By Lisa Maguire

Fall Fury at Wiscasset Speedway was held last Saturday. Fall Fury was the last day of the racing season at Wiscasset Speedway. It was a nice crisp day, and although rain threatened initially, the weather was clear for the day. On the agenda at the Speedway were all eight racing divisions: New England 4-Cylinder Prostock, Mini Trucks, Thunder 4’s, Outlaw Mini, Strictly Street, Super Stock, Late Model Sportsman, and Prostock. Also racing Saturday were all divisions of the Wicked Good Vintage Racers, and the Amsoil Nelcar Legends. The flex race of the week was a one hundred lap Enduro.
First on the track were the New England 4-Cylinder Prostock race cars. This twenty lap feature was caution free and drivers sped to the finish. Starting in the pole position was the No. 54 of Kamren Knowles. Behind him were the No. 38 of Ryan Hayes and Travis Dunbar of the No. 6. When the green flag went down, Hayes pulled ahead on the front stretch and took the lead. The No. 24 of Jeff Prindall shot from the very back of the pack from the outside and took third place from Dunbar.

Lap three saw Knowles retake the lead. When Hayes fell back, Prindall saw an opportunity to pass him also, and moved to the inside of the back stretch and passed Hayes for second. Prindall moved up the track, dogging the heels of Knowles. During lap five Prindall passed Knowles for the lead, but Knowles was determined to win. The pair raced neck and neck for four laps, until Prindall managed to get a car length lead on lap nine.

Race leaders remained the same until the checkered. Prindall placed first. Prindall was declared New England 4 Cylinder Prostock Champ last Saturday by the NE4CP division. Prindall said prior to race time that, “I hope to do well. Since mid-season things have really turned around for us, there was a learning curve. We have changed some things on the car today to make it more consistent.” Prindall’s win made it his sixth top three win of the season at Wiscasset.
Knowles came in second. Rounding out the top three was Ryan Hayes. This was Haye’s first visit to Victory Lane this year at Wiscasset.

A short fifteen lap Mini Truck feature was next. Starting at the pole was the No. 17 of Matt Wile. Behind him was Dave Cameron of the No. 88 and the No. 1 of Matt Curtis. From the start, Cameron pulled ahead and took the lead. Cameron dominated the event, gaining a ten truck length lead over his closest competitor. There was one caution during lap two, when Wile lost control and went into the back stretch wall. Wile was fine although his truck was too damaged to finish the race. Curtis moved up to second place, and Keith Petrin moved up to take third place.

Cameron took first. This was Cameron’s first appearance at Wiscasset Speedway. Cameron raced Road Runners this year at Beech Ridge. He won five out of seven races for the season there. Prior to race time, Cameron said, “I’m going to try to win. My practice on the track has been good.” Cameron must be pleased taking home the victory.

Curtis took second. This was Curtis’s second top three finish of the racing season here at Wiscasset. Taking third was Keith Petrin. This was Petrin’s first win at Wiscasset this year.

The first racing group of the Wicked Good Vintage Racer’s hit the track next. This group included Late Model and Modified Racer’s. This twenty lap race was filled with leader changes and plenty of excitement. Starting in the pole position was the No. 97 of Brian Hughes. Behind him was Dean Grant in the No. 0JR and the No. 151 of Rosey Gerry.

Grant passed Hughes for first off the start. The No. 2 of Kevin Waterhouse passed Gerry on the outside of turn three during lap one. Waterhouse then passed Hughes to take the lead. Waterhouse dropped back and Hughes moved back into the lead.

Coming from the back of the pack was the No. 60 of Caleb Willette. Willette went to the outside and moved to first place, passing Hughes. The No. 420 of Keith Smalley moved up to claim third. Both Willette and Hughes raced furiously for first place. Behind them Smalley and the No. M16 of Mark Thurlow each looked for third place. It was not until lap nineteen that Willette finally solidified his lead and claimed first place. Thurlow pulled up on the outside of turn three during lap nineteen and took second, passing Hughes. Hughes fell back, and the No. 82 of Bobby Symonds swooped in from behind to snag third. Willette took first place. Thurlow placed second. Symonds placed third.

The Wicked Good Racers second group of racers included the Sportsman and Outlaw divisions. They were next on the track for a twenty lap race. Starting at the pole was the No. 64 of Scott Tucker. Behind him was the No. 38 of Bob Guyon and the No. 155 of Wally Henderson. Before the conclusion of lap one, Guyon had surged ahead on the outside to take the lead. The No. 11 of John Rice followed suit and took an outside line to move up the track to second. The No. 86 of Adam Chadbourne also moved to the outside and passed to take third.

