Oxford 250 is a family affair for Mike and Ben Rowe amid cancer battle

The Oxford 250 was run for the 49th time on Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway, but it was run without a driver, synonymous with the race itself. Mike Rowe is the all-time winningest race car driver at Maine and a three-time winner of the Oxford 250. He has run the race nearly every year since it was first held in 1974. But in February, he diagnosed with prostate cancer and was unable to run this year. “It is what it is,” Rowe said. “You’ve got to live on, we’re going to beat this and we’re going to be good.” The absence freed up a seat in Mike’s car, which was appropriately filled by his son Ben. “It’s tough,” Ben Rowe said. himself a two-time Oxford 250 winner. “He would never say he is going through something like that. And if he could be in this for three or four days, then he would be in the race to start fourth in the feature race, racing for his father the whole way. “He was more nervous about that race than he had been in 25 years.” said Ben Rowe.”I don’t know if it was a big weight for me, but it went to my head, but once I got in the car, I was fine.”In the Oxford 250, Ben ran as high as second before withdraw from the race after 125 laps.The race was won by Canadian Cole Butcher.

The Oxford 250 was run for the 49th time on Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway, but it was run without a driver, synonymous with the race itself.

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Mike Rowe is Maine’s all-time winningest race car driver and a three-time winner of the Oxford 250. He has run the race nearly every year since it was first held in 1974. But in February, he was diagnosed prostate cancer and was unable to run this year.

“It is what it is,” Rowe said. “You have to live with it and keep going, and we’re going to beat this and we’re going to be good.”

The absence left a free seat in Mike’s car, which was duly filled by his son Ben.

“It’s tough,” said two-time Oxford 250 winner Ben Rowe. “I would never say he’s going through something like that. And if he could be in it for three or four days, then he would be.”

Ben took his father’s #24 car near the top of the grid, winning his qualifying race to start fourth in the feature race, racing for his father the entire way.

“I was more nervous about that race than I had been in 25 years,” Ben Rowe said. “I don’t know if it was a big weight for me, but he just went to my head, but once I got in the car, I was fine.”

At the Oxford 250, Ben ran as high as second before retiring from the race after 125 laps. The race was won by Canadian Cole Butcher.

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