OXFORD — Travis Benjamin joined a very exclusive club Sunday night.

The two-time Pro All Stars Series champion dominated the final 40 laps at Oxford Plains Speedway to capture the 46th Oxford 250. He’s just the fourth driver to win the race three times.

All of the Morrill driver’s victories have come in the last seven years, after winning back-to-back Oxford 250s in 2013-14.

Mike Rowe, Ralph Nason and Dave Dion – New England racing royalty – are the only other drivers to win the Oxford 250 three times. Nason won three in a row from 1998-2000, while Rowe is the only driver to win the race in three different decades.

“I’m in shock,” said Benjamin, who started 11th. “I was sitting in my car almost just about ready to cry. I just can’t believe we’ve won it three times. I haven’t won many races. I haven’t. But I’ve won some big ones, and that’s all the crew.

“It’s crazy. Words cannot even express what that means. I’m waiting to wake up and having this day start all over again.”

The victory was the 13th of Benjamin’s PASS career. He won PASS championships in 2012 and 2017.

Benjamin held off D.J. Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire and Derek Griffith of Hudson, New Hampshire, on two restarts inside the final 12 laps. Unofficially, Benjamin collected $29,000 for the win and laps-led bonuses.

Griffith finished second, and Shaw ended up third. Johnny Clark of Farmingdale and Mike Hopkins of Hermon completed the top five.

“We weren’t that good at the beginning of the race,” Benjamin said. “We tried the pit strategy, and we came in and made some adjustments and the thing was a rocket after that. This is just unbelievable.”

Griffith was glad to have the restart opportunity, while Shaw knew that he needed the race to go green to the finish in order to have a shot at beating Benjamin.

“We definitely had a good car on those short runs. It definitely fired off,” Griffith said. “It just lost a little bit of speed after a couple laps. But it was really good on the bottom, and that’s where I was able to pass a lot of cars.”

“I think if it the race had gone the long run right to the finish, there was a 50 percent chance I (would have) caught Travis,” said Shaw, who led the first Oxford 250 laps of his career. “Short runs, I just didn’t have it. It just didn’t fall our way tonight.”

The race turned dramatically on Lap 180. Leaders Alan Tardiff and Nick Sweet were among four cars to stay on the track while the rest of the field pitted, and it took Benjamin only 30 laps to drive from 11th to the lead. He passed Cassius Clark in a gaggle of lapped traffic and never looked back.

“When we came in and put those last tires on, about five laps into that run the car was the best it’s been since a couple of years ago,” Benjamin said.

Cole Butcher, Ben Ashline, Cassius Clark, Curtis Gerry and Tardiff finished sixth through 10th in the 44-car field.

Defending champion Bubba Pollard of Senoia, Georgia, retired on Lap 140 after going two laps down because of handling issues. He was never a factor.

Ryan Kuhn, Eddie MacDonald, Cassius Clark, Griffith and Cole Butcher all won qualifying heat races to begin the day.

Consolation wins went to Ashline, making his first Oxford 250 start, and two-time Oxford 250 winner Ben Rowe of Turner.

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