Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. With one of the biggest Super Late Model races in the country being held Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), we decided to challenge our staff once again.

 

This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, "Who are you picking to win the 45th Annual Oxford 250?"

 

The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Bubba Pollard (four votes) who was named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, eight different drivers received votes from our panel of 18 experts.

 

Check out our full list of staff picks for the 45th Annual Oxford 250 below.

 

Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Curtis Gerry

It's tough to go against someone who is on such a hot streak at Oxford Plains Speedway, so I'm going with him to become the first to win two 250s in a row since Travis Benjamin in 2013 and 2014.

 

Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Florida State Editor

Pick: Austin Theriault

The number-two draft pick in the Speed51.com Short Track Draft is in the building and he's hungry for a win to prove to the world he's still on top of his game. Don't count Theriault out for parking his ride in victory lane when it's all said and done.

 

Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Reid Lanpher

He nearly won this race two times in the past three years. Other than Curtis Gerry, he is a beast at Oxford. And I love the fact that he drives with one hand in the corners and he didn’t even know about it until Speed51 told him. He also won for me earlier this year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Cassius Clark

I've considered a few different drivers over the last week but I keep coming back to Cassius Clark. After dominating the early stages of the race last year and leading a combined 200 laps in two PASS 150's at Oxford earlier this year, I believe Cassius will cash the big check this year. The things he learned to improve his long-run speed in those first two races will also help push him towards victory lane.

 

Casey LaJoie, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Bubba Pollard

It’s hard not to pick Bubba when he’s on an entry list. The 26 team has been on top of their game all summer. Even though this will be his first Oxford 250 attempt, I have no doubt that the Southerner from Georgia will spoil the party for the Northerners.

 

Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Travis Benjamin

This race is all about patience and experience, and Benjamin possesses all of the above. He's a two-time winner, he's always in the running and he has great equipment. Look for Benjamin to get his third Oxford 250 win on Sunday.

 

Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)

Pick: Austin Theriault

The 2017 ARCA Racing Series champion has limited race starts in 2018, with all of them coming in a Super Late Model. He is still looking for a major ride and will attempt to use the biggest Late Model show in his home state of Maine to prove himself once again.

 

Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Derek Griffith

I really like this kid. Griffith will be my pick to win the 2018 Oxford 250. After a rough go in the 2017 event, Griffith will be looking for redemption at Oxford Plains. Griffith is having a fantastic year as part of the Kukwicki Driver Development Program and this is the marquee victory he needs.

 

Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Reid Lanpher

It took Kyle Busch three trips to the 250 before luck went his way. No one would have picked Jeremie Whorff, Roger Brown or Larry Gelinas. This is the hardest race to pick because you have to be good and lucky. You have to go hard in the heats and then run the marathon in the night cap on the challenging Oxford Plains oval. Throw in the local advantage of the regulars and it’s a true wild card. To me it’s a sucker bet to pick Gerry because the law of averages will catch up with him. Pollard is so accomplished as a short tracker and this would be an amazing accomplishment, but it’s going to take more then one trip north. Sleeper favorite Reid Lanpher will become the next local to win the big race at the Route 26 oval. I may eat my words, but Oxford has taught me one thing about gambling: the house always wins.

 

Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Cole Butcher

Cole Butcher has had a great season so far and a win at Oxford Plains would only boost his season. Look for the Canadian driver to contend for the win in one the north's biggest races.

 

Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Travis Benjamin

It will be Travis Benjamin for the win. He’s a multi-time winner of the event and knows how to get through the marathon of a day that the Oxford 250 can be. Plus he has a No. 7 on his car and that seems to be the number to have for this race.

 

Kevin Peters, Speed51.com Southwest Editor

Pick: Bubba Pollard

The man wins everywhere he goes and seems to have an affinity for winning big events at which he is making his first attendance. His association with Ben Rowe will only help both of them, and I feel that will put Pollard over the top at the Oxford 250.

 

Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Derek Griffith

I've had my eye on Derek Griffith for the 2018 season and he has been impressive. I wouldn't necessarily go as far as calling him a dark horse, as he has been competitive this year and has had a couple of podium finishes at Oxford Plains Speedway already in weekly competition, but I think he is going to come out of blue and surprise us all with a much deserved victory.

 

Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Normally I’m not one to immediately jump for the driver that wins everywhere he goes. Oxford presents a lot of unknowns, and we know this has been a challenge Pollard has been looking forward to taking on for quite some time. I’m going to predict “beginner’s luck” for Pollard at Oxford, and I will pick him to win the Oxford 250.

 

Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Bubba Pollard

My pick was solidified after he locked up a starting spot just a couple weeks ago. I would not have picked Bubba Pollard if he had to race his way in for the mere fact that his long-race game has been rock solid and I am not sure how he will perform in the short heat races. Pollard has proven he can go into unchartered territory and find success right off the trailer as well as making the necessary changes throughout a long race to be at the top of his game when it matters most, at the checkered flag. I think his “partnership” with Ben Rowe, helping Rowe with his new chassis, will be reciprocated with Rowe’s winning knowledge of the track and it will be mutually beneficial. At the end of 250 laps I find it hard not to pick the man who it seems like has won more extra-distance races in recent years than anyone and has done it all over the country at all types of tracks.

 

Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Cassius Clark

Truthfully, I want to go with Curtis Gerry, but I feel like his win streak at Oxford has to end sometime and I see it ending in the race where it started, the 250. So instead of going with Curtis, I’m going to go with the guy that has finished second to Gerry twice at Oxford this year, and the guy that finished third in the race one year ago, Cassius Clark. Clark is fresh off a big 250-lap win in Nova Scotia earlier this month. I think he has momentum on his side and will get his first Oxford 250 win this weekend.

 

Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Reid Lanpher

Twice in the last three years, Lanpher has chased the leader across the finish line in the 250. I think he becomes the rabbit leading the pack this year. With big wins at New Hampshire and Seekonk under his belt already this year, the pride of Manchester, Maine will make it another statement this weekend.

 

Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Derek Griffith

I am going to go with a driver from New Hampshire to be victorious in Maine on the final weekend of August. My pick is the 21-year-old Derek Griffith.

 

-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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Speed51.com Staff Picks – Who Will Win the Oxford 250?