In 2018, Gabe Brown became the youngest Super Late Model track champion in the history of Oxford Plains Speedway at just 15 years old. He did so on the strength of consistency, without a single win during the season.
In fact, he’s been looking for that elusive first Super Late Model win at Oxford Plains for his entire career … until now.
Brown dominated the 150-lap Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model event, taking the checkered flag ahead of Joey Doiron and Jeremie Whorff.
“This thing was just unbelievable all day long, really,” said Brown in victory lane. “We didn’t have a lot of raw speed in practice, but we knew we had a good car.
“This is the best car I’ve ever had here. I’ve been trying since 2017 to win a race here and it hasn’t happened. Now it has.”
Oxford Plains Speedway is a notoriously tricky track, with stiff competition in its Oxford Championship Series that only ramps up when PASS comes to town. Brown and his team had lost their grasp on the track since that championship season, but Sunday’s triumph offers new hope.
“This is just awesome. We tried so hard in 2018 to win a race that year and came so close so many times. After that, we kind of fell off here and didn’t know what we lost. We came back this year with a totally different mindset, and haven’t finished outside the top 10 yet.”
Joey Doiron won the last PASS event at Oxford Plains, and put together another strong showing to finish second on Sunday. He felt he didn’t quite have the car to compete with Brown, but wondered if he might not just get the win after all.
“He was definitely better than me. He had a lot more drive off. I don’t know. The last 10 laps he couldn’t run the same line twice, and he almost gave it to me.
“I knew he wasn’t going to give me the bottom. I helped those guys for a couple of years when Gabe was starting, and he knows all my tricks. It was going to be hard to get under him, so I figured I’d wait until the last lap and try the outside.”
Jeremie Whorff completed the podium, narrowly losing out in a battle with Doiron for second to the line.
“He had a pretty good run on the outside,” said Whorff. “I started getting loose towards the end of it and I was searching the last couple of laps. I gave it a Hail Mary and couldn’t make it happen.”
The PASS Super Late Models will be back in action this Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, with a doubleheader weekend at White Mountain Motorsports Complex.