Pro All Stars Series
Cole Butcher Goes Back-to-Back for Golden Oxford 250 Win
Aug 28, 2023
With the 50th Annual Spencer Group Paving Oxford 250 behind us, here are some notes and record-breaking feats from Sunday's race at Oxford Plains Speedway.
- With his fourth-place finish, Johnny Clark logged his seventh top five finish in the historic race. Clark has now made 17 starts in the event as he qualified for his 11th straight during the 50th Annual Oxford 250 weekend. The seven top-five runs moved Clark into a tie for second with Dave Dion and Dick McCabe.
- Curtis Gerry won the last chance race for the second time in his career. He joins former winner Jamie Aube as the only two-time winners of the hooligans race. Gerry led laps until a pit miscue left him deep in the field and from there the dominos kept him out of the finish for the win. Gerry finished 25th.
- Mike Rowe added to his legacy at the 50th Annual Oxford 250 by winning heat four and making his 40th Oxford 250. The race was not a memorable one as he was involved in a few skirmishes and ended up 28th.
- Speaking of heat four, the six former winners in the single race had to be a record for the most number of winners in one single qualification period.
- DJ Shaw has to feel like it’s a broken record for him in the Oxford 250. The multi-time PASS champion finished third for the third time in his career. Between him and his dad they have four podium finishes as drivers at the Oxford 250.
- Cole Butcher’s win from the outside of the front row marks the 11th win for a driver who started on the front row. It’s also the sixth time the winner has come from second place.
- Joey Doiron set a record for most positions improved in an Oxford 250 after he started 41st and finished second. The improvement of 39 spots is better than Matt Kenseth by one after he started 41st and finished third. Also in this group of crazy improvements was Ricky Craven, who started 43rd in 1989 and finished sixth to improve 37 spots.
- Also with his second-place run Doiron extended his streak of now five straight top 10 runs at the Oxford 250. The finish was also his fifth top five in 10 starts. Doiron has led laps in six Oxford 250 events in his young career.
- In his sixth Oxford 250, Austin Teras scored his first top 10 finish after coming home 10th.
- It was an impressive run for rookie Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. who won the first heat race and led laps early on. After getting spun out of the lead he made it all the way back to the front before he posted a 14th-place run.
- 12 yellows slowed the event that was run in just over two hours and four minutes.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor
-Photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America