OXFORD – Jim Childs has a habit of good timing.

The three-time Mini Stock champion was running second on a lap-85 restart when leader Rich Sirois missed a shift, handing him the lead and what turned out to be his fourth victory of 2007 in the Sun Journal 100.

Glen Luce, Larry Emerson, Tyler Belanger, Addison Bowie, regular Rich Sirois were also feature winners on 99.9 The Wolf/Fan appreciation Night at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Sirois was easily the fastest man on the track in the Sun Journal 100, lapping all but the top five cars by halfway. The Leeds driver won the regular 30-lap contest earlier in the evening, then simply checked out on the field in the main event.

Had his luck held out, he would have been two-for-two on the evening.

Bill Irving ran among the front-runners the entire distance and came home third, while early leader Bob Guptill was fourth, and Shane Kaherl was fifth. Three cautions slowed the proceedings, the worst of which came when Al Roberti slapped the frontstretch wall on lap 85. Roberti was not injured and racing resumed in short order.

“I knew after our earlier feature that would be a good race,” said Childs. “I was gaining on Rich there in the late stages, and feel bad about his missing a shift. I would have given him a challenge, but he sure was fast all night. The car ran great, and I’m glad things worked out for my benefit.”

Sirois was disappointed with the outcome after coming so close to victory.

“It’s good thing I finished in the top three in this race,” explained Sirois. “I forgot to wish my wife a happy anniversary last time, and we’ve had seven years together as of today. I thought we had it all sewed up, but then I made that mistake on the late restart. We still had a great night no matter how you look at it, so I’m not complaining.”

Irving was elated with his performance following the grueling haul for Mini Stock warriors.

“These guys are fast and the way others were dropping out, I just kept digging and figured we’d come out with a decent finish. To run third here behind guys like Jimmy and Rich is pretty competitive. We’ll take it and give them another charge next week.”

In earlier feature action, Sirois took the lead from Bill Thibeault on lap seven and drove away from the field to claim the regular weekly 30-lap Mini Stock feature. The Leeds native showed his intentions and hot chassis setup with a heat win, then made it look easy in the feature. Adam Polvinen battled traffic the entire distance and came home third, while point-leader Justin Karkos and Bob Guptill completing the top five. This was a rough-and-tumble affair, with a ton of beating and banging going on for guys that had a 100-lap race to run later in the evening.

Belanger notched his first career victory at OPS in the first of two 20-lap tilts for the Chimney Tech Outlaw division. The Sumner driver took the lead from Tom Averill on lap 12 and hung on for top honors. Steve Brill of Bridgton ran up front the entire distance and finished second, while Keith Landry was third. Averill faded to fourth at the finish while early leader Jacob Hethcoat completed the top five.

Bowie went wire-to-wire in the second Outlaw affair and picked up a well-deserved victory. The Auburn native was running a car borrowed from Sonny Morgan (who was enjoying a night off at camp) and gave it a great run. Oxford’s David Childs was glued to the leaders from the start and came home second, while Bob Ferguson finished third. Mike Rainville of Groveton, N.H., and Nick Coates rounded out the top five. As part of the regular Wednesday night program, the Outlaws have developed into a fairly impressive entry-level division.

Emerson notched his second Strictly Stock victory of the season with an aggressive drive. The three-time champion from Durham muscled his way underneath early leader Jeff Moon on lap 24 and hung on for the win. Skipp Tripp came all the way from 22nd on the grid to claim second, while Tommy Tompkins took over the points lead with a solid third place run. Sumnerr Sessions, the driver who owned this division during the first month of the season, applied pressure to the leaders all race long and finished fourth, while Kim Tripp completed the top five.

Luce came out on top in a thrilling 40-lap tilt for the Oxford Networks Late Model division. The Turner native drove underneath Dale Verrill on lap 25 and hung on for top honors. Point leader Travis Adams, who almost won two features the previous week, drove all the way from 19th on the grid to finish second, padding his lead as he works to defend his title.Tommy Ricker was on a rail the entire race, leading the first 11 circuits before battling side-by-side with Verrill for at least 10 laps. Ricker faded slightly at the finish and came home third, while Zach Emerson scored his best finish of 2007 in fourth. Former Late Model champion Shawn Martin had his BRP/Ski-doo Dealers entry dialed in all night and brought it home in fifth. Four cautions slowed the pace, none for serious incidents.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been up here,” said Luce in Victory Lane. “My crew has done an awesome job in recent weeks getting this thing to handle. We’ve struggled in the early going, but they’ve got it hooked up now and it sure feels great to win again.”


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