Osmond races in as driver of year at Wiscasset Speedway
Wiscasset — It was a nice fall day as fans came to see their favorite drivers on Saturday, Sept. 28, knowing there was only one week left of the racing season at Wiscasset Speedway.
On the agenda was the full lineup of both groups, and all divisions raced. At the conclusion of the races, drivers and track staff and families gathered to celebrate the season, and awards were given to drivers and staff.
The awards recognized hard luck, improvement, sportsmanship and best average finish. The NAPA driver of the year also was crowned.
An integrity award was presented to Adam Chadbourne. A promoter award was given to pace car driver Bill Pierce. The NAPA driver of the year was awarded to James Osmond. The Speedway tracked finishes this season, and a driver in each racing division was given recognition for the best average finish.
The best average finish awards were presented to Kevin Sherman in Thunder 4s, George Fortin in Outlaw Mini, Jeff Schmidt in Mini Truck, James Osmond in Super Stock, Nick Hinkley in Late Model Sportsman, Billy Penfold in Pro Stock and a tie for Strictly Streets between Guy Childs and Tasha Dyer. The New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stock gave an award to Jeff Prindall, as they were an independent racing group.
A quick straightforward race by the Thunder 4 Division was first on the track for a 15-lap feature. Starting in the pole position was Leandra Martin. She was followed by Cody Tribbet and Ryan Chadwick. Tribbet passed Martin on the inside of turn one during lap two to take first. Then Chadwick followed suit and passed Martin on the inside of the back stretch of lap two for second.
Dan Trask was moving up from behind. He passed Martin during lap four on the inside of turn four for third. Ahead of Trask, Tribbet and Chadwick fought for position. Then, on lap five, Chadwick pulled ahead on the inside going into turn four and took the lead. Leaders stayed the same to the checkered. Chadwick placed first. It was Chadwick’s third top-three finish of the season, and his first victory.
Tribbet took second. It was Tribbet’s fifth appearance in victory lane this season. Trask rounded out the top three.
Next on the agenda was a 15-lap Mini Truck race. Starting on the pole was Gerry McKenna. Matt Curtis and Roger Allard were behind him. There was action from the start with Allard moving to the outside and challenging Curtis for second. The duo raced around the track, each taking the lead for periods of time. Allard faltered during lap two, and Curtis maintained second.
There was a caution during lap two. On the restart, McKenna had his hands full holding off Curtis. Coming up from the back of the pack was Kris Knox. Knox moved to the outside and passed Allard for third. Still running on the outside beside Allard, Knox maneuvered his truck ahead and went to the inside and passed Curtis going three wide on the back stretch. Knox took second, and eyed McKenna ahead. During lap seven Knox saw a chance to take the lead, and passed for first on turn three. Allard passed Curtis on the inside of turn three for third. Knox took the checkered. It was Knox’s fourth victory at Wiscasset this season.
McKenna placed second. It was McKenna’s sixth top-three finish at Wiscasset. Allard placed third. It was his third top-three finish of the season.
A 25-lap caution-free 4-Cylinder Pro Stock feature was next. Starting in the pole position was Travis Dunbar. Behind him was Dave Patten and Bob Patten. Dave Patten and Dunbar went head to head from the start, but by the time they were halfway around the track, Dave Patten passed Dunbar on the outside of the back stretch for first. During lap three, Kamren Knowles passed Bob Patten for third. Then the following lap, Knowles passed Dunbar for second. Jeff Prindall passed Dunbar on the outside of turn two during lap five.
By the time lap five was completed, Dave Patten had sped ahead by nearly 10 car lengths, and he spent the remainder of the race looking out his rear view mirror at the other racers trying to catch him.
It was Dave Patten’s first victory of the season. However, he has a solid record of wins behind him with 10 top-five finishes.
Knowles placed second to make his second top-three finish. Prindall placed third. It was Prindall’s sixth appearance in victory lane at Wiscasset.
