As a handicapper, this year’s running of the Oxford 250 is a nightmare. Try to handicap this field yourself and you will find out how much of a challenge it can be with the talent that is expected to roll into Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) this weekend.
We at Speed51.com powered by JEGS ranked the drivers straight up, not considering the draw and heat race aspect of the Oxford 250. This is meant to be fun and at no point are we playing down any one’s talent. The odds are unofficial and are for entertainment purposes only.
Note: If a driver did not file an official entry their name will not appear on this list.
The Favorites: 5-1 or Less
Joey Doiron, Mike Rowe, Travis Benjamin, Christopher Bell
It’s hard to put some above the rest in a field that is so deep. These four names listed above standout as the ones most likely to run up front and have a chance at winning the $25,000-plus paycheck. Doiron and Bell have only self given pressure on them looking to win the biggest race of their career. If they lose it would not be as notable as the elder Rowe or Benjamin, who is in the spotlight seeking a third straight 250 win.
Good Picks: 10-1 or Less
Bryan Kruczek, Jeremy Davis, Eddie MacDonald, Jeff Taylor, Patrick Laperle, DJ Shaw, Garrett Hall, Brian Hoar, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Ben Rowe, Scott Mulkern, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Tim Brackett, Johnny Clark, Trevor Sanborn, Cassius Clark, Derek Ramstrom
Not the top, but next in line has a class that is full of star power. Did you ever think you’d see a day when both Johnny and Cassius Clark were not favorite? Don’t count them out. Veterans Jeff Taylor and Tim Bracket are due, watch this list closely.
Worth the Money: 15 to 1 or Less
Derek Kneeland, Spencer Davis, Dillon Moltz, Richie Dearborn, Brent Dragon, Matt Frahm, TJ Brackett, David Oliver, Mike Hopkins, Glen Luce, Kyle Treadwell, Reid Lanpher, Shawn Martin, Alan Wilson, Travis Stearns, Bobby Timmons, Kyle Desouza, Tate Fogleman, Dave Farrington Jr.
Any of these drivers could get it done if things fall their way on Sunday. David Oliver could certainly be one of the biggest sleepers going in despite picking up a win earlier this season at Beech Ridge. This list also includes Granite State Pro Stock Series competitors Dillon Moltz and Matt Frahm who will be looking to shine on the big state at Oxford.
The Rest of the Field: 25 to 1 or Less
Tyler Dipel, Tracy Gordon, Tony Ricci, Adam Polvinen, Jeremie Whorff, Derek Griffith, Jon Brill, Jody Measamer, Kelly Moore, Ben Lynch, Scott Robbins, Scott McDaniel, Scott Farrington, Ralphael Lessard, Dennis Spencer Jr., Spencer Moore, Vanna Bracket, Steve Johnson, Charlie Colby, Jason Corliss, Eric St. Gelias, Cole Butcher, Chris Coolidge, Mike Fowler, Joe Decker, Mark Lundblad, Jr., Chola Shay, Dustin Bisson, Wyatt Alexander, Bill Penfold, Gunnar Rowe, Joe Decker
There are still some good picks this low. Former winners, strong track regulars and some that we just don’t know how they will run until we run the big show.
Notables not listed: Gary Smith, Scott Moore, Gary Chiasson, Andy Shaw, Michael Landry, Bobby Therrien, Matt Matheson, Robbie Harrison, Corey Bubar, Dan McKeage, Shawn Knight, Jeff Burgess, Curtis Gerry
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
-Contributions made by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51