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Mother Nature wins at Wiscasset Speedway as Coastal 200 postponed

By Ken Minott | May 31, 2021

Wiscasset — In the world of auto racing, the old adage of "you win some, you lose some’ still applies. Unfortunately, Sunday afternoon, May 30 Mother Nature won out over a hopeful contingent of racers and fans who gathered for the annual Coastal 200 at Wiscasset Speedway.

With the threat of rain, track officials made the decision to bump up the start time of the afternoon's action by an hour, with a start time of 1 p.m. and run Late Model heats, then features only in the support divisions, in an effort to beat the oncoming weather.

Things looked good to start with successful runs in three 12-lap heat races for the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Models, to set the field for the marquee race.

In heat one, a pair of third-generation drivers battled for the pole position, as Tiger Colby jumped up from his number two starting position to grab the lead and hold off a late charge from points leader Josh St. Clair to take the checkered flag. Matt Bourgoine of Stetson finished third.

In heat two it was Shane Clark who turned in an easy win, leading from start to finish over Frank Moulton and Mark Lucas.

Heat three was dominated by two-time defending Coastal 200 champ Ben Ashline. He grabbed the lead on lap one and held the top spot to the checkers. Former 200 champ Andrew McLaughlin chased him across the line in second followed by Scott Hall.

Twenty-six of 27 cars on hand are qualified for the Coastal 200.

The Strictly Streets took to the track with a strong field lined up for a 30-lap feature. There was good side-by-side action right from the drop of the green flag. Joey Peaslee and Brady Romano set the pace from the front row, but they were quickly overtaken by Caleb Emerson-Mains, who moved up from his third starting spot.

The action was stopped on lap five as Peaslee was involved in an accident in turn four. Just five more laps went by when the rain arrived on the scene and so did the yellow caution flag.

As the precipitation increased, the cars were kept on the track at caution pace to keep heat in the racing surface. However, after 10 minutes of waiting, the track official resigned to the fact the track was lost to the weather and the remainder of the program needed to be postponed.

Coastal 200 heat results:

Heat 1 (12 laps) — 1, Tiger Colby, Wiscasset; 2, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 3, Matt Bourgoine, Stetson; 4, Ryan St. Clair, Wiscasset; 5, Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 6, Ben Erskine, Skowhegan; 7, Kurt Hewins, Turner; 8, Ray Dinsmore, Limerick; and 9, Jake Hendsbee, Whitefield.

Heat 2 (12 laps) — 1, Shane Clark, Winterport; 2, Frank Moulton, Clinton; 3, Mark Lucas, Harpswell; 4, Brandon Bailey, WIscasset; 5, Will Collins, Waldoboro; 6, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 7, Dave St. Clair, Liberty; 8, Tyler Bailey, Wiscasset; and 9, James Barker, Turner.

Heat 3 (12 laps) — 1, Ben Ashline, Fairfield; 2, Andrew McLaughlin, Harrington; 3, Scott Hall, Jay; 4, Nick Hinckley, Wiscasset; 5, Chris Thorne, Sidney; 6, D.C. Alexander, Carmel; 7, Garrett Leiter, Winslow; and 8, Nick Jenkins, Brownville.

Ken Minott works for Wiscasset Speedway.

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