The Market 27 Super Streets continue to excite at Wiscasset Speedway with each and every passing week. The growing division is full of seasoned veterans and weekly heavy hitters, but one of those veterans was noticeably missing from the field on Saturday. Josh St. Clair, a two-time winner this season, took a back seat from the Super Streets this past weekend, solely competing in the Pro Stock division. His absence still left 20 hungry drivers competing for the win.
The Super Streets competition kicked off with two 10-lap heat races. David Greenleaf powered to the early lead in the first qualifying heat as drivers went 3-wide for the runner-up spot behind him. Nicole Benincasa won the battle, pulling away from her competitors as Chasing the Checkered driver, Charlie Sanborn, trailed closely behind.
Michael Harrison and Zach Bowie took Sanborn 3-wide for third on lap 8. Harrison persevered, pulling ahead with the spot. A spin by Brandon Sprague on the final lap of the heat drew out the caution and ultimately ended the race prematurely. David Greenleaf took home his first heat victory of the season as Nicole Benincasa and Michael Harrison followed, rounding out the top 3.
Brett Osmond took off with the early lead in the second and final qualifying heat. Bubba Pelton was also on the move early, quickly catapulting into the runner-up spot.
Tiger Colby dove to Matt Beers’ inside door on lap 4, challenging for fourth. The two drivers battled it out for a couple of laps before Colby pulled ahead with the advantage on lap 6. Matt Beers fell to the back of the pack in the closing laps of the heat, eventually retiring to the pits on lap 8.
Brett Osmond scored the heat victory, followed by Bubba Pelton and Bill Pinkham.
David Greenleaf and Nicole Benincasa went head-to-head for the early lead in the 30-lap feature, but Benincasa fell victim to the outside lane and lost a handful of spots.
Michael Harrison was charging through the field early, powering to the lead over David Greenleaf on lap 6 as Charlie Sanborn trailed closely behind. Trouble was brewing behind the leaders as Brandon Wright-Bourne took a spin on lap 9. Wright-Bourne stopped on the backstretch following the spin and was penalized one lap for intentionally drawing out the caution.
Michael Harrison held off Charlie Sanborn on the restart and Sanborn later descended to third behind Brett Osmond.
The racing action came to a halt on lap 12 as Mike St. Pierre went around in turn 1 and David Greenleaf took a spin in turn 3. Chaos ensued at the tail end of the field on the restart, resulting in a chain-reaction accident that collected Matt Beers, David Greenleaf, PJ Merrill, Tiger Colby and Jason Oakes. Matt Beers was able to stay out on the track following the incident, but nearly every other driver retired to the pits with heavily battered racecars.
Michael Harrison and Brett Osmond remained deadlocked for the lead on the restart, but trouble ensued once again as Nicole Benincasa took a spin on lap 14. This resulted in another mid-race caution.
Michael Harrison pulled ahead on the restart as Brett Osmond fought to fend off both Bill Pinkham and Bubba Pelton. While battling for position, Bubba Pelton made hard contact with Bill Pinkham, sending him for a spin in turn 4. The field remained green, but Pelton was black flagged following the incident.
Michael Harrison continued to power through, picking up his first feature victory of the 2022 season after facing a lot of early season struggles. Following post-race technical inspection, it was revealed that Harrison was penalized for a carburetor violation. At this point, Brett Osmond was deemed the official race winner. The win is Brett Osmond’s first in the Super Streets division.
Only the top 2 (Brett Osmond and Matt Beers) finishers are official at this time due to a handful of technical and behavioral infractions that followed the wild race.
One thing is for sure: the Super Streets continue to put on one Heck of a show every week and every driver has a fighting chance to end up on the podium. So far, we have seen Josh St. Clair, Tiger Colby and Brett Osmond in the Winner’s Circle. Who will be next? It’s anyone’s game.
You can catch the Super Streets again on Saturday, June 18th. Until then, please join us for a full Group #2 program this coming Saturday, June 11th. Grandstands open at 4:00 pm and green flag flies at 5:00 pm.
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