WISCASSET RACEWAY PRESS RELEASE 8/19
JOHNNY CLARK SWEEPS WEEKEND AT WISCASSET RACEWAY
Turns out Johnny Clark’s win Saturday night in the 50 lap feature for the Clark’s Car Crushing Prostocks was just the warm-up act for Sunday afternoon’s PASS Wiscasset 150. The 2-time defending PASS Super Late Model champ took the lead from Rick Martin and then held off 5-time Wiscasset Prostock champ Scott Chubbuck through the second half to grab yet another win at the track that has produced some of him most memorable victories. Said the Clark in victory lane “We were joking last night that we won the ‘Busch race’, now lets go win the ‘Cup race’” referring to his weekend sweep. Sunday afternoon’s victory, in front of a near capacity crowd, capped off a busy double-header weekend at “Maine’s Center of Speed” including the return of the Pro All Stars Series to the track for the first time in four years. Clark acknowledged the emergence of Chubbuck and the Hight Motorsports team as a force to be reckoned with especially at Wiscasset.
“If you’re leading here at Wiscasset with Scott Chubbuck in your rearview mirror, that’s like having Mike Rowe on your tail at Oxford; it’s scary”, joked Clark. 3-time PASS SLM champ Ben Rowe padded his point lead by finishing 3rd. The impressive 30-car starting field for the race, which was sponsored by PT Watts / Hight Chevrolet-Buick-Pontiac-GMC / and Watson Racing Heads, included several big names that were returning to Wiscasset after many years away, including Dave Dion, Kelly Moore, and Stan Messerve. Defending Wiscasset Super Street champ Adam Chadbourne of Woolwich thrilled the home crowd by winning the 75 lap PASS Sportsman Series feature. He took the lead with eight laps to go and then held off a furious charge by series point leader Dan McKeage over the final four laps to secure the win. Brunswick’s Chris Staples returned to his roots by taking the win in the 40-lap PASS Modified feature. Staples had started his racing career at Wiscasset at the age of 14 before he moved onto a successful Prostock career and then a championship in the PASS Mods. Wiscasset Raceway’s Stock Mini Division filled out the Sunday afternoon program with a 25-lap non-point feature. Division leader Kevin Douglass of Sidney picked up his class-high 6th feature win, out racing his brother Jeremy Douglass of Waterville and Dylan Lancaster of Skowhegan to the checkers.
In Saturday night regular weekly racing series action Clark took the lead from Trevor Sanborn just prior to the halfway marker and then ran away to a convincing win in the 50 lap feature for the Clark Car Crushing Prostocks. Wiscasset’s Chuck Colby got a shot at Clark on a restart with five laps to go, but he would settle for second. Sanborn crossed the line to finish third, but his car would fail post-race inspection, handing the 3rd place finish to fan favorite Stan Messerve. The Maine racing legend took the weekend off from his duties with DEI in Mooresville, NC to reunite with former car owner Paul Watts in the familiar black #2 Chevrolet. The two teamed up to win a Prostock championship at Wiscasset in 1995. Boothbay’s Steve Reny became the first 3-time winner this season in Wiscasset’s Late Model Sportsman division. Reny started from the pole position for the 30-lap double point feature and led wire to wire for the victory. Just just a pair of cautions slowed the race. Point leader Chris Thorne of Sidney parked his own #17 for the night and took his dad Gary’s #20 out for a strong 2nd place finish. Previous week’s winner Josh St Clair started the feature 13th and finished 3rd. In the 25 lap double point feature for the Super Streets, Jay’s Justin Karkos picked up his first career Wiscasset win, starting from the pole position and leading two time track champ “Cowboy” Dan Trask to the checkers. For Trask, it was his best finish in a tough 2007 season. Appleton’s Jeremy Glasier was forced to turn in his 3rd place trophy after his car failed post race inspection. RJ Austin of Smithfield would move up to take the 3rd place finish. There was also a shake up in the official finish for the Strictly Streets as apparent winner Maurice Young failed post race inspection, taking away what would have been a career high 8th feature win. Despite the 14th place finish and hit in the points, Young appears to be well on his way to a track record 6th championship. The win in the 20 lap double point feature would officially go to Cushing’s Steve Pierpont. Ian Bresnahan and Zac Creamer, both from Bath, moved up to take home the 2nd and 3rd place trophies. Former Stock Mini champ Brent Roy of Vassalboro finally picked up his first win of the 2007 season. He led the 20 lap double point Stock Mini feature wire to wire for the win. He was chased across the line by point leader Kevin Douglas of Sidney and Pete McCollat of Readfield. However, McCollat’s finish would be nullified by failing post race inspection. The 3rd place trophy would then go to Chelsea’s Mike Wilson. Montville’s Tyler Tibbetts took the win in the 10 lap Teen Division feature. It was his track high 8th win of the season. Natsha Dyer of Arrowsic and Tom True of Wiscasset joined him in victory lane. The 10 lap double point Ladies Division feature went to Winterport’s Chelsea Young. It was her first career win. Deb Brown of Pittston also turned in a career best performance, finishing 2nd. Point leader and defending champ Marje Albert of Chelsea followed in 3rd. Wiscasset also rolled out a 12-lap feature for the Mini Trucks. Sidney’s Chris Doucette, who out dueled Barry Poulin and Jason Giggy to the win, won the race.
