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"WAYNE WAREN PULLS OFF OPS 100 WIN"

OXFORD, ME---Wayne Warren of Waterford has seen plenty of good and bad moments at Oxford Plains Speedway over the past twenty-five or so years. But Saturday night the bad turned good at the most unexpected time of the New England Dodge Dealers 100 for the Weekly Racing Series Mini Stock Championship night. Warren started 13 in the 32 car field and worked his way towards the front quickly. Part of which was aided by three caution flags in the first 25 laps and part by having a very fast and good handling racecar. 

Rookie Don Wallace led the first 12 laps before Ted Audet took control on lap 13. He held off Warren from lap 20 to lap 31, including a restart with Warren in second, but the multi division and multi time winner would officially lead lap 32 as the raced in crowded traffic. Audet retook the lead a lap later and held the top spot until the half way flags were shown when Warren again used lapped traffic to take the lead. He then began to put some racing distance between himself and the runner-up, but Butch Keene had other ideas as to the outcome of the 100 lap test. On lap 53 Keene moved to second and set sail to chase down the high flying Warren. Keene caught the leader on lap 62 and two laps later drove around Warren to set the pace. Audet then was able to close in on Warren. The trio of Seth Wills, Chris Audet and Jeff Moon were the next three in line and they managed to swap their positions several times in that same period. The fourth and final caution of the night was on lap 91 when Rookie Alan Collins got spun off turn four. The field prepared to restart the event with Keene, Warren, and several lapped cars in the mix before Audet was found in the running order. But a funny thing, or tragic thing, depending on which side you were pulling for occurred on the backstretch. Keene broke a left front wheel and was out of the contest. After being the dominate car for the final 1/3 of the race he was out and credited with a 16th place finish. The $700 winners check was so close, but not to be. Warren took the green flag with two laps to go and with several lapped cars between himself and Audet he was home free. Wills dropped back to fifth in traffic, but then got the opening he needed to vault back to third. Morris stayed fourth and his younger brother took advantage of the same good luck that Wills found and got around Jeff Moon at the line to run fifth. After Moon the balance of the top ten included Craig Dunn, Scott Audet, Ron Morris, the father of the two brothers, and Randy Philpot. The seventh through 10 place finishers were all one lap down to Warren.

Scott Robbins of Dixfield rebounded from a disastrous outing on May 4 to score his first Pro Stock division win of the year at the famed 3/8-mile oval driving the RoweAuburn.Com Ford Taurus. Kevin Kimball led the first three laps of the 35 lap main event that went the distance without the aid of a yellow flag. Wal-Mart Rookie of the Year candidate Mickey Green then put the Shankman and Associates Chevrolet out front until Robbins roared by on lap 19 and pulled away to a 10 car length victory. Scott Moore got around Green with 10 lap to go to finish in the runner up spot. Green was able to hold off newcomer Jay Sands of Seabrook, NH for the third spot and Travis Khiel rounded out the top five.

Terry Merrill of Saco was trying to become the second consecutive Wal-Mart Rookie driver to shock the Late Model Stock division and score a feature win. And he came with a hundred feet of doing just that. Merrill took the lead on lap 14 of the 30 lap main event and looked to be a sure pick winner. That was until point leader Ricky Rolfe got to second and then started the chase down process. It appeared as if he might just catch the rookie sensation, but only time would tell. He did catch the leader in turn two and pull up even as the two flew into turn three with the checkered flag in sight. Coming off turn four Rolfe got the forward bite he needed and the margin of victory was about a 1/2-car length. "I kept waiting for Terry to slow down and he never did and I had my hands full said the breathless veteran." Merrill said he crew told him not to look in the mirror with two to go, "But I guess I did and that cost me the race". Don Wentworth ran third with Tim Cook and early leader T. J. Brackett rounding out the top five.

Tommy Ricker of Poland led from lap six to the checkered flag at lap 25 to win the Limited Sportsman event. But Shane Green who was gunning for two straight came from the rear of the 22 car field to miss the top spot by a car length. Green was definitely the fastest car on the speedway. Dana Reed drove his "coil spring" Chevy to third, a personal best in that type of race car, with former champion Kurt Hewins fourth and Doug Poland fifth.

The Inspection process turned the Strictly Stock two feature events upside down. Apparent winners Dennis Dee and Larry Emerson and race two runner up Sumner Sessions were all disqualified for rear springs that were declared out of bounds. The new finishing order in race one were Roy Lee Weymouth of Monmouth getting his first career win. Dale Brackett and Bill Childs Sr chased Weymouth across the finish line. In the second event, reserved for the high point half of the entry list, former champion Jim Duguay was given the win with Mark Bowie and Scott Belskis getting second and third after the inspection process.

OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY CAPSULE REPORT

PRO STOCK 35 LAPS

1. Scott Robbins Dixfield

2. Scott Moore Anson

3. Mickey Green West Paris

4. Jay Sands Seabrook, NH

5. Travis Khiel Denmark

6. Jeff Taylor Mercer

7. Jeff White Winthrop

8. Chris Staples Brunswick

9. Poncho Darveau Chelsea

10. Alan Wilson Hebron

LATE MODEL STOCK CAR 30 LAPS

1. Ricky Rolfe Albany

2. Terry Merrill Saco

3. Don Wentworth Bridgton

4. Tim Cook Poland Springs

5. T. J. Brackett Oxford

6. Al Griffin Levant

7. Corey Morgan Bowdoin

8. Mike Short Auburn

9. Jerry Harrison Freeport

10. Ron Charpentier Wales

LIMITED SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS

1. Tommy Ricker Poland

2. Shane Green So. Paris

3. Dana Reed Limerick

4. Kurt Hewins Leeds

5. Doug Poland Livermore Falls

6. Richie Morse Waterford

7. Cory Sanborn Parsonsfield

8. David Raymond Scarborough

9. Dana Grover Wateford

10. Skip Stanley Buckfield

STRICTLY STOCK #1 20 LAPS

1. Roy Lee Weymouth Monmouth

2. Dale Brackett Oxford

3. Bill Childs Sr. Leeds

4. Chris Corliss Freeport

5. Mark Newman Mexico

6. Larry LaMere Otisfield

7. Bill Dunphy New Gloucester

8. Kevin Alden Greene

9. Mike St. Germain Auburn

10. Don Harvey Pownal

STRICTLY STOCK #2 20 LAPS

1. Jim Duguay Greene

2. Mark Bowie Mechanic Falls

3. Scott Belskis Dixfield

4. Kevin Martin So. Paris

5. Jon Brill Bridgton

6. Travis Mains Freeport

7. Mark Theriault Rumford

8. Chris Coolidge Norway

9. Rusty Gaghan Winthrop

10. Steve Page Leeds



MINI STOCK 100 LAPS

1. Wayne Warren Waterford

2. Ted Audet Greene

3. Seth Wills Rome

4. Chris Morris Auburn

5. Danny Morris Auburn

6. Jeff Moon Gray

7. Craig Dunn Strong

8. Scott Audet Farmington

9. Ron Morris Auburn

10. Randy Philpot Windham



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