The 2022 season at Wiscasset Speedway rolled on this past Saturday with a full Group #2 program. The lineup included the 88.5FM Modifieds, Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis, Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Models, T&L Automotive Roadrunners and the Portland Glass Strictly Streets. The night was sponsored by Mainely Karting and LST Motorsports Park, which is newly owned and operated by Mainely Motorsports’ StevePerry. Mainely Karting had multiple karts on display at the track entrance on Saturday and the drivers even took part in a short exhibition race during intermission that featured all of the track’s divisions. You can find the race schedule and more information about LST Motorsports Park at https://www.mainelykarting.com/.
The night kicked off with a 30-lap spotlight feature race for the 88.5FM Modifieds. The division continues to grow each and every week and 14 drivers joined the field on Saturday. Brian Treadwell held the early advantage in the feature, but last year’s champion, Adam Chadbourne, was quickly coming through the field. Chadbourne stole the lead on lap 11 and took off, maintaining his edge as other weekly heavy hitters like Ryan Ripley, a 3-time winner this season, struggled. Chadbourne sailed into the victory, picking up his 65th career feature win. Allan Moeller, Sr. and Tyler Robbins rounded out the podium.
The Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis followed with a 25-lap feature race. Zach Audet kicked off the day with a heat win over his long standing rival in the division, Jimmy Childs. Childs was plagued with rocker arm issues during the heat and feature, taking him out of contention for the win. Audet powered to the early lead in the feature over his teammate, Kyle Willette. A late-race caution brought the field back together but Audet held strong, picking up the feature victory as Kyle Willette and Ryan Kenniston followed, completing the top 3.
“Boss Hogg” Dave St. Clair started out his race day with an exciting victory over his grandson Josh St. Clair in the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model heat. Daniel Harding, who is 62 years younger than Dave St. Clair, also picked up his first heat win in the division on Saturday and led the early portion of the 40-lap feature. Chris Burgess snagged the lead away from Harding on lap 11 and held onto it until he was overthrown by Josh St. Clair on lap 19. St. Clair immediately took off, extending his lead to a full straightaway by lap 35. He maintained his advantage through the closing laps of the feature, picking up his first Late Model victory (but 6th overall) of the season. Will Collins and Chris Burgess rounded out the top 3.
The T&L Automotive Roadrunners, a non-points flex division, took to the track next for their 15-lap feature. Nicole Brown was on a roll from the get-go, starting her day with a heat win. She took off in the feature and never looked back, leading the race from start to finish. The win was the first of her career and she was struck with emotion as she celebrated with a group of loved ones in Victory Lane following the finish. David Whitelaw and Ken Turner rounded out the podium.
Money was also raised throughout the day for Steven Turner, a Roadrunners competitor that was badly injured in a wreck on Coastal 200 weekend. Tech director, Derek Mingo, owner of Bingo’s BBQ, raffled off a catered barbecue feast to help raise money for Steven’s medical bills and other expenses. The raffle was a hit and fellow Wiscasset competitor, Nick Reno, won the grand prize. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Steven Turner and family throughout his road to recovery.
The night concluded with a final 25-lap feature from the Portland Glass Strictly Streets. Paul Lund held the early advantage in the feature, but Mac Hannan, Jr. was quickly maneuvering through the field. Hannan, Jr. took over the lead on lap 11 and fought to fend off the competition after two late-race cautions brought the field back together in the last 7 laps of the race. Mac Hannan, Jr. persevered, picking up his first feature victory of the 2022 season. Scott Eck (first podium finish in the division) and Wade Kennedy rounded out the top 3.
Five divisions brought the heat to Wiscasset this past weekend, but the excitement continues as the NEMA Lites return to the track on Saturday, June 18th, joining the Group #1 program. Grandstands open at 4:00 pm and racing will commence at 5:00 pm. As always, adult grandstand admission is just $5 and free for kids 6 and under. We hope to see you there!
For the full season schedule and more track information, please visit http://www.wiscassetspeedway.com. Wiscasset Speedway is located on West Alna Road in Wiscasset.
-Story by: Amy Harrop - Chasing the Checkered
-Photo credit: Amy Harrop