WATCH LIVE: Boss Hogg 150 at Wiscasset
The race, created by former Wiscasset Speedway champion driver and track owner Dave St. Clair (AKA Boss Hogg) in 1991, and then revived in 2013 by the Jordan family, has quickly become a Labor Day Weekend tradition on the Maine Coast.
Even being fresh off the rigors of the Oxford 250, a number of drivers including 2019 Boss Hogg 150 winner Ben Ashline are more than ready for the challenge over the two weekend stretch.
“It’s a quick turnaround for us, but both races mean a lot to us, and it’s certainly something we’re not going to miss either way. It’s part of it, when you love it you’ll do whatever it takes,” Ashline told Speed51.
“We had some cosmetic damage from the 250, the first half of the race was not what we wanted it to be. We put our second set of tires on and the car came to life. We got back on the lead lap and managed a decent finish out of it with just that little bit of damage. We’re cleaning the car up, then we’ll go faster this weekend.
“They’re two different animals in themselves; one’s flat, the other is banked. They require different pieces to the puzzle, but we got the time to take care of the small stuff, and we’ll work on going fast when we get there.”
A native of Pittston, just a 20 minute drive from Wiscasset north on Route 27, Ashline’s family has a long history of racing at “Maine’s Fastest Track”.
“For me, racing started at Wiscasset. It’s one of those races that you hold near and dear to your heart, I can remember being in the grandstand watching some really good guys show up for these kinds races, whether it’s the Boss Hogg or the Coastal. Knowing that’s what started this for my family between my dad and my uncles, my grandfather; they all spent time racing there at some time. It’s always good to go back and represent in a good way.”
This weekend, Ashline is looking for a little redemption in addition to another Boss Hogg trophy. One year ago, the No. 99 looked to be on route to a second-straight win, only to run out of gas while battling eventual winner Trevor Sanborn.
“Last year, we ran out of gas racing with Trevor for the lead with 25 to go. That was a heart breaker, we were in a position to go back-to-back, and winning both the big races of the year. We just came up a gallon shy.”
Despite the race day crowd being choked by Maine COVID-19 attendance restrictions in 2020, the race proved to be one of the best in recent years in terms of entries, and was displayed to a worldwide audience for the first time via Speed51.TV. This weekend, Speed51.TV is back for the Boss Hogg weekend, with Ashline hopeful that many his fellow racers will be back for more too.
“Racers just want to race and when they have a big event like that, it doesn’t matter what form of racing or division, you want to try and support it any way you can. For us, to go down there is an easy choice, and when you can help contribute to a race like that, it means a lot when you see the big guys that are great to race with show up. Plus, now with Speed51 showing the race live it just brings more excitement and pizzaz to all of it.”
Speed51.TV will be live both Saturday and Sunday from Wiscasset Speedway. Saturday, September 4 will see the Late Model Sportsman headlining the action with racing beginning at 5pm ET. Then on Sunday, September 5, the Pro Stocks hit the track for the 2021 Boss Hogg 150 along with the EXIT Realty Pro Truck Series and Strictly Streets, post time is 2pm ET.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51