Brackett Scores First Victory Of 2013


OXFORD, Maine – T.J. Brackett extended his lead in the Oxford Plains Speedway Pro Late Model Championship Series point standings, posting his first win of the season on Friday night.

Brackett’s win was particularly-rewarding, as he outgunned his father, former OPS track champion Timmy Brackett, an Oxford native now also living in Buckfield, for top honors.

“That was as much fun as I’ve ever had in a racecar,” the winner told the crowd from victory lane. “I’ve never had the chance to race Dad for the win.

“Next time it’s mine,” the elder Brackett chimed in.

“We’ll see,” the youngster replied.

Multi-time Late Model track champion Shawn Martin raced from the back of the starting grid to post a third-place finish. Donnie Wentworth led more laps than anyone en route to a fourth-place finish. Tommy Stilphen, the 14-year-old rookie from Arundel, followed up his first career win with a fifth-place performance.

Carey Martin claimed victory in the 75-lap Pro All Stars Series Sportsman division main event. Martin, a five-time champion of the similar Limited Sportsman class at Oxford Plains Speedway that was discontinued following the 2006 season, chased early frontrunner Ricky Burgess Jr. in the non-stop, caution-free race.

Burgess, impressive in all of his first-year starts on the regional touring series, built a healthy lead over the first half of the race. Former series champion Martin reeled him in and went by to take a lead he would not relinquish, though the outcome may have been in doubt if a caution flag had waved to bunch up the field.

Joey Pastore raced from dead last on the starting grid to finish in second position, hoping throughout the second half of the event for that yellow caution flag that never appeared to tighten up the field. Dan McKeage, also a former Sportsman champion, ended up in third position after winning the previous series event at Scarborough’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Craig Smith swapped positions with McKeage throughout the race, but settled for fourth as the checkered flag waved. Early leader Burgess rounded out the top-five.

First-year Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock division competitor Josh Childs of Leeds prevailed in a wild, caution-filled 30-lap feature event for the class. Childs took command of the race from fellow rookie Dan Brown, who had set the pace for the first 19 laps.