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OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY
Route 26, Oxford, ME  Phone: (207) 539-8865 
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WELCOME TO OPS!

Facility Layout

A few guidelines to make your visit to an enjoyable one

Camping Policy
Please note that all non-employee campers are
to be removed from Speedway property by Monday following any events.

Rain Checks
No rain check will apply for the Oxford Championship Series after the completion of heats. No rain check will apply for the Oxford Acceleration Series after the completion of five (5) features.

Rain checks may be used for any race with the same admission price during the current season.

Parking
Parking is free for all events. Handicapped parking is located in front of the main ticket office.

Camping
There is plenty free camping available. Please contact the Speedway office to inquire about available camping areas. No water or hookups are available.

BYO?
You are allowed to bring your own food and drink items into the Speedway. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted. Please have your coolers/containers available for inspection upon entering the Speedway

Concessions/Souvenirs
Full concession and souvenir stands are available in both the grandstand and pit area.

Skybox Rental
Private skybox rental is available at most races. Please contact the main office for reservations and availability.

Public Address announcements
Have your birthday, anniversary etc... announced over the PA system by dropping off your request at our souvenir stand.

Fan Conduct
Oxford Plains Speedway strives to provide a fun, family atmosphere. Fans using abusive or profane language will be asked to leave the property. Please report disturbances to the nearest uniformed employee or security officer.

Restrooms
Restrooms are located at the far side of each end of the main grandstands and adjacent to the tower in the Pit Area.

Radio Frequencies
Listen to OPS race control on your scanner with frequencies 464.500 and 464.550

Ticket Policy
Ticket purchases are non-refundable. In the event of rain, your ticket will serve as your rain-check for a designated date.

Ticket Exchange
Grandstand tickets may not be used to upgrade to Pit Passes, however, a Pit Pass (bracelet) will serve as valid grandstand admission.

Age Limits
Tickets -
Junior (6-12 yrs.), Adult (13-64 yrs.), Senior (65 yrs. & up)
Racing - You must be at least 14 years old to race in any division. OPS must approve all drivers under age 16 prior to competing and prior racing experience is required.
Pit Admission - You must be at least 10 years old to enter the Pit Area. Ages 10-17 must fill out a minor release form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Minors aged 10 to 14 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian at all times. Anyone failing to comply will be asked to leave the pit area and will not be allowed back into the pit area for the remainder of the season.


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DIRECTIONS

From the Maine Turnpike
Take Exit 63 (Gray)
Turn Right off exit
Turn Left onto Route 26 North
Follow Route 26 for approx. 23 miles. Speedway is on the right.

Approximate Mileage From
Augusta, ME 51
Bangor, ME 127
Bath, ME 49
Bethel, ME 25
Bridgton, ME 18
Brunswick, ME 39
Freeport, ME 49
Halifax, NS 550
Lewiston, ME 21
North Conway, NH 50
Old Orchard Beach, ME 74
Portland , ME 45
Rangeley, ME 79
Rumford, ME 36
Skowhegan, ME 76
Waterville, ME 72


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AREA INFORMATION

 

Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce

Click "Visitor Center" link for:
Dining  -  Lodging - Things to Do

 

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FAST FACTS

OPS was originally...

A 1/2 mile track, 70 feet wide with a four ft. grade in the turns that cost $35,000 to build. It provided a 600 ft. long grandstand with bleacher style seating for 5,000 and parking for 1,000 cars, concession buildings and a pit area. It took all of six weeks to transform 200 acres of lightly wooded flat land into Maine's most modern racing facility.

OPS is currently...

A 3/8 mile paved oval with short straights and wide, sweeping turns. The Speedway plays host to a Saturday night Oxford Championship Series, a Wednesday night Oxford Acceleration Series, a Friday night Go Kart Series and occasional Motor Mayhem events.

The largest spectator facility in the state of Maine (seating for 14,000)

Home to the Oxford 250. With a purse nearing $200,000 and a guaranteed $25,100 to the winner, the Oxford 250 has been hailed as the richest one-day short track race in America.

Important Dates in OPS History

April 1950
George Damon purchases 200 acres of flat land covered with light wooded growth. Six weeks later the land is transformed into Maine's most modern racing facility. Harold Small, an engineer from Minot, ME was instrumental in building the facility.

May 18, 1950
"Hutch" Hutchins drives to the very first feature win at OPS. "Hutch" drove the #58 for 15 laps averaging 55.6 MPH.

May 27, 1950
Oxford Plains Speedway, a 1/2 mile dirt track, is ready for racing.

July 4, 1951
Largest crowd assembled in Maine's history, (12,000 spectators) attend an OPS event.

1961
Damon sells the speedway to local businessmen Hayward Luck, Asa Packard and Thomas Ryan.

1961
Oxford Plains Speedway is transformed from a 1/2 mile dirt track to a 1/3 mile asphalt oval.

1964
Bob Bahre purchases Oxford Plains Speedway.

1965
The original wooden grandstands are torn down and replaced with a steel structure designed to seat nearly 15,000.

September 25, 1965
Bill Slater wins the first NASCAR Modified Tour race in Maine.

