Stock car racing

Ready, set, go — Wiscasset Speedway readies to launch season

A spring, summer and fall of racing begins on April 21
By Ken Minot | Apr 18, 2018
Courtesy of: Wiscasset Speedway The Bozzuto's Monster Truck Throwdown comes to Wiscasset Speedway on May 25-26.

Wiscasset — Despite the effort of winter to hold its grip on the Northeast, spring is, in fact, upon us. Wiscasset Speedway again is ready to embark on a busy and diverse schedule beginning with Group 1 opening day slated to hit the track on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

Engines will roar to life, fans will don their favorite racing attire and familiar sounds, smells and energy will fill the air. A new racing season will take the green flag. Fans and drivers have come to expect facility upgrades and a wide array of motorsports entertainment from owners Richard and Vanessa Jordan.

Wiscasset Speedway's 2018 season will be no different. A lighting system and network upgrade, along with further grandstand side renovations will continue the track's multi-year modernization project.

On the racing side, the track's eight weekly divisions again will be split into two groups that will alternate week to week.

Group 1 will be highlighted by the ServPro of Biddeford-Saco Pro Stocks, along with the Maxwell's Market Super Streets, the Cahill Tire 4-cylinder Pros and the Thunder 4 Minis.

Group 2 will feature the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman, the K&A Property Services Modifieds, Kennebec Equipment Outlaw Minis and the Norm's Used Cars Strictly Streets.

To complement the weekly divisions, Wiscasset Speedway again will add several Flex races featuring NELCAR Legends, NEMA Midgets, Northeast Classic Lites, Wicked Good Vintage Racers, Senior Tour Auto Racers, GoKarts and Enduros. History also will be made in August with 350 SMAC Super Modifieds come to town, which will mark the first time the winged Super-Mods will take to the high banks of the Speedway.

Wiscasset's signature events return with the annual Coastal 200 on Memorial Day weekend, the Boss Hogg 150 on Labor Day weekend and the Amsoil Dominator Strictly Shootout in late September. Other special races will include the Super Street 75 presented by Ward and Son's Construction on June 16, Pro Stock National Qualifier on June 30 and Outlaw Mini Madness 75-lapper on Sept. 1.

Variety and fan entertainment again will be a major part of Wiscasset's 2018 plans. The Bozzuto's Monster Truck Throwdown welcomes Midcoast favorite Greg Winchenbach and his monster lobster "Crustation" plus five other monster trucks for a pair of shows on May 25-26. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Truck Pulls, Fan Appreciation Nights, Fireworks Night, driver autograph sessions, The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, The Mainely Motorsports/Bozzuto's/Dreamride Fan Night for Special Olympics and more are scattered throughout the season. The speedway also will host the Maine Vintage Race Car Association's SummerFest in August.

"There is such a busy and exciting season ahead for our fans, drivers and staff," said Ken Minott, promoter.

"Once again affordable family fun is what it's all about," he said. "Grandstand admission will stay at $5 for nearly all of our events. We're also happy to report that, thanks to the hard work of all of our drivers, we've raised the payout scale in all eight of our weekly divisions, plus we've also raised the payouts in all of our major race events."

The full schedule and other info can be found on the Wiscasset Speedway website at wiscassetspeedway.com.

The program for opening day kicks off with the pit gates opening at 10 a.m., grandstand gates at noon and the green flag flies on the racing action at 2 p.m.

Wiscasset Speedway is located at 274 West Alna Rd.

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

In August, 350 SMAC Super Modifieds are set to hit the track at Wiscasset Speedway for the first time. (Courtesy of: Wiscasset Speedway)
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