OXFORD — The 48th running of the Oxford 250, Maine’s most prominent stock care race, is set to raise the green flag on Sunday, Aug. 29 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

And two local drivers — one chasing history and other the top-ranked racer at Wiscasset Speedway — each hope to bring home the checkered flag Sunday night.

Travis Benjamin of Morrill and Josh St. Clair of Liberty are in the mix to qualify for the event.

The three-day event begins Friday, Aug. 27 and features a variety races which draws fans from near and far, but the crown jewel of the weekend is the Oxford 250, which boasts such former winners as Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Maine native Ricky Craven.

Qualifying races begin Sunday afternoon, with the 250-lap race set to begin in the evening.

Benjamin, 42, who has raced for more than 20 years and is a three-time winner of the event, looks to become the lone four-time winner in event history with a victory.

By comparison, the 33-year-old St. Clair attempts to qualify for the race for the second time in three attempts.

St. Clair, as a 16-year-old Mount View High School student, first raced in the Oxford 250 in 2007 and had “a mediocre finish,” crossing the line 27th among 44 drivers. He recalled getting second in the fifth qualifying heat that year, which got him into the race.

He tried again a few years later, but “went through all the [prelim] races and didn’t end up making it.”

But he is excited to potentially give it another go in Maine’s most well-known stock car race.

“I’m really excited, honestly,” he said. “I’ve actually had a lack of sleep due to the anxiety of it all. But it’s been a tremendous year for me up at Wiscasset compared to the last few years and I spoke up from the beginning of this year and said I’d go give it a whirl.”

St. Clair, a 2008 Mount View High School graduate, is the grandson of longtime racer Dave St. Clair, who won multiple points championships at Unity Raceway in the 1980s.

He races for Dave’s World, which is his grandfather’s business in Liberty.

This year at Wiscasset Speedway, St. Clair is first in the Norm’s Used Cars Pro Stock points standings with three wins, four top-3 finishes, seven top-5s and nine top-10s.

“I’m leading by four points still,” he said. “But towards the end of the season it’s getting to be a little more aggressive racing.”

He can expect more of the same at the Oxford 250.

No one knows that more than Benjamin, who eyes history at this year’s event.

Benjamin joined the company of Ralph Nason, Mike Rowe and Dave Dion as the only three-time winners of the event with his victory in 2019

Now he has the chance to stand alone as the event’s lone four-time champion.

“It’s very exciting,” said Benjamin, a 1997 Belfast Area High School graduate who races for Petit Motorsports out of Biddeford. “It makes me hungry to work harder for it. I’ve been very fortunate to have won the race three times, so it’s not something that I think about all the time. But it does make me hungry to go get it. If it would all work out it would be awesome.”

In last year’s race, Benjamin finished 24th among 44 drivers. He is 30th (540 points) in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) North points race.