SATURDAY, MAY 11th, 2019
The Caron Fabrication Spring Green
Photos by Mark Alan Sumner

Payea Gets Back on Track
with Spring Green Win

N. Woodstock, NH  - N. Woodstock, NH - Colchester, VT's Scott Payea showed the heart of a two-time defending ACT Champion on Saturday, May 11 by taking his first win of the season in the Caron Fabrication Spring Green at N. Woodstock, NH's White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP). Payea took the lead for good on lap 66 of the 119-lap event and held strong over the second half of the event for his 16th career ACT Late Model Tour victory.

Combined with his heat race victory and lap leader bonuses, Payea earned the maximum amount of points possible at an ACT event. The big day was sorely needed by Payea and his RPM Racing team after they stunningly failed to make the main event at Barre, VT's Thunder Road just six days before.

Dover, NH's Wayne Helliwell started on the pole by virtue of earning a +8 in qualifying under ACT's "plus-minus" system. But after a caution came out for a multi-car tangle just one lap into the event, it was Graniteville, VT's Christopher Pelkey sticking his nose out front. The sophomore ACT runner led the next 10 laps before Helliwell regained the top spot.

The three-time ACT Champion continued to pace the field until the third caution came out on lap 28 for Mike Kenison's spin. Plainfield, NH's Rich Dubeau had started to challenge Helliwell prior to the caution, and when the green flag flew again, Dubeau swept around the outside into the lead.

All the while, Payea had been following Dubeau to the front from his seventh starting spot. Payea got around Helliwell for second on lap-35 and had Dubeau in his sights when the fourth yellow flag flew on lap-48 for Trent Goodrow's accident. Helliwell was forced to retire from the event during the same caution for personal reasons.

The outside proved the fast way once again on the restart with Payea moving into the lead for the first time. Three laps later, seven-time White Mountain Motorsports Park Champion Quinny Welch of Groveton, NH took over the second spot. After the fifth and final caution on lap 63 for Jesse Switser's spin, Welch was able to poke his bumper in front for two laps before Payea moved back on top. Welch gave it everything he had over the final 54 laps, but Payea hung steady through traffic and eventually took the win by six car lengths.

Welch's second-place finish matched the best result ever by a WMMP regular in an ACT event at the track. Dubeau took third and unofficially moved into the points lead by three over Williamstown, VT's Jimmy Hebert, who came from 18th to finish fourth. Patrick Laperle, rookie Ryan Kuhn, Pelkey, Tyler Cahoon, Mathieu Kingsbury, and Stacy Cahoon rounded out the top-10. All results are unofficial pending further technical inspection.

Kingsbury, Welch, and Payea won qualifying heats. Oren Remick and Hebert won the consolation races while Corey Mason took the last-chance B-Feature. Thirty-six cars attempted to qualify with 30 starting the main event.

In the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, defending champion Shane Sicard of Barton, VT picked up right where he left off with a season-opening win. Sicard crossed the line second in the caution-free 35-lap feature but inherited the win when Christian Laflamme was disqualified for a suspension infraction.

Apparent third-place finisher Nathaniel Parkin was also disqualified for a chassis infraction. This handed the second spot to E. Burke, VT's Colin Cornell with Morrisville, VT's Dwayne Lanphear completing the podium. Jaden Perry, Stephen Clark, Michael Potter, Kevin Boutin Jr., Kelsea Woodard, Jody Sicard, and Matt Potter completed the top-10.

Barton, VT's Adam Sicard also got his title defense off on the right foot by beating out a huge Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini field for the win. A rough start to the event played into Sicard's hands as he sliced from the 14th starting position to grab the lead on lap 5 of the 25-lap event. He then survived one more caution and cruised to the victory.

Bethlehem, NH's Dustin Jackson finished second with Jason Fallman third. Rusty Drew III, Brett Jackson, Colby Bourgeois, Scott Senecal, John Knight, Les Washburn, and Ryan Ware also earned top-10 finishes.

