Former champ Moeller brings home first victory of seasonWaldo County drivers St. Clairs, Robbins excel in Late Model Sportsman race
Wiscasset — The day was warm and sunny, and the grandstands were filled with people ready to watch stock car racing action Saturday, Aug. 10 at Wiscasset Speedway.
On the schedule was the group two lineup of divisions: Strictly Street, Mini Truck, Outlaw Minis and Late Model Sportsman, which included the most drivers from Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties.
First on the track were the Strictly Streets for a 20-lap race. The No. 39 of Gerard Freve was in the pole position. Behind him were Guy Childs in the No. 5 and Ben Erskine of the No. 43. During the first lap around the track, Childs passed Freve on the outside of turn three for the lead. Moving up quickly from a sixth-place starting position was the No. 32 of Tasha Dyer. Dyer had navigated her Chevy through the pack, and during lap two passed Freve for second. Coming up behind Freve and Dyer was the No. 26 driven by Corey Morgan. Morgan passed Freve for third on the outside of the front stretch coming out of turn four during lap two.
Dyer looked for her opportunity to pass Childs, and that opportunity came during lap 17. Dyer made a bid to pass on the inside of turn three. The two raced furiously around the track neck and neck. During lap 18, Childs slipped up the track on turn three going into four. Dyer held the bottom line and made a clean pass.
Dyer led the race and Childs was hot behind attempting to retake first. During the final lap, Dyer and Childs negotiated around lap traffic on turn four. As the pair headed out of turn four, Childs clipped the left rear of Dyer's car while attempting to head to the inside. Dyer's car went sideways and struck the wall on the front stretch while going at a great rate of speed. Dyer's car crumpled, but she was able to walk away without serious injury. Childs went on the win the race. That made it Childs' fourth first-place finish in Strictly Street this racing season at Wiscasset. Morgan placed second and Freve third.
The Mini Truck 15-lap feature was action-packed and filled with leader changes. The No. 22 of Jeff Schmidt was starting at the pole. Behind him were the No. 69 of Ryan Farrar and the No. 12 driven by Gerry McKenna. Right off the start, Ryan Farrar passed Schmidt on the outside of turn two. Then in lap three Gerry McKenna passed Schmidt on the bottom of the back stretch.
Race leaders remained the same until lap nine. Schmidt was able to move to second place when he passed Gerry McKenna on the back stretch. Schmidt was not satisfied with his second-place position, and he moved to the outside making a bid for first during the final two laps.
Ryan Farrar and Schmidt raced furiously, battling for first. Then, Schmidt pulled ahead on turn three of lap 14 to sweep beneath the checkered a fraction of a second ahead of Ryan Farrar.
Prior to the race Schmidt said, “The truck is running good today. I’d like a top-three finish tonight. That would make me happy.” Schmidt must have been more than happy with his top finish. It was Schmidt’s fourth win at Wiscasset this season, and his second first-place finish.
Ryan Farrar placed second and Gerry McKenna rounded out the top three.
The Outlaw Mini feature was next in the lineup. The No. 8 of Calvin Rose Jr. had the pole position. In second was the No. 13 of Nate Tribett. Behind Tribett was the No. 44 of Ozzie Cummings. When racing began, Tribett pulled ahead of Rose, and looked like he was going to lead. However, Rose surged ahead on the inside of turn two and took back his lead.
Ozzie Cummings dropped back in the field during the first lap. Moving from an eighth starting position was Shawn Kimball driving his No. 20. Kimball slid into third place during lap two. Kimball looked ahead for a chance to pass Tribett. His chance came in lap eight, when he was able pass on the outside of the front stretch and take second place.
Lap 13 saw another pass from a contender from the back of the pack. George Fortin of the No. 9 had woven through traffic from his ninth starting position to pass Tribett on the outside of turn two during lap 13 to claim third. Ahead of Fortin, Rose was struggling to maintain his lead with Kimball hot on his heels. Kimball swept up from behind and passed Rose on the inside of turn one during lap 15 to take the lead.
A caution in lap 19 saw race contenders play out a new start. Fortin used the restart to his advantage and passed Rose on the inside of turn two for second place. Race leaders then remained constant until the conclusion of the race. Kimball’s car took first place. It was Kimball’s second first-place finish this season at Wiscasset. Fortin placed second. It was Fortin’s sixth top-three finish of the racing season. Rose took third.
