TOP GUN STRICTLY SHOOUT
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2015
THE CREAM RISES TO THE TOP DURING WISCASSET’S TOP GUN STRICTLY SHOOTOUT
By Lisa Maguire
The good weather held out, and although the evening was cool, it felt still like summer at Wiscasset Speedway last Saturday. Fans thronged the grandstands, and when the bright lights of Wiscasset lit the track, the fans were on the edge of their seats in anticipation of watching the group one division of racing, including: New England Four Cylinder Prostock, Prostock, and Thunder Four Mini’s. In a special presentation, the Strictly Streets appeared on Saturday’s schedule as Wiscasset Speedway presented the third annual Top Gun Strictly Shootout. Additionally, there was a highly anticipated race for the championship which would be decided during the Prostock feature, which pitted point leader Jeff Burgess against Andy Saunders, who was only ten points below him.
The Top Gun Strictly Shootout was the spotlighted event. A battle raged for the win during the course of the forty lap close-quarter race. However, 2015 point champ, Kyle Hewins, dominated the race and demonstrated the necessary skills needed to achieve Strictly Street racing success. Also in the top three were the season’s cream of the crop. Dan Brown, of the #83, placed second. Brown placed second in the point race this season, coming in just sixteen points behind Kyle Hewins. Kurt Hewins was third in points this racing season, sixty-two points behind season champion, and brother, Kyle Hewins.
The race itself had only two cautions, a change from previous years Shootout’s, when cautions caused delays in racing. This was great for fans, who loved the quick action on the track. Starting on the pole was the #64 of Dean Rice. To his right was Richard Spaulding of the #36. Starting in third was the #14 of Dave Brannon. When green flag racing began, Brannon quickly shot to second. The #51 of Kyle Hewins was moving rapidly through the pack from his sixth place start. Kyle Hewins passed Spaulding on the inside to take third during lap two. Kyle Hewins continued his march up the track, moving to the outside and passing Brannon, then Rice, for the lead by lap four.
Kyle Hewins then looked in his rear view mirror for the remainder of the race, watching his competitors chase after him, and skillfully avoiding them. There was competition for the lead, with Brown and Kurt Hewins close on his heels. Nevertheless, Kyle Hewins remained focused, and despite two restarts, stayed ahead after taking the lead.
Rice dropped back during lap four. Brannon was in second. Spaulding was in third. The #55H of Kurt Hewins was moving up from his twelfth place start to the front, however. By lap seven, Kurt Hewins was passing Spaulding for third, then Brannon for second.
Moving from ninth place to take his place in the top three was Dan Brown of the #83. There was a restart during lap eleven, and Brown passed Spaulding for third. Brown used the second caution, during lap thirty-six of the race, to his advantage as well. On the restart, Brown had the inside line, and door to door racing for second began. Neck and neck the pair raced around the track, battling for position. Brown edged slightly ahead on the final lap, and took second, only 1.1 seconds behind race leader, Kyle Hewins. Kurt Hewins placed third, only a tenth of second behind Brown.
Post-race Kyle Hewins said, “This win means a lot. Last year we finished second in this race, and it feels good to get the win. All season long I battled with my brother (Kurt Hewins) for point champion. We were two points apart, and he ended up getting disqualified for a race. If he hadn’t of gotten DQ’D it would have come down to the final race with only those two points between us. Since he won the last race, he would have gotten it. But, still, we are really excited to get the point championship. I want to thank the car owner, Scott Brewer. I want to thank Kenny Wills, and Todd Macomber. They have helped me through it all. They never gave up and have been here every week, week in and week out, for the past two years that I’ve ran this car. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to get it done, so I’ve got to thank them. I have several sponsors, some are: Dashiell Transportation, Bubier Excavation, and Residential Fire Protection.”
* RULES : The 2015 Strictly Shootout will be run under Wiscasset Speedway Strictly Street rules
** 9/15 NOTE – BEECH RIDGE AND OXFORD PLAINS CARS WILL NOW BE ABLE TO RACE UNDER CURRENT BRMS WILDCAT or OPS STREET STOCK RULES. DRIVERS MUST DECLARE AT SIGN IN.
** IN THE SPIRIT OF THE “SHOOTOUT” FORMAT, WISCASSET WEEKLY COMPETITORS MUST RUN WISCASSET STRICTLY STREET RULES / BRMS WEEKLY COMPETITORS MUST RUN BRMS RIDGE WILDCAT RULES / OPS WEEKLY COMPETITORS MUST RUN OPS STREET STOCK RULES
* TIRE : The tire used in this race will be the regular Wiscasset Speedway Strictly Street tire : Wiscasset Speedway Official Track Tire = Hoosier 27.0/7.0 – 15 Rib Compound 790
- No new tires for this race. The Strictly Shootout is intended to use up drivers leftover end of season inventory
- possible provision to allow 7″ American Racer 705’s (as was done in 2014 Strictly Shootout)
* REG FEE : NONE
* TRANSPONDERS MANDITORY
* RACE FORMAT
- 40 GREEN FLAG LAP FEATURE (non point)
- max 30 car starting field = max 21 heat qualifiers + 7 consi heat qualifiers + 2 provisional (subject to change based on number of entries)
- Top 21 qualifiers subject to inversion by draw of numbered chip
- STARTING ORDER HEATS = OPEN DRAW for heat starting positions. Draw will be done following mandatory driver meeting at 5pm. (Miss the meeting = start last in your heat)
- NUMBER OF HEATS – TBD based on number of entries
- TOP 7 IN EACH HEAT TO PASS TECH INSPECTION WILL TRANSFER TO FEATURE (subject to change). * Cars that fail inspection will start tail end of consi heat
- TOP 7 IN CONSI HEAT TO PASS TECH ENSPECTION WILL TRANSFER TO FEATURE (subject to change). ALL CARS THAT QUALIFY THROUGH CONSI WILL START BEHIND HEAT QUALIFIERS.
- CARS THAT FAIL TECH INSPECTION AFTER HEAT & CONSI WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR A PROVISIONAL.
- HEAT LAPS : 1-11 cars = 10 Laps; 12+ cars = 12 Laps
- CONSI LAPS (if needed): = 12 Laps
- PROVISIONAL – (A) Top driver(s) in Wiscasset Speedway Points (as of 9/18/15) to not qualify through heat or consi; (B) Top finishers in 2014 Strictly Shootout to not qualify through heat or consi
PAYOUT 2015 SHOOTOUT (30 car field)
1st= $400; 2nd= $300; 3rd= $200; 4th= $150; 5th= $125; 6th= $120; 7th = $115; 8th= $110; 9th= $105; 10th= $100; 11th= $90; 12th= $90; 13th= $85; 14th= $85; 15th= $80; 16th= $80; 17th= $75; 18th= $75; 19th= $70; 20th= $70; 21st= $65; 22nd= $65; 23rd= $60; 24th= $60; 25th= $55; 26th= $55; 27th= $50; 28th= $50; 29th= $50; 30th= $50