WINTERPORT — After a late start to the 2020 season, Winterport Dragway officials hoped for a more normal, on-track 2021 campaign; however, the phrase “weekend washout” became too familiar to racers. 

Mother Nature plagued the drag-racing season with rain, washing out weekend after weekend of events, which put a dent in the number of bracket races held. 

Opening day was May 9. The day was for testing and tuning cars on the strip.

The first official day of racing at Maine’s oldest independent dragway, which opened in 1967, was May 16.

Scene from Winterport Dragway. Photo courtesy of RT Photos

Last season, per pandemic restrictions, the track was unable to have its opening day until Aug. 9, as racing began on Aug. 16. As the season typically ends in early October, a handful of races were held. 

With the easing, and eventually lifting, of pandemic restrictions, camp outs for the Gassah Guys resumed for 2021.

Two Waldo County drivers enjoyed strong success on the strip.

Brock Wakefield of Unity took the overall win in the Pro Eliminator Bracket Division.

Bob Reynolds of Winterport took the win in the Footbrake Division.

The final points standings for each division were:

Super Pro Eliminator — 1, Sean Eori, 493; 2, Justin Reynolds, 419; 3, Jamie Watson, 396; 4, Mike Bradford, 311; 5, Jonathan Condon, 304; 6, Bob Cousins, 276; 7, Randy Therrien, 231; 8, Dick Condon, and Tom Ireland, 211; 10, Jennifer Fusco, 204; 11, Jerry Hatch, 184; 12, Paul Henkel, 163; 13, Chip Taylor, 141; 14, Joe Cooper, 102; 15, Darby Merchant, 100; 16, Jim Thyng, 90; 17, Craig Cousins, 80; 18, Jason Carney, 70; 19, Gary Hatch, 50; 20, Jesse Jameson, Shawn Thyng, Stan Wadowski, and Willy Larrabee, 40; 24, John Sloan, Steve Clukey, and Will Munroe, 30; 27, Dean Fitzpatrick, Grady Tidd, Les Kane, and Mark Piper, 20; 31, Dwight Overlock, James Munroe, Mike Esty, and Nick Huff, 10; 35, Erich Pickett, Gene Cyr, Greg Young, Jeff Stackhouse, Ken Fowler, Ken Leeman, Maggie Ferland, Marc Davenport, Mark Andrews, Mark Daye, Marlene Forbes, Mary Roach, MaryAnn Cote, Michael LaPlante, Mike Landry, Paul Pinette, Pete Carney, Phil French, Ray Dearborn, Ray Roach, Rick Hannan, Rick Hunnewell, Roberta Chubbuck, Ronnie Ramsdell, Russ Polan, Sidney Palermo, Skip Cook, Stephen Dumais, and Vernon Pitts, 0.

Pro Eliminator — 1, Brock Wakefield, 389; 2, Richard Cooper, 289; 3, David Moore, 265; 4, Brian Curtis, 233; 5, Russell Calder, 219; 6, Wayne Paul, 212; 7, Kevin Fish, 156; 8, Ralph Brewer, 112; 9, Ben Tisdale, and Emmitt Gardner, 111; 11, Cory Webb, 105; 12, Ed Ghirardi, 92, 13, Tim Wilcox, 81; 14, Doug Duchesne, and Sidney Palermo, 80; 16, Les Gibson, 73; 17, Bob Eastman, 61; 18, Donald Joy, 60; 19, Mark Paquette, and unknown driver, 52; 21, unknown driver, and Luc Beaulieu, 50; 23, Jon Rose, Kevin Worth, and Romeo Roy, 30; 26, Scott Grove, 21; 27, Gary Ireland, Geno, Jim Collins, Joe Murphy, Mike Campbell, Mike Whitaker, Paul Peason, and Steven Enos, 20; 35, Bob Forrest, John Kaiser, Kelly Rogers, Kirby Bradford, Mike Raposa, Newton Junior, drivers names unknown, 10; 45, Jerry Hatch, Jesse Jameson, Jim Marston, Jim Thyng, Jim Watson, Joe Damon, John Poulin, John Sloan, Jon Canty, Josh Blaine, Ken Boucher, Kyle Mummer, Don Latouche, Mike Jordan, Mike Kinney, Nelson Leeman, Paul Stoddard, Paula Girardi, Pete Carney, Pete Wesser, Randy Herrick, Rick Jordan, Robert Hillman, Robin Reynolds, Ron Dearborn, Sean Bowie, Skip Taylor, Steven Strout, Thomas Auger, Travis Sawyer, Tricia Gagne, Wayne Chadwick, and driver unknown, 0.