Dunbarton, NH's Norman Forest lucked into a season-opening victory in the WMMP Dwarf Cars. Forest was running third with two laps left in the 20-lap feature when Andy Hill got into the back of Bobby Brown in turn four, sending Brown for a spin and earning both drivers a trip to the rear. Forest held off Campton, NH's Dave Gyger on the green-white-checkered sprint to the finish.

Worcester, VT's Ethan Tyrrell got his first podium finish in third. He was followed by Jason Wyman, Chad Dufour, Cody Wyman, Eric Boucher, Brown, Hill, and Jeff Ainsworth.

Berwick, ME's Owen Boucher grabbed the lead on lap 6 of the 15-lap Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Truck feature and sailed off to the win. Luke Peters came in second while Luke Shannon made a late pass for third.

The ACT Late Model Tour opens the Summer Kickoff Series on Saturday, June 1 at Vallée-Jct., QC's Autodrome Chaudiere. The Claude Leclerc 150 is the first of three $5,000 (USD)-to-win events in the month of June and is also part of a Quebec doubleheader with the following day's Jean-Paul Cabana 125 at Circuit Riverside Ste-Croix. Post time is 6:00pm.

White Mountain Motorsports Park is back in action on Saturday, May 18 at 6:30pm with 7-Eleven of Lincoln Night. The Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers will go 75 laps in the opener of their Triple Crown series. The Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis, Dwarf Cars, and Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks are also in action.

For more information, contact the ACT and WMMP offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit


Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps
1. ( 7 ) Scott Payea ( 37VT ) , Colchester, VT , 119 Laps
2. ( 12 ) Quinten Welch ( 78NH ) , Groveton, NH , 119 Laps
3. ( 6 ) Rich Dubeau ( 30NH ) , Plainfield, NH , 119 Laps
4. ( 18 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 119 Laps
5. ( 13 ) Patrick Laperle ( 91QC ) , St-Denis, QC , 119 Laps
6. ( 5 ) #Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , E. Bridgewater, MA , 119 Laps
7. ( 2 ) Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 119 Laps
8. ( 17 ) Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) , Danville, VT , 119 Laps
9. ( 11 ) Mathieu Kingsbury ( 9QC ) , Blainville, QC , 119 Laps
10. ( 10 ) Stacy Cahoon ( 83VT ) , St. Johnsbury, VT , 119 Laps
11. ( 23 ) Jean-Francois Dery ( 21QC ) , Quebec, QC , 119 Laps
12. ( 20 ) #Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 119 Laps
13. ( 25 ) Jeff Marshall ( 32NH ) , Gilman, VT , 119 Laps
14. ( 19 ) Joel Hodgdon ( 36VT ) , Craftsbury Common, VT , 119 Laps
15. ( 21 ) Claude Leclerc ( 11QC ) , Lanoraie, QC , 118 Laps
16. ( 4 ) Oren Remick ( 21NH ) , Monroe, NH , 118 Laps
17. ( 24 ) Corey Mason ( 1NH ) , Groveton, NH , 118 Laps
18. ( 9 ) Dylan Payea ( 7NH ) , Milton, VT , 118 Laps
19. ( 28 ) Peyton Lanphear ( 22VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 116 Laps
20. ( 27 ) Scott Coburn ( 72VT ) , Barre, VT , 116 Laps
21. ( 29 ) David LaBrecque ( 57NH ) , Thornton, NH , 116 Laps
22. ( 15 ) Chip Grenier ( 9VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 85 Laps
23. ( 30 ) Reilly Lanphear ( 21VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 71 Laps
24. ( 3 ) Jesse Switser ( 10ME ) , Whitfield, NH , 63 Laps
25. ( 14 ) Scott Corey ( 22NH ) , Lyndonville, VT , 63 Laps
26. ( 26 ) #Trent Goodrow ( 31MA ) , Carver, MA , 63 Laps
27. ( 1 ) Wayne Helliwell Jr. ( 27NH ) , Dover, NH , 48 Laps
28. ( 8 ) Mike Kenison ( 3NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 28 Laps
29. ( 16 ) Craig Bushey ( 05VT ) , Fairfax, VT , 1 Laps
30. ( 22 ) Jonathan Bouvrette ( 41QC ) , Blainville, QC , 1 Laps
Lap Leaders: Wayne Helliwell Jr. 1, Christopher Pelkey 2-11, Helliwell 12-28, Rich Dubeau 29-48, Scott Payea 49-63, Quinny Welch 64-65, Payea 66-119. (6 lead changes among 5 drivers)
Time of Race: 57:40 Margin of Victory: 6 car lengths
Cautions: 5 (laps 1, 20, 28, 48, 63)
Heat Winners: Mathieu Kingsbury, Quinny Welch, Scott Payea
Consi Winners: Oren Remick, Jimmy Hebert
B-Feature Winner: Corey Mason

