(most photos used from facebook page : Old Wiscasset Raceway Photos & Memories)
Wiscasset Speedway is a 3/8 mile high-banked oval stock car track located in the coastal town of Wiscasset, Maine. The track is currently owned & operated by Richard & Vanessa Jordan of Kingfield, Maine, with racing action Saturday nights from April through October. The wide high-banked track continues to boast the fastest speeds to be found at any track in the state.
The track was originally built by local businessman Wilford Cronk in 1968 with the first layer of asphalt applied in October 1968. Wiscasset Speedway would officially open its doors for racing action in 1969 and from that moment, through to today, would be known as “Maine’s Biggest & Fastest” stock car racing oval.
The Maine Vintage Stock Car Racing Association credits Ray Penfold of Yarmouth as the track’s first official Sportsman champion, wheeling his 58′ Ford to the title in 1971.
Several management teams and an occasional name change (Lincoln County Speedway, Wiscasset Motor Speedway, Superior Speedway) would follow over the next 20 years.
Many of Maine’s true racing legends (Stan Messerve, Ralph Nason, Mike Rowe, Dave Darveau, Ricky Craven, Andy Santerre, etc) added to their resume’ by running the high banks of Wiscasset
Perhaps the longest period of stability for the track came when the St Clair family of Liberty, Maine took full ownership from Cronk in 1991 and continued through until selling the track in 2007. During this period, under the name Wiscasset Raceway, many improvements came to the facility including a new trackside tower (housing scoring, announcer, media and VIP booths upstairs and concessions downstairs); a new pit-side tower, turn two pit-side grandstands, expanded pit area & concrete pit pads, new pavement on the track and the addition of a back stretch wall, plus many other improvements behind the scenes. Racing highlights through this period included the Nascar Busch North Series Irving Oil 150 in 1993 (winner Bobby Dragon) & 1994 (winner Glenn Sullivan), two appearances by Nascar legend Ken Schraeder who met with enthusiastic fans and then drove to 50 lap Late Model Sportsman wins on both occasions; and the creation of two of the premier racing events on the Maine racing schedule : the Boss Hogg 100 and the Coastal 200.
2003 saw a brief break for the St Clair ownership as they would lease the track to area racer / promotor Tom Mayberry who was also continuing to expand his succesful Pro All Stars Series. During this time Super Late Model / Prostock action was the showcase of the track, further validating the claim as Maine’s fastest track. The highlight of Mayberry’s tenure was the runing of the Big Dawg 400 in October of 2003, a national Prostock event that brought winner Sam Sessions of South Paris, Maine a handsome $100,000 payoff (to this day, the biggest single race payoff in Maine racing history)
The St Clair family would return to run Wiscasset Raceway from 2004 to 2007 when the track was sold to Farmingdale businessman Doug White midway though the season. Further updates came to the track during his tenure (2007-2010), plus promotions honoring military members & families, a “trackside” interview show and many other creative promotions. Unfortunately, White’s run at Wiscasset would be short lived, thanks in part to the unexpected sharp downturn of the regional economy, resulting in the track being closed. During October of 2011 a racer & fan initiated effort called “Save Wiscasset Raceway” would bring in a large & enthusiastic crowd to the track to spend a fun day of racing and showcase the track for prospective buyers.
Richard & Vanessa Jordan of Kingfield, Maine took over ownership of Wiscasset during the summer of 2012. As a “welcome” the Jordan’s brought back another “Fall Fury” fun day of racing in October 2012 to thank racers & fans for their support & enthusiasm. 2013 marks the first full year of operation for the Jordan family, changing the name back to its original Wiscasset Speedway and making a pledge to bring back fun, affordable, action-packed racing to the beloved track. Get ready as together we begin to write the next chapter in the history of Maine’s Biggest & Fastest … history is just around the corner
Note – most photos taken from Facebook page “Old Wiscasset Memories & Photos”, and former Wiscasset Raceway Website – Photographer Peter Taylor