Wiscasset Speedway

McLaughlin wins 40-lap tuneup feature for Coastal 200

Posted:  Monday, May 14, 2018 - 8:15am
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It was a chilly night Saturday, May 12 at Wiscasset Speedway. Fans huddled into the coastal Maine race track to cheer on Group 2 racers along with an appearance from the Wicked Good Vintage Racers. Despite the cool temps, the action in the Late Model Sportsman class was as hot as ever. The last two winners of the prestigious Coastal 200 each made a statement to rest of their competitors in the 40-lap feature, starting deep in the 23-car field and grabbing the top two spots in victory lane.

Harrington's Andrew McLaughlin, the defending Coastal 200 champ, methodically picked his way through the pack from his 12th starting position to grab the lead at the halfway marker and run to the feature win; his first since the 2017 Coastal. “If you're gonna win one race a year (as a Late Model driver), that's the one. I still get chills thinking about that race last year,” said McLaughlin. “I want to be the first one to win it back to back.”

One driver that may have a say in whether that happens is 2016 Coastal 200 champ Chris Thorne of Sidney. The four-time LMS champ had perhaps the strongest car in Saturday night's 40-lap tuneup race but never got the opportunity to challenge McLaughlin for the win. The race was slowed by just one early caution. Thorne started 15th and turned in a strong 2nd place finish, still closing in on the leader in the closing laps. In victory lane, Thorne gave a sly grin when saying “If this car goes this well in two weeks, everyone may be in trouble, but we'll see.” J.R. Robinson of Steuben made up the most ground in Saturday's race, starting 18th and reaching 2nd with 10 laps to go. He would give that spot up to Thorne, but still land a solid 3rd place finish in his season debut. The top 5 was rounded out by rookie's Brandon Fowler and Logan Melcher.

In the 30-lap spotlight feature for the K&A Property Services Modifieds, opening day winner Adam Chadbourne of Woolwich made it 2-for-2 on the young season, grabbing an early lead and rolling uncontested for the feature win. The best battle of the race was between Nick Reno and Ryan Chadwick for the runner-up finish. Reno held off the challenge over the closing laps to finish 2nd. Chadwick notched a 3rd place trophy for his season debut. The race went caution free.

The Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis race was slowed by just one caution, on lap 1 of the 25 lap feature. Defending champ Jake Hendsbee of Whitefield, who was a runner-up 5 times in his 2017 championship campaign, finally sealed the deal Saturday night in securing his first career Outlaw Mini win. He was chased across the line by former champ Zach Audet of Oakland, who started at the back of the field because he had missed his qualifying race. He had rolled in late after picking up a win at his home track of Speedway 95, adding a 2nd place finish at Wiscasset to his trophy haul for the day. Matt Glidden of Chelsea turned his front row starting spot into s 3rd place finish.

The Norm’s Used Cars Strictly Streets are quickly turning into one of Wiscasset's most exciting and competitive divisions. Their opening day feature went caution free, and Saturday's 25-lap feature netted just one caution. The action was fast and furious with several contenders working their way through traffic to take a shot at the lead. However, Jonathan Emerson of Sabattus had other plans. The third generation racer, who had picked up his first career win just a year earlier, ran a strong race up front and led wire to wire for the feature win. He was joined in victory lane by his father and defending champ Zach Emerson (3rd place) and Dave Whittier the runner-up. Five-time Strictly champ Maurice Young of Chelsea and Ethan Dinsmore of Hope filled out the top 5.

Wicked Good Vintage Racers made their first of three appearances on the 2018 schedule. Winners included Bobby Symonds of Casco in the Early Late Models, Adrien Williams of Warren in the Hobby Class, and Scott  Tucker of Winthrop in the Outlaw Class.

Wiscasset Speedway returns to action Saturday, May 19 with Group 1 in action. The Cahill Tire 4-cylinder Pros will have the spotlight feature, while the “flex” race for the night will be a 100-lap Enduro. Fans will also have one more opportunity Saturday evening to purchase advanced tickets for the Monster Truck Throwdown show presented by Bozzutos Inc on May 25 and 26. Showtimes and details can be found on the Wiscasset Speedway website www.wiscassetspeedway.com.  

