Glen Luce climbed from his race car at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) on Sunday night speechless. When he attempted to talk, his emotions got the best of him. The driver from Turner, Maine had never experienced a feeling anything like what he felt at the end of those 250 laps.
Luce was the winner of the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 and even he couldn’t believe it.
“For me just to win one, it’s a dream come true for me,” said Luce. “From now on if I don’t race another race, I won the Oxford 250, and it’s just crazy. I don’t have to be step brother, son-in-law, I finally have my own status.”
After displaying speed all weekend long at the 3/8-mile oval, Luce made his charge to the front following a lap-190 pit stop. On lap 201, he made his way to the inside of Shawn Martin and took over the lead for the first time.
From there, Luce was challenged late by Reid Lanpher but at the end of the night, Luce left little doubt that he had the best car at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday night.
“The struggles we’ve had, the expectations we had early in the year, the car didn’t meet them,” Luce stated. “But we had a couple of weeks off and Seth (Holbrook, Luce’s crew chief) was talking with KBM, that’s where we purchased this car in the winter. They told us some things that we should be doing that we weren’t doing. We come up here and right out of the box it was fast all week.”
Lanpher, the current points leader at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME), turned in the most impressive run of his young career by finishing second after applying pressure to Luce during the later stages.
“I can’t believe it,” Lanpher said of his runner-up finish. “I never would have dreamt it last night that we’d be second-place in the Oxford 250,” said Lanpher. I knew we had a good piece after winning at Beech Ridge last night. I never thought we were this good against all of the other cars that showed up.”
Ben Lynch, a New Hampshire native who now calls North Carolina home while working in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, may have been the biggest underdog story of the night with his third-place finish.
“I’m surprised people even knew we were here,” Lynch said with a laugh. “We tested once. This is actually our first time running this as a Super Late Model, our first Super Late Model race. I thought we could have a good day, a top-10 or top—15 day. I never thought we’d be in the top-three. It’s surreal.”
Recovering from a shoulder and foot injury suffered at work, six-time PASS champion Johnny Clark finished fourth. Joey Polewarcyzk, Jr., driving his converted ACT Late Model, rounded out the top-five after getting into the show by winning the Last Chance Race.
At the end of the night at Oxford Plains Speedway, the lights were shining on Luce. The driver who entered the race winless in Pro All Stars Series competition stole the show and pulled off one of the biggest Oxford 250 upsets in recent years.
“I expected I would’ve had a win sooner and it just kept punting me. What a way to turn it around.”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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42nd Annual Oxford 250 Unofficial Results
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