Bike and Sled Eliminator — 1, Paul Keaten II, 450; 2, Jim Marston, 342; 3, Stacy Robey, 299; 4, Jesse Michaud, 227; 5, Patrick Berry, 226; 7, Jared Gray, 211; 8, Tod Stiles, 113; 9, Frank John, 82; 10, Jim Hess, 72; 11, Dylan Cook, 53; 12, Aaroegars, 50; 13, Andy Palmer, 40; 14, (First name unavailable) Ferragane, and Joe Knight, 30; 16, Normand Patenaude, Tyler Wilkerson, and driver unknown, 20; 19, Austin Romano, Danielle Fusco, Dennis Greene, and Lee Parker, 10; 23, Jon Weeks, Keith Wood, Marco Philippon, Micah Fenwick, Norm Patenaude, Patrik Berry, Paul Keaten, Ricky Romano, Shawn Bickford, Stephen Strout, Steve Hewins, Woody Wormwood, and drivers names unknown, 0.

Pro Street Eliminator — 1, Clifford Warren, 367; 2, Leon Shorey, 255; 3, Rick Bernosky, 236; 4, Daniel Berry, 84; 5, Kevin Pitter, 83; 6, Alex Atwood, 30; 7, Jon Melia, and driver unknown, 21; 9, Justin, 20; 10, Chris Boistridge, 12; 11, Bryant Marsh, and George Grohs, 11; 13, Alex Atwood, Jared Coffin, Joey Tardif, Robert, Roger Bradstreet, Sirena, Tony Collins, and drivers unknown, 10; and 23, Don Seib Jr., Donnie Perkins, Ed Rankin Sr., Gene Cyr, Glen Snow, J. Thomast, Jake Perry, Jamie Madison, Jamie Ross, Jan Dewar, Jeff Brann, Jeromy Carey, Jerry Steiner, Jim Marston, Jim Smith, Joe Cooper, John Canty Jr., John Kaiser, Jonathan Condon, Kirby Bradford, Marcel Busque, Michael LaPlant, Michael Parent, Nick Hunnewell, Nicole Spencer, Patrick Godin, Randy Herrick, Rene Couillare, Rich Crosby, Richard Cooper, Sean Reynolds, Shawn Poitras, Stephanie Bradford, Tanya Condon, and Whitney Thomas, 0.

Lawn Mower/Small Tractor Eliminator — 1, Brian Ranco, David Rawley Sr., Gage Reynolds, Kassey Gould, Lenny Voisine, Lou Cossette, Peter Gould Jr., Tony Littlefield, and Zack Rawley, 0.

Junior Dragsters 1 — 1, Aubreeann Keaten, 462; 2, Aliviah Berry, 444, 3, Dexter Murphy, 304; 4, Alex Hopkins, 265; 5, Jadyn Bickford, 213; 6, Brennan Keaten, 150; 7, Addison Enos, 140; 8, Nikolas Worth, 123; 9, Haylee Clough, and Jaylee Soucy, 113; 11, Tommy Thyng, 90; 12, Tyler Beaulieu, 82; 13, Jaxyn Fitzpatrick, 62; 14, Lena Hopkins, 60; 15, Jaxson Enos, 40; 16, Aliyah Bradford, 20; 17, Kruz Williams, 10; and 18, Becca Host, and Brady Sexton, 0.

