WISCASSET — The closing weeks of every race season can be intense for drivers due to tight championship battles in each division.

Wiscasset Speedway made it its mission to make Saturday’s Group #2 racing action fun as they hosted the second Fan Appreciation night of the season.

The night, sponsored by Bozzuto’s Inc., featured a driver meet-and-greet session before the races followed by children’s bike races, where drivers joined in on the fun.

Josh St. Clair of Liberty and his family. Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor

The Maine Mariners organization even made an appearance with their beloved mascot, Beacon. Mainely Motorsports host and LST Motorsports Park owner Steve Perry emceed the night while raising money for Special Olympics Maine.

The racing portion of the night kicked off with a 50-lap spotlight feature from the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Models. Chris Burgess led the early charge in the feature, but Wiscasset Speedway’s August driver of the month Will Collins quickly maneuvered through the field, as he broke into the top three on lap 17. A mid-race caution on lap 21 brought the field together and Collins continued his pursuit, as he overtook Chris Burgess for the top spot just eight laps later.

Twelve-year-old Daniel Harding came to life in the closing laps of the feature, as he pulled to Collins’ back bumper with three laps to go. Harding gave Collins a run for his money, but Collins was able to overcome, to pick up his fourth feature victory in five weeks. Ryan St. Clair finished strong, as he rounded out the podium.

Josh St. Clair is a shoo-in for the championship with a 58-point lead over Collins, but the race for second is on as Collins holds a four-point lead over Jett Decker as one race remains in the 2022 season.

Jimmy Childs powered ahead with a sizable early lead in the 25-lap Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini feature. Childs continued to pull away in the closing laps of the feature as his competitors ignited a three-way battle for the runner-up spot. The three drivers — Bryan Robbins, Kyle Willette and Jason Kimball — tangled on the backstretch on lap 20, but were able to hold onto it. Robbins, ultimately, won the battle, as he pulled away with the spot with five laps to go. Childs was long gone at that point, as he picked up his long-awaited third win of the season. Robbins and Willette rounded out the top three. With the win, Childs also was able to bite into Willette’s points lead, knocking it to 22 points going into championship night.

Josh St. Clair may have wrapped his championship in the Portland Glass Strictly Streets two weeks ago, but there was plenty of racing to be had in the division on Saturday night. Scott Eck won the first heat race and continued his dominance in the 25-lap feature, as he led green to checkered and beat Ashton Burgess and Jeremy Glazier to win his first career race at Wiscasset Speedway. Eck celebrated the momentous occasion with his wife, daughters and family in victory lane.

Ben Audet kept the firsts coming in the 20-lap T&L Automotive Roadrunners feature, as he quickly pulled to a full straightaway lead over Ken Turner. Audet was in his own zip code in the closing laps of the race, as he extended his cushion to more than five seconds. Audet held strong through the finish, as he picked up his first career Roadrunners victory. Ken Turner and Nicole Brown rounded out the podium.

Matty Sanborn took off with the early lead over Wayne Whitten Jr. in the final race of the night: the 30-lap 88.5FM Modified feature. There was a three-car breakaway early, but Adam Chadbourne was able to break it, as he won a four-way battle for fourth in the opening laps of the race before reeling in Ryan Hayes for third. While Sanborn continued to pull away as the laps wound down, Chadbourne still was not done, as he overtook Wayne Whitten Jr. for the runner-up spot with seven laps to go. Chadbourne began to reel in Sanborn in the closing laps of the feature, but was unable to seal the deal as Sanborn rolled into victory lane, to celebrate his first Modified victory at Wiscasset Speedway. The win was bittersweet for Sanborn as it was his first victory without his late father by his side, but he was warmly greeted by supportive friends, fans and family in victory lane who cheered on his momentous milestone.

While Sanborn celebrated his victory, Chadbourne also had something to cheer about as he was able to lock in his fourth straight championship in the division. The title is his fourth in the Modifieds and sixth overall at Wiscasset, as he also holds two championship titles in the Super Streets. Chadbourne ties Scott Chubbuck for second all-time championships at Wiscasset.

Wiscasset Speedway took the turn to the home stretch of the 2022 season on Saturday, Sept. 10 with Group 1 in action along with the second appearance of the season for the G.O. Motorsports NELCAR Legends.

The regular weekly divisions on the card included Pro Stocks, Thunder 4 Minis, 4-Cylinder Pros and Super Streets. For the Super Streets, it was their final points race of the season, as four drivers vied for the championship. By the time the final checkered flag flew, division titles were wrapped in two divisions, including a history-making run in the Super Streets.