 -- following scoring recheck 5/13/19

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Shane Sicard ( 4NH ) Barton, VT
2. Colin Cornell ( 54VT ) E. Burke, VT
3. Dwayne Lanphear ( 40VT ) Morrisville, VT
4. Jaden Perry ( 92VT ) Hardwick, VT
5. Stephen Clark ( 55NH ) Littleton, NH
6. Michael Potter ( 23NH ) Plainfield, VT
7. Kevin Boutin Jr. ( 25NH ) Fairfax, VT
8. Kelsea Woodard ( 55VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT
9. Jody Sicard ( 49NH ) Gilmanton, NH
10. Matthew Potter ( 23VT ) Marshfield, VT
11. Brad Bushey ( 52VT ) Vergennes, VT
12. John Donahue ( 26VT ) Graniteville, VT
DSQ Christian Laflamme ( 10NH ) Whitefield, NH
DSQ Nathaniel Parkin ( 88NH ) Bradford, VT


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Adam Sicard ( 16 ) Barton, VT
2. Dustin Jackson ( 37 ) Bethlehem, NH
3. Jason Fallman ( 21 )
4. Rusty Drew III ( 4 ) Franklin, NH
5. Brett Jackson ( 31 ) Bethlehem, NH
6. Colby Bourgeois ( 82 ) St. Johnsbury, VT
7. Scott Senercal ( 1 ) Lisbon, NH
8. John Knight ( 12 ) Franklin, NH
9. Les Washburn ( 11 )
10. Ryan Ware ( 32 ) Littleton, NH
11. Darren Newland ( 25 )
12. Nate Walton ( 88 ) Derby Line, VT
13. Laci Potter ( 55 )
14. #Jillian Baumgardner ( 14 ) N. Woodstock, NH
15. John Shedd ( 43 )
16. #Gavin McGinnis ( 10 ) St. Johnsbury, VT
17. #Andrew Kachmarik ( 94 ) Maidstone, VT
18. #Jack Hayes ( 09 ) Littleton, NH
19. Jonathan Baker ( 22 )
20. Richard Stockwell ( 77 ) Canaan, NH
21. Keith Lord ( 17 ) Berlin, NH
22. Craig Hurley ( 02 ) Greenville, NH
23. Dave Driscoll ( 19 ) N. Woodstock, NH
24. #Andrew Kachmarik ( 94 ) Maidstone, VT
25. #Gavin McGinnis ( 10 ) St. Johnsbury, VT
26. Joe Giddings ( 41 ) Waterford, VT
27. #Tyler Thompson ( 51 ) Littleton, NH
28. Santana Merritt ( 07 ) Haverhill, NH

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Norman Forest ( 01 ) Dunbarton, NH
2. Dave Gyger ( 93 ) Campton, NH
3. Ethan Tyrrell ( 23 ) Worcester, VT
4. Jason Wyman ( 88 ) Easton, NH
5. Chad Dufour ( 52 ) Littleton, NH
6. Cody Wyman ( 00 )
7. Eric Boucher ( 4 ) Berwick, ME
8. Bobby Brown ( 27 ) Lincoln, NH
9. Andy Hill ( 8 ) Waterford, VT
10. Jeff Ainsworth ( 41 ) Bethlehem, NH
11. Alfred O'Haire ( 09 )
12. Tommy Smithers ( 60 ) Gilmanton, NH

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Owen Boucher ( 77 ) Berwick, ME
2. Luke Peters ( 26 ) Groton, VT
3. Luke Shannon ( 13 ) 0
4. Thomas Smithers, VI ( 24 ) Gilmanton, NH
5. Dominic Warren ( 9 ) Concord, VT
6. Ryan Bevins ( 7 ) Colchester, VT
Photo by Daniel Holben

Spring Green Returns at WMMP
With Much Already on the Line

N. Woodstock, NH  - The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) invades N. Woodstock, NH's White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) this Saturday, May 11 at 6:00pm for the 44th Caron Fabrication Spring Green 119. The event is big in more ways than one as the ACT Late Model Tour reaches the finale of its torrid 3-events-in-14-days start to the 2019 season.

