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Your guide to the biggest northern New England short-track race!

2011 TD Bank 250 top 10 race results Finish/Start positions: 1/5 — Kyle Busch 2/9 — Nick Sweet

Camping policy at OPS Oxford Plains Speedway reminds campers of the following policies regarding campers and recreational vehicles on Speedway property: 1. A ll campers must be properly state registered.

3/11 — Austin Theriault 4/26 — Eddie MacDonald

2. No campers may be left on Speedway property from September 20 to April 15 of each year.

5/25 — Brian Hoar 6/10 — Jeff Taylor 7/24 — John Donahue

3. A ll campers must be neat in appearance and in full working order.

8/6 — Shawn Martin 9/22 — Eric Williams

4. A ll camping areas must be clean, neat and free of garbage and debris.

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5. A ll campers will be parked in neat and orderly rows as directed by the Speedway. If your camper will remain here on a non-event night, it must be parked so that it cannot be seen from Route 26. 6. No camping areas may

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Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne enters TD Bank 250 OXFORD, Maine — The 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne has entered the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway. The race will be held on July 22, 2012. Since 2004, Oxford has attracted the elite of NASCAR to the TD Bank 250. The trend was started w ith Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch competing in the event that year. In 2005, Kenseth was joined by Kyle Busch. The 2006 event drew Kyle Busch, Ricky Craven, Denny Ha m lin a nd JJ Yeley. The race in 2007 saw Terry Labonte and Kevin Lepage challenge the Late Model pilots. In 2008, Kevin Harvick raised the bar for the NASCAR crowd, winning the event. The 2009 event saw a Wallace family invasion, with Rusty as the Grand Marshall and Kenny and Steven competing on the track. Breakout Cup star Brad Keselowski competed in 2010.

Previous TD Bank 250 champions Year Start Driver Hometown Earnings

Year Start Driver Hometown Earnings

1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987

1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

19 1 9 11 4 6 7 1 14 26 10 17 13 10

Kourafas, Joey Sharon, MA Dion, Dave Hudson, NH Lindley, Butch Greenville, SC Biederman, Don Oakville, ONT Pressley, Bob Asheville, NC Rosati, Tom Agawam, MA Bodine, Geoff Chemung, NY Bodine, Geoff Chemung, NY Barry, Mike Bolton, VT Ellis, Tommy Richmond, VA Rowe, Mike Turner, ME Dion, Dave Hudson, NH Bown, Chuck Portland, OR Aube, Jamie N. Ferrisburg, VT

$4,500 $4,500 $6,375 $6,000 $7,050 $10,000 $11,200 $21,400 $16,000 $21,150 $26,475 $26,600 $28,950 $31,100

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The race in 2011 saw the return of great driver and I am sure he will Kyle Busch, competing in his third be in the mix all race.” TD Bank 250. Kyle did not disapBayne, who hails from Knoxpoint, winning the race in style. ville, Tenn., competed for eight “I am excited to run the TD Bank yea rs on t he go-ka rt circuit 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway. earning three World ChampiIt is one of those events that onships, with over 300 feature ever y short track racer from w ins and 18 State and track a rou nd t he cou nt r y k now s Championships combined. about and hopes to get a chance to run one day. The race is su- Bayne moved to NASCAR in 2009 per competitive, but I feel like I and has regularly competed in have a good shot,” Bayne stated. both the Sprint Cup and Nation“Kevin and Kyle have set a high wide Series since. He became the standard the past few years and youngest Daytona 500 winner in I will definitely check in with history with his effort in 2011. He also won at Texas Motor Speedway them to get some advice.” in the Nationwide Series in 2011. Oxford Plains Speedway owner For more information on Trevor, Bill Ryan said, “We are excited to go to have Trevor come to Oxford to race. It is a thrill for our fans to see the best NASCAR ha s to of fer r ig ht here on a short track in Maine. Trevor is a

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TD Bank 250 qualifying procedure The TD Bank 250 is w ithout a doubt the highlight of New England Late Model racing. It is not often that the number of cars failing to make the race is higher than the number that do. This is why many say that qualifying alone is worth the price of admission. The qualifying format for the TD Bank 250 consists of Heat Races, Consolation Races and multiple Last Chance Races. It is possible for a driver to qualify by virtue of placing in the top four of his 15 lap heat race, or, for the less fortunate, run 55 laps without ever making the show. Below is the qualifying procedure for the TD Bank 250.

