10 Things to Know About the 2020 Oxford 250

Start Time: Racing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. The 250-lap main evnet will not begin until later in the day, but the heats start at 1:30 after the all-important draw.  Any driver in attendance has a chance of making the show if they can get a good draw.

 

Seeking History: Travis Benjamin and Mike Rowe are seeking history, with both drivers looking to become the first driver to win four Oxford 250 events.  Rowe has wins in 1994, 1997 and 2005, while Benjamin’s wins came in 2013, 2014 and 2019.

 

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Georgia Boy: Bubba Pollard leads the out-of-town crowd as the Georgia driver comes north seeking another win after he stunned the world in 2018 by winning in his Oxford 250 debut. 2019 was not so kind as he retired from the race after 165 laps.

 

The Race: The feature is 250 green flag laps for the PASS Super Late Models.  The PASS Modifieds will go for 75 laps on Sunday as well.  The ACT Late Models will run a 150-lap race on Saturday night.

 

Double Duty: DJ Shaw, Ben Rowe and Ryan Kuhn are three drivers who are running the Saturday ACT race and will attempt to make the Oxford 250.

 

Championship Battle: The PASS championshp standings could be shaken up after the Oxford 250 with as many cars that normally start the event.  Nick Sweet holds a 13-point lead over Travis Benjamin and a 38-point lead over third-place driver DJ Shaw. Johnny Clark and Ben Rowe make up the rest of the top five.

 

Home Turf: Maine born drivers won five times at the Oxford 250 in the last decade, but only once has a Maine driver won a 250 to start a decade.  That occured in 2000 when Ralph Nason captured the checkered flag.

 

Big Money: The winner’s share of the purse is $25,000, but the race also pays lap leader bonus money. This year, the total amount of money generated through lap sponsorship will be divided by 250 laps, with that amount going to the leader of each lap.  Currently, that lap leader prize pool is nearly $20,000.

 

One-Day Race: The race’s old motto was “The Richest One Day Short Track Race in America” and for the most part that still holds true as you can roll in Sunday morning, practice, run your heats and compete in the Oxford 250 all during the same day.

 

Remembering Bob: This will be the 47th running of the Oxford 250, which has been going on since 1974.  The race was extend to 250 laps to ensure a pit stop would be needed for fans to see at Oxford.  The brainchild of the 250 was Bob Bahre who made this race what it is today before others have continued the tradition.  Bahre passed away earlier this year, and this will be the first 250 without him.

 

-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

10 Things to Know About the 2020 Oxford 250