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Interest Growing for New
Flying Tiger Triple Crown
N. Woodstock, NH - One of the newest additions to the White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) schedule for 2019 is already drawing interest from teams inside and outside the Kancamagus region. Entries are steadily arriving for the new Flying Tiger Triple Crown Series that will feature the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers in a trifecta of long-distance events.

With three 75-lap features and a separate point fund in store, the Triple Crown Series offers a chance for Flying Tiger drivers to enjoy the spotlight at the North Woodstock speedway. WMMP has hosted big one-off Flying Tiger events in the past such as the Twin 75s during last September's 25th-anniversay celebration. The track also was once an annual stop on the ACT Tiger Tour. But the Triple Crown provides a season-long stage for weekly competitors to dazzle fans while also welcoming invaders from other tracks.

Drivers are starting to take notice of the new series. Defending Flying Tiger track champion Shane Sicard of Barton, VT was one of the first racers to commit to the new series. Sicard is a veteran of Tiger racing at WMMP and will look to add another championship trophy to his mantle.

Sicard will be joined by his brother Jody in the Triple Crown chase. Jody has competed in nearly every division WMMP has to offer and will return to the Tigers in 2019 for the new series. Fellow veteran Michael Potter of Plainfield, VT, who has been a regular in Tiger-type divisions for decades, is also on the early entry list.

These and other WMMP standouts will be joined by a number of Lenny's Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger racers from Barre, VT's Thunder Road. The Triple Crown was born in the wake of the highly successful Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series at WMMP's sister speedway. With both tracks now unified under the same Flying Tiger rules, the door is wide open for drivers to run both series.

Racers are already rolling through that door. Father-son duo Mike and Stephen Martin of Craftsbury Common, VT were the first Thunder Road regulars to enter the WMMP series. Mike Martin was the inaugural Myers Triple Crown Champion at Thunder Road in 2017. Stephen is the track's defending Allen Lumber Street Stock Champion.

A father-daughter duo joins them in the form of Waterbury Ctr., VT's Jason and Kelsea Woodard. Jason is a two-time Thunder Road Flying Tiger Champion while Kelsea was a top-10 point driver in her rookie season. E. Burke, VT's Colin Cornell, who ran Tigers weekly at WMMP for two seasons, has also entered the series and will return to his former haunts.

The Flying Tiger Triple Crown debuts Saturday, May 18 at 6:30pm on 7-Eleven of Lincoln Night. Additional events are scheduled for Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, August 17.

WMMP opens the 2019 season on Saturday, May 11 at 6:00pm with the Caron Fabrication Spring Green 119. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) makes the first of two visits this season to join the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models in action. The Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis, Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks, and Dwarf Cars are also on the card. Admission is $25 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under.

The WMMP Car Show is also May 11 from 10:00am-12:00pm. It will be followed by open practice for all division from 1:00-5:00pm.

For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963.
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New Sponsors, Growing Rosters
Highlight Busy WMMP Offseason
N. Woodstock, NH - 2-25-19 - The 27th season of racing at N. Woodstock's White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) is already shaping up to be a big one. Interest from teams, fans, and sponsors is rapidly growing as WMMP enters its first year of ownership under former racer Cris Michaud and businessman Pat Malone.

A number of new sponsors have already inked agreements to be part of the upcoming season at the track that sits near the Kancamagus Highway. New England Racing Fuel and Sunoco Race Fuel were one of the first new partners to sign on as they will sponsor the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) event on Saturday, July 20. The track has also agreed to event sponsorships with 7-Eleven Convenience Store of Lincoln, New Hampshire Country Campers of Epsom, and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England.

Several other major sponsors are returning to WMMP in 2019. Four of the five division entitlement sponsors are already confirmed to return in 2019. This includes the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis, and Dad's 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks. Negotiations are ongoing with Bank of New Hampshire to return with the Dwarf Cars.

Foley Oil & Propane of Belmont has also expanded its involvement with their sponsorship of the Independence Day Late Model 100 on Saturday, July 6. Caron Fabrication of Groveton, who sponsored a weekly event in 2018, has stepped up to be the presenting sponsor of the season-opening Spring Green 119 for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), giving them an even bigger presence at the speedway.

