(Craig MacDonald in victory lane for the second time in two races in the 2018 MLOL season / Photo Credit : McCarthy Photographic)
OYSTER BED BRIDGE, PE : Craig MacDonald (Waverley, NS) drove to the front of the field at Oyster Bed Speedway on Saturday night to win the Maritime League of Legends Tour’s Island ICF Incorporated 50. The race, which served as an INEX Asphalt Nationals Regional Qualifier, is MacDonald’s second straight win on the Series and first in a Legend car at the Oyster Bed Bridge, Prince Edward Island track.
MacDonald, who won his qualifying heat race, started eighth on the field due after winning the most recent round on the Series. After battling an oil leak for most of the day, MacDonald wasted little time getting to the front. MacDonald found himself battling with most recent Oyster Bed Speedway winner Shelby Baker (Fall River, NS) for the checkered flag. The two pulled away from the field and swapped the lead on restarts with MacDonald getting the upper hand to win the Island ICF Incorporated 50.
Emily Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines, NS) fought through traffic and would pull away from the pack to finish third on the evening, her first podium run at the 1/3-mile oval. Michael Cormier (Grand Barachois, NB) would edge Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow, NS), who was making his Maritime League of Legends Tour debut, for fourth in the Island ICF Incorporated 50. The battle, which was won by just over a tenth of a second, would also give Cormier the Fleet Brake Atlantic Rookie of the Race Award.
MacDonald and Sherwood won 10-lap qualifying heat races. Fifteen drivers entered the event with only 13 answering the call to the green flag. All drivers that started the race completed all 50-laps with no drivers finishing a lap down.
Danny Harvey (Lantz, NS) experienced engine problems during the first heat while motor issues would also sideline Cody Byrne (Orwell Cove, PE) before he was able to make his Legend car debut. The 50-lap feature took 24 minutes to complete.
Top drivers in each INEX sanctioned division included MacDonald (Semi-Pro, first overall), Baker (Pro, second overall), Rogers (Young Lion, fifth overall) and Darren Sherwood (Masters, sixth overall, Cambridge Narrows, NB). With the Island ICF Incorporated 50 being an INEX Asphalt Nationals Regional Qualifier, all four drivers will be eligible for a provisional starting spot in Asphalt Nationals. The Asphalt Nationals event for 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 27th at The Bulling at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The next event for the Maritime League of Legends Tour is the 50-lap Maritime Legends Challenge at Riverside International Speedway. The Friday, July 13th race is a part of the IWK 250 SuperWeekend and shares the Friday night bill with the 150-lap Henry’s AUTOPRO 150 for the NAPA Sportsman Series. Racing gets underway at 7pm. Tickets for the event are now available via RiversideSpeedway.ca.
For complete information on the Maritime League of Legends Tour, please visit MaritimeLegends.ca.
Maritime League of Legends Results :
- Craig MacDonald (#98)
- Shelby Baker (#53)
- Emily Meehan (#75)
- Michael Cormier (#68)
- Sam Rogers (#12)
- Darren Sherwood (#38)
- Josh Langille (#18)
- Jeff Cruickshank (#7)
- Gary Dunning (#33)
- Adam Meehan (#6)
- Kyle Shipley (#28)
- Kevin MacDonald (#4)
- Kyle MacEachern (#14)
- Danny Harvey (#1) – Did Not Start
- Cody Byrne (#67) – Did Not Start
– Maritime League of Legends press release