Plenty of fast-paced action Aug. 16 at Wiscasset Speedway
Wiscasset — The Late Model Sportsman class, among others, ran fast and hard on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Wiscasset Speedway.
The LMS saw Chris Bowie drive under the checkered to make him the second driver of the division to nab two wins in that division. Chris Thorne was the first driver in the division to win twice.
Besides Late Model Sportsman, other group two divisions gathered at the track, including Mini Trucks, Strictly Street and Thunder 4s. The flex race of the week was a 100-lap Enduro. There were more than 30 Enduro cars that participated in the race.
The spotlighted race of the week was a 20-lap Mini Truck feature. The race was quick and exciting. Starting at the pole was Herb Farrar. Behind him were Larry Marshall and Jerry McKenna. Off the start, McKenna pulled ahead and passed Marshall for second. Matt Curtis moved from the very back of the pack, and followed McKenna’s line to pass Marshall for third.
There was a caution during lap three when Curtis went into the back of McKenna. Farrar and Marshall got caught in the melee, but the majority of the damage was on Curtis’ truck and he needed to be towed to the pits. McKenna briefly visited the pits but was back on the track before the caution ended.
When racing resumed Matt Weil was in first. Marshall was in second. In third was Farrar. Marshall fell back as the green waved over the track. McKenna sped his truck around turn one and passed Marshall, taking second. Then, during lap 12, McKenna passed Weil on turn one for the lead.
McKenna held off Weil for the remainder of the race to clinch his third win of the season. McKenna is the current leader in the division with 444 points. Weil is second in points with 362. Third is held by Matt Curtis with 316 points.
A 25-lap Strictly Street feature was exciting to the finish. It was a well-packed field of cars, and the race was caution-free. Starting at the pole was Corey Morgan. Jairet Harrison and Tasha Dyer were behind him. When green flag racing began, Dan Brown passed Dyer for third.
Morgan and Harrison battled through the entire race for the lead. During the final lap, Harrison powered his car to the outside to pass Morgan. Morgan was able to hold him off. Harrison finished only 0.39 seconds behind him. It was a close and exciting finish and fans cheered the drivers on from the grandstands.
Morgan was points leader with 392 going into Saturday’s race. Dan Brown is only 10 points behind with 382. Dyer is in third with 374.
An action-packed 20-lap Thunder 4 feature was the next crowd-pleaser. Starting on the pole was Curtis Anderson. Chandler Harrison and Trey Brown were behind him. During the opening lap, Brown passed Harrison on the inside for second. Harrison dropped back and Nate Tribbet moved to third. Harrison fought back and during lap five, Harrison was able to reclaim third position.
Starting in 13th was points leader Ryan Chadwick. Chadwick was in the top five midway through the race. During lap 11, Chadwick advanced to third when he passed Harrison. Harrison battled back and, during lap 12, passed Chadwick on the outside of the back stretch for third. Chadwick looked for his opportunity to pass. His chance came during lap 15, and he passed Harrison again for third.
Chadwick continued his advance up the track and passed Brown during lap 16 on the outside of the backstretch for second. Chadwick wanted the win. With only two laps remaining, Chadwick passed Anderson for the lead. Chadwick sped under the checkered in first, making this his eighth win of the season.
Chadwick was dominating the points race with 462 going into Saturday’s race. His closest competitor, Cody Tribbet, was 98 behind him with 364. In third was Trey Brown with 338 points.
A caution-free, 35-lap Late Model Sportsman feature kept fans on the edge of their seats. Starting on the pole was Allen Moeller. Behind him were Josh St. Clair and Chris Bowie.
It was a gripping start with Moeller on the inside and Josh St. Clair on the outside. For eight laps the pair battled for the lead. Fans cheered as the duo raced neck and neck before Josh St. Clair edged ahead and clinched the lead.
Behind the pair was Bowie. Bowie crept closer to Moeller, andm during lap 22, passed Moeller coming out of turn four for second. Bowie advanced up the track, slowly gained ground on Josh St. Clair. Bowie caught him during lap 28, and he powered his car past Josh St. Clair on the back stretch to take the lead.
Moeller moved up to challenge Josh St. Clair for second. Then, during lap 33, Moeller was able to complete the pass coming out of turn three for second. Bowie sped across the finish 1.4 seconds ahead of Moeller. Third was Josh St. Clair. It was Bowie’s second win of the season in the Late Model Sportsman Division.