The program began with a 25-lap feature for the Brackett’s Market 4-Cylinder Pros. The class has showcased some of the best up-and-coming young talent at Wiscasset, and Saturday night was no exception.

Andy Kaherl paced the field early until he was passed by outside pole sitter Ben Burgess. Burgess led the next 20 laps as pressure mounted from behind by Daniel Harding, Josh Hall, and Sylas Ripley.

With the signal for two laps to go, Harding jumped to the outside to challenge Burgess for the win. The pair stormed out of turn four to the checkers dead-even and Harding edged Burgess by 0.038 second for the win.

It was Harding’s third win of the season and expanded his points lead over Josh Hall as they head into their points finale on on Saturday, October 1. Burgess took home the runner-up trophy, while Ripley finished third.

The G.O. Motorsports NELCAR Legends were the spotlight division for the program, complete with front stretch driver intros and a 25-lap feature. The race showcased a sensationanl battle between defending Nelcar champion Trevor Krause against current points leader Devin Deshaies who came up from Rhode Island to try to add to his national INEX Semi-pro points lead.

The pair started side-by-side on the front row for the feature. Deshaies was strong in the early going, but Krause reeled him in to take the lead near the midpoint of the race. He pulled away to a sizable half-straightaway lead until a caution came out with five laps to go.

Deshaies grabbed the lead from Krause on the restart, as Krause was able to chase him down to take the lead as the white flag flew. Deshaies responded with a textbook “bump-and-run” maneuver on the final lap to claim the victory. Krause settled for second. Kyle Caissie of Marlboro, Mass. filled out the podium with an uncontested third-place run.

The Norm’s Used Cars Pro Stocks rolled into their 40-lap feature after last week’s Boss Hogg 150 weekend. Points leader Kevin Douglass came in with a comfortable cushion in the standings, but was forced to run a borrowed car thanks to a wreck he suffered while leading the 150. His closest competitor in the standings, Logan Melcher, held the early lead in Saturday’s feature, as he gunned for his second career Pro Stock win.

Just past the midway point of the race things took a major turn as Melcher first lost the lead to Josh St. Clair on a restart, then lost control on the backstretch coming out of turn two, where he collected the car running to his inside driven by Nick Hinkley.

The wreck also took Shane Clark and Joe Harriman out of contention. St. Clair resumed his lead over the final laps of the race and secured his third Pro Stock win of the season — his 14th win of the year over four divisions. Jaime Wright of Woolwich backed up his runner-up finish in the BH150 with runner-up honors in this race.

They were joined in victory lane by Garrett Hall, who started 12th and raced to the third-place finish. By following his strategy of laying back and staying out of trouble, Douglass quietly brought it home in sixth, good enough to clinch the 2022 Pro Stock championship with one points race left.

The Sweatt’s Concrete Thunder 4 Minis struggled to gain momentum in the early going of their 25-lap feature, with four cautions in the first eight laps, including a pair of red-flag stops for cars in the wall.

With a single file restart and the threat of the race ending early on the next flag, the drivers settled and finished the full complement of laps caution-free. The challenges of the race did not deter veteran David Cook, who led the race from start to finish for his fourth victory of the season.

Zach Audet took advantage of the early cautions and picked through the field to claim second. Kyle Willette, the Outlaw Mini points leader, followed Audet to victory lane to claim the third-place trophy.

The final race of the night had the most on the line as the Super Streets lined up for their final points race of the season. Rookie Brett Osmond and last year’s runner-up Matty Beers came in tied atop the standings as newcomer Richard “Bubba” Pelton lurked two points behind after winning the most recent race.

P.J. Merrill also was within striking distance of the title, but needed things to fall into place to make it happen. Just a year earlier, Osmond’s dad, James, went into the finale tied with Beers and went on to nab the crown. Thanks to his heat win, Osmond started the 30-lap feature in seventh in the 19-car field, while Beers and Pelton started 11th and 13th.

Osmond and Beers found success in the outside lane early as they marched toward the front. Osmond took the lead from Bill Pinkham just past lap 10 and pulled away while Beers worked to keep him in sight. The race slowed by one minor spin, which left the championship contenders the opportunity to race for the title.

Bubba Pelton struggled in the early going, as he patiently waited for the field to spread and open a lane. That opportunity came with five laps to go as he stormed up the outside and into the top five.

Osmond withstood the late-race challenge from Beers, Josh St. Clair and a hard-charging Pelton, and drove to the victory and the 2022 Super Street championship. In doing so, he became the first rookie since Brett Mank in 2003 to win the Super Street division.

