WISCASSET — The Modified Racing Series made its return to Wiscasset Speedway on Saturday, July 9 for an action-packed, 75-lap main event.

The touring series, founded in 2004, runs a limited seven-race schedule and features some of the most talented Modified drivers in the Northeast. The drivers in Saturday’s lineup included Andy Shaw, Matt Swanson, Donnie Lashua and Derek Robie, among others.

The Modified Racing Series joined the weekly Group 2 divisions at Wiscasset, which included the Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis, Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Models, 88.5FM Modifieds and Portland Glass Strictly Streets. The program was sponsored by Whited Equipment Company, who had equipment on display at the track entrance and representatives who joined the fun in victory lane following the races.

Late Model Sportsman victory lane, including Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman Josh St. Clair of Liberty (first), Matt Bourgoine of Stetson (second) and Chris Thorne of Sidney (third). Photo courtesy Amy Harrop

The night kicked off with a 25-lap feature for the Outlaw Minis. Division rivals Zach Audet and Jimmy Childs started mid-pack and tangled on lap two, which resulted in Childs retiring to the pits and Audet being forced to restart at the tail end of the field due to his involvement in the caution. Audet began to quickly maneuver through the field following the incident, as he eventually took over the lead on lap 13. Audet avoided late-race carnage to pick up another win in the division. Travis Poulliot and Tyler Dinsmore followed to round out the podium.

Frank Moulton took off with the early lead in the 40-lap Late Model feature. “Boss Hogg” Dave St. Clair was on a mission mid-race, as he overtook Frank Moulton for the top spot on lap 20 as Will Collins followed. A caution on lap 28 brought the field together and Collins powered to the lead as Dave St. Clair faltered, and fell to fifth. A late-race caution on lap 38 brought opportunity for Josh St. Clair, who restarted in second after he started the race outside the top 20. Josh St. Clair remained deadlocked with Collins until the final lap, where Josh St. Clair pulled ahead with the advantage in turn one and never looked back. Josh St. Clair sailed into the victory, his third consecutive win in the division and 10 of the season overall among all divisions. Collins and Matt Bourgoine followed to round out the top three.

Matt Swanson. winner of Modifieds. Ryan Doucette was second and Jacob Perry third. Photo courtesy Amy Harrop

Following post-race technical inspection, Collins was penalized due to a weight violation and, ultimately, scored a last-place finish. The official top-three ruling, following tech, was Josh St. Clair, Bourgoine and Chris Thorne.

The weekly Modifieds took to the track next for their 30-lap feature. Wayne Whitten held the early advantage over a hard-charging Ryan Ripley. A caution on lap 12 brought the field together and it was ruled the drivers on the front row had jumped the restart. This resulted in the top two rows being swapped and division rookie Brandon Williams took over the lead. Williams began to pull away from Ripley in the second half of the race. He was met with ultimate heartbreak, however, with just three laps to go as he came to a slow in turn three and limped to the pits after breaking a left ball joint. Ripley took off from there, as he picked up his fourth win of the season in the division as Jeff Burgess and Adam Chadbourne rounded out the podium.

The Strictly Streets rounded out the weekly portion of the program with a 25-lap feature race. Chaz Briggs pulled away with the early advantage over Ashton Burgess, but Josh St. Clair rapidly made his way through the field. St. Clair took over the lead on lap 10 and maintained his advantage after a mid-race caution on lap 13, to secure his second win of the night and his 11th of the season overall. Kurt Hewins and Chaz Briggs, with his first podium finish at Wiscasset, rounded out the top three.

Strictly Streets winner Josh St. Clair of Liberty. Kurt Hewins of Turner finished second and Chaz Briggs of Westbrook third. Photo courtesy Amy Harrop

The night concluded with the 75-lap main event for the Modified Racing Series. All eyes were on Robie and Swanson, who had won their heat races earlier in the evening. Swanson took off like a rocket, as he pulled away from Jacob Perry and Kevin Iannarelli. Iannarelli, who ran in the top three throughout the day, was met with an unfortunate fate on lap 66 as he took a spin in turn four. This resulted in a late-race caution with less than 10 laps to go. Swanson buckled down on the restart, as he maintained his advantage over the competition. He was able to capitalize on his dominating performance, to secure the victory. Ryan Doucette and Jacob Perry followed to round out the podium.

The individual July 9 racing results were:

Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis (10 laps) – 1, Zach Audet, Norridgewock; 2, Travis Poulliot, Benton; 3, Tyler Dinsmore, Newcastle; 4, Ian Fraser, Belmont; 5, Bryan Robbins, Montville; 6, Shane Smith, Augusta; 7, Kyle Willette, Augusta; 8, William Turner, Freedom; 9, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; and 10, Wes Turner, Freedom.

Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman (40 laps) – 1, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 2, Matt Bourgoine, Stetson; 3, Chris Thorne, Sidney; 4, Dave St. Clair, Liberty; 5, Jet Decker, Chesterville; 6, Ryan Ripley, Thomaston; 7, Dave Getchell, Cornville; 8, Connor Wenners, Edgecomb; 9, Jonathon Emerson, Oxford; 10, Chris Burgess, Hartford; 11, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 12, Kris Matchett, Skowhegan; 13, Ray Dinsmore, Limerick; 14, Patrick Murphy, Woolwich; 15, Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 16, Daniel Harding, Fairfield; 17, D.C. Alexander, Carmel; 18, Ben Erskine, Skowhegan; 19, Scott Hall, Jay; 20, Frank Moulton, Clinton; 21, Joey Peaslee, Jefferson; 22, Dan Trask, Chelsea; 23, Ryan Esancy, Appleton; and 24, Will Collins, Waldoboro.

Zach Audet in Outlaw Mini class. Photo courtesy Amy Harrop

88.5FM WHCF Modifieds (30 laps) – 1, Ryan Ripley, Thomaston; 2, Jeff Burgess, Fairfield; 3, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 4, Tyler Robbins, Montville; 5, Matt Sanborn, Bangor; 6, Wayne Whitten Jr., Kennebunk; 7, Faith Cleaves, Pownal; 8, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 9, Scott Trask, Richmond; 10, Mike Brown, Hope; 11, Doug Phillips, Phillips; 12, Allen Moeller, Wiscasset; 13, Brandon Williams, Durham; and 14, Keith Lovejoy, Biddeford.

Portland Glass Strictly Streets (25 laps) – 1, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 2, Kurt Hewins, Turner; 3, Chaz Briggs, Westbrook; 4, Jeremy Glazier, Appleton; 5, Mac Hannan Jr., Washington; 6, Jason Gaboury, Augusta; 7, Ashton Burgess, Palmyra; 8, Wade Kennedy, Sebago; 9, William McCullough, Kenduskeag; 10, Jonathan Emerson, Sabattus; 11, Ethan Dinsmore, Hope; 12, Paul Lund, Buxton; 13, Donald Knight, Dixfield; 14, Mile Delano, Woolwich; 15, Landon Tapley, Washington; 16, Keith Drost, Etna; 17, Dylan Lancaster, Skowhegan; 18, Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 19, Caleb Emerson-Mains, Richmond; and 20, Andrew Glynn, Farmingdale.

MRS Modifieds (75 laps) – 1, Matt Swanson; 2, Ryan Doucette; 3, Jacob Perry; 4, Donnie Lashua; 5, Andy Shaw; 6, Anthony Bello; 7, Carl Medeiros; 8, Stu McCormack; 9, Kirk Alexandra; 10, Kevin Iannarelli; 11, Mike Collins; 12, Derek Robie; 13, Josh Cantera; and 14, Andrew Charron.

The individual July 2 racing results were:

Market 27 Super Streets (50 laps) – 1, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 2, Richard Pelton, Scarborough; 3, Brett Osmond, Wiscasset; 4, Dominic Curit, Saco; 5, P.J. Merrill, Canton; 6, Michael Harrison, Durham; 7, Matt Beers, Farmingdale; 8, Nick Morton, Woolwich; 9, David Greenleaf, Westport; 10, Darick Barker, Durham; 11, Jason Oakes, Boothbay; 12, Darren Ripley, Warren; 13, James Goodman, Carmel; and 14, James Osmond, Wiscasset.

Sweatt’s Concrete Thunder 4 Mini (30 laps) – 1, Shane Webber, New Vinyard; 2, Jeff Farrington, Alna; 3, Adam Audet, Norridgewock; 4, Bruce Hall Jr., Chesterville; 5, Ricky Austin, Norridgewock; 6, Gunner Josselyn, New Vinyard; 7, Ches Williams, Hope; 8, Shawn McMorrow, Skowhegan; 9, Adreonna Dodge, Freeport; 10, John Anderson, Bristol; 11, Joshua Hall, Sebago; 12, Jeff Davis, Woolwich; 13,James Grover, Newcastle; 14, Zach Audet, Norridgewock; and 15, Derek Cook, Livermore Falls.

Brackett’s Market 4-Cylinder Pro (30 laps) – 1, Josh Hall, Mount Vernon; 2, Daniel Harding, Fairfield; 3, Ben Burgess, Hartford; 4, Garritt McKee, Dixmont; 5, Andy Kaherl, Saco; 6, Sylas Ripley, Warren; 7, Taylor Lane, Phillips; 8, Cody Kelley, Pittston; and 9, Callahan Cox, Harrison.

Norm’s Used Cars Pro Stock (50 laps) – 1, Kevin Douglass, Sidney; 2, Jamie Wright, Woolwich; 3, Branden Fowler, Rome; 4, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 5, Logan Melcher, Fayette; 6, Joe Harriman, Montville; 7, Dave Getchell, Cornville; 8, Kelly Moore, Scarborough; 9, Shane Lane, North Anson; 10, Nick Reno, West Bath; 11, Steven Chicoine, Windsor; 12, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; and 13, Scott Chubbuck, Bowdoin.

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