Stock car racing

Ashline makes history at Wiscasset Speedway

Knox, Waldo, Lincoln drivers continue to impress in summer action
By Ken Minott | Sep 04, 2019

Wiscasset — Wiscasset Speedway has spent much of the season celebrating its 50 years of racing history. More history was made over the weekend as Ben Ashline put his name in the record books by doing something no other driver had done.

Near-perfect weather greeted fans as they packed the stands on Sunday, Sept. 1 for the Boss Hogg 150. The race was the highlight of a busy doubleheader weekend.

Aug. 31 showcased Group 2 divisions with the fifth annual Outlaw Mini Madness as well as the Late Model Dash for Cash. Sunday's Pro Stock race originally was created in 1991 by previous track owner and racer Dave "Boss Hogg" St. Clair as a 100-lap race. The race was revived in 2013 by current owners Richard and Vanessa Jordan to pay tribute to St. Clair. It was then bumped to a 150-lap race two years ago.

Ben Ashline already had brought home the first-place trophy for the Coastal 200 Late Model race in May, as he became the first repeat winner of the Memorial Day weekend classic since Scott Chubbuck in 2000.

Ashline lined up for Sunday's BH150 presented by LLP Transport on the outside of the front row to lead a 19-car field to the green. He and polesitter Dave Farrington, a 2015 Coastal 200 winner, were poised to chase history along with Chubbuck, who started behind them on row two.

Farrington and Ashline traded the lead over the opening laps with Chubbuck as last year's runner-up Garrett Hall gave chase. Chubbuck remained in contention until he came to a stop in turn two with a flat tire. Again, Ashline and Farrington fought over the lead as Ashline took charge of the race over a long green-flag run.

Positions behind Ashline changed hands as Hall moved into second and Farrington faded back as far as fifth. Wiscasset Pro Stock champion Nick Hinkley made a strong charge from the back of the field from 17th to third. On a lap 120 restart Hall snookered Ashline to grab the lead. Behind them, Hinkley turned his attention to hold off defending BH150 champ Mike Hopkins.

Just a few laps later the two made contact heading into turn one as Hinkley made contact with the wall. The drama continued to ramp up as Hall and Ashline battled for the lead as the laps wound down. Hall tried his best to hold off Ashline, but the battle came to a climax on lap 141 as Ashline tried to move inside of Hall entering turn three.

The two made contact as Hall careened into the wall, which ended his hopes of a victory. Farrington, who had moved into third took some front-end damage as well. Ashline was forced to restart at the back of the pack, but with lapped cars being pulled out with 10 laps to go, Ashline restarted fifth.

Farrington took the restart at that point with 10 laps to go. Brandon Barker, who had quietly moved into contention started to his outside. The final 10 laps were intense as Ashline flew up the outside and Hopkins made a late charge. With four laps to go Ashline charged around the lead pair and into the record books as he stretched out a half straightaway lead and the victory and the $5,000 winner's check.

Hopkins took home the runner-up trophy as Kevin Douglass snuck in to snag the third-place trophy. Barker and Farrington rounded out the top five.

In Sunday's support action, the K&A Property Services Modifieds turned out an eight-car starting field for their 30-lap feature. Points leader and defending champ Adam Chadbourne suffered his first misstep of the year as he tangled with Wayne Allard on the opening lap, which sent Chadbourne's car into the backstretch wall and handed him his first did not finish of the season.

Nick Reno took advantage and cruised unchallenged to his fourth win of the campaign. Former champ Allen Moeller of Dresden celebrated his 65th birthday with a runner-up finish. Allard picked up the third-place trophy.

The G.O Motorsports Nelcar Legends made their final appearance of the season with a 25-lap tilt. Former champ Austin Teras held off Colby Meserve in the closing laps to secure the victory. Meserve chased him across the line for second, which matched his personal-best at Wiscasset. Chris Burgess of Buxton made a charge from the back of the pack, but had to settle for third.

Jason Trundy took the checkers in the 20-lap Road Runner feature.

Saturday night's spotlight feature was the annual Outlaw Mini Madness 50-lap race presented by Kennebec Equipment Rental. Teammates Kyle Willette and Zach Audet led the 16-car field to the green. That is as close as anyone got as Audet easily handled challenges on a pair of restarts and led wire-to-wire for the win. It was his second victory in the event.

Dan Trask kept him within striking distance, even pulling up to challenge a couple of times, but settled for second. Willette finished third, a full straightaway behind the leaders.

Late Model Sportsman had a double bill on the program with the regular 40-lap feature along with the annual 20-lap Dash for Cash to end the program.

In the regular feature defending champ, Andrew McLaughlin rebounded from a couple of weeks of tough luck to grab his third win of the season, as he outran the stout 23-car field. He was joined in victory lane by D.C. Alexander and Ryan St. Clair. For Alexander, it was his first podium finish at Wiscasset.

The Dash for Cash is a special feature only for non-winners in the ultra-competitive Late Model class. Brandon Fowler took advantage of drawing the pole position and ran away to an easy win. Rookie Shawn Austin fought hard for a runner-up finish. Tyler Robbins took third.

