Photos by Peter & Mary Taylor
by Ken Minott
Wiscasset Speedway was back in action Saturday night with Group 2 on the track plus the final appearance of the season for the Nelcar Legends. With just one more week of racing for the group in two weeks, the championship points chases came more into focus by the end of the night, while one division – the Strictly Streets – was locked up.
The Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman was the spotlight division for the night with a 45 lap feature. Brandon Fowler #22 of Rome led the 15 car field to the green flag.But as usual, the heavy hitters were lurking deep in the field and with the extra 10 laps in their race, there was little doubt they would rise to the front. Heat 2 winner Will Collins #25 was the first to get there from his 7th starting position, grabbing the lead with relative ease from Fowler and pulling out to a comfortable advantage. #17 Chris Thorne and #33 Josh St Clair were next to arrive on the scene. While the pair were able to get to the lead pack, they were not able to mount much of a challenge to Collins. For Collins it was his first win of the season, making him the 8th different winner in the division’s 11 races. St Clair, the division runner-up, tightened up the points chase with another strong 2nd place finish. Thorne settled for 3rd. The top 5 was filled by Rookie Brandon Bailey or Wiscasset and Cody Verrill of Richmond, The race went caution-free for the full 45 laps.
MELCHER CLAIMS THUNDER 4 MINI TITLE WITH WIN ON SPECIAL NIGHT AT WISCASSET
by Ken Minott
Saturday night Wiscasset Speedway hosted Group 1 Fan Appreciation Night with the help of Mainely Motorsports TV. Along with the usual pre-race driver autograph session and kids bike races, the two organizations combined forces to help race sponsor Bozzutos Inc raise money for Maine Special Olympics through their Hometown Foundation. Over 70 Special Olympians were in attendance as the sponsor’s special guest, but 12 of them got a treat as they were chosen to help present trophies to the drivers in victory lane. A brief rain shower delayed the start of the show by an hour, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the fans and drivers.
WISCASSET SPEEDWAY RESULTS 9/9/17
MAINELY MOTORSPORTS GROUP 1 FAN APPRECIATiON NIGHT
presented by Bozzutos Inc Hometown Foundation
THUNDER 4 MINIS (30 laps)
* Logan Melcher 6th win of 2017 – clinched 2017 Thunder 4 championship
Pos No. Name Home Town Laps Diff
1 41 Logan Melcher Jay 30
2 54 Noah Haggett Wiscasset 30 10.797
3 58 David Greenleaf Brunswick 30 13.193
4 20 Devan Robinson Warren 30 14.039
5 80 Donald Mooney New Gloucester 29 1 Lap
6 04 Curtis Anderson Richmond 29 1 Lap
7 1 Jeff Davis Woolwich 29 1 Lap
8 00 Nick Morton Newcastle 29 1 Lap
9 03 Ryan Shea Richmond 29 1 Lap
10 26 Michael Golding Pownal 29 1 Lap (more…)
Wiscasset Speedway was back in action Saturday night. Group 2 took center stage with regular action in all divisions plus the special Dave’s World Dash For Cash for the Late Model Sportsman. battles are coming into shape with just a month left in the 2017 season.
The Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis were the spotlight division with a 35 lap feature. Just one caution slowed the action as the top three drivers in the class took control. Point leader #26 Brent Roy picked his way up from his 6th starting spot to claim the lead on lap 15 and drive to his 3rd victory of the season. Division runner-up Jake Hendsbee #27 kept Roy in his site but had to settle for the 2nd place trophy. 4-time champ Rob Greenleaf #2x finished 3rd.
photo by RPM 360
by Ken Minott
Even though the 2017 season is headed into the homestretch, first-time winners continue to be crowned at Wiscasset Speedway, making it one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory. Saturday night three more drivers picked up their first victory of the season as Group 1 was in the house with action in the ServPro of Biddeford-Saco Prostocks, Super Streets, Thunder 4 Minis, and N.E.4-cylinder Pros. The flex race on the program was a 100 lap enduro.
In the Serv Pro of Biddeford Saco Prostocks, Newcastle’s Charlie Colby grabbed an early lead and never looked back on his way to winning caution free 40 lap feature. Colby came into the weekend as the division point leader but had only managed a season-best 3rd place finish four times. This was the first victory of the season for the 2-time champ. He was joined in victory lane by Thomaston’s Daren Ripley and Richmond’s Nathan Tribbett.
photo by Peter & Mary Taylor
by Ken Minott
Maine’s fastest track, Wiscasset Speedway, was back in action Saturday night with Group 2 divisions plus the Wicked Good Vintage Racers. The show turned out a pair of first-time winners plus a pair of drivers grabbing their first wins since opening day.
Augusta’s Shawn Kimball made his final race a special one, leading the 25 lap Outlaw Mini feature wire to wire for the win. It was his 2nd victory of the season for the Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis. Kimball had announced that Saturday’s race would be the last for the former 2-time champion. In victory lane he said winning in his final race was special and a great way to wrap up a 20-year racing career; but he stopped short of confirming he was truly hanging it up for good. He did say that pending knee surgery and plans to concentrate on family life were driving forces in his decision. Fellow former champs Rob Greenleaf of West Bath and Jimmy Childs of Leeds joined him to claim the 2nd and 3rd place trophies respectively.