Curtis Gerry Tunes Up For Oxford 250 Title Defense With 150-Lap Pro All Stars Series Triumph

Story By: MARK THOMAS / OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY – OXFORD, ME – Curtis Gerry of Waterboro continued his recent dominance of Oxford Plains Speedway Pro All Stars Series North competition, outrunning Cassius Clark of Farmington and the rest of a 35-car starting field to claim victory in Sunday’s 150-lap Super Late Model feature race.

For Gerry it was a fourth consecutive victory in Pro All Stars Series North competition at Oxford Plains Speedway, a streak that began with the 44th Annual Oxford 250 last August. It was also a series-best fourth PASS North victory of the season, including a 200-lap score at Scarborough’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Gerry started the race from 11th position and methodically raced his way into contention while Cassius Clark set a blistering early pace aboard Rollie MacDonald’s King Racing ride. Gerry made the most of a couple of late-race restarts to outgun Clark in the late going. Clark crossed the finish line in second position, about a second-and-a-half in front of Manchester’s Reid Lanpher.

Current PASS North Super Late Model championship points leader DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire was fourth, followed by Travis Benjamin of Belfast. Benjamin, who needed a provisional starting position to claim a spot on the starting grid, lined up for the initial green flag in 31st position.

Windham’s Brandon Barker had a strong run, resulting in a sixth-place finish. Kelly Moore was seventh after starting 29th. Ellsworth native Wyatt Alexander, Westbrook’s John Peters and Ryan Robbins of Dixfield filled out the top ten.

Both of the top-two Super Late Model finishers, already assured of Oxford 250 starting positions, opted for the October Richmond provisional starting spots.

Adam Gray of Belchertown, Massachusetts posted a career-first PASS Mods victory, acing the 40-lap test in just his third start on the open-wheel touring series.

Gray had to hold off another racer gunning for his first PASS Mods score, Freeport’s Jariet Harrison, who earned second-place honors while holding off two-time 2018 Mods winner Gary Shackford of Center Conway, New Hampshire.

North Yarmouth Mods rookie Mark Napolitano took a turn at leading the race and nailed down a career-best fourth-place finish. Bruce Helmuth of Wales nursed his somewhat-crippled mount to yet another top-five performance.

Kyle Hewins of Leeds took over the Bandits division ride driven to victory on the previous night by his older brother, Kurt, and completed the weekend family sweep in Sunday’s 25-lapper, the first round of this year’s Bandits Triple Crown Series.

Mike McKinney pressured the winner throughout the extra-distance test for the four-cylinder Budweiser Championship Series class, claiming hard-earned runner-up honors in front of former division champion Shaun Hinkley of Oxford. Buckfield’s Chad Wills and Eric Parlin of Mechanic Falls rounded out the top five.

The next event at Oxford Plains Speedway features the Oxford Acceleration Series, racing Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. The Budweiser Championship Series racing card, topped by the ultra-quick Super Late Models, goes to post this Saturday night, August 4, at 7:00 p.m. Oxford Plains Speedway is located at 877 Main Street, on Route 26, in Oxford, Maine. For more information please visit oxfordplains.com or call (207) 539-8865.

Results from the July 29 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway; Oxford, Maine showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:

Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model (150 laps) 1 7 Curtis Gerry, Waterboro, ME; 2 13 Cassius Clark, Farmington, ME; 3 59 Reid Lanpher, Manchester, ME; 4 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 5 7 Travis Benjamin, Belfast, ME; 6 88 Brandon Barker, Windham, ME; 7 47 Kelly Moore, Scarborough, ME; 8 96 Wyatt Alexander, Charlotte, NC; 9 51 John Peters, Westbrook, ME; 10 36 Ryan Robbins, Dixfield, ME; 11 00 Bryan Kruczek, Newmarket, NH; 12 9 Alan Tardiff, Goodwins Mills, ME; 13 93 Ray Christian III, Uncasville, CT; 14 24 Mike Rowe, Turner, ME; 15 7 Glen Luce, Turner, ME; 16 60 Tim Brackett, Buckfield, ME; 17 23 Lonnie Sommerville, Barnsville, NB, Canada; 18 61 TJ Brackett, Buckfield, ME; 19 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 20 35 Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 21 14 Scott McDaniel, Livermore, ME; 22 8 Calvin Rose, Jr., Turner, ME; 23 90 John-Michael Shenette, Concord, NC; 24 78 Ivan Kaffel, Raymond, ME; 25 4 Ben Rowe, Turner, ME; 26 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 27 15 Mike Hopkins, Hermon, ME; 28 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough, ME; 29 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH; 30 72 Scott Robbins, Dixfield, ME; 31 03 Joe Squeglia, Jr., Derry, NH; 32 09 Mike Landry, Oakland, ME; 33 41 Tracy Gordon, Strong, ME; 34 29 Austin Teras, Gray, ME; 35 54 Johnny Clark, Farmingdale, ME.

Other Super Late Model entrants: 1 Evan Hallstrom, Northfield, VT; 07 Bill Penfold, Oxford, ME; 9 JT Thurlow, Windham, ME; 11 Steve Chicoine, Portland, ME; 16 Adam Gray, Bel;chertown, MA; 18 Wayne Parritt, Steuben, ME; 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH; 28 Greg Nanigian, Braintree, MA; 28 Mark Lundblad, Jr., Conway, NH; 32 Nick Jenkins, Brownville, ME; 39 Chad Dow, Pittsfield, ME; 44 Rusty Poland, Windham, ME; 50 Jeff White, Winthrop, ME; 53 Billy Rodgers, Old Orchard Brach, ME; 63 John Salemi, Nashua, NH.

PASS Mods (40 laps) 1 60x Adam Gray, Belchertown, MA; 2 85 Jariet Harrison, Freeport, ME; 3 60 Gary Shackford, Center Conway, NH; 4 14 Mark Napolitano, North Yarmouth, ME; 5 25 Bruce Helmuth, Wales, ME; 6 10 Kate Re, Lovell, ME; 7 19 Ben Tinker, New Gloucester, ME; 8 16 Patrick Sullivan, Poland, ME; DNS 2 Randy Sanborn, West Baldwin, ME.

Bandits (25 laps) 1 54 Kyle Hewins, Leeds, ME; 2 08 Mike McKinney, Berlin, NH; 3 2 Shaun Hinkley, Oxford, ME; 4 52 Chad Wills, Buckfield, ME; 5 53 Eric Parlin, Mechanic Falls, ME; 6 79 Travis Lovejoy, Waterboro, ME; 7 5 Jake Hall, Oxford, ME; 8 18 Dustin Salley, Poland, ME; 9 1x Kevin Varney, Mechanic Falls, ME; 10 77 Rob Crepeau, Minot, ME; 11 12 Tyler Green, Turner, ME; 12 42 Chris Foster, Lisbon, ME; 13 24 Travis Verrill, South Paris, ME 14 8x Josh Knoll, Mechanic Falls, ME; 15 51 Kurt Hewins, Leeds, ME; 16 8 Jeremy Lauzier, Rumford, ME; 17 4 Dennis Scribner, Otisfield, ME.