OXFORD — Cassius Clark knows what it’s like to win at Oxford Plains Speedway — he’s won two 150-lap Pro All Stars Series North features in the last calendar year alone.

He also knows his success at the track makes him one of the favorites Sunday at the 40th annual TD Bank 250, which for the first time in seven years won’t include a NASCAR ringer.

“It’s OK,” Clark said. “I’d rather be being chased than having to do the chasing. If I’m one of the guys people think is a favorite or whatever, than so be it. It doesn’t mean I’m going to win it.”

No, but it does mean the Farmington native will be on the minds of other drivers who will try to qualify for the state’s premier stock car race that will pay at least $25,000 to the winner.

“He’d be in my top five,” said six-time PASS North champ Johnny Clark, of Farmingdale. “You look at what he’s done lately and it’s like, how can he not be?”

The TD Bank 250 will include Super Late Models for the first time since 2006, when West Bath native Jeremie Whorff won.

The Super Late Models have wider tires and more horsepower compared to Late Models, which previous OPS track owner Bill Ryan preferred.

“We wanted to go back with the Super Late Models because they’re faster,” new OPS owner Tom Mayberry said. “We wanted the bigger cars back.”

Mayberry added that he expects as many as 60 cars to try to qualify for the feature. As of Friday, 55 cars were registered.

Qualifying will begin at 2 p.m., with the first of six heat races. The top four will advance.

Three consolation races and a last chance qualifier will also help set the field.

Tate Fogleman, 13, of Durham, N.C., is the youngest driver who will try to qualify today. He is the son of veteran driver Jay Fogleman, who is leading PASS South in points.

Reid Lanpher, 15, of Manchester, is also registered.

Mike Rowe, 62, of Turner, is the oldest driver who will try to qualify. He is tied with Ralph Nason and Dave Dion as the only three-time 250 winners.

Rowe, who last won it in 2005, will drive the No. 88J for Dick Fowler, whose son, Jason, was killed in a car accident last fall.

“We’re riding it in memory of him,” Rowe said. “It’d be neat if we could go up there and do something with it.”

Rowe, whose son, Ben, is a two-time winner, says it will be important to receive a good draw for the qualifying heat races.

“You need a good number,” he said. “You can have the fastest car here, but if you don’t get a good number it could be a long day for you. We’ve got a pretty good car. Hopefully, we can get it going there. I’m getting along in age so it’d be nice to get it one more time.”

The top drivers in PASS North and South will compete.

Joey Doiron, 21, of Berwick, leads PASS North with 1,094 points. He’s finished in the top five in all five point races.

“There’s going to be more strategy this year,” he said. “The wider tires for (Super Late Models) may mean that if you can make a change with 50 to go, you can go for it. I know this will be the biggest race I’ve ever been in.”

Cassius Clark will compete in his sixth 250. His previous best finish was 11th in 2003. He finished a 34th in his last Oxford 250, in 2006.

“We ran into trouble there so it’s good to come back and have another chance,” he said. “This race could come down to the final pit stop. The key is also not getting wrapped up in lap money. You can get greedy trying to do that but it’s leading that last lap that pays the most money.”

Johnny Clark last ran the 250 in 2005, when he finished second to Mike Rowe. Clark has won several big money races over the years, and he set a record with four consecutive PASS North championships from 2008-2011.

However, he’s never won the 250 in six attempts.

“There’s nothing like the 250,” Clark said. “That’s the one thing that’s missing on my resume.”

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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