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Oyster Bed Speedway Results – August 10th

Track Release by Jeremy MacDonald – Photo by Scott Sinclair

One week after the tragic events at Oyster Bed Speedway which saw New Brunswick driver Mike Stevens pass away, drivers, crews, fans and officials at tracks around the region were trying to get back to the sport they love. At Oyster Bed Speedway the Saturday evening racing began with a touching tribute to Stevens which included fans rising to their feet removing their hats and flashing up four fingers representing the number he had on his car. Following a moment of silence drivers took one last deep breath and prepared to get back to business. Many drivers sported a number four decal on their car in memory and Brandon Snow in the Modified division was able to obtain an old skin from a Car Stevens drove years ago which was applied to the passenger side of his car. Fundraising was also underway for a trust fund set up for his two young children. Adding in sales from the 50/50, drivers who pledged their purses, officials pledging their nights pay, and donations from fans, more than sixty-three hundred dollars was raised.

When racing did resume it was a night of domination from a few different drivers in different divisions.

Veteran racer Tyler Gauthier made the move up to the Modified division mid-way through this season. After getting his feet wet and getting used to the car Gauthier made a big statement Saturday night by opening up with a pair of wins. Using a good starting position and clean air he was able to dominate the majority of those races showing his poise, being able to hit his marks around every turn and drive away from the pack. He followed up that performance with a solid second place finish in the feature.

Robbie MacEwen continued his winning ways in the division by adding a heat and a feature win to his total. He leads the division in wins with a total of nine including three feature wins.

Going into the night the top three drivers, Randy Millar, Darell Ford and Kris Fournier were only separated by three points for the championship. Disaster struck in the feature when a car came sliding up the backstretch impacting Ford who then got launched into Fournier. The impact was great enough to send Fords car partially airborne before finally coming to rest. Amazingly both drivers walked out of the cars under their own power without even a scratch on them. Their cars however were a complete write off and have to be rebuilt.

The Street Stock division which is highly contested with forty points separating the top seven drivers was the main attraction on the night as they had their fifty lap feature scheduled for the finale. Both Kenny Snow and Mike Dusky had set themselves up for a driving triple on the night after they won their opening races. Snow jumped out to an early lead but would eventually have to exit the track due to mechanical problems relinquishing his lead. Duskey would eventually drive into the lead and never looked back as the drivers showed a fair amount of discipline running fifty straight laps of green flag racing.

Stephen Gass also had a successful night scoring two second place finishes including the feature.

Tyler Maclean in the Outlaw division scored a pair of wins with James Doucette adding the feature win.

In the Four Fun division four different drivers took home checkered flags including Keaton Vessey with a pair, Jason Cornish, Tyler Smith adding single wins with Charles Wollaver notching the feature win.

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