Also making history, the father-and-son duo of James and Brett Osmond managed to claim the same division title back to back in the same car — a feat never accomplished. Beers took home the second-place trophy and ended as the division runner-up for the second consecutive year.

The individual results from Sept. 17 racing were:

Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman (50 laps) – 1, Will Collins, Waldoboro; 2, Daniel Harding, Fairfield; 3, Ryan St. Clair, Wiscasset; 4, Mark Lucas, Harpswell; 5, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 6, Frank Moulton, Clinton; 7, Dave Farrington, Jay; 8, Scott Hall, Jay; 9, Chris Burgess, Hartford; 10, Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 11, Brett Osmond, Wiscasset; 12, Jet Decker, Chesterville; 13, Jonathon Emerson, Oxford; 14, D.C. Alexander, Carmel; 15, Colton Chubbuck, Bowdoin; 16, Patrick Murphy, Woolwich; 17, Connor Wenners, Edgecomb; 18, Ray Dinsmore, Limerick; and 19, Dave Getchell, Cornville.

Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini (25 laps) – 1, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 2, Bryan Robbins, Montville; 3, Kyle Willette, Winslow; 4, Travis Poulliot, Benton; 5, Ian Fraser, Belmont; 6, Shane Smith, Augusta; 7, Ryan Kenniston, Smithfield; 8, Jason Kimball, Pittston; 9, Tyler Dinsmore, Newcastle; and 10, Lewis Batchelder, Dixmont.

Portland Glass Strictly Streets (25 laps) – 1, Scott Eck, Lisbon; 2, Ashton Burgess, Palmyra; 3, Jeremy Glazier, Appleton; 4, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 5, Keith Drost, Etna; 6, Jonathan Emerson, Sabattus; 7, Kurt Hewins, Turner; 8, Mac Hannan Jr., Washington; 9, Caleb Emerson-Mains, Richmond; 10, Shawn Austin, Norridgewock; 11, Wade Kennedy, Sebago; 12, Cam Childs, Leeds; 13, Alex Cromwell, Westport; 14, Richard Spaulding, Lisbon; 15, Mike Delano, Woolwich; 16, Shawn Emery, Limerick; 17, Landon Tapley, Washington; 18, Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 19, Dan Morton, Woolwich; 20, Scott Wiggin, Somersworth; 21, Ethan Dinsmore, Hope; 22, Andrew Glynn, Farmingdale; and 23, Billy Childs, Leeds.

T&L Automotive Roadrunners (20 laps) – 1, Ben Audet, Vienna; 2, Ken Turner, South China; 3, Nicole Brown, Hope; 4, Alec Brown, Hope; 5, David Whitelaw, Readfield; 6, Donnie Fletcher, Farmington; and 7, Lane Muir, Hope.

88.5FM WHCF Modifieds (30 laps) – 1, Matt Sanborn, Bangor; 2, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 3, Wayne Whitten Jr., Kennebunk; 4, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 5, Brandon Williams, Durham; 6, Faith Cleaves, Pownal; 7, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 8, Scott Trask, Richmond; 9, Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset; 10, Garritt McKee, Dixmont; and 11, Doug Phillips, Phillips.

The individual results from Sept. 10 racing were:

Brackett’s Market 4-Cylinder Pro (25 laps) – 1, Daniel Harding, Fairfield; 2, Ben Burgess, Hartford; 3, Sylas Ripley, Warren; 4, Josh Hall, Mount Vernon; 5, Andy Kaherl, Saco; 6, Jack McKee, Dixmont; and 7, Reed Reno, West Bath.

Norm’s Used Cars Pro Stocks (40 laps) – 1, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 2, Jamie Wright, Woolwich; 3, Garrett Hall, Scarborough; 4, Scott Chubbuck, Bowdoin; 5, Steven Chicoine, Windsor; 6, Kevin Douglass, Sidney; 7, Nick Calvery, Steep Falls; 8, Dave Getchell, Cornville; 9, Logan Melcher, Fayette; 10, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 11, Shane Clark, Winterport; and 12, Joe Harriman, Montville.

Sweatt’s Concrete Thunder 4 Mini (25 laps) – 1, David Cook, Jay; 2, Zach Audet, Norridgewock; 3, Kyle Willette, Winslow; 4, Shane Webber, New Vinyard; 5, Jeff Farrington, Alna; 6, Bruce Hall Jr., Chesterville; 7, Ryan Stilwell, Lamoine; 8, Kaden Neptune, Mount Vernon; 9, Ricky McEachern, Starks; 10, Adreonna Dodge, Freeport; 11, Ches Williams, Hope; 12, Carter Fillebrown, Freeport; 13, Gunner Josselyn, New Vinyard; 14, Hunter Dodge, Alfred; 15, Steve Hall, Sebago; and 16, Ricky Austin, Norridgewock.

