10 Things to Know: 48th Annual Oxford 250

It’s the eve of one of the biggest Super Late Model races of the year, the Oxford 250.  Before Sunday’s marquee event, here are 10 Things to Know about the history and format of the Oxford 250.

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1 – The race is 250 green flag laps.  Years ago, the caution laps were scored to help with confusion, but some say it only added to it.  There are a few races where people say some drivers were a lap down.  Electronic scoring has helped put those thoughts away.

 

2 – The heats for the Super Late Models are just about the best ticket in town.  The top finishers in the heats qualify for the 250-lap feature, while the rest must compete in Consis to earn their starting spot or risk an early trip home.

 

3 – Eddie MacDonald, Ben Rowe, Travis Benjamin, Johnny Clark, Bubba Pollard, Mike Rowe, Scott Robbins, Gary Drew, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., and Glen Luce have all tasted victory in the Oxford 250.  Those 10 drivers are on the entry list for this year.  They make up 14 previous wins in the Oxford 250.

 

4 – Both Tracy Gordon and Jeff Taylor will be looking to make their 20th start in the Oxford 250.  Neither driver has ever won the race, but they have five second-place runs and seven top-five finishes in the 250.  It would be a heck of a story if either one of these guys could win on Sunday.

 

5 – Ralph Nason is the all-time lap leader at the Oxford 250, having commanded the race for 796 laps.  Mike Rowe is still active and is second on the list with 496, needing only to lead four laps to get to 500 laps led in the 250.

 

6 – A history lesson shows that the Oxford 250 has been contested as an event under the ACT, NASCAR, NEPSA and International Pro Stock Challenge Series banners. It has also been an independent event away from series, such as when it was born back in 1974.

 

7 – Curtis Gerry enters the Oxford 250 weekend having logged 10 podium finishes and four wins in the weekly series at OPS this year.  Gerry is a former 250 winner, and perhaps those extra laps can help him work some Sunday night magic.

 

8 – With Bubba Pollard already coming to OPS as a former winner, the announcement of Stephen Nasse coming north added to the excitement.  Years ago the local drivers were overrun by the southern invaders, but now Maine has nearly 50 entries of their own to square off with the other states and Canada.

 

9 – Speed51.TV is the only place to watch the racing events live all weekend.  Log on to watch the Pay-Per-View broadcast.

 

10 – This is a 10 tire race, as you start on the four you run in your heat race and then you get six for the feature.  The outlook of those six is normally two right side tires and then a full set of sticker tires.  How you take them and when you take them is up to you in quest for a Oxford 250 win.

 

-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo / Will Sweatt

10 Things to Know: 48th Annual Oxford 250