Chadbourne, during lap four, moved to the inside to pass both Guyon and Rice. The No. 3 of Paul Pierce followed the inside track Chadbourne had blazed and moved to second. Mechanical issues saw Chadbourne head to the pits during lap five. Pierce moved to first. Rice moved to second. Henderson moved to third. Race leaders remained the same until the finish with Pierce in first, Rice in second, and Henderson in third.

Next on the racing schedule was the Thunder 4 division. Included in this race was one Outlaw Mini race car, as that was the only Outlaw Mini to arrive for racing on Saturday. The No. 2X of Rob Greenleaf was the Outlaw Mini winner. The remaining field of cars were all Thunder 4’s. The first Thunder 4 in the lineup was the No. 42 of Kyla Roussel. Behind her was the No. 91 of Jamie Heath and the No. 21K of Kevin Bernatchez.

There was a scramble on the track during lap two on turn three. Bernatchez moved to first. Roussel moved to second. Heath moved to third. During lap thirteen, the No. 5 of Ryan Chadwick passed Heath on the outside of the back stretch for third.

With one lap to go, Roussel moved to the inside on the front stretch going into turn one, she crept ahead for the lead. Then Chadwick advanced coming out of turn two to battle for position. Three wide the trio headed onto the back stretch towards turn three. Coming into turn three there was a scuffle on the track with cars bumping against each other and going off the track. The race leaders abruptly changed and finished under a yellow checkered flag. The No. 15 of Cody Robbins emerged from the melee as race winner. Taking second was the No. 31X of Adam Armstrong. Bernatchez placed third.
The Amsoil Nelcar Legend cars were at the Speedway on Saturday for twenty-five lap race. The Legend cars had already completed their tour for points, and the race was only for national points. Legend points winner, Mathew Bourgoine was on hand for the race on Saturday.

Starting in the pole position was the No. 19 of Kevin Girard Jr. Behind him was the No. 33 of Alan Smith and the No. 70 Tylar Braunschweig. During lap one, Braunschweig passed Smith for second on the inside of turn three. The No. 38 of Bourgoine moved up from his fifth place starting position to claim third. During lap two, Bourgoine passed Braunschweig on the inside of turn three for second. The No. 88 of John Peters passed Braunschweig on turn three on the inside for third.

Lap seven saw Peters pass Girard for second on the inside of turn three. During lap thirteen Braunschweig passed Girard for third on the inside of turn three. Race leaders remained constant until race conclusion. Points champion Bourgoine took the win. Coming in second was Peters. Braunschweig placed third.

An action packed Strictly Street race was the next crowd pleaser. Fourteen race cars battled for position during this twenty-five lap race. Despite three cautions, the race moved quickly along. Starting at the pole was the No. 27 of John Lizotte. Behind him was the No. 43 of Ben Erskine and Mack Hannon of the No. 40. After a false start, Lizotte was sent to the back. The No. 13 of Chuck Gray moved to third position. Lap four saw the first leader change with the No. 5 of Guy Childs moving from behind to pass Gray on the inside of turn three for third.

The first caution of the race came during lap six. The next caution was right on the heels of the first. A three wide situation developed as the top three race leaders fought for position. A caution was called after Childs made contact with another car. Childs went to the back of the pack. On the ensuring restart, Erskine moved to the lead. Hannon and the No. 09 of Ryan Ripley battled for second. Ripley moved to second when he passed Hannon on the inside of turn one on lap seven. The No. 36 of Richard Spaulding moved outside during lap seven and passed Hannon for third.

During lap ten, Spaulding passed Ripley on the back stretch for second. Then, on lap eleven, Hannon clipped the back of Ripley causing Ripley to spin on the track. The third caution of the race was called. Both Ripley and Hannon were sent to the back of the pack. The No. 5 of Guy Childs moved to third.

Childs passed Spaulding on the inside of turn two during lap eleven for second. Then, during lap twelve, Childs passed Erskine on the inside of turn one for first place. Spaulding passed Erskine during lap fifteen for second. Race leaders remained the same to the checkered. Childs placed first. This is Child’s eighth top three finish this racing season at Wiscasset. Spaulding placed second. Erskine took third. Erskine said, “The car has been running good today. Have made no changes. We are coming back next year for the full season.”

