OXFORD – Maybe Glen Henderson needs to roll over his Allen’s Strictly Stock car more often.

Less than one week after a violent wreck damaged his No. 57 machine beyond recognition, Henderson pulled off an eye-opening upset in the Dunkin’ Donuts 100, picking up his first Oxford Plains Speedway Championship Series feature win.

“After last week,” said Henderson, a second-year Strictly driver from Sabattus, “I couldn’t have prayed for this.”

Henderson, the 2005 Chimney Tech Outlaw in the OPS Wednesday night Acceleration Series, led the first 51 laps of the marathon event. His hopes appeared to go out the window when Rick Thompson used a slower car as a pick to snag the lead on the 52nd circuit.

A problem in the right front of Thompson’s ride cropped up on lap 86, however, bringing out the first caution flag of the event and restoring Henderson to the lead.

With division point leaders Tommy Tompkins and Sumner Sessions lurking on a second restart with five laps remaining, Henderson held his ground and even extended his lead on the run to the checkers.

Tompkins was second in front of three-time division champion Larry Emerson. Sessions and Zach Emerson completed the top five.

The Strictly finale capped a night that featured 350 laps of green-flag racing at the historic oval.

Thanks to a rainout on June 2, the Oxford Networks Late Model division ran twin 40-lap features. Defending champion Travis Adams captured the opener, but his attempt at the sweep fell shy by a half car length with Don Wentworth taking the win in the nightcap.

Wentworth was a strong third behind Adams and rookie Travis Stearns in the opener. Ricky Rolfe took third in the encore.

Jimmy Childs waltzed to his third Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Mini Stock feature win of the season, trailed by point leader Justin Karkos second and rookie Bob Guptill a career-best third.

Two of the Acceleration Series divisions joined the Saturday stage, with Jake Burns making a thrilling three-wide pass of Rene Foster and Yogi Hiscock out of the final corner to take the Call of the Wild RV Sport Truck checkers.

Dottie Patria celebrated her second straight weekend victory in the Allen’s Ladies division when apparent victor Christina Spaulding’s car failed the post-race inspection. Cathy Manchester moved up to second, with Patty Brannon third.


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