OXFORD – Divisional point leaders Jeff Taylor and Travis Adams posted wins in their respective divisions Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Taylor claimed his 66th career victory in the Oxford Networks Pro Stock feature, while Adams claimed an exciting Agren Appliance Late Model Stock feature. Competition was fierce in every division as the 2006 division championships are at stake.

Taylor steadily worked his way up through the field, taking the point from Charlie Colby on lap 41 and hanging on for the victory. The Norridgewock driver is shooting for his record ninth championship at Oxford, and this third win of 2006 helped his cause. Defending champion Timmy Brackett came from 13th on the grid to claim second, while Colby settled for third. Chris Kennison led briefly before fading to fourth at the finish, while Scott Moore rounded out the top five.

“As usual, my good luck comes one week too late,” said Taylor in Victory Lane. “We always seem to get into some kind of trouble during the 250, but it all went right for us tonight. I have to thank dad and crew for working on this car during the week, I just didn’t have time. They’ve got it running really well, and I’m happy to pull down another win.”

Adams took over the lead from Dave MacDonald on lap 14 and hung on to claim his second straight win. Points contender Jon Brill came from ninth on the grid to claim second, while Dennis Spencer Jr. was third. MacDonald hung on for fourth while sophomore sensation T.J. Watson finished fifth.

“That was pretty exciting,” said Adams. “The car was pretty good tonight. I kind of felt like Jeremie Whorff in last week’s 250, I could set it up in the outside groove and just really make some time. We’ve been running strong here lately, and it feels great to pull one off. I knew Jon (Brill) was coming, but we had the car to beat tonight.”

Butch Keene, Ben Tinker, Carey Martin, and Jim Childs were also feature winners on New Balance Summer Celebration Night at the historic 3/8 mile oval.

In earlier feature action, Keene survived a four-lap sprint to the finish to claim a 30-lap make-up race for the Mini Stock gang postponed by rain on July 28.

The Turner native got the jump on a lap-26 restart and held off points leader Jim Childs to notch the victory. Oxford’s Bill Thibeault took over the point from early leader Greg Durgin on lap eight and set the pace until Ashley Marshall’s Turn 1 spin brought out the event’s only caution at lap 26. Thibeault hung on for third, while defending champion Danny Morris of Auburn finished fourth and Chris Varney was fifth.

Tinker drove to victory in a thrilling 30-lap feature for the Allen’s Coffee Brandy Strictly Stock gang. The Gray native started 21st on the grid, took over the point from Scott Belskis on lap 20 and cruised to a convincing win. Tommy Tompkins came from 22nd on the 31-car grid to finish second, while Glen Henderson of Sabattus was third. Rodney Williams and Rick Thompson completed the top five.

Martin picked up yet another victory in the Limited Sportsman division to pad his lead as he tries for a fifth championship. The Denmark driver took over the point from David Vaughn on lap 18 and drove on to Victory Lane. Martin is the winningest driver in the history of this highly-competitive division at Oxford. David Trippcame from seventh on the grid to claim second, while Vaughn settled for third. Points contender Terry Merrill of Saco was fourth while Neil Martin finished fifth. Only one caution slowed the pace as OPS veteran Shane Green wrecked on the backstretch.

Childs picked up his fourth win of the season in the second Mini Stock feature of the evening. The Leeds driver took over the point from 2004 champion Don Mooney on lap 18 and hung on for a convincing win. Points contender Larry Melcher of Jay came from 14th on the grid to finish second, while Don Frechette claimed third. Bill Childs Sr. finished fourth while Chris Varney notched his second top-five finish of the night.


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