Farrington Eyes Second-Straight Oxford Super Late Model Title

Missing the mark at the Oxford 250 was a tough blow for Dave Farrington Jr. and the No. 23 Super Late Model team, despite finishing with the car intact and on the lead lap, the Jay, Maine driver was caught in the mid-pack in the late laps, finishing 16th. For over a week now, the team has worked to put that all behind them as the focus now shifts back to championship aspirations.

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This coming Saturday, September 11 marks the season finale for all of Oxford Plains Speedway’s weekly racing divisions, with the Kulwicki Driver Development Program alum in prime position to take his second career and back-to-back title in the Spencer Paving Group Super Late Models.

 

While sacrificing a chance to compete down the road at Wiscasset Speedway in the Boss Hogg 150, Farrington feels like everything is back in place to close out the season.

 

“It’s kind of unprecedented for us to skip the Boss Hogg 150 at Wiscasset unfortunately, but we didn’t have all of our ducks in a row to make it happen. The way the Oxford 250 played out for us was disappointing to say the least, so we decided to give ourselves and the crew a weekend off; then make sure we cross our T’s and dot our I’s to prepare for this weekend, and go for another championship,” Farrington told Speed51.

 

After winning his second track title at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2019, the No. 23 camp shifted their weekly operation to Oxford in 2020, with the track being the first in Maine to come out of the COVID-19 shutdown. Winning the title in the shortened season, Farrington is poised to finish out a full season campaign.

 

“Fortunately, Oxford had everything figured out for 2020 before a lot of other places did. We still managed a decent points season, we ran nine or ten races, and captured that championship. Beech Ridge the year before we had 19 straight weeks there, which was pretty tiring, but we managed to capture that championship too. This marks our 16th point race this year, a full season, and we’re happy where we stand now.”

 

In Oxford Championship Series competition, Farrington has three feature victories on the season, along with a 150-lap Pro All Stars Series points win in April. But, his greatest strength over 2021 has been his consistency.

 

“I’ve been doing the stats, I hate to do it before the season is over, and I hate to jinx myself; the worst finish we’ve had all season is seventh. Out of those 15 races, 12 of them have been Top 5’s. We’ve been able to do our homework in the shop, and that’s where races are won and lost, as well as championships. You make sure you arrive at the track ready to go, then you just need a little luck to avoid chaos.”

 

Such consistency, plus a large point lead, has given him the confidence to finish the job once again on Saturday.

 

“Got to do what we need to do, start and finish the race; getting the win is a bonus, that’s what we are there to do. Just got to keep the big picture in mind. It’s 56 back to Kyle DeSouza and 62 to Curtis Gerry. Curtis has won the most races with four, but he’s run into some bad luck with a few incidents not of his doing, while we’ve stayed clean and finished these races off.”

 

With the maximum points gain between heat and feature racing being 65, Farrington has not locked up the title completely. Despite the title taking precedent, Farrington is still eager for another race win on Saturday. Not only would he tie Gerry on the season with four, but it would also be his first race back in victory lane since July 5.

 

“We were certainly banking on a win in August, especially in the Oxford 250. Up until that point we had won a race every month this season since we started in April. Last month, it wasn’t mean to be for us. We almost won the season ending race last year too, but we got a late race caution, and couldn’t muscle around TJ Brackett. We finished second to win the championship, but I’m pretty sure all the weekly Oxford champions from 2020 had won their season ending races, except for us.”

 

See the season finale for all the Oxford Championship Series and Oxford Acceleration Series divisions with your Speed51 yearly or monthly subscription this Saturday, September 11 starting at 4pm live on Speed51.TV.

 

-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo credit: Speed51

Farrington Eyes Second-Straight Oxford Super Late Model Title