LEGENDS: Ryan Kuhn Captures Second Straight Legends Win at Oxford 250

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Kuhn celebrates with his team following the win at Oxford Sunday. (Race Chaser Online photo)

OXFORD, Maine —

Ryan Kuhn invaded Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday afternoon and came from the tail of the pack to capture the 25 lap U.S. Legend Cars feature victory. The driver of the Bernier’s Liquors No. 72 started deep in the field and struggled to get towards the front for much of the distance.

He was stuck in traffic, trying to get around some of the slower cars without damaging the bumpers on his No. 72 and trying to methodically work his way to the front.

Kuhn decided it was time to pounce in the 10 final laps, getting all the way up to third then climbing to the lead coming to the white flag after a bump to race leader Austin Teras. He held off fellow Seekonk Speedway invader Nick Lascuola to the checkered flag and scored the big trophy.

“It was just awesome,” Kuhn said. “On lap 18, we were running ninth and I was thinking we would be lucky to get a top-five. We got a couple of breaks when a couple of guys got into each other. We were sitting third on the green-white-checkered finish and it was a great race for the win.”

Coming into the weekend, Kuhn had scored five victories as part of the 2016 season, all of them coming at Seekonk. He rolled into Oxford on Saturday morning and when the end of the feature came around, he was in victory lane.

Sunday, much like Saturday, Kuhn was celebrating when the main event was complete. It was his seventh overall win of the 2016 season and his second in two days at the famed oval.

It was also Kuhn’s second straight Legend Cars win as part of Oxford 250 Sunday. As a support division for the prestigious $25,000 to win Super Late Model main event, Kuhn showed the rest of the field he was there to get the job done.

“This is just so much fun this year,” Kuhn said. “It’s a comeback year. Last year we had the car to do it but we just didn’t have any luck and now we do.”

Lascuola — who finished second — is a two-time Legends Cars champion at Seekonk and invaded Oxford chasing glory. He came up one spot short behind the wheel of the Champion’s Spark Plugs No. 39, but it was a solid run after chasing the handling of the car much of the day.

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“All day today we made gains on the car, it got faster and faster every time out,” Lascuola said. “We just slowly worked our way up through the field and we were at the front when it mattered most. The last couple of restarts were crucial because the top-five was close in times.”

Said Lascuola: “You needed the inside because the outside didn’t really have much because of the Super Late Model rubber up there. We held on up on the top side. We just made it work.”

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