(Oxford ME) You come back week after week and finally everything falls into place.
That’s what happened tonight for Caleb Proctor as he won his first feature at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Caleb started in the pole position and never let go of the lead.
“Starting at the front really helped,” said Caleb afterwards. “We started in the front and stayed there.”
The driver from Casco has been in all fourteen of the Bandits races this season. Prior to tonight his best finishes were third on June 29th and fourth on May 25th.
I asked Caleb if they had done anything different with the car this week: “Nothing different. We’re running on old tires. We’re about as low-budget as it gets.”
Jeff Libby, from Poland, took second.
“Sooner or later we’re going to get one,” said Jeff afterwards. “We’re getting close.”
Jeff finished second on July 27th behind Travis Verrill.
Jeff stayed in second for most of the 20-lap feature after moving up from 5th at the start.
“Caleb is a really good guy,” explained Jeff. “Running second to him? I’m not mad about it.”
I asked Jeff what it might take for him to win a race: “A little bit better starting position would help.”
I dubbed Dustin Salley, “Mr. Consistent,” last week. He continues to be just that. DSal’s lowest finish this season was 5th on June 8th. Tonight he ended up third but believe me he was pressing Caleb and Jeff over the last few laps. Dustin started near the back in the feature but skillfully worked his way into contention.
Travis Verrill and Bobby Doherty caused a caution early in the race. Travis didn’t return from the collision that resulted.
Luke Mowatt and Tyler Green came together at least once during the race and didn’t stop the interaction after the race was over.
I have covered four Bandits features and met a different winner each week.
The weather was chilly and there was a little rain before the race started.
Rookies Brady Childs and Owen Stuart put on another show tonight. Brady won the heat, but it was Owen in the feature winning for the sixth time.
Two weeks ago, Brady crashed just before the finish. This week he was spun out at the top of the stretch.
Both these young drivers showed me something when they overtook, and lapped Jeremy Turner. Brady went high and Owen went low.
The Oxford 250 is on August 25th.
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