Wiscasset’s best known home tracker is also the one that has left greatest mark on “Maine’s Fastest Track”. Dave St. Clair had a Northeast and Maine Hall of Fame Career as a driver, but the man they call “Boss Hogg” took the wheel of the race track itself for a period of over 14 years in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
While he sold the track, he still remains visible to this day; fielding cars for family and friends, and himself on occasion. This weekend, for one of Wiscasset’s biggest races of the year the Coastal 200, Boss Hogg will ride again.
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“I’m bringing mine, we got plenty of cars. I’ve got two grandsons that are going to be racing, then Kurt Hewins who drives for me will be driving one, and then I’m driving one. We’ll still have spares,” St. Clair told Speed51.
He also wanted to make it clear, that he has always considered himself an active driver for what is now a sixth decade.
“I’ve never retired, I raced twice last year in a 50-lapper and a 35-lapper; didn’t race too much with the short season we had last year. Ran the 200 two years ago, but had some mechanical problems and finished 14th. I’ve done it since I was 17 years old in 1965, I just like it and don’t know enough not to give it up.
“I’m 73 now and been doing it for 56 years, I might not be the winner but I’ll be the most popular driver.” – Dave St. Clair
A staple of Memorial Day weekend for close to 30 years now on the Maine coast, the Coastal 200 is the biggest race of the year for Wiscasset’s Late Model Sportsman division. It’s a class that brings in a variety of cars and drivers, with the race itself bringing in just that little extra. It’s also a race that St. Clair created back in the 90’s in his early days as track owner.
“I started that race, I don’t quite remember when we had the first one. We actually started it as a 150 then went to 200 when I owned the track. Nice to see it continue, the Jordan’s do a good job, very nice people.”
While not as confident in himself to take the ‘W’, Boss Hogg believes one of his deputies can nab the big prize on Sunday. One of his grandsons, Josh St. Clair has become one of Wiscasset’s top active drivers. Ryan St. Clair is also making his presence known as well. The team lineup also includes Oxford Plains Speedway Limited Late Model driver Kurt Hewins, who’s always a threat for victory himself.
“My grandson Josh, he’s on a roll, he’s got two Pro Stock wins, a Late Model win, and a Street Stock win, we’re getting one of my old cars to see if we can get him a Super Street win in a few weeks. My other grandson Ryan has a heat win at Wiscasset, then Kurt he spun out but finished sixth; we got him another new car this week. They’ll all have a shot at it.”
For the first time in race history, the Coastal 200 will be shown live to a worldwide audience online; Speed51.TV will go live for post time at 2 p.m. ET this Sunday, May 30. The race will be available to monthly and yearly subscribers.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Wiscasset Speedway