Wiscasset Speedway's Late Model Sportsman class has established itself over the past five years as one of the most competitive divisions in the state. It is a group that boasts as many as eight previous track champions, and a handful of others who are capable of winning on a given night. Among them is two-time champion Will Collins of Waldoboro.

The second generation racer turned in a statement win on Saturday afternoon, April 28 highlighting Group 2 opening day.

Other winners on the program included Zach Audet in the Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis; Kyle Hewins in the Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets; and Adam Chadbourne in the K&A Property Services Modifieds.

The 40-lap feature for the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman got off to a rocky start Saturday, with three cautions slowing the action in the first 11 laps. Josh St. Clair set the early pace from the pole position with four-time champ Chris Thorne in tow from his third starting spot. Early movers from the middle of the pack included Will Collins from his seventh starting position and Ben Erskine from 11th.

Thorne was able to take the lead from St. Clair as they stormed out of turn four to complete ten laps. That lead didn't last long as Collins pulled up alongside Thorne on lap 16. Collins' car was strong no matter where he put it on the track. He stormed around the leader to claim the point by the time they reached the backstretch. Just a lap later, Thorne made the save of the day when his left front tire hooked the bottom edge of the track sending him careening to the top of turn two in front of the rest of the field. He was able to save it and settled into the seventh position.

Just one more caution for a minor spin slowed the race. Several contenders made their expected charge into the lead pack, including Erskine, Andrew McLaughlin and Ryan St. Clair. However, the only driver that was able to mount a real challenge was Erskine, keeping Collins within a couple car lengths over the final five laps. Collins would seal the deal with the win, besting Erskine by just 2/10ths of a second. Thorne recovered from his mid-race slip to claim third. Brothers Ryan and Josh St. Clair filled out the top five respectively.

In the afternoon's 35 spotlight feature for the Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis, Zach Audet took advantage of a rare front row starting spot and ran unchallenged for a wire to wire victory. He was chased across the line by former champs Rob Greenleaf and Brent Row. However, post-race tech inspection penalties shook up the official finish order, eventually resulting in Scott Trask claiming the second-place trophy and Shane Smith, 3rd. Brian Doloff was credited with fourth place, while Greenleaf slipped to fifth in the final running order.

The Norm's Used Cars Strictly Street division rolled out a stacked field of contenders for their 25-lap feature, with 17 of the 18 cars in the paddock taking the green. The action-packed race went caution free with cars running three-wide through the middle of the pack. Glenn Reynolds emerged from the pack to take the lead and claim the checkers. He was chased across the line by former champ Kyle Hewins by just a half-second interval.

Pole sitter Ryan Hewins stayed in the top five for the entire race and crossed the line third. However, similar to the Outlaw Mini race, the Strictly finish wasn't solidified until post-race inspection. Reynolds succumbed to a five-position penalty, handing the win over to Kyle Hewins. Ryan Hewins would be bumped up a spot to second followed by five-time champion Maurice Young in third. Defending champ Zach Emerson took fourth.

The 30-lap feature for the K&A Property Services Modifieds saw Adam Chadbourne shake off an early challenge from Nick Reno on his way to a wire to wire victory. Joe Williams was able to grab the 2nd spot away from Reno on a late race restart. Reno settled for third.

The Amsoil Nelcar Legends rolled out 21 cars for their 25-lap feature. Defending champion Austin Teras locked in a great race-long battle with Connecticut hot shoe Noah Korner. Teras took home the win by just a car length. Korner settled for second and outside pole sitter Casey Call claimed third.

The official April 28 results:

Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini (35 laps) — 1, Zach Audet, Oakland; 2, Scott Trask, Richmond; 3, Shane Smith, Augusta; 4, Brian Dolloff, Jay; 5, Rob Greenleaf, West Bath; 6, Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 7, Matt Glidden, Chelsea; 8, Jake Hendsbee, Whitefield; and 9, Jimmy Childs, Leeds.

K&A Property Services Modifieds (30 laps) — 1, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 2, Joe Williams, Woolwich; 3, Nick Reno, West Bath; 4, Spencer Vaughan, Canton; 5, Ryan Treadwell, Hancock; 6, Richard Jordan, Kingfield.

Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets (25 laps) — 1, Kyle Hewins, Leeds; 2, Ryan Hewins, Leeds; 3, Maurice Young, Chelsea; 4, Zach Emerson, Sabattus; 5, Jeff Alley, no town given; 6, Glenn Reynolds, Turner; 7, Shawn Austin, Norridgewock; 8, Zach Bowie, Turner; 9, Cole Watson, Naples; 10, Jonathan Emerson, Sabattus; 11, Kurt Hewins, Leeds; 12, Kim Knight, Chesterville; 13, Dave Whittier, Poland; 14, Brett Osmond, Wiscasset; 15, Brad Erskine, Solon; 16, Ray Letellier, Buxton; 17, James Grover, Newcastle; 18, Ethan Dinsmore, Hope.

Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman (40 laps) — 1, Will Collins, Waldoboro; 2, Ben Erskine, Solon; 3, Chris Thorne, Sidney; 4, Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 5, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 6, Andrew McLaughlin, Harrington; 7, Frank Moulton, Clinton; 8, Shane Clark, Winterport; 9, Bobby Segar, Frankfort; 10, Trey Brown, Winterport; 11, Brandon Fowler, Rome; 12, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 13, Shane Kaherl, Jay; 14, Bill Pinkham, Wiscasset; 15, Cody Verrill, Richmond; 16, Bryan Robbins, Montville; 17, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 18, Gerald Frost, no town given; 19, Logan Melcher, Fayette; 20, D.C. Alexander, Carmel; and 21, Todd Lawrence, Levant.

Amsoil Nelcar Legends (25 laps) — 1, Austin Teras, Windham; 2, Noah Korner, Bloomfield, Conn.; 3, Casey Call, Pembroke, N.H.; 4, Trent Goodreau, Carver, Mass.; 5, Jake Matheson, Hillsboro, N.H.; 6, Parker Varney, Windham; 7, Colby Messerve, Buxton; 8, Matthew Bourgoine, Stetson; 9, Matt Grant, Windham; 10, Nick Calvert, Steep Falls; 11, Brian Darling, Gorham; 12, Aliyah Nicole, S. Royalston, Mass.; 13, Danny Weir, Buxton; 14, Colby Benjamin, Belmont; 15, Thomas Searles, Upton, Mass.; 16, Brian Lancaster, Skowhegan; 17, Thomas Everson, Gilmanton, N.H.; and 18, Ed Getty, Gray.

Ken Minott works for Wiscasset Speedway.