Nick Hinkley was the leader coming into Saturday’s race, with 374 points. Chris Thorne was second with 342. Third in points was Josh St. Clair with 334.
A 100-lap Enduro race was the flex race of the week. Over 30 Enduros packed the track in competition. Kamren Knowles emerged as an early race leader, leading the race from lap eight through lap 93. During lap 93, Brad Clement took the lead. Knowles battled back and reclaimed the lead during lap 96, and won.
The individual results from Aug. 16 racing included:
Mini Trucks (20 laps) — 1, Jerry McKenna, Milton; 2, Matt Weil, Biddeford; 3, Herb Farrar, Mechanic Falls; 4, Larry Marshall, Dresden; and 5, Matt Curtis, Freeport.
Strictly Street (25 laps) — 1, Corey Morgan, Lewiston; 2, Jairet Harrison, Freeport; 3, Dan Brown, Peru; 4, Kenny Harrison, Pownal; 5, Mike Brown, Union; 6, Zach Emerson, Sabattus; 7, Ben Erskine, Farmington; 8, Brian Robbins, Montville; 9, Rick Spaulding, Lisbon; 10, Dave Brannon, Lisbon; 11, Guy Childs Jr., Turner; 12, Jonathan Emerson, Sabattus; 13, Tasha Dyer, Freedom; 14, Mac Hannon Jr., Union; 15, Mike Marshall, Dresden; 16, Mike Stewart, Durham; 17, Phil Main Sr., Boothbay; 18, Allen Higgins, Brunswick; 19, Kimberly Knight, Chesterville; 20, Foster Meserve, Wales; 21, Thomas Smith, Edgecomb; and 22, Ethan Dinsmore, Hope.
Thunder 4s (20 laps) — 1, Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset; 2, Curtis Anderson, Richmond; 3, Trey Brown, Winterport; 4, Chandler Harrison, Freeport; 5, Nate Tribbet, Richmond; 6, Jeff Walker, Waterboro; 7, Cody Tribbet, Richmond; 8, Michael Harrison, Pownal; 9, Robert McDonald, Smithfield; 10, Leandra Martin, Richmond; 11, Aaron Sevigny, Windsor; 12, Tyler Bailey, Wiscasset; 13, Carl Hall, Mount Vernon; 14, Roy Sevigny, Windsor; and 15, Jeff Davis, Woolwich.
Late Model Sportsman (35 laps) — 1, Chris Bowie, New Gloucester; 2, Allan Moeller Sr, Dresden; 3, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 4, Dave St. Clair, Liberty; 5, Shane Clark, Winterport; 6, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 7, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 8, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 9, Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 10, Steve Minott, Windham; 11, Dave Patten, Westbrook; and 12, Billy Pinkham, Wiscasset.
Enduro (100 laps) — 1, Kamren Knowles, West Gardiner; 2, Jeff Davis, Woolwich; 3, Zach Emerson, Sabattus; 4, Jeff Minchin Jr., Pittston; 5, Kyle Enman, town unavailable; 6, Mike St. Germain, town unavailable; 7, Josh Martel, town unavailable; 8, Scottie Frasier, Brunswick; 9, Cony Brann, town unavailable; 10, Logan Leach, town unavailable; 11, Tim Johnson, town unavailable; 12, Mike Duffy, town unavailable; 13, Devin Stanley, town unavailable; 14, Chase Poussard, town unavailable; 15, Kimberly Knight, Chesterville; 16, Mike Marshall, Dresden; 17, James Grover, town unavailable; 18, Scott Eck, town unavailable; 19, Jason Stanley, town unavailable; 20, Mike Snyder, town unavailable; 21, Roy Glidden, town unavailable; 22, Vernon Hodgkins III, town unavailable; 23, Ron Whitcomb, Pittston; 24, Jarrett Byrnes, town unavailable; 25, Frances Folsom, town unavailable; 26, Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset; 27, Paul Hopkins, Camden; 28, Jeremiah Knight, town unavailable; 29, Mike Miete, town unavailable; 30, Andrew Glynn, town unavailable; 31, Jonathan Emerson, Sabattus; 32, Ken Fowler, town unavailable; 33, Tucker Brannon, town unavailable; and 34, Brad Clement, town unavailable.
Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Speedway.