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Oxford 250 Practice Storylines: Griffith Fastest, Engine Change for Defending Champion
Aug 26, 2023
Richard Savary just wanted to prove the “old man” still had it. On Saturday night, he did that at Oxford Plains Speedway with the Modified Racing Series.
Savary dominated the MRS feature race on the eve of the Oxford 250, leading 72 of the race’s 75 laps to take the checkered flag ahead of Joey Jarvis and Jacob Perry.
At one point, Savary had sold all of his racing equipment, ready to walk away. However, a decision to get back into the sport this year has led to a strong return, and now a win at Oxford Plains Speedway.
“I have a great group of guys that have been with me for a long time,” said Savary in victory lane. “We sold everything. We got out of racing. We were all done. I called them in February and asked if they wanted to come back. We put this deal together with Ryan Stone calling the shots. It’s been all top-fives, and tonight it all came to fruition.”
One of the best parts of the win for Savary is being able to celebrate with his son in victory lane.
“He looks like he’s smiling. I talked to him on the radio and got no response. I think this one’s going in the memory bank. That’s why we came back. We came back for this reason. I wanted him to know his old man could do it. He got to see it tonight, so we’re all good.”
That’s why we came back. We came back for this reason. I wanted him to know his old man could do it. He got to see it tonight, so we’re all good.
Richard Savary celebrates in victory lane with his son. (Photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America)
Joey Jarvis was a driver on the move late in the race, finishing second at one of his favorite race tracks.
“I love Oxford. I love all these round Maine tracks, but this one’s especially my favorite, for sure. We’ve run good here a bunch of times. Just one spot short tonight, we didn’t have anything for Rich.”
Jacob Perry, last year’s MRS winner on Oxford 250 weekend, held on for a third place finish, fighting several mechanical issues over the course of the race.
“We fought a power steering issue, like, lap 25, it started coming intermittently,” said Perry. “Lap 30, it was gone. Oxford’s not exactly the place to lose power steering with how abrasive this place is. We were just hanging on the best we could.”
“When we went to refire on that restart, I got a really good launch and then all of a sudden it went into a skip. Motor started skipping and [no] power steering, I’ll still take a third at one of my favorite tracks.”
Donny Lashua and Matt Swanson completed the top five.
Fans unable to attend this year's Oxford 250 can watch the action live on Racing America.
-Featured photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America