Naples, ME – Since it’s inception in 1974, the HP Hood Oxford 250 has been an event that can make\ a racecar driver’s career. Annually, one of the better attended races in asphalt short track racing, the HP Hood Oxford 250 will once again take place on August 26-28 at the legendary Oxford Plains Speedway, paying $25,000 to the winner. With additional lap leader bonus money also on the line, this year’s HP Hood Oxford 250 winner could potentially take home up to $50,000.
With his win in the inaugural event, Joey Kourafas cemented his name in the record books. Short track legend and South Carolina racer, Butch Lindley, became the first driver outside of New England to win when he took the checkered flag in 1976. And the race took on international significance when Ontario’s Don Biederman claimed the win just one year later. But, the HP Hood Oxford 250, has also seen surprise winners like Scott Robbins, Jeramie Whorff, and Roger Brown. For many, that was the case when Turner, ME’s Glen Luce dominated to take the win last year. But, Luce has quietly shown himself to be one of the strongest drivers in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model division over the last couple of years. And Luce has definitely noticed a difference since winning one of short track racing’s most challenging events.
“I guess the biggest change I’ve noticed is that I’ve probably signed more autographs in the last year since winning than I did in a lifetime of prior racing,” says Luce, driver of the Steven’s Electric and Pump Service #7L. “The team has just really come together. We changed setups a little bit as far as percentages, went to a 604 crate. All of the ingredients just worked, plus having a fabulous crew.”
If Luce can capture another win this year, he will join an elite group of just five drivers that have been able to win back-to-back HP Hood Oxford 250s. Former Daytona 500 winner, Geoff Bodine, became the first driver to win in consecutive years with his wins in 1980-1981, followed by Ralph Nason, who is the only driver to three-peat, winning in 1998-2000. Ben Rowe, Eddie MacDonald, and most recently, Travis Benjamin, are the only other drivers who have managed to find the magic to the 250 for two years in a row. Sitting fifth in PASS North Super Late Model points and with a win at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in May, Luce feels good about his chances to join this elite “club.”
“Finding the answer to the 250 is huge because it has changed so many drivers careers, like Ricky Craven for instance,” says Luce. “It has definitely given me some pretty big shoes to fill coming back to defend. There’s a lot of pressure, but we just have to do our thing and worry about our team and stay consistent.”
Among those who have already entered are Pacific Northwest legend Garrett Evans, who will be attempting the Oxford 250 for the first time in his illustrious career, 6-time PASS North Super Late Model champion, Johnny Clark, the 2014 series champion and current points leader, DJ Shaw, 2-time PASS National Champion, Jay Fogleman, and his son, Tate, himself the defending PASS South Super Late Model champion, former champion Cassius Clark, and 2015 PASS National Champion, Joey Doiron.
3-Time HP Hood Oxford 250 winner, Mike Rowe, is joined on the entry list by fellow 250 winners, Travis Benjamin and Joey Polewarcyzk. The state of Maine will be well represented by Reid Lanpher, David Oliver, Richie Dearborn, Alan Wilson, Dave Farrington, Jr., Mike Hopkins, Adam Polvinen, Scott Mulkern, Tim and TJ Brackett, Dennis Spencer, Jr., Wyatt Alexander, Scott Robbins, Jacob Dore, Garrett Hall, Shawn Martin, Gary Smith, Tracy Gordon, Larry Gelinas, Dan McKeague, Corey Bubar, Jeff Taylor, and veteran Kelly Moore.
New Hampshire natives Bryan Kruczek and Jeremy Davis will be hoping to return to victory lane in the biggest race of the year, along with fellow Granite State driver Derrick Griffith. Massachusetts’ Derek Ramstrom is hoping his big race experience will pay off and will be joined by fellow New Englanders Travis Stearns, Kyle Desouza, Brent Dragon, and North Carolina transplants, Ben Lynch and John-Michael Shenette. Michael Scorzelli will make the trip from New York as well as New Brunswick’s Matt Matheson, who will be looking for a win as he tries to take the trophy north of the border.
Entry forms for the 43rd Annual HP Hood Oxford 250 can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com and OxfordPlains.com. It will be a big weekend of action that will also feature the PASS Modifieds, ACT Late Models, Valenti Modified Series, the North East Mini Stock Tour, and much, much more.
The PASS North Super Late Models and PASS Modifieds will be in action again on Friday night, August 12 at Lee USA Speedway. Entry forms for upcoming PASS action at Lee, South Boston and the 43rd Annual HP Hood Oxford 250 can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com
-Pro All Stars Series Press Release
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