(Oxford ME) The caution flag has been out for several months.
That ended Saturday as the green flag dropped at Oxford Plains Speedway and this season’s racing began.
No spectators were allowed making for an odd view across the way of an empty grandstand. Hopefully, this will soon change.
I decided last year to concentrate my coverage on one division (Bandits) at OPS and I am doing it again this year.
Alex Mowatt (Norway ME) won tonight’s Bandits feature easily.
Alex’s win in the first heat earned him the pole position in the feature.
Alex never gave up the front in the feature despite two restarts and clearly had the best car in the Bandits division on this evening.
Even in his heat win, Alex was lengths ahead of the rest of the field when it was over.
In the second heat, Eric Parlin (Oxford ME) appeared to be coasting to a win. However, with less than two laps left, Eric lost control, spun out, and his lead vanished. He ended up 6th.
Brandon Varney (Mechanic Falls ME) took advantage of Eric’s spinout and won the second heat. Brandon finished the feature several car lengths back of Alex in second place.
Mike McKinney (Greenwood ME) rallied in a close finish to get third in the feature, despite a car that seemed to be coming apart the longer he drove it. Mike had a fender that hung off for several laps and later a pipe that was bouncing on the asphalt in the final laps. These things, however, didn’t faze Mike. He was going to drive that thing until it stopped!
Comfortable weather and plenty of, “how-you-been’s?,” heard in the stands.
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