Kate Re made history on Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway, becoming just the second female winner in the track's history in the top division when she took the checkered flag in a 50-lap Super Late Model feature.
However, the win mattered for reasons far beyond the record books for Re and her family. Re has been competing in Super Late Models for three years, and the win marked her first since the step up.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Re on Racing America’s ‘The Bullring.’ “It’s been three years coming to this point. My phone is still blowing up. It’s been surreal.”
The win was also an emotional one. Kate’s father, Rick, was unable to attend the previous week’s race at Oxford Plains due to health concerns, and Kate explained he also was not at the team’s race shop during the week.
However, he was able to come to the track on Sunday and joined the victory lane celebration.
“It was a rough week for us. I didn’t have my dad in the shop this week after some medical issues prior. I didn’t have him at the track with me last weekend, so it really took a toll on me. I was really excited to have him in victory lane with me Sunday.”
With the win, Re joined Vanna Brackett on the list of female winners at the tricky Oxford Plains Speedway. Re hopes the win is a sign of things to come in the future now that the first victory is under her belt.
“I think it was more a sigh of relief. It’s taken us three years to get to this point. We’ve already had a couple of podiums this year, but to finally capitalize this past weekend really meant a lot to us, especially me and my dad.”
August is also a great time to score a win at Oxford Plains Speedway, as the track’s Super Late Model competitors ramp up their efforts in anticipation of the Oxford 250 on August 25-27. This year marks the 50th annual edition of the storied event, and Re believes she can be in the mix for the win based on their strength right now.
“We have finally hit on something these past couple of weeks since we brought it out this year. I’m really looking forward to the 250 this year, and I think we might just be there.”
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