2017 COASTAL 200
SUNDAY MAY 28TH @ 2:00PM
ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN WINS 2017 COASTAL 200
Harrington, Maine’s Andrew McLaughlin has come close, very close, to winning the state’s biggest Late Model Sportsman race; The Coastal 200, on more than one occasion. Finally, on a near perfect sunny Sunday afternoon at Wiscasset Speedway, McLaughlin finally sealed the deal and took home the biggest win of his career in dominant fashion. Over 2600 fans packed the house for the Memorial Day weekend tradition, including a large contingent of veterans & active duty military who were admitted free of charge as the track’s special guests.
Starting from the pole position in front of the 26 car field, McLaughlin led 181 of the 200 laps but was still tested on several occasions by a handful of drivers waiting for him to make a mistake. That mistake never happened as he was the best car all day, nailing down the win by a comfortable 3 seconds over Fairfield’s Ben Ashline and local favorite Nick Hinkley of Wiscasset. For his efforts, Mclaughlin raked in $5100 in winnings and lap leader money, including $500 for leading halfway. The race was once again presented by Jordan Lumber and Jordan Excavation of Kingfield. Other winners on the program included Jonathan Emerson of Sabbatus in the Norm’s Used Cars Strictly Streets; Mark Lucas of Harpswell in the Midcoast Region Napa Modifieds; and Zac Audet of Skowhegan in the Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis.
One of the unique things about the Coastal 200, (or the Coastal 150 in its early days), is that in its 20+ year history, the race has seen only one repeat winner. With only a pair of previous winners scattered through the 26 car field, the odds remained high for yet another driver to be hoisting the victor’s trophy for the first time. McLaughlin brought the field to the green with Burgess alongside. Both drivers have been a former runner-up in the big race. Behind them were another pair of heavy favorites, 2016 winner Chris Thorne and veteran ACT racer Ben Ashline, making his return to action after nearly 3 years away.
McLaughlin set a torrid pace from the drop of the green flag, pulling out to a half straightaway advantage, while Ashline, Burgess, Thorne, and several others jockeyed for position. Four separate cautions for spins mid-pack bunched things up for challengers to take their shot at the leader, but he held served through the midpoint of the race until a much-needed caution flag flew on lap 135, sending all the lead lap cars onto pit road for tires. When the cars returned to the track for the restart, McLaughlin had come out last among the 9 cars left on the lead lap. Will Collins held the lead for a lap after the restart until it was taken by Ashline and then Hinkley over the next 19 laps. Intermixed with several lapped cars, McLaughlin sliced his way through traffic and drove around Hinkley to reclaim the lead. That pass was the validation that the fans and fellow drivers needed to confirm that it was his race to win. As contenders faded, McLaughlin’s car seemed to get stronger and he sealed the victory in a race he had turned in 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the past 3 years.
Ashline fought a loose race car all day and recovered from a lap 139 spin of his own to place 2nd. Hinkley was the last driver with a serious challenge to the eventual winner, holding the lead til lap 152 but then faded late to settle for the third place trophy. Winterport’s Joey Doyon spent much of the race in the top five, even having a shot at the lead himself on lap 137. He would match his career best from last year’s race in 4th. Mike Hopkins of Hermon had a solid day, but some early body damage to the right front of his car helped relegate him to a 5th place finish. McLaughlin, Ashline, and Burgess each pocketed an extra $100 from Norms Used Cars of Wiscasset for winning their respective heat races.
Other early favorites including Thorne, Burgess, and Winterport’s Shane Clark all succumbed to mechanical problems dropping them from contention. Clark had made three separate charges up from the back of the field into the top 5 in the first third of the race but finally retired on lap 86. He was awarded the Code 99 Designs Hard Luck Driver of the race. Collins took home the AR Bodies Hard Charger Award after starting 20th and finishing 7th.
