Coastal 200 Postponed After Completion of Heat Races

In the world of auto racing, the old adage still applies: “You win some , you lose some.” Unfortunately, Sunday afternoon Mother Nature won out over a hopeful contingent of racers and fans who had gathered for the annual Coastal 200 at Wiscasset Speedway.

 

With the threat of oncoming rain, track officials made the decision to bump up the start time of the afternoon’s action by an hour to 1:00 pm and run Late Model heats and then features only in the support divisions, in an effort to beat the oncoming weather. Things looked good to start with successful runs in three 12-lap heat races for the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Models to set the field for the big race.

 

In heat one, a pair of third-generation drivers battled for the pole position, with Tiger Colby of Wiscasset jumping up from his number two starting position to grab the lead and then hold off a late charge from point leader Josh St Clair of Liberty to take the checkered flag. Matt Bourgoine of Stetson finished in third. In heat number two, it was Shane Clark of Winterport who turned in an easy win, leading from start to finish over Clinton’s Frank Moulton and Harpswell’s Mark Lucas. Heat number three was dominated by two-time defending Coastal 200 champ Ben Ashline. He grabbed the lead on lap one and held the top spot all the way to the checkers. Former 200 champ Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington chased him across the line in second followed by Scott Hall of Jay. 26 of 27 cars on hand are now qualified for the Coastal 200.

 

The Strictly Streets took to the track next with a strong field lined up for a 30 lap feature. There was good side-by-side action right from the drop of the green flag. Joey Peaslee and Brady Romano set the pace from the front row, but they were quickly overtaken by Caleb Emerson-Mains of Richmond, who moved up from his third starting spot. The action was stopped on lap 5 as Peaslee was involved in an accident in turn 4. Just five more laps would go by when the rain arrived on the scene and so did the yellow caution flag. With the precipitation increasing, the cars were kept on the track at caution pace to keep heat in the racing surface. However, after about 10 minutes of waiting, track officials resigned to the fact the track was lost to the weather and the remainder of the program would need to be postponed.

 

The Coastal 200 has tentatively been rescheduled for Saturday, June 12, which is the next time Group 2 is in action at the track. A start time and further details have yet to be determined, but will be posted on the track’s website within the next week. In the meantime, Group 1 returns to action this coming Saturday, June 6th at 5:00pm. The Maxwell’s Market Super Streets will have center stage with a 40 lap Spotlight feature, along with action in the Pro Stocks, Thunder 4 Minis, and 4-Cylinder Pros. They will also be joined by the Wicked Good Vintage Racers Outlaw and Early Late Model divisions. Full event details are available on the website at www.wiscassetspeedway.com

 

COASTAL 200 HEAT RESULTS

 

LATE MODEL / HEAT 1 (12 laps)

Pos No. Name Hometown State Laps Diff Gap Best Tm In Lap
1 78 Tiger Colby Wiscasset Me 12 15.776 3
2 14J Josh St. Clair Liberty ME 12 0.187 0.187 15.709 8
3 73 Matt Bourgoine Stetson Me 12 0.510 0.323 15.812 9
4 51 Ryan St Clair Wiscasset Me 12 1.926 1.416 15.965 9
5 26r Brent Roy Vassalboro Me 12 2.391 0.465 15.954 9
6 4 Ben Erskine Skowhegan Me 12 2.959 0.568 15.772 12
7 14H Kurt Hewins Turner Me 12 3.965 1.006 15.964 2
8 81 Ray Dinsmore Limerick Me 12 5.073 1.108 16.148 4
9 27 Jake Hendsbee Whitefield Me 3 9 Laps 9 Laps 17.746 2

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LATE MODEL / HEAT 2 (12 laps)

Pos No. Name Hometown State Laps Diff Gap Best Tm In Lap
1 21 Shane Clark Winterport Me 12 15.627 3
2 15m Frank Moulton Clinton Me 12 2.255 2.255 15.961 11
3 15L Mark Lucas Harpswell Me 12 3.406 1.151 15.962 4
4 47 Brandon Bailey Wiscasset Me 12 3.886 0.480 15.869 3
5 25 Will Collins Waldoboro Me 12 4.171 0.285 15.877 4
6 00 Alex Waltz Walpole Me 12 4.437 0.266 15.965 2
7 14 Dave St Clair Liberty Me 12 4.955 0.518 16.009 4
8 55 Tyler Bailey Wiscasset Me 12 5.391 0.436 16.068 5
9 21b James Barker Turner Me 12 11.742 6.351 16.015 4

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LATE MODEL / HEAT 3 (12 laps)

Pos No. Name Hometown State Laps Diff Gap Best Tm In Lap
1 15me Ben Ashline Fairfield ME 12 15.465 2
2 26 Andrew McLaughlin Harrington Me 12 2.058 0.733 15.662 1
3 10 Scott Hall Jay Me 12 4.451 2.393 15.714 4
4 15 Nick Hinckley Wiscasset Me 12 5.923 1.472 15.825 5
5 17 Chris Thorne Sidney Me 12 6.356 0.433 15.788 5
6 30a DC Alexander Carmel Me 12 7.169 0.813 15.750 4
7 20 Garrett Leiter Winslow Me 12 9.648 2.479 16.238 6
8 32 Nick Jenkins Brownville ME 12 1.325 1.325 15.569 2

 

-Wiscasset Speedway Press Release

-Photo credit: Speed51

Coastal 200 Postponed After Completion of Heat Races