Kulwicki Driver Getting Dialed In for Oxford 250

The fate of racing season is one that can change in an instant, especially when misfortune strikes early on. That has been much the case for Massachusetts driver Ryan Kuhn. After being selected to the 2021 Kulwicki Driver Development Program at the start of the year, disaster struck in Kuhn’s first outing that has left his No. 72 team reeling ever since.

 

An engine failure during practice for the Easter Bunny 150 with his Super Late Model has left him without a working engine for Pro All Stars Series North competition until now. Kuhn will make his first start in PASS North competition this Sunday, July 11 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine.

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“We’re finally bring out the PASS car, it’s the first time since blowing the motor at Hickory in April. We’ve been working on it and should be good,” Kuhn told Speed51.

 

More practice trouble with his Late Model in May at Lee USA Speedway on the American-Canadian Tour has also hampered Kuhn’s touring efforts. For the most part he has stuck to his home track of Seekonk Speedway in Pro Stock competition on Saturday nights.

 

We’ve been sticking around Seekonk a lot this year, we’ve been hoping to get back on the road and race once we got our cars back together. We had trouble with ACT car in a practice and of course we haven’t had a motor for the PASS car. So, that sat us out from tour racing altogether. But, we’ve been having fun at Seekonk and I’m glad to be getting back out there.

 

Oxford Plains Speedway for many drivers outside of Maine, is regarded as a tricky track to master. However, Kuhn has grown to enjoy racing there over his young racing career.

 

“I love going to Oxford, it’s one of my favorite tracks. It’s fun when you can really get the car right, the last couple of times we’ve been there we’ve been good, it’s just been bad luck at the end of races that has gotten us in trouble.”

 

In 2019, Kuhn had the opportunity to lead the field to the green flag for the prestigious Oxford 250 after winning his heat race. It is a memory that continues to rank high.

 

“It was really cool. We had no idea what to expect that day, we threw the kitchen sink at it before the heat race, and it really clicked. It transferred over to the feature, we had a really good car in the feature, but made a bad strategy call taking two tires. But, we learned a lot that day.”

 

This Sunday also begins the Road to the Oxford 250 for Kuhn, as he and his crew look to continue gaining knowledge in front of the big race. At the same time he is still very much gunning for his first PASS victory.

 

“We want to get all the notes we can. The only races we have scheduled before the 250 is Oxford and Seekonk. That’s all we got for right now with the PASS car. We’re looking to have some fun, learn, and win some races, that’s the goal. Every time we hit the racetrack we get better and better, hopefully this time we can beat the big guys and get to victory lane.”

 

See the Pro All Stars Series and American-Canadian Tour live from Oxford Plains Speedway at 4pm this Sunday, July 11 on Speed51.TV with your Speed51 yearly or monthly subscription.

 

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

-Photo credit: Speed51

Kulwicki Driver Getting Dialed In for Oxford 250