The 41st Annual Oxford 250 is quickly coming upon us, as July 20th is just a couple weeks away, and the excitement and buzz about the event is at an all time high. With almost fifty cars pre-entered for the mega event, and close to seventy Super Late Models expected, the entry list reads like a Who’s Who in the racing world.
This year’s edition will feature a strong contingent from the PASS South Series as several teams will head north to try and capture the Oxford 250 winner’s trophy. Leading the way will be Preston Peltier from Concord, North Carolina. Peltier has numerous PASS South victories, and is always a threat to win the big events. Tyler Dippel from Walkill, New York has picked up victories in 2014 down south and he is ready for the challenge. The father and son team of Jay Fogleman, and Tate Fogleman will be returning to the Oxford 250 for the second consecutive year, with Jay Fogleman vowing to be a contender after last year’s podium finish. Recent PASS South winner, Daniel Hemric has thrown his hat into the ring, as well as Derek Kneeland, and don’t forget two time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner, Steve Park will be aboard the potent Dickie Woodman entry.
The Canadian contingent will be lead by Karl Allard from St. Felicien, Quebec. Allard is always a contender when he enters a race at OPS. Fellow Canadians Kevin Roberge and Matt Matheson are expected to compete as well.
Travis Benjamin will be out to make it two Oxford 250 wins in a row, as he is the favorite heading into the race. Johnny Clark has rebounded nicely in 2014, and now that Joey Doiron has picked up his first win of the season, he too will be a good bet to put on a competitive show. One driver that can never be counted out is Mike Rowe as he’ll be looking for his unprecedented fourth Oxford 250 winner’s trophy. Rowe has also had a solid PASS North season. The winningest driver in 2014 on the PASS Series, DJ Shaw will bring the potent #60 with high hopes of collecting his first 250 win, and of course you can never count out Ben Rowe, or recent ARCA winner, Austin Theriault.
The Oxford weekly Pro Late Model teams will be out in force as the Brackett family, Tim, TJ and Vanna will all be in competition. Point leader Shawn Martin has been on a roll as of late as has Jeremy Davis, who is coming off a Granite State Pro Stock Series victory at Star Speedway recently.
This definitely will be one of the most competitive field of cars that the Oxford 250 has seen in quite some time. There will also be plenty of free camping as the campground opens up Monday, July 14th. For more information on the Oxford 250 and Oxford Plains Speedway, plus advanced ticket information, visit us online at www.oxfordplains.com, or call the Track hotline at 207-539-8865. Oxford Plains Speedway is located at 877 Main Street on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine.
– PASS PR & photo