August 23, 2019
For this week’s must-see event in racing, we travel to the northeast for the Oxford 250 at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine.
The event itself is an historical one, as this year marks the 45th running of the event which has a great history of action, such as last years winner Bubba Pollard making his way up to Maine from Georgia and winning the event in what was his first time ever at the track, and becoming one of the few drivers to conquer the track in their first attempt.
Other great moments in the event include the time Kevin Harvick made his lone attempt at the 250. The race was rain delayed to the following Monday, and that was when “Happy” Harvick was able to make his laps around the track taking home the win.
Do recall the moment when Mike Rowe was chasing his 150th career win at OPS, a month before the 250? He had the win insights until he lost the lead trying to get around a lapped car, forcing him to wait for the milestone win at the 250, where it did not come easy. After having issues in his heat race, Rowe was forced to race in the LCQ. Winning the LCQ he started from 37th in the main event where he was able to drive all the way to the lead, not only get the milestone 150th win, but he also tied the record for three Oxford 250 wins.
Other great moments throughout the entire history of the event include in 1991, when a young driver from Maine by the name of Ricky Craven was able to win the 250 against a field of names that are pretty familiar such as Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, David Green, Joe Nemechek, Butch Miller, and Ward Burton. After starting 6th Craven was able to hold off Tommy Houston and Todd Bodine for the win.
This year’s event is guaranteed to bring excitement as in years past. Entered in the event are the likes of last years winner Bubba Pollard, former PASS Champions Johnny Clark (6 times) and DJ Shaw (3 times), former PASS National Champions Cassius Clark and Derek Griffith, last years OPS track champion Gabe Brown, and coming down across the border from Canada are Cole Butcher and Ashton Tucker.
Also entered in the event is PASS national championship contender Mike Hopkins. The driver from Maine earlier this year became the first PASS winner in history to use the controversial Five Star Next Generation body.
Joining Pollard as former winners entered are Travis Benjamin, Curtis Gerry, Glen Luce, Joey Polewarcyzk, and Mike Rowe who will be competing against his son Ben Rowe.
Topping off the list of entered drivers is the racing legend from the Northwest, making the long trip from Washington state, Garrett Evans. With so many top tier drivers all attempting to take home the $25,000 grand prize it is expected to be a great race for the win.
Will we see a Pollard go back to back? Will another former winner such as Benjamin or Rowe take home the checkered? Or will a new winner take it home and etch his or her name into history. Will we see a driver take the lead and set sail, or could we have beating and banging for the win as we saw at last weeks Battle at Berlin? The impressive earnings for Jurkovic at the heated Battle at Berlin of $20,000 is just short of the purse of the Oxford 250, and that extra $5,000 winning is sure to lead to a race with plenty of action. If you can not make it to Maine for the event, be sure to catch it on Speed51 on PPV.
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