OYSTER BED BRIDGE — Billed as the top Street Stock race in the Maritimes, the third annual David Lambe Memorial 75-lap race was the main event Saturday night at Oyster Bed Speedway.
© Photo courtesy of Marlie Paynter
CAPTION: Geoff Boyle dominated the third annual David Lambe Memorial Street Stock Race at Oyster Bed Speedway Saturday night. Boyle is shown accepting the award from Lambe’s family, from left, mother Debbie, brother Craig and father Andy. Boyle was one of only three drivers to lead a lap that night, leading 55 of the 75 laps in the memorial race.
Stephen Gass was hoping his car would once again be able to capture the Piston Cup.
Last year, Gass won the race while, the year before, that same car — driven at the time by Darren Mackinnon — won the inaugural race.
Unfortunately, Gass couldn’t complete the hat trick Saturday night.
At the beginning of the night, the field was split into three separate heats at random, with starting positions for the qualifying heats also set at random.
When the starting positions were determined from those three heats, the only two drivers to have won the memorial race — Mackinnon driving for Big Poppa’s Motorsports and Gass — secured a start on the front row.
Geoff Boyle was the first to challenge Gass, the pole sitter, making contact with the Piston Cup winner and sending him into a small slide.
Gass, luckily, was able to keep the car from spinning, but ended up losing multiple positions. When the order eventually shuffled out, Boyle would take the lead.
It also turned out to be a difficult night for Mackinnon, who ran into some early mechanical trouble, which forced him back into the pit area.
As a result, the Pro-Stock driver would battle traffic from the back of the pack for the remainder of the night.
Pulling away from the pack, Boyle’s first challenger was Mike Dusky, who, ironically, was driving a car owned by the leader.
The two battled for position for many laps until Dusky pulled back, content to follow behind his car’s owner.
But Dusky would challenge Boyle again, taking the lead for a number of laps until mechanical difficulties forced him back into the pit area, ending his night and the chance at capturing the prestigious trophy.
From that point on no one could catch Boyle.
There were several attempts to catch the leader.
Mike Macleod of Sydney, N.S., would make one of the biggest pushes for first place.
After starting in eleventh, Macleod eventually maneuvered his way into second.
Despite reaching the rear bumper of Boyle’s car, Macleod couldn’t get by the leader and ended the night with a second-place finish, which equalled his finish in same race the year before.
To the fans’ excitement, the race would end in dramatic fashion.
As Boyle came out of turn four on the last lap with the checkered flag in sight, a lapped car lost control, tagged him and sent his car spinning across the finish line — luckily, still in the lead.
While attempting to get his car back under control after crossing the finish, Boyle also ran into Macleod, leaving both cars with heavy damage.
The two cars needed help off the track, leaving Boyle unable to give the fans the chance to see him perform the customary victory lap and following celebration in victory lane.
Mackinnon was able to claw his way from last place, advancing 13 positions to end the night with a respectable eighth-place finish.
Defending Division champion, Nick Chaisson, finished third followed up by sophomore driver Alex Sheehan in fourth and Gass rounded out the top five.
Jeremy MacDonald is track announcer at Oyster Bed Speedway.