Story By: MARK THOMAS / OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY – OXFORD, ME – Ray Christian III raced to his first-ever Oxford Plains Speedway Super Late Model triumph Saturday night, topping the Budweiser Championship Series stock car racing card.
Christian, of Uncasville, Connecticut, was runner-up to current points leader Curtis Gerry of Waterboro last Saturday night and followed that up with a third-place finish in Sunday’s Pro All Stars Series 150-lapper. Victory number one made it three straight podium finishes for the Nutmeg State invader at the historic Route 26 oval track.
Ryan Deane of Winterport led the race briefly before Christian took command. Deane raced to an impressive runner-up finish, his sixth top-five run in seven starts thus far in 2019. Turner’s Shawn Martin spent most of the race in the outside groove and also posted the fastest lap of the race en route to a third-place finish.
Calvin Rose, Jr. of Turner battled Christian for the early lead and set the pace for several laps before eventually crossing the finish line in fourth place. Strong veteran Tracy Gordon filled out the top-five rundown. The 50-lap Super Late Model race went caution-free.
Jordan Russell of Norway drove to his first-ever Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock feature race victory, leading all 30 laps to claim the big trophy. Russell’s score was not without challenge, as 2017 division champ Billy Childs, Jr. spent most of the race right on the rear bumper of Russell’s winning mount.
Zach Bowie of Turner provided the stiffest test to Russell’s supremacy in this race, claiming runner-up honors ahead of Childs. Skip Stanley of Oxford outdueled defending champion Matt Dufault of Turner for fourth position.
Brian Hiscock of Turner wired the Bandits field, leading all 20 laps to win by a comfortable margin over his teammate and step-brother, Tyler Green of Turner. Oxford’s Chad Wills ended up in third place, followed by Jay’s Dean Jordan and Dustin Salley of Mechanic Falls, the defending division champion and current points leader.
Kyle Glover prevailed in another wild 20-lap main event for the Figure 8 racers. It was the first win for Glover in the class. Glover took the lead away from points leader Larry Lizotte and outran all rivals to the checkered flag. Lizotte was the runner-up, with third-place spoils earned by Greg Durgin of South Paris, bouncing back from early-race misfortune. Minot’s Eric Hodgkins and Dale Lawrence of Minot rounded out the top five.
Owen Stuart of Naples won his second Rookie division main event of the season. Stuart prevailed in a race-long battle versus point leader Brady Childs of Leeds, who claimed runner-up honors. Sophie Green of South Paris earned third-place hardware, ahead of Norway’s Maddy Herrick and Cole Binette of Arundel.
The Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Models, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stocks, Bandits, Figure 8s and Rookies are in action next on Saturday night, June 15. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Oxford Plains Speedway is located at 877 Main Street (State Route 26) in Oxford, Maine. For more information please visit oxfordplains.com or call (207) 539-8865.
Super Late Model (50 Laps) 1 93 Ray Christian III, Uncasville, CT; 2 54 Ryan Deane, Winterport; 3 94 Shawn Martin, Turner; 4 8 Calvin Rose, Jr., Turner; 5 41 Tracy Gordon, Strong; 6 7 Curtis Gerry, Waterboro; 7 44 Rusty Poland, Windham; 8 93 Ryan Green, Berwick; 9 90 Craig Weinstein, East Walpole, MA; 10 61 TJ Brackett, Buckfield; 11 88 Brandon Barker, Windham; 12 14 Scott McDaniel, Livermore; 13 28 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH; 14 7 Glen Luce, Turner; 15 60 Tim Brackett, Buckfield; 16 44 Kyle Treadwell, Buckfield; 17 53 Alan Wilson, Hebron; DNS 73 Adam Polvinen, Hebron.
Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock (30 laps) 1 4 Jordan Russell, Norway; 2 21 Zach Bowie, Turner; 3 1 Billy Childs, Jr., Leeds; 4 64 Skip Stanley, Oxford; 5 61 Matt Dufault, Turner; 6 27 Pat Thorne, Standish; 7 55 Kurt Hewins, Leeds; 8 67 Michael Haynes, Livermore Falls; 9 09 Mark Turner, Norway; 10 2 Ajay Cates, Lyman; 11 36 Rick Spaulding, Lisbon; 12 6 Brian Dolloff, Jr., Jay; 13 36 Matt Rickards, Anson; 14 12 John White III, Auburn.
Bandit (20 laps) 1 20 Brian Hiscock, Turner; 2 26 Tyler Green, Turner; 3 52 Chad Wills, Oxford; 4 55 Dean Jordan, Jay; 5 18 Dustin Salley, Mechanic Falls; 6 04 Caleb Porter, Casco; 7 24 Travis Verrill, South Paris; 8 44 Jeff Libby, Poland; 9 34 Grady Doherty, Casco.
Figure 8 (20 laps) 1 07 Kyle Glover, Oxford; 2 00 Larry Lizotte, Poland; 3 41 Greg Durgin, South Paris; 4 4 Eric Hodgkins, Minot; 5 2 Dale Lawrence, Minot; 6 12 Chachy Hall, Oxford.
Rookie (15 laps) 1 8 Owen Stuart, Naples; 2 1 Brady Childs, Leeds; 3 29 Sophie Green, South Paris; 4 95 Maddy Herrick, Norway; 5 96 Cole Binette, Arundel; 6 87 Dylan Cook, Minot.