Thorne takes third win in Late Models at Wiscasset Speedway
Wiscasset — Wiscasset Speedway held a fan appreciation day at the track on Saturday, Aug. 30, where fans were able to gather on the track to meet and talk with drivers before racing.
There were bicycle races on the track for children, along with numerous bike giveaways for children and prizes for children and adults.
Wiscasset Speedway also presented the group two division of racing which included: Late Model Sportsman, Mini Trucks, Thunder 4s and Strictly Street. The flex race of the week was the Wicked Good Vintage Racers.
The spotlighted feature of the night was a 45-lap Late Model Sportsman race. Seventeen cars competed in an exciting race, which saw two-time winner Chris Thorne drive his way to his third win of the season.
Starting at the pole was Nick Hinkley, while behind him was Alex Waltz and Ryan St. Clair. Off the start, Ryan St. Clair passed Waltz for second and advanced up the track to challenge Hinkley for the lead. Tyler Robbins passed Waltz for third during lap three on the inside of turn one. By lap six, Ryan St. Clair had advanced to the side of Hinkley’s car, and the pair fought for the lead.
During lap 13, Hinkley passed lap traffic and made contact with Danny Smart. Hinkley went to the pits but was able to make it back onto the track during the caution. Both Hinkley and Smart went to the back of the pack as Ryan St. Clair took the lead. Robbins moved to second and Chris Thorne, who had been marching his way up the track from his fourteenth starting position, advanced to third.
Thorne was not able to hold onto third for a full lap as he was squeezed out when Dave St. Clair swooped into third. Thorne and Dave St. Clair battle for third, and during lap 14, Thorne passed Dave St. Clair for third on the outside of turn two.
The race leaders fought hard for position. Thorne slowly gained ground, catching Robbins during lap 27 and passing him on the outside for second. Chris Bowie, another two-time LMS winner, had woven through the pack and during lap 29 passed Robbins on the outside of turn four for third.
With only one lap to go, Thorne headed inside and got under Ryan St. Clair, passing him on turn one for the lead. Bowie moved up to challenge Ryan St. Clair, but Ryan St. Clair held him off, taking second. Bowie finished in third. It made Thorne’s third win of the season in LMS. Thorne was fifth in points going into Saturday’s race with 342. Points leader coming into the race was Nick Hinkley with 420. Josh St. Clair was second in points with 390.
Next on the agenda were two 20-lap Wicked Good Vintage Racer features. The first feature highlighted late models and modified classes. Starting at the pole was Brian Hughes. Behind him was Mark Hughes and Aaron Heath. When the green flag waved over the track, Heath passed Hughes for second.
Hughes slowed in speed, and Dean Grant headed to the outside and passed all three of the leaders, taking first. Mike Ouellette passed Hughes during lap four for third. Hughes lost ground during lap five and Ouellette moved to second, and Heath moved to third place.
Ouellette headed to the inside during lap eight and passed Grant for the lead on turn three. Hughes passed Heath during lap sixteen and took third once again.
Grant and Ouellette battled for the lead with only two left to go. Heath passed Brian Hughes, to take back third during lap 19. Grant surged across the finish taking first, while Ouellette finished second and Heath rounded out the top three.
The second 20-lap Wicked Good Vintage Racer feature showcased Late Model Sportsman and Outlaws. Starting on the pole was Norris Willette. Kevin Waterhouse and Scott Tucker were behind him. During lap one, Tucker passed Waterhouse for second on the inside of turn four. Tucker then proceeded up the track and passed Willette for the lead. Bobby Symonds passed Waterhouse for third during lap two.
There was a caution during lap seven when Donnie Mehurne spun on the track. On the restart, Symonds passed Willette for second. Bob Guyon, who started at the back of the pack had woven through traffic and had slowly gained ground, passed both Willette and Symonds for the lead during lap nine. There were no additional leader changes and Guyon claimed the win. Coming in second was Tucker, while third place went to Symonds.
A quick 15-lap Mini Truck feature was action-packed. Featured was Matt Curtis, Larry Marshall and Matt Weil. When green flag racing began, Marshall did not get a good start and fell to the back of the pack. Jerry McKenna moved to third.
There was a caution during lap four when Curtis and Weil made contact on the track, and the pair was sent to the back while McKenna moved to first. Opie Allard moved to second and Marshall to third. When racing action resumed, Curtis passed Marshall for third. McKenna and Allard fought hard for first place. The pair was racing head to head from lap 4-10. During lap 10, Allard edged ahead on the outside by a nose. Still neck and neck, the duo battled it out for the win. During the final lap, McKenna sped under the checkered 0.06 seconds ahead of Allard. Allard placed second, while Curtis took third.
McKenna was points leader coming into Saturday’s race with 502, while Weil was second with 420 points and third Curtis with 364 points.
Next was the 20-lap Thunder 4 race. Starting on the pole was Leandra Martin. Behind her was Cody Tribbet and Carl Hall. On the opening lap, Chandler Harrison passed Hall for third. Starting in eleventh place was Ryan Chadwick, who had been powering his way through lap traffic, and by lap 10 he had caught the race leaders. Chadwick passed Harrison on the outside of turn three for third during lap 11. Chadwick continued his march up the track and after some side by side racing, was able to pass Tribbet for second. Chadwick then swept up the track towards Martin. Chadwick moved to the outside of Martin and for three laps the pair raced head to head around the track. Chadwick was able to complete the pass during lap 14 for the lead.
