OXFORD – Chris Perley of Rowley, Mass., became the all-time winner in International Supermodified Association history Saturday night, dominating the New England Dodge Dealers Maine Classic at Oxford Plains Speedway.

The 75-lap triumph was the ninth victory in 12 starts this season for Perley, who also won an event at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire on Friday evening.

Perley surrendered the car that won that race to teammate Bentley Warren of Kennebunkport. No matter. Warren wrestled the lead away from Vern Romanowski of Strong on lap 13, but Perley pulled into second shortly thereafter and made his winning pass on a lap 20 restart.

“I was out there knowing that I had the old car and Bentley had the newer car, but you know, some old things don’t go away,” Perley said. “I just wanted the lead, and I figured if anybody was going to go by me I was going to make them work for it.”

Warren, who has competed in the Indianapolis 500 and continues to run up front with the ISMA circuit into his late 60s, was never challenged for second.

“He doesn’t respect his elders very well,” Warren said with a laugh.

Romanowski ran third until he was snake-bitten by a mechanical problem with four laps remaining. He was credited with 13th in the final rundown.

Rob Summers recovered from an early race pit stop to pick up the final podium position. Mark Sammut was fourth, the final car on the lead lap, with Mike Lichty fifth.

Twenty-two cars started the main event.

In supporting weekly feature action, Oxford Networks Late Model point leader and defending champion Travis Adams scored his sixth victory of the season.

Adams overtook Dale Verrill for the lead just before a caution flag on lap 19. From there, he fought off a pair of restarts with Glen Luce lurking to his outside.

“Our heat race set-up has been the problem for us this year, and I think we’ve even got that squared away,” said Adams. “We took the rear end out of this car this week – drive shaft, transmission, everything – and couldn’t find anything. Well, we got here today for practice and had a horrible vibration, so we had to change the whole thing this afternoon. I have to thank my crew for that.”

Luce, who charged from 21st to eighth without the benefit of a restart in last week’s American-Canadian Tour Time Warner Cable 150, shook off Carey Martin to secure second.

Jon Brill and Don Wentworth completed the top five in the 27-car field.

Skip Tripp continued his amazing win streak in the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock division with his fourth consecutive victory.

Tripp’s latest conquest took a little more finesse than his previous runaways. Although he shook off front-running rookie Chris Burgess on lap 16, Tripp had a mirror full of Glen Henderson over the closing circuits.

“We made an adjustment after the heats and it tightened right up,” Tripp said. “I was lucky to win this one.”

Rick Thompson overcame his season’s worth of rotten luck and made it to victory lane in third, trailed by Sumner Sessions and Larry Emerson.

Unofficially, Sessions trimmed Tompkins’ division point lead to four markers with only two races remaining.

Don Mooney successfully kept division champion Jimmy Childs at bay for the entire, caution-free 30-lap distance of the Allen’s Mini Stock feature for his third win of the campaign.

Childs took another step toward his second straight championship and hinted at next year’s plans by making his Late Model debut later in the evening.

Bill Thibeault, Kevin Bishop and Ashley Marshall completed the top five.


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