© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
FILE PHOTO - Stock car racing action at the Oyster Bed Bridge track.
Oyster Bed Speedway is gearing up for its second race card of the season on Sunday.
Speedway management opted to move the first few races of the season to Sunday afternoon until the weather warmed up some before moving to the typical Saturday night race card fans are accustomed to. Following a successful opening day during the Victoria Day weekend car counts are expected to continue to climb as late entries continue to come into the registration office.
One encouraging division is the outlaw division, which has saw a significant increase in the car count. Last year’s for fun division champion Brandon Conohan drove across the finish line first in their feature but was deemed to be illegal following a post-race tech inspection. The newcomer to the division will have to make adjustments to the car for this weekend, but don’t count him out by any means. In the end Tyler Maclean was awarded the feature adding to his race win from the semi along with a third-place finish in the opening heat. That puts Maclean on top of the standings after one weekend of racing.
In the street stock division, Mark Leclair is always near the top in points and he started this year’s campaign off on the right foot. After finishing third in his opening heat, which Nick Chaisson won, the two would duel in both the semifinal and feature. Despite a valiant effort from Chaisson on both occasions Leclair was able to get by the former division champion to score a pair of victories. At the end of the day, Leclair would have the edge in points heading into the second weekend of racing.
In the newly renamed late model division, Jason MacCallum would drive to victory in both the opening heat and closing feature. That was good enough to give him the outright lead in points early in the season.
Despite not reaching victory lane, former division champ Randy Millar would grab podium finishes in all three races. He would claim a pair of thirds along with a second-place finish, ending up second in points. Defending champion Kris Fournier led for a great deal of his opening race before having to retire from the race due to mechanical issues. His crew would be able to work out the opening day bugs as Fournier came back out in the semi to capture his first win of the season.
The mini-stock division had an opening day dominant performance from Jason Baglole, who would become the speedway’s first triple winner of the season. The always steady Randy MacTavish had finishes of second, third and fourth in the feature to claim second in points after the first weekend of racing behind Baglole.
Sunday’s race will mark the opening of the super series with the mini-stocks taking centre stage. The extended feature will be the first of three for the division. Racing will be on Sunday, June 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. before moving to the usual Saturday night time slot.
Jeremy MacDonald is the race announcer at Oyster Bed Speedway.