NASCAR Cup Series
Gateway, Chastain and Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler
Jun 6, 2022
The 2022 racing season at Wiscasset Speedway rolled on this past weekend with a full Group #1 program that included the Sweatt’s Concrete Thunder 4 Minis, Market 27 Super Streets, Brackett’s Market 4-Cylinder Pros, Norm’s Used Car Pro Stocks and the NELCAR Legends. Over 80 competitors lined the pits on Saturday for an exciting day of racing.
The program, sponsored by Knox Machine Company, kicked off with a 25-lap spotlight feature from the Sweatt’s Concrete Thunder 4 Minis. The race was originally scheduled to be a 35-lap feature, but a caution plagued start of the race resulted in ten laps being deducted after the fourth caution on lap 12. Once the field settled, David Cook took off with the lead and began pulling away, holding a half straightaway lead over his competitors in the closing laps of the race. He maintained his lead through the conclusion of the feature, scoring his third consecutive victory in the division. Father-son duo, Adam and Zach Audet, rounded out the podium.
Josh St. Clair, a 2-time winner in the Market 27 Super Streets this season, was absent from the division on Saturday. Former division champion, Michael Harrison, snagged the early lead away from David Greenleaf in the feature. He fought off a hard-charging rookie, Brett Osmond, throughout the second half of the race to pick up his first win of the season. Following post-race technical inspection, Harrison was penalized due to a carburetor violation and Brett Osmond was declared the official race winner. The win is Osmond’s first in the Super Streets.
Taylor Lane dominated the first half of the day in the Brackett’s Market 4-Cylinder Pro division, winning the qualifying heat race and leading the first 7 laps of the feature before Ben Burgess took over. A late-race caution for Daniel Harding spinning led to a 3-lap shootout for Ben Burgess and Josh Hall, who is a 2-time winner this season in the division. It was a drag race to the finish for the two young drivers. Burgess beat Hall to the line by a nose, picking up his first career victory at Wiscasset Speedway. Margin of victory? .017 seconds. Sylas Ripley, who picked up his first career win 2 weeks ago, rounded out the podium.
The NELCAR Legends Tour made their first visit to Wiscasset Speedway in 2022 on Saturday, joining the Group #1 divisions. 2020 tour champion, Luke LeBrun, who won 8 races last season, kicked off the day with a heat race victory. He tracked down Devin Deshaies on lap 4 of the feature and never looked back, ending the night with another win. Devin Deshaies and James Anderson rounded out the podium.
The Norm’s Used Cars Pro Stocks rounded out the night with a final 40-lap feature race. Nick Reno showed strength all day, picking up a heat victory and powering to the early lead over Scott Chubbuck in the feature. A wreck on lap 9 collected many heavy hitters, including Kevin Douglass and Josh St. Clair, both of whom are winners in the division this season. Gary Smith, 2021 Beech Ridge track champion, was also caught up in the carnage. Nick Reno took off following the caution, extending his lead to a full straightaway with just ten laps to go. Reno sailed off into the sunset, picking up his first Pro Stock victory of the 2022 season. Garrett Hall and Logan Melcher rounded out the top 3.
The competition continues to heat up at Wiscasset Speedway as the season rolls on and there is more fun to come! Please join us for Mainely Karting Night on Saturday, June 11th - brought to you by LST Motorsports Park. The night will feature a full Group #2 program, including the T&L Automotive Roadrunners for their third race of the season. Grandstands open at 4:00 pm and racing will commence at 5:00 pm. As always, admission is just $5 for adults and free for kids 6 & under.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Scottie Frazier, former Wiscasset flagman and Racing With Jesus Ministries Chaplain who passed away suddenly over the weekend. Scottie greatly touched Wiscasset Speedway and our neighboring racing community. He will be sorely missed by many.
For official race results and more track information, please visit http://www.wiscassetspeedway.com. Wiscasset Speedway is located on West Alna Road in Wiscasset, Maine.
-Story by: Amy Harrop - Chasing the Checkered