The spotlighted feature of the week was a 45-lap Late Model Sportsman race. It was a high energy feature, and despite four cautions during the race, the action sped by quickly. The race began just as the bright lights of Wiscasset began to shine on the race track. In the pole position was the 33X of Josh St. Clair. Behind him were Allan Moeller Sr. in the No. 04 and Bill Pinkham driving the No. 5. When the green flag flew, Josh St. Clair and Moeller raced furiously for the lead. Josh St. Clair was able to hang onto first place, and Moeller slipped in behind him to watch for a chance to pass. Nick Hinkley in the No. 15 passed Pinkham on the outside of turn two for third during lap two.
The first caution of the race came in lap three. On the restart Ryan St. Clair, driving the No. 30, came from his sixth-place start to take fourth.
During lap 10 Josh St. Clair fishtailed on turn four. Moeller used that to his advantage and made the pass to take the lead. While Josh St. Clair struggled to get back on track, Hinkley moved up to challenge for second place. In lap 13, Hinkley came up the back stretch and passed Josh St. Clair for second. Then, during lap 16, Ryan St. Clair passed Josh St. Clair on turn four for third.
The second caution of the race came during lap 24. Hinkley was passing the lap car No. 33 driven by Ed Tyler when the two made contact on the back stretch. Both Hinkley and Tyler damaged their cars, and Hinkley went into the wall. As this happened, Pinkham and the No. 27 driven by Nick Reno were rounding turn two. Pinkham and Reno made contact, and Pinkham could not avoid the tangle on the back stretch and was caught up in the jumble, his car also hitting the wall.
On the restart, Moeller surged ahead, holding onto first. Ryan St. Clair was behind him in second. Josh St. Clair was in third. Another caution in lap 35 resulted in another restart. When racing resumed, Reno passed Josh St. Clair for on the outside of turn two for third. For the next five laps Reno and Josh St. Clair battled for position, but Josh St. Clair fishtailed on the track, and Reno solidified his lead.
The fourth and final caution of the race came in lap 41. There were no leader changes after the restart. Moeller placed first. Moeller previously had been a three-time track champion at Wiscasset, but this was his first victory of the season. Once in victory lane, Moeller said, “Good to have the No. 04 back on the car. I have got to thank Scott Chubbuck for setting up the car — he sure knows how to set up a car!” Moeller also thanked his pit crew.
Ryan St. Clair finished second and Nick Reno rounded out the top three.
The individual results from Aug. 10 action were:
Strictly Street (20 laps) — 1. Guy Childs, Turner; 2. Corey Morgan, Lewiston; 3. Gerard Freve, Turner; 4. Ben Erskine, Farmington; 5. Chuck Gray, Wiscasset; 6. Tasha Dyer, Arrowsic; 7. Thomas Smith, Boothbay; 8. Phil Main Sr., Boothbay; 9. Travis Dunbar, Lisbon; 10. Mike Moody, Topsham; 11. Allen Higgins, Brunswick; 12. Phil Main Jr., Trevett; and 13. Mark Murphy, Edgecomb.
Mini Truck (15 laps) — 1. Jeff Schmidt, Mechanic Falls; 2. Ryan Farrar, Sumner; 3. Gerry McKenna, town name unavailable; 4. Duane Booth, town name unavailable; 5. Herb Farrar, Mechanic Falls; 6. Neil McKenna, town name unavailable; and 7. Kevin Oliver, Raymond.
Outlaw Mini (25 laps) — 1. Shawn Kimball, Augusta; 2. George Fortin, Greene; 3. Calvin Rose Jr., Turner; 4. Nate Tribett, Richmond; 5. Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls; 6. Norm Cummings Jr., Augusta; 7. Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 8. Michael Bolduc, Windsor; 9. Ozzie Cummings, Vassalboro; and 10. Dixon Smith, Sidney.
Late Model Sportsman (45 laps) — 1. Allen Moeller, Dresden; 2. Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 3. Nick Reno, West Bath; 4. Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 5. Tyler Robbins, Montville; 6. Alex Waltz, Walpole; 7.Richard Jordan, Kingfield; 8. Steve Minott, Windham; 9. Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 10. Bill Pinkham, Wiscasset; 11. John Rideout, Washington; 12. Will Collins, Appleton; and 13.Lowell Simmons, Damariscotta.
Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Speedway.