MIKE HOPKINS WINS THRILLING BOSS HOGG 150 AT WISCASSET SPEEDWAY
by Ken Minott

Wiscasset Speedway capped off an action-packed Labor Day weekend doubleheader on Sunday afternoon with the running of the 2018 Boss Hogg 150. The annual Pro Stock race attracted 32 of the region’s best racers all gunning for the $5000 winner’s take of a near $30,000 purse. Josh St Clair of Liberty, grandson of Hall of Fame racer “Boss Hogg” Dave St Clair led the field to the green with former BH100 winner Andy Saunders of Ellsworth alongside. The race got off to a rough start with 3 red flags for multi-car wrecks between lap 15 and 20, mostly thinning our cars in the middle and rear of the field.
All the while the action up front was fast and action packed. Despite the rough start the race turned out a thrilling finish, complete with a last lap pass for the win. Hermon, Maine’s Mike Hopkins, who dominated the race through the middle stages nearly gave it away on a late-race restart but came back to grab the checkers and the big victory. Following the 3rd red flag stoppage on lap 20, the race settled down into a 71 lap green flag run, where Hopkins took the lead from Saunders and started knocking contenders off the lead lap. Through the second half of the race, it became clear that the race would come down to Hopkins, Garrett Hall of Scarborough, and Dave Farrington of Jay. A late race caution for Travis Benjamin with 145 laps complete gathered the field up for a final dash for the checkered flag. Hall was able to get a nose under Hopkins down the backstretch to grab the lead on the restart. Hopkins tried every angle to retake the spot over the next 2 laps, but slipped into turn 1 with 2 laps to go, nearly dropping to 3rd behind Farrington. But he rebounded and charged to the inside of Hall into turn 1 as the white flag flew. By the time they reached the backstretch, he had the lead back and nailed down the win by just over a 1/10 of a second over Hall, and a half second over Farrington. Kevin Douglass of Sidney made a late race charge into the top five and brought his car home in 4th, nearly running out of fuel in the process. 5-time track champ Scott Chubbuck of Bowdoin rounded out the top 5. Other winners on the day included Adam Chadbourne of Woolwich in the 40 lap feature for the K&A Property Services Modifieds, The show also included features for the Wicked Good Vintage Racers in three divisions (Early Late Models, Hobby, and Outlaws).

Saturday night’s program was highlighted with the running of the 4th annual Outlaw Mini Madness 75 lap race. New Hampshire racer Cody LeBlanc survived a mechanical battle of attrition to pick up the win. Several of the race favorites dropped out with mechanical problems, including 2-time Mini Madness winner Jimmy Childs of Leeds, who led the first 61 laps of Saturday’s race until his car went up in smoke. LeBlanc was joined in victory lane by Brent Roy of Vassalboro and Scott Trask of Richmond. Other winners on Saturday’s Group 2 program included Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington in the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman 40-lap feature, Kyle Hewins of Leeds in the 25 lap feature for the Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets. Defending Amsoil Nelcar Legend champ Austin Teras of Windham stormed from 16th to grab the lead just past midway of their 25 lap feature. From there he cruised to the victory over Luke LeBrun of Newton, Mass and Casey Call of Pembroke, Nh. Saturday’s show wrapped up with a special 20 lap race for the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Models, called the “Dash for Cash”. The race showcased drivers in the class who had not won an LMS feature over the past 3 years. 10 of the 17 qualified drivers answered the call, with rookie Logan Melcher of Fayette running away with the win and the cash payout. Frank Moulton of Clinton and veteran racer Bill Pinkham of Wiscasset joined him in victory lane.

Wiscasset Speedway returns to action Saturday September 8th with Ames True Value NEMA Night. It will feature the second appearance of the season for the lightning-quick NEMA Midgets & NEMA Lites. The show will also showcase double features for the Serv Pro of Biddeford Saco Pro Stocks, along with action in the Thunder 4 Minis, Cahill Tire 4-cylinder Pros, and Maxwell’s Market Super Streets. Pit gates will open at 1:00 pm, grandstand gate at 3:00 pm and racing action will start at 5:00 pm. Grandstand admission is $5 with kids 6 & under free. Pit admission is $20 for all. Full race day schedule and more info can be found at www.wiscassetspeedway.com.

