36th annual TD Banknorth 250 set for Sunday, July 19, 2009
For sixth straight year, it’s open date for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


OXFORD, Maine – Oxford Plains Speedway announced today that the 36th annual TD Banknorth 250 Presented By New England Dodge Dealers will be held Sunday, July 19, 2009.
For the sixth consecutive year, the race will coincide with an open weekend on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. NASCAR released the 2009 schedules for its three major touring series on Tuesday.
“We are excited once again about the opportunities that weekend will create for our fans and competitors,” said OPS owner Bill Ryan. “We look forward to another great race with another huge field of cars.”
This summer, Kevin Harvick became the first active Sprint Cup driver to win the TD Banknorth 250.
The Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 champion added New England’s short track summer classic to his list of racing laurels, holding off regional Late Model stars Glen Luce of Turner, Maine, and Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, N.H., for the victory on July 21.
Harvick added another heavy hitter to a lengthy list of NASCAR dignitaries that have attempted to win the race since it fell in line with an open date in20their schedule in 2004.
Past entrants include Cup champions Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Terry Labonte, current Sprint Cup point leader Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing star Denny Hamlin.
Eighty-eight drivers attempted to compete for one of the starting spots in this year’s 250, making it the largest draw and toughest qualifying challenge in the region.
This year’s race winner was guaranteed $25,000, plus $100 for every green-flag lap led. Harvick took home a winner’s check of $37,300 and a 6-foot, 2-inch-tall trophy.
Ticket renewal information for the TD Banknorth 250 will be announced soon at www.oxfordplains.com.


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