July 12, 1966
Bobby Allison's earns his first career NASCAR win at OPS. Allison won the original Maine 300 while driving the J.D. Bracken Chevrolet. He was 28 years old at the time.

July 11, 1967
Allison also posted his seventh career NASCAR win at OPS.

July 11, 1968
Richard Petty wins the 83rd of his record 200 NASCAR victories. The King won the race at the age of 31 while driving his Petty Enterprises Plymouth.

May 31, 1969
Mike Rowe wins his first OPS race in the Charger division. The reigning King of OPS would go on to win 146 more.

1969
An NHRA Dragstrip is built adjacent to the Speedway and continues to operate today.

May, 1970
Bobby Walker (Ol' B.W.) announces his first race at Oxford Plains Speedway.

June 20, 1970
Carl "Bugs" Stevens wins the first-ever Oxford Open race.

July 28, 1971
Gene Bergin wins the Getty Open in a Pinto bodied car. Shortly after, NASCAR approved the Pinto body on Modified cars.

July 14, 1974
Joey Kourafas of Sharon, MA wins the first annual Oxford 200. Kourafas came from 19th starting position to earn $4,500 of the $25,000 purse. The race would be expanded by 50 laps the following year to incorporate a pit stop. Since, the race has grown into the TD Bank Oxford 250, one of the premier short track events in the country.

July, 1975
The track is paved for the second time a couple of weeks prior to the Oxford 250.

July 14, 1979
Sallie Graves becomes the first woman to win a Weekly Racing Series event. It was her first of 10 wins.

1980-81
Geoff Bodine wins back-to-back Oxford 250 races.

1987
Michael Liberty purchases Oxford Plains Speedway. Corporate skyboxes and an electronic scoreboard are installed.

April 27, 1987
Bill Clark wins the inaugural NASCAR Busch North Series race.

July 8, 1990
Richard Petty serves as Grand Marshall for the 1990 Oxford 250. Petty is awarded a plaque commemorating the date as Richard Petty Day at Oxford Plains Speedway.

1992
The track is paved prior to opening day. The widening of the backstretch changed the configuration to a 3/8 mile oval.

July 5, 1998
Unity's Ralph Nason begins his streak of three-straight Oxford 250 championships.

1999
Bill Ryan assumes full ownership of Oxford Plains Speedway.

April, 1999
The official Oxford Plains Speedway website www.oxfordplains.com is launched.

June 16, 1999
The Big Apple Food Stores Summer Racing Series presented by Texaco brings mid-week racing to Oxford. The four-division series runs every Wednesday night at 6:30pm

May 20, 2000
Al Hammond wins the 75th Pro Stock race of his career. The win makes Hammond the first driver to win an OPS feature event in five different decades. Al's first win was July 4, 1965.

August 19, 2000
The International Super Modified Association holds its first race at OPS. Nokie Fornoro of Reeders, PA bests 26 cars in the 75-lap main event.

August 19, 2000
Randy Ritskes of Brockville, ONT turns the fastest recorded lap in OPS history. Ritskes and his ISMA Supermodified completed one lap in 13.341 seconds averaging speeds over 100 MPH.

July 24, 2001
Freestye Motocross comes to OPS. The stars of the wildly popular X-Games events make their way to Oxford for their only Maine appearance and an unforgettable night of high-fylin' fun. The show has since become an annual event.

September 7, 2002
Jeff Taylor wins a record eighth Pro Stock championship. Taylor entered the evening in a seven-title tie with Mike Rowe and 25 points ahead of Gary Drew. The 1998 BGNN Rookie of the year recovers from a lap 18 spin to place fifth in the feature event.

October, 2002
The track is paved for the fourth time.

January, 2003
The Speedway announces the start of a Friday night Go Kart Series to begin in April.

July, 2004
NASCAR champions Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch compete in the OXFORD 250, starting a new tradition of Sprint Cup drivers entering the crown jewel event. Kenseth finishes third.

July and August, 2005
It's the summer of the elder statesmen. Mike Rowe, 54, ties a record with his third OXFORD 250 championship, tying a record, while 60-somethings Dave Dion and Al Hammond also make headlines. Dion wins the first NASCAR Busch North Series race at Oxford since 1992, while Hammond wins back-to-back Pro Stock features in July.

September, 2006
Jeff Taylor wins his ninth speedway championship at OPS, padding his own record in that category. 

Winter, 2007
A record 156 drivers pre-register for the OXFORD 250. Ninety-seven will make a qualifying attempt in July.

September, 2007
Jean Paul Cyr clinches his record seventh ACT championship at Oxford.

2009
Travis Adams clinches his fourth consecutive Late Model championship (fifth overall) at Oxford.

October 2012
Veteran Promoter Tom Mayberry purchases Oxford Plains Speedway from Bill Ryan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est.
1950

Track Size
3/8 mile oval

Surface
Asphalt

Seating
Approx 14,000