Despite an abbreviated 2020 racing season in the Northeast and State of Maine, there are still those drivers whose performances in this year have earned targets on their backs heading into the 47th Oxford 250 this coming weekend. Of those few, the one with the biggest target might just be Dave Farrington Jr.
The first half of August has been one to remember for the driver from Jay, Maine, winning three-straight Saturday night Super Late Model 50-lap features at Oxford Plains Speedway, and topping that off with his first career Pro All Stars Series win on Sunday, August 15 also at Oxford.
With the Oxford 250 looming large, Farrington has a fair degree of confidence.
“Four wins in a row at Oxford, this is quite the roll we’re on. We are very impressed, happy, can’t describe it really. Three weekly shows in a row, we know we had a good car for 50 laps. Now we had the test for 150, to make sure it stayed under us, and it sure did. Everything went right, we put on a show, and we’re feeling pretty good.” said Farrington on ‘The Bullring’ on August 16.
The PASS win itself is a major monkey off the back of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program alum, while also proving that he’s got what it takes over the long haul.
“We’ve been close so many times on the Pro All Stars Series, numerous second-place finishes at Oxford, Beech Ridge, and Star. Its been a long time coming. It took a long time to get our first win at Oxford a few years back. We didn’t get our first win this year until August 1, now we got four.”
While a final opportunity to race Oxford this past Saturday, August 22, the plan for the No. 23 camp was to stay home and chill.
“We were told to put that car under cover, put it away, and keep it away until 250 weekend. We’ll clean it up, maintain with checking every nut and bolt, and still being diligent to make sure nothing’s changing and moving. Once we get there, it’ll just be keeping up with the changing track conditions on 250 weekend.”
Already, Farrington feels he and his team have a lot to be proud of given Oxford’s difficult nature.
“It’s a flat egg-shaped oval, you are right on the razor’s edge from having it perfect to completely missing the setup. The way the tires are, you spin them one too many times, and they’re never coming back. You got to treat the throttle like an egg sometimes, you can’t charge the corners like you would with a lot of banked tracks. Oxford is unique and one of a kind.”
While the pandemic of 2020 has proven to be a curse for all, there may be a silver lining in it for Farrington should he win this coming Sunday.
“With COVID-19, Oxford was the first track to get their card going. We had sat around all spring and we wanted to get going, so we went to Oxford. Mike Mayberry and Tom Mayberry have worked so diligently with state officials to get us racing. Needless to say, we’ve turned more laps around Oxford this season than any other year than I can recall.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51/Phil Whipple