Along with the greater interest from businesses in the region has come interest from race teams. License applications are arriving steadily with the opener still nearly three months away. The Strictly Stock Mini registration numbers are particularly impressive with 15 drivers already signed up for 2019. This includes defending champion Adam Sicard along with other top 2018 runners such as Nate Walton, John Knight, and Brett Jackson.

The Flying Tiger numbers are expected to grow in 2019. The WMMP and Thunder Road Flying Tigers will have the same rules this upcoming season in response to testing done throughout 2018. This change, along with the new Flying Tiger Triple Crown, was made to encourage drivers racing at both tracks. Early Tiger registrants include defending champion Shane Sicard, last year's number three point driver Nate Parkin, and frequent contender Christian Laflamme. David Baron Jr., the son of former Tiger racer David Baron Sr., has also registered.

Several top Late Model competitors from 2018 have already purchased their licenses for 2019. This includes ageless veteran Stacy Cahoon, rising star Stephen Donahue, former champion Oren Remick, and 2018 breakout performer Paul Newcomb Jr. Dwarf Car registrations have arrived from big names such as Jason Wyman, Kevin Wyman, and Tommy Smithers.

WMMP will have much more on the upcoming season in the coming weeks. Many big events have already been announced for the 2019 campaign, including two visits each for the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS Super Late Models; the return of Tour-type Modifieds with a pair of Bullring Bash events; the New Hampshire Governor's Cup for the Late Models; and the season-ending Enduro 200 and 4-Cylinder Nationals. Contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963 for more information.
WMMP Kids Trucks Schedule
Announced for 2019
N. Woodstock, NH - 1-23-19 -  White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) officials have announced the Kids Trucks division schedule for the 2019 season. The youth division will compete 12 times this year, giving 11-15 year-olds the opportunity to learn the ropes of stock-car racing in a fun, accepting environment.

The Kids Trucks open their season as part of WMMP Opening Day on Saturday, May 11. They will also compete on May 18 and May 25. Their first off-week will be Saturday, June 1.

The division will also be given the week off on June 16, July 20, August 3, and August 10. These dates were all chosen because of touring series visits or other special events that create a full card of racing. The Trucks will conclude their season on Saturday, September 7 as part of Championship Night.

"We think a 12-event schedule is about the right amount for this division," WMMP co-owner Cris Michaud said. "We want to give kids plenty of chances to race while also having time to go on vacation and do other fun things during the summer. A lot of top racers in the region have come out of the Kids Trucks, and we're eager to see what happens this year."

For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963..

White Mountain Motorsports Park
2019 Kids Trucks Schedule

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# - Day - Date - Time
1 - Saturday, May 11 - 6:00pm
2 - Saturday, May 18 - 6:30pm
3 - Saturday, May 25 - 6:30pm
4 - Saturday,  June 8 - 6:30pm
5 - Saturday, June 22 - 6:30pm
6 - Saturday, June 29 - 6:30pm
7 - Saturday, July 6 - 6:30pm
8 - Saturday,  July 13 - 6:30pm
9 - Saturday,  July 20 - 7:00pm
10 - Saturday, August 17 - 6:30pm
11 - Saturday, August 31 - 6:30pm
12 - Saturday, September 7 - 6:30pm
Hodgdon, May Appointed WMMP
Tech Inspectors for 2019
N. Woodstock, NH - 1-21-19 - White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) will have two new faces manning the track's tech shed during the 2019 season. Track officials announced today that Stephen Hodgdon and Skip May have been appointed as technical inspectors for weekly racing at the speedway.

Hodgdon and May will oversee pre- and post-race inspection in the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, Flying Tigers, Strictly Minis, and Kids Trucks. Each will be considered Co-Chief Technical Inspector for WMMP.

Both men have extensive experience in Northeast auto racing as drivers, car owners, and crew members. Hodgdon spent several years racing in the Flying Tigers at WMMP and has also competed at Groveton's Speedway 51 and Barre, VT's Thunder Road. May spent many years in the Flying Tigers at Thunder Road in the 1980s and 1990s and has remained a presence in the pit area at tracks around the region.

