Story By: CALE KING / AMERICAN-CANADIAN TOUR – OXFORD PLAINS, ME – Seventeen American-Canadian Tour Flying Tigers made the trek across Route 2 to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday morning, all looking for one last shot at victory lane in the 2023 season.
Teamsters from Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road and North Woodstock, New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park took on a different beast on Saturday as they joined the excited Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 400 weekend.
Sam Caron took a beeline to the front of heat two from shotgun on the field to claim the +7 handicap in the ACT Plus/Minus system to lead the field off to green. Leading through the early stages, White Mountain stand-out Colin Cornell and Thunder Road hot-shoe Jason Pelkey dug on the outside, at some points three-wide, but failed to make a go and slowly slid back. The bottom groove proved dominant for Caron as Jason Woodard made his methodical way to the front using the same line.
Two quick cautions on laps 19 and 28 for spin-and-stops slowed and reset the field, each time seeing Caron choose the bottom and maintain his lead. All the while, Woodard battled first with Kevin Streeter then with Thunder Road champion Kyle Streeter on the restarts, using patience and track-position to motor up to second and begin his attack on Caron.
On lap 57 both Caron and Woodard caught up with a threesome of lapped traffic in the form of ACT announcer Aaron Maynard, top White Mountain rookie Luke Peters and Pelkey. Peters proved the hardest to pass with Woodard using the rookie as a pick to power around Caron and steal the lead away on lap 61. One final caution on lap 67 gave Caron one last shot but time ran out. Jason Woodard took down the ACT Flying Tiger win on PASS 400 weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway followed by Sam Caron and Cameron Ouellette.
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ACT Flying Tigers
Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME
Saturday, October 14, 2023
1. 78VT Jason Woodard Waterbury Ctr,, VT
2.. 07VT Sam Caron Milton, VT
3. 90VT Cameron Ouellette Barre, VT
4. 31VT Logan Powers Middlesex, VT
5. 37VT Kyle Streeter Waterbury Ctr., VT
6. 67VT Kevin Streeter Waitsfield, VT
7. 93VT Stephen Martin Craftsbury Common, VT
8. 54VT Colin Cornell East Burke, VT
9. 2WC Michael Clark Littleton, NH
10. 15VT Derrick Calkins Shelburne, VT
11. 64VT Jason Pelkey Barre, VT
12. 01VT Mike Martin Craftsbury Common, VT
13. 45VT Adam Maynard Milton, VT
14. 26VT Luke Peters Groton, VT
15. 77VT Ryan Field Wolcott, VT
16. 46VT Aaron Maynard Lyndonville, VT
17. 2VT Eric Johnson Randolph, VT