by Ken Minott
When people talk about the best prostock drivers to turn laps in the history of Wiscasset Speedway, the names Ripley & Chubbuck are the ones you’ll hear more often than not. The pair has thrilled fans and battled each other on the high banks of Maine’s fastest track for the past 25 years. Chubbuck has claimed 70+ wins and 5 division titles while Ripley has amassed nearly 100 career wins. They would battle it out once again Saturday night as the Serv Pro of Biddeford-Saco Prostocks had a pair of feature races to highlight the Group 2 program. Along with prostocks, there was also action in the Super Streets, Thunder 4 Minis, and 4-Cylinder Pros, plus the Senior Tour Auto Racers (S.T.A.R. Tour) made their annual trek up from Massachusets.
by Ken Minott
Fans and Fun were the name of the game this past weekend at Wiscasset Speedway with Group 2 Fan Appreciation Night. Another large crowd packed into Maine’s fastest track Saturday night for exciting racing action, plus a driver meet & greet session and kid’s bike races. The race program was highlighted by the 3rd annual running of Outlaw Mini Madness for the Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini’s. Despite a lower car count that anticipated, there was no shortage of action as two of the division’s best slugged it out to lay claim to the title. In the end, it was former champ Jimmy Childs of Leeds holding the big trophy winning the 75 lap race for the second time. Other winners on the night included Shane Clark of Winterport in the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Models; Joe Williams of Woolwich in the Midcoast Region Napa Mods; and Bryan Robbins of Montville in the Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets. Before the green flag flew, fans were able to go down onto the track to meet all of the group 2 drivers. Then the kids took over in enthusiastic and energetic bike races in three different age groups, along with an appearance by Santa Claus and Christmas in July fun with the C&D Laundry Kids Club.
Winterport Dragway Results
Super Pro/ Pro Final: 1.Rick Hunnewell, Ellsworth 2. Jon Canty, W. Gardiner
Super Pro Eliminator: 1. Rick Hunnewell, Ellsworth, 2. Dustin Calder, Welshpool NB , Semifinalist, Randy Therrien, Unity, Semifinalist, Ken Fowler, Edgecomb
Pro Eliminator: 1.Jon Canty, W. Gardiner 2.Wayne Chadwick, S. China, John Kaiser, Mapleton, Russell Calder, Welshpool NB
Bikes /Sleds: 1.Paul Keaten, Athens, 2.Frank John , Brooklin, Semifinalist, Jim Colman, Saco,
Street Eliminator: 1. John Kaiser, Mapleton, 2: Christine Leeman, Letang NB, Semifinalist, Brian Lowell, Sabattus (more…)
photo by Norm Marx
Scarborough, Maine – Joey Pole, Jr. of Hudson, New Hampshire outgunned reigning Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model National Champion Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine on a pair of late-race restarts to claim victory in the PASS 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine on Saturday night.
After taking the lead on the 105th lap restart, Pole held off the current track champion of the oval they were racing on, Curtis Gerry of Waterboro, and a determined Mike Hopkins of Hermon to seal the deal. For Pole it was his first win of the season after winning three times on the PASS North trail last year, snapping a bad luck spell this year that has seen him fail to finish at least four races he was leading or had led due to equipment failure.
Shawn Martin races to Super Late Model victory at Oxford Plains Speedway
Oxford, Maine – Multi-time track champion Shawn Martin of Turner earned his first win of the season Saturday night in the 50-lap Super Late Model main event, topping the Budweiser Championship Series racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Martin built a healthy lead early in the non-stop race, which took a tick less than 13-1/2 minutes to complete, then coasted to victory lane by a hair over 2-1/2 seconds in front of Super Late Model freshman Ryan Robbins of Dixfield.
by Ken Minott
Wiscasset Speedway was all set to kick off the Independence Day holiday weekend Saturday night with a full race program featuring Group 1 and fireworks. Everything was going smoothly until Mother Nature crashed the party sending fans home early with a handful of features still to be run. Heats were completed in all divisions as the eyes of race officials were also on the radar and an approaching front causing crazy weather to the northwest. Just as the spotlight feature for the 4-Cylinder Pro’s was about to roll onto the track the first few raindrops began to fall, bringing the safety trucks out to keep the track dry. The delay only lasted 20 minutes and the show was on once again. In order to try and beat the approaching weather, the 4-Cylinder Pro feature was reduced from 35 laps down to their normal 25 lap length. #8 Craig Dunn and #55 would lead the field of 12 to the green flag. Dunn held the lead through the early stages while some of the heavy hitters were charging up from the back of the pack. One of those was 3-time defending champ #98 Kamren Knowles who was forced into a backup car after crashing in practice. It took just 10 laps for Knowles to race from his 10th starting position into the lead. Just a pair of cautions slowed the action along with a brief 5-minute threat of rain. It didn’t hold up Knowles on his way to his 2nd win of the season. He had also won back on opening day. Behind him was a great battle between a pair of rising stars in the class. Previous race winner #29 Austin Teras and point leader #12 Max Rowe traded the remaining two podium spots back and forth over the final six laps, with Teras grabbing 2nd and Rowe 3rd.