IPSC: Regulars sweep Oxford

(July 2) - It was a clean sweep by competitors from the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) in the race they call the "Grandaddy of them all," the "biggest one day short track race in North America," and many other acronyms. The top four ...

(July 2) - It was a clean sweep by competitors from the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) in the race they call the "Grandaddy of them all," the "biggest one day short track race in North America," and many other acronyms. The top four spots and five of the top 10 in the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, were grabbed by IPSC teams, led by Unity, Maine(tm)s Racin (tm) Ralph Nason (No. 10), who won the fabled event for the third consecutive year. Ben Rowe (No. 00), the 1999 IPSC runner-up in points and a native of Turner, Maine was second, followed by current 2000 IPSC points leader Andy Shaw (No. 66) from Center Conway, New Hampshire. Sam Sessions (No. 0), from South Paris, Maine was fourth. Mike Rowe, father of Ben Rowe and a regular on the NASCAR Busch North Series, rounded out the top five.

Larry Gelinas (No. 29), from Scarborough, Maine, was eighth.

With five of 11 races complete on the 2000 IPSC tour, Nason is the only repeat winner with victories at Autodrome Montmagny, Quebec and Unity Raceway, Unity, Maine. He experienced mechanical difficulties in the other three events and currently sits 12th in the point standings. Gelinas picked up the checkers at Speedway 95 in Bangor, Maine. Gelinas is fourth in current point standings.

"This is a real feather in the cap for the series," said Randy Black, IPSC Competition Director. "We(tm)ve been saying our series features the best short track racers in New England and Canada, and this proves it - beyond a doubt.

Other IPSC regulars in the Oxford 250 were Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island(tm)s Dave Gorveatt (No. 33), finishing 16th; Halifax, Nova Scotia (tm)s John Flemming (No. 97) finishing 19th; and Detroit, Maine(tm)s Adam Friend (No. 92) finishing 27th.

After taking a couple of weeks off for both the Oxford 250 and the NASCAR races at Loudon (July 7-9), the IPSC is back in action on July 16th with their first stop in New Hampshire at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

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