2017-06-27 / Sports

Watson cruises to victory

Lots of action at Wiscasset Speedway
BY KEN MINOTT
Times Record Contributor


NICK HINKLEY of Wiscasset poses for a photo after winning the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen feature at Wiscasset Speedway last Saturday night. 
MARY AND PETER TAYLOR / PETESPICKS.SMUGMUG.COM NICK HINKLEY of Wiscasset poses for a photo after winning the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen feature at Wiscasset Speedway last Saturday night. MARY AND PETER TAYLOR / PETESPICKS.SMUGMUG.COM WISCASSET

Maine’s fastest track, Wiscasset Speedway, wrapped up racing for the month of June on Saturday night with Group 2 in action, plus the return of the Amsoil Nelcar Legends.

The Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets had the spotlight race for the program supported by the Late Model Sportsman, Outlaw Minis and Modifieds.

Cole Watson of Naples had the hot hand on the night, running to his first points win at Wiscasset over Montville’s Bryan Robbins and Jonathan Emerson of Sabattus. Other winners included Corey Hall, Mark Lucas and Zach Audet.

The Late Model Sportsman victor remained unofficial pending a mandatory engine inspection.

In the 35-lap spotlight feature for the Strictly Streets, Watson lined up at the pole position with Chesterville’s Kim Knight. Knight grabbed the lead through the early laps while Watson followed closely in second. Watson retook the lead on a lap 13 restart and never looked back, rolling into Victory Lane. Bryan Robbins was the big mover in the race, picking his way up from 12th to finish second. He made the move of the race with eight laps to go as he jumped from fourth up to second exiting turn 4 in a spirited battle with Jonathan Emerson and Knight. Emerson, a third-generation racer from Sabattus, stayed in the top three the entire race and rolled to claim the third-place trophy. His father Zach Emerson and point leader Michael Haynes filled out the top five.

It had been nearly a month since the Amsoil Nelcar Legends had made an appearance at the Speedway. They brought a healthy field of 18 cars onto the track for the 25-lap feature with Zachary Godbout and Bob Weymouth leading the pack to the green. Weymouth held the lead until young hot shot Austin Teras took the lead away. His lead held on for a few laps, but Teras was soon passed by Hall, who followed him through traffic from eighth. Hall made his drive down from New Brunswick, Canada worth his while as he survived one mid-race caution and held off a late charge from Teras to secure the victory. Teras settled for the runner-up finish and Weymouth took third.

Eighteen drivers took to the track for the 35-lap feature for the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman division with Windham’s Steve Minott and Waldoboro’s Will Collins making up the front row. There were only a couple cautions to slow the action. Collins held the lead through the first 10 laps until defending champ Chris Thorne blasted up from his 10th starting position to grab the lead. He was followed by the points leader Nick Hinkley, emerging from his 17th starting spot. Hinkley reached second place by lap 15, but Thorne had built up a comfortable half straight-away advantage.

A late race caution set up a green-white-checkered dash for the win with Thorne leading the way across the stripe first, ahead of Hinkley and Collins.

Unfortunately, Thorne’s victory was short-lived as his car did not pass post-race inspection for excessive left side weight. The win then was bumped up to Hinkley. However, the win remained unofficial as Hinkley’s engine was pulled for mandatory inspection as a result of his third win. Collins went home with the second-place trophy and Wiscasset’s Brandon Bailey notched his third straight podium in third after starting 16th.

The Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis had its last tune-up race before a 75- lap Mini Madness race on July 8. Former champ Jimmy Childs lined up on the front row with Whitefield’s Jake Hendsbee for the 25-lap tilt. The race looked well within Childs’ control through the first eight laps, but things took a major turn just a lap later as he suddenly slowed on the backstretch, handing over his lead to Hendsbee and bringing out the only caution of the race.

Hendsbee held the lead on the ensuing restart long enough to get to turn one. From there, it was the Audet show. The defending champ, who had missed a race with a blown engine, charged his way up from 10th to grab the lead and from there easily drove to his third victory of the season. The win came at an expense. During his engine inspection he discovered that his car had a cracked block. Hendsbee ran his best race in the Outlaw Mini’s and posted his first podium finish placing second. May Driver of the Month and Outlaw Mini points leader Brent Roy ran another solid race and claimed his fifth podium finish in as many races.

The Midcoast Region NAPA Modifieds finished out the evening’s program with a 30- lap feature. With just seven cars answering the bell, it was easy pickings for defending champ Lucas of Harpswell. He started from the pole position and held off a pair of early race restarts. From there he cruised to his second modified checkered flag of the season. Former champ Allan Moeller of Dresden turned in a solid performance in second and took over the points lead in the process as Adam Chadbourne succumbed to mechanical problems. Joe Williams had an eventful race, helping to bring out the race’s two caution flags only to bounce back each time and roll into Victory

Lane for third.

Wiscasset Speedway returns to action this upcoming Saturday with action in Group 1, including Super Streets, Thunder 4 Minis and Prostocks. The 4-Cylinder Prostocks will have a 35-lap spotlight feature. Plus the flex division race will be another 25-lap race for the Nelcar Legends.

Grandstand gates will open at 2 p.m., pit gates at 4 p.m., and racing begins at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is just $5 with kids 6-and-under admitted free. Pit admission is $20 for all. More information can be found at www.wiscassetspeedway.com.

Wiscasset Speedway results

Saturday
Top-5 finishers
Norm’s Used Cars Strictly Streets (35
laps)
1. Cole Watson, Naples.
2. Bryan Robbins, Montville.
3. Jonathon Emerson, Sabattus.
4. Zachary Emerson, Sabattus.
5. Michael Haynes, Livermore Falls.

Amsoil Nelcar Legends (25 laps)
1. Cory Hall, Jolicoure, New Brunswick,
Canada.
2. Austin Teras, Windham.
3. Bobby Weymouth, Topsham.
4. Kevin Girard Jr., Old Orchard Beach.
5. Casey Call, Pembroke, N.H.

Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model
Sportsmen (35 laps)
1. Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset.

2. Will Collins, Waldoboro.
3. Brandon Bailey, Woolwich.
4. Ryan St. Clair, Liberty.
5. Tyler Robbins, Montville.

Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw
Minis (25 laps)
1. Zach Audet, Oakland.
2. Jake Hendsbee, Whitefield.
3. Brent Roy, Vassalboro.
4. Shawn Kimball, Augusta.
5. Tim Collins, Farmingdale.

Midcoast Region NAPA Modifieds (30
laps)
1. Mark Lucas, Harpswell.
2. Allan Moeller, Dresden.
3. Joseph Williams, Woolwich.
4. Tom Young, Freeport.
5. Richard Jordan, Kingfield.

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