OXFORD – For nearly 30 years, Sumner Sessions has been a fixture at Oxford Plains Speedway.With his rural Maine accent and easy-going demeanor, he’s become a fan favorite. Not one to bask in the spotlight, Sessions just might have put in his finest performance Saturday night, winning an incredible caution-free Double T Fence 100 at Oxford Plains for Strictly Stocks.

Travis Adams, Don Frechette, Craig Pyy and Mike Childs Jr. were also feature winners on a beautiful evening for racing at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Sessions took the lead from Skip Tripp on lap 62 of the Strictly Stock 100 and never looked back. Tripp jumped out in front of the 23-car field on lap one and built a sizable lead before halfway. With the blistering pace set by the front-runners, it wasn’t long before lapped traffic was a factor. Yet for Sessions, it didn’t pose too much of a problem. Larry Emerson came home third while Kim Tripp and BJ Chapman completed the top five.

“I want to thank all the other competitors for how clean they ran all night,” said the winner. “Skip was good. I got up underneath him in lapped traffic and was able to sneak by. This is what we come here to do every week, and we did it cleanly tonight. I’m pleased to win this one, we’re having a strong start to the 2007 season.”

Sessions unofficially took over the points lead in Strictly Stock with his win. Tripp explained how his night unfolded and seemed pretty happy with a podium finish.

“The longer I went, the more the tires went away. We left a bald tire on one corner, figured it would be all right and it just didn’t work out for us,” said Tripp. “I have to thank the folks from RPM Racing Engines. They own this thing and are the best people I could ever hope to drive for. I’m happy for them we had such a strong outing.”

Emerson, the man who used to rule this division not long ago, was amazed as was everyone else that the race ran start to finish without delay.

“I didn’t know us old guys could go 100 laps all at once like that,” he said. “I finally got my car going good after the team made a few adjustments. I have to thank them for getting me hooked up. It sure felt good to run up front tonight.”

Finishing sixth through 10th in the Double T 100 was Tommy Tompkins, Rick Thompson, Zach Emerson, Roy Weymouth and Auburn’s Mike Short.

In earlier feature action, Pyy earned his first-ever win at Oxford in the first of two 20-lap features for the MacDonald Motors Runnin’ Rebels. The Gorham driver had to fend off the challenge of runner-up Jamie Leavitt, who came up just two feet short at the line. Troy Jordan of Turner battled up front the whole distance and finished a strong third. Gregg Norton of Lewiston and Derek Cook completed the top five.

Childs Jr. ran away with the second Runnin’ Rebel tilt, his second straight victory after a win last Wednesday night. Cousin Josh Childs of Oxford held off Matt Dufault for the runner-up position, while Doug DeGroat and Lewiston’s Jeff Beaule rounded out the top five. The teams from this Wednesday night entry-level division proved they could put on a decent show with the big boys on a Saturday night.

Adams took the lead from Donnie Wentworth on lap 28 and cruised to a convincing victory in the Oxford Networks Late Model feature. Former Oxford regular Brad Hammond returned to action, driving a car owned by Ron Charpentier, led the first lap before yielding to Spencer and finished a solid third. Maine racing legend Mike Rowe came from deep in the field to fourth at the end, while two-time LMS champion Dennis Spencer Jr. faded to fifth in the late stages after leading 18 laps in the early going.

“This is exactly how I want this car to run for the TD Banknorth 250,” said Adams. “It ran like a dream tonight, it handled well down low and outside when we needed to go up there. I knew Donnie (Wentworth) had a fast car, too, but I’m thrilled to come out on top.”

Wentworth was elated with his performance, taking the defeat in stride after a torrid battle.

“That was a ball until Travis got up there,” he explained. “We would have had a podium finish last week, but the distributor fell apart and I was too stupid to fix it. I have to thank Mitch Green for repairing it. Without his help, this strong finish would not have been possible.”

Frechette was perhaps the happiest man in Oxford last night, posting his first career victory in the hard-fought Mini Stock feature. The Turner native led 29 of the 30 laps and outgunned last week’s winner, Justin Karkos for top honors. Sophomore sensation Adam Polvinen was glued to the leaders all night and claimed third at the end, while Jeff Prindall and Bill Erving completed the top five.

“Hopefully, we can earn a few more of these now,” said Frechette.

“I’ve been trying to win one of these for quite a while. I don’t think most folks realize just how difficult it can be. Justin is really on for this year. I had to give it all I had to hold him off tonight. It feels even better than I expected.”


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