After a weekend off to make room for the Maritime Pro Stock Tour, the highly contested late model division is looking to get back to business Saturday night at Oyster Bed Speedway.
Matt Palmer had one of the greatest runs of his late-model career in the Maritime Open 100 lap feature two weeks ago and hopes to continue the momentum into Saturday’s race card.
In search of his first feature win of the season, Palmer battled hard with former division champion and current division leader Robbie MacEwen for the feature win. After leading several laps, Palmer relinquished the lead to MacEwen, the eventual feature winner, who continues his dominance in the division.
June 28 was the last time a racer other MacEwen won a feature race in the division. He has 10 wins so far this season.
Jason MacCallum gave up the driver’s seat for Maritime Open, inviting former late model champion Dylan Gosbee to drive the second-place car for the night.
Gosbee turned in a second-place finish in the qualifying heat in his return to the division. In the feature, he battled for the lead before mechanical issues forced him to the pits for repairs during a caution. When Gosbee’s team got him back on the Speedway, he was a lap down.
Gosbee battled his way back into the lead lap and eventually finished third. Lucky for MacCallum, his substitute driver was able to grab some all-important points, allowing him to continue his hold on second place.
Kris Fournier will be looking to rebound after a disappointing finish in the Maritime Open. The defending 2013 division champion won his qualifying heat, but had to retire from the feature due to mechanical troubles. He heads into the weekend third in points.
In the street stock division, Mark MacLean continues to hold onto a slim lead in points’ standings.
MacLean, who leads the division in wins with 10, has Alex Sheehan nipping at his heels.
Sheehan’s biggest point gain at last weekend’s event happened when MacLean ended up second to last in the feature, with Sheehan finishing second. Mark LeClair got back to his winning ways by completing a triple win on the night.
The outlaw division also enjoyed a weekend off and, when they get back to business Saturday night, there will be a new division leader in Tyler MacLean. So far this season, he has only twice finished outside of the top three. After a triple win last time out, MacLean catapulted back into the division lead sending Kendall Palmer to second.
This will be the third time this season the two have swapped the division lead. Palmer leads the division in wins with 13, with MacLean accumulating nine wins.
Tyler Smith continues to reign as king of the mini four-fun division. The opening division had its biggest car-count of the season last weekend, which also saw Harley Cornish score his first win in only his second weekend of racing.
Racing at Oyster Bed Speedway gets underway for 7 p.m.
Fans can keep an eye out on Speedway’s website or its Facebook page for updates on the status of Saturday’s program, as rain is in the forecast.
No rain date is scheduled if the card is cancelled.
Compiled by track announcer Jeremy MacDonald