OXFORD – Bill Whorff Jr. is getting a little tired of chasing his son, Jeremie, around the oval at Oxford Plains Speedway this summer. Just imagine how the rest of the competition feels.

Jeremie pocketed about $35,000 less than he did two weeks ago for winning the TD Banknorth 250, but the 21-year-old from West Bath put another whipping on the field and ran away with Saturday night’s 50-lap Oxford Networks Pro Stock feature at OPS.

Without the benefit of a caution, Whorff reeled in Charlie Colby and made his winning pass to the outside with a dozen laps remaining.

On the strength of his third win in his last four starts, Whorff took the opportunity to get in a friendly dig at his 44-year-old dad, who ran third.

“I’ve got to thank my father,” Jeremie Whorff said. “I can’t imagine how it must feel to show up at the race track and always finish second to your boy.”

Technically, Bill was third this time. But he was Jeremie’e closest pursuer across the finish line in a 50-lap race on July 8 and again in last month’s lucrative 250.

Dad didn’t let his son forget where the power lies.

“I guess the only way I’ll be able to beat that kid is to take away his car,” said Bill.

How fast was the blue No. 00 in the seventh victory of its driver’s four-year career? In a development OPS spectators probably have never seen before and might never see again, champions Jeff Taylor and Tim Brackett (currently one-two in the points race) both finished the race one lap down despite having no apparent mechanical problems and not being involved in any accidents.

Colby matched his best finish of the season in second after setting the pace for 31 laps. Mark Lucas and rookie Ricky Morse rounded out the top five and also enjoyed their best results of the summer.

Due to a rained-out program on TD Banknorth 250 weekend, Saturday was a double feature night for Oxford’s Agren Appliance Late Model Stock and Limited Sportsman divisions.

Travis Adams extended his LMS winning streak to three races in the Late Model opener, but Dennis Spencer Jr. kept pace in the championship chase by posting his first Late Model win since 2000.

Don Wentworth and Doug Coombs exchanged the lead three times in the first LMS race before Adams took over the top spot with 12 circuits left in the 40-lapper.

Dale Verrill made a bid for the win with two laps remaining, trying to squeeze his car to the inside of Adams in turn three but spinning his car in the process.

“That’s too bad, because we were putting on a pretty good show,” said Adams, who crossed the line ahead of Coombs, Shawn Martin, Leon Heckbert and Spencer.

Spencer took charge of the nightcap on the halfway lap and survived a restart with three laps remaining. Dave MacDonald and Verrill made contact on that resumption, and again, Verrill spun.

MacDonald saw a small opening to Spencer’s low side on the final lap, but discretion earned him a third-place finish. Martin held his ground in the outside lane and edged MacDonald for second.

Tommy Ricker and David Tripp captured the 35-lap Limited Sportsman events.

Ricker hustled past Shane Green with 10 to go and sped to his first win in three seasons. Terry Merrill notched the first of his two runner-up finishes on the night, with Tripp third.

“After three years, we’ve finally hit on a set-up for this car that works,” said Ricker. “Since the 250, it’s been great. We just needed some breaks and we got ’em tonight.”

Tripp turned up the heat in race two, taking over from David Vaughn on lap 20. Merrill followed him, and Vaughn warded off Green and Kenny Harrison for third.

Allen’s Strictly Stock action produced a first-time winner as Scott Belskis led from wire-to-wire and held off point leader Ben Tinker for the triumph. Kurt Hewins spun in turn four on the final lap, forcing the two front-runners to take evasive action. Belskis chose the high line and Tinker went low, with Belskis prevailing by a car length.

“Hopefully it’s the first of many,” said Belskis.

Perry Tucker, Jeff Merrill and Skip Tripp rounded out the top five behind Tinker.

Jim Childs took another giant step toward the Allen’s Mini Stock title with his fifth win in the last eight races. Childs finished a half-lap ahead of second place Don Mooney and Adam Polvinen. Larry Melcher and Butch Keene followed.


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