WATCH LIVE: Coastal 200 at Wiscasset
The Coastal 200 is one of the biggest racing events of the year, not just for Wiscasset Speedway, but all of the State of Maine. It is also one of the biggest races in New England for Late Model Sportsman competitors, with a $5,000 winner’s prize and a nearly $30,000 total purse. A casualty of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020, the race is back for 2021.
Plus, for the first time in the race’s three decades of history, the Coastal 200 will be shown live online to a global audience on Speed51.TV this coming Sunday afternoon.
In recent seasons, Ben Ashline has caught the attention of many in racing business with his achievements in the Pro All Stars Series, most notably in 2019 when he won down in Lanier, Georgia. Now, Ashline has his sights set on bringing home his third race winner’s trophy in the Coastal 200.
Ben Ashline will be seeking a third win in the Coastal 200 this weekend at Wiscasset Speedway.
Another expected ringer for the day will be defending Wiscasset Pro Stock champion Nick Hinckley, who will be in search of his first career win in this extra-distance event.
The current guard of Late Model Sportsman drivers are ready to step up to the challenge as well. Five-time division champion Chris Thorne is also the most recent LMS race winner at Wiscasset. Andrew McLaughlin has yet to win in 2021 but sits second in the points. Then there is current points leader, third-generation driver Josh St. Clair who has been on a tear across multiple divisions so far in 2021. All three drivers are looking for their second Coastal 200 win.
Will Collins is tied with Thorne for third in LMS points so far, while Brandon Bailey rounds out the top five in points, just ahead of Alex Waltz.
Perhaps the biggest anticipation is around the expected return of one of Wiscasset’s all-time great stars, a winning driver who went on to buy and run Wiscasset for 14 years; the ‘Boss Hogg of Maine’ Dave St. Clair, the same man who is also credited with the creation of the Coastal 200 in the early 1990s.
See the Late Model Sportsman, plus Modifieds, Strictly Streets, and Outlaw Minis this Sunday, May 30 live on Speed51.TV with a monthly or yearly subscription.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Wiscasset Speedway