Wiscasset2013logoBy Lisa Maguire

The Wiscasset Speedway celebrated its Mainely Motorsports Fan Appreciation Day last Saturday. The night started off with fans of all ages meeting drivers on the racetrack. Additionally, there were tons of giveaways and bicycle races for the kids on the racetrack. There was plenty of racing action too, with its group two division of racing. Racing under the bright lights were Strictly Street, Mini Trucks, Mini Outlaws, Late Model Sportsman, and the flex race of the week was an Amsoil Nelcar Legends event.

The flex race of the week was a twenty-five lap Amsoil Nelcar Legends feature. This was an exciting, action packed race. Starting the lineup was Alan Smith in the No.33. Behind him was Ryan Hammar in the No. 2. In third position was No. 84 driven by Matt Grant. When racing action began, Smith dropped back to forth by lap two. This brought Ed Getty in the No. 10 to third position.

Lap six saw the first caution of the race when a car spun out on the track. Upon the restart, Getty pulled ahead of Grant on the inside of the front stretch. Car No. 20 driven by Taylor Martin also had woven through the pack from his sixth starting position to forth.

Another caution in lap nine brought the race to a halt when No. 81 driven by Dan Winter hit the wall coming out of turn one. The restart saw a leader change when Grant pulled ahead on the inside of the backstretch, taking second from Getty. Despite other cautions, leaders were able to maintain racing positions.

The fifth caution of the night came in lap fifteen when Grant spun out on the track. Race leaders scrambled for position on the restart. Hammar retained first. Getty, however, dropped back in the pack. Smith moved to second, and the No. 21 driven by Tim Laro moved to third.

Smith lost momentum and dropped to fifth by lap eighteen. This allowed the No. 51 driven by John Peters to move to third. The remainder of the race saw those leaders hold onto their positions.

Hammar, driving his Complete Car Care racecar, placed first, saying, “First of all, I’d like to thank everyone! . . . This is great!”

Going into the race, Hammar was second in point position, with only nineteen points separating him from point leader Matthew Bourgoine. Bourgoine placed fourth in Saturday’s feature.

Placing second was Laro. Laro was thirteenth in points heading into Saturdays race. Rounding out the top three was Peters. Peter’s was eighth in point position coming into the race. Nelcar Legends will return to Wiscasset Speedway on July 6 for its third of four appearances this year.

A twenty lap Strictly Street race pleased the crowd. In the pole position was Guy Childs in the No. 5. Behind him were Corey Morgan in the No. 26, and Tasha Dyer in the No. 32. At the start, Childs took an early lead with Morgan in second and Dyer in third. Leaders remained the same until a caution was thrown in lap ten when a car spun alone on the track.

On the restart, Dyer passed Morgan on the inside of turn one. However, Dyer, who commented after race time she had lost power steering and was having mechanical issues, was unable to maintain the second position. Lap thirteen saw Morgan take back second on the inside of turn one. Childs had gained a five car length lead. Drivers kept their positions tile the end of the race. Childs took first. Morgan placed second. Dyer took third.

The Outlaw Mini race was straightforward and quick. Starting the lineup was No. 14 driven by Matt Moore. In second place was the No. 51 driven by Mike Mason, and in third was Jimmy Childs in the No. 10. The first laps of the race saw the most action. Before the first lap was even completed Mason passed Moore on the outside on the backstretch. Car No. 2X driven by Rob Greenleaf moved quickly from his forth starting position to take second place. Childs dropped back in the pack allowing No. 20 driven by Shawn Kimball to take third position by lap three.

The rest of the race saw Mason looking in his rear view mirror watching Greenleaf and Kimball try to catch up. Race leaders remained constant during this twenty-five lap feature. Mason placed first. Greenleaf took second, and Kimball rounded out the top three.

A speedy fifteen lap Mini Truck event saw only three drivers this Saturday. The lineup was Gerry McKenna in the No. 12 taking the pole position. Behind him were Jeff Schmidt in the No. 22, and Ryan Farrar in the No. 69. The three were well matched, and rode in a pack, each trying for the number one spot. Despite some good racing, the only change in racing order came in lap nine when Farrar passed Schmidt for second. However, his lead was short lived as Schmidt retook his position on the inside of the backstretch. McKenna took first place. Schmidt took second place. Farrar placed in third.

On the schedule was a spot-lighted forty-five lap Late Model Sportsman feature. Twenty cars qualified for the event, making it the largest Late Model Sportsman race this season. There were a couple early race cautions that slowed the action just as rain began to fall. Despite twenty minutes of trying to keep the track dry, the race was suspended with only six laps complete. When the race stopped, Nick Hinkley driving the No. 15 was race leader. He was followed by Bill Pinkham in the No. 5 and the No. 4 driven by Allen Moeller. The race will resume Saturday, June 29 at 5:30 PM.

Wiscasset Speedway resumes racing action, June 29, 2013. On the schedule at the Speedway, with its group one lineup of divisions are: 4 Cylinder Prostock, Super Stock, Thunder 4’s, Pro Stock, and the flex race of the week will be a 15 lap Flagpole race. In a flagpole race, Enduro style cars race around the track, and at the end of each lap, the car must circle around a large tire in the middle of the finish line to complete the lap. Also the forty-five lap Late Model Sportsman race will conclude. Complete rules can be found on the Wiscasset Speedway website. Pit gates open at 2:00 PM. Grandstand gates open at 4:00 PM. Racing begins at 5:30 PM. Admission is $5.00 for adults and children aged seven and older. Kids six and under are free. Wiscasset Speedway is located on West Alna Road in Wiscasset.

1. #5 Guy Childs, Turner

2. #26 Corey Morgan, Lewiston

3. #32 Tasha Dyer, Arrowsic

4. #13 Chuck Gray. Wiscasset

5. #39 Gerry Freve, Buckfield

6. #06 Zach Poland, Woolwich

7. #66 Phil Main Sr., Boothbay

8. #99 Phil Main Jr., Trevett

9. #56 Thomas Smith, Boothbay

1. #51 Mike Mason, Skowhegan

2. #2X Rob Greenleaf, West Bath

3. #20 Shawn Kimball, Augusta

4. #9 George Fortin, Greene

5. #10 Jimmy Childs, Leeds

6. #18 Tim Collins, Farmingdale

7. #14 Matt Moore, Mechanic Falls

8. #84 Michael Bolduc, Windsor

9. #5 Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls

10. #7 Darryl Moore, Oxford

11. #88ME Mike Mathieu, Oakland

1. #2 Ryan Hammar, Pembroke, NH

2. #21 Tim Laro, Concorde, NH

3. #51 John Peters, Westbrook

4. #38 Mathew Bourgoine, Newport

5. #33 Alan Smith, Lincoln

6. #399 Bob Weymouth, Topsham

7. #96 Wyatt Alexander, Ellsworth

8. #10 Ed Getty, Gray

9. #60 Anthony Pagliarulo, Groveland, MA

10. #84 Matt Grant, Windham

11. #8 Matt Chagnot, Derry, NH

12. #42 Steve Johnson, Conway, NH

13. #12 Alicia Perry, Windham

14. #17 Terry Kirk, Durham

15. #49 Pete Cannell, South Berwick

16. #77 Maggie Ferland, Auburn

17. #20 Taylor Martin, Windham

18. #16 Eric Williams, Hudson, MA

19. #7 Scott Ferland, Auburn

20. #81 Dan Winter, Windham, NH

1. #12 Gerry McKenna, NA

2. #22 Jeff Schmidt, Mechanic Falls

3. #69 Ryan Farrar, Sumner