WISCASSET — While the temperature outside continued to cool, the racing action continued to heat up at Wiscasset Speedway.

The excitement continued on Saturday, Aug. 13 as the track hosted a full Group #1 racing program, which included the Brackett’s Market 4-Cylinder Pros, Norm’s Used Car Pro Stocks, Sweatt’s Concrete Thunder 4 Minis and the Market 27 Super Streets.

Pro Stock top three, including Nick Hinckley of Wiscasset (1st), Kevin Douglass of Sidney (2nd) and Kelly Moore of Scarborough (3rd). Photo courtesty of Peter Taylor

The 4-Cylinder Pro Division kicked off the program with a 30-lap spotlight feature. Seven drivers took to the track for the drop of the green flag, but front runners Sylas Ripley and Callahan Cox were notably missing from the field. Ben Burgess took off with the early lead in the feature as Josh Hall and Daniel Harding filed in behind. The three drivers quickly pulled away from the rest of the field, which ignited their own battle for the lead in the closing half of the race. Hall jumped to the top groove on lap 26, as he sacrificed the bottom groove to Harding as they continued to trail Ben Burgess at the top of the leaderboard. Burgess maintained his edge through the finish, to pick up his second feature victory of the season. Harding and Hall were still door-to-door as they crossed the finish line. Josh Hall initially was declared the second-place finisher, but, following a postrace transponder inspection, Harding was awarded with the spot.

Super Street top three includes P.J. Merrill of Canton (1st); Jason Oakes of Boothbay (2nd) and Brett Osmond of Wiscasset (3rd). Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor

Jamie Wright powered to the early lead in the 40-lap Pro Stock feature, but chaos quickly erupted as series’ standouts Kevin Douglass and Josh St. Clair made contact in turn three. This resulted in an early caution and led to St. Clair heading to the pits under yellow. Douglass remained on the track following the incident with sizable left-front damage. Following the restart, Kelly Moore began to power his way through the field. He ignited a battle with Wright on lap 14, which lasted a handful of laps. The drivers made contact on lap 18 — a move that sent both through the turn two grass. This catapulted Nick Hinkley into the top spot where he immediately pulled ahead with a sizable lead. Miller Buzzell spun on the final lap in turn three, which ended the race under yellow-checkered conditions. Jamie Wright let off the gas following the spin, allowing Douglass and Moore around him to round out the podium as they raced to the line per Wiscasset track rules. The win was Hinkley’s first of the season and gave him momentum to end out the season on a high note.

The Pro Stock feature also served as practice to many drivers for the “Boss Hogg” 150 on Sunday, Sept. 4. The track announced the winner’s purse has doubled from $5,000 to $10,000 for the coveted race.

Thunder 4 Mini top three includes Zach Audet of Norridgewock (1st), Jeff Farrington of Alna (2nd) and Kyle Willette of Winslow (3rd). Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor

Bruce Hall, Jr. held onto the early advantage in the 25-lap Thunder 4 Mini feature, but trouble brewed for points leader Shane Webber, who was involved in a pile-up in the opening laps of the race. Webber pulled back onto the track for the drop of the green flag, but was in danger of going a lap down. After starting mid-pack, Zach Audet pulled to the lead on lap nine as Jeff Farrington lingered closely behind. Audet distanced himself from Farrington in the closing laps of the race, to pull to a full straightaway lead with 10 laps to go. He maintained his advantage throughout the remainder of the race, to pick up his third consecutive victory in the division. Jeff Farrington and Kyle Willette rounded out the top three.

The Super Streets concluded the night with a final 30-lap feature. The initial start was called off by race control as the front row of drivers jumped the start. Per Wiscasset rules, the front two rows were swapped for the restart. P.J. Merrill powered to the lead on the restart as Jason Oakes followed closely behind. The leaders began to approach lap traffic with 10 laps to go and Jason Oakes began to inch closer to Merrill’s back bumper. Bill Pinkham took a spin with six laps to go and Merrill held his breath, but the field remained green as Pinkham was able to keep rolling. The leaders cleared lap traffic with three laps to go and Oakes was still on Merrill’s tail, ready to strike at any second. Merrill was able to fend him off to the finish, to pick up his first career Super Streets victory at Wiscasset Speedway. Brett Osmond rounded out the top three.

