Oyster Bed Speedway Late Models Close Season With 100-Laps Saturday
Track Release/Photo by Scott Sinclair
By: Track Announcer Jeremy MacDonald
OYSTER BED BRIDGE – Tension will be high on the final night of racing at Oyster Bed Speedway as the top two divisions still have yet to crown their division Champion. Adding to the tensions will be the Late Model 100 lap feature mixed in with some out of province cars and things could get very interesting for local drivers still fighting for the Points Championship Trophy.
The biggest shake up in points after the Speedways Labour Day racing card occurred in the Late Model division. Former Champion and points leader Kris Fournier who was out of the country and had Scott Livingstone in the drivers seat, slipped from the lead in points to fourth. Livingstone couldn’t get things rolling in the catch drive as he repeatedly got caught up in other peoples wrecks recording a last and second to last place finish in the opening two heats. His luck did change marginally for the feature coming home fourth but the damage was already done.
The big winner on the day was Matt Palmer. For mostly the entire season he had a second place view in points despite recording only one feature win which came on the opening weekend of racing. Monday however, Palmer couldn’t have picked a better time to get back into victory lane as he was able to record a pair of wins including the feature catapulting him into the points lead for the first time this season. Palmer leads the division in top three finishes with 15.
Mark LeClair continues to move up in points and now sits in second place eight points out of the lead. The division leader in wins may need to find victory lane once again in order to take home the coveted points championship race.
Darrell Ford was another driver on the move in points after Monday’s races. Moving up from fifth to third on the strength of a pair of top three finishes and a fourth he is now 29 points back of the lead. Ford may be a long shot for the Championship but it isn’t impossible either. This past weekend Matt Palmer gained 35 points on then points leader Kris Fournier.
One would have to imagine that all 100 laps will be needed to crown this seasons Late Model Championship.
The Street Stock division also has a new points leader in Colton Ford. After winning the biggest race of his career so far in the David Lambe Memorial, Ford followed up with another feature win on Labour day and more importantly he overtook the lead in points. Ford has been one of the fastest cars in the division amassing eight heat wins plus four feature wins. While nothing is written in stone yet Ford goes into the final race card as the driver to beat.
Alex Sheehan is nipping at Fords heels. Only 12 points out he has taken a different route than ford in his hunt for the championship. After only recording a single heat and feature win Sheehan has been the model of consistency in his hunt for the points Championship. With 18 top three finishes to his credit a win on the final night of racing would certainly go a long ways.
For the first time in a very long time Mark McLean has slipped out of the division lead in points. After finishing last and second last in the opening two heats MacLean rebounded in the feature with a top five finish. However it wasn’t enough to keep the defending champion on top of the leader-board. With a 25 point gap to make up a perfect night of racing would be needed in order to climb back into the top spot.
Racing gets underway with all four divisions Saturday night at 6 pm with a rain date scheduled for Sunday September 13th at 2 pm.