White washes Oxford Networks LM field; Childs holds off Karkos in Mini showdown

OXFORD, Maine – Jeff White's total destruction of his Oxford Networks Late Model ride last week was the worst thing that could have happened … for his competition.

The White Lightning race team put the No. 50 back together better and faster than before, as evidenced by a convincing victory in Saturday night's 40-lap feature victory at Oxford Plains Speedway.

White, who picked up his first top-division win in 10 seasons of trying late last summer, took the lead on lap 5 and dominated the caution-free encounter. He beat former OPS champion Tim Brackett to the checkers by a margin of more than 1.3 seconds.
"If you saw the race last week, you know how bad (the wreck) was. We busted our humps to get here," White said.
Teenager Ben Ashline finished on the podium for the second straight week, taking away third from impressive Gerald Parlin over the final five laps. Parlin was a career-best fourth, with four-time champion and two-time 2009 feature winner Travis Adams making a late-race charge in the outside lane to fifth.
One winning streak continued and another ended in accompanying Championship Series feature action.
Mike Short backed up his 100-lap victory in last week's Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock main event with a 30-lap triumph on Sun Journal Night.
Short went three-wide to move from fifth to second on lap 10 before taking the top spot away from Kim Tripp on the following circuit.
Nobody was able to challenge Short without the help of a caution down the stretch. Reigning division champion Skip Tripp was second, with B.J. Chapman holding off 2007 champ Tommy Tompkins — making his first start of the season — for third. Jeff Merrill emerged from a tense, five-car battle for fifth.
Jimmy Childs, who returned this year the Allen's Mini Stock division where he won a pair of division championships, snapped Justin Karkos' two-race run when he held off the red-hot Karkos by less than a car length.
It was the first win of the season for Childs, who scored a Late Model victory in 2008.
Darrell Moore was third after his runner-up effort a week ago, followed by former champion Dan Morris and Larry Melcher. After a rough 30-lap race one week ago, the Minis went flag-to-flag without a stoppage.
Troy Jordan (Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel) and Ryan Farrar (Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Truck) were tops in Agren Appliance Saturday Showdown action.
Jordan led his teammates Matt Dufault and Jason Berry in a 1-2-3 sweep of the 30-lap Runnin' Rebel event.
Twenty-five cars started the race, with Derek Cook dominating early before his mechanical woes allowed Jordan to speed away with ease.
Charlie Webster took fourth, with Gerard Cote enjoying his second straight fifth-place finish.
Farrar ascended to the top of the podium after three consecutive runner-up finishes to start the season. John Lizotte, Jeff Schmidt, Herb Farrar and Kevin Oliver completed the top five in the 10-lap sprint.
OPS gets the green flag again this Wednesday, June 17 with the Acceleration Series at 6:30 p.m. Next Saturday's Double T Fence Night includes a 100-lap Mini Stock showcase.

OXFORD NETWORKS LATE MODEL (40 laps): 1. Jeff White, Winthrop; 2. Tim Brackett, Buckfield; 3. Ben Ashline, Pittston; 4. Gerald Parlin, South Paris; 5. Travis Adams, Canton; 6. Doug Coombs, Livermore; 7. Corey Morgan, Lewiston; 8. Shawn Knight, South Paris; 9. Don Wentworth, Otisfield; 10. Kenny Harrison, Pownal; 11. Shawn Martin, Turner; 12. Scott Robbins, Dixfield; 13. Scott Luce, Strong; 14. Travis Stearns, Auburn; 15. Billy Childs Jr. Leeds; 16. Ron Charpentier Jr., Wales; 17. Matt Sanborn, West Baldwin; 18. Jason Larrabee, Raymond; 19. Randy Sanborn, West Baldwin; 20. Tommy Ricker, Poland; 21. Gary Chiasson, Peru.

ALLEN'S COFFEE FLAVORED BRANDY STRICTLY STOCK (30 laps): 1. Mike Short, Auburn; 2. Skip Tripp, Poland; 3. B.J. Chapman, Bridgton; 4. Tommy Tompkins, Dixfield; 5. Jeff Merrill, Turner; 6. Kenny Harrison, Pownal; 7. Zach Emerson, Sabattus; 8. Larry Emerson, Durham; 9. Kurt Hewins, Leeds; 10. Rick Spaulding, Lisbon; 11. Ben Krauter, Raymond; 12. Bob Crocker, Freeport; 13. Derek Farrington, Freeport; 14. Kim Tripp, Oxford; 15. Jon Brill, Bridgton; 16. Ed Burlock, Minot; 17. Matt Williams, Brownfield.

ALLEN'S COFFEE FLAVORED BRANDY MINI STOCK (30 laps): 1. Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 2. Justin Karkos, Jay; 3. Darrell Moore, Mechanic Falls; 4. Dan Morris, Lisbon; 5. Larry Melcher, Livermore Falls; 6. Ashley Marshall, Jay; 7. Calvin Rose Jr., Turner; 8. Steve Barker, Jay; 9. Shane Kaherl, Jay; 10. Jeff Beaule, Lewiston; 11. Kevin Bishop, South Paris; 12. Jeff Moon, Gray; 13. Nik Coates, Lisbon; 14. Nathan Guptill, North Turner; 15. Ken Daigle Jr., Lisbon; 16, Jake Burns, Gray; 17. Matt Moore, Mechanic Falls.

MACDONALD MOTORS RUNNIN' REBEL (30 laps): 1. Troy Jordan, Turner; 2. Matt Dufault, Turner; 3. Jason Berry, Turner; 4. Charlie Webster, Auburn; 5. Gerard Cote, Oxford; 6. Doug Degroat, Oxford; 7. Jamie Heath, Waterford; 8. Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 9. Roger Bourgoin, Mechanic Falls; 10. Ryan Philbrick, Greenwood; 11. Corey Beaulieu, Oxford; 12. Craig Farrington, Hebron; 13. Zach Audet, Chesterville; 14. Kyle Hewins, Leeds; 15. Nate Dubuc, Auburn; 16. Craig Bartlett, Denmark; 17. Bill Dunphy, New Gloucester; 18. Derek Cook, Livermore Falls; 19. Mark Childs Jr., Mechanic Falls; 20. Randy Desmarais, Auburn; 21. Bob Lucas, Peru; 22. John Mason, Bethel; 23. Carl Griffin, Farmingdale; 24. Ryan Hewins, Leeds; 25. Gene White, Lisbon.

CALL OF THE WILD RV CENTER SPORT TRUCK (10 laps): 1. Ryan Farrar, Oxford; 2. John Lizotte, Mechanic Falls; 3. Jeff Schmidt, Mechanic Falls; 4. Herb Farrar, Sumner; 5. Kevin Oliver, Gray; 6. Ryan Varney, South Paris.