On Tuesday, the driver’s made their picks for the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway. Today, it’s time for all of us at Speed51.com to make our predictions on who is going to take home the $25,000-plus pay check on Sunday, August 30.
Seven drivers received votes among panel of 10 Speed51.com staff members with Mike Rowe, Joey Doiron and Eddie MacDonald leading the way with two votes each.
Check out the full list of predictions below and tune into 51 TV August 28-30 to watch the 42nd Annual Oxford 250. Video tickets for the race can be purchased by clicking here.
Bob Dillner – Speed51.com Executive Editor
Pick: Mike Rowe – He’s the Maine Racing Legend, isn’t he? Well, he’ll add to that legacy this weekend. He’s been pretty strong this year for an old guy.
Pick: Joey Doiron – They say that you have to lose one before you win one and Doiron truly believes he let the last two Oxford 250’s slip out of his hands He’s hungry to break through and pick up a win in the biggest race in his home state and this could be the year he does it. Doiron dominated the two other big PASS shows this year at Thunder Road and Airborne, so there’s no questioning his ability to rise to the top in big races. Don’t be surprised if the No. 73 is in victory lane at the end of the day on Sunday.
Connor Sullivan – Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent
Pick: Joey Doiron – It has been a solid 2015 so far for Doiron in PASS North, sitting third in the standings and claiming two victories so far in hyped events at Thunder Road (VT) and Airborne Speedway (NY). With his eight career PASS wins, his recent success at Oxford and the ability to meet new challenges this season, being coupled with a decorated history for Maine drivers in the 250, Doiron will be one of the underrated favorites to watch for on Sunday.
Duke Kentfield – Speed51.com Executive Director
Pick: Eddie MacDonald – It may be a different type of racecar and a different series, but it’s can’t be overlooked that Eddie MacDonald won two 250’s in recent seasons. When the big money and big prestige is up for grabs, Eddie Mac always seems to step his game up. He’s already won a big race with this same Super Late Model earlier this Summer, the PASS show at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and even though the car recently had to be rebuilt from a crash, MacDonald still knows his way to victory lane at Oxford and can very well do it again this weekend.
Elgin Traylor – Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
Pick: Jeff Taylor – In a year filled with unknown possibilities heading into the 250 a crafty veteran could be the sleeper pick. The nine-time track champion is overdue for a 250 win. He’s led over 300 laps in the race in 15 starts, but the big one has still slipped past him. Maybe if he finds luck early with the draw and heat race it will follow him all the way into the feature.
Jana Wimmer – Speed51.com Midwest Editor
Pick: Mike Rowe – He enters the race riding the momentum of being the current PASS North point leader. He also showed he can still get it done at Oxford by winning the first PASS race of the year at the track. He makes history by becoming the first driver to win four 250’s.
Mark Keeler – Speed51.com Operations Manager
Pick: Travis Benjamin – He’s won it the past two years, hasn’t he? With that type of momentum on his side it is tough to pick against him until someone is finally able to stop him.
Rob Blount – Speed51.com Northeast Editor
Pick: Eddie MacDonald – The Outlaw has been on a tear in 2015 ever since the season began. Dominant at the ACT races in New Smyrna and a big win in the inaugural Super Late Model race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway are just a couple of his highlights. I think he’ll be able to carry that momentum into a 250 win on Sunday. Oh yeah, he’s also a two-time winner of the 250 so he definitely knows how to get the job done in such a tough race.
Spencer Lewis – 51 TV Pit Reporter
Pick: Spencer Davis – Not his first trip to Oxford. Puts in as much work as any other SLM team in the land and is, without question, due for a big win. They’ve got some fantastic people with them and Spencer has demonstrated some raw potential for years. The Oxford 250 will be his coming out party
Steve Perry – 51 TV Pre-Race Show Co-Host
Pick: Derek Ramstrom – The equipment has shown it can run in the top-three at this race. I think he backs up his win in last year’s PASS 300 with the Crown Jewel in the Northeast.
-By Speed51.com Staff. Photo credit: Benjamin Motorsports