Kyle DeSouza races around Oxford Plains Speedway during Super Late Model action on Saturday. DeSouza won the feature race. Oriana Lovell photo

After finishing runner-up in the opening race of the season, Kyle DeSouza made the jump to first place in the second Super Late Model feature of the year on Saturday at Oxford Plains Speedway.

DeSouza took second to Max Cookson on opening day a week ago, but on Saturday he captured the checkered flag ahead of two-time defending track champion Dave Farrington Jr. DeSouza finished second in the Oxford Plains point standings behind Farrington last year.

Joey Doiron rounded out the top three in Saturday’s race.

In the PASS Mods feature, Colby Benjamin took first place ahead of opening-day winner Shawn Knight.

Drivers in two other divisions joined DeSouza in improving from second place to first during Saturday’s races.

Rick Thompson crossed the finish line first in the Limiteds division after finishing runner-up to Frank Wear on opening day. Chris Smith, who finished third on opening day, was second to Thompson on Saturday.

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Adam Stearns switched finishing spots with Charlie Young in Oxford Plains’ new Thunder Stocks division. Young bested Stearns on opening day, but it was Stearns crossing the line ahead of Young on Saturday.

Tyson Jordan was the winner in Street Stocks, knocking off the previous week’s winner, Jordan Russell, who was the runner-up.

Jeremy Turner won the for the second week in a row in the Rookies division, with Karson Hewins finishing runner-up.

The other feature winners Saturday were Corey Morgan in Mad Bombers and Eric Hodgkins in Figure 8s.

The full Oxford Championship Series slate will take a week off this coming weekend as the Pro All Stars Series SLMs make their first visit to Oxford this season on Saturday. The PASS Mods will be in action, as will the Oxford Championships Series Limiteds and the New England Mini Stock Tour — which will be holding its AJ Roberti Memorial race.

The New England Supermodified Series (NESS) was scheduled to make its series debut at Oxford Plains this coming Saturday, but NESS officials decided to postpone the new series’ inaugural event due to an engine-part supply issue for competing teams. NESS is now scheduled to debut May 15 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire, and is scheduled to visit Oxford Plains on Saturday, Aug. 27 — the day before the 49th Oxford 250.

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WISCASSET WINNERS

Another week, another win for Josh St. Clair at Wiscasset Speedway.

St. Clair won the 35-lap spotlight feature for Strictly Streets during Saturday’s Group 2 Opening Day, a week after winning the Super Streets feature during Group 1 Opening Day.

To top it off, St. Clair was the runner-up in the 40-lap Late Model Sportsman feature on Saturday, which was won by Shane Clark.

Other winners Saturday were: Ryan Ripley (Modifieds), Seth Woodward (Roadrunners) and Jimmy Childs (Outlaw Mini, with results unofficial and pending review).

WISCASSET HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES UNVEILED

Wiscasset Speedway announced the 2022 inductees into its Hall of Fame on Monday.

This year’s class includes Larry Emerson, Chuck LaChance, J.C. Marsh, Forest Peaslee, Ray Penfold, John Phippen and Norm Sherman.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 23. Also set to be honored that day are contributors Neil Greenleaf, Neil Reny and Johnny Rice.

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