WISCASSET RACEWAY PRESS RELEASE 8/26/07
KEVIN DOUGLASS CONTINUES TO MASTER WISCASSET’S STOCK MINI’S
Sidney’s Kevin Douglass came into the weekend as one Wiscasset Raceway’s hottest drivers, winning four of the last six Stock Mini features. That hot streak continued Saturday night as he dominated the 50 lap main event, capping off another full program at “Maine’s Center of Speed”. Douglass started on the outside of the front row, took the lead from Brent Roy on lap four and ran away to the convincing win by a full straightaway.
The point leader notched his 7th win of 2007. Roy would settle for the runner up trophy while Douglass’ brother Jeremy started 4th and finished 3rd. The 50 lap feature for the Clark Car Crushing Prostocks was a battle of attrition and patience with eight cautions slowing the action. West Bath’s Jeremie Whorff would pick up his first Wiscasset victory after apparent winner Bill Penfold failed post race inspection. Matt Lee of Albion took second and Charlie Colby of Edgecomb took home the 3rd place trophy. Other winners on the program included Randy Turner of Freedom in the Smith Construction Late Model Sportsman 30 lapper; Will Collins of Appleton in the Super Streets; Dave Brannon of Lisbon in the Strictly Streets; Tyler Tibbetts of Montville in the Teen Division; Carol Wilson of Chelsea in the Ladies Division; Chris Doucette of Sidney in the Truck Division and Frank Perry of Holbrook, MA in the Midcoast Super Mini Cup Series. Wiscasset Raceway returns to action Saturday September 1st at 5:00pm with its Labor Day Weekend Twin 100’s sponsored by Gary’s Good Deals. A pair of 100 lap co-main events will highlight the show for the Super Streets and the Smith Construction Late Models. The Clark Car Crushing Prostocks will run a 50 lap feature and the will also be special extended lap features only for the Strictly Streets, Stock Mini’s, Teens and Ladies. For more information check the Wiscasset Raceway web site at www.wiscassetraceway.us.
The Stock Mini 50 lap main event was the final race in a busy program Saturday night with former champ Brent Roy and current point leader Kevin Douglass leading the field to the green. The two would stay side by side through the first three laps but Douglass would drive around the outside and into the lead by lap four. The race stayed green through the first 20 laps with a great battle for third between Mike Wilson, Dylan Lancaster, Jeremy Douglass and Frank Brown. The caution flag came out on lap 21 as Wilson and Lancaster tangled coming out of turn two. The pair would take the restart from the back of the pack. That caution turned out to be the only one of the race as things settled into a long green flag run to the checkers. That only gave Douglass a chance to extend his lead to a full straightaway over Roy and take the easy win and a sweep of both Stock Mini main events this season. Roy stayed comfortably in second for the remainder of the race. Jeremy Douglass turned in another strong run with his 3rd place finish. With the top three positions well under control, the focus moved back to the scramble for 4th and 5th with defending champ Shawn Kimball, Reggie Bickford, Dan Somes, and Mike Wilson all trading positions over the final ten laps. Wilson would complete his charge back through the field with the 4th place finish. Somes started the race 13th and finished 5th. With just three races left on the schedule, things remain tight between Douglass and Kimball for the Stock Mini title.
The 50-lap feature for the Clark Car Crushing Prostocks saw eight separate cautions shake things up and a first time Wiscasset winner when the smoke cleared. Oakland’s Jeff Burgess looked strong in the early going as he drove around pole sitter Matt Lee to take the lead. Burgess’ luck would take a major turn on lap 18 as he would loose control and spin coming out of turn two. A broken battery would drop him from the race. From there Matt Lee and Yarmouth’s Bill Penfold would embark on a heated battle for the lead over five more restarts. It was a second try at a lap 32 restart that would give Penfold the lead as he drove around Lee and into the lead by the time they came back onto the front stretch. The two battled hard for the position over the next ten laps with Penfold enjoying no more than a car length lead. The final restart on lap 44 would prove to be pivotal as Jeremie Whorff took advantage of a good jump by Penfold and moved inside of Lee to grab second. Whorff would chase Penfold across the line for the apparent runner-up finish, but he would be bumped up to race winner as Penfold’s car failed post race inspection. Lee would settle for second and Charlie Colby would be bumped up from a 5th place run to the 3rd place trophy as Joe Decker’s car also failed post race inspection. Jason Swett of Carthage finished 4th in the final running order and Chuck Lachance of Cushing finished 5th.
Freedom’s Randy Turner became the 12th different winner this season in the 30 lap Smith Construction Late Model Sportsman feature. Turner started back in the 10th position and carefully worked his way through traffic over the first half of the race. He would grab the lead from pole sitter Puncin St Clair on a lap 15 restart and hold on from there for his first Wiscasset checkered flag. Point leader Chris Thorne of Sidney picked his way up from 12th to finish 2nd. Boothbay’s Steve Reny was involved in a mid-race caution but charged back through the field to finish 3rd. Rookie Erik Nash of Richmond moved up from 6th and stayed in the top five for the final 20 laps to notch a season best 4th place finish. Josh St Clair raced from 11th to finish 5th. In the 25 lap Super Street feature, Appleton’s Will Collins was hooked up in the bottom lane and picked his way from 5th to take the win; his since May 12th. Defending champ Adam Chadbourne backed up his big win the previous weekend with a 2nd place finish to Collins. “Cowboy” Dan Trask made a daring three wide pass in turn three late in the race to secure the 3rd place finish after starting 7th. Defending Strictly Street champ Dave Brannon finally picked up his first win of 2007 in the 20 lap Strictly feature. Brannon started 5th and quickly made it to the front to take the lead by lap five. From there his held off pole sitter Bobby Mesimer and point leader Maurice Young to the checkers. Montville’s Tyler Tibbetts nearly covered the field in the 10 lap Teen Division feature. He started 9th and took the lead from Ryan Ripley just past the halfway marker. From there he nailed down his track high 9th win of the year. Ripley finished 2nd and 3rd went to Ed Sleeper who stared from the pole position. For the second straight week the Ladies Division produced a first time winner. Chelsea’s Carol Wilson took the lead early and then held off Cassandra St Clair for her first career win. Kayla Albert joined them in victory lane with her 3rd place finish. Chris Doucette of Sidney picked up his second consecutive Truck Division win, outracing Jason Giggy and Corey Williams to the checkers. In a special 35 lap feature for the Midcoast Super Mini Cup Series, Frank Perry of Holbrook,MA led wire to wire for the win. The race was halted for a brief rain shower and then completed with 11 laps to go after the Strictly race.
