Thorne scores second Late Model win at Wiscasset Speedway
Wiscasset — Wiscasset Speedway kicked off August racing under bright and sunny skies, with some of the action being under the lights.
On the racing schedule Saturday, Aug. 2 was Group 2, including Late Model Sportsman, Strictly Street, Thunder 4, Mini Trucks and the flex race of the week was a Modified exhibition.
The Late Model division had seen seven different winners in seven weeks. This week was the first week a driver had a second win in the division.
The spotlighted feature of the week was a 35-lap Strictly Street race. Starting on the pole was Dave Brannon. Behind him were Ben Erskine and Jonathan Emerson. During the opening lap Erskine passed Brannon on the outside of turn two. After a brief battle, Brannon found an opening on the inside and passed Erskine for the lead during lap three.
Points leader Corey Morgan had moved to the top five from his 14th starting position. Morgan had hit the front wall stretch during the heat race, and although he quickly repaired his race car, the car developed mechanical issues, which sent him to the pits.
The big battle of the race was for third. Emerson, a 13-year-old driver, was able to hold off Tasha Dyer, Brian Robbins and Dan Brown during the race. Emerson maintained his third position until race conclusion. It was Emerson’s first top-three finish.
Brannon placed first, but failed post-race inspection due to the camber of his race tires. Erskine moved to first, Emerson second and Robbins third.
Coming into Saturday’s race, Morgan was points leader with 364. Dan Brown was in second with 328. Tasha Dyer was third with 326. Jonathan Emerson was fifth with 278.
An exciting 20-lap Thunder 4 feature was next on the agenda. Starting on the pole was Leandra Martin. Curtis Anderson and Nate Tribbet were behind her. During lap one, Nate Tribbet passed Anderson on the inside of turn three for second. Ryan Chadwick passed Anderson on turn three during lap six for third. Chadwick advanced up the track, and during lap 13 passed Nate Tribbet for second.
There was a caution during lap 15. On the ensuing restart, Cody Tribbet passed Nate Tribbet for third. Chadwick looked for his opportunity to pass Martin. Martin left a small opening going down the front stretch during lap 19, and Chadwick took advantage and headed inside to make a pass. Chadwick completed the pass on turn two of the last lap, and beat Martin across the checkered by only 4/10ths of a second.
It was Chadwick’s seventh top place this season. Chadwick was points leader coming into Saturday’s race with 406 points. Cody Tribbet was second in points with 314. Trey Brown was third with 286.
A modified feature was the flex race of the week. Starting on the pole was Kevin Douglass. Mark Lucas and Ron Henry were behind him.
The engines roared, and when the green flag flew, Mark Lucas got a strong jump off the start and took the lead from Douglass. Henry and Doug McClure battled for third. For nearly 15 laps they raced for position, then during lap 21, McClure completed a pass on the outside of turn two for third.
Mark Lucas went under the checkered in first, Douglass second and McClure third.
A quick, straight-forward 15-lap Mini Truck feature was next. Starting on the pole was Matt Curtis. Jerry McKenna and Matt Weil were behind him.
The trucks were well-matched and raced in a pack. Weil passed McKenna on the inside of turn four for second during lap three. There were no other lead changes. Curtis placed first, Weil second and McKenna third.
Coming into Saturday’s race, McKenna was points leader with 390, Weil second at 308 and Jeff Schmidt third with 284. It was Curtis’ second win in Mini Trucks this season.
An action-packed, 35-lap Late Model Sportsman feature was next. Starting on the pole was Tyler Robbins. Behind him were Chris Thorne and Allan Moeller Sr. When the green flag waved over the track, Robbins and Thorne battled for first. Thorne was on the outside track, and kept pace with Robbins, and eventually overtook him during lap three on the backstretch, to take the lead.
Moeller and Josh St. Clair vied for third. They sparred back and forth. During lap 11, Josh St. Clair pulled ahead of Moeller, and passed him coming off of turn two for third. However, the pair made contact coming out of turn three. Dave St. Clair got caught in the jumble and all three spun on the track. A caution was called. All went to the back. Shane Clark moved to third.
When racing resumed, Clark headed inside and passed Robbins for second. Nick Hinkley, who started 12th, had advanced up the track into the top five. Hinkley passed Robbins for third during lap 12. Race leaders remained constant until race conclusion. Thorne took the win. It was Thorne’s second win, which made him the first repeat winner in this division. Clark placed second and Hinkley third.
Coming into Saturday’s race, Hinkley was points leader with 322. Second was Ryan St. Clair with 290 points. Josh St Clair was third with 286. Thorne was fourth with 282.
The individual results from Aug. 2 racing included:
Strictly Street (35 laps) — 1, Ben Erskine, Farmington; 2, Jonathan Emerson, Sabattus; 3, Brian Robbins, Montville; 4, Dan Brown, Peru; 5, Tasha Dyer, Freedom; 6, Jairet Harrison, Freeport; 7, Mike Brown, Union; 8, Mike Marshall, Randolph; 9, Phil Main Sr., Boothbay; 10, Alan Higgins, Brunswick; 11, Thomas Smith, Edgecomb; 12, Corey Morgan, Lewiston; 13, Cody Higgins, Brunswick; 14, Kimberly Knight, Chesterville; 15, Daryl Cook, Livermore; and 16, Maurice Young, Windsor.
Thunder 4 (20 laps) — 1, Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset; 2, Leandra Martin, Richmond; 3, Cody Tribbet, Richmond; 4, Trey Brown, Winterport; 5, Nate Tribbet, Richmond; 6, Chandler Harrison, Freeport; 7, Curtis Anderson, Richmond; 8, Michael Harrison, Pownal; 9, Aaron Sevigny, Windsor; 10, Rhonda Crain, Hermon; 11, Kyle Dorey, Bowdoinham; 12, James Grover Jr., Wiscasset; 13, Tyler Bailey, Wiscasset; 14, Roy Sevigny, Windsor; and 15, Gage Wahlstrom, Westport Island.
Modified (25 laps) — 1, Mark Lucas, Harpswell; 2, Kevin Douglass, Sidney; 3, Doug McClure, Buxton; 4, Ron Henry, no town given; 5, Richard Jordan, Kingfield; and 6, Bill Pierce, South Bristol.
Mini Trucks (15 laps) — 1, Matt Curtis, Freeport; 2, Matt Weil, Biddeford; and 3, Jerry McKenna, Milton.
Late Model Sportsman (35 laps) — 1, Chris Thorne, Sidney; 2, Shane Clark, Winterport; 3, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 4, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 5, Will Collins, Waldoboro; 6, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 7, Chris Bowie, New Gloucester; 8, Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 9, Dave St. Clair, Liberty; 10, Allan Moeller Sr., Dresden; 11, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 12, Richard Jordan, Kingfield; 13, Steve Minott, Windham; and 14, D.J. Moody, Prospect.
Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Speedway.