Sherman beats weather, large Enduro field at WiscassetRideout, Turners, Morse excel in Wiscasset Speedway races
Wiscasset — Although there was a threat of rain, it was warm at Wiscasset Speedway on Aug. 31. The show slid smoothly along for the race fans gathered, and the rain stayed at bay, giving the racers the opportunity to compete.
Presented Saturday were the track's group one lineup of divisions: Pro Stock, Super Stock, New England 4-cylinder Pro Stock and Thunder 4. The flex race of the week was a 100-lap Enduro race, which had more than 30 entrants.
First on the track was the New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stock. This 25-lap feature provided a show. Starting in the pole position was Jeff Prindall. Behind him were Craig Dunn and Dave Patten. When the green flag went down, Dunn surged ahead of Prindall on the outside. Prindall fought for position and slid ahead. The pair raced neck and neck around the track until lap two, when Dunn was able to gain a car length lead coming out of turn two.
During lap five, Prindall spun coming out of turn four, and dropped back in the pack. Moving up to take second was Dave Patten, and in third was Kamren Knowles. Lap nine saw Ryan Hayes pass Knowles on the inside of turn two for third.
Then, during lap 14, a caution was called when Hayes spun coming out of turn two onto the back stretch. Knowles was caught in the jumble, and his race car went off the track in turn three. Dunn was still the race leader, and Dave Patten was in second. Moving up to third was Prindall, who had worked through the pack into contention. When action resumed, Prindall and Dave Patten battled for second place. Then, in turn two of lap 14, Prindall passed Dave Patten on the inside for second. Prindall made an effort to take first, but Dunn was able to hold him off for the remainder of the race.
Dunn placed first and Prindall second. Rounding out the top three was Dave Patten. Dave Patten is in the running to be awarded New England 4 Cylinder Pro Stock Champ this season. The championship is determined from race placement throughout the season.
The Super Stock Division was next for a 25-lap feature. The race was quick and straightforward despite a caution. Starting at the pole was Dan Nessmith. Behind him were Adam Chadbourne and Josh Bailey. Nessmith and Chadbourne raced for first from the start. Then, on turn two Chadbourne passed Nessmith on the outside, taking first. Then, on the inside of the back stretch, Bailey passed Nessmith on the inside, taking second.
The caution came in lap 12. Nessmith developed mechanical issues coming out of turn two. James Osmond moved to third. When the race restarted. The top three were in a pack, each seeking position. Chadbourne was able to break away and maintain first. During lap 14, Osmond passed Bailey on the inside of turn three for second.
Zac Creamer moved up the track during lap 16 and passed Bailey on the inside of turn one, taking third. Race leaders remained constant until the checkered. Chadbourne took first. It was Chadbourne’s sixth victory of the season in the Super Stocks, and his ninth appearance in victory lane.
Osmond placed second. It was Osmond’s ninth appearance in victory lane this season for the Super Stocks. Zac Creamer had his first top-three finish of the season.
The next crowd pleaser was a 30-lap Pro Stock feature. There was plenty of action on the track during this race. Starting at the pole was Jeff Burgess. Behind him were Bill Penfold and Steve Reno. The first lap saw Burgess and Penfold race for first. Burgess pulled ahead, but Penfold was hot on his heels.
The race for third was heated. Reno was holding off John Rideout. However, during lap 15, Rideout was able to pass Reno on the outside of the back stretch.
The one-and-only caution of the race came during lap 19. Burgess slipped up on the back stretch and Penfold moved to pass, and the two made contact and spun on the track. The two went to the back of the pack for the restart. The restart was action-packed, and when the dust cleared, Rideout was in first, Dylan Turner second and Reno third.
Lap 21 saw Reno pass Turner for second. Turner slipped back and coming from behind was Penfold, having raced his car to the front once again. Penfold passed Reno on the inside of the back stretch during lap 22 for second. Reno went to third. A determined Penfold looked for his opportunity to pass Rideout. His opportunity came during lap 24, when Rideout slid up the corner. Penfold moved to the inside and passed Rideout for first place.
The fight for third became intense as Turner moved up to the outside of Reno. The duo raced head to head, and during lap 26, Turner was able to creep ahead of Reno, then make a successful pass on the outside of turn three. Penfold raced away with the win, flying under the checkered for first. Behind him in second was Rideout. Placing third was Turner, for his first appearance in victory lane.
A three-caution Thunder 4 race was the next feature. The Thunder 4s were the spotlighted division of the week, and had a 25-lap race. In the pole position was Leandra Martin. Kalib Bernatchez and Kevin Sherman were behind her. Lap one saw the first leader change when Bernatchez passed Martin on the outside of turn two for first. Sherman moved to fourth as Dan Trask moved to third. Trask passed Martin during lap one, moving to the outside on turn four and taking second. During lap two, Sherman passed Martin on the outside of turn two, to take third. Trask moved ahead and passed Bernatchez to take first.
