. NAPA is the leader of the auto parts industry, and for them to join forces with us is extremely valuable for both parties. NAPA has seventy-four stores in the marketing region, and we have race teams and fans that come to Oxford from all of their stores markets. They have chosen a great event to sponsor, and I’m positive that this year’s NAPA Show, Shine and Drags will be even larger than last year’s show.”
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DSC_5317story by Chris Roy

After a few years of hard work and determination Ms. King is now the 2013 RKS Sportsman Champion, “It’s almost unexplainable! Considering last year I had finished 7th, and now being the champion. I’m glad the work my Dad and I put into the kart during the off season showed this season.”

Though Kayla has taken the checkered flag a number of time this season there is one in particular that means a lot to her, “I would have to say the Mid-summer, Shootout, not only because it was my first win, but the fact that the race was really close and I needed to really think about every move I made, especially the last one giving me the win coming out of turn four on the outside.  It was truly something amazing, almost unexplainable! It was not only my first win of the season but my first win at the track, and after that win, many more followed.”

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DSC_9506story by Chris Roy

This is Mathews 2nd straight championship in the NELCAR Series, “The first Championship was awesome because we finale achieved our goal. The second Championship came with a real sense of pride, pride to know that my name was compared to some of the people I looked up to and watched when I started my racing career.”

Going into the last race of the season, Mathew and Ryan Hammar were separated by just a few points and Mathew had to start the race in the rear. “Anxious!! I knew what I had to do and I tried to convince myself that I could do it even though Oxford wasn’t my best track. It didn’t work though; I still had a lot of doubt going into the race.”

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DSC_4651Oxford, ME – Through six months and 13 grueling races, the Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour has had another extraordinary season.  With many big headlines throughout the year and great battles for the victory, it all came down to one final showdown at Oxford Plains Speedway, it one of the most dramatic fashions.  13 points separated defending champion Matt Bourgoine and third year driver Ryan Hammar for the title.  However, it wouldn’t be easy if Bourgoine wanted to defend his championship, as he would have to start at the rear of the field after a runner up finish in the last race at Wiscasset Speedway.  Those two weren’t the only ones with something to fight for though, as 23 Legends Cars made their way to the track, a great field this late in the season.
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1000-DSC_8255Oxford, ME – With one remaining in the Pro All Stars Series North season, Joey Doiron and the 73 Wild Willy’s Burgers/JBJ Machine team was right in the thick of the championship battle.  After relinquishing the top spot in the last race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Doiron sat just three points behind Cassius Clark going into the final race at Oxford Plains Speedway.  The season began with those tow driver duking it out for the victory, and it was only fitting that they do the same to decide the championship.

Oxford had proven to be one of Doiron’s best tracks during the season, with a few runner up finishes going into this race.  He would start third in his heat qualifying race that would determine the starting lineup for the 48 Super Late Models that showed up to run in the final event.  It didn’t take him long before he was in the lead, and he drove away with the heat win.  This gave Doiron the best possible starting spot for a former winner during the season, 11th spot for the 150 feature event.
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djshaw_headshotOxford, ME – DJ Shaw and the #60 Precision JLM went into the final race of the Pro All Stars Series North season with one goal, win.  After early struggles throughout the day, they did just that, taking the lead with 24 laps to go and holding off a charge from Scott Mulkern to grab his third win of the PASS North season, the most of any driver in the Series.

The day started out rough as Shaw as he only finished sixth in his heat race, not enough to transfer into the Feature race while 48 other cars battled for the 36 starting spots.  He would start on the pole in the consolation race, and drive away with the win.  This gave Shaw a 22nd place starting position for the 150 lap event.  The team felt like they had hit on something though, as they made several adjustments to the car throughout the morning to get it right.
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