by Ken Minott
Spring has finally taken hold in southern & central Maine, just in time for the start of the 2017 season at Wiscasset Speedway. As fans and drivers have come to expect the past few years, they’ll be greeted once again by several upgrades and changes to Maine’s fastest track. Most noticeably is the addition of a new retaining wall in turns 3 & 4, plus the long-awaited replacement of the aging front stretch wall. Final preparations are taking place in the days and hours leading up the season opener on Saturday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm. A new catch fence, flag stand, and Victory Lane area are also among the updates to the 3/8 mile oval. Under the nearly 5 year ownership of Richard & Vanessa Jordan, the coastal Maine speed plant has quickly turned into a popular destination for racers and fans from around the state.
One item that is unique to Wiscasset Speedway is the split of the eight weekly divisions into two distinct groups that run an alternating schedule from mid-April through early October. Group 1 will hit the track first this weekend with the Serv Pro of Biddeford-Saco Prostocks, Super Streets, Thunder 4 Minis, and 4-cylinder Pros. The weekly “Flex” division, typically reserved for regional touring divisions or specialty races, will be the first of 9 appearances for the Amsoil Nelcar Legends. Group 2, consisting of the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman, Midcoast Region Napa Modifieds, Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets, and Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis will kick off their season on April 29th.
Highlights of the upcoming 2017 season include the annual Coastal 200 on Memorial Day Weekend; the return of the NEMA Midgets & NEMA Lites; the 75 lap Outlaw Mini Madness; the 5th annual Top Gun Strictly Shootout; and a special double header weekend July 29th & 30th featuring the track’s 48th Birthday Celebration and the Boss Hogg 150 Prostock Open. Once again fans can see every race at Wiscasset Speedway for just $5 grandstand admission.
Pit gates will open at 9:00 am on Saturday with cars practicing from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Fans can enter the grandstands at 12:00 noon and the green flag will fly on the opening day program at 2:00 pm. Wiscasset Speedway is located on the West Alna Road in Wiscasset. For more information on opening day or the 2017 season, go to the track’s website at www.wiscassetspeedway.com