HOMESCHEDULE
OFFSEASON SPOTLIGHTS
2019-2020
 
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Offseason Spotlight:
Sicard Goes Back-to-Back
for Tiger Championship
N. Woodstock, NH - 1-3-20 - Shane Sicard entered the 2019 Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tiger season how everyone dreams to - as the reigning champion. Some racers have said defending a championship is harder than winning one. However, after 2019, Sicard is not one of those people.

Barton, VT's Sicard sailed to his second straight Flying Tiger title at White Mountain Motorsports Park this season. The veteran did so in a fashion that laid waste to the rest of the division, leaving no doubt who the "Prince of the Mountains" would be.

Sicard's first title in 2018 was a dogfight that wasn't settled until the final event of the year. He beat out youngster Kaleb Rogers that year by 20 points, doing so by "seconding" him to death. Sicard had five runner-up finishes in 2018, but only a single win.

However, it took Sicard just two weeks in 2019 to blow past that total. He won the season opener on May 11, inheriting the victory following a disqualification. then took the 75-lap Triple Crown Series opener the following week. Sicard did so by holding off Jason Woodard, Rogers, Colin Cornell, Dwayne Lanphear, and other stars in an absolute dogfight, proving he could be the best the region has to offer.

The winning didn't stop there, either. Sicard's winning streak eventually reached four in a row before Rogers was finally able to edge him out on June 22. That started a "cooling off" period - if four podium finishes and a worst finish of sixth in a six-race span can be considered a cold stretch.

Sicard clearly missed Victory Lane, though, because he got back to his winning ways on July 27. It was the second time in 2019 that he was awarded the win following post-race tech inspection - and just like the first time, it kicked off a four-race winning streak. Sicard went undefeated in the month of August, with his eighth win of the year mathematically clinching the championship with a race still to go. He also finished runner-up in the three-race Triple Crown Series title hunt.

It was one of the most dominating title defenses White Mountain Motorsports Park has ever seen. Sicard's eight victories came in 15 starts, meaning he ended the night holding a checkered flag more than half the time. His 12 podium finishes were more than any other racer at the track. Sicard has an average finish of 2.27, trailing only Dwarf Car Champion Andy Hill among all full-time WMMP competitors.

In his acceptance speech at the WMMP Banquet of Champions, Sicard thanked countless people. These included his primary sponsor Foley Oil & Propane - while joking that he never could manage to win a race with them in attendance - along with Dave and June Driscoll and Sicard's friends Danny and Kelly.

"Danny works on my car day in and day out and puts so much effort into it," Sicard noted. "What he does makes what I do look easy. He does 99 percent of the work."

Sicard also expressed his appreciation to his wife and crew for everything they do. He began his speech by thanking the WMMP staff for their efforts keeping the track running week in and week out.

"I'd like the thank the whole entire White Mountain crew for everything they did throughout the season," Sicard said. "You guys have a lot of work to do out there during the year, and you did it flawlessly."
 
 
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Offseason Spotlight:
David Driscoll Receives
Inaugural Avery Award
N. Woodstock, NH -12-27-19 - For more than 20 years, David Driscoll has been a constant presence at White Mountain Motorsports Park. The veteran's long-standing commitment to the northern New Hampshire track was officially recognized this offseason when Driscoll was presented with the inaugural Avery Award at the 2019 WMMP Banquet of Champions.

The Avery Award was created to acknowledge an individual who has made significant contributions to WMMP as a driver, crew member, official or in some other capacity. The award takes its name from the Avery family. Donnie and Terri Avery first opened the track in May 1993. The couple - later joined by their son David and his wife Mandi - owned and operated the facility until the track was sold to Cris Michaud and Pat Malone following the 2018 season.

Driscoll was a clear choice as the award's first recipient. As track announcer Nelson Lord noted in revealing the award winner, Driscoll has been at WMMP almost from the day the track opened. He's been involved in almost every division that's ever raced at WMMP as a driver, crew member, car owner, or sponsor.

This past year, Driscoll raced in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini's and owned several other cars that competed regularly, including one driven by his daughter Keri. On June 8, the night of the first Strictly Stock Mini Special, he even loaned his own car to Tyler Thompson after the rookie had problems during practice. While Driscoll has been a crew member or owner for multiple WMMP champions, actions such as the loaner to Thompson - who drove the car to a 2nd-place finish that night - show his contributions go far beyond the trophies on his own shelf.

"Anybody that walks through the pits at White Mountain Motorsports Park knows they can always go to this gentleman if they need something," Lord noted. "He's one of our elder (statesmen) here at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Many times in Victory Lane, you've heard his name being mentioned as a helper, a thank-you, a sponsor, and more."

