WATCH LIVE: 48th Annual Oxford 250
Before the big weekend, here are 10 drivers to watch at Oxford Plains Speedway, courtesy of Speed51’s Elgin Traylor.
Joey Doiron – If you look at numbers of who might be due at the 250, then you can look no further than Joey Doiron. He was third a year ago in the 250, which was his third top-five finish in the big race. He won the PASS race in July and it just seems like he’s due to be an Oxford 250 winner.
Curtis Gerry – He’s a former winner, he’s won four times this year and he’s been on the podium 10 times already this year. He has to be one of the two key guys the Touring regulars will have to keep in check. Gerry previously won the Oxford 250 in 2017.
Travis Benjamin – Can you count out a three-time champion ever? Benjamin has put himself in elite company with the win totals and he might have a crack at number four if the chips fall right. He doesn’t lead a lot of laps, but the track position seems to come to him in the late stages. If they run their race, then a top 10 is a starter for this team.
Cassius Clark – Just two weeks back Cassius Clark parked it in victory lane in the last race before the Oxford 250. He has five PASS wins at OPS, but here is the stat that leads us to believe that Clark could and should be on the radar. Cassius Clark has won nine races at 250 laps or more in his career. That comes from being around at the end and we have seen him do that with finishes of third, fourth and fifth in the Oxford 250.
Johnny Clark – There is a little extra swagger that comes with being the defending race winner. Johnny Clark has gotten the monkey off his back and now he might be in line to do it again. A good draw and heat finish could keep him in that 250 mentality and it could be a big problem for the rest of the drivers.
Bubba Pollard – Nothing against the rest of the field, but Bubba Pollard has been in more big race experiences then most. Pollard has been working in his new Port City ride, which was the same type of Chassis Johnny Clark won with last year, and despite it still being new we have seen flashes of success. If Pollard is around at lap 200 he has a playbook of how to go about it. He’s done it once, but twice would be a huge accomplishment.
DJ Shaw – You have to think after a while the driver who has won everything will indeed win everything. The Shaw family has no 250 in the trophy case other than as a car builder. A 250 trophy would be one of those missing pieces that not every driver could get. New Hampshire drivers only have six wins in the famed 250. DJ Shaw is hoping for lucky number seven.
Dave Farrington, Jr. – This could be your Cinderella story. The track point leader has three wins and he won the April PASS event at Oxford. Farrington was fourth in 2020 and all the stars seem to be lining up for this story to come together. He also won the PASS race at Oxford last August ahead of the 250 so he runs well during the summer months.
Jeff Taylor – This is the sentimental pick for a lot of us. When Dave Dion won his final race at Oxford in 2005, the post race press conference went on for 30 minutes. If Jeff Taylor can park his number 88 on the front stretch and get that check on it, then this post race could take longer. Taylor is looking to make it happen in his 20th try. It took Dale Earnhardt 20 years to get Daytona and we are sure Taylor would love to do the same.
Mike Hopkins – Hopkins is not a PASS regular and he’s not a OPS regular, he’s a bit of a pirate driver in the sense he’s not tied to anything other than wanting to win the Oxford 250. The Hermon, Maine native has been fifth in each of the last 250 runs. Maybe, just maybe, winning the ACT race at OPS a few weeks back is the mojo he will need to be on top of the world on Sunday night.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo