Stock Car Racing in Full Swing at Oyster Bed Speedway
Story by Jeremy MacDonald/Photo by Marlie Paynter
OYSTER BED BRIDGE – Oyster Bed Speedway is getting ready for their second Stock Car event of the season at the high banked oval Sunday at 2 PM.
In the ever competitive Street Stock Division 19 cars in total competed which was one of the highest car counts in the Maritimes.
Defending Champion Colton Ford had a brilliant start to his day. In his opening race he snuck through the pack eventually catching race leader Amanda Wheatley who he tried to pass in the closing laps. Unable to get around her Ford would settle for a second in his opening heat race with Wheatley grabbing her first checkered flag of the season. The two would once again battle for the lead in the next heat race with the checkered flag this time being awarded to Ford and Wheatley settling for a second place finish.
Kenny Snow and Troy Burke were also winners in Street Stock Heat Races.
Looking for back to back wins Colton Ford would once again muscle his car to the front of the pack until disaster struck with his engine going up in smoke coming around turn three resulting in an early exit from his first feature race of the season.
Kenny Snow would go on to be the first Feature winner of the season adding to his heat win earlier that day.
In the Late Model Division, former Division Champion Randy Millar started off his day on a strong note finishing second behind winner Chris Hughes in the opening heat and followed that up with a win in the second heat race.
Early in the feature Millar got mixed up with a spinning car and made contact with the car knocking out the alignment of his race car putting the fan favorite out of contention for the feature win.
Jason MacCallum would be the eventual feature winner adding to his third place finish earlier in the day.
The Late Model division will see the return of former Champion and current Maritime Pro-Stock tour driver Dylan Gosbee this Sunday. Gosbee who plans on running a limited schedule at the Speedway will make his debut Sunday.
The Outlaw division also saw one of the highest car counts ever in the division with 14 cars taking the green flag for the feature race of the day. The first part of the day belonged to defending Champions.
In the first heat race last season’s Mini Stock Division Champion Harley Cornish started where he left off last season with a victory in his opening two heat races setting himself up for a possible triple win.
In the other two heat races defending Outlaw Champion Kendall Palmer would equal Cornish’s feats by opening up with a pair of wins. The showdown was set to see what driver would come out on top when the field was combined for the feature.
Cornish would be the first to run into trouble and never really got any momentum going for the feature eventually finishing sixth. Palmer would also be denied the feature win by his Son and teammate Coady Palmer who was victorious for the feature win.
The Mini-Stock Division had five different drivers posting win including Randy MacTavish, Jeff Richard, Cuyler Byrne, Wade Murray and Mitchell Montgomery had the feature win.
The action will get underway Sunday afternoon at 2 pm and will feature all classes of racing including a Mini-Stock 30 lap feature.