Stock car racing

Finally on track: Whorf wins Pro Stock thriller at Wiscasset Speedway

After several weeks of false starts, racing begins May 4
By Ken Minott | May 06, 2019

Wiscasset — April showers bring May flowers, but it also brought frustration to anxious race fans and drivers who waited to get the 2019 racing season started.

After losing the first two races to weeks of persistent rain, Wiscasset Speedway finally was able to get in a show on Saturday, May 4.

Group 1 got the call for their season-opener, plus the first of three Enduros on the schedule.

Veteran racer Jeremie Whorff took home the victory in a wild finish to the 40-lap feature for the ServPro of Biddeford Saco Pro Stocks. Whorff ran fourth as the field stormed onto the front stretch to take the white flag. The lead pair tangled which sent drivers scrambling, and Whorff had the lead by the time they got to turn one. From there he cruised to the improbable win.

In other action, Jason Oakes was the winner in Maxwell's Market Super Streets, Zach Audet in the Thunder 4 Minis and Jeff Prindall in the Cahill Tire 4-Cylinder Pros. Ben Audet was the victor in the 100-lap Enduro.

The Maxwell's Market Super Streets had the spotlight race for the opening-day program. Bob Crocker and Mike Hodgkins lined up on the front row for the 35-lap feature. Hodgkins pulled out to a commanding half-straightaway lead through the first half of the race. Trouble began to brew for the leader as sparks began to appear under the rear end of the car and he soon relinquished the lead to Jason Oakes.

A much-needed caution allowed Hodgkins to head to the pits for repairs on a broken track bar mount. On the restart, Oakes shook off a challenge from Bobby Mesimer, pulled away to a comfortable lead and cruised to the victory.

He was chased across the line by Mesimer and defending champ Michael Harrison, who had to start the race back in the middle of the 12-car field. Hodgkins recovered from his mechanical issues and made a late-race charge to finish fourth. Dan Nessmith of Wiscasset rounded out the top five.

In the 25-lap Thunder 4 Mini feature, veteran Zach Audet grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Curtis Anderson on lap 10 and went on to victory in the caution-free race. It quickly became a two-car race for the win as the pair stretched out their advantage to a full straightaway. Anderson kept Audet within striking distance the entire race and crossed the line in second less than half-second behind the winner.

Doug Degroat and Spencer Sweatt put on a good race for the third spot as Degroat came out on top. Sweatt settled for fourth with rookie Caleb Willette of Winslow filled out the top five.

The Cahill Tire 4-Cylinder Pro was a caution-filled, 25-lap feature, mostly from minor spins. Defending champ Jeff Prindall showed the youngsters how it is done and led wire to wire for the win. Sophomore drivers P.J. Merrill and Dom Curit put on a great show racing for the remaining spots in victory lane. They traded spots several times during the race. Merrill went on to nail down a career-best second-place finish while Curit settled for third.

Curit made history in 2018 by becoming the track's youngest feature winner at 11 years old. The top five was completed by rookie Colby Peacock and Taylor Lane of Philips.

The ServPro of Biddeford Saco Pro Stocks lined up with a stout field of 18 cars for their 40-lap feature. Defending champ Nick Hinkley set the early pace with former champ Andy Saunders giving chase over the first 25 laps of caution-free racing. Saunders took the lead from there until Kevin Douglass moved up to challenge. The two raced side-by-side for several laps as Douglass edged Saunders by 2/100-of-a-second for the lead when the caution came out again with just two laps to go.

The restart lined up with Douglass and Saunders on the front row and Hinkley and Whorf directly behind. Saunders drove around Douglass to take the lead on the backstretch. As they stormed out of turn four to take the white flag, Douglass got into the back end of Saunders’ car which sent the leader spinning sideways. In the scramble to avoid the spinning car, Douglass and Hinkley made hard contact and Whorff was able to thread the needle and take the lead by the time they got to turn one. From there he cruised to the victory. Hinkley and Douglass chased him across the line; however, Douglass was penalized for the contact with the leader, which relegated him to finish sixth as the last car on the lead lap.

