Robbins clinches first Late Model win this season at WiscassetWaldo County driver works way to top after turning age 21
Wiscasset — Wiscasset Speedway was a bit cloudy and overcast Saturday, Sept. 7, but the races were completed before the rain fell. With the changing of the seasons, the bright lights illuminating the race track brightened earlier, and the weather cooled for fabulous night racing action.
There were new faces in victory lane as well. On the schedule was the group two lineup of divisions: Strictly Street, Mini Trucks, Outlaw Mini and Late Model Sportsman. The flex race of the week was a 30-lap Amsoil Nelcar Legends event.
In a quick, straightforward race, 15 Strictly Street cars participated in a 20-lap feature. In the pole position was Corey Morgan. Behind him were Mike Moody and Guy Childs. It was not until lap three when the top three saw a leader change. Coming out of turn four Childs attempted to pass Moody on the inside. Childs and Moody scraped together, which caused Childs to spin on the front stretch. While Moody recovered, Ben Erskine moved to the outside and passed Moody on the front stretch. Moody moved to third.
Tasha Dyer was moving up from her seventh-place starting position. During lap 12 she was able to pass Moody on the inside of turn four for third place. The drivers swept under the checkered in that order. Morgan placed first. It was Morgan’s fourth victory, and his eighth appearance in victory lane this year.
Erskine placed second, making it his second appearance in victory lane this racing season. Dyer placed third. It was Dyer’s ninth top-three finish this season.
A 15-lap Mini Truck race was action-packed. Starting in the pole position was Kristopher Knox. Behind him were Gerry McKenna and Herb Farrar. When the green flag went down, Knox faltered, and Ryan Farrar went to the outside from his fifth starting position, passed three trucks, and fell in behind McKenna for second. Herb Farrar maintained third.
Lap two saw Jeff Schmidt pass Herb Farrar for third. Then during lap three, Knox, who had dropped off at the start, began making a comeback. Knox passed Schmidt on the outside of turn two for third. Schmidt looked for his chance to take second. His chance came in lap six and he passed Ryan Farrar to take the spot. Schmidt moved to the outside of the back stretch during lap eight and passed Ryan Farrar to take third.
The only caution of the race came in lap 10. Knox attempted to pass race leader Gerry McKenna on turn three. Knox and McKenna made contact and McKenna spun around on the track. Knox headed to the pit area with mechanical problems. He was able to get back on the track before the caution was over. Schmidt moved to first place, Ryan Farrar second and Opie Allard third.
When racing resumed, Allard moved to the outside and passed Ryan Farrar and Schmidt for first. Race leaders remained constant until the conclusion of the race. Allard took first.
Schmidt took second, making it his sixth appearance in victory lane this season at Wiscasset. Rounding out the top three was Ryan Farrar with his fourth appearance in victory lane this season.
Next was a 25-lap Outlaw Mini race. In the pole position was Justin Trombley. Behind him were Nate Tribbet and Tim Collins. The first lap saw Collins pass Tribbet for second on the inside of turn three. Then, during lap two, Shawn Kimball passed Tribbet for third.
Coming up from behind was Jimmy Childs. Childs started in the sixth spot, and during lap five, Collins slowed, and Childs moved inside and passed Collins and Kimball for second. Kimball fell in behind Childs and also passed Collins, to take third.
Childs developed a mechanical issue during lap 15 and was forced to head to the pits. Kimball moved to second and Tribbet third. Trombley spent the rest of the race looking out his rear view mirror for the others to catch up.
Trombley made his first appearance in victory lane with a top finish. Kimball placed second. Tribbet placed third. It was Tribbet’s fifth top-three finish this season.
The Amsoil Nelcar Legends made their fourth appearance at Wiscasset Speedway this season. Points leader Mathew Bourgoine was there, as was his closest competitor, Ryan Hammar, only a six-point difference heading into the race. Also on hand was Alan Smith, third in points.
Starting in the pole position was Mathew Bourgoine. Behind him were Wyatt Alexander and Alan Smith. When green flag racing began, Alexander and Smith surged ahead of Bourgoine, and Bourgoine dropped to third.
During lap two, John Peters moved to the outside and worked his way up from his fourth starting position. Peters passed the top three and moved to first before the conclusion of the lap. Lap three saw Bourgoine pass Alexander the outside of turn two for second.
