Oxford ME -- Officials at Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) announced today that Spencer Group Paving (SGP) has signed on as the headline sponsor for the 50th Annual Oxford 250. The milestone event of the legendary race will be contested on August 27th, 2023
"Spencer Group Paving has been a tremendous supporter of Oxford Plains Speedway and The Pro All Stars Series over the last four or five years. I can't think of a better partner for one of the biggest races in North America," said OPS owner Tom Mayberry. "Locking this in a few months in advance also allows us to put our focus on making it the best race we can."
Nearly 60 drivers have already sent in entries for the 50th Annual Spencer Group Paving Oxford 250, with many more expected over the next 90 days. Former winners Bubba Pollard and Cassius Clark are the most recent to declare joining defending champion Cole Butcher.
"I grew up watching my racing heroes and dreaming about competing in the Oxford 250," said SGP President and Super Late Model competitor Dennis Spencer Jr. "To be able to actually put our name on such a big race in its 50th year is beyond anything I had ever considered. When Tom (Mayberry) approached me about this, it was a no brainer really."
Founded in 2011, SGP is a mid-sized paving company based in Turner Maine, specializing in MDOT roads, town roads, and large scale parking lots. Spencer Group prides themselves in quality of work and superior craftsmanship.
"We are going to be working with Dennis and his team on some things around the speedway to help improve the physical plant for the upcoming race," said Mayberry. "SGP has done work for us before and it has always been top notch."
Mayberry also noted some other special items were in store for the 50th edition of the Spencer Group Paving Oxford 250 that would be announced in the coming months. One such special event is the $100 lap leader program has been extended to $150 per lap. Under this celebration format, lap leader will still receive the traditional $100 per lap lead, but for the selected laps, position 2 will pay $30, and position 3 will pay $20.
"I think that is a pretty neat deal," said Spencer. "I know I have run 2nd or 3rd at times in some 250's and it would have been nice to collect some lap money for that. I'm glad to be a part of that this year."
A pedigree of notable racers over the previous years has made the Spencer Group Paving Oxford 250 one of the most prestigious short track races in the land that seems to sit on the bucket list of some of the most successful drivers. Notable national driver's like Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick entered and won well after their careers were established. Others like Ricky Craven and Chuck Bown used wins in the historic race to propel their careers forward.
"With the caliber of entries we have so far, I think this could be the most competitive 250 yet," said Mayberry.
No matter the background, every driver wants to etch their name in that trophy as the 50th all time winner of the Spencer Group Paving Oxford 250.
For more information on Spencer Group Paving visit spencergrouppaving.com, or call 207-225-2159.
For more information on Oxford Plains Speedway or tickets call the speedway office at 207-539-8865.
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For marketing opportunities as a part of the 250 or others please call 207-577-1836 or inquire at [email protected].
-Oxford Plains Speedway Release
-Photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America