Saunders was able to refire his car and finish the race on the lead lap, being unofficially credited with a fifth-place finish. However, in another twist to the race, Saunders frustration in how his race ended carried into the pits. His team refused to bring his car to post-race tech inspection, which is a requirement for top five in feature races. With the refusal to submit to tech inspection, he was penalized and officially scored in 13th place as the last car running on the track at the end of the race.

The final official top-five finish in the race was Whorff, Hinkley, Ed Drake, Chris Ryan, and Douglass.

The individual results from May 4 racing included:

Maxwell’s Market Super Streets (35 laps) — 1, Jason Oakes, Boothbay; 2, Bobby Mesimer, Woolwich; 3, Michael Harrison, Durham; 4, Mike Hodgkins, Jefferson; 5, Dan Nessmith, Wiscasset; 6, Bob Crocker, Freeport; 7, Glen Reynolds, Turner; 8, David Thompson, Jefferson; 9, Parker Varney, Windham; 10, Bouncer Knight, Jay; 11, Boe Green, Berwick; and 12, Mike Wallace, Wiscasset.

Thunder 4 Mini (25 laps) — 1, Zac Audet, Skowhegan; 2, Curtis Anderson, Richmond; 3, Douglas Degroat, Oxford; 4, Spencer Sweatt, Albion; 5, Caleb Willette, Winslow; 6, Jacoby Perry, Pittston; 7, Gill Cote, Winslow; 8, Mark Sawyer, Newburgh; 9, Howard Roberts, Jay; and 10, Wes Turner, Freedom.

Cahill Tire 4-Cyl. Pro Stock (25 laps) — 1, Jeff Prindall, Lisbon; 2, P.J. Merrill, Canton; 3, Dominic Curit, Saco; 4, Colby Peacock, Yarmouth; 5, Taylor Lane, Phillips; 6, Mike Kibben, Lisbon Falls; 7, Benjamin Burgess, Hartford; 8, Noah Alexander, Orrington; 9, Andy Kaherl, Saco; 10, Nicole Benincasa, Buxton; 11, Callahan Cox, Harrison; and 12, Marissa LaPointe, Peru.

ServPro of Biddeford Saco Pro Stock (40 laps) — 1, Jeremy Whorff, Bath; 2, Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 3, Ed Drake, Vassalboro; 4, Chris Ryan, Newburgh; 5, Kevin Douglass, Sidney; 6, Cody Verrill, Woolwich; 7, Cody Tribbett, Richmond; 8, Dave St. Clair, Liberty; 9, Joey Peaslee, Jefferson; 10, Barry Poulin, Clinton; 11, James Barker, Jay; 12, Doug Tourtelotte, Bowdoinham; 13, Andy Saunders, Ellsworth; 14, Kevin Morse, Woolwich; 15, Shane Lane, North Anson; 16, Jamie Wright, Woolwich; 17, Ajay Picard, Palmyra; and 18, Nate Tribbett, Richmond.

Enduro (100 laps) — 1, Ben Audet, Skowhegan; 2, Jonathon Spear, Wiscasset; 3, Kyle Enman, Durham; 4, Steve Ward, Newcastle; 5, John Lacavera, Woolwich; 6, Nathan Haley, Wiscasset; 7, Travis Bradstreet, Bowdoin; 8, Dana Ingalls, Augusta; 9, Robbie Michaud, Farmingdale; 10, Vernon Hodgkins, Mechanic Falls; 11, Brad Clement, Readfield; 12, Donald Nashawaty, Pittston; 13, Leroy Levitt, Damariscotta; 14, Roger Bradstreet, Topsham; 15, Irving Doughty, Wiscasset; 16, Jeff Read, Waterville; 17, Justin Spear, Wiscasset; 18, driver name unavailable; 19, Shadow Folsom, Skowhegan; 20, Jordan Mayo, Dresden; 21, Jake Allen, Farmingdale; 22, Taylor Delano, Wiscasset; and 23, Jason Meservey, Warren.

Ken Minott works for Wiscasset Speedway.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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