Chiasson Impressive In Oxford Pro Late ModelsOXFORD, Maine – Gary Chiasson of Peru, Maine, finished second on an afternoon when he almost elected to start at the rear of the field.

Chiasson led most of the Oxford Championship Series 40-lap Pro Late Model feature Sunday afternoon at Oxford Plains Speedway before being moved out of the lead by another competitor, and he held on to finish second in just his second career start in the division.

Considering he almost opted to start at the rear of the field over concerns about how his car was handling, it turned out to be a pretty good day for Chiasson.

“The shocks aren’t really right right now. They’re not really doing what we want them to do, but it was a different set than what we had on there last week,” Chiasson said. “We were hoping for a Top-10 car, so we’ll take second any day.”

Chiasson began his day by scoring a win from the pole in the first of two 12-lap qualifying races on the day.
“We’ve got to figure it out still, but we love (this division),” he said. “Luckily, everybody else was hung up in the back. We had a mishap last week, and if we hadn’t had that, we probably would have started mid-pack and had a lot tougher time coming up through.”

The No. 71 Chevrolet is out of the Crazy Horse Racing stable, and the veteran driver said that the South Paris-based chassis builder did most of the work to convert the car from an ACT-legal Late Model to a Pro Late Model this offseason.

“It wasn’t bad at all, Crazy Horse did everything for me mostly,” Chiasson said. “I didn’t do much at all – we got the car back from Mitch, painted it, lettered it and two days later drove it over here.”

THERIAULT SEVENTH AT BEECH RIDGE: Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, finished seventh in the PASS North Series Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday.

It was the third straight Top-10 for the Brad Keselowski Racing development driver in PASS North Series competition, dating back to his victory at Oxford Plains last October.

“We have a couple more races up here in Maine. I think we’ll have a shot at winning one of them,” Theriault said.

“We’re getting closer every time. We kind of ended with a bang last year, winning at Oxford, but it was definitely a wakeup call at the beginning of the year at Oxford (two weeks ago).

“We made some gains. It can only get better. I’m encouraged. We’ll get better next time.”

HINKLEY, DAVIS STRONG AT DEVIL’S BOWL: New Hampshire driver Luke Hinkley finished a season-best seventh in the ACT Late Model Tour Spring Green 113 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt., on Sunday.

Hinkley, who posted the fastest time in the morning practice session for one of the tour’s signature events, qualified an impressive 10th in the 30-car field and ran inside the Top-10 throughout the afternoon.

His teammate, Todd Davis, was equally strong. Davis qualified fifth and finished 11th.

For both drivers, it marked their best starting and finishing positions of the 2013 season.