Colton Ford Wins 5th Annual David Lambe Memorial at Oyster Bed
By Jeremy MacDonald
Oyster Bed Speedway Track Announcer
Photo by Scott Sinclair
OYSTER BED — The Street Stock division at Oyster Bed Speedway was finally able to run the David Lambe Memorial one week after qualifying for the big race was held.
The race had originally been scheduled for Aug. 22, but was rained out just prior to the start of the feature race.
On that night, Colton Ford and Kyle MacEachern won the two qualifying heats, setting themselves up for a front-row start in the 50-lap feature.
Jamie Stewart and the defending race winner from 2014, Mark MacLean, would make up row two, with Keaton Vessey and Brandon Snow starting in row three.
Heading into the night, MacLean was leading the point’s race by a slim margin over Ford and Alex Sheehan.
When the race got underway this past Saturday night, a field of 19 took the opening green flag. Colton Ford drove out to the early advantage clearing MacEachern for the lead.
Teammates, Stewart and MacLean, would eventually catch up to Ford, with the pair teaming up to get around him for the lead.
The pair would squeeze by the pole sitter almost going three wide before settling in on the front row, side-by-side, battling for the top spot.
Ford was content to slide in behind the pair of teammates, settling into third.
Stewart and MacLean would hold onto the top two positions for a number of green flag laps until disaster struck, as the two would be involved in a wreck that ended their chances for a big win.
MacLean would make it back out onto the track to log some laps in the hopes of picking up a few positions in order to protect his points lead.
Tempers flared past the midway point of the race.
Mike Duskey and Kyle MacEachern had a few altercations, as the two raced each other quite hard until, on one of the restarts, the two would once again get into each other’s way, bringing out a caution once again.
Expressing his displeasure with the situation, Duskey backed up and pushed MacEachern’s car into the infield and left the track. The two would were given a black flag, ending their night early.
In the closing laps of the race, both Brandon Snow and Alex Sheehan caught up to Ford and challenged him for the win.
When it was all said and done, neither driver would be able to get by Ford, who took the checkered flag for his division leading, third feature win of the season.
Snow would finish second with Sheehan rounding out the podium finishes.
Ford will now have his name alongside drivers like Darren MacKinnon, Stephen Gass, Geoff Boyle and Mark MacLean, all of whom have their names on the Piston Cup.
Racing resumes on Labour Day, Monday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. and will feature the annual Demolition Derby.
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