PINKHAM ENDS WINLESS DROUGHT AT WISCASSET SPEEDWAYby Ken Minott

     Just a few years ago Wiscasset Speedway’s Super Street division was a class on life support, on the verge of being eliminated. Fast forward to 2019 and the Maxwell’s Market Super Streets have not only rebounded and flourished but has become one of the track’s most competitive divisions. This continued on Saturday evening as Group 1 classes took to Wiscasset’s high banks for a regular race program. Wiscasset’s Bill Pinkham has been turning laps at his hometown track for over twenty years but victory lane is a place where he hadn’t visited but once in the past twelve. But the 2001 Driver of the Year returned to the top of the chart with a dominating win in the 35 lap spotlight feature. Driving a team car for point leader Mike Hodgkins, Pinkham started outside the front row and took the lead by the time they reached the backstretch. From there he built a half straightaway advantage and held the lead for the remainder of the race. He would pick up his first feature win since 2014 and his first Super Street checkered flag since 2000. There was plenty of action behind the leader in the caution-free race. Former champ Mark Lucas of Harpswell started back in the pack in 9th and raced his way up to a runner-up finish. Previous race winner Dan Trask of Chelsea took home the third-place trophy after starting 11th.


     In support action, Lisbon’s Jeff Prindall picked up his 4th win of the season in the Cahill Tire 4-Cylinder Pro Stocks. The defending champ was joined in victory lane by rookie Colby Peacock of Yarmouth and Taylor Lane of Phillips. Richmond’s Curtis Anderson held firm to his point lead in the Thunder 4 Minis with his 3rd win of the season in their 25 lap tilt. Spencer Sweatt of Albion, the division runner-up took 2nd, and Jacoby Perry of Pittston took 3rd. The ServPro of Biddeford Saco Pro Stocks lined up 14 cars for the regular 40 lap feature. Second-generation racer Jamie Wright of Woolwich grabbed the early lead and then held off a late charge from Andy Saunders to grab his third win of the season. Just one early caution slowed the action. Saunders, a 2-time champ from Ellsworth, started back in10th and took home his second straight runner-up finish. Point leader and defending champ Nick Hinkley of Wiscasset is still in search of his first checkered flag of 2019, but once again turned in a strong race, picking up his class high 6th podium appearance in 3rd. Kevin Morse turned in an inspiring 4th place finish as he raced side by side with Kevin Douglass, without the benefit of power steering. Douglass rounded out the top five. The “flex” division race of the night was for the G.O. Motorsports Nelcar Legends. Veteran Shawn Buffington made his drive up from Plainfield, CT well worth it as he charged up from the back of the field to claim the 25 lap feature win. Chris Burgess of Buckfield made it interesting with late pressure but had to settle for 2nd. Thomas Everson of Gilmanton, NH recovered from an early spin to claim the 3rd place trophy.  
     Wiscasset Speedway returns to action Saturday, August 17th with Group 2 Fan Appreciation Night presented by Bozzuttos Inc and Mainely Motorsports TV. Fans can enjoy an on-track driver autograph session, plus kids bike races, back to school backpack giveaways and more. Plus, for the third straight year, the folks from Mainely Motorsports TV will hold a big prize raffle to raise money for The Hometown Foundation and Special Olympics. The pit gate will open at 1:00 pm, the grandstands open at 3:00 pm, and the driver autographs begin shortly after 4:00 pm. The green flag flies on the race action shortly after 5:00 pm. For full race day schedule and other info, go to www.wiscassetspeedway.com
WISCASSET SPEEDWAY OFFICIAL FINISH 8/10/19
MAXWELL’S MARKET SUPER STREETS (35 laps)

PosNo.NameHome TownStateLapsDiff
132Billy PinkhamWiscassetME35
25Mark LucasHarpswellME351.308
303Dan TraskChelseaME356.032
42Josh BaileyWiscassetME356.211
58Bouncer KnightJayME357.365
623Mike HodgkinsJeffersonME357.369
711Jason OakesBoothbayME358.012
885Michael HarrisonDurhamME359.803
905Brett OsmondWiscassetME341 Lap
103Bobby MesimerWoolwichME341 Lap
1135Mike WallaceWiscassetME296 Laps
1255Bob CrockerFreeportME233 Laps
1324David ThompsonJeffersonME35 Laps

..CAHILL TIRE 4-CYLINDER PRO (25 laps)

PosNo.NameHome TownStateLapsDiff
124Jeff PrindallLisbonME25
226Colby PeacockYarmouthME251.170
370Taylor LanePhillipsME259.902
45Dominic CuritSacoME259.952
500PJ MerrillCantonME2510.398
641Nicole BenincasaBuxtonME2511.760
717ANoah AlexanderOrringtonME2514.177
801Jet DeckerChestervilleME241 Lap
942Mike KibbenLisbon FallsME241 Lap
108Callahan CoxStrongME241 Lap
117bBenjamin BurgessHartfordME241 Lap
1219Andy KaherlSacoME232 Laps
1311Marissa LaPointePeruME196 Laps

..THUNDER 4 MINI (25 laps)

PosNo.NameHome TownStateLapsDiff
104Curtis AndersonRichmondME25
284Spencer SweattAlbionME251.443
323Jacoby PerryPittstonME2516.586
413Greg GibbsRichmondME2517.944
550Bo LockeCornvilleME241 Lap
625Brian BurrBrunswickME25 Laps
746Ches WilliamsHopeME

..SERVPRO OF BIDDEFORD SACO PRO STOCKS (40 laps)

PosNo.NameHome TownStateLapsDiff
184Jamie WrightWoolwichME40
201xAndy SaundersEllsworthME400.502
315Nick HinkleyWiscassetME403.042
429Kevin MorseWoolwichME406.016
518Kevin DouglassSidneyME406.472
672Charlie ColbyNewcastleME406.600
713TCody TribbettRichmondME407.080
812Rodney BrooksThomastonME408.901
95Jacob DoreNorth BerwickME4010.179
1011Cody VerrillWoolwichME4012.677
112Chris RyanNewburghME4015.148
1217Joey  PeasleeJeffersonME238 Laps
1302Shane LaneNorth AnsonME238 Laps
dns13Nate TribbettRichmondMEdns

..G.O. MOTORSPORTS NELCAR LEGENDS (25 laps)

PosNo.NameHome TownStateLapsDiff
123SShaun BuffingtonPlainfieldCT25
247Chris  BurgessBuckfieldME250.107
34NHThomas EversonGilmantonNH256.481
407Nick CalvertSteep FallsME2510.358
54Peter CraigPolandME2513.881
621Tyler BarryGriswoldCT2515.301
705Darren GallantHamptonNH2518.961
833Alan SmithLincolnME2520.470
935rRyan RiceBiddefordME2522.082
1095Thomas SearlesUptonMA2526.038
1115Trevor KrouseGorhamME232 Laps
126David KinneySkowheganME232 Laps
1392Colby MeserveBuxtonME124 Laps
1453Cody RiceBiddefordME25 Laps
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