The results from Aug. 13 racing included:

Brackett’s Market 4-Cylinder Pro (30 laps) – 1, Ben Burgess, Hartford; 2, Daniel Harding, Fairfield; 3, Josh Hall, Mount Vernon; 4, Taylor Lane, Phillips; 5, Andy Kaherl, Saco; 6, Reed Reno, West Bath; and 7, Jack McKee, Dixmont.

Norm’s Used Cars Pro Stocks (40 laps) – 1, Nick Hinckley, Wiscasset; 2, Kevin Douglass, Sidney; 3, Kelly Moore, Scarborough; 4, Jamie Wright, Woolwich; 5, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 6, Logan Melcher, Fayette; 7, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 8, Steven Chicoine, Windsor; 9, Nick Calvert, Steep Falls; 10, Dave Getchell, Cornville; 11, Mark Lucas, Harpswell; 12, Joe Harriman, Montville; 13, Miller Buzzell, East Baldwin; and 14, Ben Erskine, Skowhegan.

Sweatt’s Concrete Thunder 4 Mini (25 laps) – 1, Zach Audet, Norridgewock; 2, Jeff Farrington, Alna; 3, Kyle Willette, Winslow; 4, Bruce Hall Jr., Chesterville; 5, Gunner Josselyn, New Vinyard; 6, Ryan Stilwell, Lamoine; 7, Ricky Austin, Norridgewock; 8, Jeremy Farrar, Hebron; 9, Steve Hall, Sebago; 10, Butch Keene, Turner; 11, Shane Webber, New Vinyard; 12, Austin Dodge, Freeport; 13, Adreonna Dodge, Freeport; 14, Ricky McEachern, Starks; 15, David Cook, Jay; and 16, Ches Williams, Hope.

Market 27 Super Streets (30 laps) – 1, P.J. Merrill, Canton; 2, Jason Oakes, Boothbay; 3, Brett Osmond, Wiscasset; 4, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 5, Matt Beers, Farmingdale; 6, Richard Pelton, Scarborough; 7, Nicole Benincasa, Buxton; 8, David Greenleaf, Westport; 9, Dominic Curit, Saco; 10, Darick Barker, Durham; 11, Jeff Davis, Woolwich; 12, Bill Pinkham, Wiscasset; 13, Colby Peacock, Yarmouth; 14, Nick Morton, Woolwich; and 15, Noah Haggett, Chelsea.

The results from Aug. 6 racing included:

Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini (30 laps) – 1, Jason Kimball, Pittston; 2, Kyle Willette, Winslow; 3, Travis Poulliot, Benton; 4, Ryan Kenniston, Smithfield; 5, Ian Fraser, Belmont; 6, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 7, Wes Turner, Freedom; 8, Chris Watkins, Oakland; 9, Shane Smith, Augusta; and 10, Tyler Dinsmore, Newcastle.

88.5FM WHCF Modifieds (30 laps) – 1, Allen Moeller, Wiscasset; 2, Ryan Ripley, Thomaston; 3, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 4, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 5, Scott Trask, Richmond; 6, Brandon Williams, Durham; 7, Mike Brown, Hope; 8, Matt Sanborn, Bangor; 9, Garritt McKee, Dixmont; 10, Wayne Whitten Jr., Kennebunk; and 11, Doug Phillips, Phillips.

Portland Glass Strictly Streets (25 laps) – 1, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 2, Jeremy Glazier, Appleton; 3, Kurt Hewins, Turner; 4, Jonathan Emerson, Sabattus; 5, Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 6, Caleb Emerson-Mains, Richmond; 7, Wade Kennedy, Sebago; 8, Keith Drost, Etna; 9, Chaz Briggs, Westbrook; 10, Ethan Dinsmore, Hope; 11, Mac Hannan Jr., Lisbon; 12, Bouncer Knight, Dixfield; 13, Ashton Burgess, Palmyra; 14, Mike Delano, Woolwich; 15, Landon Tapley, Washington; 16, Andrew Glynn, Farmingdale; 17, Bernie Dinsmore, Hope; and 18, Nick Morton, Woolwich.

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

Amy Worrey works for Wiscasset Speedway.