Of special note was Shawn Buffington, who started in 18th place. By midpoint of the race, he had managed to move to fifth. When the Legends passed under the checkered, Peters was in first, Bourgoine was second, Alexander and Buffington fourth. Smith rounded out the top five.
Hammar, second in points going into the race, finished 10th.
The last race of the night quickly sped by, a 35-lap Late Model Sportsman feature. Starting at the pole was Tyler Robbins. Allen Moeller was behind him, as was Bill Pinkham.
The three race leaders raced in a pack. Moeller was hot on the heels of Robbins. Then, in lap 29, Moeller developed a mechanical issue, spilling oil on the track, which caused another driver to spin. A caution was called and Moeller headed to the pits. Pinkham moved to second, and Nick Hinkley to third.
On the restart, Hinkley moved to the inside of turn two and passed Pinkham for second. Alex Waltz followed suit, and headed to the inside and passed Pinkham for third on turn three. Race leaders remained the same until the finish.
Robbins, a former Teen Division champion at Wiscasset, placed first. It was his first Late Model Sportsman win of the season. It was a wonderful way to celebrate turning age 21.
Hinkley came in second. It was Hinkley’s fifth appearance in victory lane this year. Coming in third was rookie Alex Waltz. It was Waltz’s first visit to victory lane.
The individual results from Sept. 7 racing were:
Strictly Street (20 laps) — 1, Corey Morgan, Lewiston; 2, Ben Erskine, Farmington; 3, Tasha Dyer, Arrowsic; 4, Mike Moody, Topsham; 5, Zac Poland, Woowich; 6, Gerald Freve, Buckfield; 7, Jason Oakes, town unavailable; 8, Chuck Gray, Wiscasset; 9, Phil Main Sr., Trevett; 10, Thomas Smith, Boothbay; 11, Johnny Wolfe, Gorham; 12, Darryl Cook, Sabattus; 13, Phil Main Jr., Boothbay; 14, Guy Childs, Turner; and 15, Ryan Ripley, Waldoboro.
Mini Trucks (15 laps) — 1, Opie Allard, Harpswell; 2, Jeff Schmidt, Mechanic Falls; 3, Ryan Farrar, Sumner; 4, Christopher Knox, Sanford; 5, Matt Curtis, Freeport; 6, Gerry McKenna, Milton; 7, Alfred McKenna, Bryant Pond; 8, William Wheil, town unavailable; and 9, Herb Farrar, Mechanic Falls.
Outlaw Mini (25 laps) — 1, Justin Trombley, Winter Harbor; 2, Shawn Kimball, Pittston; 3, Nate Tribbett, Richmond; 4, Tim Collins, Farmingdale; 5, Norman Cummings Jr., Augusta; 6, Calvin Rose Jr., Turner; and 7, Jimmy Childs, Leeds.
Amsoil Nelcar Legends (30 laps) — 1, John Peters, Durham; 2, Mathew Bourgoine, Newport; 3, Wyatt Alexander, Ellsworth; 4, Shawn Buffington, Plainfield, Conn.; 5, Alan Smith, Lincoln; 6, Bob Weymouth, Topsham; 7, Dan Winter, Windham, N.H.; 8, Terry Kirk, Durham; 9, Matt Grant, Windham; 10, Ryan Hammar, Pembroke, N.H.; 11, Tylar Braunschweig, West Newfield; 12, Reid Lanphier, Manchester; 13, Jordan Lamothe, Woodstock, Conn.; 14, Peter Craig, Poland; 15, Matt Chagnot, Derry, N.H.; 16, Steve Johnson, Conway, N.H.; 17, Pete Cannell, South Berwick; 18, Casey Nash, Richmond; and 19, Wally Silva, Scarborough.
Late Model Sportsman (35 laps) — 1, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 2, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 3, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 4, Bill Pinkham, Wiscasset; 5, Dan Trask, Chelsea; 6, Richard Jordan, Kingfield; 7, Steve Minott, Windham; 8, Jody Lewis, Boothbay; 9, Allen Moeller, Dresden; 10, Chris Bowie, New Gloucester; and 11, Will Collins, Appleton.
Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Speedway.