The 2018 Maritime League of Legends Tour season begins on Saturday with the R&D Performancenter 50 at Scotia Speedworld. The 50-lap feature at the 3/10-mile oval is the first race of ten on the Series that will take Legend competitors to the five premier asphalt stock car ovals in the Maritimes. Over 20 Legend car teams are expected to get the Maritime racing season started on Saturday with the R&D Performancenter 50. Racing action at Scotia Speedworld begins at 4pm on Saturday, May 26th. The Legend scene in the Maritimes is seeing a slight shift in brass as the 2018 season kicks off. Two-time and reigning champion Waylon Farrell (Conception Bay South, NL) has moved on to the Maritime Pro Stock Tour to compete for their Rookie of the Year Award. The Farrell’s Excavating team will still field one car on the Maritime League of Legends Tour for Fleet Brake Atlantic Rookie contender Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow, NS). With age restrictions not allowing any driver under the age of 16 to compete at Scotia Speedworld, Rogers will not be in the No. 12 car on Saturday. The team has gone to the bullpen and sourced defending race winner Adam Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines, NS) to race their car in the Season Opener. Meehan, who will only compete in select races in 2018, won the lid lifter at Scotia Speedworld one year ago for his first Series win. Like Farrell, powerhouse names in Legend cars over recent seasons like Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB), Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth, NS), Braden Langille (Shubenacadie, NS) and the Butcher brothers, Cole and Jarrett (Porter’s Lake, NS) have all moved into Late Models. Former INEX Canadian and Maritime League of Legends Tour champion Justin MacNeill (Bedford, NS) has stepped back from racing in 2018. With a number of big names stepping aside, the stage is set to crown a new champion of the Series this summer. Emily Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines, NS), who finished fourth in the standings in 2017, is the only top five point finisher from last season registered to compete full time in 2018. Darren Sherwood (Cambridge Narrows, NB) will race on the Tour this season but will miss the R&D Performancenter 50 on Saturday. Shelby Baker (Fall River, NS) has announced his intentions to run for the Maritime League of Legends Tour championship in 2018. A former Bandolero champion at Scotia Speedworld, Baker won the Island Coastal Services and Steve’s Snow Removal 50 at Oyster Bed Speedway along with two weekly features at Scotia Speedworld in 2017. A number of Scotia Speedworld regulars are slated to compete for the win Saturday in the R&D Performancenter 50. Reigning track champion Paul Goulden (Shelburne, NS) leads locals expected to compete including Tylor Hawes (Porter’s Lake, NS), Andrew and Shane Lively (Middle Sackville, NS) and Gary Bordage (Dartmouth, NS). Danny Harvey (Lantz, NS) will bring the CARQUEST Elmsdale Legend car to race on Saturday and will be joined by his Uncle, “The Legend” Cy Harvey (Elmsdale, NS) and Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport, NS). Craig MacDonald (Waverley, NS) will be a favorite to contend for the R&D Performancenter 50 on Saturday evening. MacDonald won the Scotia Tire 50 at Scotia Speedworld last August and will look to start off 2018 on a winning note at his home track. Among the full time competitors for the Fleet Brake Atlantic Rookie of the Year Award include Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea, NS) and Nicole Richard (Belnan, NS). Blackburn comes from a background of Bandolero racing which includes a second place point finish at Petty International Raceway in 2017. Richard cut her teeth racing karts, most recently finishing second in points in the Senior division with AMKA in 2017. The top rookie driver in each event will receive a $50 bonus from Fleet Brake Atlantic with the top rookie in the standings at the end of the year receiving $250. The R&D Performancenter 50 is the first of three stops by the series at Scotia Speedworld in 2018 and is a part of the track’s opening weekend for the 2018 racing season. Included on the Saturday, May 27th card is also the second round for the Maritime Pro Stock Tour as they contest a 150-lap feature. Pit gates for Legend competitors open at 12pm and grandstand gates for fans open at 1pm. Racing action gets under way with qualifying races for both feature events at 4pm. 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 ScotiaSpeedworld.ca. About R&D Performancenter:Since our inception in 1982 we’ve provided Atlantic Canada with the best in performance products and services. As we continue our tradition in performance and excellent customer service we invite you to explore our website at www.rdperformance.ca, visit us at 12551 Highway #2 in Lower Onslow, or give us a call at (902) 893-3795 for all your performance and racing product and service needs! About Scotia Speedworld: Scotia Speedworld (SSW) is a 3/10-mile asphalt oval racing facility. SSW is the only track in Nova Scotia to host a weekly racing series, which runs May through September and features six different classes of racecars. SSW also hosts special events, including Monster Jam and the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. SSW is located at Exit 6 on Highway 102, across from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. For more information please click on www.ScotiaSpeedworld.ca or call our Event Hotline at (902) 873-2277 or our office at (902) 481-2514. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sswracing and follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/sswracing 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 www.maritimelegends.ca.