OXFORD, Maine – Dave Farrington Jr. is kicking off his ambitious 2015 racing season with a trip to Oxford Plains Speedway for Saturday’s Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North season opener. Farrington is one of 35 drivers entered in Saturday’s Ripley & Fletcher Ford 150 for the PASS North Super Late Models.
“We’re gearing up for a big year for 2015,” said Farrington, one of seven drivers carrying the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) logo on their race cars this season. “Looking at our tentative schedule, we have the possibility of running 35 races this year. We’re entering the season with our No. 1 priority being defending our crown at Beech Ridge, but just like we started out last year, we plan on taking it one week at a time.
“We’re hoping to see our picture many times this season on Speed51.com,” Farrington said, alluding to the popular racing news source that is the official media partner of the KDDP. “The NASCAR schedule at Beech Ridge doesn’t begin until May 30. We plan on racing with the PASS guys a couple of times and have the big ACT (American-Canadian Tour) race at Lee (April 26 Governor’s Cup at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway) on our schedule between now and then.
“It was a very busy and eventful off-season for us after winning the championship last year and we’re ready to get back to racing,” said Farrington, who celebrated his title at the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions in Charlotte on Dec. 13 and was honored by Maine Governor Paul LePage in the State House in Augusta in February. “We want to get the season started off on a positive note this weekend at Oxford Plains, that’s for sure.
“With both the PASS cars and ACT cars racing this Saturday, it will be a piece of history that I want to be a part of,” said Farrington, who began his motorsports career racing go-karts (and winning an incredible 39 features) on the quarter-mile track on the backstretch of OPS. “It’ll be great to see the two series coming together like this. The alliance is super for short track racing in New England.
“We’d love to grab some headlines in such a high-profile race such as Saturday’s PASS feature. We have quite a bit of experience there in late models and are coming back to Oxford Plains hoping to finish off what we started during our most recent visit. We started sixth and led 40 laps in last September’s PASS race there. We had a setup that was great for short runs and it came back to bite us late in the race. So you could say that we’re heading back hoping to take care of some unfinished business this time around.”
“Oxford Plains is a unique egg-shaped 3/8ths-mile track and it’s really racy,” said Farrington, who has competed in four straight editions of the prestigious Oxford 250 with a best finish of sixth in the 2012 battle. “The track is quite similar to Beech Ridge as far as setups you use, but there’s so much more room to race at Oxford Plains.
“Saturday’s race will be our first-ever to carry the KDDP colors and we’re certainly proud to be doing that,” said Farrington, a 22-year-old native of Jay, Maine. “I have always been so inspired by the Alan Kulwicki story and I always get a huge boost when I think about all the things we have in common. He had an engineering degree and I am proud to have one also (Farrington is currently seeking his MBA in the Maine Business School). He made it from being just a small-time racer from up in Wisconsin all the way to being the NASCAR Cup Champ. Just like Alan, I have the dream to one day make it to the upper levels of NASCAR.”
Farrington’s family-owned bright orange No. 23 Chevy gets primary sponsorship from Hilltop Collision Center, Wood Pellet Warehouse, Fourth Generation Logging & Firewood, Captured Memories Taxidermy, DMD Racing and Butler & MacMaster Racing Engines.
This weekend’s racing action at Oxford Plains Speedway is headlined by the historical PASS North and ACT Twin 150-lap features. Saturday’s card will also include the PASS Modifieds, the Wicked Cool Midgets and the Street Stocks.
Pits open on Saturday at 7:30 a.m., with practice beginning at 9:30 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 9:30 a.m. with racing beginning at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $30 for adults, $15 for juniors (6-12) and kids (5 & under) admitted free.
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-KDDP Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com photo