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Oxford, ME – Joey Doiron and the #73 Wild Willy’s Burgers/JBJ Machine team were fresh of a win in the last Pro All Stars Series event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway going into their biggest race of the season. The team had another strong outing in the biggest short track race in the country, the Oxford 250. Doiron lead over 70 laps early on, and was in contention for the win late in the race when with ten laps to go, he suffered an engine issue that he was forced to ride out with, finishing the 250 lap race in 11th place.

 

“It’s really disappointing to have it finish that way for us,” Doiron said after the race, “We got caught behind a little bit under the long green flag run, but we played the right strategy and I think we would have been on the podium again this year, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m still really proud of my team, they did a great job all weekend.”

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Oxford, ME – DJ Shaw and the #60 Precision JLM Racing team have had a very successful 2014 season, one of Shaw’s best to date. One race missing from his resume however, is the prestigious Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway is. This year, Shaw’s team went into the race hoping to bounce back from a disappointing night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway two weeks ago when they had a shock go bad. In the end, Shaw played his pit strategy to be in position for the win late, but couldn’t hold off the teams with fresher tires at the end and ended up with a 12th place effort in the 44 car field.

 

“We just fought the handle on the car all day for some reason,” Shaw said of the day, “We made our pit stop early to get on a different strategy as the front runners and it almost worked for us, we were there at the end and that’s all we can really ask for, my team did a great job all day and I’m proud of the effort.”

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For the first time in two years, Go-Karts returned to Oxford Plains Speedway, as an open practice was held for the JAR Racing Photography Karting Series. The Series will kick off with seven divisions of karting this coming Thursday night at 6pm.

“It was great to see the kids behind the wheel of their karts as every time they took to the track, they improved dramatically, stated General Manager, Dick Therrien. Several of the youngsters were six years old and a little nervous, but before the day was done, they felt much more comfortable. No major incidents occurred, and overall, I was quite happy with the day. I’m looking forward to Thursday night.”
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The 41st running of the Oxford 250 was a crowd pleaser as sixty of the best Super Late Model teams in the country converged on the small town of Oxford, Maine to participate in the historic event. The fans were treated to over seven hundred laps of racing, with several teams collecting checkered flags, but none as happy and as excited as Travis Benjamin, whom collected his second straight $25,000 payday, plus lap money.

Forty-four Super Late Models lined up on the grid with Concord, N.C. speedster, Preston Peltier and Turner, Maine’s, Shawn Martin filling the front row when the green flag flew. Peltier jumped to lead and held the point for the first 21 laps with the exception of lap six when Kelley Moore edged him out at the stripe. Joey Doiron raced by Peltier on lap 21 and held the point for the next 66 laps with Austin Theriault, Shawn Martin, Scott Mulkern and Moore in tow. Theriault held the lead through four restarts before he and Travis Benjamin pitted for tires and fuel on lap 185, setting the stage for a storybook ending. Cassius Clark took over the lead from Theriault as pit stops completely changed the lineup around. DJ Shaw, Richie Dearborn, Scott Moore and Johnny Clark were all now in the top five and ready to challenge for the lead. Clark held the lead all the way until lap 220 when Richie Dearborn edged him to the stripe when the final caution waved.
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Mark Lucas took advantage of another driver’s displeasure to capture the inaugural Mayhan Antiques & More 75 lap main event. Other support division winners visiting Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy victory lane on day three of the Oxford 250 weekend included Josh Childs, Mathew Bourgoine, and Kris Watson.

Joshua Brown was headed for an easy win in the PASS Modified race, but tangled with a lapped car around lap 50. Contact sent the #05 of Ron Henry around in turn three bringing out the caution. The field raced back to green with Brown pulling away once again. Mitch Miller raced his way to second while Mark Lucas and Andy Shaw battled for third. Lucas raced by both Shaw and Miller to take over the second spot, but had nothing for Brown until Brown was run high by Henry in turn four allowing much of the field to race by, handing Lucas the lead. Lucas cruised to his second win of the weekend, and the hefty $1,000 payday. Miller placed second ahead of Shaw, Brown and Billy Dixon.
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Travis Benjamin Wins 2014 Oxford 250

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FINISH CAR# DRIVER
1 17 TRAVIS BENJAMIN
2 57 AUSTIN THERIAULT
3 33 RICHIE DEARBORN
4 77 CASSIUS CLARK
5 61 TJ BRACKETT
6 1 TYLER DIPPEL
7 35 DEREK RAMSTROM
8 4 BEN ROWE
9 21 DAVID OLIVER
10 94 SHAWN MARTIN
11 73 JOEY DOIRON
12 60N DJ SHAW
13 54 JOHNNY CLARK
14 55VT BRENT DRAGON
15 03 SCOTT MOORE
16 00 BRIAN KRUCZEK
17 60 TIM BRACKETT
18 24 MIKE ROWE
19 29 TREVOR SANBORN
20 73ME ADAM POLVINEN

OXFORD 250 JUST AROUND THE CORNER  WHO’S WHO IN SLM TO FILL THE PITSThe 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.

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A major announcement from Oxford Plains Speedway, Route 26 in Oxford, Maine has been released to the general public stating that Oxford Plains Speedway will be switching their Friday night, Budweiser Oxford Championship Series racing over to Saturdays on August 2, 2014.

