Three straight days of rain and drizzle forced Wiscasset Raceway to pull the plug on Saturday night’s scheduled program, setting the stage for an exciting Memorial Day weekend double header at Maine’s fastest track. The highlight of the upcoming weekend will be Sunday afternoon’s running of the Coastal 200 presented by H.C. Crooker & Son’s of Topsham.

The crown jewel in the Wiscasset schedule will draw many of the top Late Model drivers in the northeast and pay the winner of the 200 lap race $10,000 out of the $30,000 purse. 2-time PASS champion Johnny Clark of Farmingdale is one driver who is excited about going back to Wiscasset. When the race was announced in January at the Northeast Motor Sports Expo, Clark said “I don’t care what’s going on that weekend, I’m gonna get a ride and I will be in that race”. Back in 1997, the then 17-year old, Clark beat Maine racing legend Stan Messerve to win his first career Prostock race, the Coastal 150. He has secured a ride from track owner Dave St Clair and will return to his home track as one of the pre-race favorites this year. Among the local drivers shooting for the big payday will be Wiscasset’s current Late Model point leader Chris Thorne of Sidney who won on opening day as well as young hot-shot Nick Reno of West Bath who, despite destroying his primary car a week ago, remains just four points behind Thorne with a feature win of his own. Former Prostock veterans Jason Oakes and Steve Reny of Boothbay have both returned to their roots with early season wins at Wiscasset as well. Track officials say the race should be wide open with driver interest coming from Massachusetts up to the Canadian Maritimes. One significant issue in format for the Late Models will be the use of two-way radios. While Wiscasset’s weekly LMS division does not use radios, instead using Race-eivers, which connect all drivers to one track official, the Coastal 200 will allow all teams to use two-way radios. Track announcer Ken Minott explained the change in policy. “This is a big race with a lot of money and prestige on the line. We want to give all drivers, the ones coming from other tracks as well as our own guys, every opportunity for comfort, safety and success. We don’t want an issue like this to keep anyone from coming to this race. We’ll go back to using the Race-eivers after the Coastal 200.”

The doubleheader weekend will start Saturday May 26th at 6:00pm with double points on the line for all weekly divisions except for the Late Model Sportsmen. Fans will still get a chance to watch the LMS cars in several practice sessions intermixed with the Saturday night show, but the Late Models will not run a feature in preparation for the next day’s big race. The Late Models will run the makeup of the double point Bruce Kane Memorial on June 2nd. The Sunday May 27th show will start at 12:00 noon with Late Model heats followed by extended lap features only for Super Streets (35), Strictly Streets (30) and Stock Mini’s (30). The Teen division and Ladies Division will run their regular length 10 lap features. The program will close with the running of the Coastal 200 presented by H.C. Crooker. In the event of rain, the Coastal 200 will be made up on Monday May 28th. While Saturday’s show will charge regular adult grandstand admission of $10 and Sunday’s show a $15 grandstand ticket, fans wishing to attend both days may purchase a discounted 2-day combo ticket of $20. There are also special 2-day combo prices available for seniors, students and children. Fans who would like to view the action from the pits can also take advantage of special 2-day combo tickets at the pit gate for $50 adult admission. Details on the Memorial Day weekend double header at Wiscasset Raceway, including scheduling and admission prices, can be found on the track’s website at www.wiscassetraceway.us or by calling the raceway office at (207) 589-4780. Weekend camping will be permitted on the raceway parking areas Friday thru Monday.