WISCASSET — Wiscasset Speedway continued its season-opening festivities on Saturday, April 30 as it hosted Group 2, which featured the Portland Glass Strictly Streets, 88.5 FM Modifieds, T&L Automotive Roadrunners, Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman and Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis.

The track saw growing car counts in each division and the addition of a handful of new drivers who made the move from the now-defunct Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. In total, 65 competitors and teams filled the pit area on Saturday.

Ryan Ripley of Thomaston in victory lane for Modifieds. Photo courtesy of Amy Harrop

Josh St. Clair, who became the first driver in track history to win three different championships in a single season last year, carried over his opening-day dominance from week one as he scored the heat and feature victory in the Portland Glass Strictly Streets, which was the spotlight division of the day.

St. Clair fought off hard-charging Wade Kennedy, who was the 2021 Wildcat champion at Beech Ridge, in the closing laps of the race to pick up the victory. Mike Haynes rounded out the podium. Kennedy was penalized three positions following post-race technical inspection due to a parts violation, which moved the #99 of Jeremy Glazier into the official top three.

The program continued with the flex division, the T&L Automotive Roadrunners. Adam Gardiner showed strength in the early portion of the race as he took off with the race lead. But, Seth Woodard remained persistent, as he stole the top spot on lap 5. The drivers remained close for the remainder of the race, as they advanced to a full straight away lead over their competitors in the closing laps of the race. It was Woodard who took the crown, as he scored the victory as Gardiner and Jason Meservey rounded out the podium.

Strictly Streets victory lane, which includes Josh St. Clair of Liberty, middle, as well as Mike Haynes of Livermore Falls and Jeremy Glazier of Appleton. Photo courtesy of Amy Harrop

The Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis featured the most signficant rivalry of the day with Jimmy Childs and Zach Audet, two multi-time champions (with Zach being the defending champion) going head-to-head for the win. Childs took off with the early advantage, but Audet was back to his door by lap five. It came to a head for the two drivers as they tangled on lap seven, which resulted in a cut tire for Childs as Audet made contact with the turn four wall.

Audet was sidelined following the incident, but Childs returned to the track, as he embared in an uphill battle as he went from last to first, as she reeled in the leader with three laps remaining. Childs scored the unofficial race victory as Shane Smith and Chris Watkins rounded out the top three. The second-place finish was Smith’s first podium in seven years and Watkins’ third-place finish was his first career podium. Race results for the division were unofficial and pending further review.

Jett Decker, a newcomer to the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman Division, held the early lead in the 40-lap feature. Meanwhile, Shane Clark charged to the front, as he ultimately stole the top spot from Decker on lap eight.

Clark continued to pace the field as the laps wound down, but had to fight off a hard-charging Josh St. Clair, who looked to pick up his second feature victory of the day, in the closing laps of the race. Clark succeeded, as he scored his fourth career win and first feature victory in four years. Will Collins rounded out the podium.

The infamous “Boss Hogg” himself, Dave St. Clair, made an appearance in the division, as he raced alongside his grandson, Josh, and celebrated his completion of the race with donuts on the front stretch, surely entertaining himself and fans before he exited the track.

Seth Woodard in victory lane for Roadrunners. Photo courtesy of Amy Harrop

The 88.5FM Modifieds concluded the program with a final 30-lap feature. Jeff Burgess pulled away with a sizable early lead over his competitors. An early caution brought the field together, which allowed Ryan Ripley to take the lead. Adam Chadbourne, last year’s seven-time winner and eventual champion, was coming through the field in the closing laps of the race, but unexpectedly retired to the pits with three laps to go. Ripley, ultimately, secured the win as Burgess and Brian Treadwell rounded out the podium.

The results from April 30 racing were:

Strictly Streets (35 laps) — 1, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 2, Mike Haynes, Livermore Falls; 3, Jeremy Glazier, Appleton; 4, Keith Drost, Etna; 5, Wade Kennedy, Sebago; 6, Chaz Briggs, Westbrook; 7, Zach Emerson, Sabattus; 8, Max Hannan, Washington; 9, Jason Gaboury, Augusta; 10, Shawn Austin, Norridgewock; 11, Ethan Dinsmore, Hope; 12, Paul Lund, Buxton; 13, Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 14, Scott Wiggin, Somersworth; 15, Landon Tapley, Washington; 16, Scott Eck, Lisbon; 17, Kurt Hewins, Turner; 18, Chad Wills, Oxford; 19, Brian Burr, Bowdoinham; 20, Bernie Dinsmore, Hope; and 21, Caleb Mains, Richmond.

Modifieds (30 laps) — 1, Ryan Ripley, Thomaston; 2, Jeff Burgess, Fairfield; 3, Brian Treadwell, Hancock; 4, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 5, Faith Cleaves, Pownal; 6, Brandon Williams, Durham; 7, Allan Moeller, Dresden; 8, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 9, Bobby Mesimer, Woolwich; and 10, Wayne Whitten, Kennebunk.

Roadrunners (20 laps) — 1, Seth Woodard, Plymouth; 2, Adam Gardiner, Levant; 3, Jason Meservey, Warren; 4, David Whitelaw, Readfield; 5, Carl Conant, Lewiston; 6, Nicole Brown, Hope; 7, David Austin, town not available; 8, Sharon Whitelaw, Readfield; 9, Matt Shockley, Bristol; 10, Crystal Bourassa, Bristol.

Late Model Sportsman (40 laps) — 1, Shane Clark, Winterport; 2, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 3, Will Collins, Waldoboro; 4, Brandon Fowler, Rome; 5, Dave Getchell, Cornville; 6, Chris Burgess, Hartford; 7, Dave St. Clair, Liberty; 8, Ray Dinsmore, Limerick; 9, Daniel Harding, Fairfield; 10, Jonathon Emerson, Oxford; 11, Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 12, James Doucette, Skowhegan; 13, Jett Decker, Chesterville; 14, Patrick Murphy, Woolwich; 15, Nick Reno, West Bath; 16, Ryan Esancy, Appleton; 17, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 18, Charlie Colby, Newcastle; 19, Frank Moulton, Clinton; and 20, Colton Chubbuck, Bowdoin.

Outlaw Mini (25 laps) — 1, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 2, Shane Smith, Augusta; 3, Chris Watkins, Oakland; 4, Ian Frazer, Belmont; 5, Kyle Willette, Winslow; 6, Zach Audet, Norridgewock; and 7, Tyler Densmore, Newcastle.

Amy Harrop works for Wiscasset Speedway.