The next crowd pleaser was a 30-lap Pro Stock feature. Starting at the pole was Adam Chadbourne. Behind him were Shane Lane and Eric Allyn. When the green went down, Billy Penfold pulled ahead of Allyn to take third. Penfold continued his advance up the track passing Lane on the inside of the backstretch during lap one for second.
Lap two saw Charlie Colby move to the inside and pass Lane for third. Colby looked for his opportunity to pass Penfold. His chance came in lap four and he passed Penfold to take second. Colby turned his eyes to the head of the pack and chased down Chadbourne to take the lead during lap five, passing on the outside of turn four.
There was a caution during lap eight when Gary Thorne caught fire. There was a scramble for position at the restart. Chadbourne and Penfold each struggled for position. Then Penfold passed Chadbourne on the inside of the back stretch and took second.
Mike Orr was moving up from behind. During lap 19 he moved to the outside of Chadbourne and the pair fought for third. Chadbourne held him off for nine laps. Then Orr saw a chance to pass Chadbourne on the outside going down the back stretch, and took third after a hard-fought battle. Colby took first. It was Colby’s first victory at Wiscasset Speedway this season.
Penfold placed second. It was Penfold’s 12th top-five finish at Wiscasset. Rounding out the top three was Orr for his fourth top-three finish at Wiscasset this season.
A 25-lap Outlaw Mini feature was next. Darrell Moore had the pole position. Behind him were Ryan Farrar and Nate Tribbet. Off the start, Farrar dropped back. Tribbett passed him on the inside to take second. Jimmy Childs followed the same inside line and passed Farrar to take third.
Childs moved to the outside during lap two, and passed Tribbet on turn two to take second. Childs continued his advance up the track, and during lap seven passed Moore on the outside of the back stretch for first.
During lap 17, Rob Greenleaf passed Tribbet on the outside of turn two for third place. Race leaders remained constant until the conclusion of the race. Childs placed first. it was Childs sixth top-three finish of the season at Wiscasset.
Moore placed second. It was Moore’s third top-three finish of the season at Wiscasset. Greenleaf took third for his third top-three finish, despite having a wreck earlier in the season that prevented him from competing for the full racing season.
An action packed 20-lap Super Stock feature was next. Bobby Mesimer started in the pole position. Josh Bailey and Dan Nessmith followed him. When the green flag flew, Bailey got a good start and passed Mesimer on the front stretch. During lap two, James Osmond passed Nessmith on the outside of turn three to take third.
Coming from behind was Chuck Colby. During lap four, Colby passed Osmond coming out of turn one for third. Colby pressed on and passed Mesimer on the outside of the back stretch for second. Colby chased down race leader Bailey and during lap nine, passed Bailey on the inside of turn three for first place.
During lap 12 Osmond passed Mesimer to take third. Colby placed first. It was Colby’s first victory at Wiscasset this season. Bailey placed second. It was Bailey’s 13th top-five finish of the Wiscasset season.
Osmond placed third for his 13th top-five finish of the Wiscasset racing season.
Next on the schedule was a 35-lap Late Model Sportsman race. Despite two cautions, the race was quick and action-packed. Mike Orr started on the pole. Tyler Robbins and Nick Hinkley were behind him. During lap one, Hinkley passed Robbins on the inside of turn two for second. Then, Hinkley moved outside and passed Orr for first on lap one.
Robbins squeezed ahead of Orr for second just before a caution was called on lap two. On the restart, Orr passed Robbins on the inside for second. Lap five saw Robbins pass Orr once again for second. Then during lap nine, Allan Moeller Sr., passed Orr on the inside of turn four for third. Moeller passed Robbins during lap 17 on the outside of turn four for second. Then, Nick Jenkins moved up the track and passed Robbins on the outside of the front stretch to take third.
There was a caution during lap 31. Moeller attempted to pass Hinkley, but Hinkley managed to hold him off to the finish. Hinkley placed first. It was Hinkley’s seventh win of the season at Wiscasset.
Moeller took second for his fifth top-three finish at Wiscasset this season. Jenkins placed third for his first top-three finish at Wiscasset this season.