THE DRAW Determines starting position in Heat race Each driver's name is added to a list when they roll their cars through pre-race inspection. That list is used to determine t he order of “T he Draw.� A member from each team must plunge their digits into a bucket containing up to 150 numbered chips. A simple task that could mean the difference between sitting in the drivers seat ... or the grandstands.

6 HEAT RACES Top 4 Qualify (positions 1-24) Heat races are an intense and ner ve-w rack i ng ex per ience. One 15-lap race will set the tone for your day. Finish in the top four and you have a few hours to prepare for one of the biggest races of your life. Fail to do so and chances are you'll be scrambling right up until the main event.

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Patrick Laperle, back, passes Kyle Busch in the early stages of the Saturday night race last year during the TD Bank 250 weekend of racing.

test of skill and determination. Expect to see plenty of paintswapping and torn sheet metal as these races are not intended for the faint of heart.

3 LAST CHANCE QUALIFIERS Only the winner qualifies (positions 34-36) Talk about pressure. It's a race where second-place will earn you a seat in the grandstands. The winner is presented with a buyout option at the end: Take a $1,500 check and a seat in the stands or start at the rear of the field. And don't count out the winner of this race.

The 2005 last chance winner, Mike Rowe, became the first 3 CONSOLATION driver to take full advantage RACES and win the main event, earning Top 3 Qualify (positions 25-33) $26,000. The 2002 victor, Alan Wilson, placed 4th in the big No driver wants to stare the Last show taking home $6,000. Ricky Chance Qualifier in the face Craven and Tracy Gordon also knowing they must win to get have led the main event after in. TD Bank 250 Consolations w inning t he non-qua lif iers' will put every bit of your driving transfer spot. abilit y through the ultimate

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2012 TD Bank 250 weekend schedule Friday, July 20 Sun Journal Night Oxford Championship Series (No Late Models) Oxford Acceleration Series (Wednesday points) PASS Modifieds NOTES: No practice or tech for TD Bank 250 cars until Saturday morning. This is an Acceleration Series points race for all divisions with a Saturday night purse.

Practice Times 4 p.m. Mini Stock 4:10 p.m. Strictly Stock 4:20 p.m. Renegade

• Pit gate opens at 3 p.m.

4:25 p.m. Ladies

• Front gate opens at 5:30 p.m.

4:35 p.m. Sport Truck

• Green flag at 6:30 p.m.

4:45 p.m. PASS Modified

5 p.m. Runnin' Rebel 5:10 p.m. Outlaw 5:20 p.m. Mini Stock 5:30 p.m. Strictly Stock

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6 p.m. Drivers meeting

Corey Williams of Sumner goes end over end as he slides off the track at Oxford Plains Speedway during the sport truck race held on Friday night in last year’s TD Bank 250 weekend of racing. John Lizotte of Mechanic Falls foreground, motors past as the yellow flag comes out. Williams crawled out of his truck and waved to the crowd to signal he was okay.

6:25 p.m. Pastor Don’s thoughts/ anthem 6:30 p.m. Green flag

5:40 p.m. PASS Modified


5:55 p.m. Track closed

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4:20 p.m. TD Bank 250

• Adult Advanced $10

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Event format

Oxford Championship Series (No Late Models)

•A  llen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Mini Stock Heats (10 Laps)

•P  it gate opens at 8 a.m. for TD Bank 250 cars only

•A  llen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock Heats (10 Laps)

•P  it gate opens at 11 a.m. for all divisions

• Renegade Feature (20 Laps)

• Front gate opens at 5:30 p.m.

