WISCASSET — Stock car racing went under the lights for the first time in 2022 on Saturday, May 7 at Wiscasset Speedway, with a full group 1 racing program, which included the Brackett’s Market 4-Cylinder Pros, Norm’s Used Car Pro Stocks, Sweatt’s Concrete Thunder 4 Minis, Market 27 Super Streets and a flex division, the Wicked Good Vintage Racers Hobby Class.

The night was sponsored by JBRH Excavation & Welding Fabrication, who put up a winner’s bonus in the Pro Stocks and contingency bonus for all divisions. An extra $500 bonus was awarded to the winner (pending postrace technical inspection) of the Pro Stock feature. In addition to this bonus, a $500 contingency prize was up for grabs in each division. The pole sitter for each feature had the option to drop back to the end of the field to start the race. If the driver ended up winning the race (pending postrace technical inspection) after dropping back, they received $500 in bonus prize money.

Four-cylinder top-three finishers, who include Josh Hall of Mount Vernon (1st), Ben Burgess of Hartford (2nd) and Daniel Harding of Fairfield (3rd). Photo courtesy of Amy Harrop

The spotlight feature of the night was the Brackett’s Market 4-Cylinder Pros, who displayed a growing 10-car field. Daniel Harding, 12, won the heat race and elected not to take the option to start the feature from the tail of the field. Harding went from fifth to first in just seven laps, but week one winner, Josh Hall, quickly maneuvered through the field. Hall took over on lap 17 and never looked back, as he secured his second career feature victory in the division. Ben Burgess and Daniel Harding rounded out the podium, which perfectly mirrored victory lane from opening day in the division.

Neither Logan Melcher nor Nick Reno decided to take the “back-row challenge” for the 40-lap Pro Stock feature. Melcher took the early lead, but quickly was presented with a challenge by Nick Reno, who overtook the top spot on lap six. After a midrace caution, Reno found himself on the front row with last year’s division champion, Josh St. Clair. The drivers collided on the restart, which sent St. Clair hard into the turn two wall. Due to being involved in the caution, Reno had to restart at the end of the field and Kevin Douglass became the new leader. Douglass pulled away on the restart and maintained his advantage throughout the second half of the race, to secure his second straight win in the division and a healthy $500 bonus. Nick Hinkley and Melcher rounded out the podium.

Wicked Good Vintage Racers Hobby Class top-three finishers, who include Addison Bowie of Auburn (1st), Mark Bowie of Poland (2nd) and Bub Dow of South Paris (3rd). Photo courtesy of Amy Harrop

Brothers Addison and Mark Bowie remained side-by-side for a major portion of the Hobby Class feature. Addison took the win as his brother, Mark, and fellow competitor, Bub Dow, rolled through the finish line door-to-door, which made for a picture-perfect finish. Mark Bowie, ultimately, beat Dow to the line, as he finished runner-up behind his brother.

Dustin Salley got off to a roaring start in the 25-lap Thunder 4 Mini feature and began to approach lap traffic by lap seven. Meanwhile, David Cook had accepted the back-row challenge and quickly made his way through the 20-car field. Cook made his way to the front of the field by lap 20, where he made quick work of Butch Keene for the runner-up spot. Cook attempted to close on Salley in the closing laps of the race, but Salley was too far gone at the front of the field. Salley was deemed the race winner in victory lane, but was penalized three positions following postrace technical inspection due to a camber violation. Due to this, Cook was crowned the official race winner and received the $500 race bonus from JBRH Excavation & Welding Fabrication. Jeff Farrington and Shane Webber rounded out the official top three.

Pro Stock winner Kevin Douglass. Photo courtesy of Amy Harrop

The Market 27 Super Streets rounded out the night with a final 30-lap feature race. Brett Osmond and Charlie Sanborn paced the field early, but an eight-car pile up on the initial start took out a lot of heavy hitters and weekly contenders, including P.J. Merrill and Dominic Curit. A botched restart resulted in Osmond and Sanborn having to restart on the second row and it was a battle from there. Zach Bowie and Osmond swapped the lead before another caution brought the field together on lap 10. This led Josh St. Clair back into the picture as he swiftly stole the top spot from Osmond. St. Clair remained strong throughout the second half of the feature, as he picked up his second straight win in the division. Osmond, with his first career podium in the division, and Bubba Pelton rounded out the top three.

