Each year, New England’s top Late Model racers make their way to Oxford Plains Speedway for a chance at Oxford 250 glory. While there are always favorites to win the crown jewel race, part of what makes the race so special is the underdog stories.
Today, we look at 10 drivers that could potentially write the next underdog story and claim the $25,000+ prize.
Alan Tardiff– As a former track champion at Oxford, it’s hard to put Tardiff in the category of being an underdog; however, he will likely fly into this weekend’s race under the radar. While Tardiff has never scored a PASS victory in 59 career starts, he has certainly displayed the speed to win at times. Last year, he led 49 laps before finishing 10thin the Oxford 250.
Alan Wilson– The logger from Hebron, Maine has been consistently fast at Oxford Plains Speedway this season. Wilson has over 50 career victories at the Route 26 oval, but he has never won a PASS race in 73 career starts. This year, he has a seventh and eighth-place finish in his two PASS starts at Oxford. He also finished seventh in last weekend’s Oxford 250 Qualifier.
Austin Teras– As one of the younger drivers in the field at 17 years old, an Oxford 250 win would do wonders for Austin Teras. And it’s not a far-fetched idea after an impressive performance during the last PASS points-counting race at Oxford on August 16. In that race, Teras charged from deep in the field to finish fourth at the checkered flag.
Corey Bubar– While Bubar isn’t known for his success at Oxford, he has been one of the best at nearby Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in recent years. With the two track being quite similar, it would be no surprise to see Bubar have a strong run in the Oxford 250.
Jake Johnson– Since making the jump to Super Late Models, Johnson has impressed on several occasions. The young star from Massachusetts recorded top-five finishes in both of his PASS starts at Oxford this season. He also led laps in last year’s Oxford 250 before an accident took him out of the race.
Rusty Poland– During the 2020 season, Poland has turned the corner and become a contender at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. He’ll look to carry that success over to Oxford where he has a 12th-place PASS finish and a 13th-place finish in last weekend’s Oxford 250 Qualifier.
Ryan Robbins– The former Street Stock champion at Oxford has proven he can be a contender in the Super Late Model ranks. While he’s yet to score a PASS victory, he has battled near the front a time or two and scored five career top 10 finishes in 11 starts.
Scott Robbins– You can never count out a former race winner, and that is exactly what Robbins is. The 2002 Oxford 250 winner hasn’t had the best of luck in his six previous starts in the tsvr, with an average finish of 27.5, but he recorded a pair of top-five PASS finishes at the track in 2019.
Shawn Martin– The Turner, Maine native doesn’t race as much nowadays, but he always seems to find his way into the mix at the Oxford 250. Martin, a 23-time feature winner and two-time Late Model champion at Oxford, has not finished worse than 20th in the Oxford 250 since 2007. That’s a pretty impressive feat when you’re discussing a race that typically attracts over 50 drivers.
Wyatt Alexander– While he’s been around the Late Model world for quite some time now, Alexander has found his grove this season. After struggling to find victory lane in recent years, Alexander broke through and scored his first Granite State Pro Stock Series win at Beech Ridge in August. He followed that up with a strong third-place finish in last weekend’s Oxford 250 Qualifier.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo