Martin Closes In On Oxford Crown
OXFORD, Maine – Shawn Martin took another step toward earning yet another Oxford Championship Series title on Saturday night, capitalizing upon the misfortune of Pro Late Model rookie Mark Lundblad Jr. to win the 50-lap feature event at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Joe Pastore Jr. claimed victory in the 40-lap PASS Sportsman Series finale, while other main event victors were Spencer Morse, Kyle Hewins and Shaun Hinckley.
Martin started deep in the 24-car Pro Late Model main event where everyone chased Lundblad. A late restart offered up an opportunity for higher-point drivers who had worked from the rear of the starting grid to challenge the top-class freshman.
With just more than three laps remaining, Lundblad went spinning, and officials sent T.J. Brackett to the rear of the restart lineup as a result.
Martin too command and outraced Joe Pastore Jr. to the checkered flag. Tim Brackett filled out the podium, with Anson’s Scott Moore and rookie Kyle Treadwell of Auburn rounding out the top five.
“I wish we could have had a battle with T.J. and Mark,” said Martin, holding his son in victory lane. “It would have been a good one.”
Pro Late Model runner-up Pastore then strapped into his Pro All Stars Series Sportsman division ride and dominated the 40-lap main event in that class.
Pastore took the lead away from Sam Gooden and never looked back.
Gooden, making his first start in a racecar in some six years, knocked the rust off in style with as hard-fought runner-up finish in front of former series champion Dan McKeage. Rusty Poland was the fourth-place finisher in front of Scott Dorr.
“I knew that Dan and Rusty and those guys would put on a good show and that helped me to get away,” said Pastore, who credited spotter Steve Tapley with aiding his efforts immensely.
Spencer Morse made a thrilling, last-lap charge to the winner’s circle in Allen’s Coffee-Flavored Brandy Street Stock division competition, padding his lead atop the championship standings. Kyle Hewins led most of the 30-lapper before Morse took command on the money lap. Ryan Hewins was third under the checkered flag, followed by Keith Stuart and Rick Spaulding.
“When you start racing for points you finish fifth,” the happy winner said from victory lane. “I like trophies. We’re not points racing until championship night.”
Shaun Hinckley romped to an easy victory in the entry-level Bandito class. John Childs, Dan Wade, James Record and Cam Childs filled out the top five,