2015 COASTAL 200
DAVE FARINGTON JR
WINS 2015 COASTAL 200
DAVE FARRINGTON JR WINS COASTAL 200 AT WISCASSET SPEEDWAY by Lisa Maguire
Wiscasset Speedway was packed with fans last Sunday afternoon, all gathered to watch some exciting racing action. On the agenda were Outlaw Mini’s, Modifieds, Strictly Street, and the Spotlighted main event, The Coastal 200, sponsored by Jordan Lumber and Jordan Excavation. The two-hundred lap Late Model Sportsman event had a total purse in excess of $18,000 with $3,000 going to the winner. In addition to the purse, there was lap leader money in excess of $4,000. This included a $500 halfway bonus, complements of New England Race Fuels.
The Coastal 200 kicked off with three heat races. The heat races were sponsored by Norm’s Used Cars and Truck’s by Norm, both of Wiscasset. One hundred dollars went to each of the three heat winners. Those winners, who started at the pole were the #33 of Josh St Clair. Josh St Clair was the 2014 Coastal 200 winner. Winner of the second heat was the #17 of Chris Thorne. Third heat winner was Andrew McLaughlin of the #26.
With Josh St Clair, Thorne, and McLaughlin leading the field, green flag racing began, and the Coastal 200 started.
Thorne moved ahead by a nose, and led the first lap, but Josh St Clair regained his lead the following lap. There was plenty of action as cars jockeyed for position. McLaughlin headed inside and led the following lap. Three different race leaders in the first three laps!
The first caution came during lap twenty-seven. When racing action resumed, McLaughlin still continued to lead the pack, despite Thorne racing him door to door around the track for the position.
A second caution during the same lap caused another restart, and when green flag racing began once again, the #X of Jeff Burgess went to the outside and passed Josh St Clair for third. The pair battled for the spot for three laps, with Josh St Clair taking the spot briefly back. Ultimately, Burgess claimed the position, and set his sights on second.
Meanwhile, McLaughlin and Thorne were racing furiously for the lead. Then during lap forty-five, Thorne suffered a mechanical problem, and smoke began pouring from under the hood. The #32 of Nick Jenkins and the #15 of Nick Hinkley spun on the track immediately after, bringing out the third caution of the race. Several drivers headed to the pits, including Thorne, who discovered he had a broken power steering line. Thorne was back on the track before caution’s end, and continued to strong arm his way through the remainder of the race.
With Thorne at the back of the pack, McLaughlin stayed in the lead, but Burgess moved up to second, and Josh St Clair moved to third. The top three race leaders remained constant through lap sixty-six.
There was plenty of shuffling for position throughout the pack however. The #30 of Ryan St Clair had moved up from his eleventh starting position into the top five, as well as the #25 of Will Collins, who had started in ninth. Thorne was patiently working his way back up through the field, despite his lack of power steering.
However, during lap sixty-six Ryan St Clair passed Josh St Clair for third. Ryan St Clair continued to power his way up the track, looking for his opportunity to pass Burgess. His chance came during lap seventy. Ryan St Clair headed to the inside and passed Burgess for second. Ryan St Clair continued his trek up the track and headed to the outside to challenge McLaughlin for the lead during lap seventy-six. While coming out of turn four, Ryan St Clair emerged as race leader, with McLaughlin moving to second. Burgess was in third.
Lap eighty-seven had the forth caution of the race, and when racing action resumed, Burgess took an inside line and reeled McLaughlin in slowly. During lap eighty-eight Burgess completed the pass on turn two and took second. Another caution during lap ninety-one saw a leader change on the restart. Ryan St Clair and Burgess battled for the lead, they went nose to nose around the track, and when the duo went over the start/finish line, Burgess was 1/100ths of a second ahead and became new race leader, the fourth leader of the race. A determined Ryan St Clair didn’t go down without a fight, and by lap ninety-three was back in the lead. Ryan St Clair was race leader at halfway point and was the recipient of the New England Race Fuels $500 bonus. Ryan St Clair also won a graphics package, courtesy of Code 99 Designs for leading lap 99.
Race leaders Burgess and McLaughlin headed to the pits after a caution during lap one hundred-three. Ryan St Clair was still leading the pack, but Thorne had once again made his way back to the head of the pack, and was in second. In third was Josh St Clair. Also in the top five was Hinkley, who had gone to the back during lap forty-five. When action resumed on the track, Hinkley moved along side of Josh St Clair, to challenge for third. Then during lap one hundred- seven, Hinkley passed Josh St Clair on the outside of the back stretch for third. Hinkley continued his advance up the field and passed Thorne on the outside of turn four for second. Hinkley stayed outside, and proved himself to be a force on the track when he passed Ryan St Clair during lap one hundred eleven and became the fifth leader of the Coastal 200.
