The 45th version of the biggest one-day Super Late Model race in America will be held this weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway. To get you ready for the 45th Annual Oxford 250, we take a look at the race in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com.
0: It seems odd to think that the Shaw family (Dale, DJ and Andy) has never won the Oxford 250, but it’s true. Dale Shaw was 0-for-20 at the 250 with two poles, a second and a fourth. His son DJ is 0-for-5 with one podium run, and his cousin Andy Shaw was third in 2000.
3: Three drivers have the pleasure of saying they have won the Oxford 250 three times: Dave Dion, Ralph Nason and Mike Rowe. Rowe has the chance to make history and become the first four-time winner this weekend.
5: We talk about the seven car of Curtis Gerry, but his five-race Oxford win streak is almost more impressive than him winning the Oxford 250 last year. He is unbeaten at this track since last August.
7: There seems to be some magic in the old number 7 as the winning car in each of the last six Oxford 250’s has had a number 7 in it. Joey Pole drove 97, Travis Benjamin drove number 17 in 2013 and 2014, Glen Luce drove 7 in 2015, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. was in the 27 and Curtis Gerry was in the 7G last year.
18: Veteran Jeff Taylor will be looking to make his 18th start in the 250. The nine-time track champion has led 343 laps at the 250 but has never won. Second was his best finish in 1995.
18: It wasn’t until the 11th edition of the race that a Maine driver pulled into victory lane. Since then a total of 18 trophies have stayed in the state of Maine. That total includes a stretch of 11 years in a row.
19: It’s hard to imagine that with the youth movement in racing that the youngest winner in the race’s history is Tom Rosatti in 1979. He was 19 years old at the time and is the only teenager to ever win the race.
22: Tim Brackett will be looking to make his his 22nd start in the Oxford 250.
26: Bubba Pollard comes from Georgia to run the Oxford 250 for the first time. Pollard is an accomplished driver having won the Slinger Nationals, All American 400 and Winter Showdown.
35: Mike Rowe is the Oxford 250 ironman with 35 career starts and three wins in three different decades. He recently won his 152nd career feature at OPS.
45: This is the 45th year of the Oxford 250. The first edition of the race was much shorter before the distance was extended to make sure drivers had to make a pit stop.
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59: Twice a runner-up, Reid Lanpher heads back to the 250 looking to complete the task. With the focus on Gerry, Lanpher’s flying under the radar a little bit.
64: As of the middle of this week the car count for the Oxford 250 was 64 cars with the final number expected to climb closer to 70.
80: Austin Theriault comes back to the 250 hoping to keep his numbers up after having finished 80% of his Oxford 250 attempts in the top five. Three of those finishes are podium runs.
100: There will be extra money on the line with the lap money paying $100 per lap. In the past some drivers have racked up over $10,000 in lap money. It is possible for a driver to win $50,000 if they lead all the laps.
250: The Oxford 250 is 250 green flag laps.
278: Travis Benjamin has led 278 laps in the last five Oxford 250’s.
694: The total number of driver who have competed in the Oxford 250 rose from 687 to 694 after 2017. In each of the last two seasons the 250 has gained seven rookies.
796: Ralph Nason has led 796 laps in the Oxford 250. That is by far the most as Nason won the race three times.
25,000: The winner’s share for the win in the Oxford 250 is $25,000 to win (plus lap money).
I Need One More Spot: Some drivers in the field need just one more spot to say the have won the 250, Reid Lanpher, Austin Theriault, Joey Dorion, Jeff Taylor, Johnny Clark, and Tracy Gordon have all finished second in the 250. Of those drivers Lanpher, Taylor and Gordon have all been second twice.
Southern Charm: The southern flavor has been there in recent years with PASS South regulars coming north to run the 250. Some of the big wins in the past came from Bob Pressley, Tommy Ellis and Butch Lindley.
The War Within: The points battle could take a big hit or shake up if one of the top drivers does not run well. Being one of the first cars out could cost a driver a title.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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