WISCASSET — The nationwide heat wave could not stop Wiscasset Speedway on Saturday, July 23 as the track hosted an exciting night of Group 2 racing action.

The night’s program included the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Models, Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis, 88.5FM Modifieds, T&L Automotive Roadrunners and the Portland Glass Strictly Streets.

The fun did not stop there as the night also served as the 53rd “birthday” for the speedway.

Top three for modifieds: Brandon Williams of Durham (1st), Ryan Ripley of Thomaston (2nd) and Matt Sanborn of Bangor (3rd). Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor

Past and present track champions joined together in victory lane during intermission as part of a special presentation to honor the track’s history and the 2022 hall-of-fame inductees. The honorees helped shape Wiscasset Speedway, whether as driver, promoter, sponsor or car builder.

This year’s inductees include Larry Emerson, Chuck LaChance, J.C. Marsh, Forest Peaslee, Ray Penfold, “Big” John Phippen and Norm Sherman. Neil Greenleaf, Neil Reny and Johnny Rice also were honored for their dedication and contributions to the sport.

Five divisions of feature racing followed the hall-of-dame presentation.

Top three for roadrunners: David Whitelaw of Readfield (1st), Nicole Brown of Hope (2nd) and Ken Turner of South China (3rd). Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor

Frank Moulton started the day strong in the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Division, as he charged through the field to pick up the first heat win of the day. Moulton started on the front row for the feature and pulled away with the early lead over Dan Trask. He held a full straightaway advantage by the midway point of the race and even began to approach lap traffic.

The race took a 360 turn on lap 36 as Chris Burgess and Dave Getchell tangled, which resulted in a caution. Moulton maintained command of the lead through two restarts, but Will Collins was hot on his heels. Collins pulled to Moulton’s door on lap 41, and took the lead two laps later. Another late caution on lap 46 brought the field together and also brought Josh St. Clair into the picture after St. Clair charged through the field and into the top three. Collins and St. Clair battled closely after the restart, but Collins persevered, as he scored his first feature victory of the 2022 season. Division rookie Daniel Harding rounded out the top three.

Top three for Strictly Streets: Kurt Kewins of Turner (1st), Keith Drost of Etna (2nd) and Caleb Emerson-Mains (third). Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor

Zach Audet notably was absent from the Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis on Saturday, which left 10 drivers to battle it out for the win. Kyle Willette kicked off his day with a heat win in the division and quickly pulled away from Jimmy Childs in the 25-lap feature. Meanwhile, Childs retired from the race early due to a blown motor. Willette took off like a rocket from the get-go, to extend his lead to a full straightaway by lap 10. He was untouchable in the closing laps of the race, and, ultimately, picked up his first feature victory in the division. Travis Poulliot and Jason Kimball rounded out the podium. The race also was, surprisingly, the first race since October 2019 that Zach Audet or Jimmy Childs finished in the top three.

Brandon Williams, a rookie in the 88.5FM Modifieds, was on his way to his first division victory two weeks ago until a mechanical problem retired him from the race with just four laps to go. He was on the rebound on Saturday, as he picked up a heat victory before taking off with the early lead over Allen Moeller in the 30-lap feature.

Top three for Outlaw Minis: Kyle Willette of Winslow (1st), Travis Poulliot of Benton (2nd) and Jason Kimball of Pittston (3rd). Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor

Williams held strong for 20 laps, which extended his lead to more than a second before he began to approach lap traffic. Two late-race cautions on lap 25 and 27 brought four-time race winner Ryan Ripley into the picture with three laps to go. Ripley made his way to Williams’ outside door on the final lap and it was a drag race to the finish for the two competitors. After his heartbreak finish two weeks ago, Williams was able to capitalize and picked up his first feature victory in the division. Margin of victory? .059 seconds. Matty Sanborn rounded out the top three, as he picked up his first podium finish of the 2022 season.

Ken Turner took off with the early lead in the 15-lap T&L Automotive Roadrunners feature. Nicole Brown was on the move early, as she overtook the top spot on lap six. David Whitelaw, who almost lost it in turn four earlier in the race, moved into the top two on lap eight and began to reel in Brown. Whitelaw was within two car lengths of Brown with two to go and the drivers made heavy contact in turn one on the final lap of the feature. Brown got bent out of shape, which propelled Whitelaw into the lead. He held strong through the finish, to pick up another feature victory in the division. Ken Turner rounded out the top three.

The Portland Glass Strictly Streets rounded out the night with a 25-lap feature. Brady Romano held the early lead over Keith Drost, but Kurt Hewins quickly navigated through the field. Hewins overtook Jeremy Glazier for third before he moved onto Keith Drost, who he cleared on lap 15. Alex Cromwell took a spin in front of the leaders on lap 19, which resulted in a late-race caution. Kurt Hewins powered ahead through two restarts and held off Keith Drost to the finish line, to secure the feature victory. Calab Emerson-Mains rounded out the top three, to score his first podium finish of the 2022 season.

The individual racing results included:

Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman (50 laps) – 1, Will Collins, Waldoboro; 2, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 3, Daniel Harding, Fairfield; 4, Frank Moulton, Clinton; 5, Darren Ripley, Thomaston; 6, Jet Decker, Chesterville; 7, Chris Thorne, Sidney; 8, Connor Wenners, Edgecomb; 9, Jonathon Emerson, Oxford; 10, Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 11, Dave Getchell, Cornville; 12, Chris Burgess, Hartford; 13, Ryan Esancy, Appleton; 14, Patrick Murphy, Woolwich; 15, Alex Waltz, Walpole; 16, Ray Dinsmore, Limerick; 17, Matt Bourgoine, Stetson; 18, Darrick Barker, Jefferson; and 19, Dan Trask, Chelsea.

Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini (25 laps) – 1, Kyle Willette, Winslow; 2, Travis Poulliot, Benton; 3, Jason Kimball, Pittston; 4, Shane Smith, Augusta; 5, Josh Merrill, Corinth; 6, Ryan Kenniston, Smithfield; 7, Lewis Batchelder, Dixmont; 8, Ian Fraser, Belmont; 9, Tyler Dinsmore, Newcastle; 10, William Turner, Freedom; and 11, Jimmy Childs, Leeds.

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

T&L Automotive Roadrunners (15 laps) – 1, David Whitelaw, Readfield; 2, Nicole Brown, Hope; 3, Ken Turner, South China; 4, Kayle McLatchy, Jay; and 5, Jason Meservey, Warren.

Portland Glass Strictly Streets (25 laps) – 1, Kurt Kewins, Turner; 2, Keith Drost, Etna; 3, Caleb Emerson-Mains; 4, Jeremy Glazier, Appleton; 5, Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 6, Mac Hannan Jr., Washington; 7, Wade Kennedy, Sebago; 8, William McCullough, Kenduskeag; 9, Chaz Briggs, Westbrook; 10, Jonathan Emerson, Sabattus; 11, Donald Knight, Dixfield; 12, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 13, Alex Cromwell, Westport; 14, Ashton Burgess, Palmyra; 15, Scott Wiggin, Somersworth, N.H.; 16, Landon Tapley, Washington; and 17, Ethan Dinsmore, Hope.

Amy Harrop works for Wiscasset Speedway.