August 23, 2013

Local Motorsports: A friendly family feud for Bracketts

By Paul Betit
Staff Writer

The race for the top three spots in the top racing division at Oxford Plains Speedway has turned into a family affair.


PASS North Super Late Models

1. Joey Doiron, Berwick, 1,509 points

2. Travis Benjamin, Morrill, 1,507

3. Cassius Clark, Farmington, 1,504

4. D.J. Shaw, Center Conway, N.H., 1,477

5. Ben Rowe, Turner, 1,440

NEXT RACE: Aug. 31, twin 150-lap events, at White Mountain Motorsports Park, North Wolfeboro, N.H.

ACT Late Models

1. Wayne Helliwell Jr., Dover, N.H., 1,011 points

2. Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, Vt., 972

3. Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, N.H., 968

4. Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, Vt., 855

5. Ben Lynch, Huntersville, N.C., 795

NEXT RACE: Saturday, 200 laps, at Circuit Riverside Speedway, St. Croix, Quebec

With two nights of racing left on the three-eighth-mile oval, the Bracketts of Buckfield are battling for the championship in the track's new Pro Stock division.

Going into Friday night's 75-lap feature, T.J. Brackett holds a 28-point lead over his father, Tim.

Meanwhile, Tim Brackett's daughter, Vanna, holds a six-point lead over veteran driver Donny Wentworth of Otisfield.

"I think we'd all be glad to be the one who finishes first, but we'll all be happy for the other ones, too," said Tim Brackett, who started racing at OPS in 1978 when he was 16 years old. "T.J. has a pretty good lead over me, and I've got a pretty good lead over Vanna."

Brackett, 51, was the track champion in 2005, when Pro Stocks was the speedway's top racing division, and in 2010, when Late Models constituted its top division.

As a teenager, T.J. Brackett, 29, won the track's old Mini-Cup division.

A two-time Ladies Division champion, Vanna Brackett, 23, is the speedway's winningest driver in its Wednesday night Acceleration Series. It is her first season behind the wheel of a Super Late Model.

In the Oxford track's Outlaw Sportsman division, Corey Morgan of Lewiston holds a 66-point lead over Mike Haynes of Livermore Falls.

In Mini Stocks, rookie Jimmy Larsen has a nine-point lead over Calvin Rose Jr. of Turner.

In Street Stocks, Matt Williams of Brownfield leads Ryan Robbins of Dixfield by 25 points.

RACES FOR the No. 1 spot in the four top racing divisions at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough remain unsettled with two dates left on the schedule.

"In the last 10 or 12 years, our championships have all come down to the last race or two," track owner Andy Cusack said. "In recent years, some of the championships have come down to one or two points."

Racing in all four divisions is scheduled for Saturday night, with the season finale scheduled for Aug. 31.

In the Pro Series -- the track's top racing division -- Mike Rowe, a 63-year-old driver from Turner, holds a 14-point lead over Dan McKeage, a veteran from Gorham. Rowe won the track championship in 2009, while McKeage won it three years ago.

In the Sports Series, Phil Pinkham of Buxton holds a one-point lead over Garrett Hall of Scarborough.

Pinkham is trying to become the third member of his family to win a division championship at Beech Ridge. His uncles, Richard and David Pinkham, each won titles in the 1980s.

Hall, who graduated from Scarborough High in June, is in his second season in the Sports Series.

Donny Morse of Windham and Doug Wolfe of Gorham are both within 13 points of the lead in the Sports Series.

In Wildcats, Cole Watson of Naples holds a 15-point lead over Lewis Anderson of Hollis in his quest to become one of four drivers to capture a fifth division championship at the track.

In Roadrunners, Brandon Barker, a teenager from Windham, holds a seven-point lead over David Turner of Buxton and three-time champion Shawn Brackett of Scarborough.

Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 791-6424 or at:

Twitter: PaulBetitPPH

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