Wells repeats Mini Stock mastery at Wiscasset Speedway
Wiscasset — The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour made its only appearance in Maine Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Wiscasset Speedway.
Last year, driver Toby Wells brought home the win. Wells was points leader coming into the race. However, there was only a 12-point difference between Wells and two-time champ Emerson Cayer. Maine native Justin Larsen was third in points coming into the race, trailing the leader by 138, but still in the chase.
Also at Wiscasset were the group one division of racing including: NAPA Super Street, Outlaw Mini, Pro Stock and New England Four Cylinder Pro Stock. The fans packed the bleachers to see the show, and also were able to visit the NAPA tent, enjoy barbecue and get information from the “Napa Know-How Man.”
There were three heat races to determine position for the North East Mini Stock Tour. Starting at the pole was Chad Baxter. Joe Baxter and Nate Tribbet were behind him. Off the start, Joe Baxter surged ahead, but he fell off the pace and Zach Audet and George Fortin marched up the track and took first and second, as Chad Baxter slipped to third. During lap three, Justin King passed Baxter for third on turn one.
There was a leader change during lap six, when Fortin experienced a mechanical issue, and hit the front stretch wall coming out of turn four. Fortin was able to walk away and was uninjured. King moved to second and Chad Baxter moved to third.
Moving up from his seventh starting position was Tim Collins. Collins passed Baxter on the outside of turn three for third during lap five.
There was a caution during lap six, and Emerson Cayer made contact with Mike Mason. Cayer, a two-time champ, slid back and lost position. Cayer had nothing for the race leaders this race, finishing 19 in overall standings.
Lap eight saw Collins pass King on the inside of the backstretch for second. Justin Trombley followed the same line and passed King for third.
A battle for third between Trombley and Toby Wells emerged. It was not until lap 18 that Wells was able to complete the pass on the outside of turn three. Wells advanced up the track to challenge Collins. When the race leaders hit lap traffic, Wells was able to weave through and passed Collins for second during lap 23. Wells advanced up the track looking for the lead, but Audet held him off.
There was a battle for third between Collins and Trombley. Ahead, Wells and Audet were raced for the lead. Wells chased Audet up the track, and during lap 34, Wells passed Audet for first. Audet fell to second.
Audet continued to slide back on the track, and Trombley passed him on the inside of turn three for second during lap 42. Collins followed the inside line and passed Audet on turn four during lap 42.
Wells took the checkered for the second straight year. Trombley placed second, only 0.42 of a second behind Wells. Collins took third, only 0.81 of a second behind Wells.
The 25-lap Napa Super Street feature was action-packed. Starting on the pole was Kevin Morse. Behind him were Zac Poland and Travis Dunbar. Off the start, Chris Buzzell passed Dunbar for third. Morse and Poland battled for first, and Poland passed Morse during the opening lap for the lead. Buzzell passed Morse during lap two for second.
Starting in sixth was James Osmond, who moved into third during lap two, and began his advance up the track. Osmond passed Buzzell and Poland by lap eight to claim the lead.
Adam Chadbourne made his way up the track. Chadbourne passed Buzzell during lap eight for third, then, during lap 10, passed Poland for second. Starting in 10th was Kenny Harrison. Harrison made his way through the pack to the front. Harrison passed Poland for third on the outside of turn three during lap 13.
Osmond, Chadbourne and Harrison raced in a pack. There were 12 remaining laps for the leaders to claim position. Harrison passed Chadbourne during lap 15 on the inside, but Chadbourne passed Harrison during lap 21 to reclaim second. Osmond held both off, again proving he was a force on the track as he swept across the finish in first. Chadbourne placed second. Harrison rounded out the top three for third. This was Osmond’s third win of the season in the Napa Super Street Division.
Osmond was second in points coming into Saturday’s race with 478. Chadbourne was in first, only four points ahead of Osmond, with 482. Dan Nessmith was third with 412. It is a tight race between Osmond and Chadbourne, and only two points races remain in the season.
A 25-lap Outlaw Mini feature was next on the agenda. Staring at the pole was Calvin Rose Jr. Behind him was Jimmy Childs and Rob Greenleaf. When the green flag flew, Rose and Childs raced for the lead. Childs passed Rose coming out of turn four onto the front stretch for first.
There was a caution during lap 18, and when racing resumed , Greenleaf passed Rose for second. Childs’ car liked the clean air and gained a five-car length lead after the restart. Childs took the win. Despite being points leader in the division, it was Child’s first win of the season. It was a non-point race for the Outlaw Minis. Child’s has 446 points and was leader coming into the race. In second was Shawn Kimball with 428. Third was Nate Tribbet with 410.
A quick, straight forward 20-lap New England Four Cylinder Pro Stock feature was next. Jeff Prindall started on the pole. Behind him were Craig Dunn and Jay Bailey.
