The 43rd annual Oxford 250 has come and gone. The race will go down in the history books as a thriller and a $29,500 win for Dover, New Hampshire’s Wayne Helliwell, Jr. In this editions of “By the Numbers” our Elgin Traylor takes a look at some of the important numbers coming out of the big race.
3: Wayne Helliwell, Jr. came from the fourth spot to win the 43rd annual Oxford 250. This was only the third time the eventual winner has come form the fourth starting spot in the history of the 250. Junior Hanley in 1994 and Bob Pressley in 1978 also started fourth.
5: Joey Pole finished fifth and that marked his fifth top five in the famed Oxford 250. It also marked his third straight top-five finish after winning in 2012 and finishing fifth one year ago.
6: For the state of New Hampshire it’s now six wins at the famed Oxford 250, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Joey Pole, Roger Brown, and Dave Dion have been the winners. Dion won the race three times.
6: Ben Rowe now has six career top five finishes at the 250. Rowe missed his fifth career podium by only one spot.
7: Garrett Hall was a career-best seventh in his second Oxford 250. Hall ran in the top five for several laps and battled Travis Benjmain for the lead in the second half of the race.
14: Tracy Gordon finished 14th in his first Oxford 250 start since 2005. A year ago he did not qualify for the main event.
16: At the young age of 16, Tate Fogleman has run the Oxford 250 four times already.
17: Total number of drivers who did not make the 250. Spencer Morse, Andy Saunders, Butch Keene, Scott Moore, Billy Childs, Jr., Jacob Dore, J.T. Thurlow, Gunnar Rowe, Jeff Burgess, Dan McKeage, Corey Bubar, Brent Dragon, Alan Wilson, Adam Polvinen, Gary Smith , Kyle Desouza, Wyatt Alexander.
28: In his first Oxford 250, 2015 PASS Pro Late Model champion Kodie Conner was 28th.
34: Mike Rowe made his 34th start in the Oxford 250.
35: Mike Hopkins started 35th and finished 13th in his second Oxford 250.
159: Travis Benjamin led 159 laps in the Oxford 250. For that alone he pocketed a whopping $15,900.
190: Number of laps that Wayne Helliwell Jr. has led in the last two Oxford 250’s.
Ending a Streak: Austin Theriualt did not finish the Oxford 250 for the first time in his career. He also didn’t finish in the top five like he had done in each of his four prior starts at the 250.
That’s Odd: Wayne Helliwell’s number 27 kept the streak of odd-numbered cars winning the 250 alive. The last even car number to win the Oxford 250 was Jeremie Whorff in 2006.
All in the Family: DJ Shaw never really had much success at the Oxford 250 before logging a third-place finish in this year’s 250. His dad Dale Shaw finished second in 1992 to Dave Dion.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor