Trevor Sanborn woke up Sunday morning in the Eastern time zone. At the end of the Boss Hogg 150 at Wiscasset Speedway, his No. 29 Super Late Model was in a different time zone, figuratively.
Making his first Late Model start at the track since 2008, Sanborn used a methodical and patient approach to get to the front of the stout 27-car field that included Oxford 250 winners, touring series champions and local stars.
Sanborn started from the eighth positions and used a fast race car to pick off positions early in the 150-lap race. Near the halfway mark of the race, he began pressuring defending race winner Ben Ashline for the lead.
The two drivers battled side-by-side and swapped the lead for over 30 laps before Sanborn began pulling away with the lead with less than 50 laps to go. When Ashline ran out of fuel on Lap 122, it all but solidified Sanborn’s reservation in victory lane.
“The car wasn’t very good on restarts. One time I got Ashline on the outside there but we got a little lucky,” Sanborn admitted. “We just needed the air to build up in the tires on the long run and make a go out of it. It was in a different time zone. I couldn’t believe it.
“Once we got going, I’m not joking it was on rails. I was pretty confident even if we had a restart it would be all over for the next guy. Ashline was running a hard, hard pace; a fast pace. I was worried that I was running too hard, but once I cleared him we just left. They kept telling me one back, two back, three back and I just kept on driving.”
Echoing the thoughts of many drivers, including recent Oxford 250 winner Johnny Clark, Sanborn was impressed with the facility and event put on by the staff at Wiscasset Speedway.
“I haven’t made many laps here. It’s been about 12 years since I raced here in a PASS race,” he said. “The track is a lot better. The Jordan family has done a nice job. This place is awesome, and we’ll definitely be back.”
Mike Hopkins prevailed in an entertaining battle with his Port City Race Cars counterpart Johnny Clark to finish second.
“We were racing for second. Trevor was in his own league, hats off to him,” Hopkins said. “That team and the 99 (Ashline) were pretty much the class of the field. Me and Johnny were back there racing for second and third, battling it out and having a ball. Three years in a row, a win and two seconds ain’t nothing to complain about especially with the way the year’s gone. We decided last minute on Friday at 4:30 that we were going to come race.”
Kevin Douglass and Andy Saunders completed the top five. Initial fourth-place finisher Rodney Brooks was penalized to the last car on the lead lap (ninth) for failing to stop for a post-race tire durometer check.
Ashline did not return to the track after running out of fuel and finished 17th. However, he did claim a $500 bonus for leading the race at the halfway mark.
An on-demand replay of the Boss Hogg 150 can be viewed now on Speed51.TV.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager
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