Predicting the winner of the Oxford 250 is no easy task. Each year, a large group of top Super Late Model racers from the Northeast and beyond make their way to Oxford Plains Speedway with hopes to put their name in the history books.
With the 3/8-mile Oxford oval being the ultimate equalizer, the level of parity throughout the field makes it difficult to pick a winner. Despite this, there are typically a group of drivers that for one reason or another stand out as favorites to win the race.
Let’s take a look at who some of those favorites are this year:
Ben Ashline – It wouldn’t be right to not include the most recent winner at Oxford Plains Speedway on this list. Ashline prevailed in last weekend’s Oxford 250 qualifier against a strong field of 28 Super Late Model drivers.
Bubba Pollard – When Pollard shows up to any race track in America, he is considered a favorite to score the win. He’ll look to put last year’s disappointing finish behind him and get back to victory lane for the second time in three years.
Cassius Clark – Since teaming up with the Rollie MacDonald No. 13 team, Clark has been a frequent threat to win throughout the Northeast and Canada. After not being able to race much so far in 2020, one would imagine the team is loaded for bear at the Oxford 250.
Curtis Gerry – Over the last four years, nobody has been better than Curtis Gerry. Since his Oxford 250 win in 2017, Gerry has won seven PASS races at the track, as well as the track championship last season. While he has been a little off by his standards this year, you can’t count him out this weekend.
Dave Farrington, Jr. – There’s no driver with more momentum entering the Oxford 250 than Farrington. With four straight wins at the track, including the PASS 150 held two weeks ago, a trip to victory lane is the only goal for the orange No. 23 car.
Derek Griffith – Griffith would’ve never sniffed this list prior to last year’s Oxford 250. He’ll be the first to tell you he’s never loved Oxford. But despite his shaky relationship with the track, he’s been very good at the 3/8-mile oval over the last year. Since his runner-up finish in the 250 last year, he’s recorded a win, another second-place finish and a third-place finish at the track.
DJ Shaw – Historically, Oxford hasn’t been the best track for Shaw, but you can’t count out the four-time PASS North champion. He’s winless so far this season in PASS competition and is likely hungrier than ever to improve on his pair of podium finishes in the Oxford 250.
Jeff Taylor – The nine-time track champion would likely hang up his fire suit if he added an elusive Oxford 250 win to his resume. While Taylor doesn’t race often, he still has plenty of speed left in his green No. 88 Super Late Model. He just needs the luck to match it.
Johnny Clark – One year ago, Johnny Clark had one of the fastest cars all weekend long at the Oxford 250 before finishing fourth. Entering this year’s race, Clark has said that he believes his car is just as good as it was that weekend. With a second-place finish at the track two weeks ago, you have to think the six-time PASS champion will be a contender.
Nick Sweet – Sweet has been the dominant force on the PASS circuit this season with four victories to his name, including a win earlier this year at Oxford. Since finishing second to Kyle Busch in 2011, the Vermont native hasn’t cracked the top 10 in his three attempts. With a little bit of luck on his side, we’d expect that to change this time around.
Travis Benjamin – Since his first Oxford 250 win in 2013, Benjamin has been a contender each year in the prestigious race. With three wins to his credit and a second-place finish over the last seven years, the Maine native has become one of the top drivers in Oxford 250 history. He’ll look to join a club of his own as the only four-time winner of the race this year.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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