Last Saturday at the Wiscasset Speedway was warm and sunny, with fans packing the bleachers to watch the group one division of racing. The evening air cooled just as the big lights of Wiscasset lit the track. Group one racing included: Pro Stocks, New England Four Cylinder Pro Stocks, Outlaw Mini, and Napa Super Street. The flex race of the week was a flagpole race, and there were spectator drags during intermission.
Starting off the evening’s action was a forty lap Pro Stock race. Starting on the pole was the No. 15 of Nick Hinkley. Behind him were the No. 39 of James Osmond and the No. 77 Of Maggie Ferland. During the opening lap, the No. 64 of Matty Sandborn made his way by Ferland on the outside of turn one to take the third spot.
Bill Penfold headed to the outside groove of the race track and passed Sandborn heading into turn one. Penfold kept his eyes ahead and moved up the track looking to pass Osmond. Osmond and Penfold raced furiously for second. Osmond held Penfold off until lap twenty-three when Penfold completed the pass on the inside of the backstretch taking second.
The No. 9 of Dylan Turner passed Osmond on turn three during lap twenty-six, taking third. Turner then passed Penfold on the inside of turn three during lap twenty-seven, moving to second place.
There was a caution during lap twenty-eight when Penfold spun on the track. Osmond moved back into third place when Penfold went to the back. When racing action resumed, Turner got a good start and passed Hinkley used the outside groove to take the race lead. Hinkley stuck to the inside line and was able to pass Turner on the backstretch to reclaim the race lead.
During lap thirty five, Turner once again moved to the outside to attempt the pass on Hinkley. Turner’s car slowed allowing Osmond to move into second and the #01 of Joe Decker moved to third. Turner recovered and moved up the track. During lap thirty-six Turner passed Decker for third.
There was a caution during lap thirty-seven when Decker and Penfold made contact on the track. Decker spun landing in the infield, and Penfold went off the track on the corner of turn three.
With only two laps remaining, Turner passed Osmond for second in turn one. Turner mounted another challenge for the race lead, but was not able to complete the pass before the checkered.
Hinkley took the win. Turner placed second. Osmond rounded out the top three in third place.
“We have really struggled with the Prostock car since my first win,” said Hinkley. “May was full of problems. We had problems with the clutch, then the car was running badly and just not dialed in. Last Prostock race we broke a transmission during the heat race, then lost a second transmission during the feature. This weekend was the first weekend we were where we wanted to be. The car was dialed in. Of course, next race will be a different story because we will be starting from the back.”
-Wiscasset Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: Wiscasset Speedway