Home state fans at this year’s Oxford 250 will see one of the strongest drivers in Maine return to the race after a year away. Trevor Sanborn will make his return to the prestigious race with a team that has always proved strong, and one that he is plenty familiar with. Sanborn will return to Richard Moody Racing and drive the No. 44 for what he hopes will be a fun and successful weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).
All this week, Sanborn has been in the team’s shop planning to head to the historic 3/8-mile Thursday afternoon for a test session. Sanborn told Speed51.com powered by JEGS that it has been all systems go, so far at least.
“It’s coming along pretty well; we’re working on it right now,” he said. “We’ll go out later today to test and shake it down, re-evaluate it and hopefully it goes good.”
Sanborn’s reunification with the Moody team might just be a one-off deal, and the team has only gotten together over the past few days, but Sanborn is confident they can have a much success as they had in the past.
“I’ve only been here a day or two since we made this deal, but I’ve known Rick for years,” he explained. “I drove for him in 2008 and 2010 and were pretty successful, won races. We got back in touch with each other and made a deal for the 250 and I think it will be a fun time and a good time, and hopefully it turns out to be a contending car. Anything is a bonus if we can run out front.”
Sanborn will run side by side with Richard Moody Racing’s usual driver and two-time Oxford 250 champion Ben Rowe. It is not the first time that the two have raced for the same team, and while Sanborn feels there can be benefits, it’s not going to make a difference when it comes down to his own routine come race time.
“It’s always good to have Ben as a teammate, he’s got a ton of experience and knowledge,” Sanborn said. “I’ve raced against him as a teammate and not as a teammate; we’ve never really had any issues. I’ve always had teammates but nothing is ever really different to me, I just focus on my thing.”
Though Sanborn will be attempting for his fifth Oxford 250 and first since 2015, he comes in with a strong sense of what it means to be up at the front after a strong show in 2015. Unfortunately for him, the wheels came off late in the race two years ago after a final pit stop, which got him into trouble with lapped traffic. Sanborn feels that if he has a great car he’ll be better suited to finish the job this time around.
“I didn’t get to run (the race) last year, but the year before with Hight Chevrolet I drove their car and were pretty successful until the last 50 laps or so when we got tangled up with a lapped car. We ran in the top five most of that race. I got a ton of laps at Oxford; we’ll be fine just as long as we get the car handling and up to speed.”
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