Racing returns to Wiscasset Raceway with full card on Oct. 15

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 26, 2011, at 4:57 p.m.

Wiscasset Raceway will have an entire day of racing Oct. 15 beginning at 11 a.m.

The rain date will be Oct. 16.

There hasn’t been any racing at the facility this season because owner Doug White encountered financial issues that forced him to put it up for sale.

It hasn’t been sold as yet.

Tony True, a Wiscasset resident who used to race at the track, said the primary reason for the race is to prevent the Wiscasset planning board from instituting more stringent noise ordinances which could make the track difficult to sell.

He explained that if at least one race is held there in a year, the planning board cannot change the noise ordinances.

“Hopefully, somebody will buy it for next season,” said True.

Because the Oct. 15 race day is nonprofit, True was able to secure a lease for the track without paying a fee, he said.

They are trying to line up sponsors now.

True said admission will be $5 for fans and racers and all of the money raised will be used to repay the sponsors. If there is any money left over, it will go to the drivers.

True said they had a meeting at Wiscasset Raceway last Wednesday and close to 100 people showed up.

“That’s the biggest meeting I’ve ever seen at Wiscasset Raceway,” said True.

He said they will have 12 classes and there will be heat races in each class.

True said if anybody shows up with a car wanting to run, “we’ll find a race for them.”

He said there will also be a flea market primarily featuring race equipment.

One of the people who showed up at the meeting was Ed Bellows, the race director at Unity Raceway and a former stock car driver.

Even though Wiscasset is a rival track, Bellows explained, “I love racing and once you lose a track, you’re never going to gain one. You’ve got to keep the tracks going.”

Bellows is from a race family as his brother, Bobby, won several points championships at Unity and his son, Brad, raced at Unity this season.

True and his friend, Dale Chadbourne, have been organizing volunteers to work on the track to get it ready for Oct. 15 and he said the response has been excellent.

“People have come from all over to help,” he said.

Anyone interested in volunteering or anyone who has any questions can all True at 350-0918 or Chadbourne at 442-8489.

MERRITT TO OPERATE SPEEDWAY 95

Del Merritt, who bought out Speedway 95 co-owner Alice Baker to become the sole owner of the Hermon-based track, said he intends to run it next season.

Merritt had toyed with the idea of leasing the track.

He said he had conversations with some people interested in leasing it, but nobody seemed decisive.

“I didn’t get any straight answers and some thought the ($100,000) deposit I was asking for was too high,” said Merritt. “So I decided to run it myself.”

He recently received a gift from Randy Gardner, who put 5,000 yards of dirt between turns one and two.

“We have a berm there now,” said Merritt. “So now we won’t have cars going down (a steep decline) into the bushes.”

It often took an extensive period of time to get the cars out of the ditch.

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