"We're glad to have both Stephen and Skip come aboard at WMMP," track co-owner Cris Michaud. "They have a lot of knowledge about the cars we race, and they're already familiar faces to most of the WMMP pits, which will help with the transition. We believe they're going to be a real asset to the speedway."

The track also announced that "Skippy" Trudeau will return as Head Technical Inspector for the Dwarf Cars. Trudeau has worked at WMMP for some 20 years and will be at his familiar post in the Dwarf Car tech area once again this season.

For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963.
Weir Motorsports and Andy Shaw
Join Bullring Bash For 2019 Season
Attleboro, MA - 1-16-19 - Continuing a successful partnership that reaches back for nearly 25 years, driver Andy Shaw will return to action for Weir Motorsports in the 2019 Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge. Shaw will run in the Modified class, and will once again drive owner David Weir's #66 KDW Landscaping/Mayhan Antiques/Sumner Sessions Excavations car.

"What drew us to the Bullring Bash was the fact that a lot of the tracks are tracks we've raced on," said Shaw. "We come from a PASS Modified and Super Late Model background, so we've raced at those tracks, and I actually consider White Mountain (Motorsports Park) as one of my home tracks--it's 45 minutes from my house, and the closest racetrack to my house. I have a lot of experience there, and I feel like the tracks are a good fit. Modified racing doesn't generally come up this way, so we're excited to have them somewhat close to where we live.

"We're very excited to get to a track where we have a lot of familiarity with how the track races," added owner David Weir. "Andy has a lot of laps at the places down south, but he has way more laps at places like White Mountains and Thunder Road. They're 100% handling and driver tracks. You can't just mash the gas and make up for it down the straightaway--you have to have a lot of finesse, especially at Thunder Road. There's a unique line there, and you have to learn it."

"We're excited to welcome Weir Motorsports and Andy Shaw to the Bullring Bash for our inaugural 2019 season," said Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada. "It's exciting for fans at White Mountain and Thunder Road to have local favorites to root for, especially when we're bringing Modified racing back to these tracks for the first time in a number of years. To have Andy and David, with a New Hampshire-based effort, be one of the first teams to commit to running with us shows two things: not only the quality of competition in our field, but also strong driver and owner ties to our communities."

Shaw and Weir have a long and successful history on track together. Together, they won five PASS Modified championships in six years from 2010 to 2015, and have continued their partnership in additional Modified events in recent years. In the Bullring Bash, the duo will compete with a brand new 2019 Troyer chassis and Rahmoc engine, and crew chief Phil Butterfield will continue to lead the team's volunteer crew.

"We feel like a lot of stuff has come together over the past few months to make it so we're extremely competitive," Shaw added. "We have a good group of guys together with a lot of background experience in racing, and we feel like when we're on a level playing field, we have an advantage because of the help we have."

Beyond that, both Shaw and Weir are excited to be a part of bringing Modified competition back to northern New England, and have high hopes for the new events.

"Super Late Model racing had gone away from Thunder Road for about 10 years, and when PASS went back there a few years ago, it absolutely packed the place, because the fans up here love to see something new," Weir said. "When something like the Modifieds comes in, the crowd likes that, and the fans here will definitely be interested. I know just from talking to people in the racing community at the Northeast Motorsports Expo, a lot of people are planning to be at both Thunder Road and White Mountain to see these types of cars there."

To learn more about Weir Motorsports, follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/66MOD. To keep up with the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, teams and fans can visit www.bullringbash.com.
Stan Mertz Racing to Compete in Inaugural Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge
Attleboro, MA - 12-20-18 - Stan Mertz Racing has announced that it will participate in multiple Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge events in 2019 with its familiar #6 Modified. Two-time MRS champion and 2015 Thompson Speedway Sunoco Modified champion Woody Pitkat will continue his relationship with the team for the sixth straight year, and the team will make its Bullring Bash debut at White Mountain Motorsports Park on June 16.

"It's an exciting time--there are a lot of touring series going on right now," said team owner Stan Mertz. "My team has been an established SK team, and we're actually moving up into solely the Tour-Type divisions now, rather than how we spent the last four or five years at Thompson Speedway for the most part. The other thing that I like about these races is that it becomes a race of champions when you get these Tour-Types together, versus when you're at a weekly track. The level of competition is extremely high, and (founder) Josh (Vanada) has put together a great purse, which, as a car owner, really attracts me.

"I've never been to White Mountain, so we're looking forward to going there. I've heard a lot about it--it's a fast little bullring, so we're looking forward to going these small tracks where we're going to be running the SK package, rather than the full-blown Tour-Type engine package that others may run."

Aside from the quality of the field and purse, two things have stood out to Mertz in joining the Bullring Bash in 2019: extending the reach of Modified racing in New England, and running on short tracks where top drivers and crews are prioritized over simply horsepower.

"It's always about expanding the fanbase, especially in the Modified realm," he explained. "There are still a lot of areas in New England where Modifieds haven't really been that feature division or focus. There are still a lot of full-fendered tracks out there that love their Pro Stocks and Late Models. I think, in going out there and getting into new areas, we just want to be able to race.

"I love going to the small bullrings--those are my favorites, and that's where a lot of the power band is equalized. They're not horsepower tracks like Thompson or Stafford, so you can take a Modified that has many different engine configurations, and they're all equal. It all truly comes down to setup and how good your driver is."

Behind Pitkat, Mertz's operation will remain relatively unchanged from its previous championship-winning seasons. The team will continue to compete with a Northeast Race Cars Troyer chassis and Ashaway Performance Engines will continue to supply motors. Norm Perry will also return as crew chief.

"We're incredibly pleased to welcome Stan Mertz Racing to the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge for 2019," said Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada. "I've known Stan for a long time, and his team has always been one of the top Modified teams anywhere they've raced. Having Stan and Woody as our first publicly committed competitors just shows the quality of competition we expect at our events this season!"

For more information on Stan Mertz Racing, visit www.stanmertzracing.com.
To keep up with the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, teams and fans can visit www.bullringbash.com.
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Michaud and Malone
Agree to Purchase WMMP
N. Woodstock, NH - 11-5-18 - White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) officials announced today that Cris Michaud and Pat Malone have reached an agreement to purchase the N. Woodstock, NH speedway. The sale will mark the first change of ownership in the track's 25-year history.

Since the track first opened its doors in September 1993, WMMP had been owned by the Avery family. Donnie and Terri Avery were instrumental in bring racing to the area, which sits near the popular Kancamagus Highway scenic byway.

Over the years, the track has hosted some of the biggest series in the Northeast, including the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), the NASCAR Busch North Series, the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, and the Granite State Pro Stock Series. WMMP recently celebrated its 25th anniversary season with the $10,000-to-win Napa Blue & Gold 250 for ACT-type Late Models.

In recent years, Donnie's son David and David's wife Mandi have handled many of the day-to-day operations of the speedway. However, the growing demands of the family's sweeping business, Avery's Sweeping, led them to explore options for selling the speedway.

Michaud and Malone will assume ownership of the facility in time for the 2019 racing season. The partnership also co-owns Barre, VT's Thunder Road Speedbowl and the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), both of which they purchased in 2017. Michaud was a multi-time Late Model Champion at Thunder Road before entering the business side of the racing industry, while Malone is also a successful commercial real estate developer in Vermont.

"We can't thank the Avery family enough for everything they've done to support racing in this area," Michaud said. "We appreciate all the effort they've put into the track over the years. We're great friends with the Avery's, and we wish them the best in all their future ventures."

"This is a beautiful track that has played a big role in Northeast motorsports ever since it opened," Michaud continued. "More than anything, Pat and I are buying the track because we want to make sure it continues to play the role it should on the local and regional racing scene."

Michaud added that no major changes are anticipated at the track in terms of staffing, procedures, or day-to-day operations for the upcoming season. Officials are currently finalizing the 2019 schedule and rules with hopes to release both within the next few weeks.

"We're not going to turn the place into Thunder Road East," Michaud said. "They're two separate tracks with their own unique identities. We intend to keep them that way. We're looking forward to working with the current White Mountain teams and officials to build upon what they currently have without losing what's made the track successful the past 25 years."

For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963.
 
 
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