Thunder 4 top three-finishers, who include David Cook of Jay (first), Jay Farrington of Alna (2nd) and Shane Webber of New Vinyard (third). Photo courtesy of Amy Harrop

The results from May 7 racing were:

Brackett’s Markey 4-Cylinder Pro (30 laps) — 1, Josh Hall, Mount Vernon; 2, Ben Burgess, Hartford; 3, Daniel Harding, Fairfield; 4, Andy Kaherl, Saco; 5, Callahan Cox, Harrison; 6, Cody Kelley, Pittston; 7, Taylor Lane, Phillips; 8, Sylas Ripley, Thomaston; 9, Jacobe Thacker, Winthrop; and 10, Garrett McKee, Dixmont.

Norm’s Used Car Pro Stock (40 laps) — 1, Kevin Douglass, Sidney; 2, Nick Hinckley, Wiscasset; 3, Logan Melcher, Fayett; 4, Scott Chubbuck, Bowdoin; 5, Jeremy Whorff, Bath; 6, Nick Reno, West Bath; 7, Branden Fowler, Rome; 8, Nick Calvert, Steep Falls; 9, Dave Getchell, Cornville; 10, Shane Lane, North Anson; 11, Joe Harriman, Montville; 12, Joey Peaslee, Thomaston; 14, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; and 14, Steve Chicoine, Windsor.

Sweatt’s Concrete Thunder 4 Mini (25 laps) — 1, David Cook, Jay; 2, Jay Farrington, Alna; 3, Shane Webber, New Vinyard; 4, Dustin Salley, South Paris; 5, Doug Degroat, Oxford; 6, Butch Keene, Turner; 7, James Grover, Newcastle; 8, Michael Golding, Pownal; 9, Steve Hall, Sebago; 10, Jeremy Farrar, Hebron; 11, Adreonna Dodge, Freeport; 12, Jeff Davis, Woolwich; 13, Brody Badeau, Lewiston; 14, Richard Austin, Norridgewock; 15, Bruce Hall Jr., Chesterville; 16, John Anderson, Bristol; 17, Gunner Josselyn, New Vinyard; 18, Shawn McMorrow, Skowhegan; 19, Logan Maddocks, Appleton; and 20, Ches Williams, Hope.

Market 27 Super Streets (30 laps) — 1, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 2, Brett Osmond, Wiscasset; 3, Richard Pelton, Scarborough; 4, Matt Beers, Farmingdale; 5, Zack Bowie, Greene; 6, Charlie Sanborn III, Scarborough; 7, Brandon Bailey, Wiscasset; 8, Alex Smith, Hollis; 9, Mike St. Pierre, Buxton; 10, Darick Barker, Durham; 11, David Greeleaf, Westport; 12, Mike Wallace, Wiscasset; 13, Michael Harrison, Durham; 14, Jason Oakes, Boothbay; 15, P.J. Merrill, Canton; 16, Derek Corliss, town unavailable; 17, Colby Meserve, Buxton; 18, Tiger Colby, Wiscasset; 19, Dominic Curit, Saco; 10, Nicole Benincasa, Buxton; and 21, Nick Morton, Woolwich.

Wicked Good Vintace Racers – Hobby (20 laps) — 1, Addison Bowie, Auburn; 2, Mark Bowie, Poland; 3, Bub Dow, South Paris; 4, Dave Foster, Searsport; 5, Johnny Rice, Bristol; 6, Dean Grant, Detroit; 7, John Knapp, Bowdoin; and 8, Gary Seekins, South Thomaston.

Amy Harrop works for Wiscasset Speedway.