Oxford 250 Goes To Benjamin Again
OXFORD, Maine – For the second consecutive year it was Travis Benjamin standing in victory lane at the conclusion of the historic Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway Sunday night.
Forty-four super late models lined up on the grid with Preston Peltier and 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. D.J. 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.
Dearborn took the lead at the green, but Benjamin and Theriault were right on his heels. Benjamin made his move on lap 227, grabbing the lead and set sail towards the checkers. His only obstacles were heavy lapped traffic and the No. 57 of Theriault. Theriault tried every move in the books, looking inside and outside, but Benjamin would not be denied his second Oxford 250 win in a row.
Theriault raced home second from his sixth starting position ahead of Dearborn, who actually had to take a provisional to get into the event. Dearborn started 40th on the grid. Cassius Clark took home the fourth spot ahead of Oxford Plains regular T.J. Brackett. Rounding out the top 10 were Tyler Dippel, Derek Ramstrom, Ben Rowe, David Oliver and Shawn Martin.
Travis Benjamin, Austin Theriault, Richie Dearborn, Cassius Clark, T.J. Brackett, Tyler Dippel, Derek Ramstrom, Ben Rowe, David Oliver, Shawn Martin, Joey Doiron, D.J. Shaw, Johnny Clark, Brent Dragon, Scott Moore, Brian Kruczek, Tim Brackett, Mike Rowe, Trevor Sanborn, Adam Polvinen, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Kyle Treadwell, Shawn Knight, Daniel Hemric, Dave Farrington Jr., Tate Fogleman, Travis Stearns, Jeremy Davis, Chris Coolidge, Shawn Green, Mark Lundblad Jr., Preston Peltier, Alan Tardiff, Scott McDaniel, Scott Mulkern, Glen Luce, Kelly Moore, Alan Wilson, Scott Robbins, Steve Park, Curtis Geary, Gary Smith, Larry Gelinas, Brad Babb.