Saturday's event marks the return of the Spring Green to the ACT schedule. The event's history goes back to 1974 at the former Catamount Stadium as part of the Northern NASCAR circuit. When NASCAR North and later ACT were founded, the Spring Green came along, and it will now be held at WMMP for the first time.

WMMP becomes the fifth track to host the Spring Green, joining Catamount, Quebec's Sanair Super Speedway, New York's Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, and Vermont's Devil's Bowl Speedway. One of the event's trademarks is adding one lap with each passing year to match the calendar, making the Spring Green 119 laps for 2019.

"The Spring Green is one of those fun events that truly signals the arrival of spring in the Northeast," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "Getting it back on the schedule was a priority this year, and when we decided to add a second event at WMMP, making it the Spring Green was a natural fit."

"Having the event at a shorter track also changes the dynamics," Michaud added. "The Spring Green has always been held at larger speedways, and by adding one more lap each year, it gradually shifted from a sprint-type race to a more long-distance affair. Moving it to the 1/4-mile WMMP high banks brings back some of that sprint feel and should make for an action-filled night."

This year's Caron Fabrication Spring Green arrives just as the early-season dynamics have shifted dramatically. Perennial ACT frontrunner Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, VT now sits atop the standings following Sunday's Community Bank N.A. 150 at Barre, VT's Thunder Road. Lebanon, NH's Rich Dubeau is four points behind in second with Oxford winner Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket, NH another four points back in third. All have been fast early and will try to continue their quick ways at WMMP.

What's more noticeable for many fans is a name not in that group. The 2019 ACT title chase was shaken up on Sunday when two-time defending champion Scott Payea failed to qualify for the Community Bank N.A. 150. It is believed to be the first time since 2002, when Pete Fecteau failed to qualify for the Fall Foliage 200, that the defending ACT Champion did not make the main event.

As a result, Payea has fallen to seventh in the standings and will try to rebound on Saturday. In the meantime, the door has been opened for others to make a championship run. Veteran Chip Grenier and top rookie Stephen Donahue of Graniteville, VT now sit fourth and fifth overall after strong starts. Donahue is already a multi-time winner at WMMP in weekly competition, making Saturday's event a prime opportunity for an early statement. Defending Rookie of the Year Dylan Payea of Milton, VT is sixth in the standings and ready to break into the top-five.

They'll be joined by other top ACT Late Model racers from throughout the Northeast. A strong Canadian presence will be on hand once again, led by St-Denis, QC's Patrick Laperle. "Le Grande" will make his first point-counting start of the season at a track, like many, where he is a previous winner. He joins fellow Quebecers Jonathan Bouvrette, Mathieu Kingsbury, and Claude Leclerc, all of whom are on track for a full season with the ACT Late Model Tour.

Saturday's Spring Green is also a point-counting event for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, meaning the track's best weekly racers will take on the ACT invaders. Seven-time champion Quinny Welch of Groveton, NH has officially entered the event, and others such as four-time champion Stacy Cahoon, former winner Jesse Switser, and North East Mini Stock Tour Champion Cody LeBlanc are expected be on hand.

The ACT Late Model Tour rolls into White Mountain Motorsports Park this Saturday, May 11 at 6:00pm for the 44th Caron Fabrication Spring Green 119. The season-opener at WMMP also features the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis, Dwarf Cars, and Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks. Admission is $20 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under.

The day begins with the annual WMMP Car Show on the track from 10:00am-12:00pm. The Car Show is free for the public to attend. Practice for all divisions is scheduled from 1:00-5:00pm.

For more information, contact the ACT and WMMP offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit