Motorsports: Boss Hogg 150 ups the ante in 2022

Kevin Douglass, right, signs autographs in victory lane after winning a July 2019 Pro Stock feature at Wiscasset Speedway. Kennebec Journal photo by Travis Barrett

WISCASSET — There isn’t likely to be much of an advantage on the home track Sunday at Wiscasset Speedway.

“I don’t think so, not with the level of the teams coming up,” said Scarborough’s Garrett Hall, one of nearly 40 entries for the Boss Hogg 150. “Everyone is going to be focused.”

Ever since track owners Richard and Vanessa Jordan announced in August that this year’s version of the annual Labor Day weekend Super Late Model race would double the winner’s purse to $10,000, interest has been piqued. .

Only the Oxford 250, which guarantees $25,000 to its annual winner, offers a higher payout in the state of Maine.

The result is a starting lineup that will likely include Wiscasset Speedway champions, Pro All Stars series race winners and several teams that competed in the Oxford 250 last weekend.

Reigning track and field champion and current points leader Kevin Douglass of Sydney, who won last year’s Boss Hogg 150, admits the stakes have been raised.

“With the guys that we race weekly, I know where I stand with them. With this race now, I don’t know where I stand. It’s going to be tough,” Douglass said. “I always feel like I’m at a disadvantage. We don’t have the knowledge that these other teams have. They have specific tire types, contracted equipment types. It’s just us. We don’t have the ‘team’ that these other guys have.”

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Douglass, who made his first start in a Super Late Model in 2018, has a thing in his corner. In Boss Hogg’s four races, he has never finished worse than fourth.

This season, Douglass has five wins and eight top-two finishes in 10 races for the track’s weekly division.

“You can’t change everything that you’re doing that works just to try to be successful in this race,” Douglass said. “If I can be in the top five and be competitive, I will be happy. Do I want to go and repeat? Absolutely. I’ve always felt I have something to prove.”

The Boss Hogg 150 has traditionally been a race featuring the regulars of Wiscasset’s weekly division with a small handful of outsiders mixed in. On Sunday, the autodrome venues will be significantly outnumbered.

“You’re going to have to be a little lucky,” Douglass said.

No one knows more about luck in this race, or lack thereof, than Hall.

In 2017, Hall crossed the finish line first but was disqualified after the event for an illegal tire change. The following year, he was leading when eventual winner Mike Hopkins shoved him out of the way to steal the win.

The following year, he was caught up in a multi-car accident while competing for the lead with Ben Ashline, the only driver to win both the Coastal 200 and the Boss Hogg 150 in the same season.

“You never say ‘I should have done it’ in this sport,” Hall said of miss 2017. “But you look back and we ran Seekonk (Massachusetts) for $10,000 that year too, and we had a chance to win that. That same year it was the Mason-Dixon Meltdown and she paid $15,000 to win. We could have won all those races, and when you count it all up, we would have had a really good and successful year.

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“But I’ll trade Boss Hogg’s three (losses) for the one that pays $10,000 this year.”

Notable entries on Sunday include former winners Hopkins, Ashline, Nick Jenkins and Trevor Sanborn, as well as former Oxford 250 winners Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and Wayne Helliwell Jr. The former champion of Oxford Plains Speedway and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Dave Farrington has submitted an entry, as has current Oxford Plains points leader Max Cookson of Pittston.

Qualifying heats begin at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon. The Pro Trucks and Strictly Street division will also compete.

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