Wiscasset Speedway remains hot as temperatures coolOsmond backs up driver-of-month honors with thrilling win
Wiscasset — Wiscasset Speedway was bright and sunny on Saturday, Aug. 17 _ perfect conditions for racing.
Fans gathered at the track for the planned Fan Appreciation Day festivities. There was a car show, with numerous vehicles old and new. Car show entrants also had the opportunity to parade laps around the speedway in their vehicles. Children's bicycle races were held on the track during intermission.
Drivers also gathered on the track to greet fans and sign autographs prior to race time.
Presented Saturday were its group one lineup of divisions of Pro Stock, Super Stock, New England 4-cylinder Pro Stock and Thunder 4s.
After the races the fans cheered as a display of fireworks brightened the Wiscasset sky.
First on the track were the Thunder 4s for a 15-lap feature race. Pete McCollett was in the pole position. Behind him were Adam Armstrong and Leandra Martin. There was plenty of action and numerous leader changes from the start. Martin passed Armstrong in turn one on the outside, and took second before the first lap was completed. The cars raced several laps with no lead changes.
Then, in lap five, Cody Tribbett passed Armstrong on the outside of the front stretch for third place. The following lap Tribbett passed Martin on turn four for second. Coming up from behind was Ryan Chadwick, who passed Martin during lap seven to take third.
A determined Chadwick raced furiously up the track, looking for second. Then, during lap 11, Chadwick passed Tribbett on the outside of turn three for second. The pair raced neck and neck around the track, close behind McCollett. Tribbett wanted second place back. He came up behind Chadwick in turn one of lap 14. The pair made contact. Tribbett was able to slide back into second. Chadwick could not regain second before the finish.
McCollett took first, his first top finish in the Thunder 4s at Wiscasset this season. Tribbett placed second. It was Tribbett’s fourth appearance in victory lane this season. Rounding out the top three was Chadwick.It was Chadwick’s first top-three finish this season.
The Super Stock Division provided an exciting 25-lap race for the fans. Josh Bailey had the pole position. Behind him were James Osmond and Bobby Mesimer. Bailey surged ahead at the start. The race for second was heated between Osmond and Mesimer. Mesimer pulled ahead on the inside of the back stretch during lap one. Osmond and Mesimer raced head to head for the following three laps, vying for position. Then, in lap four, Mesimer was able to pull ahead by a car length coming out of turn two onto the back stretch to solidify second. Osmond looked for his chance to pass Mesimer. His chance came in lap 12 when he pulled ahead of Mesimer on the outside of turn two to take second. Osmond looked ahead at Bailey, and headed up the track to challenge for first.
Mesimer found himself battling for third when he saw Adam Chadbourne coming up from behind. Chadbourne passed Mesimer during lap 14 on the outside of turn three for third. Mesimer and Chadbourne battled for third for the next two laps. During lap 16, Mesimer passed Chadbourne to take back third. The pair continued to battle for third. In lap 23, Chadbourne passed Mesimer coming out of turn three for third place.
Bailey, still in first, had held off Osmond. Osmond was in dogged pursuit of Bailey, and as the pair made their final lap, it looked as if Bailey was going to fly first under the checkered. However, as they were rounding turn four, Bailey got loose and fishtailed on the track. Osmond seized his opportunity and surged past Bailey on the front stretch and went across the finish line 0.183 of a second ahead.
The crowd roared with enthusiasm.
“My car is running so-so, but I feel good, like I am going to win,” Osmond said prior to the race.
It made Osmond’s eighth appearance in victory lane this year. He had three prior first-place wins, two second-place finishes and two third-place finishes. Additionally, Osmond was selected as July’s Napa Auto Parts driver of the month.
Bailey placed second and Chadbourne third.
The next crowd-pleasing race was a 25-lap New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stock feature. Bob Patten was the winner of the heat race. Behind him were Craig Dunn and Tim Jeski. Dunn pulled ahead of Bob Patten in the first lap around the track in turn two coming out onto the back stretch for the lead. Then, during lap one, Jeski pulled ahead of Bob Patten on the outside of turn three for second. Bob Patten then fell back and allowed Jeff Prindall to take third.
A caution during lap 12 caused a restart. When the dust cleared and action resumed on the track, the racing order remained the same. Dunn in first, Jeski second and Prindall third. During the last lap, Kamren Knowles, who was in fourth, clipped Prindall in turn three. Prindall spun to a stop on the track, and Knowles went on to take third. Dunn placed first and Jeski second. Although it was not Dunn’s first appearance in victory lane, it was his first top-place victory in New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stock at Wiscasset.
Last on the track was the spotlighted feature of the week, a 40-lap Pro Stock race. Starting in the pole position was Bill Penfold. Behind him were John Rideout and Reid Lanpher. When the green flag flew, Lanpher swept by Rideout and passed him on the inside of the front stretch for second. Penfold was first and held a commanding lead by lap one.
During lap one, Steve Reno pulled ahead of Rideout on the inside of turn two for third. Reno and Rideout raced around the track for an entire lap going neck and neck, until Reno pulled ahead on the front stretch by a car length.
A caution was called during lap nine. On the restart, Reno battled for position. On lap 10, Reno passed Lanpher on the inside of turn two for second place. Reno held off Lanpher until lap 18, when Lanpher passed him on the inside of turn four for second. Reno then tried to hold off Rideout. Rideout passed Reno on the inside of turn two for third. Rideout moved up the track to challenge Lanpher for second. Then, on lap 21, Rideout passed Lanpher on the inside of turn one for second.
Lap 23 saw the second caution of the race when Reno spun on the track. When action resumed, Lanpher passed Rideout on the inside of turn four for second during the same lap. Race leaders then remained constant until lap 36, when Rideout went into Lanpher’s car on turn one, sending both into the wall. Reno was collected in the scuffle and also went into the turn one wall.
Race officials called the race official at 36 laps. Penfold came in first. Mike Orr was second and Lanpher third.It was Penfold’s fifth appearance in victory lane, and his second top-place finish.
“The car was absolutely perfect tonight," Penfold said.
The individual race results from Aug. 17 were:
Thunder 4s (15 laps) — 1, Pete McCollett, Readfield; 2, Cody Tribbett, Richmond; 3, Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset; 4, Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset; 5, Adam Armstrong, Bath; 6, Leandra Martin, Richmond; 7, Jeff Davis, Woolwich; 8, Ed Smith, Auburn; and 9, Curtis Anderson, Richmond.
Super Stock (25 laps) — 1, James Osmond, Wiscasset; 2, Josh Bailey, Wiscasset; 3, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 4, Bobby Mesimer, Woolwich; 5, Dan Nessmith, Wiscasset; 6, Joe Creamer, Woolwich; and 7, Zac Creamer, Woolwich.
New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stock (25 laps) — 1, Craig Dunn, Strong; 2, Time Jeski, Drakut, Mass.; 3, Kamren Knowles, Readfield; 4, Dave Patten, Windham; 5, Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls; 6, Bob Patten, Windham; and 7, Nathan McWilliams, Lewiston
Pro Stock (40 laps) — 1, Bill Penfold, Oxford; 2, Mike Orr, Wiscasset; 3, Reid Lanpher, Manchester; 4, Steve Reno, West Bath; 5, John Rideout, Washington; 6, Justin Drake, Vassalboro; and 7, Ken Beasley, Richmond
Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Raceway.