(Oxford ME) It wasn’t a straight line to his second win, but Alex Mowatt will take it.
“I didn’t have the fastest car,” said Alex, “but we still won.”
Alex finessed his way through a major wreck in Lap Two only to be placed last while he had a damaged fender removed in the pits. He didn’t let that discourage him and skillfully worked his way close to the front in the closing laps.
Alex has dominated the Bandits Division at Oxford Plains Speedway for six weeks, never finishing lower than third in every race this season. He is the current points leader in the division
Having a good car helps but Alex’s ability to stay out of wrecks so far has been crucial.
Newcomer David Cook actually won tonight’s race but was immediately disqualified giving Alex Mowatt the winner’s trophy.
There were eighteen cars in tonight’s crowded feature. With the heats having little bearing on the positioning in the feature you knew that newcomers in the cars in the front would have their hands full.
They did manage to go around the track once but in the tight second lap leader Doug Churchill spun out and finished several driver’s evenings with the resulting crash.
Chad Wills took advantage of a spinout last week and came out of it in second place. Tonight, he wasn’t so lucky.
Alex Mowatt faced the spinning car and avoided a direct hit by getting down to the curb. Chad was behind Alex and had nowhere to go, taking a direct hit that ended his evening.
Bridgton’s Chris Foster was further back. “I was lucky enough to be behind the wreck,” said Chris. “I saw it happening, so I got into the curb and avoided it.”
Chris earned second place tonight.
Travis Verrill and Brandon Caston came out of the wreck in first and second.
Chris Foster and Jeff Libby chased Travis for a few laps before David Cook rallied for first in the 13th lap of the 20-lap feature.
Alex Mowatt was the lone challenger over the last few laps.
“He (Doug Churchill) got into my fender,” explained Alex. “I had to go off and get that fixed and had to start last.” Alex would rein in everyone but the disqualified winner in a rousing comeback.
Chris Foster: “We started 11th. That wreck helped us a lot. I’ve got a good crew and a good car. I used to race on Wednesday nights. I ended up buying a Bandits car and here we are.”
There were a few spectators in the grandstands as Governor Mills limited the crowd to two hundred people. But that is better than the zero spectators that had been allowed previously! The Oxford 250 is four weeks away. What will the crowds be like then?
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