(Oxford ME) Joey Polewarczyk won the 39th annual TD Bank 250 held at sunny Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday evening.
The 23-year-old from Hudson NH led for the first 135 laps and the last 69 laps to earn $25,000 for the victory and $20,500 for leading on 204 laps. Nice payday for the first-time 250 winner.
This year’s race had only three cautions and none for collisions. The wide-open conditions provided few chances for competitors to get close to Car #97.
Jeff Taylor finished second, five car lengths back.
Eighteen-year-old Austin Theriault from Fort Kent (ME) finished third for the second year in a row. Joey Polewarczyk is engaged to Austin’s sister Brittany.
Track owner Bill Ryan brought in celebrity driver Trevor Bayne the 21-year-old winner of the Dayton 500 this year. In the TD Bank 250 Travis finished a distant 31st some four laps off the pace.
Eddie MacDonald of Rowley (MA) was back as two-time champ in 2009 & 2010. In this race he was in second for much of the first 100 laps but faded back to 9th. Eddie had raced in Columbus, Ohio the day before and arrived in Maine in the early AM’s for the race.
I discovered the rooftop above the media rooms as an excellent place to watch the race. The view was better and there was a cooling breeze.
(The pictures above and below enlarge significantly if you click on them.)