OXFORD, Maine – Shawn Martin made his first start in an Oxford Championship Series Pro Late Model a successful one Sunday afternoon, driving from the rear of the starting field to the front of the pack, claiming victory in the 40-lap headliner at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Skip Tripp scored his first victory of the year in the 30-lap Allens Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock feature race. Lisbon’s Nik Coates wired the Allen’s Cofee Flavored Mini Stock division’s 30-lapper, while the Ripley & Fletcher Ford Outlaw Sportsman division honors went to Corey Morgan for the second consecutive week.
Martin, a proven champion in the recently-upgraded Late Model class, skipped the Championship Series opener, and had to start the main event behind all cars racing the previous week. Martin admitted that fresher tires on his car certainly helped in his run to victory lane.
Gary Chiasson bolted from his front row starting spot to a lead of about a straightaway’s length before a caution period tightened the field a bit past the halfway point. After working his way through traffic in entertaining fashion, the previous week’s winner, Dale Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire, got by Chiasson following a spirited battle.
Shaw’s drive to the front apparently ran afoul of race control, and after being shown the black flag, Shaw retired to the pit area, handing the lead back to Chiasson. Martin, who started a couple of positions behind Shaw and had taken a more conservative approach than the former NASCAR champion in his move toward the front of the pack, soon caught Chiasson, got by, and pulled out to a victory margin of just over one second.