In the 25-lap feature for the Norm's Used Cars Strictly Streets, Jonathon Emerson picked up a long-awaited win, as he held off his father and points leader Zach Emerson. For the third-generation racer it was his third win of the season, but his first since week two of the season. The two were joined in victory lane by Dan Brown, who collected the third-place trophy.

Official results from Sept. 1 racing:

Pro Stock - Boss Hogg 150 (150 laps) — 1, Ben Ashline, Fairfield; 2, Mike Hopkins, Hermon; 3, Kevin Douglass, Sidney; 4, Brandon Barker, Windham; 5, David Farrington, Jay; 6, Jacob Dore, North Berwick; 7, Kevin Morse, Woolwich; 8, Joe Decker, Chesterville; 9, Shane Lane, North Anson; 10, Scott Chubbuck, Bowdoinham; 11, Garrett Hall, Scarborough; 12, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 13, James Osmond, Wiscasset; 14, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 15, Chris Ryan, Newburgh; 16, Andy Saunders, Ellsworth; 17, Jamie Wright, Woolwich; 18, Rodney Brooks, Thomaston; and 19, Joey Peaslee, Jefferson.

G.O. Motorsports Nelcar Legends (25 laps) — 1, Austin Teras, Windham; 2, Colby Meserve, Buxton; 3, Chris Burgess, Buckfield; 4, Dan Chisholm, Canning, Nova Scotia; 5, Matt Grant, Windham; 6, Bobby Weymouth, Topsham; 7, Nick Calvert, Steep Falls; 8, Alan Smith, Lincoln; 9, Aliyah Neale, South Royalston, Mass.; 10, Ryan Rice, Biddeford; 11, Trevor Krouse, Gorham; and 12, David Kinney, Skowhegan.

K&A Property Services Modifieds (30 laps) — 1, Nick Reno, West Bath; 2, Allan Moeller, Dresden; 3, Wayne Allard, Stetson; 4, Wayne Whitten Jr., Kennebunk; 5, Brian Treadwell, Hancock; 6, Ben Erskine, Farmington; 7, Richard Jordan, Kingfield; and 8, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich.

Road Runners (20 laps) — 1, Jason Trundy, Bangor; 2, Rodney Turner, Montville; 3, Eric Parlin, Oxford; 4, Jason Meserve, Warren; 5, Doug Churchill, Bristol; 6, Earl Leathers, Walpole; and 7, Chris Emerson, Bath.

Official results from Aug. 31 racing:

Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini - Mini Madness (50 laps) — 1, Zach Audet, Skowhegan; 2, Dan Trask, Chelsea; 3, Kyle Willette, Waterville; 4, Scott Trask, Richmond; 5, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 6, Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset; 7, Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 8, James Grover Jr., Newcastle; 9, Kyle Gray, Carmel; 10, Mike Delano, Woolwich; 11, Bob Russell, Round Pond; 12, Caleb Willette, Augusta; 13, Chris Jocobson, Epping, N.H.; and 14, Leo Hatch, Augusta.

Norm’s Used Cars Strictly Streets (25 laps) — 1, Jonathon Emerson, Sabattus; 2, Zachary Emerson, Sabattus; 3, Dan Brown, Turner; 4, Ryan Ripley, Thomaston; 5, Brad Erskine, Solon; 6, John Knapp, Bowdoin; 7, Shawn Emery, Limington; 8, Paul Hopkins, Bowdoin; 9, Brett Osmond, Wiscasset; and 10, Kenneth Doak, Washington.

Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman (40 laps) — 1, Andrew McLaughlin, Harrington; 2, D.C. Alexander, Carmel; 3, Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 4, Shane Clark, Winterport; 5, Branden Fowler, Rome; 6, Chris Thorne, Sidney; 7, Frank Moulton, Clinton; 8, Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 9, Logan Melcher, Fayette; 10, Jake Hensbee, Whitefield; 11, Brandon Bailey, Woolwich; 12, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 13, Megan Frost, Montville; 14, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 15, Shawn Austin, Norridgewock; 16, Tyler Bailey, Wiscasset; 17, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 18, Tiger Colby, Wiscasset; 19, Shane Kaherl, Jay; 20, Conner Wenners, Edgecomb; 21, Mark Lucas, Harpswell; and 22, Will Collins, Waldoboro.

Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman - Dash for Cash (20 laps) — 1, Branden Folwer, Rome; 2, Shawn Austin, Norridgewock; 3, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 4, Frank Moulton, Clinton; 5, Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 6, Megan Frost, Montville; 7, Conner Wenners, Edgecomb; 8, Tiger Colby, Wiscasset; 9, Mark Lucas, Harpswell; 10, Jake Hensbee, Whitefield; 11, Tyler Bailey, Wiscasset; and 12, D.C. Alexander, Carmel.

