The Portland Glass Strictly Streets housed the biggest lineup on Saturday at Wiscasset Speedway as 21 drivers joined the field. While Josh St. Clair and Kurt Hewins were looking to pick up repeat wins in the division, drivers like Wade Kennedy, Mac Hannan, Jr. and Jason Gaboury were looking to knock them off the podium.
The competition kicked off with three 10-lap qualifying heats. Chaos erupted at the tail end of the field on the initial start of the first heat, resulting in the field scattering. Scott Eck and Ethan Densmore both came to a slow on the track, leading to an early caution.
Paul Lund took off on the restart as Mike Haynes and Brady Romano filed in behind him. Lund held off both Haynes and Romano for the remainder of the heat, picking up the victory.
Calab Emerson-Mains powered into the early lead in the second qualifying heat. Mac Hannan, Jr. was also on the move, advancing to third on lap 3 after starting at the tail end of the field. He made his way to Wade Kennedy’s inside door on lap 5, overtaking him for the runner up spot.
Calab Emerson-Mains held off Mac Hannan, Jr. in the closing laps of the heat, securing the victory. Wade Kennedy followed, rounding out the top 3.
Jonathon Emerson took off with the early lead in the third and final qualifying heat, but Josh St. Clair was right on his tail. Kurt Hewins was also coming through the field early, breaking the top 3 on lap 2.
Hewins made way to St. Clair’s outside door on lap 8, challenging for the runner-up spot. Hewins took over on the final lap, quickly moving onto Jonathon Emerson for the lead. Hewins and Emerson remained door-to-door through the final turn, resulting in a drag race to the finish. Hewins succeeded in his pursuit, scoring the heat victory by .052 seconds. Josh St. Clair rounded out the top 3.
Paul Lund took off with the early lead in the 25-lap feature. Drivers were 3-wide for position early and this resulted in chaos as Scott Wiggin took a hard right into the turn 3 wall on lap 2, collecting Kurt Hewins, Josh St. Clair, Chad Wills and Mike Delano. The incident resulted in an immediate red flag. Thankfully, Wiggin walked away under his own power.
Paul Lund pulled ahead once again on the restart. Scott Eck was on the move behind the leader, advancing to third over Brady Romano as Mac Hannan, Jr. followed in succession. Trouble was brewing once again as Keith Drost and Jason Gaboury tangled on lap 8, resulting in another early caution. Calab Emerson-Mains suffered from a flat right rear tire, which was discovered under the caution. This forced him to the pits under yellow.
As Paul Lund maintained his edge, drivers went 3-wide for the runner-up spot on the restart. Mac Hannan, Jr. won the battle and quickly moved onto Lund for the lead, overtaking the top spot on lap 11.
While battling for position, Brady Romano and Jeremy Glazier made contact on lap 18, resulting in Romano going for a spin in turn 2. This resulted in a late-race caution.
Mac Hannan, Jr. powered ahead on the restart as Scott Eck pulled into the runner-up spot. Josh St. Clair broke the top 5 on lap 20 and was on the charge in the closing laps of the feature, challenging Paul Lund for third with two laps to go. The two drivers made contact in turn 2 and this carried into turn 3, where St. Clair took a spin. Mike Haynes had nowhere to go and made contact with St. Clair, which sent him directly into the turn 3 wall. This resulted in an immediate red flag. Mike Haynes walked away from the carnage, but was left with a battered racecar.
Mac Hannan, Jr. held strong on the restart and never looked back, securing his first feature victory of the 2022 season. Scott Eck followed, scoring his first career podium finish in the division. Wade Kennedy, Paul Lund and Jonathon Emerson followed, rounding out the top five.
Mac Hannan, Jr. is no stranger to winning and he finally found his way back to Victory Lane on Sunday!
Who will be next? Will it be Scott Eck or Wade Kennedy, who are both on the verge of their first win at the speedway? Will Josh St. Clair or Kurt Hewins return to the Winner’s Circle? Stay tuned to find out!
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