Oliver, Grover win first OPS features on caution-free Acceleration Series card

OXFORD, Maine – The cars and even the technology have changed since Jim Davis Jr. last competed in the Acceleration Series at Oxford Plains Speedway. Getting to victory lane in the Chimney Tech Outlaw division where Davis was a champion six years ago still isn't a problem.

Driving a car he once built and pronounced a little bit outdated, Davis nevertheless held off Chris Burgess to capture the first of two 20-lap features in the headline division on a cool, misty Wednesday night.

In what is believed to be a first for the 11-year old midweek series, all seven features (130 green-flag laps) were completed without a caution flag.
Dan Brown, Zach Bowie and Addison Bowie chased Davis and Burgess across the line in the hotly contested Outlaw 'B' feature.
Outlaw 'A' produced the closest finish of the night when Jim Drake and rookie Ryan Robbins ran side-by-side through the entire final lap, bumping in the fourth turn before Drake crossed the line first.
That result was soured when both cars failed the post-race technical inspection, however, handing the victory to Jerry "The Shoe" Goss. David Childs moved up to second, maintaining his streak of five races to start the season without a finish worse than runner-up.
Fred Clavet, Chris Coolidge and Bubba Collins rounded our the top five.
Kevin Oliver highlighted other action with his first OPS victory in six years of trying in the Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Truck division.
"Flyin'" Ryan Farrar settled for his third straight second-place finish, while Ross "The Boss" Spurling saw his winning streak end with a third-place trophy. John Lizotte edged Jeff Schmidt for fifth.
John Childs and early-season dominator Kyle Hewins took the two Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel features.
Childs spent most of his 20-lap race with Derek Cook as a shadow. Cook didn't get through the tech inspection line unscathed, vaulting Charlie Webster and Craig Bartlett to second and third, respectively. Nate Dubuc was fourth and Roger Bourgoin fifth, the best career finish for each in the four-cylinder division.
Hewins needed less than half the event to charge from his mid-pack starting position to the lead. He cruised to his third win in four 2009 starts.
Early leader Brady Romano faced no challenges for second. Troy Jordan landed third for the second straight Wednesday, followed by teammate and opening-night winner Matt Dufault and Gerard Cote.
Cathy Manchester nearly lapped the field in the Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies feature, although she had some help when the 2-3-4 battle of Christina Spaulding, Vanna Brackett and Dottie Patria briefly ventured off the track in turn one around the halfway point.
The trio straightened it out without any damage. Brackett steered through the near-disaster to run second. Patria finally wheeled around Spaulding on the final lap to claim third, with Missy Blash fifth.
Bill Grover joined Oliver as a first-time Oxford winner by ruling the 10-lap Goulet Home Inspections Renegade sprint. Division champion Jason Hannigan was a close second throughout after following Grover past early leader Gerard Cote.
Cote kept Bob Morey at bay for third.
OPS returns to action Saturday with Sun Journal Night. Five divisions of racing hit the track at 6:30 p.m.
The Acceleration Series continues Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.

CHIMNEY TECH OUTLAW #1 (20 laps): 1. Jim Davis Jr., Sabattus; 2. Chris Burgess, Sabattus; 3. Dan Brown, Peru; 4. Zach Bowie, Lisbon; 5. Addison Bowie, Auburn; 6. Clint Sherwood, Poland; 7. Jay Wilkins, Gray; 8. Shannon Judd, Jay; 9. David Brown, Gray; 10. Scott Ellis, Lewiston; 11. Kyle Curtis, Oxford; 12. Josh Paradis, Sumner; 13. Dennis Morang, South Paris; 14. Rob Lowe, Auburn; 15. Scott Hethcoat, Danville Junction; 16. Randy Desmarais, Auburn; 17. Chad Truman, South Paris; 18. Todd Hall, Auburn; 19. Ron Parker, New Gloucester.

CHIMNEY TECH OUTLAW #2 (20 laps): 1. Jerry Goss, Mechanic Falls; 2. David Childs, Leeds; 3. Fred Clavet, Buckfield; 4. Chris Coolidge, Norway; 5. Bubba Collins, New Gloucester; 6. Guy Childs, Turner; 7. Tyler Belanger, Sumner; 8. Doug Degroat, Oxford; 9. John Patria, Turner; 10. Jerry Freve, Buckfield; 11. Steve Moon, Gray; 12. Ron Abbott Jr., Sabattus; 13. Michael Haynes, Livermore Falls; 14. Kevin Lawrence, South Paris; 15. Steve Brill, Bridgton; 16. Jonathan Baldwin, Auburn; 17. John Spencer Jr., Farmington; 18. Bob Ferguson, New Gloucester; 19. Gerry Richard, Leeds. DQ: Jim Drake, Hebron; Ryan Robbins, Dixfield.

MACDONALD MOTORS RUNNIN' REBEL (20 laps): 1. John Childs, Leeds; 2. Charlie Webster, Auburn; 3. Craig Bartlett, Denmark; 4. Nate Dubuc, Auburn; 5. Roger Bourgoin, Mechanic Falls; 6. Michael Carver, Durham; 7. Eric Rowles, Lewiston; 8. Bob Lucas, Peru; 9. John Mason, Bethel; 10. Charlie Hall, Oxford; 11. Troy Gamrat, Lisbon Falls; 12. Ryan Philbrick, Greenwood; 13. Mark Childs Sr., Mechanic Falls; 15. Ellery Phillips Jr., Turner. DQ: Derek Cook, Livermore Falls.

MACDONALD MOTORS RUNNIN' REBEL #2 (20 laps): 1. Kyle Hewins, Leeds; 2. Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 3. Troy Jordan, Turner; 4. Matt Dufault, Turner; 5. Gerard Cote, Oxford; 6. Jason Berry, Turner; 7. Ryan Hewins, Leeds; 8. Craig Farrington, Hebron; 9. Mike Ward, Harrison; 10. Scott Farrington, Minot; 11. Zach Audet, Chesterville; 12. Dustin Salley, Auburn; 13. Randy Desmarais, Auburn; 14. Martin Krauter, Raymond; 15. Jamie Leavitt, Minot; 16. Corey Beaulieu, Oxford; 17. Jamie Heath, Waterford.

CALL OF THE WILD RV CENTER SPORT TRUCK (20 laps): 1. Kevin Oliver, Gray; 2. Ryan Farrar, Oxford; 3. Ross Spurling, New Gloucester; 4. John Lizotte, Mechanic Falls; 5. Jeff Schmidt, Mechanic Falls; 6. Opie Allard, Harpswell; 7. Corey Williams, Sumner; 8. Peter Green, Poland; 9. Brent Westberry, Buckfield; 10. Jeremy Wagner, Bryant Pond; 11. Laurette Theriault, Casco.

ALLEN'S COFFEE FLAVORED BRANDY LADIES (20 laps): 1. Cathy Manchester, Gray; 2. Vanna Brackett, Buckfield; 3. Dottie Patria, Turner; 4. Christina Spaulding, Lisbon; 5. Missy Blash, Oxford; 6. Missy Morgan, Lewiston; 7. Kristen Brown, Gray; 8. Tori Burgess, Sabattus; 9. Jodie Truman, South Paris; 10. Annie Chartier, Mexico; 11. Tricia Thomas, Farmington.

GOULET HOME INSPECTIONS RENEGADE (10 laps): 1. Bill Grover, Topsham; 2. Jason Hannigan, Greene; 3. Gerard Cote, Oxford; 4. Bob Morey, Lisbon.