Oxford Plains Speedway Weekly Leaders bursting with confidence as they approach Oxford 250
While a lot can go wrong in the Oxford 250, a driver needs to have maximum confidence to stand any chance of winning.
That’s no problem heading into Sunday’s race for many of the top five drivers in Oxford Plains Speedway’s weekly Super Late Models division.
Dave Farrington Jr., the 2020 weekly points champion and the current 2021 leader with 883 points, knows things can change quickly at the Oxford 250, but he and his team are energized by their success this season.
“Our confidence is pretty high,” Farrington said on the Oxford 250 media day on Tuesday. “Obviously with the four wins here this year we’ve been consistent in the top five week after week. We had a mistake in July in a hot race, and we made a mistake and it hurt us. We know we’ve been there and we’re in a pretty good position. Confidence should be as high as possible, we just need to make sure that we don’t overlook anything and miss nothing, and regret nothing at the end of the night.
Farrington is followed in the weekly standings by Kyle Desouza, in second place with 827 points, then Curtis Gerry (821), Calvin Rose Jr. (759) and Dennis Spencer (713).
The competition at the top of the points standings helped the weekly drivers prepare for the unpredictability of the Oxford 250 generally throws.
“I would love to say I’m pretty confident, but there are a lot of big names coming and big teams to come,” Rose said. “Running here every week helps, but you can’t be too confident. You get a lot of notes on how the track changes when you drive here a lot.
“He’s probably the most confident I’ve been in 250,” Desouza said. “There are 25 cars that are probably capable of winning and five of those cars probably won’t even race. It’s impressive, but it’s probably the most confident I’ve done, having raced here all year.
Spencer – who said he had “the best car I’ve ever had” – said that in addition to confidence, a driver needs several breaks to get on his way, including favorable placement and draws.
“You have to have a good draw to start in your streak and hopefully come out of it,” Spencer said. “If you don’t, you have to do it in the last-ditch race. It is changing rapidly. It’s a long race, and as long as you take part in the show, you have a chance. You just have to enter the show.
Farrington said he felt great in his car and used last week’s open weekend to tune it up for the week ahead, while Desouza didn’t run into the Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150 for give yourself more time to inspect your car. Farrington has said he has probably completed more laps at Oxford Plains than anyone in the past two years, but that experience doesn’t go any further at the Oxford 250.
“We try not to get attached to weekly success because the circumstances are different,” Farrington said. “In the weekly series, we drive with two new tires per night, but here at the 250, we drive with four new tires. The setup and handling are a bit different under these circumstances. We are hopefully trying to break the spell of the absence of former winners of a weekly Oxford competition. “
But, he adds, the best way to prepare for the 3/8 mile track of the speedway is to go around it as much as possible.
“These guys from the south,” Farrington said, “they’re going to get up early and do hundreds of laps because you can forget how to go around here quickly if you’re not used or up to speed with that. sure some of the guys doing the iRacing deal – I don’t care, it’s never the same – I’m sure the guys played their racing sims, but there is no other track in the country like this. “
Farrington, a native of Jay who lives in Sabattus, is also hoping he or Farmington residents Clark and Jeff Taylor will become the first Franklin County driver to win this year.
“Cassius came here and won pretty handily last week, and we were in the same boat last year when we won the race before the 250, but it didn’t matter the 250 time,” Farrington said. “I would definitely take a home win in Franklin County. We’ve been shut out here in 47 races. Between me, Cassius, and Jeff Taylor, there is a very good chance that the trophy will return to Franklin County, hopefully in our hands.
Having stocked pits at Oxford Plains Speedway to cheer on the winner will be a welcome addition after fan numbers were limited in last year’s race due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When you run you don’t really notice the fans, but if you get on victory lane it’s much better to have the fans cheering you on,” Spencer said. “Also the driver presentations, things like that, it’s definitely a lot more fun.”
Johnny and Cassius Clark both know how unpredictable the Oxford 250 can be