by Ken Minott
KENNEBEC EQUIPMENT RENTAL OUTLAW MINIS – Spotlight Race 24 laps completed, ended early due to excessive cautions
1. #26 Brent Roy – Vassalboro (first win in 10yrs – 34th career win)
2. #27 Jacob Hendsbee – Whitefield
3. #41m Larry Melcher – Jay
4. #20 Shawn Kimball – Augusta
5. #2 Butch Keene – n/a
For the second time in the first three weeks of the 2017 season, Wiscasset Speedway fell victim to the weather and was forced to cancel its Saturday race program. With no hope to get a window of opportunity, the call to cancel was made early Saturday morning and Wiscasset joined the growing list of northeast region tracks forced to pull the plug. One of the races affected was the annual Amsoil NELCAR Legends INEX sanctioned National Qualifier, bumping it back a week. Any makeup plans for the regular group 1 divisions are in the works and will be announced soon. (more…)
Fans & racers who had been forced to wait an extra week to get their much-anticipated racing fix were rewarded Saturday afternoon as sunny skies and summer-like temps greeted them at the unveiling of the new and improved Wiscasset Speedway. The new walls, catch fence, and other upgrades were well received by the crowd of nearly 2,000, but it was the new fan-friendly victory lane that was the hit of the day. Kids and grownups alike lined the waist high chain link fence in front of the grandstands to give high fives and handshakes to the drivers as they climbed out of their rides. Group 2 divisions were on the schedule including the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman, Norm’s Used Cars Strictly Streets, and Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis. The weekly Flex division race was the first of three appearances for the Wicked Good Vintage Racers.
* OPENING DAY – GROUP 2
* ATTENDANCE – aprox 1700
* BEAUTIFUL DAY
* MIDCOAST REGION NAPA MODIFIEDS (40 lap Spotlight Feature)
1. Adam Chadbourne – Woolwich, Me (started 3rd .. took lead from Nick Reno on lap 28)
2. Allan Moeller Sr – Dresden, Me
3. Nick Reno – West Bath (started pole position, held lead first 27 laps)
Wiscasset Speedway has had more than it’s share of good luck when it comes to weather over the past few years. As a matter of fact, the track hadn’t lost a full program to rain since June of 2014. The luck ran out Saturday afternoon as a cold steady mist hung over the region for much of the day, forcing track management to pull the plug, sending a group of hearty race fans and drivers home without the racing fix they had waited all winter to cure. “It’s frustrating,” said track announcer/promoter, Ken Minott. “The radar and forecast looked like we had a real window of opportunity. We wanted to get the race in as badly as they did.
We know our drivers want to race, so we make every effort to get the show in. This time it just didn’t happen”. Saturday’s show was meant to be the season opener for the 2017 season and the unveiling of the latest round of improvements to the facility, including a new wall in turns 3 & 4 and a new front stretch retaining wall and victory lane area. No makeup has been scheduled for Saturday’s rainout. The track will take another shot at opening it’s season Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 pm with Group 2, which includes The Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman; Midcoast Region Napa Modifieds; Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis; and Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets. The flex division will be the Wicked Good Vintage Racers. Pit gates will open at 9:00am, Practice from 10:00a – 1:00p.