OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY NEWS BULLETIN

APRIL 14, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: BOBBY WALKER 207-539-8865 ops1@megalink.net

"GARY DREW WINS NEW ENGLAND DODGE DEALERS PASS 100 AT OPS"

OXFORD, ME---Gary Drew of Otisfield, Maine spent the 2001 at Oxford Plains Speedway as the talk of the town. He spent the year as the point leader and came within a handful of laps of being the Pro Stock Series champion. He didn't win that race, but he did win the True Value 250, which would make anybody's, season a roaring success story and a financial windfall too. And he's now said he likes opening day. He won a year ago and Sunday he added another notch in his gun with a convincing win in the PASS Tour New England Dodge Dealers 100 at the famed Maine 3/8 mile oval. 

Drew simply quickly raced to third, and then second two laps later into the 100 lap season opener for both Oxford Plains Speedway and the PASS Tour. Then he followed in the tire tracks of outside pole sitter Sam Sessions until they raced into traffic as the two dominate racers encountered lapped traffic. On lap 52 he made the bold move to the inside of the slower traffic, used a slow car as a pick against Sessions and pulled away. Only two caution flags flew in the 100 lap event, and 34 cars took the checkered flag. Bubba Pelton crashed on lap 10 with Scott Chubbuck with Chubbuck able to continue and Richie Dearborn lost an engine one lap later. Another yellow flag on lap 64 regrouped the field and now Mike Rowe, who's 148 total career Oxford victories in miles ahead on the next top feature winner, was there to challenge, but he too couldn't match Drew in lap for lap speed and Drew pulled away again. Rowe tried to make a late race run, but then got caught up in an encounter of a spinning lapped car and dropped back to fourth. Sessions moved back up to second and brought Jeff Taylor with him for the final three laps. Pole sitter Andy Shaw raced fifth for about 40 laps and stayed there till the end.

Travis Adams became the third and final leader of the 30 Lap Late Model Stock Car main event. Corey Morgan failed the post race inspection elevating Ricky Rolfe to second and early leader Tim Cook finished in third officially. Ron Charpentier Jr. and Ricky Morse rounded out the top five.

Richie Morse, no relations to the Late Model Stock driver, led wire to wire to win the Limited Sportsman 25 lap main event on Opening Day. Tom Ricker and Todd Harrison rounded out the top three with fourth and fifth being earned by David Raymond and Corey Sanborn.

Defending Strictly Stock champion Larry Emerson won the opening day laurels in that division's 20 lap main event. Former Champion Jim Duguay raced his way to second and Travis Mains was third. The remainder of the top five were Kim Tripp who led in the early going and Shawn Knight who was a factor for most of the distance.

Chris Morris started off 2002 the way he ended 2001, multiple wins and a championship as well, with a convincing win in the 20 lap Mini Stock feature event. Rookie Jeff Moon, Dennis Scribner, Joe Treadwell and Bobby Mooney rounded out the top five.

Oxford continues it's Sunday afternoon format this weekend with a 1 PM starting time for the second week of the Weekly Racing Series which sees the featured Pro Stocks back into the normal routine and a 35 lap feature event for New England Racing Fuel / SUNOCO Sunday.









OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY CAPSULE REPORT

PRO STOCK 100 LAPS

1. Gary Drew

2. Sam Sessions

3. Jeff Taylor

4. Mike Rowe

5. Andy Shaw

6. Ralph Nason

7. Alan Wilson

8. Johnny Clark

9. Chuck LaChance

10. Scott Robbins

LATE MODEL STOCK CAR 30 LAPS

1. Travis Adams

2. Ricky Rolfe

3. Tim Cook

4. Ron Charpentier Jr.

5. Rickie Morse

6. Mike Short

7. Frank Snow

8. Terry Merrill * (Wal-Mart Rookie Candidate)

9. Ron Henry

10. Al Griffin * (Wal-Mart Rookie Candidate)

LIMITED SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS

1. Richie Morse

2. Tommy Ricker

3. Todd Harrison

4. David Raymond

5. Corey Sanborn

6. Doug Poland

7. Kurt Hewins

8. Shane Green

9. Mike Rand

10. George White Jr.

STRICTLY STOCK 20 LAPS

1. Larry Emerson

2. Jim Duguay

3. Travis Mains

4. Kim Tripp

5. Shawn Knight

6. Billy Childs Jr.

7. Sumner Sessions

8. Gerry Freve

9. Randy Henderson

10. Mark Theriault

MINI STOCK 20 LAPS

1. Chris Morris

2. Jeff Moon * (Wal-Mart Rookie Candidate)

3. Dennis Scribner

4. Joe Treadwell

5. Bobby Mooney

6. Rich Sirois

7. Ted Audet

8. Wayne Warren

9. Danny Morris

10. Terry Warren



NEXT EVENT


SUNDAY APRIL 21 @ 1 PM

SUNOCO RACING FUELS DAY

WEEKLY RACING SERIES