WISCASSET — The competition rolled on at Wiscasset Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 20 as the track hosted its second NEMA night of 2022, which featured the NEMA Lites, but also included weekly Group #2 divisions.

The night kicked off with a 25-lap feature from the Portland Glass Strictly Streets. Practice and the heat races took out two heavy hitters in the division: Chaz Briggs (wrecked in practice) and Kurt Hewins (wrecked in the heat). Those drivers took a big hit in the points standings as they were unable to start the race.

Josh St. Clair of Liberty, winner of Strictly Streets. Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor at petespicks@smugmug.com

Ashton Burgess held on to the early lead in the feature, but Josh St. Clair quickly picked off the competition, as he broke the top three by lap 12 after he started in the rear of the field. Mac Hannan Jr. took brief control of the lead on lap 15, but St. Clair was at his door the following lap. The drivers made contact on lap 19, which sent St. Clair for a slide through turn four. St. Clair held strong, to take over the top spot. St. Clair was able to extend his hearty points lead and power to his fifth feature win in the division in 2022. Hannan and Burgess (first podium in the division) rounded out the top three.

Following out-of-car introductions, 13 drivers took to the track for the spotlight 60-lap NEMA Lite feature. Tiana Kibbe took early command of the race, but was overtaken by Joey Bailey and Kyle Valeri on lap seven. A spin on lap 23 brought the field together, but Bailey maintained his advantage on the restart, to pull away with a hearty lead. Bailey extended his lead to a full straightway by lap 45, but second-place driver Valeri quickly worked down that gap. The leaders began to approach lap traffic in the closing laps, which allowed Bailey to distance himself from Valeri. He held strong through the finish, to pick up his first NEMA Lite win of 2022. Randy Cabral rounded out the top three.

Jonathan Emerson took off with the early lead in the 40-lap Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model feature. Trouble brewed early for rookies Jett Decker and Brett Osmond, who tangled on lap five. That led to a slew of cautions in the opening laps of the feature, but Emerson maintained command of the race as the dust settled. Will Collins began to chop into Emerson’s lead, to take over the top spot on lap 15 as Dave Farrington Jr., who started in 20th place, followed. A late-race caution for a spin on lap 29 brought the field together one final time.  Collins held steady on the restart as Daniel Harding and Josh St. Clair overtook Farrington for second and third. Will Collins powered into the victory, while Daniel Harding held off the defending champion St. Clair, to pick up his second runner-up finish of 2022 in the division.

Bryan Robbins of Montville, winner of Outlaw Minis. Photo courtesy of Peter Taylor at petespicks@smugmug.com

The 88.5FM Modifieds followed with a 30-lap feature. Scott Trask powered ahead with the early lead, but the multi-time champion, Adam Chadbourne, was quick to power through the field. Chadbourne was on the move in the closing laps, as he broke the top three on lap 20. He quickly stole second from Ryan Hayes, swiftly moved onto race leader Trask. Chadbourne completed the pass with one lap left in the feature and held onto it, as he collected his 67th career win at Wiscasset Speedway. Hayes rounded out the podium with his best finish of the season.

The Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini feature was shortened to 15 laps with single-file restarts due to driving in the heat race. Bryan Robbins took off with the early lead in the feature as Jason Kimball followed. Jimmy Childs was at Kimball’s door early, to challenge for the runner-up spot as Kyle Willette rode his coattails. A caution on lap 10 for a spin brought the field together, but Robbins held steady, to pick up his first feature victory of the 2022 season as Kimball and Childs rounded out the podium.

The individual racing results were:

Portland Glass Strictly Streets (25 laps) — 1, Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 2, Mac Hannan Jr., Washington; 3, Ashton Burgess, Palmyra; 4, Shawn Austin, Norridgewock; 5, Scott Eck, Lisbon; 6. Zach Emerson, Sabattus; 7, Wade Kennedy, Sebago; 8, Keith Drost, Etna; 9, Mike Delano, Woolwich; 10, Caleb Emerson-Mains, Richmond; 11, Landon Tapley, Washington; 12, Scott Wiggin, Somersworth; 13, Jeremy Glazier, Appleton; 14, Bouncer Knight, Dixfield; 15, Lewis Anderson, Hollis; 16, Alex Cromwell, Westport; 17, Ethan Dinsmore, Hope; 18, Dan Morton, Woolwich; 19, Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; and 20, Kurt Hewins, Turner.

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

88.5M Modifieds (30 laps) — 1, Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 2, Scott Trask, Richmond; 3, Ryan Hayes, Jefferson; 4, Matt Sanborn, Bangor; 5, Brandon Williams, Durham; 6, Allen Moeller, Dresden; 7, Garritt McKee, Dixmont; 8, Wayne Whitten Jr., Kennebunk; 9, Billy Childs Jr., Leeds; and 10, Doug Phillips, Phillips.

Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini  (15 laps) — 1, Bryan Robbins, Montville; 2, Jason Kimball, Pittston; 3, Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 4, Kyle Willette, Winslow; 5, Travis Poulliot, Benton; and 6, Tyler Dinsmore, Newcastle.

NEMA Lites (60 laps) — Joe Bailey, Kyle Valeri, Randy Cabral, Avery Stoehr, Paul Scally, Eric Bacon, Tiana Kibbe, Jake Trainor, Dylan Coutu, Ethan Dion, Braden Egan, Mikey Pernesiglio and Connor Souza.

Amy Worrey works for Wiscasset Speedway.