Allison wheels Chevelle to win at Oxford

Tuesday, July 12, 1966 – Hueytown, Alabama’s Bobby Allison collected his first career win in NASCAR’s premier series with a dominating performance at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine. Allison led 238 of the race’s 300 laps around the .333-mile track and finished one lap ahead of runner-up Tiny Lund.

The victory came in start No. 29 for the three-time modified champion. He started on the pole for the second time in his career.

The 100-mile race was the first NASCAR Grand National event held in New England.

Fourteen of the 27 drivers who started the race were running at the finish. Among those falling by the wayside were two-time series champion Ned Jarrett (crash) and Marvin Panch (broken rear end).

The series competed at Oxford Plains twice more – Allison returned to win again in 1967 while Richard Petty won the final NASCAR premier series race at the track in ’68.

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