Unfortunately, Driscoll had already departed the banquet by the time of the award announcement, completely unaware that he was set to be recognized. David's daughter Keri accepted the award on his behalf, stating her father would be "flabbergasted" to get the award. Driscoll later took to the White Mountain Motorsports Park Group on Facebook to voice his appreciation and thanks.

"I want to thank all involved at the track for the honor of the Avery Award," Driscoll wrote. "Sorry I split out early but I can blame that on my wife. Having been at the track as an owner or driver or over 20 years, I have many folks to thank including our entire crew, family and particularly Danny Walker who is tireless in his love of racing and assistance. I anticipate continuing to help out others at the track as our entire crew has done in the past. Heading to (Florida) in a week. Have a good winter to all and God be willing hope to see all in the spring."

Driscoll's post was subsequently flooded with comments congratulating him on the award and thanking him for his help and support. Those giving their thanks ranged from longtime racing fans to current Late Model competitors such as Stacy Cahoon and Scott Corey, speaking to the impact Driscoll has had at WMMP over the years.
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Offseason Spotlight:
Welch Dominates for 5th Straight Late Model Title
N. Woodstock, NH - 12-20-19 - Groveton's Quinny Welch has been racing for a long time at White Mountain Motorsports Park - and winning for just as long. At 45 years old, Welch showed no signs of slowing down this past year. The veteran dusted the Foley Oil & Propane Late Model field from start to finish, rolling to another "King of the Mountains" crown at the high banks.

Even by Welch's lofty standards, the 2019 season was one of his best yet. Welch began the year with a runner-up finish in the Caron Fabrication Spring Green for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). However, the decision had previously been made to declare the Spring Green a "show points" event, with all drivers who attempted to qualify receiving 50 championship points.

This meant Welch ended the event in a tie for the Late Model point lead. He took outright possession of the top spot the following Saturday with his first win the year. After the Memorial Day Weekend event was postponed by rain, Welch won again when racing resumed on June 1. Welch never did surrender the top spot, going wire-to-wire during the 14-race campaign.

The numbers Welch put up along the way were sensational. He eventually posted five wins in his Joe McGinnis Snowplowing Chevrolet, which included the double-point Mid-Season Championships on July 13. That victory kicked off a streak of three wins in four events to all but salt the title away. Welch added four runner-up finishes and a pair of third-place efforts, giving him a remarkable 11 podium finishes.

Perhaps even more incredible is that Welch never finished outside the top-5 in the point-counting schedule. Fifth-place results in a make-up feature on July 13 and a regular feature on July 27 were his "low" points. (NOTE: Welch did finish 6th in the Midsummer 250 on August 3, but that event did not count for WMMP Late Model points.) All told, he had an average finish of 2.36 - more than three spots better than any other full-time Late Model competitor.

The result was the fifth straight championship for Welch. Every year since 2015, the veteran has stood atop the heap at year's end as "King of the Mountains". It was also the eighth WMMP Late Model title overall for Welch as he previously won titles in 2007, 2011, and 2012 prior to his current streak.

"It was a good year," Welch said in his acceptance speech. "It all comes from having a great team. Everybody at my (banquet) table. Shane (Cannon) has traveled thousands of miles to chase my rear end around. He must think it's cool or something...Eddie coming back on board this year was huge. We lost Artie, but gained Eddie. It was a good deal. Paul was big as well. Tyler didn't make it many times, but when he did, it was good to have him around."

Welch also thanked his family and the rest of his crew, along with their families. He went on to single out Crazy Horse Racing, his longtime chassis builder, as one of the keys to his success.

"Obviously without a good race car, I'm not going to do much. Crazy Horse race cars, in my opinion, are the best race cars in the business. It's not only the cars that are good. Mitch and Judy (Green) have been there for me a long time. I remember a time when I got wrecked pretty hard and I probably wasn't coming back, and they made it happen for me. I'll never forget it - I appreciate it a lot."

In addition, Welch complimented the entire Late Model division, including runner-up Stacy Cahoon, a five-time champion himself. This came after a few jokes at Cahoon's expense. The two have become friendly rivals after more than a decade racing against each other at WMMP.

"I can't ever forget about the 83," Welch exclaimed. "He's usually running right at my door. He always tells me he's gonna take the vinyl off, the door off - I think the last time he even said I was gonna be hanging from the flag stand! Thank god that didn't happen. I've been racing with him a long time. I love the guy to death. We race hard. Actually, the whole Late Model division this year was super. The guys were respectful. How many times did we have to replace body panels around here? Not very often. It's a great group of guys."

Welch concluded by thanking track co-owner Cris Michaud for bringing the Late Model division back in 2019 and the Avery family for their dedication to the track over the years. He added that he already "can't wait for next year", indicating he plans to pursue a sixth straight title.