Wiscasset Speedway capped off an action-packed Labor Day weekend doubleheader on Sunday afternoon with the running of the 2018 Boss Hogg 150. The annual Pro Stock race attracted 32 of the region’s best racers all gunning for the $5,000 winner’s take of a near $30,000 purse. At the end of the day, Hermon, Maine driver Mike Hopkins added his name to the winner’s list of one of Maine’s biggest annual events.
Josh St Clair of Liberty, grandson of Hall of Fame racer “Boss Hogg” Dave St Clair led the field to the green flag with former Boss Hogg winner Andy Saunders of Ellsworth alongside. The race got off to a rough start with three red flags for multi-car wrecks between lap 15 and 20, mostly thinning out cars in the middle and rear of the field. All the while the action up front was fast and action packed.
Despite the rough start the race turned out to be a thrilling finish, complete with a last-lap pass for the win. Hopkins, who dominated the race through the middle stages nearly gave it away on a late-race restart but came back to grab the checkers and the big victory.
Following the third red flag stoppage on lap 20, the race settled down into a 71-lap green flag run, where Hopkins took the lead from Saunders and started knocking contenders off the lead lap. Through the second half of the race, it became clear that the race would come down to Hopkins, Garrett Hall of Scarborough, and Dave Farrington of Jay.
A late-race caution for Travis Benjamin with 145 laps complete gathered the field up for a final dash for the checkered flag. Hall was able to get a nose under Hopkins down the backstretch to grab the lead on the restart. Hopkins tried every angle to retake the spot over the next two laps, but slipped into turn one with two laps to go, nearly dropping to third behind Farrington. Hopkins rebounded and charged to the inside of Hall into turn 1 as the white flag flew. By the time they reached the backstretch, he had the lead back and nailed down the win by just over a tenth of a second over Hall, and a half second over Farrington.
Kevin Douglass of Sidney made a late-race charge into the top five and brought his car home in fouth, nearly running out of fuel in the process. Five-time track champ Scott Chubbuck of Bowdoin rounded out the top five.
Other winners on the day included Adam Chadbourne of Woolwich in the 40 lap feature for the K&A Property Services Modifieds, The show also included features for the Wicked Good Vintage Racers in three divisions (Early Late Models, Hobby, and Outlaws).
Saturday night’s program was highlighted with the running of the 4th annual Outlaw Mini Madness 75-lap race. New Hampshire racer Cody LeBlanc survived a mechanical battle of attrition to pick up the win. Several of the race favorites dropped out with mechanical problems, including two-time Mini Madness winner Jimmy Childs of Leeds, who led the first 61 laps of Saturday’s race until his car went up in smoke. LeBlanc was joined in victory lane by Brent Roy of Vassalboro and Scott Trask of Richmond.
Other winners on Saturday’s Group 2 program included Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington in the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman 40-lap feature, Kyle Hewins of Leeds in the 25-lap feature for the Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets.
Defending Amsoil Nelcar Legend champ Austin Teras of Windham stormed from 16th to grab the lead just past midway of their 25 lap feature. From there he cruised to the victory over Luke LeBrun of Newton, Mass and Casey Call of Pembroke, NH. Saturday’s show wrapped up with a special 20-lap race for the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Models called the “Dash for Cash”. The race showcased drivers in the class who had not won an LMS feature over the past three years. Ten of the 17 qualified drivers answered the call, with rookie Logan Melcher of Fayette running away with the win and the cash payout. Frank Moulton of Clinton and veteran racer Bill Pinkham of Wiscasset joined him in victory lane.
Wiscasset Speedway returns to action Saturday September 8 with Ames True Value NEMA Night. It will feature the second appearance of the season for the lightning-quick NEMA Midgets & NEMA Lites. The show will also showcase double features for the Serv Pro of Biddeford Saco Pro Stocks, along with action in the Thunder 4 Minis, Cahill Tire 4-cylinder Pros, and Maxwell’s Market Super Streets. Pit gates will open at 1:00 pm, grandstand gate at 3:00 pm and racing action will start at 5:00 pm. Grandstand admission is $5 with kids 6 & under free. Pit admission is $20 for all. Full race day schedule and more info can be found at www.wiscassetspeedway.com.
-Wiscasset Speedway Press Release
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