Cody Kelley Pulls Away In Commanding Oxford Victory


Before heading into the holiday break, the RB Performance Super Late Models wrapped up Week 10 of the season with a 125-lap feature event at the Oxford Plains Speedway on Thursday night.

The night got started with Time Trials, and Cody Kelley set the fast time for the 3rd time this season and for the 22nd time in his career. An eight car invert sent Kelley back a little bit in the field, and brought John-Michael Shenette to the top spot. Shenette led the top ten cars from Time Trials into the Qualifying Dash, and had no problems going on to pick up the Dash victory.

Shenette led the field to the green flag once again in the feature event, and was able to quickly jump way out ahead into the lead, as a stack-up behind him amongst the front runners allowed him to get away. However on lap 4, Shenette faced some connection issues that dropped him out of the lead, handing the lead over to Matt Rolfe in the early laps. Rolfe was able to hold onto the lead for the next 37 laps, but the driver that was working his way back to the front was Kelley, and Kelley took over the top spot on lap 41. A couple of cautions later, Kelley maintained his lead after the lap 60 restart while the rest of the field battled behind him, and as the race stayed green the rest of the way, it allowed Kelley to stretch the gap out front and pull away, dominating the race. Kelley would go on the pick up the win by over 7 seconds. The win for Kelley was his 3rd of the season, and his 30th career SARA victory.

After needing to use a provisional to make the field, Ty Majeski charged through the field from the 25th spot, broke into the top ten by halfway and made his way up into a 2nd place finish. Fresh off of his first career SARA victory, Hunter Combs backed it up with another strong run, starting just outside the top ten but raced inside the top five all night long before finishing on the podium in 3rd. David Krikorian also ran inside the top five all night long, running as high as 2nd during the middle stages of the race before settling into a 4th place finish. Parker Traves rounded out the top five after starting back in the 15th spot, and was able to quickly move his way forward into a 5th place finish.

Just outside the top five, Joe Schaffer was knocking on the door, and the rear bumper for that 5th spot during the late stages of the race, but had to settle for a 6th place finish. Derek Robinson was able to crack into the top ten early on and hovered around the 7th spot for most of the night, and ultimately finished in 7th just behind the two cars he was battling with for position. Landon Sciacca decided to start at the back of the field and was able to carefully work his way through the field and into an 8th place finish. Jeremy Davis, a familiar name at the real Oxford Plains Speedway, finished 9th on the night after missing the initial green flag, but was able to get his lap back early to contend and work his way back into the top ten. Jarrid Boiros had a quiet night after also needing a provisional to make the field, but ended up working his way up into a 10th place finish.

After leading laps early, points leader Matt Rolfe ended up finishing back in the 20th position and will use the race as a drop week, and hangs onto the points lead heading into the break. The division will be off the next two weeks for Christmas and New Years, but will return in three weeks at Five Flags to set the stage for Championship Week.