Christian Breaks Through At Oxford Plains

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OXFORD, Maine – Ray Christian III raced to his first Oxford Plains Speedway super late model triumph Saturday night, topping the Budweiser Championship Series stock car racing card.

Christian was runner-up to current points leader Curtis Gerry last Saturday night and followed that up with a third-place finish in Sunday’s Pro All Stars Series 150-lapper. His first victory made it three straight podium finishes for the Nutmeg State invader at the historic Route 26 oval track.

Ryan Deane led the race briefly before Christian took command.  Deane raced to an impressive runner-up finish, his sixth top-five run in seven starts thus far in 2019.  Shawn Martin spent most of the race in the outside groove and also posted the fastest lap of the race en route to a third-place finish.

Calvin Rose Jr. battled Christian for the early lead and set the pace for several laps before eventually crossing the finish line in fourth place.  Strong veteran Tracy Gordon filled out the top-five rundown.  The 50-lap super late model race went caution-free.

Jordan Russell drove to his first Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock feature victory, leading all 30 laps to claim the big trophy.  Russell’s score was not without challenge, as 2017 division champ Billy Childs Jr. spent most of the race right on the rear bumper of Russell’s winning mount.

Zach Bowie provided the stiffest test to Russell’s supremacy in this race, claiming runner-up honors ahead of Childs.  Skip Stanley outdueled defending champion Matt Dufault for fourth.

Brian Hiscock wired the Bandits field, leading all 20 laps to win by a comfortable margin over his teammate and step-brother, Tyler Green. Chad Wills ended up in third place, followed by Dean Jordan and Dustin Salley, the defending division champion and current points leader.

Kyle Glover prevailed in another wild 20-lap main event for the Figure 8 racers.  It was the first win for Glover in the class.  Glover took the lead away from points leader Larry Lizotte and outran all rivals to the checkered flag.  Lizotte was the runner-up, with third-place spoils earned by Greg Durgin, bouncing back from early-race misfortune.  Eric Hodgkins and Dale Lawrence rounded out the top five.

Owen Stuart won his second Rookie division main event of the season. Stuart prevailed in a race-long battle versus point leader Brady Childs, who claimed runner-up honors.  Sophie Green earned third-place hardware, ahead of Maddy Herrick and Cole Binette.