The Super Late Models took to the track at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) on Saturday afternoon for the second day of practice in preparation of the 42nd running of the Oxford 250 on Sunday evening. The pit area is full of cars with over 75 Super Late Models on the grounds. At the end of practice it was Glen Luce who put down the fastest lap of anybody.
Despite being the fastest man in town, Luce doesn’t believe a whole lot of sleep is in his future ahead of Sunday’s big race.
“Probably not much wondering about the draw tomorrow,” Luce told Speed51.om powered by JEGS. “This is a big race for us guys here. It’s the Daytona 500 for us and it goes down in history if you finish in the top-three or are fortunate enough to win. You get recognized for the rest of your career.”
Luce turned in a lap of 15.510 seconds around the 1/3-mile oval. His time narrowly beat out of the lap of Wayne Helliwell Jr., which was a time of 15.572 seconds.
“We’re fortunate enough to have the car fast and consistently fast,” Luce said. “We did some long runs and it seems to not drop off like it was. (Crew Chief) Seth (Holbrook) has been working with Bond (Suss) and KBM. I thank them for giving me the opportunity to drive this.”
Scott Farrington, Spencer Davis and David Oliver completed the top five in Saturday’s two-and-a-half hour practice session.
Davis, who is hoping to make his second career start in the Oxford 250, learned a lot about throttle control throughout the day.
“Even in the Pro-type Late Model here you are never wide open,” Davis explained. “So it’s kind of finding that sweet spot where you can use the most amount of throttle without tires spinning and losing momentum. The big adjustment for me is using no brakes. I use no brakes around here, I just let it coast around the whole track.”
There was a very diverse mix of drivers at the top of the speed chart. Even though this is the biggest race for the Pro All Stars Series, only two drivers (Luce and Oliver) in the top-five are PASS North regulars.
Helliwell is an American-Canadian Tour (ACT) regular, Farrington is an Oxford Plains Speedway regular and Davis is a southern driver who doesn’t run any series regularly.
Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., another ACT regular, is attempting to qualify and win the race in his converted ACT Late Model.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. I’ve never run this car as a Super Late Model before,” said Polewarczyk. “This is our normal ACT car that we’re trying to make last a long race with the smaller motor. We’re not really where we need to be right now but we’ll stay as late as we need to in order to get this thing right.”
Sixty-seven cars ran with transponders, and of those cars it was Joey Doiron who turned in the most laps in the session. Doiron made 91 circuits around the speedway. Matt Matheson recorded the second most laps on the afternoon with 70 laps recorded.
However, neither driver came close to turning the most laps in a single session yet this weekend. That honor belongs to Tony Ricci who turned 175 laps in Friday evening’s practice session.
Ricci is also running Saturday night’s Valenti Modified Racing Series event in addition to attempting the Oxford 250. He told 51 TV on Friday evening, “I needed some practice. The fat guy is out of shape.”
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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor & Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor
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