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Update from fast track

Start your engines: Full season ahead for Wiscasset Speedway

Stock car racing takes off in late April
By Holly Vanorse Spicer | Apr 06, 2021

Wiscasset — The caution flag has been brought in, and green racing flag flies high over Wiscasset Speedway’s 2021 season, with the official kick off set for Saturday, April 24.

The grandstand gate will open at 1 p.m., and racing will begin at 2 p.m. Grandstand admission for the season will be $5, with children ages 6 and younger free.

Beginning on Saturday, May 8, and throughout the summer, racing will begin at 5 p.m.

“Our fans, race teams, and staff are all excited to get going,” said Ken Minott, track promoter and announcer.

He said it feels great to look forward to a full season this year.

“Last year was an obvious challenge for everyone, including us at Wiscasset Speedway,” he said.

As with most businesses in the state, and around the world, Wiscasset Speedway was shut down for several months in 2020. With a racing season that spans six months, any months unable to operate is detrimental to business.

Minott said once the track was permitted to open in early August, the speedway had to navigate through a maze of restrictions and safety protocols issued by the state.

“It wasn’t easy, but we made it through. Now, with the increase in vaccinations, and the collective knowledge of how to deal with COVID19, we anticipate great strides toward a sense of normalcy this year,” he said.

The 2021 season for the speedway is aimed at reestablishing as normal of operations as officials can, Minott said. Speed51 will livestream seven of their major race events, which will bring the speedway, and its drivers to a larger, nationwide audience.

“This year, we’re working with Lincoln County TV for them to broadcast a weekly, two-hour recap show on LCTV Wednesday night for the entire season,” Minott said.

“We do not anticipate that we will need to restrict attendance this year as Wiscasset Speedway is a large facility that provides ample room for fans and race teams to gather to enjoy the entertainment of stock car racing safely and responsibly,” he said.

Currently, outdoor facilities are limited to 75 percent capacity. On May 24, those restrictions are removed, and facilities can operate their outdoor spaces at 100 percent capacity.

“The timing couldn’t have been better for us to receive the news of the change in capacity limits for outdoor facilities,” Minott said.

On safety protocols for the season, Minott said track officials will continue to encourage people to wear face coverings wherever social distancing is difficult. Those areas include, but are not restricted to, entrance gates, restrooms and concessions. As with last year, the track will provide hand-sanitizing stations throughout the facility, and monitor, limit, and eliminate areas that are prone to group gatherings.

“We do know that during this period of transition to 'normal,' that people's level of comfort and feeling of safety may vary, so we respectfully ask anyone who may not feel safe attending an event to please wait and join us at a later time when they can relax and enjoy their time with us,” Minott said.

The speedway has larger special racing events and other festival-style events scattered through the 2021 schedule, which runs over 25 weeks to mid-October.

Minott said those interested can keep up with what is happening at Wiscasset Speedway at the track's website: wiscassetspeedway.com.

The first major event of the year will be Coastal 200 Weekend, which will happen Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, May 29 will be the first "Coastal Cruise-In and Fun Day" 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a cruise-in car show, barbecue competition, cornhole tournament, live band and more, all to benefit Special Olympics.

On Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m. is the annual Coastal 200, a race that pays $5,000 to win and attracts many of the top Late Model Sportsman drivers in the northeast.

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