Wiscasset Speedway official finish order 5/12/18

K&A PROPERTY SERVICES MODIFIEDS (30 laps - spotlight)

Pos

No.

Name

Home Town

Laps

Diff

1

1

Adam Chadbourne

Woolwich

30

 

2

77

Nick Reno

West Bath

30

0.918

3

11

Ryan Chadwick

Wiscasset

30

1.219

4

04

Allan Moeller

Dresden

30

1.354

5

48

Brian Treadwell

Hancock

30

1.824

6

7

Spencer Vaughan

Canton

29

1 Lap

7

8

Richard Jordan

Kingfield

29

1 Lap

8

15

Joseph Williams

Woolwich

6

24 Laps

 

KENNEBEC EQUIPMENT RENTAL OUTLAW MINI (25 laps)

Pos

No.

Name

Home Town

Laps

Diff

1

27

Jake Hensbee

Whitefield

25

 

2

19

Zach Audet

Skowhegan

25

1.41

3

20

Matt Glidden

Chelsea

25

4.535

4

2

Rob Greenleaf

Bath

25

6.731

5

26

Brent Roy

Vassalboro

25

8.941

6

10

Jimmy Childs

Leeds

24

1 Lap

7

6

Brain Dolloff

Jay

0

25 Laps

8

99

Scott Trask

Richmond

0

25 Laps

9

66

Leo  Hatch

Augusta

0

25 Laps

 

WOOD PELLET WAREHOUSE LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN (40 laps)

Pos

No.

Name

Home Town

Laps

Diff

1

26

Andrew McLaughlin

Harrington

40

 

2

17

Chris Thorne

Sidney

40

2.454

3

28

J.R. Robinson

Windham

40

3.277

4

22

Brandon Fowler

Rome

40

4.488

5

41

Logan Melcher

Fayette

40

4.651

6

4

Ben Erskine

Fairfield

40

7.014

7

34

Tyler Robbins

Montville

40

7.042

8

30

Ryan St. Clair

Liberty

40

7.77

9

33

Josh St.Clair

Liberty

40

8.289

10

19

Shane Kaherl

Jay

40

9.339

11

52

Dana Wilbur

Frankfort

40

11.289

12

5

Bill Pinkham

Wiscasset

40

13.328

13

25

Will Collins

Waldoboro

40

13.664

14

00

Alex Waltz

Walpole

40

13.917

15

11

Cody Verrill

Richmond

40

15.372

16

66

Bryan Robbins

Montville

39

1 Lap

17

3

Richard Jordan

Kingfield

39

1 Lap

18

21

Shane Clark

Winterport

22

18 Laps

19

15M

Frank Moulton

Clinton

13

27 Laps

20

8

Luke Romanoski

Freeman

12

28 Laps

21

35

Gerald Frost

Montville

9

31 Laps

22

36

Megan  Frost

Montville

2

38 Laps

DNS

33t

Trey Brown

Winterport

dns

 

 

NORM’S USED CARS STRICTLY STREETS (25 laps)

Pos

No.

Name

Home Town

Laps

Diff

1

24

Jonathon Emerson

Sabattus

25

 

2

58

David Whittier

Poland

25

1.798

3

23

Zachary Emerson

Sabattus

25

1.984

4

03

Maurice Young

Chelsea

25

2.873

5

8x

Ethan Densmore

Hope

25

3.32

6

61

Shawn Austin

Norridgewock

25

4.743

7

51

Kyle Hewins

Leeds

25

2.308

8

5

Ryan Hewins

Leeds

25

4.98

9

29

Brad Erskine

Solon

25

5.242

10

05

Brett Osmond

Wiscasset

25

7.013

11

00

Kimberly Knight

Chesterville

25

7.307

12

24a

Jeff Alley

Machias

25

7.413

13

17

Ryan Hayes

Jefferson

25

7.564

14

19

Ray Letellier

Buxton

25

7.892

15

05r

Glenn Reynolds

Turner

21

4 Laps

no score

55

Kurt Hewins 

Leeds

0

 

dns

66

James Grover Jr.

Newcastle

dns