If there’s one race where that ability to pass cars really comes into play, it’s the Oxford 250, with its heat races and three-wide action during the main event. With that said, Winter has focused on short runs during the two days of open practice.
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“That’s been one thing we’ve been struggling with, just fire off speed. Starting for the heat races, we’ve been starting in the back and coming up through and getting top-10s,” Winter told Speed51. “We’ve been working on short run speed for tomorrow, the heat races are so important.”
The weekend started off well for Winter and his team, who set fast time in the first session of the weekend Friday afternoon. He continued to show speed throughout the weekend and now finds himself in a good spot going into race day.
“We’re feeling really good. The car’s been balanced both days. We were a little concerned about the temperature change between yesterday and today but right off the trailer it was consistent and good. We’ll see, tonight with the ACT Tour and the Mods the track will change a lot.”
He has made the 250 in both of his attempts and has a best finish of 20th to show for it. The heat race format leaves nothing to hold back for, with said heat races helping decide the field and each position meaning five starting spots for the Oxford 250.
In Winter’s mind, that is what makes the Oxford 250 stand out from other Super Late Model races around the country.
“It’s a whole different animal just because it is a one day show. With the (Snowball) Derby, you have qualifying on Friday so pretty much the field is locked in and Sunday’s just the race. You come here for the 250 and you have to qualify in and everything on race day, you’ve got to have everything ready to go right away.”
Winter is using his race in last year’s 250 as an example of what and what not to do in Sunday’s main event. He hopes it will lead to him contending for a win in the region’s biggest race.
“You’ve got to have everything in line. Good pit stops, good strategy on when you take tires and don’t take tires. This is really our only race where we do take pit stops in, so trying to figure that out. Last year we had a pretty good car, got off on the tire strategy and ended up losing a lap and at that point, essentially your race is over.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo / Will Sweatt