Official results from Aug. 24 racing:

Cahill Tire 4-Cyl. Pro (35 laps) — 1, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 2, Dominic Curit, Saco; 3, Jeff Prindall, Lisbon; 4, Taylor Lane, Phillips; 5, Jet Decker, Chesterville; 6, Colby Peacock, Yarmouth; 7, Nicole Benincasa, Buxton; 8, Mike Kibbin, Lisbon Falls; 9, Benjamin Burgess, Hartford; 10, Noah Alexander, Orrington; 11, Marissa LaPoint, Peru; 12, Andy Kaherl, Saco; 13, Callahan Cox, Strong; and 14, P.J. Merrill, Canton.

Serv Pro of Biddeford Saco Pro Stocks (40 laps) — 1, Jamie Wright, Woolwich; 2, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 3, Kevin Morse, Woolwich; 4, Charlie Colby, Newcastle; 5, Cody Verrill, Woolwich; 6, Kevin Douglass, Sidney; 7, Cody Tribbett, Richmond; 8, Andy Saunders, Ellsworth; 9, Nate Tribbett, Richmond; 10, Chris Ryan, Newburgh; and 11, James Osmond, Wiscasset.

Thunder 4 Mini (25 laps) — 1, Spencer Sweatt, Albion; 2, Curtis Anderson, Richmond; 3, Caleb Willette, Winslow; 4, Douglas Degroat, Oxford; 5, Jacoby Perry, Pittston; 6, Ben Merrill, Corinth; 7, Jason Phillips, Augusta; 8, Greg Gibbs, Richmond; 9, Bo Locke, Cornville; 10, Jason Trundy, Winterport; and 11, Ches Williams, Hope.

Maxwell’s Super Streets (25 laps) — 1, Bill Pinkham, Woolwich; 2, Mike Hodgkins, Jefferson; 3, Jason Oakes, Boothbay; 4, Michael Harrison, Durham; 5, Bobby Mesimer, Woolwich; 6, Bob Crocker, Freeport; 7, Bouncer Knight, Jay; 8, Mike Wallace, Wiscasset; and 9, David Thompson, Jefferson.

Star Troopers (20 laps) — 1, Brooke Curtis, Buxton; 2, Caden Roberts, Dover, N.H.; 3, Jimmy Conner, Amherst, N.H.; 4, Jenna Beaulieu, Merrimack, N.H.; 5, Jaxson Filippone, Seabrook, N.H.; 6, Teagan Edson, Ashburnham, Mass.; 7, Joey Fraser, Nottingham, N.H.; 8, Dwight Souther Jr., Seabrook, N.H.; 9, Dakota Terrio, Epping, N.H.; 10, Allyson Avery, Berwick; 11, Dakota Ritter, Freemont, N.H.;12, Matthew Hurteau, Newmarket, N.H.; 13, Kyle Dumas, Raymond, N.H.; 14, Jackson Izzett, Derry, N.H.; 15, Riley Martin, Seabrook, N.H.; and 16, Trever Michaud, Lebanon.

Enduro #3 (100 laps) — 1, Richard Folsom, Skowhegan; 2, Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset; 3, Keith Russell, Durham; 4, Johnathon Spear, Wiscasset; 5, Jim Bradstreet, Topsham; 6, Ben Bendtson, Union; 7, Dana Ingalls, Augusta; 8, Ryan Bradstreet, Topsham; 9, Barbara Lane, Newcastle; 10, Kyle Enman, Durham; 11, Ron Whitcomb, Pittston; 12, Abden Simmons, Waldoboro; 13, Alex Hinckley, Pittston; 14, Nathan Haley, Wiscasset; 15, David McEachern, Oakland; 16, Edward Luoma, Edgecomb; 17, Jarrett Byrnes, Nobleboro; 18, Rodney Turner, Montville; 19, Sal Bartolotta, Breman; 20, Ryan Soule, Warren; 21, Max Anderson, Phippsburg; 22, Brad Farrington, South China; 23, Ricky McAchern, Starks; 24, Wesley Witham, Chelsea; 25, Brandon Simmons, Newcastle; 26, Jason Trundy, Winterport; 27, Wayne Ripley, Warren; 28, Brad Clement, Readfield; 29, Dan Welch, Augusta; 20, John Lacavera, Woolwich; 31, Roger Bradstreet, Topsham; 32, Justine Murphy, Edgecomb; 33, Jeff Farrington, Alna; 34, Christopher Copp, Dresden; 35, Steven Sidelinger, Bristol; 36, Steve Ward, Newcastle; 37, Thomas Smith, Whitefield; 38, Allyn Huntington, Topsham; 39, Matt Schockley, Wayne; 40, Shane Webber, Newcastle; 41, David Verrill, Durham; 42, Andrew Stover, Chelsea; 43, Sharon Withlaw, Readfield; 44, Jeffery Keaton, Skowheagan; 45, Jason Meservey, Warren; 46, Mike Miete, Wiscasset; 47, Christina Hallowell, Chelsea; and 48, Brandon French, Belgrade.

Ken Minott works for Wiscasset Speedway.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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