Despite a coolness to the air, fans gathered at Wiscasset Speedway on Saturday, May 9 to watch the group two division of racing. On the agenda was the spotlighted division, Modifieds, as well as Strictly Street, Late Model Sportsman, Outlaw Minis and the flex race of the week, a 100-lap Enduro.

First on the track were the Modifieds, competing in a 40-lap spotlight feature. Starting at the pole was Mike Brown. Behind him were Shawn Austin and Jairet Harrison. When green flag racing began, Gary Thorne leapt to the front. Thorne took second by the completion of lap one. Nipping at Thorne’s heels was Mark Lucas. Lucas followed Thorne to the front of the pack, and by lap five, Thorne led the race, with Austin in second, and Lucas third.

There was a caution during lap five when Steve Reno hit the front stretch tire wall. On the ensuing restart, Lucas was able to stay on the bottom of the track and pass Austin for second. Lucas looked for an opportunity to take the lead. His chance came during lap eight, when he was able to get under Thorne. However, the pair made contact coming out of turn three and Thorne spun, bringing out the caution. Lucas invoked the “gentleman’s rule.” Lucas said he was to blame in the incident, and Lucas went to the back. Thorne kept his position. Austin moved to second and Harrison to third.

Lucas did not stay at the back for long. He moved through lap traffic, passing Harrison on the outside of the back stretch during lap eleven for third. Then, during lap 13, Lucas passed Austin for second. Lucas patiently waited for Thorne to make a misstep, so he could challenge for the lead. There was no error made by Thorne; however, there was a caution during lap 28. On the restart, Lucas got a good jump off the start, and Lucas took the lead. Thorne’s car got loose, and he was unable to overtake Lucas. Harrison was able to pass Austin for third on the restart. Lucas took the win. Thorne placed second. Harrison rounded out the top three.

A 25-lap Strictly Street feature was the next as Dave Brannon led the pack at the pole. Behind were Bryan Robbins and Chanler Harrison. There were five cautions during the first three laps. Notably, a caution after Corey Morgan  passed Harrison coming out of turn three during lap three. Harrison spun on the track, and that caught up Kurt Hewins, Dan Brown and Kenny Harrison. After the fifth caution, race officials called for a single-file restart. The restart went smoothly, and when the dust settled, Kyle Hewins was in first, Morgan second and Brannon third. There were no additional cautions throughout the race.

Prior to race time, Morgan said he had changed numerous things on his car, especially on the set up of the front end. These changes paid off for Morgan, as during lap nine Morgan headed to the outside and passed Kyle Hewins for the lead on turn four. Brannon fell back after a near jumble on the track, and by lap 14, Billy Childs had secured third. At race's end, Morgan took the win, Kyle Hewins second and Childs third.

A 35-lap Late Model Sportsman feature was action-packed. Fans cheered as 22 cars raced furiously under the bright lights of Wiscasset. Starting at the pole was Chris Bowie. Shane Clark and Josh St. Clair were behind him. During lap three, Josh St. Clair pulled ahead of Clark on turn three for second.

Coming up from his ninth-place start was Nick Hinkley, who was in fourth by lap 10. There was a caution during lap 12, and on the restart, Josh St. Clair and Bowie battled for the lead, while behind them Clark and Hinkley raced door-to-door for the third spot. Hinkley pulled ahead by a nose, but coming out of turn two, Clark and Hinkley made contact. Hinkley spun on the track, bringing out the caution. Clark invoked the “gentleman’s rule.” Hinkley maintained his track position, but Clark went to back of the pack. Hinkley moved to third.

When racing resumed, Bowie took the lead. Hinkley and Josh St. Clair battled for second. During lap 14, Hinkley pulled ahead for second. Moving up from his 16th-place start was Andrew McLaughlin. McLaughlin clinched the fourth spot by lap 16. A caution during lap 22 caused another restart. Bowie and Hinkley raced side-by-side for the lead, while Josh St. Clair and McLaughlin raced door-to-door for third. Bowie pulled ahead and secured his lead, and Hinkley fell to second.

During lap 28 everything changed when Hinkley made contact with Bowie coming out turn four onto the front stretch. This caused a chain reaction as Bowie spun. Josh St. Clair and McLaughlin checked up and Josh St. Clair hit the wall coming out of turn one. McLaughlin lost his forward momentum and became part of the caution that was thrown. Hinkley invoked the “gentleman’s rule,” and went to the back of the field. McLaughlin also went to the back. Bowie headed to the pits, so lost his position on the track. Josh St. Clair needed to be towed to the pits.

Ben Erskine moved to first, Ryan St. Clair to second and Dave St. Clair to third. Race leaders then remained constant until the conclusion of the race. Erskine took the checkered, Ryan St. Clair second and Dave St. Clair third.

