In just few short weeks Wiscasset Raceway will pull back the curtain on the 2008 season and the start of a new era for "Maine's Center of Speed". Owners Doug and Becky White will roll out an ambitious schedule to start their first full season at the helm. While 2007 was a year of uncertainty, speculation and transition, 2008 is bringing a new feeling of excitement and anticipation.

Nobody is more excited than Doug White himself. "We're going to make coming to the Center of Speed an event, an event not to be missed. It's all about giving the fans an exciting and fastpaced show, getting them home at a decent hour and leaving them feeling like they can't wait for next weekend." In his short time in charge last season and throughout the winter, White and his team have already made several noticable changes to the facility including fresh paint on the bleachers and buildings, a new logo and several new staff members, and a countless roster of eager sponsors. From the racers point of view, the back stretch wall has been moved back a foot and a half to allow better racing and more pit pads are being added for the growing list of drivers expected each week. Other slight changes have been made in lineup and qualifying procedures which White feels will only enhance the excitement on the track. Probably the biggest incentive for the drivers this year is the money that is on the table for them to win. Weekly purses have gone up and will pay deeper in the field and the season point fund will exceed $80,000 including a nice $10,000 payoff to the 2008 Prostock track champion. In January White was voted by the media as the "Promoter of the Year" at the Northeast Motorsports Expo. He and his family took control of track from longtime owners David and Sandra St Clair midway through last season, but this year offers the opportunity for White to put his own stamp on the continued success of the track.

The 2008 Wiscasset Raceway schedule will present a program featuring six weekly racing series divisions (Clark Car Crushing Prostocks; Smith Construction Late Model Sportsman; Unicel Super Streets; Keystone Automotive Strictly Streets; Aable Auto Parts Mini Stocks; and White & Bradstreet Truck Division) to go with appearances by several popular regional touring series. A significant portion of the Pro All Stars Series North schedule will be decided at Wiscasset with four visits including the $30,000 to win "Center of Speed 250" Sunday August 17th. PASS will also wrap up its season at Wiscasset October 4th and 5th with the championship weekend "Fall Brawl". To go along with the early October event, Wiscasset will host the $1,000 to win 50 lap Pure-Stock Mini Stock Nationals, the $3,000 to win 100 lap Street Stock Nationals, and the $10,000 to win 100 lap Super Street / Sportsman Nationals, putting a big exclamation point on busy season. Qualifing races for these three major events will be scattered throughout the 2008 schedule. Napa Auto Parts will present the return of the Labor Day Weekend Twin 100'a for Late Model Sportsman and Super Streets. Two prominant regional touring series will also make their first ever visits to Wiscasset Raceway in 2008. May 17th will welcome the quick and agile USAC Northeast Ford Focus Midgets for a Saturday afternoon show presented by Ray Haskell Ford. Then Saturday night July 28th Wiscasset Ford will help welcome the groundshaking True Value Modified Series to Maine's only high-bank oval. Finally, the Allison Legacy Series will return to Wiscasset after four years away and both the NELCAR Legends and Midcoast Super Minicup Series will also make occasional stops this season.
Memerial Day weekend will be a special time at Wiscasset Raceway as the Coastal 200 continues its holiday tradition by gathering the top LMS drivers from the northeast to shoot for the $10,000 winner's check. Last year young DJ Shaw outdueled Maine racing legend Mike Rowe in one of the most memorable Coastal 200 battles. Doug White has added to the festivities of this big event with the inclusion of "Operation Recognition"; a community initiative to thank military members past and present and their families. "Mark you calenders for Memorial Day weekend" says White. "We're planning a giant celebration and recognition program for our military that day. Our Govenor, our Adjutant General, and other military personel will be there as the Hero's we'll be honoring." As an added "thankyou", White has assigned five occasions this summer when the track will honor active duty military members and their families. On these selected dates Wiscasset Raceway will admit, free of charge, all active duty Military, National Guardsmen, and Reservists plus their spouses and children. The only requirement is that they be in uniform and present their military ID at the gate. The first of these five dates will be for the Coastal 200 on Sunday May 25th.
Wiscasset Raceway will hold its first open practice of the season on Saturday April 26th and then get the regular season schedule under way with Lester Morse Auto Sales Opening Day on Saturday May 3rd at 2:00pm. For information on events coming to Wiscasset Raceway and the 2008 season, call (207) 632-7322 or check the track website at www.wiscassetraceway.info.