BEDFORD, NS : The Maritime League of Legends Tour returns to action on Saturday, June 30th as the Series visits Prince Edward Island. The Island ICF Incorporated 50 is the first of two visits to Oyster Bed Speedway in Oyster Bed Bridge and is expected to draw approximately 20 of the fastest Legend car competitors from all three Maritime Provinces. Racing action, which also includes the Parts for Trucks 150 for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, begins at 6pm.
The Island ICF Incorporated 50 is the first of two regional qualifiers for INEX Asphalt Nationals on the Maritime League of Legends Tour schedule in 2018. The top finishing Pro, Master, Semi-Pro and Young Lion driver in the field at Oyster Bed Speedway on Saturday will become eligible for a provisional starting spot in Asphalt Nationals. The 50-lap feature at Speedway 660 on Saturday, September 1st will serve as the second regional qualifier for the Maritime League of Legends Tour.
This year, the oval finale for Legend cars will be held at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, October 27th. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia’s Nicholas Naugle is the reigning champion of the Asphalt Nationals Semi-Pro event after taking the big win at The Bullring in October 2017.
Craig MacDonald (Waverly) enters as the Maritime League of Legends Tour point leader after a commanding win at Scotia Speedworld in the R&D Performancenter 50 on May 26th. An injury has kept MacDonald from being behind the wheel for almost three weeks and the 50-lap event at Oyster Bed Speedway will mark his first time back behind the wheel since the accident on Friday, June 1st.
“We’re locked and loaded to head to Oyster Bed Speedway,” said MacDonald. “I’m 100% healed and the car is already ready to hit the track. Oyster Bed is my favorite track on the schedule and I’ve had this date circled on my calendar since the schedule was released!”
The last time the Maritime League of Legends Tour visited Oyster Bed Speedway it was Shelby Baker (Fall River, NS) going to victory lane. Baker is coming off a Weekly Racing Series win last Friday night and will be considered as one of the favorites to win on the North Shore on Saturday night.
Danny Harvey (Lantz, NS) is the leading Masters competitor on the Series after one race following his second place finish at the R&D Performancenter 50 in May. The team is working hard to repair the car after a crash last Friday night at Scotia Speedworld and hopes to be in top shape for Saturday. Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport, NS) is another strong Masters driver that will look to take the checkered flag first on Saturday night in the Island ICF Incorporated 50.
“The Flying Frenchman” Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB) leads the Fleet Brake Atlantic Rookie of the Year standings after a fifth place run at the R&D Performancenter 50. Cormier is fresh off the Maritime Street Stock Showdown at Oyster Bed Speedway last Saturday where he finished fourth to Mike Duskey. Nicole Richard (Belnan, NS) and Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea, NS) play chase to Cormier in the rookie standings.
Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow, NS) will make his Maritime League of Legends Tour debut on Saturday during the Island ICF Incorporated 50. Rogers ran his first Legend division race at INEX Winter Nationals last February at Citrus County Speedway in Florida and the Saturday event will mark his first on Maritime soil. Among his accomplishments, Rogers is a former Bandolero track champion at Scotia Speedworld, the reigning titlist at Petty International Raceway and is a two-time Tim’s Corner Motorsports Bandolero Blast champion.
Gary Dunning (Charlottetown, PE) and the team from Red Rock Harley Davidson will be looking to defend their home turf in the Island ICF Incorporated 50. He’ll be in tough against the likes Darren Sherwood (Cambridge Narrows, NB), Scotia Speedworld Weekly Legends leader Emily Meehan (Rawdon, NS), Kyle Shipley (Halifax, NS), Wyatt McCulloch (Stewiacke, NS), Josh Langille (Coldbrook, NS), Kevin MacDonald (Antigonish, NS), Craig Chisholm (Antigonish, NS), Ray Cox Jr (Porter’s Lake, NS) and others who will make the haul across the Confederation Bridge for the race.
The Island ICF Incorporated 50 Asphalt National Qualifier at Oyster Bed Speedway is the second of ten races on the 2018 season for the Maritime League of Legends Tour. Also included on the Saturday, June 30th card is the fifth round for the Maritime Pro Stock Tour as they contest a 150-lap feature presented by Parts for Trucks and a 50-lap Oyster Bed Speedway Outlaw event. Pit gates for Legend competitors open at 1pm. Racing action gets under way with qualifying races for feature events at 6pm. Tickets are available at the gate on race day. For complete venue information, including a detailed race day schedule, admission prices and much more, visit OysterBedSpeedwayPEI.com.
About Oyster Bed Speedway:
Oyster Bed Speedway is Prince Edward Island’s premier auto racing facility and features fun and excitement with weekly stock car racing special events throughout the season. The 1/3 mile paved oval is located in Oyster Bed Bridge at the intersection of routes 6 and 7, halfway between Cavendish and Charlottetown on beautiful Prince Edward Island. Phone: (902) 892-6684. Website: www.oysterbedspeedwaypei.com
About The Maritime League of Legends:
The Maritime League of Legends Association was formed in 2005 by a group of racer’s wanting to grow the Legends Cars division in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. In 2018, the Maritime League of Legends Tour will visit five venues throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island between May and September during its ten race season. For more information on the Maritime League of Legends, please visit .
– Maritime League of Legends Press Release prepared by Tim Terry