OYSTER BED BRIDGE – It’s been quite a stock car racing season so far here at Oyster Bed Speedway.
The Late Model Division has been filled with tight racing, driver outbursts and some healthy rivalries developing between a number of drivers.
“That (developing rivalries) is a component that the fans love to see,” said defending division champion Kris Fournier, who has three wins, including a feature victory, the last three weekends. “I can tell you that all the drivers in this division try their best to keep their noses clean, but sometimes things happen in the heat of the moment and it’s the fans who win in the end.”
Add in the fact that the Speedway is opening the pits to cars throughout the Maritimes and throwing out a healthy-size purse, an exciting night of racing is expected on Saturday. The action will start at 7 p.m.
Both Sportsman and Late Model cars from the Maritimes are invited to participate in the 100-lap shootout. Adding to the intrigue, Speedway officials and drivers have agreed to make it a points’ race for the local season championship.
The race winner will receive a guaranteed $1,000, and the top-finishing Sportsman car will get an added $500 plus prize money for overall position.
Robbie MacEwen is the current division leader, but only 40 points separate the top three drivers in the division.
With some expressed interest from various drivers from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, organizers are hoping for a good field.
“It is always tough the first time you put on an event like this and open it up to other tracks,” said Fournier. “We did what we can, but some of the factors are out of our control.
“Scotia Speedworld races Friday night, and if some drivers from that track plan on coming but get into some wrecks Friday night they won’t be able to attend.
“Mother Nature is a big factor as well. Drivers don’t want to commit until they see the forecast the day before as well.”
Another interesting component is some rumors around the track that some drivers who used to run in the Late Model Division on P.E.I. now in the pro-stock ranks might be making an appearance for the 100-lap feature. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but a few surprises are expected.
Qualifying heat races, along with semifinals and a B feature, if necessary, will set the field for the feature.
The full card of racing will kick of Saturday night at 7p.m. with the pits opening early afternoon.
With files from Tim Terry of www.timscorner.ca