Wiscasset, ME- The racing program at Wiscasset Raceway on May 30th treated fans to more then just fun filled action packed racing in all divisions. Fans were able to go down on the race track at 5 p.m. and meet with their favorite drivers, John Linnehan gave the fans, crews and drivers a motivational speech, Rockland High Schools Life Skills class was on hand and one of their special student won a trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and on top of that it was also the first round of the Linnehan’s Credit Now Late Model Triple Crown Series.
When it was time to go feature racing the Aable Auto Parts Mini Stock’s started things off with former champ Kevin Douglass having to work his #16 North Atlantic Disposal Toyota hard to get around the young Natasha Dyer. Thomas True of Wiscasset was also able to get by Dyer as she along with Ryan Ripley and Tim Collins who was driving for Bob Grady battled it out over the last half of the race. It would be Douglass picking up the feature victory with True coming home second. Ripley would beat Collins and Dyer for the last spot in victory lane.
The U.S. Cellular Mini Truck division saw newcomer Chad Bennett get around rookie Ryan Hayes for the lead early on and it would be clear sailing for Bennett in his #96 as he would get the win in his first trip to Wiscasset Raceway this season. Ryan Hayes would finish in the second spot after carburetor issues last week prevented him from running up front. Third would go to Opie Allard, Rick Sirios and Mike Anderson would finish fourth and fifth respectively.
The New England Transmissions Strictly Street division had last weeks feature winner Mike Moody jumping out to the early lead and staying there through out the whole race. The battle was back for the second spot between Jamie Henderson and Ian Bresnehan. Those two would battle it out over the course of the entire race with Matt Stuart holding off a hard charging Dustin Hubbard. So Mike Moody would pick up the checkers for the second straight week after a shake up in the tech shack Bresnehan would come out second with Matt Stuart third and Dustin Hubbard and Ed Sleeper rounding out the top five.
The Verizon Wireless Super Street division had a caution filled 25 lap feature event which seemed to leave every car on the track with the exception of apparent winner Ryan Gero with damage. A lot of the drivers had to fight their way back up through the field at least once. When it was all said Brian Fortin picked his first win of the season in his Jerry Childs Builders sponsored #03. Fortin who crossed the line in second was awarded the win after Ryan Gero failed post race inspection. That bumped Kris Watson up to second and last weeks feature winner Shawn Austin up to third. Gero’s disqualification also put Allan Moeller Jr. up to fourth and 2007 Super Street Champion Bernie Dinsmore up to fifth.
The Clark’s Car Cushing Pro Stocks had their defending champion Randy Turner back in action in his new Central Maine Motors sponsored Toyota after missing week one. Turner however didn’t lose any speed over the winter as he would pick the victory in the 35 lap feature event with Scott King finishing second for his second straight top three finish. Charlie Colby would pick up the last spot in victory lane. Scott Moore crossed the line in fourth but last weeks feature winner forgot to go to tech which meant he was disqualified and that moved Jesse Smith up to fourth and Ryan Dean up into the fifth spot.
The first race of the Linnehan’s Credit Now Late Model Triple Crown series was a good one. It was packed full of side by side fender to fender racing. Racing along with the Wiscasset regulars where drivers from Unity Raceway, Speedway 95 and even one driver from Spud Speedway. However out of the twenty six cars from all over the state that started the race it was Wiscasset Raceway regular T.J. Watson out of Harpswell picking up the feature victory. The youngest member of the St. Clair family that was racing in this thirty lap main event, Josh St. Clair finished second with Pro-Stock racer John Phippen finishing third. Last year’s second place point man Adam Chadbourne would take home fourth with Shane Clark rounding out the top five.
Next week at the “Center of Speed “ Wiscasset Raceway
Saturday June 6th
NAPA AUTO PARTS Night
Regular Racing in All Divisions
Pit Gate Opens at Noon
Grandstands: 3:00 p.m.
Racing Starts at: 5:00 p.m.
Adults 18 to 64………..$10.00
Students 12 to 17………$8.00
Children 6 to 11………..$5.00
5 and under…………….FREE