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R & D Land Sales 150
Oxford Plains Speedway - Saturday, July 1st
PASS North Super Late Models At Oxford
Laperle Takes PASS Checkers At Oxford
(Naples, ME July 1, 2006) A full field of 34 PASS North Super Late Models took the green from birthday girl Amanda Mayberry, daughter of PASS boss Tom Mayberry, in the Roys AllSteak Hamburgers/R & D Land Sales 150. The PASS regulars were joined by a number of Oxford regulars and teams that were looking for a tune up before the TDBankNorth 250, including Dave Dion, Brad Leighton, Kelly Moore, and Stan Meserve all the way up from Mooresville, NC for the holiday weekend.
Although the weather forecasters said it was going to be a sun-filled day with no rain, a quick shower interrupted practice at about 3pm and then a heavier shower moved in just as the fans were arriving at 6:15. It delayed the start for an hour and a half, but the Oxford fans kept coming, and when racing did get under way at 8pm a great crowd filled the grandstands.
Sometimes its dangerous to get promoters together during a rain delay, but when it was announced to the crowd that the highest finishing Oxford regular would get a guaranteed starting spot in the Mason Dixon Meltdown the crowd roared their approval. The Meltdown is a $15,000 to win 250 lap race at South Boston Speedway, South Boston, VA in November as part of a doubleheader with a $15,000 to win 250 lap tour-type modified open.
Corey Williams of Boothbay Harbor, ME in the #47, Scott Chubbuck of Brunswick, ME in the Cushman #29, and Bill Whorf, Jr of Topsham, ME took the three heat races, and they brought the field to Amandas green flag under the watchful eyes of PASS starter Bruce Gordon in his brand new PASS uniform from UniFirst, the official uniform supplier of PASS.
A series of quick yellows led to a choppy start, but by lap 11 things settled down with Rick Martin of Westport, MA in the G. Lopes #14 taking the lead around the outside of Chubbuck. On lap 18, Chubbuck decided he didnt like running second and returned the favor and passed Martin on the outside on lap 18.
At lap 25, Travis Khiel of Denmark, ME in the Richard Moody & Sons Builders #44, who was fastest in practice, moved to second from his sixth place spot on the start.
Khiel took the lead from Chubbuck, again around the outside, and at lap 50 it was Khiel, Chubbuck, Martin, Jeremie Whorff of Topsham, Me in the #00, Patrick Laperle of St Denis, Quebec up from 19th on the start, and PASS rookie Curtis Gerry of Waterboro, ME in the #7.
Laperle moved to fourth on lap 63 and Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, ME in the Community Pharmacies #84 was now sixth from his 17th- place starting spot.
At halfway, it was Khiel, Chubbuck, Martin, Laperle, Gerry, Mulkern, Johnny Clarks #54 up from 30th on the grid after a broken rear axle in the heat race, Scott Robbins of Dixfield, ME in the Rowe-Auburn #72, Mike Rowe in the Lux Enterprises #24, and points leader Cassius Clark in the EJ Prescott #8 tenth.
However, Cassiuss evening came to an end when he slowed in turn three with a broken distributer drive, and he went to the pits for the night and was credited with 29th, which will result in a substantial hit in the points.
On lap 79, Chubbuck took back the lead from Khiel, again around the outside in the second groove with Laperle third and Mulkern to fourth. However, Khiel wasnt done, and for 16 laps Chubbuck and Khiel went side-by-side, back and forth, first Chubbuck, then Khiel, then Chubbuck, until Khiel moved out to the lead on lap 95.
At the 100-lap mark, it was Khiel, Chubbuck, Laperle, Mulkern, Martin, Gerry, Clark, Mike Rowe, and Stan Meserve in the P. T. Watts #2 tenth. Laperle moved to second past Chubbuck bringing Mulkern with him to third on lap 103.
Robbins spun off turn four ruining his run for the Mason-Dixon Meltdown start on lap 132. On the restart, a tangle in turn three involving the #11K of Scott King, the 8T of Alan Tardiff of Lyman, ME, the #35 of Garry Johnson of Hollis, ME, and the #00 of Jeremie Whorff brought out the yellow.
On the restart Khiel and Laperle battled for the lead until Patrick pulled ahead on lap 134 and pulled out to a three car-length lead, the biggest lead by anyone all night. However, it was not clear sailing for Patrick as Travis Benjamin of Morrill, ME in the #17 lost a right front tire and spun to a stop in turn four. On the restart it was Laperle, Khiel, Mulkern, Chubbuck, Clark, Martin, Mike Rowe, and Gerry.
Laperle held off Khiel for the win on Canada Day, Chubbuck edged out Mulkern by an inch or two for third, Martin was fifth, Johnny Clark sixth, Mike Rowe seventh, Chuck Lahance of Cushing, ME in the #38 eighth, Curtis Gerry ninth, and local favorite Chris Kennison of Oxford, ME tenth. Kennison was called to Victory Lane to the delight of the fans to accept his invite to the Mason-Dixon Meltdown.
Cassius Clarks 29th place finish and the great run by Chubbuck all night moved the Brunswick, ME driver and the #29 team into the unofficial points lead, and the top five in points will be scrambled when the official results are posted.
Series Contact: Tommy Mayberry - (207) 693-6497