In the history of Wiscasset Speedway, few drivers can present the big race resume that Darren Ripley can. Despite running his first race of 2014, Ripley proved he still knows his way around Maine’s fastest track. It was a packed house on Saturday. Fans thronged the grandstands to watch some great racing action which included Outlaw Mini’s, Napa Super Street, New England Four Cylinder Prostocks, and the main draw of the night, a 100 lap Boss Hogg 100 sponsored by Forest Peaslee and LLP Trucking. Peaslee said, “I sponsor races and race car drivers. My whole family used to race. I love the sport.”
The Boss Hogg had over a $7,000 pay out total for the drivers, plus an additional $25 was given out for lap leaders. The first place winner walked away with a $3,000 purse, plus the extra for laps led during the race. All drivers received some payout for the race. The race drew visitors from across the state and beyond.
The Boss Hogg 100 ran three heat races to determine position, and starting at the pole was the #19 of John Rideout. The #15X of Scott Chubbuck and the #72 of Charlie Colby were behind him. The first lap of the race saw a caution. The #32 of Mike Orr, the #9 of Dylan Turner, and the #7 of Nick Reno jumbled together and scraped down pit row. Orr’s car received damage and was unable to return to the track. Reno limped along after returning to the track, but by lap 15, he headed to the pits and was unable to continue racing.
When racing got smoothly underway, Chubbuck was able to pass Rideout on the back stretch. However, Rideout fought back and reclaimed the lead before the first lap was complete. Chubbuck slid in behind Rideout and waited for an opportunity pass. His chance came during lap five, when Rideout got loose on the track and fell back several positions. Chubbuck surged to the lead. The #01 of Andy Saunders moved to second, passing both Rideout and Colby. Colby moved to third.
Lap seven saw the second caution of a seven caution race. The #45 of Al Byron was racing with the #07 of Billy Penfold, when Byron rear ended Penfold, sending him into the front stretch wall. Both cars received heavy damage and were towed to the pits, their race night over.
The #09 of Darren Ripley was advancing up the track. Ripley had started in ninth place, but by lap eight Ripley was passing Colby for third on the inside of turn three.
A caution during lap twenty-six occurred when the #15 of Nick Hinkley spun on the track. The #77 of Maggie Ferland swerved to avoid him and ended up in the infield. Ferland’s car received damage, and was pushed off the track to the pits. Ferland was unable to return to the track.
Chubbuck had a solid lead, but the battle for second was fierce. Ripley challenged Saunders for his position, and during lap twenty-eight he passed on the inside of turn four for second.
Everything changed during lap sixty-nine. The #09D of Justin Drake spun on the track. When the caution was called Rideout slowed on the track, and five time Wiscasset Prostock champion Chubbuck came up from behind and rear ended him. Chubbuck’s car received front end damage and he headed to the pits for a quick repair. Chubbuck was able to make it back to the track before the caution had ended, but he started from the back. Ripley moved to first. Saunders moved to second. The #73 of Adam Polvinen moved to third.
On the ensuing restart, Ripley spun his tires on the start and Saunders leapt to the lead. Ripley played a game of catch up, and reclaimed the lead before the lap was complete. The #21 of Kevin Douglass passed Polvinen on turn three for third during lap seventy.
Saunders started getting loose coming into the corners. He lost his second place spot during lap seventy-seven when Douglass passed him on the inside of turn four. Saunders dropped back another position during lap eighty, when Polvinen passed on the inside of turn three for third.
Chubbuck, who had gone to the back of the pack, was making his way up the racetrack to the race leaders. By lap eighty-eight Chubbuck was back in the top five and looking to advance. He was able to claim fourth, but he did not have enough time before the end of the race to gain any additional positions.
Ripley took the checkered. The margin of victory was just a half second over Douglass, who placed second. Polvinen placed third. Race winner Ripley said, “I want to thank my crew. I want to thank my crew chief, Ryan Leadbetter, Travis Benjamin (2014 Oxford 250 winner), Dickie Ripley, Dana Ripley, Wayne Ripley, Mitchell, Pendleton, Benny Pratt, Dougie Wilshire, and Ryan Ripley. If not for them, I would not be doing this. As far as the race, I was just at the right time in the right place. The restarts where I started on the inside really helped. Scott Chubbuck was fast, I didn’t have anything for him. As I was racing, I could see the cars in my rear view window, they were competition, but I was able to keep them behind me. It is nice when your car is fast. It was a fun race.”
Wiscasset Speedway resumes racing action, August 16, 2014 with its group two lineup of divisions: Late Model Sportsman, Strictly Street, Thunder 4’s and Mini Trucks. The flex race of the week is an Enduro race. Details for the Enduro can be found at the Wiscasset Speedway website. Pit gates open at 2:00 PM. Grandstand gates open at 4:00 PM. Racing begins at 6:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for adults and children aged seven and older. Kids six and under are free. Pit admission is $20.00. Race fans and drivers can also now purchase their favorite pictures from not only this season, but from season’s past, at Peter Taylor’s (the track photographer) website: www.petespicks.smugmug.com. Wiscasset Speedway is located on West Alna Road in Wiscasset. For more information, head to the Wiscasset Speedway website at www.wiscassetspeedway.com.
WISCASSET SPEEDWAY UNOFFICIAL FINISH AUGUST 9, 2014*
PROSTOCK BOSS HOGG 100
- #09 Darren Ripley, Appleton
- #21 Kevin Douglass, Sidney
- #73 Adam Polvinen, Hebron
- #15X Scott Chubbuck, Bowdoin
- #01 Andy Saunders, Ellsworth
- #19 John Rideout, Washington
- #09D Justin Drake, Burnham
- #72 Charlie Colby, Edgecomb
- #39 James Osmond, Woolwich
- #88 Kyle DeSouza, Buckfield
- #1 Jeff Burgess, Fairfield
- #15 Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset
- #77 Maggie Ferland, Auburn
- #25 Will Collins, Waldoboro
- #7 Nick Reno, West Bath
- #55 Jesse Smith, Hermon
- #07 Bill Penfold, Oxford
- #11 Ed Trask, Chelsea
- #9 Dylan Turner, Freedom
- #45 Al Byron, Barrington
- #32 Mike Orr, Wiscasset
- #5 Bill Pinkham, Wiscasset
-Wiscasset Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: Pete’s Picks