Story By: MARK THOMAS / OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY – OXFORD, ME – Waterboro, Maine’s Curtis Gerry continued to be the man to beat in Super Late Model competition at Oxford Plains Speedway, driving to another impressive victory in Sunday night’s PASS Open 100-lap main event.
Gerry, a former Oxford 250 winner who leads the standings in the track’s Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Models in his first season as a regular competitor, needed only thirteen laps to work his way into the race lead, spending much of that time behind an entertaining, side-by-side lead battle between Dixfield, Maine’s Ryan Robbins and Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts.
MacDonald got out front for a few laps but Gerry pounced after patiently waiting for his opportunity to get to the front. From there he managed to maintain a comfortable advantage and made no mistakes on restarts to keep his rivals at bay in dominant fashion.
Late in the race the racer to watch was Dave Farrington of Jay, who used the outside groove to drive around several contenders, getting past MacDonald in the closing stages of the race to earn runner-up honors and a guaranteed starting position in the 46th Annual Oxford 250, scheduled for Sunday, August 25.
MacDonald, a winner in his most recent PASS Super Late Model start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, celebrated his birthday with the third-place trophy and a stack of new notes as he and his crew chief, Maine native Rollie Lachance, chase the big 250 prize.
Ryan Robbins, who battled for the lead with MacDonald, was fourth across the line. That was enough to score the ‘half provisional’ which does assure him of a spot in the big 250. Defending PASS North Super Late Model champion DJ Shaw was the fifth-place finisher.
Josh Childs of Otisfield, Maine was sixth in his first start of the season at OPS, and he’ll be in the 250 on the ‘quarter provisional.’. Scott Robbins, Evan Hallstrom, Ryan Kuhn and Saturday night’s 100-lap winner, Shawn Martin, rounded out the top ten.
Mike Carignan of Lebanon earned his first-ever PASS Mods victory in caution-plagued, 40-lap main event. All of the carnage was behind Carignan, coming off a podium finish, as he led every lap en route to victory lane.
Gray’s Tyler King was the runner-up, racing from sixth starting position into contention for the win in just his third start in the class. But King couldn’t mount a serious challenge to Carnignan. Spencer Morse of Waterford, a winner in the previous OPS PASS Mods race, ended up with third-place hardware after all was said and done. Jariet Harrison of Freeport and Lovell’s Kate Re rounded out the top five.
Jordan Russell scored the biggest victory of his racing career, winning the 50-lap Honey Badger Street Stock Series main event. It was the second win of the season and second career Street Stock victory for the Norway driver.
Russell started sixth and until almost the halfway point it looked like he’d be chasing polesitter Kyle Hewins from his sixth starting spot. But Hewins had his mount quit beneath him, and Russell soon capitalized upon the opportunity, outrunning an equally-quick Shawn Knight of South Paris to the checkered flag.
Knight earned runner-up honors, grabbing his second OPS Street Stock trophy of the weekend after winning the two previous main events in the class. Kenny Harrison of Durham, who won the opening round of the Honey Badger Series, was third across the finish line. Matt Dufault of Turner was the fourth-place finisher, ahead of Hollis racer Gary Babineau, who started the race from last position.
Rookie competitor Alex Mowatt raced to his second win of the season in the 25-lap Bandit Triple Crown Series for the entry-level, four-cylinder class. Mowatt started on the front row and easily set the pace from the green flag’s appearance to the display of the checkered square.
Chad Wills of Oxford, a winner the previous night at OPS, held off defending division champ Dustin Salley of Mechanic Falls for runner-up honors. Travis Verrill, the tornado from South Paris, continued his best-ever season with a fourth-place run. Jay’s Dean Jordan rounded out the top five.
The next event for the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models is this Sunday evening, July 14 at Oxford Plains Speedway with PASS Mods and the Honey Badger Street Stock Series back in action. Post time is 6:00 p.m.. For more information visit oxfordplains.com, proallstarsseries.com or call (207) 539-8865 for more information.
