Marcel Gravel Takes First ACT Win at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway

Barre, VT — For the 57th time since 1986, the American-Canadian Tour graced the third-mile oval of Oxford Plains Speedway and once again, a first-time winner emerged victorious. Twenty-four teams from across New England and Quebec rolled down Route 26 to the Maine home of the American-Canadian Tour with an interesting group of championship chasers, one-off glory seekers and those that simply enjoy the challenge Oxford Plains Speedway brings.

After pacing the second practice of the day, Quebec’s young-gun and top ACT Rookie contender Alexendre ‘Fireball’ Tardif handily won the first heat race of the afternoon from the pole position while Wolcott, Vermont’s Marcel Gravel made a three-wide move early on to take a +2 into the feature. In the second heat, fellow rookie candidate Robby Gordon Douglas drove by Reilly Lanphear from the outside pole to take the heat two victory. 2019 American-Canadian Tour champion Rich Dubeau also took off from the pole position to win heat three, ensuring that the veterans still had the power on the challenging Oxford oval.

Following the American-Canadian Tour ‘plus/minus’ handicap procedures, Stafford, New Hampshire’s Jeffrey Labrecque Jr. took the pole position with a +3 after starting in the last row of heat three with Gravel’s +2 earning him the outside pole for the Oxford 125 feature event.

Led to point by Labrecque, Gravel edged out the Canny’s Auto Body Chevy Camaro on the outside for the first lap until Labrecque powered back just before the first caution flag flew on lap 2. Groveton, New Hampshire’s Jamie Swallow, Sr. and Williston, Vermont’s Mike Foster got scrambled, both ending up and over turn three. On the restart, Labrecque again powered through to lead before Gravel gained steam underneath the 12NH, leading on lap 4.

The next dust-up occurred on lap 34 with Brock Davis spinning his 47NH around on the front stretch. On the restart, Gravel again took off with Palmyra, Maine’s Ben Ashline breaking into the top-5. A former American-Canadian Tour winner at Oxford Plains Speedway, Ashline used the ‘Angel’s Expressway,’ the extreme outside grove, to motor his way into top-5 contention. Named after American-Canadian Tour and Northeast racing legend Dick McCabe, himself known as the ‘Irish Angel,’ both Ashline and New Sharon’s Dillon Moltz but his fabled fast line to use throughout the 125-lap feature.

By lap 65, the fight for fifth-place was completely under a blanket, sometimes three and nearly four wide for position. Ashline, Moltz, Tom Carey III, Jamie Swallow Jr. and D.J. Shaw all swapping inches, and a little paint, to gain every last bit of real estate while Derek Gluchacki and Tardif were comfortably content with second and third behind Gravel. The third caution flag flew on lap 80 with rookie Cam Huntress and Seekonk Speedway regular Ryan Flood spinning on the exit of turn four.

For the final 45 laps it was smooth sailing for Marcel Gravel while Gluchacki and Tardif swapped second and third through to the end of the event. After navigating through heavy lap traffic during the final 10 laps, and with Gluchacki getting ever closer, Marcel Gravel drove under the double checkered flags for his first ever American-Canadian Tour win. Gluchacki earned second with rookie Alexendre Tardif taking his first ACT podium finish. Point leader D.J. Shaw wrapped up a solid day with a fourth place finish followed by Dillon Moltz for fifth.

The American-Canadian Tour returns to White Mountain Motorsports Park for the 5th annual Milton CAT Midsummer 250 on Saturday, July 30th. The $10,000-to-win event has quickly become a crown jewel event for the American-Canadian Tour as short track stars from across New England and Quebec are expected to converge onto North Woodstock, New Hampshire to take on the longest race of the ACT Tour season, and one of its richest paydays. More information on the Milton CAT Midsummer 250 will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit http://www.acttour.com.  You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME

Oxford 125

Sunday, July 10, 2022

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Finish, (Start Pos.), Car #, Driver, Hometown

1.         (2)        86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

2.         (12)      03MA  Derek Gluchacki          North Dartmouth, MA

3.         (8)        21QC   Alexandre Tardif         Notre Dame des Pins, QC

4.         (16)      04VT    D.J. Shaw                     Center Conway, NH

5.         (4)        5ME     Dillon Moltz                 New Sharon, ME

6.         (14)      5MA    Tom Carey III               New Salem, MA

7.         (15)      4NH     #Jamie Swallow Jr.      Stark, NH

8.         (1)        12NH   Jeffrey Labrecque Jr.   Strafford, NH

9.         (11)      41QC   Jonathan Bouvrette    Blainville, QC

10.       (18)      36NH   Erick Sands                  Derry, NH

11.       (17)      7NH     #Cody Leblanc             Berlin, NH

12.       (6)        78NH   Quinten Welch            Groveton, NH

13.       (7)        98MA  Ryan Flood                  Sandwich, MA

14.       (5)        99ME   Ben Ashline                 Palmyra, ME

15.       (9)        27NC   #Robby Gordon Douglas         Charlotte, NC

16.       (13)      27NH   #Cam Huntress            Rochester, NH

17.       (19)      33QC   Remi Perreault            Joliette, QC

18.       (3)        47NH   Brockton Davis            Whitefield, NH

19.       (21)      77MA  James Linardy             Somerville, MA

20.       (24)      04ME   Jamie Swallow Sr.       Groveton, NH

21.       (20)      21VT    Reilly Lanphear           Waterbury, VT

22.       (10)      30NH   Rich Dubeau                Lebanon, NH

23.       (22)      69ME   David MacDonald       New Gloucester, ME

24.       (23)      39VT    Mike Foster                 Williston, VT

Cale King
American-Canadian Tour

Media Director

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