MAINELY MOTORSPORTS DOUBLEHEADER RECAP: DJ’s Victory Rocked the Track

Credit Photos:  Mary & Peter Taylor    petespicks.smugmug.com

Credit Photos: Mary & Peter Taylor petespicks.smugmug.com

By Sophie D. Gabrion, Media Rep / Wiscasset Speedway

WISCASSET – It’s a fact: the best things come in pairs. It explains why Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Buy One, Get One sales are so popular: two instead of one is downright patriotic. Last weekend, Steve Perry at Mainely Motorsports partnered with Wiscasset Speedway and amazing business sponsors to bring not one, but two days of action-packed events to Maine’s fastest race track. Because if there are two things that Perry knows, it’s race cars and ‘Merica. Or as reigning Strictly Streets Champion, Kyle Hewins, said on Sunday from victory lane, “Steve, if it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t have anything to listen to or talk about!”

Victory was the name of the game with champions making checkered laps throughout the day to the delight of their fans, screaming from packed grand stands on all sides. Ultimately taking home first place in the Wiscasset 100 was DJ Shaw of the #60. This young New Hampshire driver is not only running second in the points with the Granite State Prostock Series (GSPSS) but also demonstrated the sportsmanship of a champion during both the heat race and main event.

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DJ Shaw Dominates in Wiscasset Speedway Return!

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Credit Photos: Mary & Peter Taylor petespicks.smugmug.com

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.
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Griffith Disappointed in the Outcome of His First Oxford 250 Start

PR - Eric LaFleche   Photo - Lindsay Ellison

PR – Eric LaFleche Photo – Lindsay Ellison

(Oxford, ME) – Sometimes in a racers career, satisfaction comes with just being able to get into a race such as the prestigious HP Hood Oxford 250, for a racer such as Derek Griffith; qualifying for his first Oxford 250 was bittersweet.

Griffith, the 19-year-old Hudson, NH native was able to qualify for the main event through a Consolation race win. Griffith would roll-off in the 25th starting position. A lap-7 incident directly ahead of Griffith in turn three and four caused the driver of the No. 12 Hitman Industires/Provencher Insurance Toyota Camry to have to veer off of turn four; making contact with the front stretch wall.

“The lap 7 incident was caused by impatient people, it’s a shame. We had a very fast car all weekend long. The crew busted their tails and our expectations were being able to compete for a podium finish, I mean we know it was our first [Oxford] 250 but we can drive with these guys.” Says Griffith. (more…)

Second Place ACT Finish for Eddie MacDonald at Oxford Plains Speedway

photo by Norm Marx

photo by Norm Marx

By: Dick Casey

Second Place ACT Finish for Eddie MacDonald at Oxford Plains Speedway

For the fourth time this season Eddie MacDonald has posted a second place finish, this time in the American Canadian Tour’s Dave’s Small Engines/Ferris Mowers 100 at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, August 27. The action was relentless from green flag to checkered flag as Eddie Mac battled eventual winner Scott Payea and Brad Babb for much of the race.

The Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy posted fast times in the three brief practices and scored a plus two for his second place run in the heat after starting fifth. Eddie Mac started in the sixth position for the 100 lap feature as part of the Oxford 250 weekend. It did not take the Rowley, Mass veteran long to move into contention when the green flag waved over the 26 car field. The Freddie Peterson owned ride jumped to third place as a result of some heads-up driving by the veteran shoe.

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PRINDALL PREVAILS IN 4 CYL PROS: Lisbon Driver Halts Point Leader’s Winning Streak

WS_logoBy 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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Wayne Helliwell, Jr. scores big H.P. Hood Oxford 250 victory

photo by Norm Marx

photo by Norm Marx

New Hampshire racer remains hottest PASS Super Late Model racer at Oxford Plains Speedway

 

Oxford, Maine – Wayne Helliwell, Jr. had suffered through more than his share of disappointment over the years in competition at Oxford Plains Speedway, but a turnaround in fortune for the Bernhardt Motorspots team came full circle Sunday night with victory in the 43rd Annual H.P. Hood Oxford 150, worth about $30,000.

 

“I can’t believe it, the way we’ve run at Oxford in the past, I can’t believe how this team has turned this around,” the winner exclaimed in victory lane.  Longtime Oxford Plains Speedway and Ford fans were ecstatic to see the orange 27 with the Dion Brother Racing throwback paint scheme in victory lane, especially with Roger Dion on hand helping Bernhardt Motorsports effort.

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