SPEED51.COM PLANS EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF TD BANKNORTH 250
Rich New England Short Track Race a Favorite of 51 Staffers
The TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway is known as the richest one-day short track race in America. There is an automatic $25,000 going to the winner plus $100 for every lap led. One of the things that makes the race unique is that unlike other great events like Florida Speedweeks, the All American 400 or the Snowball Derby, all of the Oxford heat races, consolation events and 250 green flag race laps will take place on one day – Sunday, July 31st.
But even if the racing action only takes place on one day, that doesn’t mean that Speed51.com will only be covering the race on Sunday. The popular short track website will feature full coverage of the event for the next week. We will have previews, practice updates from Friday and Saturday, coverage of Saturday night’s ACT race and plenty of photos at the track all before a race lap is run in the 250.
“When I was growing up, the Oxford 250 was the big race to me,” said Twist. “I started out reading about it in magazines and then starting going in person. I lived down South for eight years and always felt homesick in July when the race was coming up and I couldn’t be there. Since I moved back North to Maine in 2001, I haven’t missed one and don’t intend to for a long time.”
In fact, Twist’s biggest racing memory comes from the 250.
“You never know, if there was room on the plane on Sunday, I could even wind up there as well,” said Dillner. “But right now I'm feeling like Kurt Busch does. This is our last weekend off till Thanksgiving.”
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“I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few different jobs in racing,” said Twist. “One of those jobs was working with Joe Bessey for three years. During that time, we raced in the NASCAR Busch Series and in NASCAR Cup and I can remember standing on the grid for the Daytona 500 with a car in the show. But my fondest memory was when I was alongside Joe in 2001 when he started on the pole for the 250 and ran very competitively in the race. Since I doubt that I will ever drive in the race myself, that is probably the closest to having a dream come true.”
Dillner has also got acquainted with the Oxford track. He competed there in a match race against PASS Champion Johnny Clark last week.
"I had a lot of fun at Oxford the other week,” said Dillner. “Just to say I raced at that historic track is a honor to me and the fact that I competed against one of the favorites for the 250, Johnny Clark, is pretty cool. I had dinner with Kurt Busch the other night and he couldn't stop talking about the 250 and his experience last year. He is truly disappointed he can't make it this year, but with the grueling schedule he keeps as the defending Cup champ, he needs a break. But that's why his little brother Kyle is coming this year.”
And with an off weekend on the NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth might not be the only ones spending their Sunday in Maine. Dillner himself could pop up there if a ride can be found from his North Carolina home.
Kurt Busch won't be at this year's 250, but his little borther will.
Ben Rowe knows all about the TD Banknorth 250 - he's won it the last two years.
Johnny Clark is one of the favroite for this year's race.
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“We'll cover the 250 like a glove,” said Speed51.com founder and SPEED Channel personality Bob Dillner. “Mike Twist and Justin St. Louis will do a great job with the 250 and the ACT race this weekend. Plus Mike will even hit the Whelen Mod Tour race at Seekonk as well so Speed51.com will definitely have a Northeastern feel this weekend.”
The TD Banknorth 250 is an event that Twist has a deep history with and appreciation for. He grew up as a race fan in New England looking forward to the 250 every year and still does despite having a schedule that takes him to racetracks across the country.