(Oxford ME) Rookie Alex Mowatt won the first race in the 2019 Bandit Triple Crown series on Sunday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.
The second, of three races, in this series will be held on September 15th at OPS.
Alex, of Norway, ran away and hid in his heat and then did the same thing in the 25-lap feature.
“I got off to a great start and Dustin (Salley) had trouble with his car,” Alex explained afterwards. (Dustin is the points leader among the Bandits and has won numerous races this season.)
The way Alex’s car was moving on this evening, however, I’m not sure Dustin would have stayed with him even if his car had worked well.
Chad Wills (Oxford) took second and Dustin, despite his gear trouble, was third.
What certainly helped Alex was the combination of a small field (12 cars?) and no cautions. Alex never had to weave through traffic, and he didn’t have to chance his lead with a restart.
It was clearly his day.
Highlight of his racing career? “This was nice, but the racing highlight so far for me was the first race I won here earlier in the season,” said the 20-year-old from Norway.
I tried to figure out the way things go at the speedway. Sorting out drivers and cars was a challenge. No up-to-date rosters anywhere to be found in the press box certainly didn’t help.
I had planned to interview several drivers afterwards. That fell through because the inspection of the cars after the race seemed to last at least an hour. That left me little time to find the other drivers.
But it was my first time trying to cover a race where I interviewed participants, and I enjoyed being there. I am creating my own Bandits’ roster and I will know better what to expect next time.
I expect to be at OPS for the 250 late in August.
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