Fan appreciation night was held Saturday, July 11 at Wiscasset Speedway.

Drivers gathered on the track and fans were able to go onto the track and meet them, get autographs, and view the race cars up close.

The weather was warm and sunny, perfect for fan appreciation day. There were children bicycle races on the track.

Saturday was the group one division of racers. The feature events included a spotlighted division of Pro Stock. Also on the schedule were the Thunder 4 Minis, NAPA Super Street and the New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stock.

First on the track was a 50-lap main event Pro Stock race. Starting at the pole was John Rideout. To his side was Mike Orr. Behind him was Kevin Morse. When green flag racing began, Ajay Picard passed Morse for third. Orr passed Rideout for the lead. Picard fell to fourth the following lap and Morse regained third. Lap four saw Orr and Rideout race door-to-door, and during lap five Rideout passed Orr on the backstretch for the lead. Morse passed Orr and claimed second during lap five. Coming up from his seventh start was Andy Saunders. Saunders passed Orr during lap eight for third.

During lap 35, Scott Chubbuck, who had started in 11th, headed to the outside and passed Saunders coming out of turn two for third. Then, during lap 45, Chubbuck again went to the outside and raced door-to-door with Morse for second.

During lap 47, Chubbuck completed the pass and Morse slipped to third. There was a caution during lap 47 and on the ensuing restart, Chubbuck went to the lead. Then, during lap 48, Jeff Burgess passed Morse for third. Chubbuck took the checkered. Rideout placed second. Rounding out the top three was Burgess.

Jeff Burgess was points leader going into the race. James Osmond was in second, 26 points behind the leader. In third was Andy Saunders, who was 30 points below Burgess.

The Thunder 4 Minis were next on the track for a 20-lap feature event. Ryan Chadwick did not race Saturday. Chadwick has shown himself to be the man to beat, so competition was stiff to claim first this week. Starting at the pole was David Greenleaf. In second starting position was Noah Haggett. In third was Jeff Minchin Jr.

There was an initial caution, but when racing began, Haggett shot to the lead, and Michael Golding moved from fourth to third.

During lap one Golding passed Minchin for second on the inside of turn one. Cody Tribbet passed Minchin for third during lap four. Tribbet advanced up the track and passed Golding for second on turn four during lap one.

There was a caution called during lap four. On the restart, Tribbet took the lead, and Curtis Anderson moved to second. Haggett dropped to third.

Racing action during lap 15 caused leader changes. Haggett took an outside line and raced door-to-door with Anderson for second. While the pair battled, Anderson moved up the track, pushed Haggett high up on the track. Leandra Martin saw her chance and passed both on the inside, to claim second. Haggett advanced to third, and Anderson moved to fourth.

Tribbet went over the finish for first. However, Tribbet failed post-race inspection and the win was awarded to Martin. Haggett placed second. Anderson took third. It was Martin’s first career win. She has been runner-up eight times during the last two seasons.

Martin was points leader coming into Saturday’s race.

An action-packed NAPA Super Street 25-lap event was next. Starting at the pole was Dave Patten. Jamie Norton was beside him. In third was Brandon Sprague. There was an initial caution, but when green flag racing began, Tasha Dyer passed Sprague for third on the outside. During lap five, Josh Bailey went inside and passed Dyer for third. Norton and Patten swapped places as Norton claimed the lead, but Patten ultimately took the lead from Norton.

Bailey went inside and passed Norton for second during lap six, Jason Curtis passed Norton for third during the same lap. There was a jumble on the track during lap eight, and a caution was called. On the resulting restart, Bailey took the lead. During lap 10, Curtis got under Patten and passed for second. Then, Patten got loose on the track and cars checked up behind him when he slowed. A caution was called and Patten went to the back. The new running order was Bailey in first, Curtis second and Mark Lucas third.

Lucas passed Curtis on the inside during lap 10 for second. Dan Trask went outside during lap 11 and passed Curtis for third. Trask stayed outside and passed Lucas for second on the back stretch during lap 16.