OFFICIAL FINISHES 8/25/07
CLARK CAR CRUSHING PROSTOCKS (50 LAPS)
1. Jeremy Whorff – West Bath; 2. Matt Lee – Albion; 3. Charlie Colby – Edgecomb; 4. Jason Swett – Carthage; 5. Chuck Lachance – Cushing; 6. Joe Creamer – Woolwich; 7. Mike Brown – Hope; 8. Ken Beaslee – Richmond; 9. Jeff Burgess – Oakland; 10. Scott Moore – Anson; 11. Dick Byron – Madison; DQ Bill Penfold – Yarmouth; DQ Joe Decker – Chesterville
STOCK MINI’S (50 LAPS)
1. Kevin Douglass – Sidney; 2. Brent Roy – Vassalboro; 3. Jeremy Douglass – Waterville; 4. Mike Wilson – Chelsea; 5. Dan Somes – Sidney; 6. Dylan Lancaster – Skowhegan; 7. Reggie Bickford – Oakland; 8. Shawn Kimball – Pittston; 9. Frank Brown – Pittston; 10. Bryan Lancaster – Skowhegan; 11. Tim Dumas – Chelsea; 12. Mike Dulaney – Richmond; 13. Gary Blackman – Boothbay; 14. James Henderson – Chelsea; 15. Mike Swanson – Winthrop; 16. Seth Wills – Rome; 17. Rob Greenleaf – West Bath; 18. Ryan Chadwick – Wiscasset; 19. Pete McCollat – Readfield
SMITH CONSTRUCTION LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN (30 LAPS)
1. Randy Turner – Freedom; 2. Chris Thorne – Sidney; 3. Steve Reny – Boothbay; 4. Erik Nash – Richmond; 5. Josh St Clair – Liberty; 6. Puncin St Clair – Liberty; 7. Seth Raven – Waldo; 8. Richard Jordan – Kingfield; 9. Duane Love – West Gardiner; 10. Mike Orr – Wiscasset; 11. Scott Pooler – Vassalboro; 12. Dave St Clair – Liberty; 13. Nick Hinkley – Wiscasset; 14. Kevin Sherman – Wiscasset
SUPER STREETS (25 LAPS)
1. Will Collins – Appleton; 2. Adam Chadbourne – Woolwich; 3. Dan Trask – Chelsea; 4. Ajay Piccard – Palmyra; 5. Brian Fortin – China; 6. Josh St Clair – Liberty; 7. Bernie Dinsmore – Hope; 8. Tom Young – Freeport; 9. Donnie Stuart – Pittston; 10. Josh Bailey – Wiscasset; 11. Justin Karkos – Jay; 12. Jeremy Glasier – Appleton; 13. Donnie York – n/a
STRICTLY STREETS (20 LAPS)
1. Dave Brannon – Lisbon; 2. Bobby Mesimer – Woolwich; 3. Maurice Young – Chelsea; 4. Zac Creamer – Bath; 5. Mike Moody – Bath; 6. Dan Trask – Chelsea; 7. Ian Bresnahan – Bath; 8. Mike St Germain – Auburn; 9. Jamie Henderson – Litchfield; 10. Matt Stuart – Pittston; 11. Vern Hodgkins – Lewiston; 12. Corey Rines – Wiscasset; 13. Steve Pierpont – Cushing
TEEN DIVISION (10 LAPS)
1. Tyler Tibbetts – Montville; 2. Ryan Ripley – Thomaston; 3. Ed Sleeper – Vassalboro; 4. Cody Sleeper – Chelsea; 5. Tom True – Wiscasset; 6. Natasha Dyer – Arrowsic; 7. Kayla Albert – Chelsea; 8. Grace Pinkham – Wiscasset; 9. Alex Cromwell – Wiscasset; 10. Ryan Hayes – Jefferson; 11. Brandon Crandall – Readfield
LADIES DIVISION (10 LAPS)
1. Carol Wilson – Chelsea; 2. Cassandra St Clair – Liberty; 3. Kayla Albert – Chelsea; 4. Alysa Goodwin – Waterville; 5. Marje Albert – Chelsea; 6. Chelsea Young – Winterport; 7. Elaine Alexander – Augusta; 8. Deb Brown – Pittston
TRUCK DIVISION (12 LAPS)
1. Chris Doucette – Sidney; 2. Jason Giggy – Unity; 3. Corey Williams – Sumner; 4. Barry Poulin – Clinton; 5. Donald Giggy – Unity; 6. Jeff Messerve – n/a; 7. Russ Anderson – Portsmouth,NH