T&L Gamber Series — 1, Mike Bradford, 188; 2, Sean Eori, 132; 3, Jerry Hatch, 115; 4, Darby Merchant, 103; 5, Justin Reynolds, and Randy Therrien, 102; 7, Brad Nichols, and Jonathan Condon, 70; 10, Shawn Thyng, 31; 11, Bradley Carter, and Corey Webb, 20; 13, Larry Emery, Steve Clukey, and Willy Larrabee, 20; 16, Brock Wakefield, Chris Therrien, Dick Condon, Dickie Cooper, Don Latouche, Jamie Watson, Kelly Rogers, Kevin Fish, Mike Campbell, Sidney Palermo, and Todd Bowden, 10; 27, Charles Roberts, Chris Unger, Craig Cousins, Dan Emerson, Dan Poirier, David Moore, Dean Fitzpatrick, Dexter Henderson, Don Joy, Doug Duchesne, Dustin Calder, Dwight Overlock, Gage Reynolds, Gary Hatch, Gene Cyr, Grady Tidd, Grey Young, Jay Galusha, Jeff Stackhouse, Jennifer Fusco, Jerry Steiner, Jesse Jameson, Jim Collins, Jim Marston, Jim Thyng, Jim Watson, Jodie Herrick, Joe Maschino, Jon Canty, Kevin Nichols, Luc Beaulieu, Marcel Busque, Mark Andrews, Mark Piper, Mary Roach, Melissa Jameson, Mike Esty, Mike Jordan, Mike Medeiros, Mike Whitaker, Nick Huff, Nicole Spencer, Paul Bickford, Phil French, Randy Herrick, Raven Jameson, Ray Cole, Ray Jamison, Rick Hannan, Rick Hunnewell, Rick Jordan, Rick Palmer, Rick Wiseman, Robert Lee, Roberta Chubbuck, Robin Reynolds, Ron Dearborn, Russell Calder, Scott Gove, Skip Cook, Skip Taylor, Steven Strout, Tim Wilcox, Tom Ireland, Tony Collins, Wayne Paul, Wayne Chadwick, William Dammier, and drivers names unknown, 0.

Footbrake — 1, Bob Reynolds, 517; 2, Bill Dammier, 409; 3, Brad Nichols, 391; 4, Cliff Warren, 254; 5, Steve Thomas, 243; 6, Ed Rankin Sr., 242; 7, Skip Taylor, 213; 8, Toni Wakefield, 201; 9, Leon Shorey, 150; 10, Al Reynolds, 140; 11, Rick Bernsky, and Zach Lovely, 130; 13, Tim Wilcox, 125; 14, Corey Seekins, 120; 15, Mike Whitaker, 110; 16, Gage Reynolds, 92; 17, Tony Collins, 90; 18, Daniel Berry, 81; 19, Bryant Mash, Kevin Potter, and Thomas Dicenzo 80; 22, Gary Ireland, 60; 23, George Grohs, 51; 24, driver unknown, 41; 25, James McAllian, Patrick Godin, Stanley Reynolds, and Wayne Paul, 40; 29, Ben Desjardins, Jerry Hatch, and Rick Bernosky, 30; 32, Geno, Jalleson Lalomie, Jay Craft, Jennifer Parks, and driver unknown, 20; 37, Alex Atwood, Brian Beaulieu, Chris Gardner, Denis Schembri, John Kaiser, Kenny French, Michael McAllian, Mike Raposa, and Driver unknown, 10; 46, Jerry Hatch, Jim Smith, Jim Thyng, Jim Watson, Joe Cooper, John Libby, Julie Larrabee, Kirby Bradford, Larry Emery, Lenny Voisine, Melissa Jameson, Mike Barker, Mike Jordan, Raven Jameson, Rene Covillard, Richard Lafrenier, Robert Curtis, Robin Reynolds, Russ Abbott, Scott Varney, Shawn Poitras, Steven Enos, Terry Levensalor, Tony Bussier, Tony Littlefield, Travis Heal, Whitney Thomas, and drivers names unknown, 0.

Results from 2021 racing were:

Sunday, Oct. 3:

Super Pro — 1, Sean Eori; and 2, Justin Reynolds.

Pro — 1, Brock Wakefield; and 2, Jon Rose.

Bikes and Sleds — 1, Paul Keaton; and 2, Jared Gray.

Foot Brake — 1, Tim Wilcox; and 2, Bill Dammier.

Junior Dragster — 1, Lena Hopkins; and 2, Dexter Murphy.

Street Class — 1, Cliff Warren; and 2, Leon Shorey.

Sunday, Sept. 12:

No Time – 1, Jonathan Coffin; and 2, Paul Pinette.

Second Chance – Randy Herrick.

Last Chance – Jake Perry.

Super Pro – Sean Eori.

Pro – Mark Paquette.

Bikes and Sleds – Paul Keaton II.