There was a caution during lap 17, and on the restart, Lucas and Trask raced door-to-door for a full lap, then Lucas crept ahead for second. The last lap saw a caution just as the leaders were to cross the finish line, so the race ended under a checker and a caution flag. Bailey finished in first, Lucas second and Trask third.

Bailey was points leader heading into Saturday’s race. In second was Adam Chadbourne, 18 points behind Bailey. Chadbourne struggled through Saturday’s race and placed ninth.

Finishing the night’s action under the bright lights of Wiscasset were the New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stocks. The race was nearly caution free, and the 25 laps sped by quickly with action through the finish.

Starting at the pole was Bob Patten. To his right was Tyler Bailey. In third was Cody Billings. During the opening lap, Mike Kibbin advanced to third. During lap three, current points leader Kamren Knowles moved to third.

The one-and-only caution came during lap three, when Patten and Billings spun on the track. The pair went to the back. The new running order was Kibbin in the lead. Bailey in second, and Kamren Knowles in third. When racing action resumed on the track, Kamren Knowles passed Bailey.

Coming up from the back of the pack was Alex Waltz. Waltz passed Bailey on the inside for third. During lap four, Kamren Knowles passed Kibbin for the lead. Kibbin dropped back after the pass, and Waltz advanced to second and Bailey moved to third.

Moving from his ninth start was Jacob Hendsbee. Hendsbee passed Bailey during lap nine for third. Hendsbee passed Waltz on the inside of turn two during lap 17 for second. Race leaders remained constant until the finish. Kamren Knowles took the checkered. Placing second was Hendsbee. Waltz took third.

Kamren Knowles was current points leader with 294 heading into Saturday’s race. Jacob Hendsbee was in second with 258. In third was Brooke Knowles with 214 points — 44 behind Hendsbee.

The individual results from July 11 racing were:

Pro Stock (50 laps) — 1, Scott Chubbuck, Bowdoin; 2, John Rideout, Washington; 3, Jeff Burgess, East Madison; 4, Kevin Morse, Woolwich; 5, John Peters, Westbrook; 6, Andy Saunders, Ellsworth; 7, Even Beaulieu, Durham; 8, James Osmond, Wiscasset; 9, Wyatt Alexander, Ellsworth; 10, Nathan Tribbet, Richmond; 11, Ajay Picard, Palmyra; 12, Mike Orr, Wiscasset; and 13, Maggie Ferland, Auburn.

NAPA Super Street (25 laps) — 1, Josh Bailey, Wiscasset; 2, Mark Lucas, Harpswell; 3, Dan Trask, Chelsea; 4, Jason Curtis, Hollis; 5, David Doherty, Palmyra; 6, Zac Poland, Woolwich; 7, Brandon Sprague, Edgecomb; 8, Dave Patten, Westbrook; 9, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 10, Jamie Norton, Farmingdale; and 11, Tasha Dyer, Arrowsic.

New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stock (25 laps) — 1, Kamren Knowles, West Gardiner; 2, Jacob Hendsbee, Whitefield; 3, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 4, Tyler Bailey, Wiscasset; 5, Jeff Prindall, Lisbon; 6, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 7, Mike Kibbin, South China; 8, Cam Corbin, Hallowell; 9, Brooke Knowles, West Gardiner; 10, John Shorey, Alna; 11, Bob Patten, Westbrook; 12, Cameron Folsom, Augusta; 13, Cody Billings, Hartford; and 14, Connor Wenners, Edgecomb.

Thunder 4s (20 laps) — 1, Leandra Martin, Richmond; 2, Noah Haggett, Wiscasset; 3, Curtis Anderson, Richmond; 4, Michael Harrison, Durham; 5, Michael Golding, Pownal; 6, David Greenleaf, Brunswick; 7, Jeff Minchin Jr., Pittston; 8, Kyle Dorey, Bowdoinham; and Joe Katula, no town given.

Lisa Maguire writes for Wiscasset Speedway.

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