Oyster Bed Speedway Season Nears Halfway Point
With the half way point of the racing season at Oyster Bed Speedway quickly approaching a few things are becoming quite clear. In the Late Model Division, Robbie MacEwen has owned the track. In dominating fashion no one yet this year has been able to hold off the former Division Champion. In the eighteen races he has been involved with so far this season he has only finished out of the top three five times racking up four heat wins and three features. No other driver in the division has multiple feature wins in the division.
The dominance was on full display this past weekend as MacEwen and Jason MacCallum went to battle in the feature race. Both drivers had a heat win earlier in the night and a shootout for the feature win seemed inevitable.
MacCallum would be the first to make front and began to lead laps. After finally catching up to the leader MacEwen began trying to get around him. MacEwen’s car was evidently faster on the outside groove and MacCallum was doing all he could to block MacEwen’s car from grabbing the outside lane. He was able to hold off the division leader for a number of laps until finally MacEwen was able to get to the outside and completed the past. Things were going well for the past Champion until a late caution.
On the restart MacCallum was able to start on the outside and was able to regain to lead. In the closing laps MacEwen repeatedly attempted to go to the outside of MacCallum, but every time he shut the door. With the white flag flying signaling the final lap of the race the two drivers headed into turn three. MacEwen fooled his competitor by darting to the outside then back to the inside pushing his car down low hoping it would stick. The two drivers made slight contact coming out of the turn and with MacEwen’s car sticking to the bottom groove the two drag raced to the end with the edge going to MacEwen by the slimmest of margins.
In the Street Stock Division it has been an up and down season for many drivers. Mark Leclair started the season strong and was an early leader in points. Unfortunately, after failing post race tech inspections the veteran driver fell out of contention. This opened the door for a former Division Champion Nick Chaisson to fill the void. Chaisson has finished in the top three fourteen out of the eighteen races he started including 4 heat wins and 2 features. Sophomore driver Mark MacLean sits second in points also accumulating 4 heat wins and 2 features.
In the Outlaw Division Kendall Palmer finally secured his first career win at the Speedway in the second weekend of racing. Since then the defending Champion has won twelve out of fifteen races. After a triple win last weekend out he was finally able to climb back on top of the points lead. Tyler MacLean who led the points for most of the season has sixteen top three’s out of the eighteen races he started.
Three different drivers have led the points in the Mini Four Fun Division so far this year. Tyler Smith took over the division lead from Randy MacTavish three weeks ago. In only his second year of racing he has finished in the top three in more than half his starts. Charles Woolaver one of the hottest drivers as of late in the division finishing in the top three in eight of the last nine races.
Racing resumes this Saturday night at 7pm at Oyster Bed Speedway featuring the second round of the Street Stock Super Series fifty lapper along with the first appearance by the Bandoleros.
Jeremy MacDonald is the Track announcer at Oyster Bed Speedway.