Travis Benjamin Claims TD Bank 250
OXFORD, Maine – A dream came true this past Sunday night for Travis Benjamin as he scored the biggest victory of his career, winning the 40th annual TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Benjamin grabbed the lead from Joey Doiron on lap 209 and raced to the victory by 1.167 seconds over Doiron.
The race started out a little sluggish as a couple of early cautions for minor spins dotted the event while polesitter T.J. Brackett lead the first 13 laps, collecting $100 a lap in bonus money, before Ben Rowe assumed the lead until lap 131 when Doiron raced to the front.
Rowe faded towards the middle of the pack as his tires wore out, but not before he collected $11,100 in lap money.
Corey Bubar had upset on his mind as he grabbed the lead from Doiron for a couple of laps before Cassius Clark took to the point, passing him on lap 150. Clark’s lead was short lived as Travis Benjamin grabbed the lead in traffic and looked like he was a sure winner until Doiron tracked him down and regained the lead on lap 194.
The pair swapped the lead until Benjamin made the move of a lifetime, splitting a pair of lapped cars and making it through a non-existent hole leaving Doiron in the dust. North Carolina’s Jay Fogleman battled Doiron for second to the checkers but came up several car lengths short.
When the checkers flew it was Benjamin, followed by Doiron, Fogleman, Austin Theriault and Cassius Clark. Tim Brackett, Ben Rowe, Alan Tardiff, Daniel Hemric and Spencer Davis completed the top 10.
Sixty seven cars attempted to qualify for the TD Bank 250, and forty-one made the field. The field included drivers from eight states and three provinces of Quebec. Seven southern teams made the trek north, with Fogleman having the most success.
Travis Benjamin, Joey Doiron, Jay Fogleman, Austin Theriault, Cassius Clark, Tim Brackett, Ben Rowe, Alan Tardiff, Daniel Hemric, Spencer Davis, Curtis Gerry, Johnny Clark, Mike Rowe, T.J. Brackett, Derek Kneeland, David Oliver, D.J. Shaw, Shawn Martin, Kelly Moore, Dave Farrington Jr., Ricky Rolfe, Aaron Ricker, Steven Legendre, Glen Luce, Tate Fogleman, Adam Polvinen, Kevin Powell, Martin Latulippe, Corey Bubar, Trevor Sanborn, Bryan Kruczek, Larry Gelinas, Kevin Roberge, Sam Sessions, Scott Dragon, Jeremy Whorff, Michael Landry, Marc-Andre Cliche, Scott Mulkern, Donald Wentworth, Andy Saunders.