Stock car racing at Oyster Bed Speedway
OYSTER BED BRIDGE – It’s been a memorable first half of the stock car racing season for Robbie MacEwen in the Late Model Division here at Oyster Bed Speedway.
MacEwen has owned the track, and no one yet has been able to hold off the former division champion.
In 18 races this season, MacEwen has only finished out of the top three five times while winning four heats and three features. No other driver in the division has multiple feature wins.
The dominance was on full display this past weekend as MacEwen and Jason MacCallum battled in the feature race. Both drivers recorded a heat win, and a shootout for the feature win seemed inevitable.
MacCallum would be the first to make front, and began to lead laps. After finally catching up to the leader, MacEwen began trying to get around MacCallum.
MacEwen’s car was evidently faster on the outside groove, and MacCallum was doing all he could to block him from grabbing the outside lane. MacCallum was able to hold off the division leader for a number of laps, until finally MacEwen was able to get to the outside and completed the pass. Things were going well for the past champion until a late caution.
MacCallum was able to restart on the outside, and was able to regain to lead. MacEwen repeatedly attempted to go to the outside of MacCallum in the closing laps, but every time he shut the door.
With the white flag flying to signal the race’s final lap, the two drivers headed into Turn 3. MacEwen fooled his competitor by darting to the outside then back to the inside pushing his car down low hoping it would stick.
The two drivers made slight contact coming out of the turn, and with MacEwen’s car sticking to the bottom groove the two drag-raced to the end. The edge went to MacEwen by the slimmest of margins.
Street Stock Division
In the Street Stock Division, it has been an up-and-down season for many drivers.
Mark Leclair started the season strong, and was an early leader in points. However, after failing post-race tech inspections, the veteran driver fell out of contention.
This opened the door for former division champion Nick Chaisson to fill the void. Chaisson has finished in the top three in 14 of the 18 races he started, including four heat wins and two features.
Sophomore driver Mark MacLean, who has accumulated wins in four heats and two features, sits second in points.
Kendall Palmer finally secured his first career win at the Speedway in the Outlaw Division. Since then the defending champion has won 12 of 15 races.
Palmer, on the strength of a triple win last weekend, was finally able to climb back on top of the points lead. Tyler MacLean, who led the points for most of the season, has 16 top-three finishes out of the 18 races he started.
Mini Four Fun Division
Three different drivers have led the points in the Mini Four Fun Division.
Tyler Smith took over the division lead from Randy MacTavish three weeks ago. In only his second year of racing, Smith has finished in the top three in more than half his starts. Charles Woolaver, one of the hottest drivers of late in the division, finished in the top three in eight of the last nine races.
Racing resumes at Oyster Bed Speedway on Saturday at 7 p.m.