JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour
Burda Recovers from Late Race Restart, Pull off Last Corner Pass For Winchester Win; Second Consecutive JEGS Win
Sep 3, 2023
Max Cookson picked up a $10,000 payday on Sunday, winning the Boss Hogg 150 at Wiscasset Speedway.
Cookson took the lead from Josh St. Clair on lap 85 of the 150-lap race at the Maine facility, then held off a fierce challenge from Mike Hopkins to secure the victory.
“We had a game plan going into it,” said Cookson in victory lane. “We took the lead on that restart. Ol’ Hoppy got up there, hats off to him racing me clean as ever. That’s how it should be done. Rub a little vinyl on the things, that’s how racing should be done.”
Hopkins passed St. Clair for second with 35 laps to go and chased down Cookson to contend for the lead, and briefly had position to Cookson’s inside in the side-by-side battle, but Cookson fought back on the outside line to maintain the lead and pull away.
“All night I felt like the car took off after 10 laps. [Hopkins] got us there once, and there was a hole behind him, but I just let it dig up top and I was able to fend him off and drive away at the end.”
Hopkins now has six consecutive podium finishes in the Boss Hogg race, including wins in 2018 and 2022. The veteran racer felt his car was a little too tight to truly compete for the win, but enjoyed the battle and respect with Cookson.
“I knew it was going to be a battle. We’ve given three or four away this year, we just got too tight. Congrats to Max, that was a hell of a race between me, him and Josh. If I’m going to lose a race, I want to lose to him. That was cool.
“Second sucks, right, but it’s still a solid day. It’s better than a lot of other cars. Finishing on the podium here six years in a row is still great.”
Ryan Kuhn finished third, followed by St. Clair and Angelo Belsito.
Cookson, St. Clair, Trevor Sanborn, Dave Farrington, Jr. won the four heat races to start the day of Pro Stock racing at Wiscasset. Andy Gilbert and Evan Beaulieu won a pair of Consi races that completed the 32-car field.
-Photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America
|4||14||Josh St. Clair||150||3.800|
|8||N40||Dan McKeage, Jr.||150||8.421|
|14||09X||Jeremy Davis||149||1 Lap|
|15||44||Trevor Sanborn||149||1 Lap|
|16||56||Evan Beaulieu||148||2 Laps|
|17||97||Joey Polewarczyk||148||2 Laps|
|18||84||Jamie Wright||148||2 Laps|
|19||44P||Rusty Poland||148||2 Laps|
|20||29L||Ryan Littlefield||147||3 Laps|
|21||47||Kelly Moore||115||35 Laps|
|22||81||Brian Lancaster||114||36 Laps|
|23||15||Nick Hinkley||99||51 Laps|
|24||21C||Shane Clark||98||52 Laps|
|25||20||Joe Pastore||98||52 Laps|
|26||23||Dave Farrington, Jr.||84||66 Laps|
|27||38||Daniel Harding||55||95 Laps|
|28||17||Andy Gilbert||43||107 Laps|
|29||07||Nick Calvert||38||112 Laps|
|30||4||Connor Wenners||25||125 Laps|
|31||51||Ryan St. Clair||21||129 Laps|
|32||11B||Matt Beers||17||133 Laps|