A thirty lap Super Stock race was quick and straight forward. Starting at the pole position was the No. 2 of Josh Bailey. In second and third were the No. 48 of Dan Nessmith and the No. 05 of James Osmond. The only leader change came right at the start when Osmond passed Nessmith on the inside of turn one during lap one for second. Bailey watched the race from his rear view mirror, looking to see if they would catch up to him. Bailey took the checkered. This was Bailey’s ninth top three finish at Wiscasset. Placing second was Osmond. This was Osmond’s eleventh top three win of the Wiscasset racing season. Rounding out the top three was Nessmith.

The Late Model Sportsman division was next to race. This twenty-five lap race had two cautions due to crashes. The race was shortened to twenty-five laps from thirty-five due to the reduced number of cars competing after the cautions. Starting at the pole was Nick Hinkley of the No. 15. Following him was the No. 7 of Danny Smart and the No. 26 of Seth Bridge. During lap one, the No. 3 of RJ Pinkham passed Bridge on the outside of turn two for third. Allan Moeller Jr of the No. 04 passed Pinkham on the outside of the back stretch for third during lap two.

The first caution of the race came during lap six when Pinkham and the No. 20 of Corey Walker scraped together. Pinkham spun into the back stretch wall. Walker spun on the track. The No. 48 of Dan Nessmith tried to avoid the cars on the race track and went into the infield and needed to be towed away.

Hinkley, Moeller, and Bridge led the restart, and then during lap eight, Moeller got loose on the track and tapped Hinkley. Hinkley spun, Moeller went into the turn one/turn two wall. Cars tried to avoid the scene, but Walker’s car spun and took damage, and the No. 2 of Josh Bailey took damage and was towed to the pits.

When racing action resumed Hinkley was still in the lead. The No. 34 of DJ Moody had moved to second, and Pinkham moved to third. On lap fifteen, Pinkham passed Moody on the front stretch for second. Hinkley placed first. This is Hinkley’s eighth top three finish this racing season at Wiscasset. Hinkley said, “Car is running decent today. We have had a good year, by far the best year yet.”

Pinkham placed second. Moody placed third.

The last division race of the day was a twenty lap Prostock feature. This race was shortened by ten from a thirty lap race to a twenty lap race due to a thinned out field of cars. Staring at the pole was the No. 02 of Shane Lane. Behind him was John Rideout of the No. 39 and Ed Trask of the No. 11. An early race caution caused a restart with Rideout dropping back in the pack. The No. 35 of Bobby Nadeau moved to third. Upon the restart, Trask faltered and Nadeau moved to second. The No. 3 of Kevin Sherman advanced up the track and passed Trask for third.

Sherman passed Nadeau for second on the inside of turn one during lap four. Nadeau passed Sherman taking back second during lap six. A mechanical failure sent race leader Lane to the pits, and a caution was thrown during lap seven. Sherman moved to second and Nadeau took the lead. Ed Trask moved to third. Despite another caution, race leaders remained constant until the cars flew under the checkered. Nadeau placed first. This was Nadeau’s first victory at Wiscasset Speedway this year. Kevin Sherman placed second. This was Sherman’s first top three finish in the Prostock division this year. Trask took third. This was Trask’s first race in the Prostock division this year, and his first top three finish.

A one hundred lap Enduro was the last race of the day. Twenty seven cars competed in the race, and the track was full. The No. 22 of David Thurlow was an early race leader, but with eighty laps still to go, he dropped back after he went to the pits. The No. 101 of Nick Hanson also was an early race leader, but car trouble began to plague him also. The No. 55 of Kevin Sherman moved from his last place start to first by lap thirty two, and he managed to hang onto that lead for the remainder of the race, despite heavy competition. Sherman finished in first. The No. 3 of Randy Henderson finished second. Third place went to the No. 02 of Kyle Doery.

The Fall Fury event wrapped up the season for Wiscasset Speedway. Richard and Vanessa Jordan welcome everyone back next April for opening day.

