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.
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The Granite State Pro Stock Series inaugural race at Wiscasset Speedway started Saturday afternoon with two practice sessions and autographs in the evening. The practice sessions on Saturday saw series regulars Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH, and Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA clocking laps at 15.1 seconds. However, on Sunday this changed with Maine drivers Andy Saunders of Elsworth, ME, Jacob Dore of Sanford ME, and Scott Chubbuck of Bowdoin, ME achieving those times. The mix of experienced versus inexperienced drivers made for some interesting racing.
The first two heats of the afternoon were relatively clean and had some good racing. Heat three however saw some action as Mike O’Sullivan, Brandon Sprague of Edgecomb, ME, and John Rideout of Washington, ME went three wide into turn one and Rideout made contact with the wall, bringing out the red flag. The ensuing laps saw a battle in the front between DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH and Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH. On the last lap Davis was sideways and managed to save it to hold off Shaw for the heat win.
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Wiscasset, ME – It had been a few years since DJ Shaw and the Precision JLM Racing team had ran at Wiscasset Speedway, but they made their mark this past weekend as they captured the checkered flag in the inaugural “Mainely Motorsports 100” Granite State Pro Stocks Series event. Shaw dominated in his victory, taking the lead just 17 laps into the race and held off the challenges from Derek Griffith and Tracy Gordon in the race’s final laps.
“It was a great race for us, we had a fantastic car and I’m glad we could get a win again here, Shaw, a former Coastal 200 winner at Wiscasset said in Victory Lane, “I can’t thank the Jordan family, Steve Perry and the Mainely Motorsports team and the entire staff here for putting on a great show, our entire team is impressed with what they’ve done here.”
The win didn’t come easily for Shaw however, as he started the third heat race in the sixth spot. After a hard wreck behind him bringing out a red flag, Shaw was sitting in the third sport. At the finish, Shaw made a hard charge at Jeremy Davis, as Shaw got into him on the final lap, but backed off to allow Davis to catch his car as Shaw settled for a second place finish in the heat race.
WALPOLE, N.H. – An inaugural trip to the 3/8 mile Wiscasset Speedway in Wiscasset, Maine is up next for the Granite State Pro Stock Series, this Saturday Sept. 3 and Sunday Sept. 4.
The 100 lap, $2,000 to win feature event will headline the Labor Day weekend celebration as Wiscasset starts a three races in three weeks stretch for the GSPSS. Following Wiscasset, the series will make a stop at Star Speedway for the Star Classic on Sept. 10, then visit Monadnock Speedway for the rescheduled JBH 100 on Sept. 17.
“I’m excited, we usually do really well at tracks we haven’t been to before,” reigning series champion Derek Griffith said.
By Sophie D. Gabrion, Media Rep / Wiscasset Speedway
WISCASSET – Wiscasset Speedway features the fastest cars in Maine. Sure, they have a popular Kids Club, keeping even the youngest members of a family entertained on race day. And of course, track owners, Richard and Vanessa Jordan, schedule countless celebrations throughout the season. But leaving all of that aside, the track has a reputation for sponsoring events that keep motorheads coming back year after year to the state’s fastest track. Formidable competitors known throughout New England battle for the track championships. With that said, last Saturday night’s regular division races were delayed briefly for a lively, albeit competitive 20-lap Go-Kart race. Think it was simply a feel-good, fluff piece to keep crowds entertained? Think again! At Wiscasset Speedway, even a Go-Kart race becomes Daytona 500, with fans not only filling the grandstands but crews surfacing from prepping cars in the pits to watch these mini speed demons. Winning first was Spencer Wenners in the #53x, with Wyatt Oakes of the #11 in second and Deliah Lamarre of the #13 in third.
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By Lisa and Rich Maguire
The weather cleared, and a window of opportunity opened to complete the races at Wiscasset Speedway last Saturday night. The threat of rain led race officials to eliminate heat races, and run the feature events with ten additional laps added to each feature. A thirty lap Thunder Four Mini event was the Spotlighted feature race of the evening. There was double the fun when the Amsoil Nelcar Legends appeared in two separate feature races. Other Group One races included Servpro of Biddeford Saco Prostocks, Super Street, and N.E. 4 Cylinder Prostocks.
A thirty lap Thunder Four Mini feature was the main event of the evening. Starting on the pole was the #007 of Destiny McKenzie. To her right was the #41 of Logan Melcher. Starting in third was David Greenleaf of the #58. When the green flag flew, there was some early race action as cars jockeyed for position. Melcher advanced to first before the conclusion of the first lap. The #26 of Micheal Golding sped to second. Joe Katula of the #4J advanced to third. During lap five, the #48 of Michael Harrison took third from Katula. During lap ten, race leader Melcher slid up the track coming out of turn four. Golding took advantage of the opportunity and passed him for the lead. The race leaders stayed consistent for the for the remainder of the caution free race. Michael Golding took first place for his second victory of the season. Logan Melcher came in second. Michael Harrison rounded out the top three in third while maintaining his hold on the division’s point lead.