Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Scott Farrington and Dalton Sargeant had a weight lifted off their shoulders on Sunday evening. The three drivers clinched guaranteed starting spots in the 43rd Annual Oxford 250 on Sunday, August 28 by finishing on the podium in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Non-Winner’s Race at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).
Helliwell, a three-time American-Canadian Tour champion, took the lead from early leader Adam Polvinen on lap 66 and held off Farrington on a late restart to claim his first PASS victory. The win was also his first in any type of race car at Oxford Plains.
“We’re really excited that we finally won a race here at Oxford,” said Helliwell, who led 145 laps in the 2015 Oxford 250. “It’s been a long time dream of mine, and we finally got that. We’ve got some serious momentum now for the 250.”
Finishing behind Helliwell was Scott Farrington, a part-time local driver from nearby Minot, Maine. For a low-buck operation like Farrington’s, a second-place finish amongst a field of 34 cars and a guaranteed starting spot in the Oxford 250 was just as good as a win.
“This is unreal,” Farrington said in victory lane. “Come 250 weekend this is going to be such a stress reliever. I’ve got to thank my crew, these guys help me day in and day out get the thing ready. We’ve definitely got to get a few more sponsors for the 250, but hopefully we’ll be able to do one better for that show.”
Dalton Sargeant, who made his way to Maine from Boca Raton, Florida, finished the race in third in his first ever start at the historic 3/8-mile Oxford oval. Earlier in the week Sargeant told Speed51.com that the Bond Suss Motorsports team was entering Sunday’s race with the Oxford 250 in mind, and at the end of the day on Sunday he was pleased with what they were able to accomplish.
“I’m pretty excited just to be able to come out here and run with these guys as good as they are here at this track,” stated Sargeant. “To be locked into the Oxford 250 after finishing in the top three is pretty big, so we’re pretty excited.”
All three drivers will still have to go through the qualifying heat and consolation rounds on Sunday, August 28 in order to receive their provisional starting spots. They will all be aiming for the best starting spot they can get during the qualifying rounds, but if something does go wrong they’ll be a lot more at ease knowing they’re in the big show.
For more information on Sunday’s PASS Non-Winner’s Race visit Speed51.com’s Speed Central coverage. Video highlights of the race will be available next week on the Speed51 Network.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Speed51 TV
PASS Non-Winner’s Race Unofficial Results
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) – July 3, 2016
|1||27nh||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
|15||23||Dave Farrington, Jr.|
|29||46||Dennis Spencer, Jr.|