Wiscasset Raceway returns to action Saturday August 25th at 6:00pm with a regular weekly racing series program. The show will be highlighted by co-main events for the Stock Mini’s and the Clark Car Crushing Prostocks, plus the return of the Bailey’s Midcoast Mini Cup League. For more information, check the Wiscasset Raceway website at www.wiscassetraceway.us.
OFFICIAL FINISHES 8/18/07
CLARK CAR CRUSHING PROSTOCKS (50 LAPS)
1. Johnny Clark – Hallowell; 2. Chuck Colby – Wiscasset; 3. Stan Messeve – Mooresville,NC; 4. Scott Moore – Anson; 5. Charlie Colby – Newcastle; 6. Sam Sessions – So.Paris; 7. Katie Hagar – Nobleboro; 8. Curtis Gerry – Waterboro; 9. Joe Decker – n/a; 10. Bill Penfold – Yarmouth; 11. Jeff Burgess – Oakland; 12. Bill Pinkham – Wiscasset; 13. Gene Green – Augusta; 14. Ken Beaslee – Richmond; 15. Scott King – Livemore; 16. Dick Byron – Madison; 17. Jason Swett – Carthage; 18. Jeremie Whorff – West Bath; 19. Joe Creamer – Bath; 20. Trevor Sanborn – Parsonsfield (DQ)
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN (30 LAPS)
1. Steve Reny – Boothbay; 2. Chris Thorne – Sidney; 3. Josh St Clair – Liberty; 4. Randy Turner – Freedom; 5. Kevin Sherman – Wiscasset; 6. Duane Love – West Gardiner; 7. Seth Raven – Waldo; 8. Scott Pooler – Portland; 9. Kurt Hewins – Leeds; 10. Nick Hinkley – Wiscasset; 11. Richard Jordan – Kingfield; 12. Erik Nash – Richmond; 13. Peter Oakes – Boothbay; 14. Mike Orr – Wiscasset; 15. Puncin St Clair – Liberty
SUPER STREETS (25 LAPS)
1. Justin Karkos – Jay; 2. Dan Trask – Chelsea; 3. R.J. Austin – Smithfield; 4. Adam Chadbourne – Woolwich; 5. Will Collins – Appleton; 6. M.G. Severson – Union; 7. Mac Hannan Jr – Union; 8. Allen Moeller Sr – Dresden; 9. Barry Wright – Chelsea; 10. Bernie Dinsmore – Hope; 11. Donnie Stuart – Pittston; 12. Ajay Piccard – Palmyra; 13. Cory Fitzgerald – Bowdoinham; 14. Mike Lynch – Winterport; 15. Brian Fortin – China; 16. Josh Bailey – Wiscasset; 17. Jason Gaboury – Readfield; 18. Jeremy Glasier – Appleton (DQ)
STRICTLY STREET (20 LAPS)
1. Steve Pierpont – Cushing; 2. Ian Bresnahan – Bath; 3. Zac Creamer – Bath; 4. Dave Brannon – Lisbon; 5. Derek Cook – Windham; 6. Jamie Henderson – Litchfield; 7. Mike St Germain – Auburn; 8. Adam Pratt – Dresden; 9. Corey Rhines – Wiscasset; 10. Vern Hodgkins – Lewiston; 11. Wally Henderson – Litchfield; 12. Bobby Mesimer – Woolwich; 13. Nate Yeaton – Bath; 14. Maurice Young – Chelsea (DQ)
STOCK MINI (20 LAPS)
1. Brent Roy – Vassalboro; 2. Kevin Douglas – Sidney; 3. Mike Wilson – Chelsea; 4. Dylan Lancaster – Skowhegan; 5. Shawn Kimball – Pittston; 6. Mike Dulaney – Richmond; 7. Rob Greenleaf – West Bath; 8. Bryan Lancaster – Skowhegan; 9. James Henderson – Chelsea; 10. Gary Blackman – Boothbay; 11. Frank Brown – Pittston; 12. James Osmond – Gardiner; 13. Scott Grant – West Gardiner; 14. Joe Smith – Augusta; 15. Pete McCollat – Readfield (DQ)
TEEN DIVISION (10 LAPS)
1. Tyler Tibbetts – Montville; 2. Natasha Dyer – Arrowsic; 3. Tom True – Wiscasset; 4. Alex Cromwell – Wiscasset; 5. Kayla Albert – Chelsea; 6. Cody Sleeper – Chelsea; 7. Ryan Hayes – Jefferson; 8. Matt Blake – n/a; 9. Grace Pinkham – Wiscasset; 10. Ed Sleeper – Vassalboro; 11. Brandon Crandall – Readfield; 12. Ryan Ripley – Thomaston; 13. Donavan Dodge – Rockport
LADIES DIVISION (10 LAPS)
1. Chelsea Young – Winterport; 2. Deb Brown – Pittston; 3. Marje Albert – Chelsea; 4. Elaine Alexander – Augusta; 5. Cassandra St Clair – Liberty; 6. Kayla Albert – Chelsea; 7. Alysa Goodwin – Waterville; 8. Meghan Allen – Winterport; 9. Carol Wilson – Chelsea
TRUCK DIVISION (12 LAPS)
1. Chris Doucette – Sidney; 2. Barry Poulin – Clinton; 3. Jason Giggy – Unity; 4. Corey Williams – Clinton; 5. James Swan Jr – Clinton; 6. Russ Anderson – Portsmouth,NH; 7. Rick Sirois – Norridgewock