DQ ends Oliver's Truck streak at five
OXFORD, Maine – Two point leaders were disqualified in the post-race inspection and another finished outside the top 10 in a season-changing Wednesday night of Acceleration Series racing at Oxford Plains Speedway.
David Childs (Chimney Tech Outlaw) and Kevin Oliver (Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Truck) failed the tech check after their 20-lap features. That turn of events denied Oliver his sixth straight victory in the pickup division.
Ryan Robbins was a runaway winner ahead of Childs and the rest of the Chimney Tech Outlaw 'A' field, posting his first victory as a rookie in the class.
Guy Childs and Jim Davis Jr. also prevailed in Outlaw action. Ryan Farrar ascended to his fourth win of the season and reclaimed the Sport Truck point lead after the Oliver infraction.
John Childs and Jim Hart each posted their second victory of the season in Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel. Vanna Brackett prevailed for the third time in Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies, with Bill Grover leading the Goulet Home Inspections Renegades for the third straight time and fifth overall.
Robbins used the outside lane to charge from fourth to first and set sail in the Outlaw finale. Terrific racing from second to ninth ensued a full straightaway behind the winner.
When the father-son team of Josh (second) and David Childs (fourth) was removed from the running order, it was Steve Moon snagging second ahead of last week's winner Chris Coolidge and new series point leader Chris Burgess. Zach Bowie shuffled ahead to fifth.
Guy Childs charged from sixth to first on the opening lap of the 'B' feature and cruised to his second straight victory and third of the month.
Again it was a four-car scrap for second providing the entertainment value, with reigning division champion Ron Abbott Jr. getting the better of John Patria in the outside lane on the final lap. Josh Paradis edged Michael Haynes for fourth.
Davis flashed to his fifth win of this comeback season, rallying from 11th to first in the first eight laps of the 'C' main. Missing both halves of a double-feature night two weeks ago due to mechanical failure sidetracked Davis in the point standings and put him in the low-point group.
Allen's Ladies champion Dottie Patria led the first seven laps and posted a career-best Outlaw finish of second in only her second start of the season. Carey Robertson was third, followed by Todd Hall and Phil Knowlton.
John Childs and Brady Romano started on the front row and ran away from the field in a caution-free Rebel 'A' feature.
Romano lurked within a car length but couldn't make the pass in the late stages. Zach Audet was unchallenged for third, with red-hot rookie Ryan Hewins holding Dustin Salley at bay for fourth.
Usual suspects Troy Jordan (12th), Kyle Hewins (14th) and Matt Dufault (18th after a flat tire) all struggled in the four-cylinder showcase.
Hart charged to the lead on lap 2 and stayed at the front of an evenly matched, four-car gaggle at the head of the 'B' main. Derek Cook applied pressure throughout but was relegated to second.
Jeff Hebert and Mark Childs Jr. swapped third on five occasions before Hebert held the spot at the checkers. Brian Nason wound up fifth.
Farrar overcame a race-long battle with Opie Allard, Corey Williams and John Lizotte and put himself in position to in inherit the Truck victory, his first since June 27.
Lizotte landed second with another strong run from the rear of the field. Jeff Schmidt surged to third after the Oliver dismissal, with Allard fourth and Williams fifth.
Brackett went two months between victories after setting the all-time Ladies Acceleration Series wins record in June. Her recent rough luck turned around when she overtook Christina Spaulding on lap 4 and left the field in her tire tracks.
A green-white-checkered finish gave Patria a late opportunity to bid for the win, but Brackett held her line and prevailed by a car length.
Spaulding held onto third, while division point leader Cathy Manchester overcame a spin and a fuel leak to swipe fourth and protect a two-point advantage over Brackett. Rookie Tori Burgess was fifth.
Grover spotted defending Renegade champ Jason Hannigan the lead at the outset before driving underneath Hannigan on lap 2. Grover maintained a two-car length lead until the conclusion.
Bob Morey took third and moved into a virtual tie for the point lead with Gerard Cote, who was fifth. Spencer Morse, a 16-year-old second-generation racer, fashioned fourth in his first OPS start.
Oxford's busy weekend continues Thursday with the championship round of the Agren Appliance Summer Slam triple crown, with 75-lap features for all three Championship Series divisions. Qualifying begins at 6:30 p.m.
CHIMNEY TECH OUTLAW 'A' (20 laps): 1. Ryan Robbins, Dixfield; 2. Steve Moon, Gray; 3. Chris Coolidge, Norway; 4. Chris Burgess, Sabattus; 5. Zach Bowie, Lisbon; 6. Dan Brown, Peru; 7. Jim Drake, Hebron; 8. Addison Bowie, Auburn; 9. Jerry Goss, Mechanic Falls; 10. Steve Brill, Bridgton; 11. Doug Degroat, Oxford; 12. Shannon Judd, Jay; 13. Jerry Freve, Buckfield. DQ: Josh Childs, Oxford; David Childs, Oxford.
