Oyster Bed Speedway Celebrates 30th Anniversary with a Rowdy Night
It was a nostalgic atmosphere Saturday night at the Speedway Saturday night as one of Canada’s longest running Stock Car Tracks celebrated their 30th anniversary.
In the stands there were plenty of former drivers and track officials who all gathered in the infield during the intermission along with current drivers and officials for a photo and as well some interviews with some key people from over the three decades of racing.
As much as some things have changed over the years when it comes to racing such as technology in the cars, safety and the ever changing media platforms some things remain the same as two race teams had to be separated in the pits by track officials.
Tempers flared in the Street Stock division between Drivers Nick Chaisson and Nevin Scott resulting in a suspension. After racing each other quite hard for a few laps as the two drivers came into turn three Chaisson ran Scott into the outside retaining wall. Chaisson was able to drive off the track with some heavy damage to his car but Scott’s car had to helped off by the wrecker.
Scott was able to exit his vehicle and after removing his helmet he then proceeded to walk off the track and back into the pit area. Heading straight to the pit stall of Chaisson followed by numerous crew members supporters and fans looking to catch a glimpse of the action. The two drivers confronted each other with some colourful language and a few shoves before being restrained by track officials. The two cars would not be able to return for the feature. Both cars are eligible to return Saturday night however Chaisson will not be allowed behind the wheel of his car until he serves a suspension.
Alex Sheehan was the strongest car on the night in the division. He was able to drive to victory in the feature of the evening. Crushing the hopes of Troy Burke’s bid for a triple win on the night. Burke opened his night with a pair of wins in convincing fashion but in the extended lap feature Sheehan was able to make it through the pack and drive past him for the win. Burke would settle for second.
Brandon Snow also had a strong night with a heat win plus a pair of thirds.
It was an incomplete night for the Late Model Division as just prior to the start of the feature the sky opened up with enough rain to send an early end to the night of racing. Mark Leclair added his third win of the season to his resume with Jason MacCallum securing the other victory.
In the Mini Four Fun division it was only the second weekend that Harley Cornish was without a win on the night. The division leader in both points and wins had three podium finishes. Both Andy Shea and Randy Perry set themselves up for a possible triple win on the night after opening with a pair of wins each. In the feature though they would be caught by Jeff Richard who went on to record the feature win.
The Outlaw division had three separate winners on the night including Tyler MacLean and Coady Palmer with Kendall Palmer securing the Feature.
Racing resumes this Saturday night at 6pm and will feature the Maritime Pro Stock Tour, the Maritime Legends Tour along with Round two of the Street Stock Super Series fifty lap feature.