The Norm’s Used Cars Pro Stocks returned to Wiscasset Speedway on Saturday with a healthy 14 car field. There was a little bit more on the line for the Pro Stock division, as JBRH Excavation & Welding Fabrication graciously offered a $500 bonus to the official race winner.
The Pro Stock action kicked off with two 10-lap qualifying heats. Chasing the Checkered driver, Logan Melcher, powered away with the early lead over Joey Peaslee in the first qualifying heat. Shane Lane was also on the move early, advancing into the runner-up spot over Joey Peaslee on lap 2.
Dave Getchell dove to Joey Peaslee’s inside door on lap 4, overtaking him for third. Peaslee and Nick Calvert were battling for position on lap 9 when the two drivers made heavy contact, resulting in Calvert backing into the turn 3 wall.
The race was deemed official during the caution, resulting in Logan Melcher being declared as the heat winner. Shane Lane and Dave Getchell rounded out the top 3.
Nick Reno took off with the early lead in the second and final qualifying heat as Scott Chubbuck and Nick Hinkley went head-to-head for the runner-up spot behind him. Chubbuck held strong, pulling away with the advantage on lap 3.
Nick Hinkley made his way back to Scott Chubbuck’s back bumper on the final lap, but Chubbuck was able to hold him off as Nick Reno secured the heat victory.
Logan Melcher and Shane Lane ignited an early battle for the lead in the 40-lap feature, with Melcher pulling ahead with the advantage on lap 2. Nick Reno was on a mission behind the leaders, overtaking Shane Lane for the runner-up spot on lap 3 before moving onto Melcher for the top spot. The two drivers remained side-by-side until lap 6, where Nick Reno took command of the field.
While battling for position, Scott Chubbuck and Nick Calvert tangled on lap 7, resulting in an early race caution.
Nick Reno maintained his advantage on the restart as Logan Melcher filed in behind him. Trouble was brewing behind the leaders once again as Joey Peaslee took a spin on lap 9, landing in the infield grass in turn 2. This led to red flag conditions as Peaslee’s machine had to be extracted from the muddy surface.
Nick Reno continued to pace the field as Josh St. Clair powered into the runner-up spot over Logan Melcher. Week 1 winner, Kevin Douglass, was on the move mid-race, clearing Melcher for third on lap 19.
Steve Chicoine took a hard spin on lap 21 going into turn 1, resulting in a caution.
Nick Reno and Josh St. Clair made heavy contact on the restart, sending St. Clair hard into the turn 2 wall. St. Clair was able to walk away from the carnage, but his car was left heavily battered. Due to being part of the caution, Nick Reno was forced to restart at the tail-end of the field. As a result of these terms, Kevin Douglass led the field back to green.
Douglass pulled ahead on the restart as Nick Hinkley quickly filed in behind him. The leaders began approaching lap traffic with 5 laps to go, allowing Kevin Douglass to distance himself from his competitors.
Douglass went on to win the feature, picking up his second consecutive victory in the division and a healthy $500 bonus. Nick Hinkley, Logan Melcher, Scott Chubbuck and Jeremy Whorff rounded out the top five.
The Pro Stocks continue to be one of the most competitive divisions at Wiscasset. Kevin Douglass is a proven competitor, but drivers like Nick Reno and Logan Melcher also broke through this week and showcased their strength over the course of the 40-lap feature. Who will be next to top the podium? Stay tuned to find out!
You can catch the Pro Stocks again on Saturday, May 21st. Until then, join us for Group #2 divisions and Mini Mayhem this coming Saturday, May 14th. As always, adult admission is just $5 with kids 6 and under FREE! Grandstand admission opens at 4:00 pm and green flag flies at 5:00 pm.
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