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APRIL 4, 2002


OXFORD, ME---The Oxford Plains Speedway Wal-Mart Rookie of the Year program could be one of the most interesting since the prestigious award was created in 1982. And all five of the weekly divisions at the famed 3/8-mile asphalt oval have multiple contenders whose goal is the coveted award presented by the Oxford Wal-Mart Super Center.

Pro Stock contenders for the award include Archie Watt who moved up from the Limited Sportsman division, and Mickey Green who was one of the strongest runners in the Late Model Stock Car ranks. Larry Dipetro ran at several Maine tracks as a Strictly Stock and Limited Sportsman driver in the past.

The crowded Late Model Stock Car Rookie candidate field includes Chuck Estes and Terry Merrill. Both of those drivers enjoyed great success as Limited Sportsman drivers. Al Griffin moves to the LMS field in the only Dodge Intrepid registered to date after several seasons at another track in Maine. Shawn Martin won the Wal-Mart title in the Strictly Stock division in 2001. Joe Turner, Robbie Gauthier and Mike Swett also have thrown their hats into the foray.

Seven hopeful candidates are listed in the Limited Sportsman division. Pat Gorham, Bob Hayslip and his teammate Greg Garnett were the first to declare their intentions. Dennis McNeil, Troy Morse, Tim Pendergast and Mark Golding round out the list of drivers committed to Oxford for 2002.

The Strictly Stock contenders include Bill Dunphy, Skip Tripp who won the title as a Mini Stock driver a couple of season prior and Kenny Hoyt. Also Greg Sessions, Geoff Low and Steve Page are on the declared list. All but Tripp are graduates of the Wednesday Big Apple Texaco Summer Series ranks.

Seven drivers have made their intentions known for the Mini Stock division. Leading the list is the most successful Summer Series driver to date, Jeff Moon. He's joined by Mike Warren, Seth Wills and Shawn Dickerson. Adding their names too are Jeff Dupont, Kyle Kilgore and Alan Collins. The latter three come from the Summer Series as well.

Oxford's 2002 season kicks off on Sunday April 14 at 1 PM with the headline event the New England Dodge Dealers 100 for the PASS Pro Stock Tour. Oxford Plains Speedway is recognized as Maine's SuperSpeedway and is located on Route 26 in Oxford, just 26 miles from exit 11 of the Maine Turnpike. Additional information about the entire 2002 season is also available at www.oxfordplains.com.