Emotional Win For Driver. Race Dedicated to Memory of His Dad

Episode 72

September 12, 2015

Frenchville native Shawn Martin, now living in Auburn, wins an emotion filled season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway. Photo courtesy Joseph Johnson www.josephsphotos.com

Frenchville native Shawn Martin, now living in Auburn, wins an emotion filled season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway. Photo courtesy Joseph Johnson www.josephsphotos.com

County Man Wins Season Finale at Oxford; Dedicates Win to Father

With tears in his eyes after winning the 50 lap Super Late Model season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway, Shawn Martin dedicated the race to the memory of his Dad, Frank Martin who passed away earlier this year.

Father and son were close to one another with the elder often driving great distances to see his son compete in a race. From his report of the action at Oxford, Phil Whipple staff writer at the Sun Journal reported, “Two-time track champion Shawn Martin held off a hard-charging Kyle Treadwell in the final 50-lap tilt for the Super Late Models, while Brackett struggled his way to a third career title. Treadwell settled for second in the feature and in the points, while girlfriend Vanna Brackett wheeled her way to third.

Beech Ridge regular Corey Bubar and Waterford native Spencer Morse completed the top five.

‘I have to thank all my guys, this has been a very difficult year for us, ‘Martin said. ‘We lost my dad back in February; that’s why we did the polish victory lap in his honor. I want to dedicate this win to him. It’s been hard racing without him this season. The last race he attended was the finale last year, so this was a great one to win.'”

Martin had struggled most of the year with the #94 race car. After intense work sessions by Martin and crew the race car started to become competitive once again. Martin showed how competitive he could be by leading several laps in the Oxford 250 until pit strategy put his team in a difficult position. He finished that race in 13th position.

It was great to hear that  Martin took the checkered flag. Sometimes nice guys do win. Great job Shawn, family, and crew.

Spencer Morse and ASPIRE Racing Team Win Rookie of the Year

I know the Rookie of the Year trophy goes to the driver, however, in this case I believe it is entirely appropriate for the driver (Spencer Morse) and the Oxford Hill Middle School students to share in the award.

Oxford Plains Rookie of the Year Spencer Morse in center with members of the Oxford Hills Middle School ASPIRE team. Photo courtesy Spencer Morse Racing

Oxford Plains Rookie of the Year Spencer Morse third from left with members of the Oxford Hills Middle School ASPIRE team from left Will Perreault, Brandon Skinner, Morse, Luke Mowatt, Sully Polland, and Anthony Michaud standing. Photo courtesy Spencer Morse Racing

The unique collaboration between Oxford Hills Middle School, Crazy Horse Racing, and Spencer Morse Racing has been written about several times in previous blog episodes. The program had educational goals as well as goals on the track.

The biggest goal was to make the Oxford 250. Despite a valiant effort the team came up short of making the race.  While talking with team members after the race I know members of the ASPIRE group received some invaluable lifelong educational lessons that a classroom setting simply cannot provide.

I hope to follow this story throughout the off season as they prepare for the 2016 season. New ideas were explained to me by Program Director Kyle Morey. It looks like they have some impressive ideas on getting more students some hands-on-learning opportunities.

Something New and Something Tried and True

Wyatt Alexander took advantage of his week off from the Pro-Stock car to try his hand at something he is very familiar with, NELCAR Legends and something he is not so familiar with, race announcing.

Wyatt Alexander in the announcer's stand at Wiscasset Motor Speedway. This was his debut as a race announcer. Photo courtesy  Lindsey

Wyatt Alexander in the announcer’s booth at Wiscasset Speedway. This was his debut as a race announcer. Photo courtesy Lindsey/WAR

Wyatt had this to say about his first attempt at race announcing, “Announcing at Wiscasset Speedway along side Ken Minott was pretty cool, certainly gave me a new perspective on the action and what it takes to run a smooth show.”

Alexander got back into a NELCAR Legend at the track and finished a strong fifth in the feature race.

Autograph session on the front stretch at Wiscasset Speedway prior to the feature races. Alexander drove the Puzzled Racing Autism Awareness  #96 to a fifth place in the feature. Photo courtesy WAR

Autograph session on the front stretch at Wiscasset Speedway prior to the feature races. Alexander drove the Puzzled Racing Autism Awareness #96 to a fifth place in the feature. Photo courtesy WAR

Trivia for the WAR team; Wyatt drove the team hauler to the racetrack for the first time Saturday. He was pleased to do so, “Driving the truck and trailer was pretty awesome, something I’ve been looking forward to doing for awhile. I’m excited to help out my dad and do it more in the future.”

For the remainder of the season he remarked, “We have 2 races left at Wiscasset, one points race and the final race being the Fall Fury. We will see what we can do in the final races and try and keep our streak alive.”

Swanson Dirt Track Update

Left to right Chris Windom third, Shane Cockrum winner, and Kody Swanson third at the Ted Horn 100 Silver Crown race at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Photo courtesy T-K Motorsports

Left to right Chris Windom third, Shane Cockrum winner, and Kody Swanson third at the Ted Horn 100 USAC Silver Crown race at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Photo courtesy T-K Motorsports

My friend Kody Swanson continues to run up front on the midwestern dirt tracks. On Sunday September 6th he placed third at the USAC Silver Crown Ted Horn 100 at the DuQuoin State in Illinois. Thirty one cars attempted to qualify for the race which was won for the second year in a row by Shane Cockrum.

Last evening Swanson finished second in the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) feature at Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Indiana. The race was won by Shane Cottle and Justin Grant rounded out the podium finishers. Forty racers attempted to make the feature event.

Dirt track racing and the Mid-west go together like basketball in the Hoosier State. Fans come to see fast and furious action and are seldom disappointed.

Swanson’s next USAC Silver Crown race is at Eldora Speedway September 26. The season closes out at the Syracuse, New York Fairgrounds in October.

Spud Speedway Season Finale Rain Delayed Until September 20

Rain on Sunday morning forced the postponement of the Caribou track’s season of racing. All events will be held next Sunday at the same time as originally planned. Extended feature races as well as a giant Demolition Derby is planned.

Don’t forget that Austin Theriault is back in the #29 Brad Keselowski F150 at Chicagoland Speedway next Friday night.

Showing off the #10 Senior Champ Kart in the HTF Motorsports garage where all work is done in preparation for the races. I like to say I have the largest "race shop" around. HTF Motorsports photo

Showing off the #10 Senior Champ Kart in the HTF Motorsports garage where all work is done in preparation for the races. I like to say I have the largest “race shop” around. HTF Motorsports photo

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Tom Hale

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Tom Hale

About Tom Hale

Tom wrote 14 years as freelancer for the Bangor Daily Sports covering motorsports in Maine. Now blogging and concentrating on human interest stories about people and places in racing.