•A  llen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies Feature (20 Laps)

• Green flag at 6:30 p.m.

•C  all of the Wild RV Sport Truck Feature (20 Laps) •R  unnin' Rebel Feature(s) (20 Laps) • Outlaw Feature(s) (20 Laps) •A  llen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Mini Stock Feature (30 Laps)

4:50 p.m. Mini Stock 5 p.m. Strictly Stock

5:30 p.m. TD Bank 250 6 p.m. Track closed 6:05 p.m. Drivers meeting 6:25 p.m. Pastor Don’s thoughts/anthem 6:30 p.m. Green flag

Tickets • Ages 5 and under FREE • Junior (age 6-12) $5

Practice Times

• Adult $25

12:30 p.m. TD Bank 250

• Adult Advanced $20

2 p.m. Mini Stock

• Senior (age 65+) $20

2:10 p.m. Strictly Stock

• Military (with ID) $20

2:20 p.m. PASS Super Late Models

• Pit $35

2:40 p.m. TD Bank 250

Event format

•A  llen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock Feature (30 Laps)

3:40 p.m. Mini Stock 3:50 p.m. Strictly Stock

•A  llen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Mini Stock Heats (10 Laps)

•P  ASS Modified Feature (40 Laps)

4 p.m. PASS Super Late Models

• PASS Super Late Model Heats

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(TBD Laps) •A  llen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock Heats (10 Laps) • Mini Stock Feature (30 Laps)

11 a.m. Mini Stock 11:10 a.m. Strictly Stock 11:20 a.m. TD Bank 250 11:50 a.m. Outlaw

•P  ASS Super Late Model Consolations (TBD Laps)

12 p.m. Track closed

• Strictly Stock Feature (30 Laps)

12: 05 p.m. Drivers meeting and draw

•P  ASS Super Late Model Feature (150 Laps)

Sunday, July 22

1:55 p.m. Pastor Don’s thoughts/anthem 2 p.m. Green flag


2012: The 39th annual TD Bank 250

• Rows 21-25 Reserved $50

Oxford Championship Series

•R  ows 1-10 General Admission $30

OAS Outlaws (Saturday points) • Pit gate opens at 6:30 a.m. • Inspection opens at 7 a.m. • Front gate opens at 10 a.m. • Green flag at 2 p.m.

TD Bank 250 Tire Sales 7:30 a.m. – ½ hour before TD Bank 250 Feature

Practice Times 8 a.m. TD Bank 250 9:30 a.m. Mini Stock 9:40 a.m. Strictly Stock 9:50 a.m. TD Bank 250 10:50 a.m. Outlaw

• Rows 11-20 Reserved $40

•R  ows 1-10 Juniors General Admission $15 • Pit 1-day $50 • Pit 2-day $75 • Pit 3-day $85

Event format TDBank 250 Heats (15 Laps)

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Martin McLaughlin of Norway watches one of the Friday night races from the roof of the press box during the 2011 TD Bank 250 weekend of racing at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Outaw Feature(s) (20 Laps)

•A  llen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock Feature (30 Laps)

TDBank 250 Consolations (20 Laps)

5:30 p.m. (approx.) TD Bank 250 Pre-race ceremonies

•A  llen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Mini Stock Feature (30 Laps) •T  D Bank 250 Last Chance Races (20 Laps)

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TD Bank 250 Fast Facts Multiple winners 3, Dave Dion (75, 85, 92) 3, Ralph Nason (98, 99, 00) 3, Mike Rowe (84, 97, 05) 2, Geoff Bodine (80, 81) 2, Chuck Bown (86, 90) 2, Jamie Aube (87, 89) 2, Ben Rowe (03, 04) 2, Eddie MacDonald (09, 10)