OFFICIAL RESULTS SUNDAY 9/2/18
2018 BOSS HOGG 150 PRO STOCK (150 laps)
Pos No. Name Home Town State Laps Diff
1 15H Mike Hopkins Bangor ME 150
2 94 Garrett Hall Scarborough ME 150 0.167
3 23 David Farrington Jay ME 150 0.541
4 18 Kevin Douglass Sidney ME 150 0.885
5 39 Scott Chubbuck Bowdoin ME 150 1.833
6 09 Daren Ripley Thomaston ME 150 2.335
7 47 Kelly Moore Scarborough ME 149 1 Lap
8 01 Joe Decker Chesterville ME 148 2 Laps
9 8 Jeremy Whorff Bath ME 146 4 Laps
10 30 Ryan St. Clair Liberty ME 146 4 Laps
11 02 Shane Lane North Anson ME 145 5 Laps
12 14 Travis Benjamin Morrill ME 144 6 Laps
13 73 Adam Polvenin Hebron ME 143 7 Laps
14 01x Andy Saunders Ellsworth ME 96 54 Laps
15 13 Nate Tribbett Richmond ME 89 61 Laps
16 41 Brian Whitney Pittsfield ME 77 73 Laps
17 33 Josh St. Clair Liberty ME 74 76 Laps
18 25x Shawn Knight South Paris ME 71 79 Laps
19 13T Cody Tribbett Richmond ME 60 90 Laps
20 23x Brandon Sprague Boothbay ME 43 107 Laps
21 09x Ed Drake Vassalboro ME 36 114 Laps
22 15 Nick Hinkley Wiscasset ME 19 131 Laps
23 99 Ajay Picard Palmyra ME 19 131 Laps
24 29 Kevin Morse Woolwich ME 19 131 Laps
25 77 Nick Reno West Bath ME 17 133 Laps
26 34 Jeff Burgess Fairfield ME 16 134 Laps
27 21 James Barker Jay ME 16 134 Laps
28 47x Brandon Bailey Wiscasset ME 16 134 Laps
29 25 Barry Poulin Clinton ME 16 134 Laps
30 17 Scott Delano Friendship ME 16 134 Laps
31 71 Joey Peaslee Jefferson ME 15 135 Laps
dns 32 Nick Jenkins Bownville ME dns
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K&A PROPERTY SERVICES MODIFIEDS (40 laps)
Pos No. Name Home Town State Laps Diff
1 1 Adam Chadbourne Woolwich ME 40
2 15A Wayne Allard Stetson ME 40 0.535
3 77 Nick Reno West Bath ME 40 0.916
4 04 Allan Moeller Dresden ME 40 4.232
5 8 Richard Jordan Kingfield ME 32 8 Laps
6 21 Mark Lucas Freeport ME 20 20 Laps
7 12 Wayne Whitten Jr. Kennebunk ME 18 22 Laps
8 48 Brian Treadwell Hancock ME 2 38 Laps
dns 7 Spencer Vaughan Canton ME dns
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OFFICIAL RESULTS SATURDAY 9/1/18
KENNEBEC EQUIPMENT RENTAL OUTLAW MINI MADNESS (75 laps)
Pos No. Name Home Town State Laps Diff
1 7nh Cody Leblanc Berlin NH 75
2 26 Brent Roy Vassalboro ME 75 0.908
3 99 Scott Trask Richmond ME 75 5.779
4 40 Ryan Keniston Augusta ME 74 1 Lap
5 21K Kalib Bernatchez Vassalboro ME 74 1 Lap
6 33 Dan Morris Auburn ME 74 1 Lap
7 82 Ben Krauter Gorham ME 69 6 Laps
8 2 Rob Greenleaf West Bath ME 63 12 Laps
9 10 Jimmy Childs Leeds ME 61 14 Laps
10 27 Jake Hensbee Whitefield ME 61 14 Laps
11 19 Zach Audet Skowhegan ME 34 41 Laps
12 41 Shane Smith Augusta ME 21 54 Laps
13 20 Matt Glidden Chelsea ME 19 56 Laps
14 9 George Fortin Greene ME 9 66 Laps
15 05 Chris Watkins Oakland ME 1 74 Laps
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WOOD PELLET WAREHOUSE LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN (40 laps)
Pos No. Name Home Town State Laps Diff
1 26 Andrew McLaughlin Harrington ME 40
2 25 Will Collins Waldoboro ME 40 1.628
