Bandoleros Return, New Winners Emerging at Oyster Bed
Story by Jeremy MacDonald/Photo by Scott Sinclair
Eleven different drivers have scored wins at Oyster Bed Speedway thus far this season
OYSTER BED BRIDGE — The Street Stock division at Oyster Bed Speedway continues to be the most competitive division with 11 different drivers so far taking home wins this season.
Defending champion Mark MacLean continues to lead the division and has a share of the lead in wins with three. He also leads the division in top three finishes with a total a nine.
The defending champion has plenty of drivers nipping at his heels. Alex Sheehan, who was in the championship hunt last season, currently sits second in points. So far this season he has only recorded one victory, but has eight top-three finishes and has become one of the most consistent drivers in the division.
A pair of younger drivers has also started to make some noise in the division.
Colton Ford, driving a new car this season, has recorded three wins in the past two weekends of racing and has climbed up the leaderboard.
Former Late Model Division driver Brandon Snow had a breakout moment last weekend, grabbing the checkered flag in the feature. Snow held off advances from a number of drivers to hold onto the lead. The win propelled him into fourth in the standings.
Former champion in the Late Model Division, Kris Fournier, leads the way so far this season after four nights of racing. So far this season the veteran driver has finished in the top three six times out of the 12 races in which he competed.
Matt Palmer is poised to give Fournier a run for his money after scoring a feature win on the opening race day and has been steady ever since, finishing in the top three five times.
Fan favorite Randy Millar enjoyed one of his best nights in a few years after opening up last weekend with a pair of second place finishes only to grab a feature win in the finale. The former division champion will be looking to take that momentum and try to build on it.
Division rookie Mark LeClair had his breakout moment last weekend. LeClair, only four weeks into his division debut, was able to pilot his car into victory lane in his opening two heats and came close to a complete sweep of the evening’s races.
Attempting to make a pass on Millar late in the race the rookie pushed his car a little too far sending him spinning into the infield grass. LeClair, however, looks very comfortable behind the wheel of a late model and many are expecting great things from this driver.
The Four Fun Division is being dominated by the Cornishes. Only twice this season has a checkered flag gone to someone other than a Cornish. Division leader Harley Cornish has been on top all season long so far winning eight of the first 14 races including three features. Jason Cornish has won four races, including a feature.
Despite not winning a race yet this season, Randy MacTavish has five top-five finishes and finds himself once again near the top of theleader board in second.
The Outlaw Division, like the Four Fun Division, is being led by a family name.
This time, father/son duo Kendall and Cody Palmer lead the way.
Defending champion Kendall is on top with six wins, including a feature, with Cody close behind in second amassing two heat wins and two feature wins.
Racing resumes this Saturday at 6 p.m. and will feature racing from the Bandolero Division.