Largest winners purse $52,150, Dave Whitlock (1995)

Smallest winners purse $4,500 Joey Kourafas (1974) $4,500 Dave Dion (1975)

Most career earnings $187,715, Ralph Nason

Most career earnings for non-winner $66,420, Tracy Gordon

First Maine winner Mike Rowe (1984)

Last Maine winner Jeremie Whorff (2006)

First Canadian winner Don Biederman (1977)

Last Canadian winner Dave Whitlock (1995)

Multiple runner-up finishes 3, Butch Lindley (77, 80, 82) 3, Robbie Crouch (81, 84, 86) 2, Tommy Houston (90, 91) 2, Tracy Gordon (97, 98) 2, Ben Rowe (99, 00)

Only driver to win after finishing last the previous year Larry Gelinas (1996)

Only driver to win after finishing second Multiple top-3 finishes the previous year 6, Butch Lindley (1st-76, 2nd-77, 3rd-78, 2nd-80, 2nd-82, 3rd84) 5, Joey Kourafas (1st-74, 3rd-76, 2nd-85, 3rd-87, 3rd-90) 5, Dave Dion (1st-75, 1st-85, 3rd86, 2nd-87, 1st-92) 5, Mike Rowe (1st-84, 1st-97, 3rd98, 2nd-02, 1st-05) 5, Ralph Nason (2nd-76, 1st-98, 1st-99, 1st-00, 3rd-01) 5, Dick McCabe (3rd-82, 2nd-83, 3rd-85, 1st-88, 2nd-89) 4, Ben Rowe (2nd-99, 2nd-00, 1st-03, 1st-04) 3, Bob Pressley (3rd-77, 1st-78, 3rd-79 3, Robbie Crouch (2nd-81, 2nd84, 2nd-86) 3, Tracy Gordon (3rd-95, 2nd-97, 2nd-98) 3, Gary Drew (3rd-97, 1st-01, 3rd-03) 2, George Summers (3rd-74, 2nd-75) 2, Geoff Bodine (1st-80, 1st-81) 2, Chuck Bown (1st-86, 1st-90) 2, Jamie Aube (1st-87, 1st-89) 2, Tommy Houston (2nd-90, 2nd-91) 2, Scott Robbins (2nd-01, 1st-02) 2, Eddie MacDonald (1st-09, 1st-10)

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Only driver to win last chance race and 250 in same year Mike Rowe (2005)

Most Times Qualified 30, Mike Rowe (missed 1975, 1977, 1987, 2007, 2008)

Youngest winner Tom Rosati, 19 (1979)

Oldest winner Ralph Nason, 60 (2000)

Only woman to start Karen Schulz, started and finished 42nd (1989)

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Winners from the pole Most positions gained position from start to finish Dave Dion (1975) Geoff Bodine (1981) Larry Gelinas (1996) Gary Drew (2001) Ben Rowe (2003)

41st – 3rd, Matt Kenseth (2004)

Rain 1979 – postponed one week 1986 – held the next day 1991 – delayed, ran same day 2008 – held the next day

Most last place finishes

Largest field 47 (1988)

2, Keith Cavanaugh (78, 84) 2, Jeff Stevens (88, 98)

Smallest field 36 (1978-1981)

Most pole positions 3, Junior Hanley (79, 82, 94) 2, Dave Dion (75, 76) 2, Morgan Shepherd (77, 78) 2, Dale Shaw (00, 06)

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Kyle Busch hands back a pen after autographing a tire for a race fan in the pit area at Oxford Plains Speedway during last year’s TD Bank 250 weekend of racing.

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Most successful qualifying attempts by brothers The Dragon Brothers, Beaver & Bobby, competed in the same TD Bank 250 ten times. (74, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85)

Grandfather/ grandson qualifiers Fadden, Stub & Olsen, Mike St. Clair, Dave & Josh

1974 History in the making AlGrinnan leads the very first lap in Oxford 250 history. Joey Kourafas wins the 200-lap event when George Summers runs out of gas three circuits from the finish.