Last to hit the track was a 20-lap Strictly Street feature. Tasha Dyer had the pole position. Behind her were Gerard Freve and Mike Moody. Dyer sped ahead of the pack on the green. Moody raced head to head with Freve, and passed Freve on the inside of turn three during lap one for second. Moody chased down Dyer and passed her on the inside of turn two for first during lap two.
Lap three saw Ben Erskine move ahead. Going three wide down the back stretch, and into turn three, Erskine shot through the middle of Freve and Dyer to take second. Dyer developed a mechanical issue and headed to the pits. Ryan Ripley had advanced from his seventh-place start, and he passed Freve on the inside of turn four for third. Ripley’s car got loose on the track, and during lap 16, Steve Pierpont passed Ripley on the outside of turn two.
Chuck Gray challenged Pierpont for third. Gray passed Pierpont, but lost his position during lap 17. Pierpont maintained his third-place position. Moody went under the checkered taking first. It was Moody’s first victory at Wiscasset this season and it made his fourth top-five finish of the season.
Placing second was Ben Erskine for his fourth top-five finish of the season at Wiscasset. Rounding out the top three was Steve Pierpont for his first appearance in victory lane at Wiscasset this season.
The individual results from Sept. 28 racing were:
Thunder 4s (15 laps) — 1, Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset; 2, Cody Tribbet, Richmond; 3, Dan Trask, Chelsea; 4, Leandra Martin, Richmond; 5, Curtis Anderson, Richmond; 6, Kyia Roussel, town unavailable; and 7, Jeff Davis, Woolwich.
Trucks (15 laps) — 1, Kris Knox, Sanford; 2, Gerry McKenna, Milton; 3, Roger Allard, Harpswell; 4, Matt Curtis, Freeport; 5, Jeff Schmidt, Mechanic Falls; 6, Matt Wile, town unavailable; and 7, Herb Farrar, Sumner.
New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stocks (25 laps) — 1, Dave Patten, Windham; 2, Kamren Knowles, Readfield; 3, Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls; 4, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 5, Bob Patten, Windham; 6, Travis Dunbar, Lewiston; and 7, Cameron Folsom, town unavailable.
Pro Stock (30 laps) — 1, Charlie Colby, Newcastle; 2, Billy Penfold, Oxford; 3, Mike Orr, Wiscasset; 4, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 5, Steve Reny, Boothbay; 6, Shane Lane, Kingfield; 7, Eric Allyn, town unavailable; and 8, Gary Thorne, Sidney.
Outlaw Mini (25 laps) — 1, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 2, Darrel Moore, Oxford; 3, Rob Greenleaf, West Bath; 4, Nate Tribbet, Richmond; 5, Ryan Farrar, Sumner; and 6, Dan Trask, Augusta.
Super Stock (20 laps) — 1, Chuck Colby, Newcastle; 2, Josh Bailey, Wiscasset; 3, James Osmond, Wiscasset; 4, Bobby Mesimer, Woolwich; 5, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 6, Dan Nessmith, Wiscasset; and 7, Zac Creamer, Woolwich.
Late Model Sportsman (35 laps) — 1, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 2, Allan Moeller Sr., Dresden; 3, Nick Jenkins, Brownville; 4, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 5, Steve Minott, Windham; 6, Mike Orr, Wiscasset; 7, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 8, Jody Lewis, Boothbay; and 9, Richard Jordan, Kingfield.
Strictly Street (20 laps) — 1, Mike Moody, Topsham; 2, Ben Erskine, Farmington; 3, Steve Pierpont, Cushing; 4, Chuck Gray, Wiscasset; 5, Zach Poland, Woolwich; 6, Gerard Freve, Buckfield; 7, Phil Main Jr., Trevett; 8, John Lizotte, Mechanic Falls; 9, Mark Murphy, Edgecomb; 10, Ryan Ripley, Waldoboro; 11, Tasha Dyer, Arrowsic; and 12, Phil Main Sr., Boothbay.
Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Speedway.