The 45th Annual Oxford 250 is in the record books. Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard came out on top in a thrilling race that featured flag-to-flag action. We take a look at the race that was in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com.
0: The number of laps defending race winner Curtis Gerry completed in his heat race after suffering a mechanical failure in the rear end of the No. 7G. Gerry battled back to win the last chance but finished 37th in the final results after being involved in a lap 206 accident.
0.006: In a battle for the fourth and final transfer spot, Nick Sweet beat Cole Butcher by 0.006-second in the second consolation race. That small margin sent Sweet to the show and Butcher to the last chance race. Butcher was going to make the show regardless, but this fraction of a second was ultimately worth seven spots in the starting lineup.
2: Bubba Pollard became just the second driver to win the Oxford 250 and the All American 400. Butch Lindley was the other.
3: Reid Lanpher finished on the podium for the third time in his career and for the second straight season. He started second and battled up front for the majority of the race.
6: Two-time Oxford 250 winner Eddie MacDonald won the American-Canadian Tour race on Saturday night for his sixth career win at OPS in 24 starts at the track. He finished 11th on Sunday.
9: Brandon Barker made his Oxford 250 debut and he finished ninth in his first run in the extra distance event.
9: In his ninth Oxford 250 start Joey Pole logged his fifth top five and third podium finish. Had the caution never come out at lap 199 he might have driven away with his second win.
11: Ben Rowe was racing for a top-three finish late in the race before issues plagued the No. 4 car. He still ended up 10th to secure his 11th top 10 finish in the Oxford 250.
14: In his 14th Oxford 250 start Kelly Moore finished all 250 laps and crossed the line in 17th. Moore was a DNQ in 2017 and came back this year and ran a solid race.
18: For the 18th time in his career Jeff Taylor made the show at the Oxford 250. After leading laps, the nine-time track champion experienced another heartbreaking performance when he was forced to pit for fuel under green. He would finish 32nd.
18: The number of cars that finished on the lead lap. 2016 race winner Wayne Helliwell, Jr. was the last driver to finish on the same lap as Pollard.
22: The number of positions gained by former Oxford Late Model champion Shawn Martin. After starting shotgun on the field in 42nd, Martin battled tough all race long to finish 20th.
36: Mike Rowe won the fifth heat and lock himself into his 36th Oxford 250. Rowe was strong early before ending up two laps off the pace in 29th.
139: The amount of minutes it took to complete the 45th Annual Oxford 250. The time of the race was 2 hours and 19 minutes.
10,300: Joey Pole will unofficially take home $10,300 for his second-place finish. That includes $2,800 in lap leader bonus money.
16,600: Garrett Hall led 166 laps for a nice $16,600 payday plus $4,000 for finishing fourth.
28,300: The win for Bubba Pollard was worth $28,300, which is a career high for him not counting bonuses.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Stat Boy
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