When Scott Robbins received the Oxford 250 in 2002, his crew incorporated his younger cousin, Ryan Robbins.
The two Dixfield residents drove Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway, and both equally certified for the 250 by way of their heats (Scott finished third in the first heat, and Ryan was next in the second warmth), many thanks in component to communicating and assisting every single other for the duration of the 7 days foremost up to the race.
“We converse all the time,” reported Scott Robbins, 49. “We share info if it positive aspects us, like, ‘Hey, this will work, that is effective.’ They are basically the types that have probably aided us the most straighten out and get a decent car or truck for the weekend. It’s just about like getting a two-car or truck workforce.”
Scott reported he’s been driving for practically 30 decades and is familiar with the relevance of a excellent draw. When he drew the fifth starting off placement in the initially warmth, he understood he experienced a prospect to get into the 250. The leading 5 drivers in just about every warmth progress to the 250, although absolutely everyone else has to try out to qualify by means of the consolation heats.
“As soon as you attract that chip you say, ‘Oh, wow, which is fantastic,’” Scott Robbins stated. “You recognize it suitable absent, and then the nerves alter from questioning what it is going to be to, ‘I hope I really don’t screw this up.’ You really do not get these draws just about every calendar year.”
Ryan Robbins, 36, has now experienced for the Oxford 250 in each and every of his 4 attempts. He said he learned a ton from his time operating on Scott’s crew.
“Just a whole lot of planning (I figured out) from those people fellas,” Ryan Robbins reported. “They’re incredibly element-oriented, not just at the racetrack, but at the shop. Persons generally say races are won and lost at the shop, how nicely you are geared up, so just primarily remaining organized for every little thing during the weekend.”
The cousins ended up hopeful that their qualifying results would have more than into the key function.
“Obviously, we are household, and me and Scott have a equivalent driving style, so it is uncomplicated for us to bounce factors off of every single other in the course of the 7 days,” Ryan Robbins stated. “Even more so this yr, we’ve labored nearer this yr than in decades previous, and I consider the benefits are beginning to display. … We’re each individual other’s most important cheerleaders.”
Scott Robbins concluded 14th, although Ryan Robbins completed 19th.
WHEN Three-TIME Oxford 250 winner Mike Rowe, 71, of Turner learned he would begin the third warmth in 11th place, he understood he desired to make up a good deal of spots in a limited volume of time.
“That’s not serious bad, it could have been dead previous,” Rowe explained soon after the draws were revealed. “We bought the bottom, so hopefully we can go inside and get up there and complete fourth.”
Rowe, who received in 1984, 1997 and 2005, mentioned that the pace of the vehicles in this year’s area built it even a lot more complicated than usual to obtain spots, but Rowe’s “hammer down” strategy worked: He passed more than enough automobiles and concluded fourth.
Rowe completed 20th.
Like Rowe, Waterboro’s Curtis Gerry started out 11th in his heat, but by the midpoint of the 20-lap race he was at the entrance of the pack. The 2017 Oxford 250 winner gained his warmth convincingly.
“It’s my most loved track and I’ve had a superior keep track of report here,” Gerry mentioned.
Gerry built a further strong operate in the major function but wound up second driving Cassius Clark by .131 seconds.
KATE RE of Harrison drew the ninth place in her heat and was hoping to tap into her modern expertise at Lee Speedway in New Hampshire, when she also drew a reduced starting place in a qualifier but made her way into the direct. Immediately after starting to be the 1st girl to qualify for the Oxford 250 a 12 months in the past, Re said she also felt strain.
“It tends to make me a little bit extra nervous because now I have expectations to fulfill just after the first year, the to start with endeavor, so I’m a small bit more anxious than last year, but I’m fired up,” Re reported just before the qualifiers.
Re did not finish in the prime five in her heat and did not qualify as a result of the consolation heats or the very last-chance qualifier, but she was gained a single of 8 provisional entries and finished 27th.