1981 Show me the money Lap money is offered for the first time in the race's history.

1982 Don't you forget about me

1984 Who's in front?

1989 Generation Gap

The race featured 17 lead changes between Geoff Bodine, Robbie Crouch, Morgan Shepherd, Dick McCabe, and race winner Mike Rowe.

Stub Fadden and Mike Olsen become the only grandfather and grandson to qualify for the race. Stub finished 25th, Mike 17th.

1990 Bown and determined

Mike Barry comes back after being a lap down to win.

1985 The one that counts

1983 Junkyard dog

Dave Dion wins by leading only the final lap.

Tom my Ellis drives from 26th starting position to win. In his victory lane interview, “Terrible Tommy” decries the local “junkers” he was forced to pass.

1984 Lucky 6 Mike Rowe becomes the only driver to win with a V-6 engine under the hood. Chuck Bown was the first to qualify with the engine in 1983, he finished 22nd.

Chuck Bown outlasts Tommy Houston to win his second 250 en route to a NASCAR NationwideSeries championship.

1987 Marathon, not a sprint Jam ie Aube makes his move over the final 50 laps, taking the lead when OPS weekly racer Billy Clark stops for fuel, and picks up the first of his two 250 titles.

1991 On his way Ricky Craven, future NASCAR Cup and Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, wins his home state's biggest race.

1992 Glad he came

1989 Movin' on up Ricky Craven finishes sixth after starting 43rd.

Dave Dion gets a phone call from track owner Michael Liberty, encouraging him to end his boycott of NASCAR

and compete in the 250. Dion shows up and holds off Dale Shaw to become the first three-time winner.

1993 through 1995 – Oh, Canada Jun ior Hanley, Derek Lynch and Dave Whitlock take the big prize north of the border, when the race was sanctioned by ACT.

1996 Larry who? Relative unknown Larry Gelinas wins the pole, then wins the race when rookie Ben Rowe runs out of gas with two laps remaining.

1997 Lucky 13 Thi rteen years after his first victory, Mike Rowe sets a new record for most years between 250 triumphs.

1975 What's your price?

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Dwayne “Tiny” Lund starts the race by buying a starting position from a previously qualified driver. Lund starts at the rear, 37th position, and finishes 22nd.

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1976 Bicentennial bash Butch Lindley beats Maine's Ralph Nason in a result that's still disputed by some race fans to this day.

1978 Makin' it look easy Bob Pressley leads 213 laps en route to victory.

1979 Where's Junior?



1998 through 2000 – King Ralph Ralph Nason is the first driver to win three consecutive 250s.

2001 and 2002 – Home field advantage Gar y Drew and Scott Robbins give victory lane a local flavor with their wins.

2003 Front Rowe Ben Rowe starts on the pole, alongside his father and twotime champion, Mike Rowe. Ben won the event with Mike placing fourth.

2004 NASCAR Cup Invasion Defending NASCAR Cup champion Matt Kenseth and Cup superstar Kurt Busch compete in the TD Bank 250. Kenseth placed 3rd, Busch placed 13th.


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Jun ior Hanley qualifies on the pole, but does not compete. Hanley was unable to make the show after the race was rained out and rescheduled for the following week. Tom Rosati became the youngest race winner.

1980 When gas cost $20,000 a gallon Geoff Bodine and Butch Lindley duel for the win. Lindley runs out of fuel on the final lap. Bodine's tank goes dry on his victory lap.

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2012 TD Bank 250  

Official guide to the 2012 TD Bank 250 weekend of racing at Oxford Plains Speedway, Maine.

2012 TD Bank 250  

Official guide to the 2012 TD Bank 250 weekend of racing at Oxford Plains Speedway, Maine.