Martin Scores At Oxford Plains
OPS newcomer Kevin Douglass of Sidney continued to impress, scoring a third-place finish in just his second start at the Route 26 oval. TJ Brackett bounced back from a mid-race pit stop to post a fourth-place finish, with Donnie Wentworth rounding out the top-five.
Former division champion Skip Tripp jumped from a front row starting position into an early lead he would not relinquish, cruising to an easy victory in the Street Stock 30-lapper.
Tripp’s closest rival as the checkered flag waved was Matt Williams of Brownfield, who made a last-lap move on the outside of Ryan Robbins to claim runner-up honors. Despite Williams’ impressive drive and second straight podium finish, he claims to be unhappy with his car’s performance.
Robbins did salvage a trophy-earning spot at the line. The previous week’s winner, Kurt Hewins, was close behind in fourth, with the final top-five position earned by Corey Morgan.
Competing in two divisions, busy racer Corey Morgan became the only driver to kick off his Championship Series campaign with two straight victories in a competitive 25-lapper for the Outlaw Sportsman class.
It wasn’t as easy as his near wire-to-wire score on Opening Day for Morgan, who started from 14th position and had to keep the hammer down throughout the main event, holding off 19th-place starter Guy Childs of Turner, who was making his first appearance of the season.
Childs made a couple of bold, three-wide moves in his march through the field, but couldn’t capitalize on a late-race restart and settled for runner-up honors. Kyle Hewins of Leeds also moved through traffic nicely, gaining ten positions from his starting spot to earn the final podium perch. Mike Haynes and Kyle Treadwell both drove from outside the top-ten in the early-going to end up in fourth and fifth positions under the checkered flag.