1. #24 Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls

2. #54 Kamren Knowles, Readfield

3. #38 Ryan Hayes, Jefferson

4. #6 Travis Dunbar, Lewiston

5. #26 Barry Morris, NA

6. #11 Jerry Bailey, NA

1. #88 Dave Cameron, Sanford

2. #1 Matt Curtis, Freeport

3. #00 Keith Petrin, NA

4. #15 Kurt Irish, NA

5. #17 Matt Wile, NA

1. #60 Caleb Willette, Winslow

2. #M16 Mark Thurlow, Lincolnville

3. #82 Bobby Symonds, Casco

4. #420 Keith Smalley, Warren

5. #97 Brian Hughes, West Paris

6. #D5 Mike Willette, Winslow

7. #0 NA

8. #151 Rosey Gerry, Lincolnville

9. #77 George Brown, Pittston

10. #2 Kevin Waterhouse, West Paris

1. #3 Paul Pierce, Lincolnville

2. #11 John Rice, Bristol

3. #155 Wally Henderson, Litchfield


1. #2x Rob Greenleaf, West Bath

1. #15 Cody Robbins, Winslow

2. #31X Adam Armstrong, Bath

3. #21K Kevin Bernatchez, Vassalboro

4. #42 David Stone, Gorham

5. #5 Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset

6. #31 Leandra Martin, Richmond

7. #15K Bryan Robbins, Montville

8. #42 Kyla Roussel, NA

9. #91 Jamie Heath, Waterford

10. #4X Travis Poulliot, Madison

11. #07 Derek Farrington, NA

1. #38 Mathew Bourgoine, Newport

2. #88 John Peters, Westbrook

3. #70 Tylar Braunschweig, West Newfield

4. #56 Evan Beaulieu, Durham

5. #19 Kevin Girard Jr, Old Orchard Beach

6. #33 Alan Smith, Lincoln

7. #5 Charlie Buxton, Windham

8. #17 Terry Kirk, Durham

9. #399 Bob Weymouth, Topsham

10. #10 Ed Getty, Gray

11. #4 Peter Craig, Poland

12. #8 Matt Chagnot, Derry, NH

13. #49 Pete Cannell, South Berwick

14. #12 Alicia Perry, Windham

1. #5 Guy Childs, Turner

2. #36 Richard Spaulding, Lisbon

3. #43 Ben Erskine, Farmington

4. #13 Chuck Gray, Wiscasset

5. #06 Zach Poland, Woolwich

6. #1 Mike Moody, Topsham

7. #40 Mack Hannon, Union

8. #09 Ryan Ripley, Waldoboro

9. #66 Phil Main Sr, Boothbay

10. #2 Mark Murphy, Edgecomb

11. #6 Gerry Freve, Buckfield

12. #27 John Lizzotte, Mechanic Falls

13. #15 Craig Robbins, Oakland

14. #04 Paul Hopkins, Camden

1. #2 Josh Bailey, Wiscasset

2. #05 James Osmond, Wiscasset

3. #48 Dan Nessmith, Wiscasset

4. #35 Dave Langlais, NA

5. #71 Joe Creamer, Woolwich

6. #47 Zac Creamer, Woolwich

1. #15 Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset

2. #3 RJ Pinkham, Kingfield

3. #34 DJ Moody, NA

4. #05 James Osmond, Wiscasset

5. #26 Seth Bridge, NA

6. #04 Allen Moeller Jr, , Dresden

7. #20 Corey Walker, New Vinyard

8. #6 Chris Bowie, New Glouster

9. #2 Josh Bailey, Wiscasset

10. #7 Danny Smart, Buxton

11. #48 Dan Nessmith, Wiscasset

1. #35 Bobby Nadeau, NA

2. #3 Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset

3. #11 Ed Trask, Chelsea

4. #02 Shane Lane, Kingfield

5. #39 John Rideout, Washington

1. #55 Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset

2. #3 Randy Henderson, Turner

3. #02 Kyle Doery, NA

4. #45 John Rines, Wiscasset

5. #55X Mike Marshall, Dresden

6. #1320 Alex Dunning, NA

7. #79 Rodney Turner, Washington

8. #22 David Thurlow, Yarmouth

9. #99 Phil Main Jr, Trevett

10. #2 Jaren Mullan, NA

11. #3 Richard Jordan, Kingfield

12. #25 Travis Chaisson, Pittston

13. #22 Scott Eck, NA

14. #44 Jim Duguay, NA

15. #1X Jeff Davis, Woolwich

16. #101 Nick Hanson, NA

17. #1 Jay Verney, Alna

18. #66 Thomas Smith, Edgecomb

19. #19 Tyler Robinson, NA

20. #86 Jamie Norton, NA

21. #6 Gerry Freve, Buckfield

22. #0 Jason Stanley, Farmington

23. #08 Jason McKinnon, NA

24. #88 Jeff Minchin, Randolph

25. #88 Ron Whitcomb, Pittston

26. #00 Kimberly Knight, Farmington

27. #37 Jason Weatherbee, Wiscasset