In victory lane, the winner was all smiles. “I’ve won a bunch of Saturday night feature races, and have come close in a few big ones,” said McLaughlin from Victory Lane,” It’s been a goal of mine to win this race. This is the highlight of my racing career, right here. I couldn’t be prouder”. He added, “I knew once I got new tires on the car I’d be ok. I knew I had a good car. As soon as we unloaded today, I knew they were in trouble”
2017 COASTAL 200 PRESENTED BY JORDAN LUMBER & JORDAN EXCAVATION
1. #26 ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN – HARRINGTON (200)
2. #15me BEN ASHLINE – FAIRFIELD (200)
3. #15 NICK HINKLEY – WISCASSET (200)
4. #38x JOEY DOYON – WINTERPORT (200)
5. #15h MIKE HOPKINS – HERMON (200)
6. #33 JOSH ST CLAIR – LIBERTY (200)
7. #25 WILL COLLINS – WALDOBORO (200)
8. #11 CODY VERRILL – RICHMOND (200)
9. BRANDON BAILEY – WISCASSET (200)
10. #33t TREY BROWN – WINTERPORT (198)
11. #3 RICHARD JORDAN – KINGFIELD (198)
12. #17 CHRIS THORNE – SIDNEY (198)
13. #17x CHRIS MATCHETT – SKOWHEGAN (196)
14. #74 ADAM CHADBOURNE – WOOLWICH (193)
15. #30x DYLAN STREET – OLD TOWN (177)
16. #7 TYLER BAILEY – WISCASSET (131)
17. #21 SHANE CLARK – WINTERPORT (85)
18. #00 ALEX WALTZ – WALPOLE (80)
19. #41 BRIAN WHITNEY – ETNA (78)
20. #30 RYAN ST CLAIR – LIBERTY (24)
21. #34 JEFF BURGESS – FAIRFIELD (23)
22. #8x RAY DINSMORE – WATERBORO (23)
23. #28 STEVE MINOTT – WINDHAM (8)
24. #77x JOHN BRILL – TURNER (7)
DQ #3X WES TURNER – FREEDOM (unregistered tires)
DQ #1 STEVEN CHICOINE – PORTLAND (condcut)
#26 ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN (1 -8)
#15me BEN ASHLINE (9)
#26 ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN (10-134)
#25 WILL COLLINS (135)
#15me BEN ASHLINE (136 – 138)
#15 NICK HINKLEY (139 – 152)
#26 ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN (153 – 200)
NEW ENGLAND RACING FUELS $500 HALFWAY LEADER
#26 ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN
AR BODIES HARD CHARGER AWARD
#25 WILL COLLINS (+13)
CODE 99 DESIGNS HARD LUCK AWARD
#21 SHANE CLARK
NORMS USED CARS $100 HEAT WINNERS
HEAT 1 = #26 ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN
HEAT 2 = #15me BEN ASHLINE
HEAT 3 = #34 JEFF BURGESS
2017 COASTAL 200 RULES
REGISTRATION = $50 ADVANCED / $75 DAY OF RACE
RULES = WISCASSET SPEEDWAY LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN RULES http://wiscassetspeedway.com/divisions/late-models/
- TRANSPONDERS ARE REQUIRED
- Race teams may register a total of 6 tires for the Coastal 200. They may be 6 new tires or 4 new tires & 2 used tires (as long as it is 6 total tires registered).
- The tires will be Wiscasset Speedway Official Late Model Sportsman Track Tire = Hoosier 27.0/9.0-15 Compound 700 and 26.5/9.0/15 Compound 500.
- Tires purchased prior to race day will be registered and may be mounted but all will be impounded at the track until race day. Tires will be on sale at the track Friday May 26 from 4p – 7p & Saturday May 27 from 10a – 4p
FIELD = 28 cars (24 cars qualify from heats / 4+ additional via consi and or provisional) subject to change
HEATS = OPEN DRAW, 10 laps each (# of heats and #to transfer to feature tbd based on #of entries)
FEATURE = 200 Green flag laps
- Standard Wiscasset Speedway race rules apply
- No mandatory stop
- You can not lose a lap under caution, but if you choose to pit under caution you will give up your running position and be realigned at the rear of the field for the restart in the order you return to the track
PURSE = Complete purse shown below / NON POINTS RACE
COASTAL 200 SPONSOR UPDATES
Norms Used Cars of Wiscasset & Trucks By Norms are once again putting up $100 for each of the heat winners in this Sunday’s Coastal 200 !!
SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES THAT SUPPORT WISCASSET SPEEDWAY !! www.normsusedcars.com
We’re pleased to report that for the 3rd straight year AR Bodies is sponsoring the Hard Charger award for the annual Coastal 200 !! The driver finishing the most positions above their starting spot will win a $500 certificate toward the purchase of a complete package M, ABC, or Muscle Car body at retail price. (tie breaker will be the driver that starts furthest back in the field.) We thank AR Bodies for their continued support of the Coastal 200.
CODE 99 DESIGNS of Waterville is once again sponsoring the Hard Luck Award for this year’s Coastal 200 on Sunday, May 28th. The winner, named by track management, will win a certificate good for up to $600 off a graphics package for the 2018 season (conditions apply). Thank you to Devan Rittal & Code 99 for their continued support.
New England Racing Fuels (the official race fuel supplier for Wiscasset Speedway) has stepped up once again the pay the halfway leader bonus in this Sunday’s Coastal 200. The driver leading at the conclusion of lap 100 will receive a $500 bonus!!
2017 PURSE (plus lap money)