Then, during lap two, the first yellow flag went down. Martin slid off the track on turn four after she spun on the track. When the race restarted, Sherman and Bernatchez were neck and neck for second, but Bernatchez pulled ahead to take the spot. During lap eight, Ryan Chadwick passed Sherman on the inside of turn three to take third.
The second caution of the race came during lap 13 when Bernatchez spun alone on the front stretch. Chadwick moved ahead to second, and Sherman went to third. When racing resumed, Trask pulled ahead and maintained his strong lead. Chadwick and Sherman battled for second. It was unclear who would take the number two spot. Each pulled ahead in brief spurts. They raced side by side until lap 16 when Sherman was able to gain a solid lead. Trask spent time looking at cars recede in his rear view mirror.
The third-and-final caution came in lap 18 when Martin spun off the track. On the restart, the race leaders vied for position. Again, Trask sped ahead. Sherman slipped into second. Chadwick went to third. Race leaders remained constant until they sailed under the checkered flag. Trask placed first. It was Trask’s second victory in the Thunder 4 Division. Sherman took second. It made Sherman’s sixth appearance in victory lane in the Thunder 4s this year. Chadwick made his first visit to victory lane with third.
The flex race of the week was a 100-lap Enduro feature. There were 32 cars racing for the win, and the track was crowded. When green flag racing began, the cars began to move. When the dust cleared, Randy Henderson was in first. Behind him was Phil Main Jr. and Kevin Sherman.
Coming up from the back of the pack was Dave Thurlow. Thurlow drove a station wagon. He expertly weaved through lap traffic, and by lap 20, Thurlow held a commanding lead. Behind him in second was Sherman, and in third Ryan Chadwick.
With 66 laps to go, three cars went wide into turn one, and Brianna Bodman hit the turn one wall and the car flipped onto its roof. When movement on the track resumed, the race leaders proved their strength, and were able to maintain their track positions until lap 78. Thurlow got a flat tire and headed to the pits. Sherman moved into first. Chadwick moved to second. Phil Main Jr. moved to third. Lap 80 saw Chadwick head to the pits with mechanical issues. Phil Main Jr. moved to second. Steven Turner moved to third. The race leaders remained unchanged for the remainder of the race. Sherman placed first, Phil Main Jr. second and Turner third.
The official results from Aug. 31 racing were:
New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stock (25 laps) — 1, Craig Dunn, Strong; 2, Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls; 3, Dave Patten, Windham; 4, Kamren Knowles, Readfield; 5, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 6, Bob Patten, Windham; and 7, Nathan McWilliams, Lewiston.
Super Stock (25 laps) — 1, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 2, James Osmond, Wiscasset; 3, Zac Creamer, Woolwich; 4, Joe Creamer, Woolwich; 5, Josh Bailey, Wiscasset; and 6, Dan Nessmith, Wiscasset.
Pro Stock (30 laps) — 1, Bill Penfold, Oxford; 2, Josh Rideout, Washington; 3, Dylan Turner, Freedom; 4, Jeff Burgess, East Madison; 5, Steve Reno, West Bath; 6, Mike Orr, Wiscasset; and 7, Ken Beasley, Richmond.
Thunder 4s (25 laps) — 1, Dan Trask, Chelsea; 2, Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset; 3, Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset; 4, Cody Tribbett, Richmond; 5, Leandra Martin, Richmond; 6, Nate Tribbett, Richmond; 7, Kalib Bernatchez, Vassalboro; 8, Curtis Anderson, Richmond; 9, Matt Myshrall, Pittston; and 10, Ed Smith, Auburn.
Enduro (100 laps) — 1, Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset; 2, Phil Main Jr., Trevett; 3, Steven Turner, Washington; 4, Aman Morse, Northport; 5, Jason Weatherbee, Wiscasset; 6, Shaun Rines, Wiscasset; 7, Jake Wight, Gardiner; 8, Randy Henderson, Turner; 9, Jeremy Koeing, Woolwich; 10, Dave Thurlow, Yarmouth; 11, Scott Frazier, Thomaston; 12, Frank Brown, Randolph; 13, Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset; 14, Mike Moody, West Gardiner; 15, Phil Main Sr., Boothbay; 16, Elizabeth Chaisson, Pittston; 17, Jason Stanley, Farmington; 18, Barry Wright Jr., Chelsea; 19, Roy Glidden, Farmingdale; 20, Ron Whitcomb, Pittston; 21, Benjamin Peabody, Waldoboro; 22, Mike Marshall, Dresden; 23, Brianna Bodman, Rockland; 24, Dean Rice, Nobleboro; 25, Kimberly Knight, Farmington; 26, Jody Reed, Wiscasset; 27, Cameron Folsom, no town given; 28, Desiree McKenna, Whitefield; 29, Barry Wright Sr, Chelsea; 30, Mike Morris, Turner; 31, Nicholas Hanson, no town given; and 32, Simon Yorks, Chelsea.
Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Speedway.