Oxford 250 - Aug. 27

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Re: Road to the Oxford 250 - Aug. 27

Postby MattyB » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:43 am

Justin Pelletier from the Sun Journal stops by to preview the Oxford 250: http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-133290/TS-1202434.mp3
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Oxford 250 - Aug. 27

Postby Media » Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:31 am

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Re: Road to the Oxford 250 - Aug. 27

Postby PPH » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:06 am

When the race ended, a long road began for the Oxford 250 champion
Wayne Helliwell Jr.'s celebration was short-lived. His multiple sclerosis symptoms had returned.

...For years, he took nothing and felt fine while his racing career took off. He won multiple championships at his home track of Lee USA Speedway and Canaan Speedway, American-Canadian Tour Late Model championships, a Late Model race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and a pair of Pro All Stars Series races – including the Oxford 250 last summer, something he and crew chief Bruce Bernhardt spent the better part of two years focusing on.

In hindsight, Helliwell understands the multiple sclerosis had been flaring up for three months heading into the Oxford 250 last August. And nobody really knew it.

“Wayne and I, we’re just the type of people, we deal with things,” Bernhardt said Tuesday while working at his auto repair shop. “Whatever comes along, you deal with it. You don’t try to make anything into something that it isn’t.”

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Re: Road to the Oxford 250 - Aug. 27

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:48 pm

follow the Sun Journal twitter account for great photos and info all weekend long
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Re: Road to the Oxford 250 - Aug. 27

Postby WGME » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:27 am

Helliwell Jr. hoping to repeat

(Oxford) Wayne Helliwell Jr. is one of the favorites to win Sunday night's Oxford 250! Helliwell held off Travis Benjamin to win last years 250! The weather should be ideal on Sunday night!

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Oxford 250 - Sunday Aug. 27

Postby SJ » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:37 am

Granite State Pro Stock Series to debut at OPS on Saturday

...Several of the Super Late Model drivers on Sunday's entry list also plan to run the GSPSS 100. While some will run the same car, others, like Jay's Dave Farrington Jr., 2015 series champion Derek Griffith and NASCAR Cup Series spotter Derek Kneeland are bringing separate cars for each race.

“I'm pretty excited for Saturday's race with the Granite State series,” Griffith said. “It's always good to see my old friends. It's never a bad thing to get an extra 100 laps at Oxford, that's for sure. Hopefully, we can pull off a good finish and move on to the 250 with confidence.”

Among the series regulars entered in Saturday's race are Mike O'Sullivan and 2016 champion Barry Gray, of Belchertown, Massachusetts. Other drivers to watch include Nick Lascuola, Devin O'Connell, Cory Casagrande and Josh King.

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Re: Road to the Oxford 250 - Aug. 27

Postby CM Newspapers » Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:14 am

The Oxford 250 needs the little guys
The race's tradition has been built on those who win and those who just get in, Travis Barrett writes.

...There are, when it really boils down to it, two camps of drivers who will hit the speedway when qualifying rounds begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. There are those who are trying to win the race, and then there are those who will feel as though they’ve won by simply making it to the starting grid.

Benjamin, of Morrill, is clearly in the former camp. The current Pro All Stars Series point leader knows what it takes to win the Oxford 250 — from the lucky draw for starting position in the qualifiers to the pit strategy within the race itself to the tire management throughout the entire weekend — and, given he won the most recent PASS race at the track less than a month ago, he’ll likely have himself in position to win it again this year.

“The parity we have now with this rules package, with the crate motors, it makes it so about 75 percent of the cars here have a chance to win this race,” Benjamin said. “Ninety percent of the time, the fastest car doesn’t win the race, anyway.”

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Re: Road to the Oxford 250 - Aug. 27

Postby SJ » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:23 am

#Oxford250: Forty-four reasons I miss being in Maine for this race

...There is a pay-per-view live stream this year, after a one-year hiatus, so I won’t feel completely disconnected from the crown jewel happening 1,100 miles away. But it’s still worth documenting all the things I miss about attending this race in person.

In honor of the anniversary in question, let’s list 44 of ’em:

1. Finding how the fickle finger of fate will poke Jeff Taylor and Tracy Gordon in the chest. Those guys would’ve/could’ve/should’ve been multi-time champions.

2. Looking at the did-not-qualify list. It was more jaw dropping when there were 85 or 90 entries, but there’s still always a stunning name or two on it.

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Re: Road to the Oxford 250 - Aug. 27

Postby SJ » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:24 am

#Oxford250: The dollar still a driving force, not a deterrent

..."The pay-back after first place isn't quite as good as it used to be," said Scott Robbins, of Dixfield, the 2002 winner ahead of Rowe. "Your break-even point, it used to be probably if you finished 15th of 20th. Now your break-even point would be maybe fifth. Finish fifth to pay for your day."

Robbins left Oxford Plains Speedway with a $36,900 winner's check in 2002. Rowe collected winner's checks of $26,475 in 1984, $39,800 in '97, and $26,000 in 2005. Joey Kourafas won $4,500 in the inaugural race in 1974. Wayne Helliwell Jr. took home $29,500 for winning last year's race.

The winner's portion of the race purse steadily rose for the first two decades of the race, topping out at $52,150 for Dave Whitlock in 1995. It's been a mixed bag ever since, due in part to bonus money for laps led.

"Just the sign of the times," Robbins said.

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Re: Road to the Oxford 250 - Aug. 27

Postby SJ » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:26 am

#Oxford250: Weekly SLM racing requires support

The lesson here is, simply, “money buys speed.”

To run the premier class in the fastest equipment, racers will need a big, fat budget.

Today's Super Late Models, the modern-day version of what used to be called Pro Stock, is a specialized, highly-advanced, built-just-for-racing machine utilizing state-of-the-art components from front to back.

“It costs $500 each week just for fuel and tires, never mind oil changes and body repairs during the summer months," Auburn native and Oxford regular Kyle Treadwell said. "It usually costs about $10,000 to run a full season.”

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