Highly Anticipated Coastal 200 Returns to Wiscasset

The top Late Model drivers in New England will tackle Maine’s fastest track.

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Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing - the Coastal 200 is returning to Wiscasset Speedway! The highly anticipated Coastal 200 is not only the first major event of the season at Wiscasset, but it’s also a part 2 of a fun-filled weekend at the track. It all kicks off on Saturday with the annual Coastal Cruse-In & Fun Day, presented by Bozzutto’s Inc. to benefit the Special Olympics. The event will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and will feature a cruise-in car show sponsored by Four Season Synthetic, a cornhole tournament sponsored by Wicked Cornhole, live music brought to you by the Allen Foster Band and Don Boudreau, good food and lots of fun for the whole family! The event will be held on the track and the infield with just $5 admission. There will also be awards handed out for both the car show and the cornhole tournament. Complete event and sponsor information can be found on the Wiscasset Speedway website: http://www.wiscassetspeedway.com.

Sunday marks the return of the annual Coastal 200, which is one of the largest and most prolific Late Model races in the Northeast. The top Late Model drivers in New England will tackle Maine’s fastest track, hoping to get their hands on the highly desired $5,000 winner’s purse. The total purse for the race is quickly nearing $30,000 as well. Defending race winner, Josh St. Clair, will be back in the field looking to defend his crown alongside his grandfather, “Boss Hogg” Dave St. Clair, who is a Wiscasset and Maine racing legend in his own right. 2-time winner, Ben Ashline, is hoping to find himself back in the winner’s circle after an uncharacteristically tough night just two weekends ago at the track. 5-time Late Model champion and 2016 race winner Chris Thorne is always a key player in the Coastal 200 and will surely shake things this weekend, along with 4-time track champion Nick Hinkley. Dave Farrington, Jr., who won the race in 2015, will also be joining the field on Sunday. Don’t count out weekly regulars like Will Collins and Nick Reno, who have shown a lot of strength this season as well. Keep your eyes out for a handful of other contenders who will be eyeing their shot at the coveted Coastal 200 title.

The jam-packed program will also include the T&L Automotive Roadrunners, 88.5FM Modifieds and the Portland Glass Strictly Streets. The pit gate will open at 9:00 am, with grandstands opening at 12:00 noon and the green flag flying at 2:00 pm. Grandstand admission is just $5, with kids 6 & under free.

Every day, we honor those who served and continue to serve our country, sacrificing everything to defend our freedom. As a small thanks and gesture of gratitude toward their service, all Veterans and Active Duty Military are invited as special guests this weekend with free grandstand admission.

For the full race day 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