November 13, 2002

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bobby Walker 207-539-8854 ops@oxfordplains.com


OXFORD, ME---The OPS paving project is completely done and awaits the 2003 season announced Oxford Plains Speedway owner Bill Ryan.

"We have completely re-paved the Speedway, enlarged the pit area exit road in turn two and built a pit road access road on the inside of turns three and four along with some other face lifting projects over the past few weeks," said Ryan. "Pike Industries and their subcontractor, T. W. Paving of Lewiston, spent more than a week completing the project. We are very excited about the 2003 season as a result of their work."

Pike Engineers and the grinding crew from T. W. Paving spent two days grinding out the cracks and seams from the existing surface. The surface areas were then re-paved with a binder mix. The Pike's crew laser shimmed the entire 3/8 mile oval surface in preparation for the final surface. The entire finish surface was completed the next day. The mix was "Super Pave Fine" and has made the surface as smooth and even as possible. A number of drivers walked the surface a few days later and all agreed that the speeds would escalate substantially as a result. After a couple days break due to inclement weather, T. W. crews returned to do the remaining hand work and installed the Cape Cod style curbing that separates the racing surface from the pit access roads. As part of the facelift the entire infield / victory lane paved surface was reclaimed and repaved. The new look is a flat surface from turn four to turn one and the infamous concrete island has been completely removed.

"The engineers recommended that we pave in the fall and let the asphalt cure over the winter time which should eliminated most if not all of the surface oils that rise with new paving," notes Ryan. "I think it will enhance our race program and should even up the playing field for those teams that have elected to move up to a higher division or start their 2003 Oxford campaigns."

Oxford Plains Speedway's website, www.oxfordplains.com has a number of pictures from the start to finish process as well as additional information about the 2003 season. The Route 26 oval in Oxford, Maine features the largest spectator grandstand of any sports facility in Maine and is the home to the nationally recognized True Value 250, which is set for July 13, 2003.

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