CHIMNEY TECH OUTLAW 'B' (20 laps): 1. Guy Childs, Turner; 2. Ron Abbott Jr., Sabattus; 3. John Patria, Turner; 4. Josh Paradis, Sumner; 5. Michael Haynes, Livermore Falls; 6. Tyler Belanger, Sumner; 7. David Brown, Poland; 8. Bubba Collins, New Gloucester; 9. Jonathan Baldwin, Auburn; 10. Bob Ferguson, New Gloucester; 11. Kyle Curtis, Oxford; 12. Scott Hethcoat, Danville Junction; 13. Clint Sherwood, Poland; 14. John Spencer Jr., Farmington; 15. Jay Wilkins, Gray.
CHIMNEY TECH OUTLAW 'C' (20 laps): 1. Jim Davis Jr., Sabattus; 2. Dottie Patria, Turner; 3. Carey Robertson, Leeds; 4. Todd Hall, Auburn; 5. Phil Knowlton, Poland; 6. Brian Picard, Gorham; 7. Wayne Estes, Sumner; 8. Nic Stanley, Buckfield; 9. Chad Truman, South Paris; 10. Dennis Morang, South Paris; 11. Don Veinott, Sabattus; 12. Matt Weeks, Greene; 13. Gerry Richard, Leeds; 14. Justin Vining, Peru; 15. Scott Veinott, Greene.
MACDONALD MOTORS RUNNIN' REBEL 'A' (20 laps): 1. John Childs, Leeds; 2. Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 3. Zach Audet, Wilton; 4. Ryan Hewins, Leeds; 5. Dustin Salley, Auburn; 6. Mike Ward, Harrison; 7. Gerard Cote, Oxford; 8. Jamie Leavitt, Minot; 9. Corey Beaulieu, Oxford; 10. Bill Sprague, Minot; 11. Craig Farrington, Minot; 12. Troy Jordan, Turner; 13. Roger Beaulieu, Sabattus; 14. Kyle Hewins, Leeds; 15. Jason Berry, Turner; 16. Scott Farrington, Minot; 17. Jamie Heath, Waterford; 18. Matt Dufault, Turner.
MACDONALD MOTORS RUNNIN' REBEL 'B' (20 laps): 1. Jim Hart, Turner; 2. Derek Cook, Livermore Falls; 3. Jeff Hebert, Lewiston; 4. Mark Childs Jr., Mechanic Falls; 5. Brian Nason, Lewiston; 6. Bob Danforth, Stoneham; 7. Craig Bartlett, Denmark; 8. Bill Dunphy, New Gloucester; 9. Charlie Hall, Oxford; 10. Michael Carver, Durham; 11. Carl Conant, Lewiston; 12. Bob Lucas, Peru; 13. Cody Smith, Oxford; 14. Todd Sawyer, Pownal; 15. Chad Wills, Mechanic Falls; 16. Gene White, Lisbon; 17. Ellery Phillips Jr., Turner.
CALL OF THE WILD RV CENTER SPORT TRUCK (20 laps): 1. Ryan Farrar, Oxford; 2. John Lizotte, Mechanic Falls; 3. Jeff Schmidt, Mechanic Falls; 4. Opie Allard, Harpswell; 5. Corey Williams, Sumner; 6. Ross Spurling, New Gloucester; 7. Ryan Varney, South Paris; 8. Herb Farrar, Sumner; 9. Laurette Theriault, South Casco; 10. Eugene Corson, Sumner; 11. Nathan Merrill, Norway; 12. Jerry Stevens, Searsport. DQ: Kevin Oliver, Gray.
ALLEN'S COFFEE FLAVORED BRANDY LADIES (20 laps): 1. Vanna Brackett, Buckfield; 2. Dottie Patria, Turner; 3. Christina Spaulding, Lewiston; 4. Cathy Manchester, Gray; 5. Tori Burgess, Sabattus; 6. Missy Blash, Oxford; 7. Missy Morgan, Lewiston; 8. Kristen Brown, Poland; 9. Lisa Brooks, Auburn; 10. Sue Veinott, Sabattus; 11. Shannon Wheeler, Auburn; 12. Annie Chartier, Mexico.
GOULET HOME INSPECTIONS RENEGADE (10 laps): 1. Bill Grover, Topsham; 2. Jason Hannigan, Greene; 3. Bob Morey, Lisbon; 4. Spencer Morse, Waterford; 5. Gerard Cote, Oxford; 6. Jesse Morey, Lisbon.