The 46th Annual Oxford 250 has come and gone. With another version of the Northeast’s most prestigious short track race in the books, let’s take a look back on this year’s race in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.
2: For DJ Shaw, this is the second time he has finished third in the Oxford 250.
3: Travis Benjamin becomes the fourth different driver to win the Oxford 250 three times. He also becomes the third Maine driver to win the race three times, joining Mike Rowe and Ralph Nason. Dave Dion of New Hampshire was the other three-time winner.
4: Johnny Clark’s run of fourth matched his best run since 2015 when he also was fourth. His best finish in the race was a second in 2005.
4: This also marks the fourth podium finish for Travis Benjamin in the Oxford 250. In addition to this three wins, he also finished second to Wayne Helliwell, Jr. in 2017.
5: The fifth-place run for Mike Hopkins might go a lot further than we think. The PASS National points leader avoided minimal damage in the points battle as he was only three spots behind Derek Griffith who finished second. The final two national races will be at Seekonk (MA) and Lanier (GA).
7: There is just something magical about the number seven in recent Oxford 250’s. Travis Benjamin won with the number this year, while Curtis Gerry and Glen Luce have also won with it recently. In fact, nine of the last 11 Oxford 250 winners have had a seven in their number.
2019 – Travis Benjamin 7
2017 – Curtis Gerry 7
2016 – Wayne Helliwell, Jr. 27
2015 – Glen Luce 7
2014 – Travis Benjamin 17
2013 – Travis Benjamin 17
2012 – Joey Polewardczyk, Jr. 97
2010 – Eddie MacDonald 17
2009 – Eddie MacDonald 17
11: Ironically, this is the fourth time the winner has come from the 11th spot. Kevin Harvick, Dave Whitlock, and Don Biederman all won the race after starting 11th.
12: The No. 12 ride of Derek Griffith had a career-best run of second at the Oxford 250. Prior to this year’s version of the race, he had never cracked the top 20.
19: A total of 19 cars finished on the lead lap at the end of the race.
19: Does the draw work? Well, in the last 19 Oxford 250’s we’ve had now 19 different faces on the pole.
19: Bryan Kruczek, the driver of car No. 19, was victorious in Saturday’s “Night Before the 250” race for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models.
26: Ben Ashline started 26th and finished a respectable seventh in just his second Super Late Model start.
37: Mike Rowe raised the bar again by running his 37th Oxford 250 just one night after winning the Super Late Model (Pro Series) race at Beech Ridge. He’s still going strong at the young age of 69.
44: The number of PASS Super Late Models that took the green flag for the 46th Annual Oxford 250.
57: The number of PASS Super Late Models that attempted to qualify for the 46th Annual Oxford 250.
300: With Travis Benjamin taking the lead late in the race, he’s now led over 300 laps at the Oxford 250.
600+: Over 600 campers were parked on the grounds at Oxford Plains Speedway this weekend, according to track officials.
1249/1250: After this year’s race, Reid Lapher has now completed all but one lap in his career at the 250. Lanpher ended up one lap down Sunday night, but it’s still impressive to see he’s completed over 99% of the laps in his first five Oxford 250’s.
6,000: “Big Money” Matt Hirschman pocketed the $6,000 check for winning Saturday’s Tri-Track Open Modified Series race.
29,000: Unofficially, Travis Benjamin will cash a $29,000 check for his victory. $25,000 for the win and $4,000 in lap leader bonus money after leading 40 laps.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Melissa Strahley