Sixty of the best Super Late Model drivers from the Northeast and beyond have filed entries for the 45th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME). With less than two weeks now remaining until drivers hit the track for a chance to win up to $50,000, the entry list is expected to expand even more prior to the Sunday, August 26 race date.
The latest update to the entry list made by Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials on August 13 includes a pair of nationally-recognized drivers.
As Speed51.com reported last week, Georgia Super Late Model ace Bubba Pollard has filed an official entry for the race and will make his Oxford 250 debut. Additionally, 2017 ARCA Racing Series champion and Maine native Austin Theriault has thrown his name into the mix for the prestigious race.
Pollard and Theriault will join a field of local stars, regional stars and stars from as far away as North Carolina and Nova Scotia.
Currently, nine former Oxford 250 winners are on the entry list and have hopes of winning the race once again. Curtis Gerry, who has now won five straight PASS-sanctioned races at Oxford Plains since his Oxford 250 win last year, leads the list of former winners.
Gerry will be joined by former Oxford 250 winners Wayne Helliwell, Jr. (2016), Glen Luce (2015), Travis Benjamin (2013 & 2014), Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (2012), Eddie MacDonald (2009 & 2010), Mike Rowe (2005, 1997 & 1984), Ben Rowe (2003 & 2004) and Scott Robbins (2002),
D.J. Shaw leads the PASS North contingent into the Oxford 250 after scoring his second win of the season last weekend at Speedway 51 (NH). Touring stars Derek Griffith, Garrett Hall, Johnny Clark, Mike Hopkins and Derek Ramstrom have entered the race and will be looking to breakthrough for their first Oxford 250 win.
Other regional stars entered for the race include U.S. Pro Stock/Super Late Model Nationals winner Reid Lanpher, recent Toromont Cat 250 winner Cassius Clark and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Matt Swanson.
The list of local stars is led by current Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) Super Late Model points leader Gabe Brown, a 15-year-old driver hailing from New Hampshire. With one event remaining prior to the Oxford 250, Brown is currently in position to secure a guaranteed starting spot in the big race.
Joining Brown on the list of drivers hoping to defend their home turf will be multi-time track champions Jeff Taylor, Tim Brackett and TJ Brackett, as well as defending champion Alan Tardiff.
Kulwicki Driver Development Program driver Cole Butcher will once again make the trip from Nova Scotia to compete in the race this year, and he’ll be joined by fellow Canadian Kyle Reid.
A quartet of drivers that now call North Carolina their home will be making the trip north for a chance at Oxford 250 glory. Wyatt Alexander (formerly of Ellsworth, Maine) and Ben Lynch (formerly of Derry, New Hampshire) will return to their New England roots for the big race. PASS South competitors Tate Fogleman and Kodie Conner will also make return trips to Oxford, Maine for another shot at $25,000-plus.
Race fans can view the full entry list for the 45th Annual Oxford 250 by clicking here.
The 45th Annual Oxford 250 will get underway with Super Late Model practice on Friday, August 24 at 1 p.m. ET. That will lead into a night full of racing for the track’s Oxford Acceleration Series and Oxford Championship Series divisions. Trucks, Rebels, Street Stocks, Cruisers, Outlaws, Ladies and Bandits will all be in competition beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
An action-packed weekend continues on Saturday, August 25 with Super Late Model practice beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Later that night, the American-Canadian Tour will take center stage during the main event. Street Stocks, PASS Modifieds, Cyclones, Northeast Classic Lites and Wicked Good Vintage Racers are also on the schedule for Saturday night.
Two days of racing will pave the way for the grandaddy of them all, the 45th Annual Oxford 250 on Sunday, August 26. After a morning of practice beginning at 9 a.m. ET, the all-important qualifying heats will get underway at 1:30 p.m. ET. The Northeast Mini Stock Tour, PASS Modifieds, Rebels and Street Stocks will join the PASS Super Late Models for the biggest one-day show in pavement racing.
Those who can’t make it to Oxford, Maine for the 45th Annual Oxford 250 will still be able to catch the action via a live, pay-per-view video stream on Speed51.com. Live video tickets can be purchased today by clicking here.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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