With only three laps remaining, the Kyai Roussel hit the front stretch wall, causing a caution. On the ensuing restart, Harrison passed Tribbet for third. Harrison then gained ground on Martin, and was able to pass her for second during lap 19. Then, with less than a lap remaining, Tribbet passed Martin for third. Chadwick took the win, while Harrison placed second and Tribbet third.
It was Chadwick’s ninth win in Thunder 4s this season. Chadwick was first in points coming into Saturday’s race with 522. In second place was Cody Tribbet with 408 points. Third in points was Trey Brown with 388.
An action-packed Strictly Street feature kept fans on the edge of their seats. This 25-lap race had only one caution and there was a lot of excitement on the track. Starting at the pole was Jonathon Emerson. Behind him was Kenny Harrison and Mac Hannon. When green flag racing began, Harrison passed Emerson for the lead. Ben Erskine swept up the outside and passed Hannon for third. Erskine passed Emerson for second during lap two.
There was a caution during lap 14, and when racing resumed, Dan Brown passed Emerson for third. Brown had started in 17th. Brown continued his momentum and passed Erskine on the inside of turn two during lap 16 for second.
Also starting at the back, in 19th place, was Corey Morgan. Morgan had marched up the track following Brown, and passed Erskine on the inside of turn one for third during lap 21. Erskine fought back and took third from Morgan during lap 22. Morgan battled with Erskine for third, and during lap 23, Morgan again passed Erskine for third. Race leaders remained the same until the finish.
Harrison placed first. Brown took second. Morgan placed third. Harrison failed post-race inspection, however. Brown moved to first. Morgan placed second and Erskine placed third. It was Brown’s third win of the season in Strictly Street.
Coming into the race, Morgan was the points leader with 452. In second was Brown with 434 points. Third was Tasha Dyer with 410 points.
The individual results from Aug. 30 racing included:
Late Model Sportsman (45 laps) — 1, Chris Throne, Sidney; 2, Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 3, Chris Bowie, New Gloucester; 4, Dave “Puncin” St. Clair, Liberty; 5, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 6, Allan Moeller Sr., Dresden; 7, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 8, Richard Jordan, Kingfield; 9, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 10, Joey Doyon, Winterport; 11, Dave Patten, Westbrook; 12, Danny Smart, Buxton; 13, Steve Minott, Windham; 14, Will Collins, Waldoboro; 15, Mike Moody, Topsham; 16, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; and 17, Billy Pinkham, Wiscasset.
Wicked Good Vintage Racers: Late Model and Modified (20 laps) — 1, Dean Grant, Detroit; 2, Mike Ouellette, no town listed; 3, Aaron Heath, South Paris; 4, Brian Hughes, West Paris; 5, Mark Hughes, Milton Mills, N.H.; and 6, Hal Clark, Brighton.
Wicked Good Vintage Racers: Late Modey Sportsman and Outlaws (20 laps) — 1, Bob Guyon, Monmouth; 2, Scott Tucker, Winthrop; 3, Bobby Symonds, no town listed; 4, James Osgood, Bristol; 5, Donnie Mehuren, Lincolnville; and 6, Keith Smalley, Warren.
Mini-trucks (15 laps) — 1, Jerry McKenna, Milton; 2, Opie Allard, Cundy's Harbor; 3, Matt Curtis, Freeport; 4, Matt Weil, Biddeford; and 5, Larry Marshall, Dresden.
Thunder 4's (20 laps) — 1, Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset; 2, Chandler Harrison, Freeport; 3, Coby Tribbet, Richmond; 4, Leandra Martin, Richmond; 5, David Stone, Sanford; 6, Curtis Anderson, Richmond; 7, Craig Pyy II, Gorham; 8, Michael Harrison, Pownal; 9, Carl Hall, Mt. Vernon; 10, Robert McDonald, Smithfield; 11, Kyia Roussel, Portland; 12, Roy Sevingy, Windsor; 13, Aaron Sevingy, Windsor; 14, Tyler Bailey, Wiscasset; and 15, Trey Brown.
Strictly Street (25 laps) — 1, Dan Brown, Peru; 2, Corey Morgan, Lewiston; 3, Ben Erskine, Farmington; 4, Jonathan Emerson, Sabattus; 5, Tasha Dyer, Freedom; 6, Jariet Harrison, Freeport; 7, Dave Brannon, Lisbon; 8, Mike Brown, Hope; 9, Mike Stewart, Durham; 10, Mac Hannon Jr., Union; 11, Phil Main Sr., Boothbay; 12, Kimberly Knight, Chesterville; 13, Foster Meserve, Wells; 14, Thomas Smith, Edgecomb; 15, Daryl Cook, Livermore; 16, Allan Higgins, Brunswick; 17, Mike Marshall, Randolph; and 18, Ethan Dinsmore, Hope.
Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Speedway.