Oxford Plains Speedway President Tom Mayberry confirmed the announcement stating the following; “After much deliberation, we have made the decision to switch our Friday night program to Saturday nights beginning on Saturday, August 2, 2014. We have done everything possible to make our Friday night show work, but unfortunately the numbers in the grandstands just haven’t increased enough to make it sustainable. One of the biggest complaints that we have received about Friday night racing is that people from more than an hour away can’t seem to get here in time for the races. By the time they get out of work, get home and relax over dinner, they are totally rushed and many just stay home. We feel that everyone can make it out to the track on a Saturday night, and not be as hurried. We are hoping this will increase the number of fans at OPS weekly. We have an unbelievable show on Friday nights, and we think it will only get better. Several drivers are unable to get to the track on Fridays as their work schedule does not allow for them to get here, and this should also add to our solid car counts, making us even stronger and more appealing to the race fan.”
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Oxford Plains Speedway finally defeated Mother Nature this past Friday night, July 3rd, and a solid crowd enjoyed a fantastic night of racing and the giant fireworks display on Ripley & Fletcher Ford night. Visiting Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy victory lane were Chris Coolidge, Corey Morgan, Troy Jordan and Derek Cairns.

 

Chris Coolidge passed race leader Donnie Wentworth on lap 24 and looked to be on cruise control until Trevor Sanborn ran him down and drove underneath him on lap 40. Coolidge regrouped and drove back around Sanborn on lap 45, and cruised home for the win. Sanborn hung on for second and Donnie Wentworth outraced Shawn Martin for third. Fifth through tenth included Justin Drake, TJ Brackett, Scott McDaniel, Tim Brackett, Jeremy Davis and Scott Farrington. Heat checkers flew for Wentworth, Kyle Treadwell and Tim Brackett.

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SCOTT FARRINGTON WINS CAREER FIRST PRO LATE MODEL MAIN AT OXFORD

Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Night brought out the best in racers this past Friday night, as race fans were treated to some of the best racing of the season. Winners included Scott Farrington, Ryan Hewins, Troy Jordan, Matthew Bourgoine and Jamie Heath.

Thirty-one Budweiser Pro Late Models rolled off the grid for the 50 lap main event. Jeff Burgess and Kurt Hewins led the field to green with Hewins getting the early jump. Burgess challenged early until the first caution waved on lap 8 for a wreck in turn two that ended last week’s winner, Justin Drakes bid for two wins in a row. When the race went back to green, Burgess got the jump and separated himself from the field. Three cautions kept the field closed up and this allowed Scott Farrington to challenge for the lead with Shawn Martin on his heels. Farrington’s chance came on lap 47 as he drove by Burgess for the lead, and cruised to his first career victory. Burgess held on for second ahead of Shawn Martin, Billy Childs Jr. and TJ Brackett. Completing the top ten were Kyle Treadwell, Vanna Brackett, Adam Polvinen, Kevin Douglass and Jeremy Davis. Heat checkers flew for Burgess, Childs Jr., Tommy Ricker and Kyle Desouza.
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FAMILY FUN GO-KART RACING RETURNS TO OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY

Opening night of Go-Kart racing at Oxford Plains Speedway saw a good field of Jar Racing Photography Go-Karts provide some great family entertainment. Each division ran a pair of features, and the overall winners were decided by low score of the finishes from both features. Overall winners included Maddy Herrick, Austin Teras, Riley Corbridge and Chris Dresser.

The Junior Box Stock class opened the night and Maddy Herrick won both segments. Logan Spencer and Colby Brackett finished second and third in segment one, while Dillon Drew and Logan Spencer finished second and third in segment number 2. Herrick won the overall title for the night with Spencer finishing second and Dillon Drew was third.
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MAYHAN ANTIQUES & MORE TO SPONSOR $1,000 TO WIN PASS MOD BIGGIE ON OXFORD 250 DAY

On Sunday, July 20, 2014, the 41st edition of the Oxford 250 will be run, and in conjunction with the premiere Super Late Model 250 lap main event, The PASS Mods will be racing a 75 lapper which will pay $1,000, and carry a brand new sponsors name with it. PASS and Oxford Plains Speedway would like to welcome Mayhan Antiques and More as a new marketing partner.

“This will be a big test for the PASS Modifieds and to see a new sponsor come on board for this event is very exciting news, stated General Manager, Dick Therrien. This will be the biggest payday of the season for the PASS Mods, and with this support from Mayhan Antiques and More, it is sure to be an exciting event for the fans and the drivers alike. John Mayhan is an avid supporter of the PASS Modifieds and we appreciate him coming forward to sponsor this race. John is also donating a new, solid oak, Adirondack Chair to the winner, plus there will be gift certificates and t-shirts to the top three PASS Mod finishers”
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BENTLEY WARREN TO RACE AT OXFORDThe legendary Bentley Warren got back behind the wheel of a Super Modified this past Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, and it was just enough for him to get the itch to be back behind the wheel of an ISMA Super Modified this coming Friday night, June 20th at 7:30pm at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Warren had a couple of hot lap sessions at Beech Ridge just to feel it out and get his feet wet. The first session showed a little bit of rust, but round two he showed why he is such a legend, and ran several solid laps at blistering speeds. Veteran announcer Bruce Elder interviewed him after the second round and there was nothing but a giant smile on Bentley’s face. On Sunday morning Warren made the call to Oxford Plains Speedway President, Tom Mayberry, and proudly announced that Mayberry will have to find another Grand Marshall as he was going to be racing in the 75 lap, Locke Crane Services, ISMA Super Modified feature event. Mayberry quickly stated that he could do that, and how excited he was to have Bentley back behind the wheel at OPS.
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Missy Morgan of Lewiston, ME. is racing in the Ladies Division at Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) on Wednesday Nights. This past Wednesday Missy drove her race car straight to victory lane. “My first win this season was probably the best one yet! I worked really hard for it and it was such a fun race to be in!”

 

Missy recaps the last few laps of the race, “The last 7 laps were pretty intense, I was in 4th for most of it then I just kept talking to myself through each corner trying to keep a good rhythm going. I definitely had to work for it.”
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