Wiscasset’s Kevin Sherman brings home the New England 4-Cylinder Prostock Win
By Lisa Maguire
Fans and racers alike gathered for another week of racing action at Wiscasset Speedway this past Saturday. The itinerary for the group one division of racing included Superstock, Prostock, New England 4-cylinder Prostock, Thunder 4’s, and the flex race of the week, Wicked Good Vintage Racers.
Up first was the twenty-five lap Superstock race. Corey Morgan- Lewiston, in the number 26, took the pole position. Morgan led early on, but Adam Chadbourne- Woolwich, squeezed by and took the lead. A battle ensued between Morgan and James Osmond- Wiscasset. Osmond held second place, but with seven laps to go, Morgan slid in and took the position away. Chadbourne took the win, Morgan placed second. Osmond finished in third.
Wicked Good Vintage Racers were the flex race of the week. Brian Hughes- Otisfield, started at the point in this twenty lap event. Hot on his heels was car number 2, Kevin Waterhouse- West Paris. Waterhouse was quick to pass Hughes with Wally Henderson- Litchfield dogging close behind. A bump on the track, between Waterhouse and Henderson, caused a shift in race leaders. Henderson took first, Bona Guyon- Winthrop, second, and Paul Pierce- Lincolnville, third. The three hugged together and raced for the wire. Pierce overtakes Guyon, with Henderson looming behind. In a scramble, Guyon retook the lead, to win. Pierce took second, and Henderson rounded out the top three.
Ryan Ripley, Waldoboro was in the pole position in the Thunder 4’s feature. Ripley surged ahead in car number 09X early on, leaving the pack to race behind him through the fifteen lap feature. Kevin Sherman- Wiscasset, took second behind Ripley, making bids to pass. A fight for third began between Derek Cairns- Waterford, Mike Dulaney- Richmond, and Cody Robbins- Montville. With nine laps remaining, number 31, Leandra Martin- Richmond, left the track. This was the one and only caution of the race. After the caution, Sherman dropped back, and eventually left the track with car trouble. A race for second between Robbins, Dulaney, and Cairns ensued. Ripley roared across the line in first. Robbins placed second in the event. Dulaney took third.
The next feature was Prostock racing. Chris Thorne- Sydney, took the pole position and led the action on the track. Jeff Burgess- Oakland, driving the number X, was able to overtake Thorne in lap eight for the lead. Trailing behind the pair was Jay Sands- Hampton, NH. Halfway through the thirty lap feature John RIdeout- Washington lost control and went round. A caution was called. After the caution, Burgess and Thorne battled for first. Burgess pulled away and ultimately took the win. This is Burgess’s second win at Wiscasset this racing season in the Prostock division. Thorne took second, and Sands rounded out the top three.
The Highlighted feature of the week was the thirty lap New England 4-Cylinder Prostock race. Dave Pattern- Westbrook, started at the pole. His lead did not last as Kevin Sherman- Wiscasset, quickly took over during lap one. Tim Jeski- Drakut, MA, held off Jeff Prindall- Lisbon Falls for second. Mike Swett- Farmingdale, driving number 54 was in forth, and looking to pass. Racing in a pack, race leaders changed rapidly. Twelve laps in Swett suddenly lost control. The first caution was called.
When race action resumed, Sherman was in the lead; however, Jeski stole it away, then promptly lost the position back to Sherman. From the back of the pack, Swett wove his way up, and made a bid to pass Dave Patten. With eleven laps remaining, Sherman and Jeski scrape. A second caution was thrown. Both moved to the back, bringing Dave Pattern back into the lead. Bob Pattern-Westbrook, moved to second, and Craig Dum-N/A to third.
In a hotly contested race the cars thundered around the track. Sherman worked his way up through the pack, and eventually took second position behind Dave Patten in first. Jeski and Swett were close behind. With only six laps to go, Jeski lost it and went off the track. The third and final caution of the race went out. When the pace car left the track, Dave Patten raced with Sherman for the lead. Sherman pulled ahead, and overtook Patten for the win. Mike Swett followed the pair in the feature. Dave Patten was later disqualified, bringing Travis Dunbar-Lisbon, into third at the finish.
Wiscasset Speedway resumes racing action, April 27, 2013 with its group two lineup of divisions: Strictly Street, Mini Trucks, Outlaw Mini, Late Model Sportsman, and the flex race of the week will be a 100 lap Enduro feature. Pit gates open at 8:00 AM. Grandstand gates open at 11:00 AM. Racing begins at 1:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for adults and children aged seven and older. Kids six and under are free. For more information, head to the Wiscasset Speedway website at: http:www.wiscassetspeedway.com.
OFFICIAL FINISH WISCASSET SPEEDWAY 4-20-13
SUPER STOCKS (25 LAPS)
1. #1 Adam Chadbourne- Woolwich; 2. #26 Corey Morgan, Lewiston; 3. #05 James Osmond – Wiscasset; 4. #96 Guy Childs Sr. – Turner; 5. #27 Nate Yeaton,-Woolwich; 6. #2 Josh Bailey-Wiscasset
WICKED GOOD VINTAGE RACERS (20 LAPS)
1. #86 Bona Guyon- Winthrop; 2. #3 Paul Pierce- Lincolnville; 3. #155 Wally Henderson- Litchfield; 4. 11 John Rice- Bristol; 5. #64 Scott Tucker- Winthrop; 6. #35 Dennis Fish- Livermore; 7. #2 Kevin Waterhouse- West Paris; 8. #420 Keith Smalley- Warren; 9. #97 Brian Hughes- Otisfield; 10. #M16 Mark Thurlow- Lincolnville
THUNDER 4’s (15 LAPS)
1. # 09X Ryan Ripley-Waldoboro; 2. #15 Cody Robbins-n/a; 3. #10 Mike Dulaney – Richmond; 4. #87 Derek Cairns- Waterford; 5. #31 Leandra Martin- Richmond; 6. #25 Ed Smith- N/A; 7. #05 Jarard Cooly- N/A; 8. #11 Kevin Sherman – Wiscasset; 9. #85 Austin Averill- Sabattus
PROSTOCK (30 LAPS)
1. #X Jeff Burgess-Oakland; 2. #17 Chris Thorne-Sidney; 3. #36 Jay Sands- Hampton, NH
4. #0 Bill Penfold- Yarmouth; 5. #39 John Rideout,-Washington; 6. #3 Corey Walker- New Vinyard
N.E. 4-CYLINDER PROSTOCKS (30 LAPS) *UNOFFICIAL FINISH*
1. #11 Kevin Sherman – Wiscasset; 2. #54 Mike Swett – Farmingdale; 3. #6 Travis Dunbar – Lisbon; 4. #14 Bob Patten – Westbrook; 5. #38 Tim Jeski-Drakut, MA; 6. #26 Craig Dum- N/A; 7. #24 Jeff Prindall – Lisbon Falls 8. #12 Dave Patten – Westbrook D/Q