Stock car racing

McLaughlin takes charge of Wiscasset Speedway Late Models

Hinkley wins 50-lap main event at track June 30
By Ken Minott | Jul 11, 2018

Wiscasset — Wiscasset Speedway rolled out a full card of action for a packed house on Saturday night, July 7. With the season turning to the second half, some division points battles tightened up while others became a bit more clear.

Fans were treated to action in the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman, Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis, the Norm's Used Cars Strictly Streets, the K&A Property Services Modifieds, plus there was an always-entertaining 100-lap Enduro. The night finished with a fireworks display to celebrate the end of the Independence Day holiday week.

In the 35-lap spotlight feature for the Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis, former champ Jimmy Childs took the lead on lap two and ran unchallenged to his second win of the season. Rob Greenleaf, a four-time champ, chased Childs across the line to claim the second-place trophy. Brent Roy finished third by a couple car lengths. Scott Trask and defending champ Jake Hendsbeee filled out the top five.

In other action, Late Model points leader Andrew McLaughlin secured a tighter grip atop the division with his second victory of the year. The 40-lap feature went caution-free for the first 35 laps, but two late-race cautions changed things and brought other contenders into the picture.

Four-time champ Chris Thorne made it close at the line, taking advantage of the late cautions to finish second by just a car length. Tyler Robbins turned in his best performance of the season to finish third. Rookie Logan Melcher led 25 laps but faded to finish fourth, followed by Brandon Fowler.

In the 25-lap contest for the Norm's Used Cars Strictly Streets it appeared Brad Erskine was well on his way to his first career win, building a nearly full straightaway lead. However, a caution with two laps to go changed things up. Brothers Kurt and Kyle Hewins, both former division champions, charged around Erskine and raced each other to the checkers. Kurt took the win, his first of the season, as he beat his younger brother by a scant 0.181 second. Erskine settled for third. Jeff Alley of Machias and points leader Jonathan Emerson filled out the top five.

In the K&A Property Services Modifieds 30-lap feature, Nick Reno picked up his second win of the season. Mike Brown took the runner-up trophy in his debut effort. Reigning champ Allen Moeller finished third.

The final race of the night was a 100-lap enduro in which 42 competitors lined up for a dash to the checkers. Keith Russell, a crew member for the Emerson Strictly Street team, took the win.

The results from July 7 racing included:

Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini (35 laps) — 1, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 2, Rob Greenleaf, West Bath; 3, Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 4, Scott Trask, Richmond; 5, Jake Hensbee, Whitefield; 6, Dixon Smith, Augusta; 7, Brian Burr, Brunswick; 8, Mike Wilson, Chelsea; 9, Shane Smith, Augusta; 10, Leo Hatch, Augusta; and 11, Ryan Keniston, Smithfield.

Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman (40 laps) — 1, Andrew McLaughlin, Harrington; 2, Chris Thorne, Sidney; 3, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 4, Logan Melcher, Fayette; 5, Brandon Fowler, Rome; 6, James Osmond, Wiscasset; 7, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 6, James Osmond, Wiscasset; 8, Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 9, Cody Verrill, Richmond; 10, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 11, Richard Jordan, Kingfield; 12, Ben Erskine, Fairfield; 13, Shane Kaherl, Jay; 14, Bill Pinkham, Wiscasset; 15, Will Collins, Waldoboro; 16, Luke Romanoski, Freeman; 17, Danny Smart, Buxton; and 18, Gerald Frost, Montville.

Norm's Used Cars Strictly Streets (25 laps) — 1, Kurt Hewins, Leeds; 2, Kyle Hewins, Leeds; 3, Brad Erskine, Solon; 4, Jeff Alley, Machias; 5, Jonathon Emerson, Sabattus; 6, Shawn Austin, Norridgewock; 7, Glenn Reynolds, Turner; 8, Zachary Emerson, Sabattus; 9, Bryan Robbins, Montville; 10, Ray Letellier, Buxton; 11, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 12, Kimberly Knight, Chesterville; 13, Dean Rice, Nobleboro; 14, Ethan Densmore, Hope; and 15, Paul Hopkins, Camden.

K&A Property Services Modified (30 laps) — 1, Nick Reno, West Bath; 2, Michael Brown, Hope; 3, Allan Moeller, Dresden; 4, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 5, Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset; 6, Mark Lucas, Freeport; 7, Spencer Vaughan, Canton; 8, Richard Jordan, Kingfield; and 9, Brian Treadwell, Hancock.

Enduro #2 (100 laps) — 1, Keith Russell, Durham; 2, Kyle Willette, Winslow; 3, Caleb Willette, Winslow; 4, Nathan Haley, Wiscasset; 5, Andrew Holmes, Palermo; 6, Kyle Enman, Durham; 7, Chad Michaud, Clinton; 8, Jake Allen, Farmingdale; 9, Ben Smith, Appleton; 10, Phil Main Jr., Whitefield; 11, Andrew Stover, Chelsea; 12, Raymond Bronn, Gardiner; 13, Andrew Glynn, Farmingdale; 14, Jonathon Spear, Wiscasset; 15, Justin Spear, Wiscasset; 16, John Lacavera, Woolwich; 17, Ken Minott, Georgetown; 18, unknown racer, unknown town; 19, Ross Duncan, Randolph; 20, Dan Welch, Augusta; 21, Shadow Folsom, Skowhegan; 22, Jeff Keaten, Skowhegan; 23, Ira Hatch, Farmington; 24, Brad Clement, Readfield; 25, Matt Christ, Bristol; 26, Matt Eaton, Appleton; 27, Kenneth Doak, Washington; 28, unknown racer, unknown town; 29, Ken Bassett, Bath; 30, Paul Thurlow, Warren; 31, Alex Hinckley, Pittston; 32, Jeff Read, Somerville; 33, Dan Garand, Manchester; 34, Donaven Goddard, Chelsea; 35, Matt Schockley, Wayne; 36, John Leach, Farmingdale; 37, Wesley Witham, Chelsea; 38, Lucas Mullens, Gardiner; 39, Doug Churchill, Bristol; 40, Doug Ham, South China; 41, Norman Lumothe, Norridgewock; and 42, Jordan Mayo, Dresden.

