Oxford, ME – DJ Shaw and the Precision JLM Racing team came home with a thrilling third place effort in the biggest race in short track racing, the HP Hood Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway. After years of mixed results at the 250, Shaw and the team were pleased to come home with a podium finish after they battled all day long in the top five and showed their strength late with a few bold moves in the closing laps to grab that podium finish.
“We had a pretty good car,” Shaw said. “Wayne had the winning strategy to pit that late. Polewarczyk pitted when Wayne did, and he passed us three-wide at one point. It’s hard to tell if we should have waited and pitted when they did.
“I’ve shot myself in the foot here more than once and it feels good not to do anything stupid, We had a really fast car at the end. I don’t know if we had anything for them. We couldn’t quite seal the deal with Travis on the first set of tires, but we were close and there’s not a whole lot more to ask for than that.”
DJ Shaw had luck on his side from the start, as his daughter drew him the pole position for the second heat race. Shaw made it look easy, as he won the heat race after leading every lap, allowing him to start the 250 lap feature event alongside his Dale Shaw Racecars teammate Joey Doiron, who won the first heat race.
At the start of 250 laps, Shaw rode inside the top five, and was biding his time before the pit stops came around the halfway portion of the race. After fighting through a few cautions early on, Shaw was able to hit the pit road on lap 122 with a majority of the leaders, taking four tires and a full tank of fuel and coming back on the track in the middle of the field. Shaw had a hard time getting back to the front, and found himself in the seventh spot with just 50 laps remaining. In the race’s closing laps, the team was able to take advantage of a few cautions and worked the bottom of the track before they got around the 4 of Ben Rowe with just a handful of laps remaining for the third position. Shaw was running down the leaders battling at the end, but he ran out of laps and grabbed his best finish in the Oxford 250.
With his podium finish, Shaw took a huge leap forward in his quest to capture a second Pro All Stars Series North Championship, as he increased his points lead after 12 races. The next race for the Precision JLM Racing team will be this coming weekend at Wiscasset Speedway for the “Wiscasset 100” Granite State Pro Stocks Series event on Sunday, September 4th
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Photos by Norm Marx and Lindsay Ellison