A 25- lap Outlaw Mini race was shortened to 15 laps after the racing field was narrowed to three cars. Starting on the pole was Jimmy Childs. Behind him were Nate Tribett and Justin Trombley. Lap two saw Trombley edge ahead of Tribett by a nose for second. Then, during lap 10, Trombley spun Childs on turn two and Childs went into the infield. Both cars went to the back.

Tribett moved to first and George Fortin moved to second. Childs moved to third. On the ensuing restart, a mechanical issue caused Fortin to slam into the front stretch wall. Another caution was called and this was when race officials shortened the race by 10 laps. Tribbet moved to first, Childs to second and Trombley third. Off the start, Trombley took second from Childs, Tribbet took first, Trombley second and Childs rounded out the top three.

The flex race of the week was a 100-lap Enduro feature. Twenty-four cars hit the track in heated competition. Early race leaders were Kamren Knowles, Larry Marshall and Bryan Lancaster.

Emerging from the pack as a solid contender was Frank Brown. Brown secured the lead by lap 20, and led the remainder of the race. A close second was Lancaster. Lancaster secured second by lap 20. Scott Eck and Kamren Knowles battled for third. Ultimately, Eck emerged triumphant, with Knowles moving to fifth. Finishing in fourth was Jeff Minchin Jr., who passed Knowles during the next-to-last lap, to secure his finish. Brown took the checkered, Lancaster second and Eck third.

The individual race results from May 9 were:

Modifieds (40 laps) — 1. Mark Lucas, Harpswell; 2. Gary Thorne, Sidney; 3. Jairet Harrison, Freeport; 4. Shawn Austin, Norridgewock; 5. Todd Lash, Farmington; 6. Mike Brown, Hope; 7. Richard Jordan, Kingfield; and 8. Steve Reno, West Bath.

Strictly Streets (25 laps) — 1. Corey Morgan, Lewiston; 2. Kyle Hewins, Leed; 3. Billy Childs Jr., Leeds; 4. Dave Brannon, Lisbon; 5. Mac Hannon, Union; 6. Kenny Harrison, Durham; 7. Chanler Harrison, Freeport; 8. Dan Brown, Peru; 9. Kurt Hewins, Leeds; 10. Cody Verrill, Wiscasset; 11. Thomas Smith, Edgecomb; 12. Travis Lincoln, Wiscasset; 13. Kimberly Knight, Chesterville; 14. Bryan Robbins, Montville; and 15. Paul Hopkins, Camden.

Late Model Sportsman (35 laps) — 1. Ben Erskine, Farmington; 2. Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 3. Dave St. Clair, Liberty; 4. Puncin St. Clair, Liberty; 5. T.J. Watson, Dresden; 6. Shane Clark, Winterport; 7. Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 8. Will Collins, Waldoboro; 9. Tyler Robbins, Montville; 10. Andrew McLaughlin, Harrington; 11. Chris Bowie, New Gloucester; 12. Alex Waltz, Walpole; 13. Jay Bailey, Wiscasset; 14. Craig Robbins, Montville; 15. Steve Minott, Windham; 16. Joe Morey, no town available; 17. Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 18. Wesley Turner, Montville; 19. Leon Cray, Dresden; 20. Nate Tribett, Richmond; and 21. Richard Jordan, Kingfield

Outlaw Minis (15 laps) — 1. Cody Tribett, Richmond; 2. Justin Trombley, Winter Harbor; 3. Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 4. George Fortin, Greene; and 5. Shawn Kimball, Augusta.

Enduro (100 laps) — 1. Frank Brown, Pittston; 2. Brian Lancaster, Skowhegan; 3. Scott Eck, Lisbon; 4. Jeff Minchin Jr., Pittston; 5. Kamren Knowles, West Gardiner; 6. Ron Whitcomb, Pittston; 7. Larry Marshall, Randolph; 8. Jake Allen, Farmington; 9. Kyle Hewins, Leeds; 10. Shawn Berry, Livermore Falls; 11. Kimberly Knight, Chesterville; 12. Donald Knight Jr., Jay; 13. Jason Stanley, New Sharon; 14. Brad Clement, Readfield; 15. Michael Duffy, Camden; 16. John Rines, Wiscasset; 17. Jeremiah Knight, Chesterville; 18. Mike Snyder, Wiscasset; 19. Chris Hopkins, Lewiston; 20. Chase Poussard, Sidney; 21. Jeff Davis, Woolwich; 22. Travis Knight, Jay; 23. James Grover, Wiscasset; and 24. Guy Childs Jr., Turner.

Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Speedway.