Prindall and Dunn raced neck and neck from the start. Then, during lap two, Dunn passed Prindall for the lead on the inside of the front stretch. Prindall looked for his chance to retake the lead. His chance came during lap eight when the pair ran into lap traffic on the track. Prindall piloted his car though the traffic and took the lead coming out of turn one. Prindall was able to keep Dunn behind him for the remainder of the race. Kamren Knowles battled Bailey for third, but finished fourth.
Knowles was the leader heading into Saturday’s race with 468 points. Jeff Prindall was second with 452 points. In third was Dunn with 420 points.
Prindall won four consecutive races at the beginning of the season, but has not had a win since May 31, 2014.
Wrapping up the night was an exciting 30-lap Pro Stock race. Staring on the pole was Maggie Ferland. Behind her was Mike Orr and Scott Chubbuck. When green flag racing began, Dylan Turner moved up from behind on the outside and raced side by side with Ferland for the lead. Charlie Colby moved from his sixth-place start and fought for position in the pack. Turner took the lead. Ferland moved to second. Colby took third.
Ferland began to fall off the pace during lap five, and Colby passed for second. Nick Hinkley passed Ferland on the outside of turn two during lap five for third.
Colby headed to the outside during lap eight and passed Turner for the lead on turn three. Turner, Hinkley, and Scott Chubbuck battled for second and third. Hinkley was on the top of the track and was losing ground quickly. Chubbuck headed to the bottom of the track and passed Turner, to take second. Jeff Burgess followed the inside line and passed Turner to take third. Colby had run away with the lead. Colby took the checkered. Chubbuck placed second. Burgess third. Colby was the sixth different winner in the Pro Stock Division this year.
Coming into the Aug. 23 race Bill Penfold was leader with 414 points. Penfold did not participate in the feature race last Saturday after an altercation with another driver during the heat. Tied for second were Nick Hinkley and Mike Orr, each with 410 points.
The individual results from Aug. 23 racing were:
North East Mini Stock Tour (50 laps) — 1, Toby Wells, Dublin, N.H.; 2, Justin Trombley, Winter Harbor; 3, Tim Collins, Windsor; 4, Zach Audet, Skowhegan; 5, Shawn Kimball, Augusta; 6, Matt Sonnhalter, East Thetford, Vt.; 7, Darrell Moore, Oxford; 8, Mike Viens, Seekonk, Mass.; 9, Justin King, Derry, N.H.; 10, Joe Baxter, Pascoag, R.I.; 11, Desmond Skillings, Antrim, N.H.; 12, Dana Shepard, Putney, Vt.; 13, Eric Pelletier, town name unavailable; 14, Michael Bombard, Willimantic, Conn.; 15, Jake Rheaume, Rochester, N.H.; 16, Nick Anderson, town name unavailable; 17, Nate Tribbet, Richmond; 18, Mike Mason, Skowhegan; 19, Emerson Cayer, Contoocook, N.H.; 20, Justin Larsen, Peru; 21, Chad Baxter, Pascoag, R.I.; 22, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 23, George Fortin, Greene; and 24, Nick Coates, Turner.
NAPA Super Street (25 laps) — 1, James Osmond, Wiscasset; 2, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 3, Kenny Harrison, Pownal; 4, Chris Staples, Brunswick; 5, Josh Bailey, Wiscasset; 6, Dan Nessmith, Wiscasset; 7, Kevin Morse, Woolwich; 8, Shawn Austin, Norridgewock; 9, Chris Buzzell, Madison; 10, Travis Dunbar, Auburn; 11, Jamie Norton, Farmingdale; and 12, Zac Poland, Woolwich.
Outlaw Mini (25 laps) — 1, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 2, Rob Greenleaf, West Bath; 3, Calvin Rose Jr., Turner; 4, Matt Moore, Mechanic Falls; 5, Michael Bolduc, Windsor; 6, Travis Pouliot, Madison; 7, Craig Pyy II, town name unavailable; 8, Bryan Lancaster, Skowhegan; and 9, Nick Bissell, Lewiston
New England Four Cylinder Pro Stock (20 laps) — 1, Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls; 2, Craig Dunn, Strong; 3, Jay Bailey, Alna; 4, Kamren Knowles, West Gardiner; 5, Jacob Hendsbee, Whitefield; 6, Nathan McWilliams, Lewiston; 7, Brooke Knowles, West Gardiner; 8, John Shorey, Alna; 9, Cameron Folsom, Augusta; and 10, Barry Morris, Livermore Falls.
Prostock (30 laps) — 1, Charlie Colby, Newcastle; 2, Scott Chubbuck, Bowdoin; 3, Jeff Burgess, Fairfield; 4, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 5, Dylan Turner, Freedom; 6, Mike Orr, Wiscasset; and 7, Maggie Ferland, Auburn.
Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Speedway.