3 33 Josh St. Clair Liberty ME 40 2.022
4 30 Ryan St. Clair Liberty ME 40 2.531
5 17 Chris Thorne Sidney ME 40 2.761
6 09 Daren Ripley Thomaston ME 40 2.870
7 11 Cody Verrill Richmond ME 40 3.803
8 55 James Barker Turner ME 40 4.472
9 41 Logan Melcher Fayette ME 40 5.123
10 34 Tyler Robbins Montville ME 40 5.478
11 81 Bryan Lancaster Skowhegan ME 40 7.330
12 3 Richard Jordan Kingfield ME 40 7.612
13 00 Alex Waltz Walpole ME 39 1 Lap
14 19 Shane Kaherl Jay ME 31 9 Laps
15 66 Bryan Robbins Montville ME 29 11 Laps
16 15 Mike Moody Topsham ME 26 14 Laps
17 36 Megan Frost Montville ME 18 22 Laps
18 5 Bill Pinkham Wiscasset ME 15 25 Laps
19 15M Frank Moulton Clinton ME 14 26 Laps
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NORMS USED CARS STRICTLY STREETS (25 laps)
Pos No. Name Home Town State Laps Diff
1 51 Kyle Hewins Leeds ME 25
2 03 Maurice Young Chelsea ME 25 1.233
3 24 Jonathon Emerson Sabattus ME 25 1.499
4 51x Bryan Robbins Montville ME 25 2.167
5 55 Kurt Hewins Leeds ME 25 2.915
6 23 Zachary Emerson Sabattus ME 25 4.488
7 00 Kimberly Knight Chesterville ME 25 5.058
8 05 Brett Osmond Wiscasset ME 25 6.726
9 61 Shawn Austin Norridgewock ME 25 6.731
10 05R Glenn Reynolds Turner ME 25 6.932
11 85 John Knapp Bowdoin ME 25 18.545
12 34 Jerry Robbins Montville ME 14 11 Laps
13 02 Paul Hopkins Camden ME 13 12 Laps
14 29 Brad Erskine Solon ME 6 19 Laps
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AMSOIL NELCAR LEGENDS (25 laps)
Pos No. Name Home Town State Laps Diff
1 29 Austin Teras Windham ME 25
2 27MA Luke LeBrun Newton MA 25 1.147
3 90NH Casey Call Pembroke NH 25 1.217
4 52NH Jake Matheson Hillsboro NH 25 1.384
5 31MA Trent Goodrow Carver MA 25 2.614
6 38 Mathew Bourgoine Stetson ME 25 2.700
7 92 Colby Meserve Buxton ME 25 2.869
8 17MA Eric LeBrun Newton MA 25 3.949
9 47 Chris Burgess Buckfield ME 25 4.294
10 23S Shaun Buffington Plainfield CT 25 4.624
11 399 Bobby Weymouth Topsham ME 25 4.921
12 07 Nick Calvert Steep Falls ME 25 8.099
13 8 Cory Hall Jolicoure NB 25 8.671
14 4 Peter Craig Poland ME 25 8.745
15 52 Colby Benjamin Belmont ME 25 8.910
16 14MA Aliyah Neale S. Royalston MA 25 9.508
17 10 Ed Getty Gray ME 25 10.326
18 09 Thomas Searles Upton MA 24 1 Lap
19 67 Russ Godbout Mt Vernon ME 22 3 Laps
20 4NH Thomas Everson Gilmanton NH 9 16 Laps
21 19 Kevin Girard, Jr. Old Orchard Beach ME 1 24 Laps
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WOOD PELLET WAREHOUSE LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN / DASH FOR CASH (20 laps)
Pos No. Name Home Town State Laps Diff
1 41 Logan Melcher Fayette ME 20
2 15M Frank Moulton Clinton ME 20 0.696
3 5 Bill Pinkham Wiscasset ME 20 0.734
4 55 James Barker Turner ME 20 0.913
5 00 Alex Waltz Walpole ME 20 1.435
6 66 Bryan Robbins Montville ME 20 1.800
7 15 Mike Moody Topsham ME 20 4.554
8 34 Gerald Frost Montville ME 20 4.760
9 3 Richard Jordan Kingfield ME 20 5.531
10 36 Megan Frost Montville ME 13 7 Laps

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