The seventh caution of the race came during lap one hundred thirty-five. During the caution, Thorne headed to the pits and the #23 of Dave Farrington Jr moved into third. Also in the top five were Burgess and McLaughlin, who had pitted during lap one hundred- three.
On the ensuing restart, Farrington went underneath Ryan St Clair, looking for second, but Ryan St Clair didn’t give up the position. Farrington backed off and patiently waited for his chance to pass. He found an opportunity during lap one hundred-forty, and passed Ryan St Clair on the inside of turn one for second. Then everything changed as Burgess and Ryan St Clair made contact coming of turn three during the same lap. Burgess and Ryan St Clair headed to the back of the pack, and McLaughlin moved back into third place. Ahead Hinkley and Farrington were in first and second.
There was change in the running order during lap one hundred forty-two after a caution on the track. The #54 of Ryan Deane spun and collected the #21 of Shane Clark, the #6 of Chris Bowie, and also Ryan St Claire.
All headed to the pits, but racing was over for the day for Bowie and Ryan St Clair. Deane was able to stay on the track. Deane, at the completion of the race, was the recipient of the A R Bodies Hard Charger Award. This award goes to the driver who finishes the most positions ahead of where he started. Deane started in twentieth, and finished in twelfth, advancing eight positions. Deane received a $500 certificate to A R Bodies.
On the lap one hundred forty-two restart, McLaughlin got under Farrington and took second. Farrington was hung out to dry as Josh St Clair followed the same line and took third. A battle for second began to rage. For five laps McLaughlin and Josh St Clair raced door to door, fans cheered the duo on, and eventually Josh St Clair edged ahead and took second place. Hinkley was still in the lead.
Then, during lap one hundred forty-nine McLaughlin and the #04 of TJ Watson made contact, sending both into a spin and bringing out the yellow. McLaughlin and Watson head to the back of the pack. Moving into third was Farrington. There was an exciting restart, and Josh St Clair challenged Hinkley for the lead. Coming out of turn three, Josh St Clair was ahead by a nose, but Hinkley fought back and went across the start/finish line only 6/100ths of a second ahead. By lap one hundred fifty-two, Hinkley had solidified his lead, but Josh St Clair was still challenging Hinkley for the spot.
Hinkley and Josh St Clair made contact coming out of turn three during lap one hundred fifty-nine. Hinkley spun on the track bringing out a caution, and both went to the back. Farrington advanced to first place, making him the sixth leader of the Coastal 200. Jenkins moved to second, and Burgess moved to third. When racing action resumed on the track, Burgess went underneath Jenkins for second. Once again making an appearance in the top three was Thorne, who had pitted during lap one hundred thirty-five. Thorne passed Jenkins on the inside of turn three for third.
There was plenty of action in the top half of the pack, as all vied to get to the front. Jenkins, Watson, McLaughlin and Josh St Clair were all hot on the heels of race leaders Farrington, Burgess, and Thorne. During lap one hundred seventy-three Thorne moved to the outside, and raced neck and neck with Burgess. Thorne was able to complete the pass by the conclusion of lap one hundred seventy-six, taking second. McLaughlin challenged Burgess for third, and moved to the outside, passing Burgess during lap one hundred seventy-nine for third.
The twelfth and final caution of the race came during lap one hundred eighty. It was an exciting restart with Farrington getting a good jump off the start. Thorne and McLaughlin battled for second door to door. Behind were Burgess, Jenkins, and Hinkley, who had gone to the back during lap one hundred fifty-nine. McLaughlin edged ahead of Thorne during lap one hundred eighty-two, taking second. Hinkley moved up from behind to challenge Thorne for third. Thorne was able to hold him off. McLaughlin made a bid to challenge Farrington for the lead, but Farrington had things well under control and flew under the checkered making him the 2015 winner of the Coastal 200! McLaughlin placed second. Thorne took third. Thorne said of his finish that was one of the hardest races he’d ever done. Thorne strong-armed his way over 150 laps with no power steering. Finishing in forth was Hinkley. Fifth place went to TJ Watson.
After the race, Farrington said, “We just survived, and that’s really what it’s all about here. We were junk the first eighty laps or so. We kept trying to tighten it up, and we had that caution around lap eighty-seven, so I said to the guys that this was the perfect time to tighten it up so we changed the tires. Then the crew got me out first from the pits. It was a heck of a job by the pit crew, my Uncle Jeff, C Barker, my buddies, my mother, and my girlfriend, Erika, was on pit row, so a good job by those guys. I want to thank my sponsors Kulwicki Driver Development Program, Wood Pellet Warehouse, Captured Memories Taxidermy, Hilltop Collision Center, New States Contracting, Fourth Generation Logging and Firewood, Atlantic Contracting and Specialties, Distance Racing, Butler and MacMaster, and also thanks to the Wiscasset crew for putting on a great show and welcoming us here. They did and awesome job and we had a full house of fans, so it was very cool to see. There were quite a few hooting and hollering for us, all wearing orange shirts. A big thanks for the fans too!”
