OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY NEWS BULLETIN


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August 10, 2002

"CHRIS BOWIE WINS FIRST LMS RACE AT OPS SATURDAY NIGHT"

OXFORD, ME---Chris Bowie is considered one of the good guys. He's an accomplished driver and he's dedicated to his pastime sport of driving a stock car. Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway one of the good guys stood atop the victory lane podium on D.N.K. Select Used Cars night. With all of the accolades of winning and the smile of someone who was just waiting for the chance to prove he'd paid his dues and earned his glory, Bowie was finally a winner. Jerry Harrison led the first five laps before giving way to Corey Morgan who spun a lap later giving the lead back to Harrison and causing the second and final caution flag of the 30 lap event. Bowie led the next time around under green and from that point on it was only a matter of time. Ron Charpentier got close a couple of times, but each time he made a serious run Bowie was able to re-gain the upper hand and with five to go he was on the radio with his spotter "yaking up a storm" as he put it in victory lane. Ron Henry ran third with point leader Ricky Rolfe fourth and Harrison fifth.

Andy Shaw won the battle and in the process Jeff Taylor almost lost the point lead as well. Dennis Dee set the early pace, survived two caution flags on laps nine and eleven, but lost out when he spun late in the race. Shaw got the lead officially on lap 28 and two laps later Taylor, seeking his eighth driving title, moved into contention. Shaw got high for a lap but fought his way back to a one car length advantage. They made contact on lap 32 and Taylor spun off turn one to fall to the rear of the cars on the lead lap. Meanwhile Glenn Josselyn who had been as high as second to Dee in the early stages found himself back in the runner up spot and Judd Derbyshire was third after being a contender for the entire race as well. Mike Maietta Sr. was locked in a see-saw battle for fourth with Jeff White and Mike Maietta Jr. was sixth, but had no place to go to improve his status. Maietta Sr. finally nipped White for fourth at the finish line and with the 20 position awarded Taylor and Maietta Jr. getting sixth the point lead is still in the hands of Taylor, but Maietta Jr. is only a single point behind. With four point races remaining on the schedule it will or at least should come down to those two set to decide the outcome over those final four events in the points program.

Shane Green padded his points lead in the Limited Sportsman division by winning the 25 lap feature event. David Raymond ran second, for the second time this year, and Richie Morse who is chasing Green in his quest for a third driving championship in the division was third. Don Poulin Jr. led the first five laps, but he spun after making contact with Kenny Harrison who was black flagged for the incident. That gave the lead to rookie Troy Morse who held it thorough fifteen when Green took command. A caution flag on lap 22 grouped the field, but Green was to much for the field and he quickly opened up a two length lead. Raymond and Morse chased, but couldn't challenge and Dana Reed and Tommy Ricker rounded out the top five. The final finish will be posted later in the week following a Technical Inspection process decision to consult on technical issue.

The first of the two Strictly Stock division races went non-stop and Shawn Knight won his first ever feature event in his second year as a regular at OPS. David Vaughn was distant second after starting at the rear of the 23 car field. David Tripp drove to third with Bubba Collins who led the first two laps ending up fourth and Jeff Merrill fifth. In the second event Kim Tripp inherited the lead when the leader tangled on lap six and was never challenged after that. Rookie Steve Page ran second and defending series champion Larry Emerson third. Darryl Cook was one of the early race contenders who got tangled up on lap six and raced his way back to fourth. Sumner Sessions was in the same encounter and he drove back to fifth. Point leader Jimmy Duguay ended up sixth as a results of the early caution.

The Mini Stock 20 lap feature event went non-stop as well and former Champion Don Mooney posted his second win of the year. After Rick Sirois set the pace Mooney made a bold move going low off turn four and won the race to turn one. After that Sirois had to hold off point leader Jeff Moon for the final four laps to retain second. Moon settled for third and Ralph Felker ran fifth. Defending champion Chris Morris rounded out the top five.

Perhaps the most exciting event of the night was the NELCAR Legend Cars 25 lap main event. Aaron Lewis led the first twelve laps, but a red flag stopped the proceedings on lap 15 when Gary Chrysler flipped his Legends Coupe end for end several times in turn three when then leader Dan Williams almost spun out. Chris Pasteryak then raced side by side from lap 15 to 23 with Williams and both drivers could rightfully claim the lead at one point or another through each of the counting eight laps. Williams finally got control of the position on lap 23 which then pitted Pasteryak, who was looking for his second straight OPS win, to fight off Zach Kenniston for the runner-up spot. Pasteryak prevailed by about a foot. Joe Constantino and Corey Williams rounded out the top five.

Saturday night OPS will host the ISMA Supermodifieds for the 3rd annual Maine Classic 100 for the winged warriors who drive the fastest short track cars in the world. Speeds of over 120 miles per hour are common at Oxford for the big block monsters. Feature events only for all five of the OPS weekly divisions are also on the program that starts at a special time, 6 PM, Saturday night.

OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY CAPSULE REPORT

PRO STOCK 35 LAPS

1. Andy Shaw Center Conway, NH

2. Glenn Josselyn Farmington

3. Judd Derbyshire Mt. Vernon

4. Mike Maietta Sr. So. Portland

5. Jeff White Winthrop

6. Mike Maietta Jr. So. Portland

7. Scott Robbins Dixfield

8. Scott King Livermore

9. Travis Khiel Denmark 

10. Brad Hammond Turner

LATE MODEL STOCK CAR 30 LAPS

1. Chris Bowie New Gloucester

2. Ron Charpentier Jr. Wales

3. Ron Henry New Gloucester

4. Ricky Rolfe Albany

5. Jerry Harrison Freeport

6. Ricky Morse St. Albans

7. Mike Short Auburn

8. Travis Adams Canton

9. Shawn Martin Turner

10. Corey Morgan Freeport

LIMITED SPORTSMAN (unofficial) 25 LAPS

1. Shane Green So. Paris

2. David Raymond Scarborough

3. Richie Morse Waterford

4. Dana Reed Shapleigh

5. Tommy Ricker Poland

6. Dana Grover Waterford

7. Doug Poland Livermore Falls

8. George White Jr. Dryden

9. Neil Martin Freeport

10. Troy Morse Bridgton

STRICTLY STOCK #1 20 LAPS

1. Shawn Knight So. Paris

2. David Vaughn Naples

3. David Tripp Oxford

4. Bubba Collins New Gloucester

5. Jeff Merrill Roxbury

6. Peter Hafford Minot

7. Gerry Freve Buckfield

8. Kevin Alden Greene

9. Geoff Low So. Paris

10. Brian Dennison Norway

STRICTLY STOCK #2 20 LAPS

1. Kim Tripp Oxford

2. Steve Page Leeds

3. Larry Emerson Durham

4. Darryl Cook Wales

5. Sumner Sessions Norway

6. Jimmy Duguay Greene

7. Mark Theriault Rumford

8. Gary Davis Denmark

9. Travis Mains Freeport

10. Chris Coolidge Norway



MINI STOCK 20 LAPS

1. Don Mooney New Gloucester

2. Rich Sirois Leeds

3. Jeff Moon Gray

4. Ralph Felker Poland

5. Chris Morris Auburn

6. Bill Thibeault Oxford

7. Wayne Warren Waterford

8. Butch Keene Turner

9. Wayne Parkin Wales

10. Dennis Scribner Otisfield

NELCAR LEGEND CARS 25 LAPS

1. Dan Williams Boothbay Harbor

2. Chris Pasteryak Lisbon, CONN

3. Zach Kenniston Falmouth

4. Joe Constantino Auburn

5. Corey Williams Boothbay Harbor