Derek Griffith Paces Final Oxford 250 Practice

OXFORD, Maine (Aug. 27, 2021) — Hudson, New Hampshire’s Derek Griffith came out on top of the speed charts in Friday afternoon’s third and final practice session for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models as they prepare for Sunday’s 48th annual running of the famed Oxford 250.

Griffith laid down a lap of 15.192 seconds around the tricky 3/8-mile oval in western Maine. Multi-time PASS North champion DJ Shaw was second in that third session with a lap of 15.327 seconds. Joey Polewarczyk Jr. was third fastest, touring the oval in 15354 seconds.

“We kept working on the car throughout the day, and it just kept getting better and better,” Griffith said after that third session. “I think you’re starting to see the cream rise to the top here, but tomorrow will be a better indicator as to who will be strong on Sunday.

“We know it will be a little cooler tomorrow, probably much closer to the conditions we’ll race in on Sunday afternoon and evening. So there will be other guys who will rise up on the charts, yet I feel we have a very good car for Sunday. Now I’ll make sure it’s comfortable to drive. Today was a good day.”

The famed ‘Mayor of Parsonsfield, Maine,” Trevor Sanborn, put down a lap of 15.401 seconds to time in fourth, while second-generation racer Cassius Clark was fifth fastest with a lap of 15.407 seconds.

Lighting up the speed chart at sixth through 10th in Friday’s third practice session for the 250 were Travis Benjamin (15.447); Bubba Pollard (15.461); Kyle Desouza (15.470); Joey Pastore (15.472) and John Peters (15.497).

Other notables in Friday’s third session include 2020 race winner Johnny Clark (11th, 15.502); Mike Hopkins (15th, 15.571); Eddie MacDonald (17th, 15.613); former race winner Glen Luce (20th, 15.624); Florida native Stephen Nasse (23rd); and three-time Oxford 250 winner Mike Rowe (26th, 15.727).

The PASS North Super Late Models will take to the track again on Saturday morning (Aug. 28) at 10 a.m. for another round of practice. You can order the Pay-Per-View today from Speed51.tv and catch every lap of Saturday’s exciting Triple-header (ACT, Mod Tour, PASS Mods) at Oxford Plains.

Sunday’s 48th annual Oxford 250 promises to be one of the most competitive in years.

– Story by Phil Whipple, Speed51.com Northeastern SLM Correspondent

-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo

Derek Griffith Paces Final Oxford 250 Practice