(Oxford ME) Every other week Travis has been awfully good.
The other weeks? Not so much.
But he has shown with the two W’s that he is tough to move from the front.
And there were plenty of attempts to do just that tonight at Oxford Plains Speedway.
“I don’t think that there was a corner I turned that someone didn’t hit me in the rear,” said Travis smiling, “but that’s what makes it fun.”
Not as much fun tonight for Jeff Libby. Jeff had consecutive seconds in place and looked to be heading for another second in tonight’s feature, when he spun out with three laps left in the 20-lap feature.
“Jeff did everything he could to get around Travis,” explained runner-up Chad Wills.
Asked about the spinout that took Jeff out, Chad said, “We were all in a line behind Travis and he was protecting the bottom on the corner by going slow. That is what you’re supposed to do when you have the lead. We just didn’t check up in time and Jeff ended up getting spun out.”
Chad and Alex Mowatt benefitted from the spinout and were able to jump into 2nd and 3rd. They would hold those positions the rest of the way.
“I glanced up real quick and I saw Jeff heading for the infield,” recalled Travis. “They must have done a little too much bumping behind me.”
Chad Wills was coming off three straight 4th place finishes. “We got one more position tonight with a little bit of luck, but I definitely thought that we had a top three car.”
The competition has been tough in the Bandits Division this year. “We’ve got five or six real fast cars in the division,” said Travis.
“The competition is a lot more stout this year than it has been in the past,” added Chad. “Tonight you could have thrown the top seven under a blanket for most of the race.”
“Jeff (Libby) has definitely figured out his stuff this year,” said Chad.
Best race of the night was in the heat that pitted Travis against Jeff. Very close finish but they gave it to Travis. Jeff has never won a heat or a feature. That should change in the near future.
I asked Chad about the missing spectators: “When you’re racing you don’t notice the fans at all. I think we’ll get them back. It hard to see why people can’t sit outdoors here.”
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