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OPS gearing down from banner year for winter season, preparing for 2014
OXFORD — After having one of its most successful seasons in years, Oxford Plains Speedway has completed their season for 2013, and is heading full steam ahead for 2014. Oxford Plains Speedway and Pro Allstars Series President Tom Mayberry and Vice President Michael Mayberry are extremely happy with their first year in the driver’s seat at Maine’s premiere auto racing facility.
“I am clearly looking forward to 2014 here at Oxford," stated Tom Mayberry. "This was a huge undertaking for me and my family and I am excited for the future of this program! We had some tremendous racing here at Oxford in 2013, and the return of Super Late Models for the TD Bank 250 this year made for an incredible show for the fans. They absolutely loved it, and the race in itself was spectacular and exciting right to the end.”
Michael Mayberry ran the day to day operations in 2013 and felt very satisfied with his first year at the helm. “It was quite an eye opening experience," declared Michael. "There is so much to do every minute of every day that it can be quite overwhelming. I had to learn fast that you plan out your day accordingly, and that you stay on the job until the honey-do list is completed. I learned a ton this year and am looking forward to building on that in 2014.”
Several changes are in the works for the upcoming season as Dick Therrien has been appointed the new General Manager, as well as the Promotional and Marketing Manager at OPS. “I am looking forward to my new job here at Oxford. Tom and I have worked together promoting numerous events in the past and his visions for the future of Oxford Plains Speedway and the P.A.S.S. Tour are very similar to mine. We are off and flying, talking to numerous major companies about joining us here in the OPS family," stated Therrien. "Things are already going very well!”
Therrien comes to Oxford Plains Speedway after several years of running the now-closed Canaan Fair Speedways in Canaan, N.H. Prior to that he leased and managed Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H. He has over 30 years experience in the auto racing industry. His duties will include helping out in the daily operations of the Speedway, plus he is handling all the marketing and sponsorship aspects for 2014. Therrien will also be returning to one of his passions and that will be announcing regularly on the weekly shows and the P.A.S.S. Tour events. His wit, humor and knowledge will keep race fans very entertained.
Along with these changes, several other updates are in the early working stages. A new website is being developed, and will be much more fan-friendly than in the past. This website will offer much more information for race teams, sponsors and race fans. It will also be updated on a very regular basis throughout the entire year. A giant new event already on the schedule for 2014 is “The Colossal Carnage 150," a giant four- and six-cylinder Enduro race paying the winner $7,000, and offering a very healthy purse to the top 10 drivers. That event is tentatively scheduled for late April, and entries are already starting to pour in. OPS is also looking at bringing back the Triple Crown Series at the end of the season, and also is toying with the idea of bringing back a series similar to the old Getty Opens that took place in the glory years of the Bob Bahre regime. Oxford Plains Speedway is also looking at attending several winter race shows, and is negotiating with a local radio station on hosting a live weekly radio show.
Winter office hours are now in effect at OPS; they are open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information on Oxford Plains Speedway, visit the track website at www.oxfordplains.com, or call the track hotline at 539-8865.