American-Canadian Tour Returns to Oxford Plains Speedway
Aug 24, 2022
Trevor Sanborn may not be the flashiest drive in the state of Maine, but the Parsonsfield native has a way of inserting himself into the mix late in Super Late Model races, even without a preferred starting position. That consistency has paid off this summer as Sanborn has already guaranteed himself a spot in the 49th Oxford 250 this Sunday, August 28.
A triple crown of 100-lap races over three consecutive weeks for Oxford Plains Speedway’s weekly Super Late Model division had a lock-in as a prize for the driver with the best average finish over the three races. Setting the bar high by winning Race #1, Sanborn never let up on his consistency.
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The week after he earned the spot, it appeared that a second win in four weeks was within his grasp as he dominated the early portion of the Pro All Stars Series 150-lap tune-up race on August 13 at Oxford Plains. That is, until electrical gremlins caused his No. 29 Super Late Model to grind to a halt on track and out of the lead.
With the Oxford 250 next up, Sanborn is leaving nothing to chance.
“We’ve had a really good car the last five or six weeks between the 100-lappers and the last PASS race. Something electrical in the wiring quit on us in the PASS race, since then I’ve had the whole car rewired, put in a new MSD, a new ignition box, new coil; everything that goes with the wiring in the car is brand new. We have been very thorough, don’t need it happening during the 250,” he told Racing America.
Some good news, the work is already done, and there is no rush to get to the track.
“We finished everything Monday night, we’ll bring it all up Thursday to park it, go to the little get together at the Turn 1 beer garden, and get ready for Friday practice.”
While the fear of missing the Oxford 250 is gone, Sanborn is still plenty motivated not to have to use the said provisional, despite fighting through the field in 2021.
“It’s a good feeling to have that, but obviously I’d to take a provisional. At that point you either got wrecked in the heats and you’re fixing your car, or your car is so far off that you’re in no condition to drive from the back to the front. Although last year we weren’t good until the Last Chance Race, we won it, and drove from 42nd to finish 8th in the 250.”
Confident they have driven off all the gremlins, Sanborn is as confident as ever that this his year in the Oxford 250.
“Right now, the way the car has been running we truly have a great shot at it this year. I’ve never been more excited, to be honest. That said, there’s more stuff out of my control than in, same for everybody else. You got to have a little luck, but you have to be prepared for it also.”
Competing in Super Late Models starting at Age 16, a win the Oxford 250 would be the ultimate career highlight for the now 35-year-old family man.
“We’ve been racing Super Late Models since 2003, I had three fulltime years at Beech Ridge and then went tour racing. I had a couple of years of running most or all of the PASS races, but more or less I haven’t run a full season in about 10 years, and this is the first season I’ve attempted to run as many as we have. There’s a lot to go with it, we got the experience, we got the crew, we have a good idea when to pit, and how to go about things. I’m staying positive, we got what it takes, and I’m looking forward to going for it on Sunday.”