|2015 COASTAL 200 OFFICIAL FINISH|
|1||23||DAVID FARRINGTON JR||JAY||7||200|
|7||33||JOSH ST CLAIR||LIBERTY||1||200||6.345|
|8||10||JEFF BURGESS||E. MADISON||8||200||7.413|
|10||14||DAVE ST CLAIR||LIBERTY||17||200||13.975|
|12||54||RYAN DEAN||WINTERPORT||20||199||1 lap|
|13||21||SHANE CLARK||WINTERPORT||6||191||9 laps|
|14||4||BEN ERSKINE||FARMINGTON||4||186||14 laps|
|15||7||JAY BAILEY||WISCASSET||16||174||26 laps|
|16||5X||BRYAN ROBBINS||MONTVILLE||18||145||55 laps|
|17||30||RYAN ST CLAIR||LIBERTY||12||142||58 laps|
|18||6||CHRIS BOWIE||NEW GLOUSTER||21||141||59 laps|
|19||00||ALEX WALTZ||WALPOLE||14||139||61 laps|
|20||28||ROWLAND ROBINSON JR||STUEBEN||22||128||72 laps|
|21||2||JOHN KALEL||ORRINGTON||13||85||115 laps|
|22||88X||WES TURNER||MONTVILLE||23||75||125 laps|
|23||5||JOE MOREY||LISBON||19||53||147 laps|
|2 -3||#33||JOSH ST CLAIR|
|4 – 79||#26||ANDREW McLAUGHLIN|
|80 – 91||#30||RYAN ST CLAIR|
|92 – 93||#10||JEFF BURGESS|
|94 – 111||#30||RYAN ST CLAIR|
|112 – 149||#15||NICK HINKLEY|
|150||#33||JOSH ST CLAIR|
|151 – 161||#15||NICK HINKLEY|
|162 – 200||#23||DAVE FARRINGTON JR|
|HEAT 1||#33||JOSH ST CLAIR|
|HEAT 2||#17||CHRIS THORNE|
|HEAT 3||#26||ANDREW McLAUGHLIN|
|AR BODIES HARD CHARGER AWARD|
|+ 8 POS||#54||RYAN DEANE|
NORM’S USED CARS & TRUCKS BY NORM’S
TO PAY HEAT WINNERS FOR COASTAL 200 !!
Norm’s Used Cars or Wiscasset and Trucks by Norm’s, also of Wiscasset has stepped up to pay $100 to each of the winners of the 3 heat races for the 2015 Coastal 200. This contingency money is added onto a total purse for the 200 lap Late Model Sportsman race in excess of $18,000 with $3,000 to the winner. Norm’s Used Cars and Trucks By Norm’s are both located on Route 1 in Wiscasset, Maine.
AR BODIES TO OFFER HARD CHARGER AWARD FOR COASTAL 200 AND BOSS HOGG 100 !!
The New England short track season is almost upon us and AR Bodies will once again support Wiscasset (Maine) Speedway racers with Hard Charger awards for two of the track’s premiere events in 2015.
The Coastal 200 for Late Model Sportsman racers is a Memorial Day weekend tradition at Maine’s fastest oval, and the driver who gains the most finishing positions in that prestigious event will receive a pr…oduct discount certificate that can be redeemed for a $500.00 discount on one of AR Bodies’ “M” package ABC or Muscle Car bodies. The Coastal 200 gets the green at 2:00 P.M. On Sunday May 24th.
Wiscasset brought back extra distance Pro Stock/Super Late Model racing in 2015 and the track’s fastest full fender class will return for the Boss Hogg 100 presented by LLP Transport and Ideal Portable Toilets on Saturday August 8th. Once again the, driver that comes farthest through the field will go home with one of AR Bodies’ popular $500.00 “M” package discount certificates for their efforts.
“Hard chargers put on a show for the fans,” said AR Bodies’ President Jerry Criswell; ” they may not win or make the podium, but they add excitement to any race and AR Bodies is glad that we can recognize and reward them for their efforts.”
AR Bodies is based in Greenbrier, TN and is one of the founding members of the ABC (Approved Body Configuration) program, serving speedways and touring series throughout the United States and Canada. AR Bodies manufactures a full line of track tested and proven race car bodies and components.
Find out more at www.arbodies.com
NEW ENGLAND RACE FUELS TO SPONSOR HALFWAY BONUS
The driver who leads at the halfway point of the 2015 Coastal 200 will pocket a $500 bonus, compliments of New England Race Fuels of Burlington, CT
2015 PURSE (plus lap money)