Market 27 Super Streets (30 laps) – 1, Brett Osmond, Wiscasset; 2, Matt Beers, Farmingdale; 3, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 4, Richard Pelton, Scarborough; 5, Jason Oakes, Boothbay; 6, Dominic Curit, Saco; 7, Bill Pinkham, Wiscasset; 8, P.J. Merrill, Canton; 9, Kenny Harrison, Durham; 10, Nicole Benincasa, Buxton; 11, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 12, David Greeleaf, Westport; 13, Nick Morton, Woolwich; 14, Mac Hannan Jr., Washington; 15, Glen Reynolds, Turner; 16, Sean Johnson, Waterville; 17, Mike Wallace, Wiscasset; 18, Darick Barker, Durham; and 19, Cole Robinson, Palmyra.

The individual results from Sept. 4 racing were:

Pro Stock (Boss Hogg 150) – 1, Mike Hopkins, Herman; 2, Trevor Sanborn, East Parsonfield; 3, Jamie Wright, Woolwich; 4, Dave Farrington Jr., Jay; 5, Joey Polewarczyk, Hudson, N.H.; 6, Garrett Hall, Scarborough; 7, Jeremy Davis, Tamworth, N.H.; 8, Austin Teras, Windham; 9, Joe Decker, Chesterville; 10, T.J. Watson, Cundy’s Harbor; 11, Max Cookson, Pittsfield; 12, Kelly Moore, Scarborough; 13, Will Collins, Waldoboro; 14, Nick Calvert, Steep Falls; 15, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Dover, N.H.; 16, Ben Ashline, Palmyra; 17, Charlie Buxton, Biddeford; 18, J.R. Robinson, Steuben; 19, Kevin Douglass, Sidney; 20, Scott Chubbuck, Bowdoin; 21, Evan Beaulieu, Durham; 22, Brandon Barker, Old Orchard Beach; 23, Justin Larson, Peru; 24, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 25, Dan McKeage Jr., Gorham; 26, Ryan Ripley, Thomaston; 27, Logan Melcher, Fayette; 28, Shane Clark, Winterport; 29, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; and 30, Steven Chicoine, Windsor.

Portland Glass Strictly Streets (30 laps) – 1, Keith Drost, Etna; 2, Kurt Hewins, Turner; 3, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 4, Kyle Hewins, Turner; 5, Mac Hannan Jr., Washington; 6, Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 7, Wade Kennedy, Sebago; 8, Ashton Burgess, Palmyra; 9, Jeremy Glazier, Appleton; 10, Landon Tapley, Washington; 11, Jonathan Emerson, Sabattus; 12, Shawn Austin, Norridgewock; 13, Andrew Glynn, Farmingdale; 14, Mike Delano, Woolwich; 15, Scott Eck, Lisbon; 16, Alex Cromwell, Westport; 17, James Doucette, Skowhegan; 18, Chaz Briggs, Westbrook; 19, Scott Wiggin, Somersworth, N.H.; 20, Shawn Gilpatrick, West Newfield; 21, Caleb Emerson-Mains, Richmond; and 22, Ethan Dinsmore, Hope.

88.5FM Modifieds (25 laps) – 1, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 2, Ryan Ripley, Thomaston; 3, Wayne Whitten Jr., Kennebunk; 4, Matt Sanborn, Bangor; 5, Faith Cleaves, Pownal; 6, Shawn Knight, South Paris; 7, Troy Morse, Bridgton; 8, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 9, Doug Phillips, Phillips; 10, Allen Moeller, Dresden; and 11, Garritt McKee, Dixmont.

Sweatt’s Concrete Thunder 4 Mini (30 laps) – 1, Zach Audet, Norridgewock; 2, Derek Cook, Livermore Falls; 3, Kyle Willette, Winslow; 4, Ricky Austin, Norridgewock; 5, Dylan Cook, Turner; 6, Shane Webber, New Vinyard; 7, Michael Golding, Pownal; 8, Bruce Hall Jr., Chesterville; 9, David Austin, town unavailable; 10, Adam O’Neil, Oxford; 11, David Cook, Jay; 12, Ryan Stilwell, Lamoine; 13, James Grover, Bristol; and 14, Brandon French, Belgrade.

Ken Minott of Wiscasset Speedway contributed information for this story. Minot and Amy Worrey work for Wiscasset Speedway.