Saturday’s Oxford Championship Series Super Late Model feature saw a first-time winner in Super Late Model competition at Oxford Plains Speedway, but it was a very familiar and popular face for the local fans.
Brandon Varney, a Maine native who has grown up racing at Oxford Plains, joined the list of winners in the track’s premier division by taking the checkered flag in the 50-lap feature on Bessey Motor Sales Night at the 3/8-mile facility.
Varney jumped out to the lead at the green flag and led every lap of the feature, but it was anything but a leisurely drive for Varney. With a handful of late restarts, Varney was tasked with holding off defending track champion Max Cookson for the win.
Prior to the 2023 season, Varney had wins in many of Oxford Plains’ support divisions, and track championships with the Bandits (2017), Cruisers (2018), and Outlaws (2020, 2021). He made his Super Late Model debut in the Dennis Spencer Motorsports No. 12 one week ago, finishing seventh.
His second start in the Super Late Model led to his first victory, and an emotional moment in the winner’s circle.
“I cannot thank Dennis Spencer enough for trusting me with this car and giving me this opportunity,” said Varney. “I will be forever thankful for that. Thank you guys.
“I’ve worked my ass off to get here. I can’t thank everybody enough, man. Mickey, Dennis, Scott, Patch, everybody out back has been busting all day. Thank you guys so much for the opportunity.”
While Cookson settled for a second place finish, he was plenty excited to see Varney ahead of him in the final running order.
“How cool is it that Brandon Varney just won his first Super Late Model race? I’ve known Brandon for two or three years. Dennis Spencer and all his guys gave him an opportunity, and he went out and won the thing. Hats off to those guys, that’s so freaking awesome.”
Danny Wear finished third, with Dave Farrington and Steven Chicoine rounding out the top-five finishers.
The next time the gates open at Oxford Plains Speedway, it will be for the track’s biggest event of the year, the Spencer Group Paving Oxford 250. With this year’s race being the 50th Annual edition of the marquee race, it is expected to be one of the biggest events in speedway history.
Fans will be able to watch the Oxford 250 weekend on August 25-27 live on Racing America if they are unable to attend.
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