OYSTER BED BRIDGE – 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 here at Oyster Bed Speedway on Saturday night.
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 as the action gets underway at 7 p.m.
In search for 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 would eventually relinquish the lead to MacEwen, who continues to dominate the division.
It was on June 28 that a racer other than MacEwen won a feature race in the Late Model Division. MacEwen has 10 total wins so far this season as drivers and race teams continue to try to figure out how to challenge him.
Jason MacCallum gave up the driver’s seat for the Maritime Open, inviting former late model champion Dylan Gosbee to drive.
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. Gosbee was a lap down when he returned, but battled his way back into the lead lap and eventually finished third.
Luckily for MacCallum, his substitute driver was able to grab some all-important points, allowing him to maintain his hold on the second-place position.
Kris Fournier will be looking to rebound after a disappointing finish in the Maritime Open. The defending 2013 division champion won his qualifying heat race, but had to retire from the feature due to mechanical troubles. He heads into the weekend third in points.
Street Stock Division
In the Street Stock Division, Mark MacLean continues to hold a slim lead in the points’ standings.
MacLean, who leads the division in total 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.
The Outlaw Division also enjoyed a weekend off, and Tyler MacLean will be the new division leader when they get back to business Saturday night.
MacLean has only finished outside of the top three twice so far this season. After a triple win last time out, MacLean catapulted back into the division lead, sending Kendall Palmer into second.
This will be the third time this season the two have swapped the division lead. Palmer leads the division in wins with 13, and MacLean has accumulated nine wins to date.
Mini Four-Fun Division
Tyler Smith continues his 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.
With rain in the forecast for Saturday, fans for asked to keep an eye out on Speedway’s website – oysterbedspeedwaypei.com – or its Facebook page for updates on the status of the program. No rain date is scheduled if the card is cancelled.