As track marks milestone, drivers bump on track then get into shoving match in pits
Tempers flare in the Street Stock division at Oyster Bed Speedway as drivers bump on track and then get into shoving match in the puts, all as the track celebrated its 30th anniversary.
It was a nostalgic atmosphere during recent action at the Oyster Bed Speedway in Oyster Bed Bridge as the one of Canada’s longest running stock car tracks celebrated its 30th birthday.
As much as some things have changed over the years when it comes to racing such as technology, safety and media platforms some things remained the same as tempers flared in the Street Stock division between drivers Nick Chaisson and Nevin Scott resulting in a suspension.
After racing each other quite hard for a few laps, as the two drivers came into turn three Chaisson ran Scott into the outside retaining wall. Chaisson was able to drive off the track with some heavy damage to his car, but Scott’s car had to helped off by the wrecker.
Scott exited his vehicle and after removing his helmet then walked off the track and back into the pit area where he headed straight to the pit stall of Chaisson followed by crew members, supporters and fans looking to catch a glimpse of the action.
The two drivers confronted each other with some colourful language and a few shoves before being restrained by track officials.
The two cars wouldn’t return for the feature.
Both cars are eligible to return for Saturday’s racing, however, Chaisson will not be allowed behind the wheel of his car until he serves a suspension.
Alex Sheehan was the strongest car on the night in the division, driving to victory in the feature and crushing the hopes of Troy Burke’s bid for a triple win on the night.
Burke opened his night with a pair of wins in convincing fashion, but in the extended lap feature Sheehan made it through the pack and drove past him for the win. Burke settled for second. Brandon Snow also had a strong night with a heat win plus a pair of thirds.
It was an incomplete night for the Late Model Division as just prior to the start of the feature the sky opened up with enough rain to send an early end to the night of racing.
Mark Leclair added his third win of the season to his resume with Jason MacCallum securing the other victory.
In the Mini Four Fun division it was only the second weekend that Harley Cornish was without a win.
The division leader in points and wins had three podium finishes.
Andy Shea and Randy Perry set themselves up for a possible triple win on the night after opening with a pair of wins each.
In the feature, though they would be caught by Jeff Richard, who went on to record the feature win.
The Outlaw division had three separate winners on the night including Tyler MacLean and Coady Palmer with Kendall Palmer securing the feature.
Racing resumes Saturday night at 6 p.m. featuring the Maritime Pro Stock Tour, the Maritime Legends Tour along with round two of the Street Stock Super Series 50-lap feature.
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Nick Chaisson (27) runs Nevin Scott (51) into the wall in recent action at Oyster Bed Speedway in Oyster Bed Bridge. The accident resulted in a minor scuffle between Chaisson and Scott in the pit area and a suspension for Chaisson.