June 30 racing

Loyal race fans gathered on a hot Saturday night for Group 1 Fan Appreciation Night on June 30 at Wiscasset Speedway. Drivers treated them to a prerace meet-and-greet autograph session on the track. Then children got to take their turn with bike races for thoses ages three to 12. Trophies and smiles were plentiful.

Fans also were treated to a visit from the Maine Cabin Masters. The stars of the DIY Network and Discovery Channel show signed autographs for fans and participated in some of the day's activities.

On the schedule also was action in all four weekly Group 1 divisions. The spotlight race was a 50-lap event for the ServPro of Biddeford Saco Pro Stocks. Other than the usual spoils of victory, the race offered the winner a provisional starting spot in the $10,000 to win SL /Pro Stock Nationals at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts on July 18.

Points leader Nick Hinkley did not take long to lay his claim to the prize. He started sixth, but took just five laps to charge along the outside lane and grab the lead. From there he survived several mid-race restarts and challenges from Daren Ripley, Kevin Douglass and Nick Reno on his way to the victory. It was his division-high third checkered flag of the season.

Ripley took the runner-up honors followed by Douglass. Joe Decker started deep in the starting field and finished fourth. Pole sitter Cody Tribbett faded early in the race but rebounded to finish fifth.

In support feature action, Connor Wenners took top honors in the 25-lap feature for the Cahill Tire 4-cylinder Pros. He ran unchallenged to the win, his first of the season. Eleven-year-old rookie Dominic Curit backed up his win from two weeks earlier with a second-place trophy. Ryan Hayes finished third. In the 25-lap feature for the Thunder 4 Mini's, veteran Zach Audet, who also leads the track's Outlaw Mini points, took his first win in the T-4's.

The victory came following post-race inspection after perceived winner Spencer Sweatt was given a three-position penalty for a motor mount infraction. David Greenleaf of Brunswick was awarded second, followed by Michael Golding third.

The Maxwell's Market Super Streets had come off their 75-lap event from two weeks earlier to run their regular 25-lap distance. Two of the division's top drivers walked away from a scary wreck on the front stretch as defending champ Josh Bailey lost control of his car on the front stretch, cut left into traffic and collected points leader Mike Hodgkins. The two slammed into the tire barrier protecting the end of the turn one wall at a high rate of speed. Fortunately, both walked away unhurt.

When all was said and done, former champ Mark Lucas notched his second win of the season. He was joined in victory lane by Jason Oakes and Zac Poland.

The results from June 30 racing included:

ServPro of Biddeford Saco Pro Stocks (50 laps) — 1, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 2, Daren Ripley, Thomaston; 3, Kevin Douglass, Sidney; 4, Joe Decker, Chesterville; 5, Cody Tribbett, Richmond; 6, Joey Peaslee, Jefferson; 7, Chris Ryan, Newburgh; 8, Kevin Morse, West Bath; 9, James Osmond, Wiscasset; 10, Shane Lane, North Anson; 11, Barry Poulin, Clinton; 12, Nick Reno, West Bath; 13, Nate Tribbett, Richmond; 14, Jamie Peaslee, Jefferson; 15, Phil Richardson, Hermon; and 16, Jamie Wright, Woolwich.

Cahill Tire 4-Cyl. Pro (25 laps) — 1, Connor Wenners, Edgecomb; 2, Dominic Curit, Saco; 3, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 4, Taylor Lane, Phillips; 5, PJ Merrill, Canton; 6, Larry Melcher, Jay; 7, Nicole Benincasa, Buxton; and 8, Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls.

Thunder 4 Minis (25 laps) — 1, Zach Audet, Skowhegan; 2, David Greenleaf, Brunswick; 3, Michael Golding, Pownal; 4, Spencer Sweatt, Albion; 5, Noah Haggett, Wiscasset; 6, Joe Katula, Lisbon Falls; 7, Travis Poulliot, China; 8, Lance Chapman, Benton; 9, Brian Burr, Brunswick; 10, Devan Robinson, Warren; 11, Ryan Soule, Union; 12, Howard Roberts, Jay; and 13, Cameron Campbell, New Gloucester.

Maxwell’s Market Super Streets (25 laps) — 1, Mark Lucas, Harpswell; 2, Jason Oakes, Boothbay; 3, Zac Poland, Woolwich; 4, Sean Johnson, Oakland; 5, Michael Harrison, Durham; 6, Tyler Bailey, Randolph; 7, Jeff Davis, Woolwich; 8, David Thompson, Jefferson; 9, Neil Evans Jr., Yarmouth; 10, Bob Crocker, Freeport; 11, Josh Bailey, Wiscasset; and 12, Mike Hodgkins, Jefferson.

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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