Farrington Puts a Target on His Back at Oxford

Dave Farrington, Jr. is picking up where he left off at Oxford Plains Speedway in 2020, backing up a runner-up finish in the Oxford Championship Series season opener Saturday with a win with the Pro All Stars Series on Sunday.

REPLAY: PASS SUPER LATE MODELS AT OXFORD

 

Farrington, the defending track champion at the historic Maine venue, flexed his muscle in the 150-lap Sunday feature, ultimately winning by more than two seconds over defending Oxford 250 champion Johnny Clark.

 

With things going so well for Farrington at Oxford, the only thing he wants to do is keep the momentum rolling.

We don’t want to change a thing. I’m happy to win here in the month of April.  Obviously, last year August was our month. Consistency, week after week, winning six of the last nine races here is pretty dang impressive.  It’s put a target on our back, probably more than we’d like to have. – Dave Farrington

Early in the race, Farrington was content to ride behind Travis Benjamin and Joey Doiron as they battled side-by-side for the top spot.  Once he was able to get around them near the halfway mark, however, he led the rest of the distance.  All along, Farrington wanted to lead early and often.

 

“We wanted to get going there in the early part of the race there, when the 7 (Benjamin) and the 21 (Doiron) were playing cat-and-mouse, I guess.  We just wanted to get out there and run.”

 

Clark finished in the runner-up spot, continuing a strong start to the 2021 PASS North season.  With a seventh-place finish at the Thompson Icebreaker and a win at the Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he has established himself as an early-season championship favorite.

While Dave Farrington, Jr. continued his dominance at Oxford Plains Speedway, Johnny Clark added to his PASS North points lead with a runner-up finish.

Marching towards a record-breaking seventh PASS North championship, Clark is relishing a resurgence as a top-notch competitor in the Northeast Super Late Model world.

 

“It feels good.  We started 11th because we won at Loudon.  Sometimes it helps to start that far back because you get to run your own race and don’t worry about everybody else, trying to hold position.

 

“There were a couple of restarts where they’d call the green.  You can pull to the right and I never passed before the line but no one would go.  It’s Oxford, there’s three grooves here.  One time I went from eighth to fourth.  All of a sudden it was fun, it’s fun again.  It feels so good to be relevant and competitive again.”

 

Speaking of marches, the march of the day belonged to Trevor Sanborn.  Despite starting 27th after a disappointing showing in heat racing to start the day, Sanborn worked his way to the podium with a third-place finish.

 

“We started deep in the field.  We just struggled in the heat races, started second to last and finished second to last.  We knew once we got rolling in the feature, we’d be fine.  It was just a matter of time, just clicking them off, clicking them off, we got the right restarts in the right lanes.  We had a fast car.”

 

Tyler King scored the win in the 50-lap PASS Modified feature on Sunday, while Jimmy Childs beat Cody LeBlanc by inches to win the North East Mini Stock Tour feature.

 

-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Will Sweatt / Speed51

 

Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150 Unofficial Results

  1. Dave Farrington, Jr.
  2. Johnny Clark
  3. Trevor Sanborn
  4. Curtis Gerry
  5. Joey Doiron
  6. Scott McDaniel
  7. Jeff White
  8. Calvin Rose, Jr.
  9. Ryan Robbins
  10. Jake Johnson
  11. Kate Re
  12. Nick Sweet
  13. Kyle Desouza
  14. Dan Winter
  15. Justin Larsen
  16. Mike Rowe
  17. Rowland Robinson, Jr.
  18. Evan Beaulieu
  19. Logan Melcher
  20. T.J. Brackett
  21. Ben Rowe
  22. Joey Pastore
  23. Anthony Constantino
  24. Garrett Hall
  25. Travis Benjamin
  26. Scott Robbins
  27. Shane Clark
  28. Alan Wilson
  29. Tim Brackett
  30. Dennis Spenser
  31. Joey Doyon

Farrington Puts a Target on His Back at Oxford