Unofficial results from Pro All Stars Series Open 100 at Oxford Plains Speedway; Sunday, July 7, 2019 showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name and driver’s hometown:
Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model (150 laps) 1 7 Curtis Gerry, Waterboro, ME; 2 23 Dave Farrington, Jr., Jay, ME; 3 17 Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA; 4 36 Ryan Robbins, Dixfield, ME; 5 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 6 3 Josh Childs, Otisfield, ME; 7 72 Scot Robbins, Dixfield, ME; 8 1 Evan Hallstrom, Northfield, VT; 9 72 Ryan Kuhn, East Bridgewater, MA; 10 94 Shawn Martin, Turner, ME; 11 93 Ry Christian III, Uncasville, CT; 12 29 Trevor Sanborn, East Parsonsfield, ME; 13 14 Scott McDaniel, Livermore, ME; 14 41 Tracy Gordon, Strong, ME; 15 47 Kelly Moore, Scarborough, ME; 16 59 Reid Lanpher, Manchester, ME; 17 90 Craig Weinstein, East Walpole, MA; 18 63 John Salemi, Nashua, NH; 19 9 Alan Tardiff, Lyman, ME; 20 09 Mike Landry, Oakland, ME; 21 32 Nick Jenkins, Brownville, ME; 22 73 Adam Polvinen, Hebron, ME; 24 81 Dan Winter, Windham, NH; 25 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH; 26 61 TJ Brackett, Buckfield, ME; 27 60 Tim Brackett, Buckfield; 28 29 Austin Teras, Gray.
PASS Mods (40 laps) 1 21 Mike Carignan, Lebanon, ME; 2 11 Tyler King, Gray, ME; 3 34 Spencer Morse, Waterford, ME; 4 85 Jariet Harrison, Freeport, ME; 5 10 Kate Re, Lovell, ME; 6 18 Justin Larsen, Peru, ME; 7 35 Bobby Nadeau, Hollis, ME; 8 2 Randy Sanborn, West Baldwin, ME; 9 14 Mark Napolitano, North Yarmouth, ME; 10 15 Wayne Allard, Stetson, ME; 11 52 Colby Benjamin, Belmont, ME; 12 16 Ben Tinker, New Gloucester, ME; 13 64 Matty Sanborn, Windham, ME; 14 13 Ryan Nelson, Oxford, ME; 15 7 Spencer Vaughn, Canton, ME; DNS 87 Dan Bryan, Fryeburg, ME.
Honey Badger Bar & Grill Street Stock Series (50 laps) 1 4 Jordan Russell, Norway; 2 25 Shawn Knight, South Paris; 3 85 Kenny Harrison, Durham; 4 61 Matt Dufault, Turner; 5 2x Gary Babineau, Hollis; 6 1 Billy Childs, Jr., Leeds; 7 55 Kurt Hewins, Leeds; 8 99 George Haskell, Casco; 9 20 Danny Wer, Buxton; 10 27 Pat Thorne, Standish; 11 83 Dan Brown, Peru; 12 67 Michael Haynes, Livermore Falls; 13 77 Jon Brill, Turner; 14 51 Kyle Hewins, Oxford; 15 58 David Whittier, West Poland; 16 2 Ajay Cates, Lyman.
Bandit Triple Crown Series (25 laps) 1 11 Alex Mowatt, Norway; 2 54 Chad Wills, Oxford; 3 18 Dustin Salley, Mechanic Falls; 4 24 Travis ‘Tornado’ Verrill, South Paris; 5 55 Dean Jordan, Jay; 6 04 Caleb Proctor, Casco; 7 91 Greg Sessions, Oxford; 8 84 Doug Degroat, Oxford; 9 44 Jeff Libby, Poland; 10 53 Todd Hallett, Hallowell; 11 1 Grady Doherty, Casco; 12 9 Luke Mowatt, Norway; 13 34 Bobby Doherty, Norfolk, MA.