Foot Brake – Skip Taylor.

Junior Dragster – Alex Hopkins.

Pro Street – Clifford Warren.

T&L Gamblers – Mike Bradford.

Sunday, Sept. 5:

Super Pro – 1, Paul Henchel; and 2, Justin Reynolds.

Pro – 1, Les Gibson; and 2, Cory Webb.

Bikes and Sleds – 1, Jess Michaud; and 2, Stacey Robey.

Foot Brake – 1, Bryant Marsh; and 2, Bob Reynolds.

Junior Dragster – 1, Aubrieann Keaton; and 2, Aliviah Berry.

Street Class – 1, Kevin Ritter; and 2, Leon Shorey.

Sunday, Aug. 29 – rained out, made up Sept. 5.

Super Pro – 1, Jamie Watson; and 2, Jonathan Condon.

Pro – 1, Brock Wakefield; and 2, Ralph Brewer.

Bikes and Sleds – 1, Tod Stiles; and 2, Jim Marston.

Foot Brake – 1, Bob Reynolds; and 2, Rick Bernosky.

Junior Dragster – 1, Aubrieann Keaton; and 2, Alexandra Hopkins.

Street Class – 1, Cliff Warren; and 2, Rick Bernosky.

Sunday, Aug. 15:

Super Pro – 1, Jerry Hatch; and 2, Sean Eori.

Pro – 1, Russell Calder; and 2, Joe Cooper.

Bikes and Sleds – 1, Paul Keaton; and 2, Jared Gray.

Foot Brake – 1, Corey Seekins; and 2, Bob Reynolds.

Junior Dragster – 1, Tommy Thyng; and 2, Aliviah Berry.

Street Class – 1, Rick Bernosky; and 2, Leon Shorey.

Sunday, Aug. 8:

Super Pro – 1, Joe Cooper; and 2, Sean Eori.

Pro – 1, David Moore; and 2, Cory Webb.

Bikes and Sleds – 1, Jared Gray; and 2, Paul Keaton.

Foot Brake – 1, Brad Nichols; and 2, Ed Rankin Sr.

Junior Dragster – 1, Nikolas Worth; and 2, Brennan Keaton.

True Street – 1, Cliff Warren; and 2, Leon Shorey.

Sunday, Aug 1:

Super Pro – 1, Sean Eori; and 2, Jonathan Condon.

Pro – 1, Russ Calder; and 2, Wayne Paul.

Bikes and Sleds – 1, Dylan Cook; and 2, Stacey Robey.

Foot Brake – 1, Bill Dammier; and 2, Bob Reynolds.

Junior Dragster – 1, Tyler Beaulieu; and 2, Haylee Clough.

True Street – 1, Clifford Warren; and 2, Daniel Berry.

Saturday, July 24:

Quick 16 — 1, Sean Eori.

Second Chance — 1, Chip Taylor.

Sunday, July 10:

Gassah Guys — 1, Larry Emery.

Super Pro — 1, Bob Cousins.

Foot Brake — 1, Steve Thomas.

True Street — 1, Rick Bernosky.

Bikes and Sleds — 1, Jim Hess.

Junior Dragster — 1, Cruz Williams.

Sunday, June 20:

Super Pro — 1, Jen Fusco; and 2, Bob Cousins.

Pro — 1, Russell Calder; and 2, Kevin Fish.

Foot Brake — 1, Bob Reynolds; and 2, Brad Nichols.

Bikes and Sleds — 1, Jim Marston; and 2, Brittney Marston.

Junior Dragster — 1, Aubrieann Keaton; and 2, Addison Enos.

True Street — 1, Rick Bernosky; and 2, Leon Shorey.

Sunday, June 13:

Super Pro — 1, Justin Reynolds; and 2, Sean Eori.

Pro — 1, Dan Poirier; and 2, Dickie Cooper.

Foot Brake — 1, Cliff Warren; and 2, Bob Reynolds.

Bikes and Sleds — 1, Paul Keaton; and 2, Jim Marston.

Junior Dragster — 1, Aubrieann Keaton; and 2, Alexandra Hopkins.

True Street — 1, Leon Shorey; and 2, Cliff Warren.

Saturday, June 12:

T&L Gamblers — 1, Jonathan Condon; and 2, Justin Reynolds.